The Dallas Movie Screening Group

This is the homepage of the Dallas Movie Screening Group. To join our mailing list you must sign up at our group page on Yahoo. You will then be connected to receive notices on how to find passes to the local screenings in the DFW area. It's up to you to pickup or sign up for passes. You can also barter, trade or just giveaway passes you don't want, need or share with other members of the group. Please read the instructions on the Yahoo page very carefully before posting. This group is closely moderated so that your mail box is not full of spam or other unnecessary mail. We appreciate everyone's consideration and cooperation.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

He Named Me Malala

Malalai of Maiwand was a legendary heroine from Afghanistan who inspired the country's army to fight when they had given up. She led them to battle to win, but she was shot in the process. So to most people, it is a sad name. But to the young woman of Swat Valley in Pakistan, it was a name that encouraged hope. The documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) incorporates interviews with Malala Yousafzai and most notably her father with whom she has a powerful bond and the history of that area of the world that is strife with danger.

When the Taliban came to their remote village, it was peaceful and the villagers were welcoming to them. But as time progressed, their politics became more extreme and hostile to western influences. They banned TV's, CD's, movies and educating girls. Malala's father Ziauddin ran a chain of schools in the region had a stammer when he was younger, but overcame it and became a teacher and later speaker to their community on the importance of education of their children. Malala also became an activist and was well spoken at the age of 13. In 2012, the school bus she was on was fired upon by the Taliban and she was shot in the head after she had spoke out about the importance of education of young women. Everyone thought she would die, but she endured. The family had to move eventually to England with the threat on her life and on her family.

When Malala was 11/12 she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under the Taliban occupation. No one else wanted to do it because it was too dangerous. She gained prominence when a New York Times documentary was made about her life. She began giving interviews in print and on TV. She was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu. The assassination attempt sparked a national and international outcry and support for her. Most of the interviews with Malala are when she was 16 trying to fit in to English schools, and for once being a teenager. But her mission in life keeps her from totally indulging in whimsy of just being her age. She wrote a book with British journalist Christina Lamb that was published in 2013 called I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. The Pakistan schools banned the book as having a negative influence. Some of her countrymen think of her as a agent of the West against Islam. On her 16th birthday in 2013 she addressed the UN which dubbed the event Malala Day. It was her first speaking event since the attack on her. In 2014 Malala was announced as the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize becoming the youngest Nobel laureate.

The movie is very inspirational and probably should be required viewing for all young people. There was a few problems as far as the events jumped forward and backwards giving confusion to the time line. But it was well done, manipulating the heartstrings. Her mother remains mostly in the background, her brothers seem to be typical teasing siblings. Her father is most vocal and you can see where she gets her confidence and fire to speak her mind. It's hard to imagine a world where girls are denied education. Thanks to Malala we can see who we need to fight.
(Review by reesa)

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The beloved story of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie was first staged in 1904 and later received some notoriety by the casting of women to play Peter in later productions. In director Joe Wright's version written by Jason Fuchs, the prequel explores how Peter came to Neverland and even had a friendship with Captain Hook. Whether we will see how these two have a falling out probably depends on how this movie does at the box office. Wright best known for period pieces like Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and Hanna is great with visuals. Pan explodes with interesting visuals, eye candy, and wondrous costumes. It's unfortunate that the story doesn't quite live up to it all.

Peter (Levi Miller) is left at the door step of an orphanage with only a note from his mother and a necklace shaped liked a pan flute. He holds the belief that his mother will come back for him. The nuns who run the orphanage are fairly despicable and Peter is convinced that they are hoarding food (they are) and are responsible for some boys disappearing nightly (they are). When he discovers what's happening, he's suddenly captured by pirates and flown away to Neverland. There they are put to work in the mines harvesting Pixum dust for the evil Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). The fairy dust keeps him eternally young. He has ruined the landscape of Neverland, and is after the mother lode in the fairy kingdom which is protected by the Neverland natives in the forest. The arrival of Peter makes Blackbeard paranoid as the local legend prophesies that a young man with the sign of the Pan and that can fly will be his death.

Peter manages to escape the mines with the help of Hook (Garret Hedlund channelling Hans Solo) and Mr. Smee (Adeel Akhtar). They are captured by Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and brought to the native village. When they discover that Peter may be the Chosen One, they protect him when Blackbeard catches up, destroying their village, trying to force them into giving up the map to the fairy kingdom. Peter just wants to find his mother and when he eventually discovers the truth, he has to man up pretty quickly to save Neverland.

The controversy about the casting of a white person as a native character still has not made a dent in the diversity in the casting of this movie nor others. It's an annoying issue with the movie, despite the job done by Rooney or Wright's excuse that Neverland's native inhabitants represent all aboriginal populations. Hint for Wright, in future movies, please note they are not all white. The strangeness of the Neverland mines full of former lost boys who are now men with no women around is a bit disconcerting. Jackman eats up the screen with the over the top bad guy, Mr. Smee is just as weaselly, and Levi Miller does well as the intrepid young man who apparently will never grow up. Hopefully the next instalment will take their time in creating a perhaps darker story as to why Hook gets a hook.
(Review by reesa)

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Movies Scheduled 10/4-10/10

Good morning all!! What beautiful weather we are having!

