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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Friday, April 20, 2018

I Feel Pretty







This movie was ridiculously funny. Renee (Amy Schumer) portrays a woman who suffers with incredible negative self-esteem and insecurity issues. Renee has this sense of notion that thin, gorgeous women do not suffer with any problems, especially men problems and ultimately believes that men are the ones with the issues. After all, the women she sees are beautiful, super-thin and picture perfect. During one of her exercise classes, she falls and hits her head. She wakes up believing she is this super model with an incredible sexy body and a newfound sense of self-confidence. Although her looks never changed her concussion makes her believes that is she is this sexy woman and that she can do anything that she puts her mind to.

After her new discovery, Renee perceives that she in the same category as these thin beautiful women and anyone who does not see it are jealous and the ones with the issues. She even attempts to empower her friends, Sasha (Gia Crovatin) and Vivia (Aidy Bryant) to enable their self-confidence but realize that their bilious ways will keep them stuck and displace. Her high, self-confidence attitude empowers her to compete in this swimming contest with some gorgeous women and although she did not win she never believed it was about her looks. As far as she perceived the contest she confidently believed there were more men cheering her on than the rest of the contestants.

Heck, her new boost of confidence even had her going after men believing that their shyness was the reason she boldly took the first step in talking to them. So, in hindsight she zealously made her move to go after the guy she wanted. As she continued this pretentious high she hit her head again and loses the effusive effect. She persistently believed she lost her appeal because of the accident and not realized that she had this confidence all along.

This movie illustrated that anyone who have high self-esteem powers can make the world turn with their incredible confident. No matter, whether the body, face or a positive attitude an efficacious confident can take anyone places without the fear of what other people think. I believed the story had the right concept although the audience may believe differently. I thought the movie was exceptionally funny, however, it still lacked depth and perception in the story. I rated this movie a 5 out of 10.
(Review by Dr. Dwanna Swan-Ary)




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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Movies Scheduled for the Week of April 15 - April 21


Hope some of y'all were able to attend the volunteer meeting this weekend for DIFF2018. Or you are volunteering for the EarthxFilm at http://earthxfilm.org. The DFW has a multitude of film festivals that offer some unique programming that you cannot find at the normal metroplex cinemas. Lets support the film community here in Texas!

April is running by quickly. Avengers Infinity War starts next week so I guess we will all be busy seeing that numerous times.

Not too much this week. Keep in mind that Super Troopers is rated R, so please keep the kids at home. It may be a comedy, but the humor is probably not appropriate for young minds.



April 15 - April 21

Mon - April 16

I Feel Pretty - 7:00 pm - Angelika Dallas

Tue - April 17

Super Troopers 2 - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark






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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rampage






As I have said in the past, video game movies do not really work. This goes back many a year, even to 1989’s “The Wizard,” wherein they tried to give TV’s “The Wonder Years” Fred Savage his own chance at becoming a matinee idol. I think his appearance as the sick kid in William Goldman and director Rob Reiner’s” The Princess Bride” landed to more of his credibility as a name to remember.

But, I digress, since we are here to know about “Rampage,” the new “based on a video game” tale that finds George, a gorilla who can actually communicate via sign language. He was rescued by Dwayne Johnson’s Davis Okoye, who saved George many a year ago when he was still a baby. George is not the only genetically altered animal on the planet, since there is a wolf as well as a crocodile.

Also adding further credibility to this moronic yet fun movie is Naomie Harris. She was the new Moneypenny in the last James Bond entry, “Spectre.” Her part is that of a brilliant scientist wgo for all intents and purpose was fired from her last job due to some insider shuffling at the top.

As disappointing as far as movies go, this one had some weight and gravitas in pooling all the plot points together. One of the characters thought to be an adversary turns out to be a good guy. Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays Harvey Russell, a government higher-up with some clout in getting things done immediately and ASAP.

This flick acknowledges the ridiculous proceedings, such as when Johnson’s Okoye states that of course the wolf flies. Of course there are plenty of Mcguffins thrown into the mix.

Further awful video game movies come to mind when watching the silliness here, namely “Super Mario Bros.,” “Resident Evil,” the 1994 version of “Street Fighter” with Fean Claude Van Damme,” “Alone in the Dark” and the awful but watchable “House of the Dead.”

With “Rampage,” the director is Brad Peyton, who has steered Johnson to some big hits, namely “San Andreas” in 2015. He also directed him in “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” in which his character replaced Brendan Fraser. ”They are occasionally crass and rude, but it’s what the audience paid to see in this bona-fide definition of a guilty pleasure.

Grade: C+
(Review by Ricky Miller)




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Blumhouse's Truth or Dare








(Review by Chase Lee)





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Lean On Pete





Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen, but since it's from A24 you can be sure it will be a bit different. Based on the novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin, it is written and directed by Andrew Haigh. It's a serious toned look at the inner workings of a lonely 15 year old young man who attempts to save a race horse from being sent to the slaughterhouse. Charlie Plummer, who plays the young teen, won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.

Charley Thompson (Plummer, who played John Paul Getty III in All The Money in the World) lives with his dad Ray (Travis Fimmel). Charley's mom left him shortly after he was born. His dad moved him around depending on his work. The last place was in Spokane where he excelled in the school football and track teams. Charley continues with his running as he explores the new neighborhood where he finds the Portland Downs racetrack. His dad meanwhile is messing around with a married (but separated) woman from his workplace. Ray says half kidding that her husband is a big Samoan who may be ticked off with his wife's affair. Charley likes this woman better than the last because she makes a good breakfast.

