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Night at Museum

This Weekend With Tanya T – 12/19/14

‘Tis the season to be jolly, because the new movie releases are abundant.  Thanks, Santa!  This weekend, check these out:

AnnieAnnie is back.  She is an orphan who is taken in by a successful businessman running for mayor of New York City.  He intends to gain voters with this move, but Annie has a bigger influence on him than what he imagined. This reboot stars Jamie Foxx as the businessman, Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie, and Cameron Diaz as Mrs. Hannigan – Annie’s foster mom.


Night at MuseumNext Up, Night at the Museum:  Secret of the Tomb is the latest in this fun, family friendly series.  Ben Stiller is back as Larry Daley.  The magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah are dying out, so Larry and his gang of museum friends must go to London to save the magic before it’s too late.  Robin Williams reprises his role of Theodore Roosevelt, so this movie is a nice treat if you were a fan.


WildFinally, Reese Witherspoon stars in Wild, a film that tells the true story of a woman who embarks on an 1,110 mile solo hike in an effort to heal from a recent tragedy.  Reese has already earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice nomination for her role and is certain to walk the Oscar red carpet as a nominee.


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This Weekend With Tanya T – 12/12/14

This weekend offers you two new movies to see – one continues the faith-based movie trend and the other has been earning accolades for its star and writer.  Check these out:

MosesExodus:  Gods and Kings is the latest faith-based movie with a big budget.  Does it get everything right according to the book of Exodus?  No, but it’s a beautiful film that tells the story of Moses and how he takes on the mission that God has planned for him.    It’s rated PG-13 for violence and stars Christian Bale as Moses.

Top FiveChris Rock’s name has been buzzing about as a major awards contender.  He wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, a dramedy about a comedian-turned actor who attempts to reconnect with his comedic roots after a passion project gets panned.   Rated R, this movie has an all-star supporting cast and is sure to be a fun time at the theater.

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This Weekend with Tanya T – 12/4/14

December kicks off at the box office with two new releases – one of which is earning Oscar buzz for one of its stars:

HomesmanFirst up, The Homesman, stars Tommy Lee Jones, Hillary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld and Meryl Streep.  What a cast!  The story takes place during the pioneer days, and Homesmen were men that were hired to transport immigrants back to their home. Swank plays a women who has been rejected by men and loses hope that she’ll ever marry.  Depressed, she volunteers to escort three insane women to a church that cares for the mentally ill.  Along the way, they encounter a man who is also down on his luck, and he joins them on their journey.  Hillary Swank is receiving praise for her performance, and the film has gained attention for shining a spotlight on what life was like for women during the mid-1800s.

If the horror genre if your idea of a good time, then check out The Pyramid.  When a team of archaeologists find an ancient pyramid, they decide to explore it.  They become lost in its catacombs and realize they aren’t just lost, they’re also not alone.  This one is Rated R for horror.

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Hunger Games

This Weekend with Tanya T – 11/21/14

Thanksgiving officially kicks off big-release season at the box office.  This weekend, there is one new movie that you can’t miss!

Hunger GamesMockingjay, Part 1  is the beginning of the end of The Hunger Games series. Although many of you agree this was the least favorite book in the series, the movie looks to be better.  We pick up after Katniss’ rescue from the Quarter Quell. She wakes up in a  place she didn’t even know existed after her home, District 12, was destroyed.  She becomes part of a movement to overturn the Capitol, and continues to represent hope to those around her.  Rated PG-13 for violence, Jennifer Lawrence and the returning cast continue doing a great job of bringing these books to life.

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Saving Christmas

This Weekend With Tanya T – 11/14/14

This weekend you need to get out of the cold and check out what’s new at your local theater:

Saving ChristmasIf you’re ready to get into the Christmas spirit, there is a new faith-based movie that might be just what you need.  Kirk Cameron’s:  Saving Christmas tells a story that will resonate with a lot of you.  While at a family gathering, Kirk realizes that his brother-in-law is disenchanted with the commercialization of Christmas. Kirk decides to prove to him that Christ is where He always has been – right in the center of Christmas.  Faith-based movies continue to get better and better, and this movie looks to be a fun way to kick off the season.


