Valentine’s Day: 4 Movies About Love

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Feb 10, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Valentine's Day: 4 Movies About Love

There are holidays and then there is Valentine’s Day, the most amazing holiday of them all. It is the one day out of the year when the unseen love between two individuals can suddenly become a reality. It is the one day out of the year that has the potential to completely change the direction that two individual lives might be taking, sending them on a collision course leading directly towards a lifelong love together. There have been a number of romantic movies written that relate directly to Valentine’s Day and here are four favorites, along with a brief description of each.

1. Beauty and the Beast

This Walt Disney classic came out in 1991 and is one of the most romantic animated masterpieces that Walt Disney has come out with to this day. The story surrounds a beautiful woman named Belle and a horrifying looking beast who has taken Belle captive in his castle. While in captivity, Belle becomes friends with several of the castles enchanted staff members. It is her friendship with these very unusual characters (a mantel clock, a candelabra, and a teapot) that helps to keep Belle upbeat and cheery. It is this very same friendship that begins to open Belle’s eyes to see the real heart of a prince in the once hideous beast that turns from captor to friend and possibly more.

2. Tangled

“Tangled” is the story of Rapunzel, a beautiful young woman and a bandit named Flynn. Rapunzel was a beautiful teen who had a head of hair that was both golden and magical. It grew at an amazing rate and at last measurement was at least 70 ft long. But Rapunzel had a problem. She was locked away in a tower forever with no hope of escape…that is until Flynn decided to use her tower as his own personal hideout. Flynn gets taken captive by Rapunzel and remains that way until a deal is made between the unlikely pair. Flynn helps Rapunzel to escape and the two embark on an adventure that comes complete with a chameleon that is wound way too tight, a police horse with a super-hero complex, and an unsightly gang of thugs straight out of the town pub.

3. The Notebook

Romance can come from the most unexpected situations and “The Notebook” is a prime example of the reality of this statement. Noah Calhoun is an unusual individual or so it seems. He visits a woman, who is a resident of a local nursing home, for the purpose of reading her a story from a faded old book. It would seem as though the two don’t even really know each other which doesn’t stop Noah from visiting her on a regular basis. The story that he reads to her each day is a story of a young couple in love. Unfortunately, their love is cut short as a result of something that happens during World War II. The couple is unexpectedly reunited seven years later despite seemingly unbeatable odds. With a second chance at love, the two hold on to each other never to let love go again…or so the story goes.

4. Valentine’s Day

Now this is a Valentine’s Day “must see”! “Valentine’s Day” is a film covering the lives of somewhere near two dozen individuals, and the ups and downs that each of them go through on the most wonderful day of the year. The cast is loaded with actor favorites like Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, Bradley cooper, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway and many more. This film portrays the individual life situations being dealt with in a more realistic way making “Valentine’s Day one of the more believable depictions of a day that can throw love your way when you least expect it.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 3 Movies To Watch

Posted by Paul Murray on Sunday Jan 19, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Martin Luther King Jr Day: 3 Movies To Watch

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an amazing man who lived an incredible life. His achievements were many and while he literally became a Civil Rights icon over night, it came with sacrifices that continue to affect lives today. His life changing work will never be forgotten and this is a fact that will never change. There have been a number of movies written that celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by emphasizing just how tough racism was before the Civil Rights Movement came to be, but these three in particular are definitely worth watching.

Blood Done Sign My Name

“Blood Done Sign My Name” is a movie that is based on a true story which takes place in 1970, just as the Civil Rights Movement was reaching its peak. It tells two distinctly different stories involving two distinctly different groups of people and while these stories never intersect, they both seem to play an important role in the unexpected direction that the Civil Rights Movement takes. In a time when racism and hatred are celebrated like a family reunion, the persistence and dedication of the few brings life changing victory, albeit a victory that comes with many sacrifices, to the world as we know it today.

4 Little Girls

It was just another Sunday morning for four African-American girls who had decided to arrive early for Sunday school on this one particular day on September 15, 1963. They were probably doing what most other girls their age do while sitting around enjoying their time together. However, the day is very short lived as a bomb explodes in the church killing these four innocent, young African-American girls, ultimately stealing the one thing that cannot be returned…their lives. “4 Little Girls” is the true to life story of the bombing of the church in 1963, the loss of the lives of 4 innocent little girls, and the difference that this single defining moment has on the Civil-Rights Movement today.


“Hairspray” is a musical film based on a time when racial tension would play an important role in the direction that one life would take. This life is the life of an overweight high school student whose one wish is to become a part of a Baltimore dance program that she has dreamed of becoming a part of since she was just a little girl. They say that it only takes one person to plant the seed of change and change is exactly what Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) brings as she sets out to integrate the races on her favorite program. Her father supports her in all of her endeavors while her mother leans closely towards a racist belief system. And through it all, Tracy stands firm in her belief that we are all created equal as she uses dance to make her point and replace diversity with unity in the end.

