See Migo and Meechee from SMALLFOOT at the Minnesota State Fair – Saturday, 8/25

Here’s a fun and FREE activity for your kiddos during the Minnesota State Fair: Migo and Meechee from the upcoming movie SMALLFOOT are making an appearance at The Great Minnesota Get-Together!

Come say hi and meet these costumed characters on Saturday, 8/25 in Baldwin Park behind the Kidway from 9 am – 8 pm. Pick up a mini poster and activity sheet while supplies last and enter for your chance to win a SMALLFOOT movie prize pack! For more details, please visit the Facebook event page.

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, SMALLFOOT turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Take a peek at the trailer here:



SMALLFOOT hits theaters September 28!

Eighth Grade Movie Advance Screening Thursday

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You’re invited to a special “Parents Night Out” screening of Eighth Grade this Thursday! (And no, you don’t have to be a parent to attend the screening, but the movies is geared to those 17+, so the screening is not for kids.)

I saw the trailer for Eighth Grade last week and immediately thought four things:

  • I have to see this.
  • It’s going to make me laugh.
  • It’s going to make me cry.
  • This movie is going to be BIG!

Check out the trailer below and you’ll likely think similar thoughts:



About Eighth Grade: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school.

Eighth Grade is written and directed by Bo Burnham and stars Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, and Jake Ryan.

Eighth Grade Movie Poster


Advance Screening RSVP:

Click HERE to RSVP for the advance screening of Eighth Grade, Thursday, July 19th, 7pm at AMC Rosedale. Tickets will be issued as available. Please remember that seating is on a first come, first served basis, so get there early!

Movies on the Hill – Back to the Future

Many of us remember the movie “Back to the Future”.  It might be the car you remember, the puffy vest on Michael J. Fox or how far into the future it seemed at the time.  Perhaps you want to see it outdoors or have your kids watch it with you?

Thursday evening July 12th, the Movies on the Hill – Back to the Future  will be showing at the Hyland Hills Sky area in Bloomington.  A fun free event that begins at 6pm.  Not only will be the movie be fun but there will also be a few Delorean cars on hand.

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FREE! Festivities start at 6pm!

Feel free to come hang out before hand. We are going to have:
– Music starting at 6pm   -Lawn games
– Grill and concessions – including popcorn, candy, grilled brats, burgers and hotdogs. Beer and pop.

Movie starts at Dusk (About 9pm, depending on sunset and cloud cover)

Feel free to bring blankets or chairs to sit on as it is grass amphitheater seating.

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