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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Good Boys








(Review by Chase Lee)




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Is That You?





As the movie opens, thirteen-year-old Lili (Gabriela Ramos) sits on her bed humming to herself, pasting photo cut-outs into her journal, and ignoring the sounds coming through the wall. Her parents, Alina (Lynn Cruz) and Eduardo (Osvaldo Doimeadiós), are in the next room. Eduardo is speaking harshly and Alina’s ankles are covered in rashes. It’s quickly apparent that this is not a happy, loving household – visually signified by their house’s dank, shabby, and stark interior.



Writer/director Rudy Riverón Sánchez’s debut feature, “¿Eres tú, papá? (“Is That You?” in English), is classified as a horror film but it’s possibly best described as a drama, though the tense oppressive atmosphere created in the film does at times seem more in line with a horror movie. The photography is, more often than not, confined to the small dimly-lit rooms of the family home where Lili and her mother are controlled by the domineering Eduardo. Since Sánchez is more interested in implying the horrifying over out-right showing it, things are mostly left to the viewers’ imagination. The audience is all too aware of what’s going on inside this house, they don’t need to see it.



Alina finally decides to make her escape, waking her daughter in the middle of the night to try to flee the house. Confusingly, Lili herself denies taking part in the escape, retreating to her parent’s bedroom and threatening to wake Eduardo if Alina leaves, showing Lili’s devotion to the man despite his behavior. Has Alina attempted to leave before? Is she trapped there more by her love for her daughter than terror of her husband? The next day, Lili tells her father of Alina’s attempted escape, embellishing it with a lie that his employee Carlos (Jorge Enrique Caballero) was waiting outside for her.



One thing leads to another and Eduardo goes missing, the audience is aware of where he goes. Lili winds up in contact with a spiritualist, Caridad (Eslinda Nuñez), who gives her a ritual to perform at her house in order to help Eduardo find his way back to them, producing unexpected results.



Composers James Williams and Owain Kelly accent the grim visuals and the characters’ emotions with an overbearing orchestral score full of shrill strings and deep rumbling bass, reminiscent of the scores heard in films like “The Conjuring” and “Insidious.” The soundtrack does more to cause discomfort for viewers than the film’s visuals, embellishing what might have otherwise been a dull-straightforward narrative.



This cooperation between audio and visual isn’t enough to save this movie. The characters behaviors and their decisions often don’t make sense, especially from Lili. Her father doesn’t treat her all too well either and he frequently tells his wife the only reason she’s being allowed to do something (such as being allowed to have dinner for the night) is because Lili begged him. Once Eduardo disappears, the direction of the story feels odd… Shouldn’t Lili be somewhat relieved at her father’s disappearance? The actors all portray their characters in the same aloof and detached manner. This behavior perhaps makes sense for Lili and Alina, but not so much for Carlos and Caridad.



Even as the film progresses to more typical horror elements in the film’s final act, Sánchez leaves things to suggestion, raising questions on how exactly the film’s final events should be interpreted. “Is That You?” isn’t entirely gripping. By the time the film reaches its ambiguous end, you might find yourself not caring too much about what happens to any of these characters.
Review by Bret Oswald

Available on DVD and VOD August 13





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Monday, August 12, 2019

This Week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW






Calling all movie lovers… Here’s what’s happening this week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW!

This week, we’re partying like it’s 1999 with the REWIND 1999 series, a year-long series highlighting the groundbreaking films celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with favorites like BOWFINGER, DETROIT ROCK CITY, and MYSTERY MEN. You’ll be truffle shuffling all the way out of the theater after THE GOONIES Chunk Junk Food Feast and THE GOONIES Movie Party. Watch Boone fights zombies, search for his missing partner, and get injected with a new street drug in the Video Vortex screening of OZONE. For a full calendar listing, please visit drafthouse.com/dfw/calendar.

See y’all soon at the Alamo Drafthouse!



