Movie mania is always one of my weekly passions. Last week I attended the screening of “Commuter,” hosted by Mia Davis and David Cunningham of the Queen City Cinephiles at Philip’s Place in South Park. This action-pack thriller staring Liam Neeson takes you on an exciting commute of murder while you ponder who really is the killer.

Although I enjoyed the film, I found it difficult at times to imagine a 65-year-old man such as Neeson performing the unthinkable during many of the heart-racing scenes. Definitely a movie you’ll want to check out.

I also checked out “Proud Mary,” staring Taraji P. Henson. I almost had to drag myself to see this film. Not once did the coming attractions catch my attention, but I heard mixed reviews, and being a film lover, I said why not? Well let’s just say I was more than surprised at this film, which was full of action and sensitivity. The sound track was amazing and worth the 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Wednesday’s winter storm may have given us temporary cabin fever, but the weekend’s forecast is looking pretty good. Get out and enjoy my weekend picks.


Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week ~ So much to choose from, and so little time. Enjoy three-course dinners for $30/$35 at participating restaurants January 19 – 28. Queens Feast is held twice a year — once in the winter and summer.  Reservations are required for some venue, and please cancel reservations if you cannot attend so that others can be accommodated. More info.


The Other Side of Hope ~ (Movie) Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway. Meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo, and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously.  The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference. Location: Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Rd.) Cost: $10.46. Time: 7:30 p.m. More info.


Kick Back with Wine ~ No artistic skills needed, just a desire to have fun. Artist Mayte Martinez will walk you through, step by step, with your masterpiece. This two-hour class is BYOB. Along with your favorite wine or beer, bring a snacks or appetizer. Arrive 30 minutes before the 3 p.m. start time. Location: 1419 East Blvd., Suite J. Cost: $35. More info.

Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...