SEARCHING Advanced Screening in Roseville

I’m not a fan of horror movies, but I do enjoy a good thriller! That’s what we get with SEARCHING, coming to theaters August 3rd, starring John Cho and Debra Messing.

SEARCHING is a suspense/thriller film that has won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize as well as the NEXT Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In the film, after David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

While the movie doesn’t open in theaters until August 3, YOU could see it before then! Download a pair of passes here to see it on June 27 at 7 pm in Roseville at AMC Rosedale. Passes are available to download while supplies last. Be sure to arrive early as seating is on a first come, first served basis.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION Staycation Event at Mall of America

We’re getting seriously excited about Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation coming to theaters next month! We loved the previous flicks and can’t wait to see what comes with this follow-up.

You and your family can get in on the fun this upcoming weekend at the Mall of America with a Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Staycation Event in the Rotunda! Stop by on Friday, June 8 from 3 – 7 pm and Saturday, June 9 from 12 – 4 pm for free snow cones, character photo opportunities, family-fun activities and a sneak peek at the newest film.

Plus, you can watch the previous two movies for FREE! Hotel Transylvania will be shown starting at 5 pm on Friday, June 8 and Hotel Transylvania 2 will be shown starting at 2 pm on Saturday, June 9.

Here’s a little more about the new film:

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.


See HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION in theaters July 13, 2018!

Party with PANDAS at IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo!

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This Saturday, April 7, you’re invited to celebrate the 21st birthday of the IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo! There will be cake and fun activities plus FREE admission to the new movie PANDAS in IMAX 3D.

I had a chance to watch an advanced screening of PANDAS and it is awesome. We were smiling from ear to ear watching the baby pandas and giggling at their antics. The film has beautiful shots of China’s wilderness and panda habitat. And, while we did ooh and aah over the adorable pandas a lot, we also left much more informed about pandas and the importance of working to improve the chances of the survival of wild pandas.

About the Movie:

Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to the big screen in the IMAX® original film “Pandas,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family narrated by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” TV’s “The Good Place”).

After years of success breeding captive pandas, scientists at the Chengdu Research Base For Giant Panda Breeding (aka Chengdu Panda Base) in China are taking their efforts to the next stage and preparing captive-born cubs for release in the wild. This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new reintroduction technique inspired by a black bear rehabilitator in rural New Hampshire. What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for a team of scientists and one special panda named Qian Qian (pronounced Chen Chen). The film, captured with IMAX® cameras, follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers the freedom – and perils – of the wild side.

David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind “Born to be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” directed the film, which Fellman wrote and produced, with Douglas as director of photography. Donald Kushner and Steve Ransohoff also produced the film, with Li Xiao Dong, David Haring, and Elie Samaha executive producing. “Born to be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” editor Beth Spiegel and composer Mark Mothersbaugh collaborated with Douglas and Fellman once again, with sound design by Gus Koven.



IMAX Entertainment presents, in association with IMAX Documentary Films Capital, Jin Yi Culture Investment (HK) and Panda Productions, “Pandas.” This film, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, will be released in select IMAX® and IMAX® 3D theaters. It is rated G.

The IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo’s 21st Birthday party starts at 10:30 am with PANDAS playing at 11:30am. Admission is free if you mention THRIFTY MINNESOTA at the door. Seating for the event is limited and is on a first come, first served basis, so get there early!

On Screen for Families: Movie Matinée events at Southdale Library

Are your kids home on break from school this week? Perhaps you need some stay-cation ideas?  The Southdale Library is hosting On Screen for Families: Movie Matinée events this week.  The movies are free, and a different movie on the big screen each weekday afternoon this week! Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The schedule of movies includes:

  • March 26: Despicable Me 3,
  • March 27: Wonder,
  • March 28: Beauty and the Beast (live action),
  • March 29: Ferdinand,
  • March 30: Coco

The movies take place from 1:30-4pm. The Southdale Library is located in Edina off of York Ave.



THE MIRACLE SEASON Advance Screening

The Miracle Season Movie Poster Advance Screening

Even though I’m not a big sports fan, I love sports movies! A movie that has a regional tie makes me even more interested! That’s what we get with THE MIRACLE SEASON, coming to theaters April 6th, which is based on the true story of a high school volleyball team in Iowa.

The Miracle Season Volleyball

THE MIRACLE SEASON is based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls’ volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship. The film stars Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Erin Moriarty and Danika Yarosh.

The Miracle Season Volleyball Team

While the movie doesn’t open in theaters until April 6, YOU could see it before then!  Download a pass here to see it on March 29 in Roseville at AMC Rosedale. Passes are available to download while supplies last. Be sure to arrive early as seating is on a first come, first served basis.

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Looking for some Easter fun this weekend to celebrate spring INDOORS? A special Bunny Trail event is planned at the St. Michael Cinema on Saturday March 24th.  The trail is intended for kids 10 and under.  It’s an indoor event and they ask that kids bring their own basket or bag to collect things.   A free showing of Charlotte’s Web after the Bunny Trail event is open to both kids and adults alike, so the whole family can enjoy!

About the Bunny Trail:

Grab your Easter baskets and join the Easter Bunny at the St Michael Cinema! Hop down the Bunny Trail, collecting eggs and goodies along the way.
After, enjoy a FREE screening of the original animated version of Charlottes Web in one of several auditoriums.
The Bunny Trail is intended for children 10 and under. The FREE movie is open to everyone.
Doors to the Bunny Trail open at 9:00. Showtimes for the movie are 9:30, 9:40, 9,50 and 10:00. Plenty of room for everyone! Tickets/reservations not required.
This is a great indoor family event. $1 breakfast items will be available at the concession stand.


Sherlock Gnomes in Theaters this Week! + Reader Prize Pack Giveaway

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Get ready Gnomeo and Juliet fans – our favorite garden gnomes are back for a brand new exciting (and funny) adventure in London with SHERLOCK GNOMES heading to theaters this week on March 23! Take a look at the trailer:



When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there’s only one gnome to call… SHERLOCK GNOMES. The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.

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This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.

Sherlock Gnomes looks to be a ton of fun with a brand new adventure-filled story that’s also filled with laughs! With all the action it looks like it will be extra fun in Real D 3D! Order your tickets now.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a Sherlock Gnomes Spring Flower Planting Kit Prize Pack! The pack includes:

Flower seeds
Bag of soil
4 passes to see SHERLOCK GNOMES at any Twin Cities Marcus Theater (Valid Monday-Thursday beginning 3/26)

To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 PM ET on 4/9/18. Good luck!

Sherlock Gnomes Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

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.

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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