Showing of The 2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries

One of my favorite events is back again.  The 2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries are showing at the Riverview Theater in south Minneapolis.  Each year, for just a brief time the Riverview shows the Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries.  The select showings for 2017 started yesterday, and continue through Thursday February 16th.  Only one showing per day beginning at 4:20.  There’re five nominations, all shown in succession, bringing the viewing to around 3 hours.  Some years I have gone, not knowing anything about the nominations and decided to just be surprised.  This year I decided to read up a bit and have more of a background of what I would see.  I have to admit, I think I prefer to not know anything about them, just my preference though.  One of the friends that I was with, had done some lengthy research prior to the viewing.  Whatever you decide, I can promise you that these nominations will bring a wide array of emotions.  If you choose to read about the nominations you can do that here.

2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries

Showtimes:
Friday (Feb 10th): 4:20PM
Saturday (Feb 11th): 4:20PM
Sunday (Feb 12th): 4:20PM
Monday (Feb 13th): 4:20PM
Tuesday (Feb 14th): 4:20PM
Wednesday (Feb 15th): 4:20PM
Thursday (Feb 16th): 4:20PM
Rated:
NR
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2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries will start on Friday, February 10.

Admission is $7 or $5 for Students/Seniors

 

 

The Smurfs Around Town – St. Paul and at Mall of America

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Not only is there a new Smurf movie coming out in April, Smurfs: The Lost Village, but they’ll also be in town this weekend.  Yes, the fun, lovable, memorable Smurfs! You have two opportunities to see Smurfette, Hefty, and Brainy. Tomorrow, January 28th they’ll be at the Winter Carnival in St. Paul and on Sunday, January 29th you’ll have a chance to see them at the Mall of America. 

Saturday, January 28  12pm-6pm

Meet Smurfette, Hefty and Brainy at St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Grand Day in the Park. Stop by the SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE booth between 12pm-6pm for your chance to meet the characters & win fun prizes.

Details: https://www.wintercarnival.com/event/grand-day-in-the-park/

Sunday, January 29  12pm-4pm

Join us as we prepare for the upcoming, thrilling journey through the Forbidden Forest with SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE themed crafts & activities! Smurfette, Brainy & Hefty, characters from the film, will be available for photos, plus there will be face painting, giveaways, and more!

Details: https://www.mallofamerica.com/events/view/1917

Dive-In Movie Night – Shoreview Community Center

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It’s almost time to find your swimsuit and head to the Shoreview Community Center for their Dive-In Movie Night.  It takes place this Friday January 20th from 7-9pm.

Join your friends and family at the Tropics Indoor Waterpark for a Dive-In Movie Night! Guests can relax on giant sea creatures or lounge on pool-side chairs while watching a family-friendly movie. No need to register; the purchase of a daily pass the day of the movie is your ticket. Free for members! Due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to advertise the movie title on our Facebook page; please call 651.490.4750 for movie title. Join us for our next Dive-In Movie on March 3, 2017!

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Ralph Reeder food shelf and receive one free glow stick per family member*! (*While supplies last, limit one per person)

Daily Pass Rates:
$10 per adult (18+)
$9.25 per youth (1-17)
Additional rates online: http://bit.ly/2fHIQYe

Please note: Pool capacity is limited to 300 guests.

 

Free Advance Screening: 20th Century Women

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How about fighting this cold by escaping to a great movie?? You have the opportunity to see the movie 20th Century Women, staring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning.  The movie comes out on January 13th, but there will be a preview showing on Thursday January 12th, at the Landmark Lagoon Theatre. You can download passes here (while supplies last).  Be aware that you should arrive a little early as these events tend to fill up and it’s first come first serve seating.

Synopsis:

With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®- winning Beginners) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives.

 

 

Holiday Movie – The Polar Express

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With some cold temps here this week, finding indoor activities for the family becomes more of a priority.  On Saturday December 17th, you can bring the whole family indoors to watch The Polar Express.  It takes place in Savage, at the Savage Sports Center.  A free event that begins at 7pm.

FREE Holiday Movie – December 17, 7 p.m.

Savage Sports Center • 13450 Dakota Ave.

Co-Sponsored by Savage and Burnsville Parks and Recreation. Join us at the Savage Sports Center, where it is always a comfortable 58 degrees, for the holiday movie classic, The Polar Express. This is a story of a young boy who embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express train. During his adventures he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Grab some popcorn from the concession stand and enjoy the evening with friends, family and community.

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Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

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I remember watching the Sound of Music each year when it came on TV.  Year after year I would watch it, yet it still seemed new each time.  If it’s one of your favorites, then you might be excited to learn about the Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music at the Riverview Theater.  Taking place November 25-27, you can purchase tickets here.