When you hit reply to the emails it goes right back to the group and then we have to hit reject. I really want y'all to get the passes people are offering so look at the bottom of the email and it tells you who posted the email. So copy their address and then hit forward, not reply, then paste their address in the address bar. They will get your email and you won't get my rejected reply saying please reply to so and so and not the group. Now if I am in line I just reject the emails. I feel horrible about it bur please reply to them and not the group.

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Sunday Oct. 4th

Monday Oct. 5th

AGFA Secret Screening 7:40 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse
He Named Me Malala 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Tuesday Oct. 6th

Bridge of Spies 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Wednesday Oct. 7th

Freeheld 7:30 p.m. SMG Spring Valley
99 Homes 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Thursday Oct. 8th

Jaded Reflections 7:00 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Friday Oct. 9th

Saturday Oct. 10th

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Friday, October 2, 2015

The Walk

Robert Zemeckis took on The Walk, the story of Philippe Petit’s World Trade Center illegal tight rope walk in 1974, knowing he wanted Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the role of the Frenchman. Levitt actually learned to tight rope walk from Petit and became fluent in French, in order to exhibit a perfect French accent, which he executes beautifully in the film. The movie traces Petit’s rise to notoriety from his early years as a juggler, as his father attempts to kill the exhibitionist spirit within him. He runs away, becomes a street performer and ultimately seeks tutoring from the patriarch (Papa Rudy) of a tight rope circus family from Eastern Europe, played by the amazingly talented Ben Kingsley. This walk has been profiled before in other productions such as the award winning documentary Man on Wire (2008) and the PBS production, Tightrope Between the Towers.

The entire story is narrated by Gordon-Levitt as Petit, aside the flame of the Statue of Liberty on the torch walk, in an enthusiastically delivered oration that at times is a little overshadowing to the actual story line. He comes across like a little boy on Christmas morning about to open and reveal his biggest gift. Throughout the film, Petit desires, learns, trains, practices, makes his first illegal walks and imagines where he will walk next, at all times, no matter where he is. He found a girlfriend, Annie Allix, early on (Charlotte Le Bon) to encourage him and has brought her along to act as muse and cheerleader to his endeavors. The Twin Towers call to him, beginning at the age of 17, from newspapers and magazines, as a siren calls the sailor. He is caught and cannot escape the challenge and the lure, especially when he arrives in New York to scope the location out , still under construction, a month or two in advance of the August 7, 1974 event. He eschews a safety wire and elicits the aide of a motley crew of helpers, from France and America, to deal with transporting, moving and hiding all of his custom equipment.

Released in 2D and 3D, the film is visually stunning. Those who are afraid of heights should probably avoid the big screen, 3D versions. I am not completely afraid of heights but found the walk itself excruciatingly long and torturous and I even knew how the walk itself ended! It Is a must see sequence. Zemeckis allows us to sense the wind, view all the way to the ground, scan the expanse and in essence be on that wire ourselves and every part of our being screams to get off. Petit, however doesn’t mind hanging out on the wire for a while, soaking it all in and being in the zone. It is the culmination of his lifelong dream and after this, there really isn’t going to be much of anything to top it, and he knows this. And so he savors the moment, in its fullest glory. The actual “walk”, which he nicknamed “le coup” was eight passes and 45 minutes long. Just imagine it. The Walk is a story of passion, drive and the fulfillment of dreams and ultimately of purpose. While a singular event, there is so much more to who Petit (at 24 years old) is at the time, and the forces behind what made him that way. Thrill seeker, dare devil, entertainer, dreamer, man with a death wish, Petit certainly had nerve and a kind of “obstacles be damned” blind ambition to become legend. He inspires the meekest in us to just go after something…….anything. All in all, it was poignantly wonderful to see the Twin Towers again, even if through the eyes of their French lover Petit.
(Review by Cheryl Wurtz)

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Martian

It's interesting that Nasa just announced the amazing news of finding water on the planet Mars just when Ridley Scott's new film The Martian is due to open. The film based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name was adapted by Drew Goddard was able to relay a story that's told mostly from the character's log of being stranded on the planet and the science that helps him survive. Outside of the dust storm at the beginning of the film that precipitates the reason why he gets stuck, it's the only bit that was poetic license by the author. The rest of the movie is technically impressive with a few liberties that unless you were actually a scientist you would not notice. The best part of the movie is telling the world out there that science matters.

The crew of the Hermes has been Mars establishing a habitat and gathering samples. When the storm hits, the mission commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) decides to scrub the mission and leave before their return ship is damaged by the high winds. During the evacuation Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is hit by flying debris which hits his suit knocking out his telemetry leading the others to believe that he's dead. Lewis tries to reach him, but the ship will not be able to fly unless they leave right away. They report his passing to the command center and the world mourns the astronaut. Meanwhile after the storm, Watney wakes up with a piece of metal in him and realizes he's on his own. He doesn't panic and lets his training take over. From repairing his body, to taking inventory of his supplies. His math skills are needed to figure out how to survive the four years it would take for a rescue party to return. But of course they don't know he's still there.