While these three films are definitely worth the time it will take to watch them, there are many other amazing films that celebrate the life of the amazing man who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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2014 Family Movies: 17 Anticipated Kids Films Coming To Theaters

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jan 1, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Kids movies coming to theaters is 2014 that the whole family can enjoy

2014 is upon us and with the New Year is coming opportunities to hit the theaters. While finding a good wholesome family movie can be a daunting task at times, 2014 has come with quite a number of wonderful possibilities. Some may find them spectacular while others may find them mediocre but the fact remains, the possibilities are there. Here is our list of 16 possibilities and a brief description on each of them.

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

This is a movie that is full of magic, mystery and monsters. The only problem with that is that the magic is a powerful evil, the mystery is very ancient, and the monsters are out to steal the children of the world. But there is hope in a hero named Mariah Mundi who must save his family from the very evil he must destroy.

In Theaters: January 10

The Nut Job

A nut store in and of itself is simply a nut store that is until it becomes the saving grace for a banished squirrel named Surly. Surly is chased from his home in the park and is forced to make it in the big city. Will he survive, and save the park community he was forced to leave in the first place? The Nut Job is a story of how change, while unexpected yet unavoidable, is in many cases for reasons we would never expect yet for reasons that are far bigger than we would ever understand had we not gone through them to begin with. Look forward to the voice support of famous actors such as Channing Tatum, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

Int Theaters: January 17

The Lego Movie

LEGO land is a wonderful place where changes can be accomplished with the replacement of a single LEGO piece that is until an evil LEGO tyrant threatens to glue the LEGO universe together. A single ordinary miniature LEGO figure is mistaken for the amazing master builder of the LEGO universe and is recruited to join the ultimate quest, a quest that could mean the difference between life in the LEGO universe or the destruction of all LEGO figures alive.

In Theaters: February 7

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

A boy and his dog are a team that cannot be separated but who really runs things. In this fun and adventurous movie, it is Mr. Peabody who runs the show and builds the WABAC machine; a time machine he and his adopted boy Sherman use to travel back in time. Together they witness world changing events first-hand, and have the opportunity of a lifetime in that they are given a chance to change history. Their success, or failure, will make all the difference in the world.

In Theaters: March 7

Spy Kids 5
Scheduled to be released in 2014, Spy Kids 5 is director Robert Rodriguez’s newest in the fun series of Spy Kids movies. There isn’t much info out on this one but it is expected to be as fun and adventurous as each of the other 4 installments that starred famous parents Antonio Banderas and Jessica Alba. We’ll have to see you at the movies for this one but look forward to a fun time.

Release date: To Be Announced

Muppets Most Wanted

Is the loveable Kermie the real Kermit the frog or is he an imposter? In “Muppets Most Wanted” the Muppets, while on a grand world tour, find themselves smack dab in the middle of a European jewelry caper that could very well be lead by the mastermind Kermit the frog and a not-so-nice sidekick. Can the Muppets foil the crime and stop Kermie and is it really Kermie at all?

In Theaters: March 21

Rio 2

Going from the magical city to the wilds is a shock to the system for Blu, Jewel, and their three kids but they learn to survive in Rio 2. However, fitting in doesn’t come easy for Blu when he is not only faced with vengeful Nigel but even worse with his father-in-law. The fun is never ending in Rio 2.

In Theaters: April 11

The 39 Clues
Based on multiple books, collectible cards, and an online game, “The 39 Clues” surrounds the Cahill family, the most powerful family in the world. The mystery of their super-power will only be revealed when the 39 clues that are hidden around the world are finally found. This one is a new concept that could easily become a hit among readers and gamers everywhere.


This is a twist on the tale of the “Sleeping Beauty” and looks at the tale through the eyes of the villainous Maleficent. Looking at the heart hardening events that ultimately lead to the curse of the Princess in this light might just have you looking at the “Sleeping Beauty” tale differently; or will it?

In Theaters: May 30

How to Train Your Dragon 2

This sequel to the spectacular tale of Hiccup and Toothless takes place 5 years later during a time of peace between dragons and Vikings. But peace is cut short when the inseparable pair stumbles onto a secret ice cave where hundreds of new wild dragons and a mysterious dragon rider dwell. The only chance of victory during the ensuing battle is in total unity between Hiccup, Toothless, and the Vikings of the once peaceful land.

In Theaters: June 13

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Protecting the historic Piston Peak National Park from a wildfire is the job of the crew of elite firefighting aircraft who have devoted their lives to the job. “Planes: Fire & Rescue” features air racer Dusty who has been side swiped by a damaged engine and comes to realize that racing may not be in his future. However, fighting wildfires just might be. Dusty joins the firefighting team and begins a journey that changes his life forever. Included are the voices of actors Dane Cook and Julie Bowen.

In Theaters: July 18

Dolphin Tale 2
This sequel to the original “Dolphin Tale” is a heartwarming story of yet another rescued bottle nose dolphin named Hope. Hope is a new baby dolphin rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010. Expect to see Winter in this sequel as well.

In Theaters: Sept 19

The Boxtrolls

This movie is about a group of underground trolls who raised a boy from childhood. This boy is faced with the task of attempting to save his friends from destruction and the task is not going to be easy.