**Limited Engagement**
November 25-27, 2016
Friday & Saturday at 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday at 3:00pm

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, big screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along!

The fun-filled show starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, who also takes the audience through their complimentary ‘magic moments fun pack’, containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film.

Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills.

So get those vocal chords warmed up, cut up those chintz curtains and hurry down for another dose of the international smash-hit sensation! It’s the perfect night out for hen parties, birthday celebrations, office outings, family trips, or anyone who has ever shed a tear during ‘Edelweiss’! Book early because this show sells out.

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FREE Advance Screening of Disney’s Moana in Edina!

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Are you as excited about Disney’s Moana as we are? It will be adding a bit of tropical warmth to our cold November. You can be one of the first to see it for free! Download a family four-pack of passes to attend an advance screening on 11/22 at 7:00pm at AMC Southdale in Edina. Grab passes here (while supplies last): http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/262858. Please note that seats are awarded on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive early!

 

These fun Moana Printable Activity Sheets include a memory match game, maze, printable bookmarks and coloring sheets!

To add to the anticipation, we have some fun Moana printable activity sheets. They include a memory match game, maze, printable bookmarks and coloring sheets!

If you haven’t seen a Moana trailer yet, it’s a must watch! Check it out:

 

 

About the Movie: Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Moana is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”).

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Twin Cities Film Fest

twin-cities-film-festThe Twin Cities Film Fest is taking place now through Saturday the 29th.  It’s an annual event that takes place in St. Louis Park at the Showplace ICON Theatre.  The focus of the TCFF is to showcase independent films.  The TCFF is a great opportunity to take in not just one film, but a wide range of films that draw attention and focus on some important topics. You can find the full line up films here, and search by categories as well as the date of showing.

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One of the films being shown at the TCFF is Nowhereland, a film that brings teenage prostitution to light in a raw and thought provoking light.  A film so real you feel like you want to turn away but also yearning for the end, in hopes that it has a happy ending.

Written, directed and produced by Robin Bain, NOWHERELAND has won 11 film festival awards thus far at various festivals both on the national and international level and is on-course to be an indie film success story.

NOWHERELAND tackles the very real issue of teenage prostitution as told through the eyes of 15-year-old, “Shara”, played by newcomer, JESSICA TAYLOR HAID.

Groomed by her own mother to perform as a sex worker in the underbelly of Los Angeles, “Shara” struggles to survive in this dark world while addressing her own burgeoning sexuality with not only “paying customers”, but her young lover — a petty thief and drifter, “Jamie”, played by FELIX RYAN (Power Rangers Samurai, NCIS: Los Angeles).

NOWHERELAND also features former adult film star and sex-trafficking survivor, Tinslee Reagan, (now known by her birth name EMILY CHEREE), in the role of “Bridgette”, an underage prostitute whom “Shara” befriends while working in a Russian run brothel in Hollywood.

As the face of the harsh realities of the sex industry both in the film and in the real world, Emily Cheree is the genuine article. Since filming her role in NOWHERELAND, Emily Cheree has left the porn industry and started a non-profit, The Skyscraper Project, which is designed to provide support for fellow survivors of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

“It is very important that people of good will are informed and reminded of the everyday tragedy of sex trafficking and prostitution involving children. This great sadness must be exposed. With NOWHERELAND I have attempted to push the process forward towards righting this terrible wrong.” ~Robin Bain writer/director NOWHERELAND

Flick ‘n’ Float – A Bug’s Life

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Even the name of this event sounds fun!  Grab your floatie and head to the Eden Prairie Community Center Pool on Friday Oct 14th.  Open Swim starts at 5:30 and then at 6:30 they will begin showing the movie, A Bug’s Life.

Ages 5 and older. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Community Center members can attend for free. Non-member children $5.50, Non-member adults $6.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life Free Advance Screening Passes

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We were excited to find out about MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life coming to the big screen! Movies based on books are some of our favs AND it’s not often we get to see a live-action movie that’s rated PG. What’s also exciting is that we will be having a local advanced screening on Wednesday, October 5th at AMC Southdale at 6pm and 25 lucky families will be able to join us! The first 25 people to visit http://www.gofobo.com/THRIFTYMN192 can download a family 4-pack of tickets!

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian, as he uses his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight.

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Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rulebreakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother’s boyfriend — a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear — threatens to become his stepfather.

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Rafe’s revolution leaps from the page to the screen in this ambitious live-action/animated comedy based on the New York Times bestseller “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by legendary novelist James Patterson.