Being the ship's botanist, Watney figures out how to grow potatoes. The book goes into great detail on how he has to give life to the inert Mars soil. Also the tediousness of trying to survive and keep the solar panels free of dust to keep the power running. There's the question of creating water that the plants need. While on earth, a tech Mindy Lewis (Mackenzie Davis) looking at the pictures from the planet, notices something odd about the way equipment at the hab site is moving. Her bosses NASA director Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels) and Mars mission chief Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are faced with a huge dilemma. NASA PR spokesperson Annie Montrose (Kristian Wiig) has to dance around the agency's public image while they try to figure out how to get him home.

Damon is wonderful as the curious, talkative and amusing Watney. Astronauts are trained to survive under all circumstances. Everyone on the Hermes, Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie are a good representatives on how real astronauts are trained to exceed mission objectives. The media circus on earth, and the command center trying to communicate with Watney, or launching supplies keep the movie moving forward to the last action packed third act. If you haven't read the book, you should. The story follows closely just fills in the things that you just can't detail in the film form. One of the best movies to open up the fall season.
(Review by reesa)

The Martian at NAS Fort Worth JRB

Military personnel from NAS Fort Worth JRB were invited to a special screening of THE MARTIAN, starring Matt Damon, and served nearly 500 Mars-inspired potatoes at a lunch Monday, Sept. 28. The event was a goodwill initiative as a thank you for their continued service. Lunch was catered by Coburn's of Fort Worth.

(left to right) Navy Personnel YNC Adrien Clark and LCDR Nicholas Michael enjoy THE MARTIAN potato bar at the 20th Century FOX event at NAS Fort Worth JRB on Monday, September 28, 2015

(left to right) Marines LCpl John White, PFC Mason Vielbaum and Cpl Jonathan Morales along with Navy QM1 Brandy Day load up their potatoes at the 20th Century FOX event to celebrate THE MARTIAN at NAS Fort Worth JRB on Monday, September 28, 2015

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Finder's Keepers

This story follows the connection made between John Wood and Shannon Whisnant after Shannon finds John’s severed foot inside of a grill he just obtained. The history of the pasts of both men is told in a very human way through this foot. Shannon tries to garner fame for this international story while John wants it back and de-fleshed as a tribute to his rested father. John had previously been in a plane accident leaving his father dead and him an amputee. Some really tickling lines that came from the Southern stereotype of this documentary were “I found that plum nasty foot!” and “One day I’ve had mo money. . . that would be super cool.” Shannon is quite the hoot and the funniest man I’ve seen in a documentary ever. Yet, this story gets serious when we realize that John had an uncontrolled addiction to alcohol and drugs that broke him from his family. This addiction maybe comes from a trying to be pleasing to his wealthy father we find out. The telling from the man himself about when he slept under a bridge was a sharp note of hopelessness. When John’s sister, who did everything she could, says she was waiting for the call that John was dead, you feel a sense of disaster for him. I would take this tale to be a story of how unexpected consequences lead to better gifts sometimes. There was one shot that I absolutely respected in this film which had a photo of Shannon with glasses that reflect John speaking in 2004. Knowing it was more than a decade ago kind of gave that photo a time warp effect. John’s family explains to the camera that his mother was treated like an employee and a subordinate by his father who was a successful businessman. The family had a massive property with a roller rink and tennis court which shows that riches cannot buy everything. This knowing of the Wood’s wealth to Shannon led him to make a horrid comment stating “That boy had a silver crack pipe in his mouth” during a harmful time in John’s life. The idea of drug addiction as a disease is permeated for me throughout the 84 minutes of this special filmmaking. Shannon’s heated past too comes to light with the revelation of his father beating him faster than he could breath. A person we see as maybe the mischievous one of the film is given a realization of his troubles. This is a film of an event that did unexpected things for both men. As John states in the last parts of it, “Him doing what he did. . . I got my life back.”
(Review by Wyatt Head)

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Movies Scheduled 9/27-10/3

Please keep in mind that the screenings are usually for the press and they are nice enough to open the extra seats to us. So if you are willing to stand in line and not get the perfect seat then we are happy to have you line and making friends and having fun!

I have been doing screenings before I had my kid and she just turned 25 this month. Yeah I do love screenings and yes I do need a break from time to time. Back then you couldn’t just print them off of the internet. You actually had to go to different places and pick up passes. Sure some still have a pass pick up but not every single one!

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Sunday Sept. 27th

Monday Sept. 28th

The Walk 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
Finders Keepers 7:00 p.m. LOOK Cinema

Tuesday Sept. 29th

The Martian 7:00 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Wednesday Sept. 30th

Crimson Peak 4:00 p.m. Cinemark West Plano
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
The 33 7:30 p.m. THe Magnolia

Thursday Oct. 1st

Freeheld 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
99 Holes 7:30 p.m. SMG Spring Valley

Friday Oct. 2nd

Saturday Oct. 3rd.

Pan 11:00 a.m. Cinemark West Plano

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