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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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Movies Scheduled for the Week of July 5 – July 11




Hope everyone had a safe 4th of July weekend. Plus celebrating the USA Women's soccer team's victory!

There has been some complaints about folks who take advantage of the handicap early entry to swoop in and save a bunch of seats for their posse. We've been this route before y'all. Don't cause a problem that will come to the attention of the reps and soon you will find that tighter restrictions will be put in place to keep from people acting “entitled”. Like during the Terminator screening when a security guard mistakenly said the reserved seats were open. WE ALL know that the reserved is just that. RESERVED. To get in the seats and refuse to move, then mouth off on the powers that be will only get you ousted from the theater. Everyone seems to forget that these screenings are a gift. It's free. We are only required to act like human beings and be kind to one another and thankful to the studios, websites, and reps that offer passes and run the screenings.

I've heard that some theaters are now removing chairs that some have put in line and don't come back for a few hours. If you are coming to the screening, you must have someone in line. You can't dump your chairs then wander in after going to work or doing your chores. Yeah, we know you have a life, yada, yada. But if you want to go to a screening then your arrange that life to fit the parameters of what is acceptable by the theaters.

Y'all know that Dallas Movie Screenings also review movies. We currently have 5 writers who review that weekly films and interview the film makers. Come check our our reviews and leave comments.


July 5 – July 11

Sunday
July 5

Purple Rose of Cairo – 3:00 pm – Texas Theater

Monday
July 6

The Gallows – 7:00 pm – Angelika Dallas
AGFA Secret Screening – 8:00 pm – Alamo Drafthouse

Tuesday
July 7

Minions – 7:30 pm – AMC Northpark
Self/Less – 7:30 pm – Studio Movie Grill Royal
Amy – 7:30 pm – Angelika Dallas
Slaughterhouse Rock – 9:00 pm – Texas Theater
Pineapple Express – 10:00 pm – Alamo Drafthouse

Wednesday
July 8

Minions – 7:00 pm – tba

Thursday
July 9

Batkitd Begins – 6:30 pm – Angelika Dallas
Sharknado – 8:00 pm – Alamo Drafthouse

Friday
July 10

Saturday
July 11













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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Terminator Genisys





The thing about time travel is the paradox which enables movies franchises to shift and change for a hopefully better result. The first Terminator (1984) movie was a classic and became a template for other science fiction films and books over the years. Terminator 2:Judgment Day (1991) allowed the advances in FX to shine and made Schwarzenegger the biggest movie star ever. The third and fourth movie you can pretend they don't exist, at least when it comes to the fifth and newest addition to the Terminator universe. Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor:The Dark World) and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, the movie incorporates scenes from the original movie and turns things slightly askew with an alternate universe scenario.

Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) narrates the story recalling living in the ruins of the world destroyed by Skynet. He tells how he meets John Conner (Jason Clarke), the leader of the human resistance who trains the survivors in taking back their world. If you have seen the first two movies, you will understand this. He sends Kyle back to 1984 in the time displacement machine to save Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke), John's mother, from the Terminator sent back in time to kill her. So far it's holding close to the first film, but a glitch happens, and the past where Kyle ends up is not what he expects. There's a liquid metal T1000 (Lee Byung-hun, an Asian Terminator!) in this world and it's after Kyle. He's saved by Sarah who gets to utter that famous line “Come with me if you want to live”. She is being guarded by a T800 model (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who came to save her when she was 9 years old. She calls him “Pops”. Arnold gets to battle his younger image of himself when he encounters him at the Griffith Park Observatory.

Kyle has been getting images of memories that are not his, but are they? It's the alternative universe Kyle that he's seeing. They realize that history is not set. What happened when he was being set through as changed the world? They decide to go to 1997 in a time displacement machine created by “Pops” to destroy Cyberdine, the headquarters that is counting down to the upload of the App called Genisys that is on everyone's phone, TV and Internet connection. When they arrive in the future, they are of course immediately arrested. Well, they did show up naked in a big ball of light on the freeway. Enter Detective O'Brien (J.K. Simmons) who remembers the original encounter with the Terminator in 1984. Everyone thinks that he's stone cold crazy, and the cops want to turn them over to Homeland Security. O'Brien believes them and helps them escape. But them John Conner shows up and it's not all that it seems.

