10th Annual Italian Film Festival of MSP

The 10th Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis & St. Paul returns this week (February 22-25).  This year’s festival will host a mix of documentaries, dramas, and comedies that will take viewers on a spectacular journey through the landscapes and stories of Italy and its people. 

You can purchase a ticket for a single movie, or a pass that’s good for all four days.  You can read about each film here on the event website. 

Celebrating its 10th year, the Italian Film Festival returns to the St. Anthony Main Theatre, hosted by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis-St. Paul (ICC), a nonprofit committed to sharing Italian art, culture, and language in the Twin Cities, the festival screens the best contemporary Italian movies, from quirky “Italian-style” comedies to socially-relevant documentaries.

Alongside Minnesota premieres, the festival showcases Italy’s cinematic history with a newly-restored Italian classic each year–this year, we celebrate the work of Vittorio De Sica with a digitally restored screening of his timely comedy Il Boom (1963) starring Alberto Sordi.

To commemorate the IFF’s 10 years in Minnesota, we have created something new this year, the “Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards.” Our talented jurors have selected two short films by new filmmakers living in Italy and Minnesota and you’ll have a chance to see the winning films and meet the filmmakers at the awards ceremony.

Join us Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25 for an amazing mix of documentaries, dramas, and comedies that will take viewers on a spectacular journey through the landscapes and stories of Italy and its people.

WONDER Screening at the St. Paul Winter Carnival

If you haven’t seen the movie WONDER, now is your chance.  If you’ve already seen it, you know it’s one you want to watch over and over.  This Saturday you have a chance to see it for free as part of a special screening during the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

This Saturday February 10th is a special screening of WONDER in celebration of its upcoming release on DVD & Blu-ray! Screening will take place at 2pm in the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium located in the lower level of Landmark Center, downtown St. Paul.

**Those in attendance will receive WONDER ValenKinds while supplies last and have the chance to enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray combo pack. The critically acclaimed film releases on 4K Ultra HDTM Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, and DVD on February 13th!

More info about the movie:

The incredibly moving and heartfelt family film, Wonder, heads to Digital January 30 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, and USA Today’s top-selling book of 2017, by R.J. Palacio, writer-director Stephen Chbosky (Beauty and the Beast, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) brings to life the uplifting story of a boy who inspires and teaches others that true beauty is found within. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and co-written for the screen by Steven Conrad and Jack Thorne, Wonder stars Academy Award winner Julia Roberts (2000, Best Actress, Erin Brockovich), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (2001, Best Writing, The Royal Tenenbaums), Golden Globe nominee Mandy Patinkin (1984, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Yentl; 1995, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “Chicago Hope”; 2003, Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Television Motion Picture, “Homeland”), and Jacob Tremblay (RoomThe Smurfs 2).

From L to R: Owen Wilson as “Nate,” Julia Roberts as “Isabel,” Jacob Tremblay as “Auggie,” Izabela Vidovic as “Via” and Danielle Rose Russell as “Miranda” in WONDER. Photo by Dale Robinette.

Wonder follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

The Wonder home entertainment release includes all-new special features, including a never-before-seen 5-part documentary, multiple featurettes, a music video, and an audio commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby TrueHD, which provides the most authentic lossless audio experience available for the home theater. Together Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD allow consumers to experience both cutting-edge imaging and lossless audio sound technology for an immersive entertainment experience.

Landmark Center



Peter Rabbit Advanced Screening Ticket Giveaway!

Spring is just around the corner, and families can cure their spring fever with Peter Rabbit, headed to theaters on February 9th!

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

The movie is rated PG for some rude humor and action. Check out the official trailer:



Peter Rabbit hits theaters February 9th, but right now you can enter to win passes to an advanced screening on Saturday, February 3rd, at Regal Eagan 16! Seating is first come, first served, so it’s recommended to arrive early. However, you can get front of the line access by donating a children’s book! Here’s more:

In honor of Blue Jacket Day, Peter Rabbit and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) are helping to get books into the hands of children in communities across the country by hosting a book drive at this advanced screening. Everyone who donates a new or like-new Kindergarten – Grade 5 children’s book to the RIF program will receive front of the line access!

Attendees are encouraged to arrive in their blue jackets (just like Peter!) and bring a book to donate to a child in need. Also, blue drop boxes will be placed across the country at movie theaters in which patrons will be encouraged to participate in this initiative. Want to help more? For every photo posted on social media that includes the hashtags #PeterRabbit and/or #BlueJacket, a book will be donated to a child in need. Can’t beat that!

Reader Giveaway: Five (5) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of Peter Rabbit at Regal Eagan 16 on Saturday, February 3 at 10 am. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 1/29/18. Good luck!

Peter Rabbit Advanced Screening Passes



Credit: Science Museum of MN

One of our favorite events starts this Friday.  The Omnifest, taking place at the Science Museum of Minnesota, begins January 5th-March-1st.  With five different films to choose from, there’s something for everyone.   You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.

Omnifest—our popular film fest—is back in January with five giant films that will whisk you away to great adventures. Get a front-row seat to experience larger-than-life explorations—from the remote forests of Gombe National Park in Tanzania to the icy caves of Greenland to the deep river canyons and high mountain passes of the Canadian Rockies. With a diverse film line-up that appeals to all ages and interests, Omnifest 2018 is an ideal destination this winter.