This Week's Highlights…

Year-Long Series: REWIND 1999

Alamo Drafthouse will rewind to 1999 and relive the entire year of movies month-to-month in celebration of the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest years of film ever! This month they celebrate with screenings of BOWFINGER at Denton and DETROIT CITY ROCK at Lake Highlands and Las Colinas

THE GOONIES: Chunk Junk Food Feast and Movie Party
Get your Chunk on with a delicious full menu of THE GOONIES inspired treats at the Chunk Junk Food Feast or enjoy a night full of eye patches, flashlights for bully blinding and Smell-Along cards at THE GOONIES Movie Party. Gather up the gang and attend THE GOONIES Chunk Junk Food Feast at Lake Highlands or THE GOONIES Movie Party at Cedars, Denton, Las Colinas, North Richland Hills, and Richardson

Video Vortex: OZONE

Eddie Boone is a cop with problems. Namely, his city is overrun with zombies, his partner has gone missing, and he was recently ejected with a new street drug called Ozone. This Video Vortex screening is one of the most ambitious shot-on-video movies of the 1990s. Catch OZONE at Denton and North Richland Hills.



MONDAY | AUGUST 12

Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM
Screening: HOT ROD Movie Party at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:10AM
Screening: Rewind 1999: BOWFINGER at 6:30PM
Screening: Springsteen Fan Event: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT at 7:30 PM
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: DRUNKEN MASTER at 8:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: Champagne Cinema: (500) DAYS OF SUMMER at 7:30 PM
Screening: Rewind 1999: DETROIT CITY ROCK at 9:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM
Screening: Springsteen Fan Event: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT at 7:30 PM
Screening: Rewind 1999: DETROIT CITY ROCK at 7:40PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: NATURAL BORN KILLERS at 7:40PM
Screening: Video Vortex: OZONE at 9:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:00AM
Screening: 2D DREDD at 7:00PM
Screening: Springsteen Fan Event: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT at 7:30 PM
Screening: RED DAWN at 9:05PM



TUESDAY | AUGUST 13

Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM
Screening: 2D DREDD at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:10AM
Screening: Champagne Cinema: (500) DAYS OF SUMMER at 6:30PM
Screening: Video Vortex: OZONE at 8:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: HBO’S THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES Series Premiere at 7:00PM
Screening: 2D DREDD at 9:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM
Screening: HOT ROD Movie Party at 7:30PM
Screening: THE STUNT MAN at 9:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: Anime-Zing: NINJA SCROLL at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:00AM
Screening: Anime-Zing: NINJA SCROLL at 7:00PM
Screening: Graveyard Shift: INNOCENT BLOOD at 9:00PM
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM



WEDNESDAY | AUGUST 14
All Locations: Teacher Appreciation Wednesdays: a FREE movie ticket for teachers and school faculty/staff. Teacher-themed special menu available ALL DAY for everyone!

Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM
Screening: Rerelease: IT CHAPTER ONE at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Denton
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:10AM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: Rerelease: IT CHAPTER ONE at 7:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM
Screening: Rerelease: IT CHAPTER ONE at 7:45PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Rerelease: IT CHAPTER ONE at 7:40PM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:00AM
Screening: INGLORIOUS BASTERDS in 35MM at 6:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



THURSDAY | AUGUST 15

Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM

Denton
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:10AM
Screening: Rerelease: IT CHAPTER ONE at 6:30PM
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: DIAL M FOR MURDER 3D at 7:15PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: DEVIN PIKE IS (ALMOST) DEAD: A Celebrity Charity Roast at 7:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM

Richardson
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: DIAL M FOR MURDER 3D at 7:00PM



FRIDAY | AUGUST 16
Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM

Denton
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:10AM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM
Screening: Cinema With The Snake: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT at 8:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: Taylor Swift Video Dance Party at 8:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:00AM



SATURDAY | AUGUST 17

Cedars
Screening: Free Victory Screening: STEAMBOAT BILL, JR at 5:15PM
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: TO CATCH A THIEF at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: NORTH BY NORTHWEST at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: THE WIZARD OF OZ Movie Party at 4:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM
Screening: THE IRON GIANT Movie Party at 4:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: NORTH BY NORTHWEST at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM
Screening: THE SOLID VERBAL Podcast: Fantasy Things Draft at 8:00PM



SUNDAY | AUGUST 18

Cedars
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: THE GOONIES Chunk Junk Food Feast at 6:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 7:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY at 12:45PM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM



First Run Movies Now Playing...
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold
Hobbs & Shaw
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (in 35mm)
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
Spider-Man: Far From Home
The Art Of Racing In The Rain
The Farewell
The Kitchen
The Lion King
Toy Story 4


Premiering This Week...