In Theaters: Sept 26

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studio pulls out all of the stops in this spectacular movie starring the genius robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and a robot named Baymax. The two must join forces with a team of first-time crime fighters to save the city of Fransokyo from total destruction. Success will depend on whether or not the group can get past their differences and work together as the team who can change the direction that the city is headed in.

In Theaters: Nov 7

Dreamworks Animation is working bringing Adam Rex’s children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday to the big screen. A story about a group of aliens who try to take over the earth, but one teenage girl proves to be a problem.

In Theaters: November 26

This is a contemporary remake of the original musical “Annie” and stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx. It is based upon the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.

In Theaters: December 19

Night at the Museum 3
“Night at the Museum 3” will take place in London, England and will see Ben Stiller return as security guard Larry Daley. Robin Williams will also return as Teddy Roosevelt and the action will definitely not be lacking.

In Theaters: Christmas

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Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When he is is not traveling to create outdoor extraordinary movie events for communities, cities and schools, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels Filming Dumb And Dumber 2 In Atlanta

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Oct 24, 2013 Under Georgia Film Industry

Dumb and Dumber filming in Atlanta

For “Dumb and Dumber” fans, the news that a sequel, “Dumb and Dumber To,” is set to premier in 2014 is very exciting. However, the excitement about “Dumb and Dumber To” filming is not limited just to movie fans; residents of Atlanta, GA, and nearby Grantville are enjoying the benefits of this movie being filmed in their neighborhood.

“Dumb and Dumber To” is set to be released in the summer of 2014, 20 years after the release of the original “Dumb and Dumber” back in 1994. The Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter, wrote and directed the first film and will be working on the sequel as co-directors and co-producers. Lately, the film industry has been booming around Atlanta and the Farrelly brothers are familiar with the area as well. They shot “Hall Pass” and “The Three Stooges” in Atlanta.

A lot of filming for this movie is taking place in Cabbagetown, which is located on the East side of Atlanta. Making Cabbagetown look like Rhode Island for filming is a big task. The film crew has been hard at work transforming several blocks of Cabbagetown for use in the movie.

Several movies are filming around Atlanta this fall. “Dumb and Dumber To, ” “Mockingay,” the third movie in the “Hunger Games” series, and “Fast and Furious 7” are all currently in the works in the Atlanta, GA area. Local residents seem to be enjoying the excitement and the economic benefits that come along with all of this movie action. Crew members and actors frequent local businesses during filming and locals are hired to work on the sets.

The film industry around Atlanta is taking off, and it is good news for local residents. When “Dumb and Dumber To” hits theaters in 2014, “Dumb and Dumber” and Farrelly brothers fans won’t be the only viewers who are especially excited to see this new movie; residents of Cabbagetown and Grantville will also enjoy a special connection with this film. If you live near one of these filming areas, be sure to pay close attention when watching “Dumb and Dumber To” and look for familiar places.

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Why It’s Important to Start an Outdoor Movie Before Dark

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 7, 2013 Under Tips

SOC-Outdoor-Movie-Before-dark Enjoying a free outdoor movie is a great end to a full day of summer activities. Since we’ve been at this for a long time, we show our movies around dusk, which is up to 60 minutes earlier than other companies.


There’s just enough ambient light to get settled with snacks and not trip over anyone. The surrounding environment is still visible enough to be enjoyed.

Plus, the movie is done earlier so you and your family can get to bed in time to sleep off an awesome day at the movies. After all, summer days are long! On the East Coast, you may not see sunset until nearly 9 p.m.!

Do you really want to wait that long to start an outdoor movie?

Yeah, we didn’t think so.

We try to think of every little detail to create a fabulous outdoor movie experience. Have you ever thought of the following reasons why an early start time is best?

A Better Bang For Your Buck

If you’re planning the event, an early start time means more time for sponsor ads to be shown! We get set up right away so that advertisers can have a good 20 minutes of screen time, ensuring they are getting the most value out of working with you.

Volunteers who are helping with concessions or other activities aren’t up too late and can get some much deserved rest! This may also save you money on venue and labor costs. You won’t have to pay any one overtime for having a late night event.

Did you realize that outdoor movie providers who have a late start time may be using inexpensive equipment?

Think about it! If their equipment can’t achieve a crisp, colorful image before it’s fully dark, you may be using an unprofessional provider. Remember to wow moviegoers with the best audiovisual equipment available.

These same results can be achieved when you are showing a movie indoors as well.

An Experience That’s Bigger than the Movie

If you’re attending the event, it can be tough to not get bored (in the dark, no less) when you’re waiting an hour or two before the movie starts.

We’ve all been to events like that. The kids are running around, because all of the toys and games you’ve brought no longer capture their attention.

It seems to be getting hotter and hotter as time passes so, so slowly. Nobody wants a summer outing to end on a sour note like that. We want attendees to be entertained as much as you do!

Ever have the little ones (or you) fall asleep during the movie and miss it? Even if it’s a movie we’ve seen before, the experience is lost when you doze off.

We know the cutest summer photos are of the little ones tuckered out after a great event. But we want that to happen after the movie is over!

Check it out: You’ll find even more tips on why outdoor movie start times are important on our blog.


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