The integration of the first movie's scenes and dialogue is a fun reminder. The twists and turns of the new movie with all the bombastic action gets to the point of sensory overload. It's one of the movies that you are either going to hate or love. Schwarzenegger gets to mug it up a bit in Sarah's attempts to make him more human over the years. Emilia Clarke is tough, but not the hard lined version as played by Linda Hamilton and Lena Headey. Jai Courtney does well, but he's no Michael Biehn. Who will win the weekend box office with it opening against Magic Mike XXL is anyone's guess. But you can't go wrong with his one. Worth at least a large popcorn.
(Review by reesa)



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Magic Mike XXL




The second in what apparently will be a series on “male entertainers” will do well at the box office no matter what critics will say about it. Watching nicely formed men gyrate in various forms of undress will be titillating for some and somewhat annoyingly amusing to others. It's the kind of movie that was just made for the $$$, because there really isn't a story, but a series of adventures that leads to more male dancing and women throwing money at them. Directed by Gregory Jacobs and written by Reid Carolin it follows up the previous movie after 3 years. The guys are a little older and more beefcake than before, but still shallow and emotionally underdeveloped.

Magic Mike quit the stripping game after the last movie. Hoping to start his furniture company and propose to his girlfriend. But she said no, and now his company is struggling to pay his one employee. He gets a call from Tarzan (Kevin Nash) telling him that former boss Dallas has died. So Mike dressed in a sober suit goes to the hotel and finds a pool party in full swing. We are also greeted with the bare butt of Joe Manganiello as Big Dick Richie. It was obvious a lie to meet up with his former crew. Dallas and the new kid (from the last movie) went to Europe to ply their trade. Leaving the rest of the guys on their own. They want to go to Myrtle Beach for the annual strippers convention for one last blow out before they resume their lives off the stage. After some consideration Mike decides to join them, riding together on a street food truck of Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias). This begins the slightly episodic clips on their way from Florida to South Carolina.

The film gives a little time for character development for each guy. There's Big Dick who can't seem to find a steady girl because they are scared off by his...hence the name. There's Tarzan, the older guy who never really talked to Mike before, Tito (Adam Rodriguez) who will be selling snow cones for market research and picture perfect Ken (Matt Bomer) who will continue with his hopes of an acting career. Along the way Mike meets cute (as in peeing on the beach), Zoe (Amber Heard) which he ends up seeing later, but you knew that. He also meets up with ex girlfriend Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith) who runs her own stripper house, that's all exclusive for her only women clientèle that she calls “queens” offering more amazing dancers. Including So You Think You Can Dance star Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who dances circles around everyone else and rapper Donald Glover as Andre.

Andie MacDowell as rich divorcée Nancy gifts the men with a car and upgraded rooms at the convention. How convenient. And Elizabeth Banks does a turn as the MC at the convention. Mike thinks they need to refresh their act, and amazingly they come up with the routine, lighting, costumes in a couple of days. That's showbiz!

Why is it in female stripper stories, it's all sorts of skanky and drug fueled women, but male entertainers are featured as buff and fun guys? Anyway, that's besides the point. The audience will be screaming, at least they were at the advanced screening. Maybe it was because the dancers from Dallas's LaBare club were warmed up the crowd before hand. The movie is basically pointless, but lots of eye-candy depending on your persuasion.
(Review by reesa)




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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Movies Scheduled 6/28-7/4

Just a few more days and the year will be half over. Time does fly fast! Hope you have a very happy fourth of July!

I don't know about y'all but I am excited to see Arnold this week! I remember seeing the first one and totally loved it!

Remember we don't have the codes. We let you know where to get the passes or tell you what contests are out there. We have to get our passes just like y'all do! We are like y'all in we don't always win either!

If you have any questions please email me at damitdaina@hotmail.com.

Sunday June 28th


Monday June 29th

Terminator Genisys 7:30 p.m. Cinemark 17
Terminator Genisys 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
Magic Mike XXL 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
Trainwreck 7:30 p.m. SMG Spring Valley


Tuesday June 30th

Trainwreck 4:00 p.m. Cinemark West Plano


Wednesday July 1st


Thursday July 2nd


Friday July 3rd


Saturday July 4th






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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Overnight



THE OVERNIGHT:
fireworks; sparkler; or misfire? This film is a sparkler!