Dumb and DumberAlso new this weekend – Dumb and Dumber To.  Before you call the spelling police – that’s the way the title is spelled. Pretty clever, marketing people. Rated PG-13 for the disgusting 15 year-old boy humor, 20 years have passed since Lloyd and Harry’s last adventure.  When a postcard shows up with a 1991 postmark to inform Harry that he’s going to be a father, the duo set out to find his newly-discovered daughter.  Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back to reprise their roles from the original movie, so if you likes that one, this movie is for you.

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This Weekend with Tanya T – 10/31/14

Happy Halloween!  To compliment “fright night”, there are a some suspenseful and scary new releases, along with a film on the path to Oscar gold.

SleepBefore I Go To Sleep is the latest movie to be adapted from a popular novel.  Much like Gone Girl, this one is full of twists and surprises.  It stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, and in my opinion, that’s reason enough for you to run to your local cinema this weekend.  Rated R for violence and language, a women wakes up every day with no memory of her life and its events due to a previous accident.  One day, a horrifying truth is revealed to her and she begins to wonder who she can trust.



BirdmanEarning some early Oscar buzz, Birdman tells the story of an actor who is trying to stage his comeback in a Broadway play.  Once famous for playing a superhero on the big screen, he has many challenges to overcome before he can reclaim his former glory.  Rated R, the film stars Michael Keaton as Birdman, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis.



Finally, Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Nightcrawler, a Rated-R crime-thriller about a journalist who is so desperate to break into the world of television journalism, he is willing to dive into the underworld LA crime scene to do it.  He quickly learns that the line between observer and participant can be easily blurred.  Jake is also earning Oscar buzz for his performance, and the movie co-stars Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.


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This Weekend With Tanya T – 10/24/14

It’s another great weekend at the movies with three new releases for you to check out:

John WickFirst up, Keanu Reeves is back as John Wick, a retired hit man who is out for revenge. After Russian mobsters kill his dog, his last connection to his deceased wife, he comes out of retirement to even the score.  Rated R, the movie also stars Willem Dafoe and John Leguizamo.

Quija is a PG-13 thriller about a group of friends who confront their fears while playing the ancient spirit board.  The movie’s tagline is – “Keep telling yourself it’s just a game.”  If you like the horror genre paired with Halloween week, then this is the movie for you.


VincentFinally, this weekend ushers in the latest movie where Bill Murray shines, proving himself one of the best actors of our day.  When a single mother asks her neighbor to look after her son while she works, he agrees in exchange for money and yard help from the boy. Although grumpy and not the ideal choice for childcare, a friendship develops and the boy and his mom navigate a difficult chapter in their lives with his help. The movie also stars Melissa McCarthy as the mom, Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd.  This movie is earning Oscar buzz and is my pick for this weekend.


Tune in every Friday to the Paul Gallo Show on Supertalk Mississippi, and I’ll keep YOU in the movie loop!

Book of Life

This Weekend with Tanya T – 10/17/2014

If you need to catch a break from the excitement of Mississippi Football this weekend, here’s what’s new at your local movie theater:

Book of LifeBook of Life is an animated movie that has a very interested look – one that is true to the original story art.  The story is centered around Manolo, a man who is torn between following his heart and honoring his family’s wishes.  Rated PG and in 3D, Book of Life stars the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Christina Applegate.


Brad Pitt Alert!  His new movie, Fury, is out this week and also stars Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman.  Rated R, Fury takes place during the end of World War II.  A U.S. Army Sergeant and his five-man crew go on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.  They are outnumbered as they attempt to strike out Nazi Germany.

Finally, if you’re planning a date night, The Best of Me is my pick for you.  The latest from Nicolas Sparks, this movie tells the story of two former high school sweethearts who reunite after many years.  It stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.

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Gone Girl

This Weekend with Tanya T – 10/3/14

Happy October!  This weekend there are four new wide-releases.  While there’s nothing new for your kids, there’s quite a variety for those 13 and older.

Gone GirlFirst up, the movie that  I’m most excited about – Gone Girl.  After a  wife mysteriously disappears from her home, the case becomes the center of an intense media circus. As the investigation unravels, all fingers are pointed to the husband who insists he is innocent.  Based on the best selling novel by Gillian Flynn, this movie stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.  Mississippi’s own Sela Ward is also in the cast.  Rated R, this one has so many twists and turns – get in your seat early and buckle up!