Movies in the Outfield – Savage Sports Center

Movies in the Outfield - Savage Sports Center

Saturday night can be family movie night.  Not just any movie night, head to Savage for Movies in the Outfield.  There’s no admission fees and Moana is rated PG, so a great event for almost all ages.

Come to the Savage Sports Center for a FREE movie night! Bring your lawn chair and blankets, purchase some popcorn, hot chocolate, or a treat from the concession stand and enjoy the evening with your friends, family and community.

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Movie begins at 7:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
(concessions available for purchase)
Age: All ages
Locations: Savage Sports Center, 13450 Dakota Ave., Savage
The temperature in the Savage Sports Center is 65 degrees.

Two Upcoming Special Event Movies at Riverview Theater – Minneapolis

We’ve mentioned the Riverview Movie Theatre in Minneapolis before, a great place for inexpensive movies.  Occasionally they also have some special event movies.

We spotted two great events coming up soon.  The first is the Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music, a great film that the whole family can enjoy.  Showing November 24-26, advance tickets can be purchased here on their website.

The second special event show, although not for the whole family, should be quite popular – the Lord of the Rings Trilogy!  The Lord of the Rings event takes place December 17th and you can purchase advance tickets here on their website.



A Bad Moms Christmas Advance Screening Ticket Giveaway!

Moms, it’s time to get in the holiday spirit with A Bad Moms Christmas, headed to theaters on November 1st! We LOVED the first Bad Moms movie and now it’s time for a new hilarious movie to ring in the holiday season!

This sequel to Bad Moms follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

A Bad Moms Christmas stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reprising their roles from the first Bad Moms film, with Christine BaranskiCheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon joining the cast as their moms.




Reader Giveaway: Five (5) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of A Bad Moms Christmas at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park on Monday, October 30 at 7 pm. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 10/25/17. Good luck!

A Bad Moms Christmas Advance Screening Passes Giveaway

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Returns to Regal Cinemas Halloween Weekend!!!

We are very excited to learn that one of our FAVORITE movies is coming back to the big screen!!  Nightmare Before Christmas, is making it’s way back for a Halloween weekend release (October 27th-31st).  It’s only playing at select Regal Cinemas, and the Eagan Regal is the lucky Minnesota location. Even though this movie is a winner any way you watch it, it is extra special when it’s playing on a big screen in a nice, dark theater!


Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

For tickets and information, visit: http://regmovi.es/beforexmas.

Additionally, members of Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards loyalty programs can get rewarded for seeing Disney movies at Regal theaters when they link their accounts. Members will receive 25 Disney Movie Rewards bonus points for linking. Join Regal Crown Club and Disney Movie Rewards today to get all the benefits of seeing Disney movies! For information on Disney Movie Rewards linking with Regal Crown Club loyalty program visit www.DisneyMovieRewards.com/LinkMe

Firehouse Drive-In 2017

There are just a couple of Drive in Theaters left in MN.  Typically there’s isn’t one in Cologne but once a year you can find one. The The Firehouse Drive-In is an annual fund-raiser to support the Cologne Fire Department in it’s quest to refurbish their 1924 LaFrance Engine.  It takes place this weekend August 18-19th.  With two movies showing each night, it’s a great event for all ages. You can find the movies, schedule and other important information here on the website.

The Firehouse Drive-In began in 2009 as a fundraising idea to assist in the renovation of the Cologne Fire Department’s original 1924 Brockton-LaFrance fire engine. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the premier family-friendly events of the summer! In addition to the feature films, the Firehouse Drive-In features two nights of events with fun for the whole family!


The fun doesn’t just start when the movies do. The Firehouse Drive-In has many family and kid’s activities to do before the movie starts. And best of all, the activities are ALL INCLUDED with the price of your parking pass. Kid’s activities this year include: Bounce houses, Smoke house training simulator, Fire truck rides, Pony rides, Full Playground & More! So come early for all the activities, and stay for the shows! Gates open at 6pm on Friday and Saturday. Movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:45pm).


What’s a movie without the popcorn and a soda? Well, the Firehouse Drive-In has that and MORE! Enjoy hamburgers, pork burgers, hotdogs, popcorn, candy, soda, malts, cotton candy and more! There are also glow toys for the kids (and adults), as well as other merchandise available for purchase. Concession stand is open ALL NIGHT so arrive hungry!


At the Firehouse Drive-In, we are all about the classic cars! We encourage EVERYONE who has one to drive it down to the drive-in, and you’ll get access to the front row VIP Parking area! Come down early and hang out with other classic car enthusiasts! Gates open Friday and Saturday at 6pm. Movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:45pm).


Now there is even ANOTHER reason to come out and stay at the Firehouse Drive-In. Back for this year’s Firehouse Drive-In will be a fireworks display between the first and second movies – BOTH NIGHTS! Sit back and enjoy the fireworks display from an up close and personal vantage point, as you wait for the next movie to start!

Flicks on the Bricks – Finding Dory

Join friends and family at the Flicks on the Bricks – Finding Dory tomorrow evening July 28th.  It takes place in Burnsville at the Nicollet Commons Area.  Seating at 7:30 and the show begins at dusk.  You can find more information on the event page.   If you can’t make this one, there are a couple more evening movies coming up:

July 28: Finding Dory (PG)
Aug. 11: Shall We Dance (PG-13)
Part of Adult Night Out
Aug. 25: The Great Gilly Hopkins (PG)