The Angry Birds Movie 2
Where’d You Go, Bernadette


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Angry Birds 2







The war between the inhabitants of Bird Island and Piggy Island continues in the animated sequel “The Angry Birds Movie 2.” That is until the green pigs that live on Piggy Island discover the existence of a third island. As the saying goes, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” and, since the third island, Eagle Island, is also attacking Bird Island, the pigs call a truce, allying themselves with their former enemies in order to find a way to stop the attacks.



Unsurprisingly, “The Angry Birds Movie 2” is a film that will, almost entirely, solely catch the attention of younger viewers. It’s another loud, in-your-face animated comedy. As with almost any animated work these days (at least those coming from the major production studios), the animation from Sony Pictures Animation looks fantastic. Bright and colorful, it pops off the screen. This screening was not in 3D although the trailers advertise that option as being available. It seems like that format is (sadly) pretty much dead by this point. As a trend, 3D comes and goes (the 1950s, 1980s, this current – and longer-lasting – trend). For better or worse, this suggests there might be another rebirth of the format in some future decade.



Eagle Island is ruled by the maniacal purple feathered eagle Zeta (Leslie Jones). Zeta is sick of living on the frozen land of Eagle Island with her daughter, Debbie (Tiffany Haddish), and her many cohorts, who she likes to torture by freezing them whenever they displease her. She sets her sights on chasing off the residents of Bird and Piggy Island with hopes of moving to their tropical locations. The ice angle is played up a lot by director Thurop Van Orman. Zeta’s method of attack is launching giant ice balls. Her pet dog is trapped in a cube of ice, mysteriously able to breathe, eat, and go to the bathroom. Debbie wears cubes of ice on her feet like a pair of shoes.



It’s a cartoon, expect the ridiculous.



Red (Jason Sudeikis), star and hero of the previous movie, is recruited by pig Leonard (Bill Hader) to form a group to infiltrate Zeta’s compound. The rest of the group is made up of birds: Bomb (Danny McBride), Chuck (Josh Gad), Silver (Rachel Bloom), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage); and pigs: Courtney (Awkwafina) and Garry (Sterling K. Brown). They are a motley group of characters, each with their own specialty. The ego-driven Red and Leonard fight over leadership. Red hopes to save the day in order to keep his new-found popularity, granted following the events of the first movie. Silver, Chuck’s genius sister, is the brains of the operation, offering a threat to the insecure Red. Red is forced to learn to work as part of a team to stop Zeta.



There’s a subplot thrown in involving a group of three hatchlings who manage to lose one of their mother’s three unhatched eggs. Other than unnecessarily increasing the movie’s length, the subplot adds nothing. You’d think the screenwriters (Peter Ackerman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathan E. Stewart) would at least find a way to tie these characters satisfactorily into the conclusion. They don’t. While the hatchlings do wind up at the final fight, their inclusion is pretty insignificant. The main story and its resolution would have stayed the same without them.



Mostly, the jokes are pretty bland. They just aren’t funny, barely causing a crack of a smile, if anything. Although the movie’s humor is terrible overall, there are a couple of jokes that do successfully land. One of which, spoiled in the film’s trailer, involves the birds disguising themselves in an eagle costume. It ends up falling into the potty humor category but it’s cleverly handled. The other (fleetingly brief) moment comes at the ending, almost right before the credits start.