Charley makes friends with a trainer at the horse track. Steve Buscemi is Del Montgomery who used to be a big name on the horse race circuit, but is down to a handful of horses that he runs mostly in off track races and county fairs. He hires Charley to help walk the horses and shovel the barn for $25 a day. Charley who told Del he is 16, earns a bit more as Del is impressed with his willingness to learn and help. Chloë Sevigny plays Bonnie the jockey who rides for Del. She tells Charley not to get attached to any of the horses. They are not pets. When a horse is not performing, they are usually shipped off to slaughter houses in Mexico.

One night Charley comes home to find the angry Samoan husband throwing his dad out the window. The police want to put him in child services, but Charley says his aunt is on the way. Charley sleeps in the tact room at the stables, visits his dad when he's not working. Charley asks his dad to give him his aunts phone, but since they had a falling out, Ray says not to worry. The eventual tragedy propels the rest of story of Charley stealing Lean On Pete, Del's truck and trailer in an attempt to find his aunt in Wyoming. His lonely, desperate journey finds Charley walking with the horse when the truck runs out of gas. We hear his inner struggle to make sense of his vagabond life with his dad, how he had gone to a friends house in Spokane and found out how real families work and he hangs on to that hope of a normal life. Along the way he meets up with homeless guy Silver (Steven Zahn) who almost derails his plan.

Charlie Plummer is a remarkable young actor who pulls you in with his innocent and plucky young man. His orphan outlaw is a haunting and sensitive portrayal that is doomed with frustrating conundrums that stand in his way. This is not a family film of a boy and his horse. (Spoiler Alert: The horse doesn't make it through the whole movie). It is a story that will stay with out after you leave the theater.
(Review by reesa)




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Krystal




KRYSTAL
½* (out of ****)

At a certain point in the climax (if it can be called that) of Krystal, the eponymous figure, a down-on-her-luck single mother, learns a valuable lesson and receives a much-needed stepping stone toward the rehabilitative help she has needed. This is what is at the heart of Will Aldis’ screenplay, except the screenwriter’s heart is in the wrong place entirely. To wit, the way the film presents her with this opportunity is by having several characters shame her for being forced, by the economic and marital situations in which she has found herself, into providing for her disabled son through exotic dancing and sex work.

It is, as you can imagine, a pretty heartless turn for any movie, but this one is a special case: This scenario is not at all surprising in the context of the overall movie we’re dealing with here. Indeed, it might be the least weird thing about this movie, which is a very strange one. Krystal (Rosario Dawson), the former sex-worker and current adult dancer, isn’t even the protagonist of this story, which has been named after her. She certainly factors into it enough to be giving second billing in a credits context, but she is really a device for the coming-of-age of our real protagonist.

Taylor (Nick Robinson) has suffered from paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT), which causes a quickening heartbeat at random intervals for no reason, since the moment in his childhood when his dog died. He imagines the driver of the car that killed his beloved pet as a demon, with burnt-orange eyes and a wicked smile, that shows up whenever he has a cardiac event. Curiously, though, the film doesn’t really know what to do with the condition until the end. Before that, the symptoms of the defect come and go as the screenplay pleases. It does, though, introduce this concept in just about the most off-putting manner possible.

After we learn that the second event to set off the defect was his innocent curiosity about an adult magazine, the film returns to the present, where Taylor stands on a beach. Another event is in process when Krystal, wearing only some swimsuit bottoms and a tank top (with nothing underneath it), runs up to assist him. The event intensifies upon Taylor’s realization of her (lack of) attire. So, Taylor is an uncontrollable horn-dog. Got it, movie. And in case we don’t get it, well, the plot hereafter, which has Taylor essentially stalking Krystal and using a fake name (Bobby) and thin façade (that of a pretentiously self-reflexive intellectual) to do so, will get the job done.

There isn’t much more to say, really. The plot is a thin clothesline on which to hang a series of would-be-wacky situations played for comedy, before taking a suddenly sincerer approach in the homestretch that goes entirely unearned. Krystal has a wheelchair-bound son (played by Jacob Latimore) to provide for and a violent ex-husband (played by Tip “T.I.” Harris), who shows up to provide some painfully egregious conflict. Taylor’s parents (played by William H. Macy, who also directed the movie, and Felicity Huffman) and brother (played by Grant Gustin) are all just annoying projections of Taylor’s most annoying personality flaws. And Kathy Bates shows up as Taylor’s wise mentor figure, apropos of nothing at all.

Macy directs this material with a blunt, lackadaisical misunderstanding of how to blend the comic elements with the melodramatic ones, though it is likely for the best. The comedy is never funny, and the melodrama that anchors it is permanently fixed to the least interesting characters present. Most of the actors, too, adopt bizarrely unbelievable accents regional to the Georgia setting of the tale, except without any signs that they were professionally coached to perform with them. All the while, Krystal herself, despite a solid turn from Dawson (the only actor to retain any dignity through this charade), remains a cypher. Krystal is named after her, and that isn’t able to be reconciled on the evidence of this floundering failure of conviction and conceit.
(Review by Joel Copling)






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