Left behindNext up, there’s a reboot of Left Behind, based on the wildly popular book that began the series in 1995.  Starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Jordin Sparks,  this movie covers just a small part of the book – the rapture and the subsequent chaos that derives from millions of people suddenly vanishing.  Last weekend, The Song began playing and now this weekend Left Behind – so you have two good choices if you want to see a faith-based movie.  This one is Rated PG due to violent and intense images.


The Good Lie

The Good Lie is a movie that you’re going to need to watch with a box of tissues.  A tough American woman, played by Reese Witherspoon, is assigned to help introduce a group of Sudan Refugees to life in the U.S.   She thinks she just has to help them find a place to live and work, but she quickly learns that these lifelong friends need more help to overcome their pasts.  Rated PG-13, this movie will inspire you.


AnnabelleFinally, a new horror movie hits theaters just in time for Halloween – Annabelle.  A man gives his wife a rare doll to complete her collection but little did they know, there is a demon attached to it.  Oh, snap!  If you like the Conjuring and other movies with creepy dolls, scary music, dark rooms with creatures behind the door – you’ll like this movie.  Rated R for obvious reasons.

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This Weekend with Tanya T – 9/26/14

BoxtrollIf you or your kids read the Alan Show novel, ‘Here Be Monsters’, then this weekend’s family-friendly release The Boxtrolls is my pick for you.  This animated feature will be a fun time out for the whole family and tells the story of an orphaned little boy who lives underground with trash collectors.  It’s up to him to save his “family” when an exterminator tries to destroy them.  Rated PG for adventure elements, this movie is just over 90 minutes, a perfect length for the kiddos.


EqualizerDenzel Washington has a new movie.  That’s pretty much all you need to know, because his movies are always worth your time.   In The Equalizer, a Rated R thriller, Denzel stars as a former black ops commando who has put his old life behind him.  He’s leading a quiet life, but when a Russian gang takes control of a young girl, he decides to come out of retirement to help her.


The SongFinally, based on the book of Solomon, The Song tells the story of a singer-songwriter’s struggle to come out from under the shadow of his famous father.  When he writes a song for his wife that makes him a star, his life and marriage begin to crumble.  This faith-based movie has being earning a lot of attention, and also has a Mississippi connection.  Its star, Alan Powell (also the lead singer of Anthem Lights), lived in the magnolia state during a good bit of his childhood.  This one is rated PG-13 for some substance abuse and nude references)

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This is Where I Leave You

This Weekend with Tanya T – 9/19/14

It’s going to be another hot weekend, so in between football and soccer, you should go see a movie and beat the heat.  There are 3 new wide-releases:

This is Where I Leave YouFirst, This is Where I Leave You is a new Rated R dramedy about 4 siblings who come back home after their father dies.  His last wish was for them to stay together under one roof for a week, and so they do.  With their relationship problems and an over-bearing mother, honoring their father’s last wishes is a challenge.  The movie stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda and Adam Driver.  There’s also Oscar buzz for this one.

MazeBased on the 2007 Novel, The Maze Runner is an action/mystery film about a group of teenage boys that are transported to a glade that is surrounded by a maze.  A new boy arrives each month with no recollection of their past.  They know that the maze is dangerous, but it’s also their only hope to escape.


TombstonesFinally, A Walk Among Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as an unlicensed private eye whose clients usually prefer to stay under the radar.  He is hired by a drug lord to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife, only to find himself a target.  Liam has proven himself as an action star, but if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you’ll want to check out Dan Stevens (aka Matthew Crawley) as a tough guy.



This Weekend with Tanya T – 9/12/14

This weekend at the movies, you have your choice of 3 genres – drama, family and suspense/horror.  Let’s check them out:

Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?    

Rated PG-13 for a little violence and sensuality, this movie picks up with the nation’s economy falling apart.  The nation is being overrun with crime as the most productive citizens are disappearing.  One man has the solution and the government will stop at nothing to find him.

Dolphin Tale 2  

This movie has Harry Connick Jr.  So, that’s a good enough reason for you to see it.  And, there’s dolphins.  In the first movie, Winter the dolphin’s life was saved.  Now, the group responsible must come together after her surrogate mother has passed.  They must find her a new companion so she can stay at their Marine Hospital.

No Good Deed     

Rated PG-13 for language and scenes of terror, a suburban wife and mother of two must fight to survive after an escaped prisoner shows up at her door with car trouble.  She allows him into her house to use the phone, but he quickly takes over and begins to terrorize them.

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