You probably know if you’re going to end up watching this one or not. It looks nice on the surface but is pretty much cold and bland, something made to further cash-in on an established franchise. Animation fans may like looking at the imagery, but this movie doesn’t have much else to offer.
(Review by Bret Oswald)




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Angry Birds 2







(Review by Chase Lee)





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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Aug 11 - Aug 17



Why do they schedule all the movies on one day. So unfair. On the positive side, they are having multiple screenings for some movies, so you will get a chance...hopefully.

Anyway, I hope y'all were able to get passes to the ones you want. Remember if you respond to a person's offer, you must contact them directly and not to the group email.

Stay cool out there. It's in the triple digit heat wave. yuck.

Aug 11 - Aug 17

Tue - Aug 13

Good Boys - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark and Cinemrak 17
Where Did You Go, Bernadette - 7:30 pm - Angelika
Raise Hell: The Life and Time of Molly Ivins - 7:00 pm - Alamo Lake Highlands





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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Them That Follow





Writing/directing duo Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage set their feature “Them That Follow” deep within the Appalachian Mountains. There, Mara (Alice Englert) lives with her father, Lemuel (Walton Goggins), the community’s pastor and leader. The people in the community are almost all devout members of a Pentecostal sect whose members believe in baptism by fire rather than water. In this case, the fire is the church’s collection of venomous snakes used for patrons to prove their faith or ask for forgiveness. Members must drape one of these poisonous serpents around themselves in search of God’s forgiveness, his answer found in whether or not they are bit and, if bit, whether or not they survive the bite.



In the film’s opening moments, Mara and her friend Dilly (Kaitlyn Dever) are seen going to a nearby convenience store run by another high-ranking member of the community’s religious group, Hope Slaughter (Olivia Colman). In the blink of an eye, Mara hides a box beneath her shirt, returning to the counter to check out with a more innocuous item as her reason for visiting the store. Her real reason – to swipe a pregnancy test, which confirms her suspicions. She’s pregnant.



To please her father, Mara, in line with their religious customs, has agreed to marry the dully devout Garret (Lewis Pullman) though her true affections lie with her friend, Augie (Thomas Mann), Hope’s son. Augie seems to be the lone local that wants nothing to do with the sect, biding his time until he can leave. Hope, her husband Zeke (Jim Gaffigan), and the rest of the community have apparently given up trying to force their beliefs on him. Augie’s lack of faith keeps him from being an eligible spouse for Mara in the eyes of her father.



Unfortunately, Augie is the father of Mara’s child. This fact becomes apparent shortly after the movie begins. Hope’s role in the community is to check the girl’s “purity” before allowing them to marry their betrothed. The religion focuses on the subservience of its women. In one scene, Mara is forced to wash Garret’s feet to atone for a wrong doing. Soon, Mara’s transgression – her pregnancy – is revealed. What happens when the community discovers who the real father is?



For the most part, “Them That Follow” is a finely handled movie. Its photography looks good, capturing the drabness of the characters’ surroundings. While the editing is mostly good, there are a few scenes that are oddly sequenced together. Later portions of the scene are intercut with shots meant to establish it. These out-of-order moments don’t add anything to the film, other than needlessly calling attention to themselves.



The actors work well as an ensemble. They make their tight knit community into a believable world, one whose seemingly happy inhabitants are, more than likely, controlled by a few, kept in line through their shared fear of God. No performance stands out as either good or bad. The actors are there to service the script.



It’s here that most of the film’s problems lie, not that Poulton and Savage’s script is necessarily a bad one. Classified as a thriller, “Them That Follows” lacks the defining characteristic of that genre – thrilling the audience. Even the moments involving the snakes do little to elicit a reaction from the viewer. The story’s narrative direction is obvious, in part due to too much being revealed in the film’s introductory scenes. It might have served the story better to leave the viewers in the dark about some elements until later in the story.



While Poulton and Savage do a good job ingraining the viewer into the society they’ve created, the movie winds up feeling more like a melodrama than a thriller. There’s no sense of dread and no building tension, just a nonchalant presentation that flows to the film’s inevitable conclusion. While other viewers may find more to like here, it was a little stale for my taste.
(Review by Bret Oswald)




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