Depending on your level of modesty and feelings on the sexual revolution, THE OVERNIGHT could be a hysterically funny film for you or not. You know you are watching a sex comedy from the first seconds of the film because you are literally already "circling in it."

In the spirited tradition of the Oscar nominated 1969 film BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE, THE OVERNIGHT takes a modern day comedic look at the sex lives and marriages of two couples with children.

One couple, Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling), have just moved from Seattle to Los Angeles with their young son, RJ (RJ Hermes). Attending a kids' birthday party at a local park, Alex and Emily meet an overly friendly and intriguing neighbor, Kurt (Jason Schwartzman). He invites the couple and their son over for a casual family pizza dinner and "play date" that evening with his wife Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) and son Max (Max Moritt). A curious night of crazy fun follows from there touching lightly on serious universal issues that all couples and parents face in some way or another like: making new friends as adults; putting your kids to sleep; sexual attraction to your husband or wife and others; what kids like to eat; career anxiety; and complacency and intimacy in marriage.

Of all the Duplass brothers produced films I have seen this year, this one was my favorite. Patrick Brice's (Writer and Director) script is witty, smart and, most all, believable. I did not find THE OVERNIGHT to be raunchy in its humor as many of the other 2015 summer releases in the same category. The Actors were expertly cast and had great group chemistry which allowed them to pull off comedic sincerity in their performances. Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman are a fantastic pairing in every way especially in their unforgettable dance number.
THE OVERNIGHT has been a festival darling since its debut at Sundance. In life and in film, it always seems that laughter is in short supply. We can always use more, more, more. So if you can handle joking around and talking about sex, you will enjoy your time spent watching this film.
(Review by Erin Nicole Parisi)



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Escobar: Paradise Lost





I have an idea. Let’s take one of the best actors in the industry, Benicio Del Toro and have him play a role where it is based off of the most infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar. So let’s make that story the background to a love story fabricated for the sake of the movie to move it along with a questionable male lead in Josh Hutcherson. Basically, this movie is waste of Del Toro’s talents.

Plot: In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

What a dumb plot. Why not make it an Escobar movie?

Directing

Pros: There a certain sequence that is a good cat and mouse scene that’s add legitimate tension and suspense, but other than that, I can’t say anything more positive about the directing.

Cons: First off, this is a dumb title for a film and it sounds like the sequel to the actual Escobar film and the sequel is being produced by the SyFy channel. Secondly, when you have Benicio Del Toro as Pablo Escobar, do not focus on a love story with the two lovers having the chemistry of a wet tomato. This film would have benefited from focusing on Escobar more than this pointless love story. And thirdly, the movie ends on an abrupt note and shows a final clip displaying brotherly love. That’s not a problem, but you didn’t even try to set up a good relationship between the two brothers. It was a dull relationship that didn’t add any weight to the film.

Acting

Pros: I will give credit where credit is due and say Del Toro, when he was on screen, was menacing but also relatable to the audience. Every scene with him and Hutcherson was well done and very eerie to where Del Toro made my skin crawl.

Cons: Josh Hutcherson has never worked for me. He is fine in the Hunger Games franchise and that’s about all I can from his career. I have never been open to the idea for him to play a leading character, he just isn’t there yet. The chemistry between him and his girlfriend is not there and it was painful to sit through. Josh Hutcherson’s character also has a brother in this movie and the acting was bland there as well. Hutcherson only shined when he was with Del Toro.

Cinematography

Pros: Despite the bad love story, I can say this is a well shot movie with beautiful scenery and some shots that actually stuck with me for its richness in color, grit and lighting.

Cons: None


Editing

Pros: The cat and mouse scene listed above kept me on edge and that was expertly paced, but I think you know where I am going with the cons…

Cons: …the love story, which was the main plot thread, slowed everything down for me and I just wanted to skip all that and get straight the Del Toro scenes. For as little as those scenes were, they kept me intrigued and didn’t want to fall asleep.

Overall:
This is a movie to benefit from an actual, and as factual as you can get, biopic of Del Toro as Pablo Escobar and focus primarily on that with some sub-plots thrown in. That’s what my thoughts boil down to. This was a disappointment.

Because his acting was great and it was beautifully shot, I will give it a bump in its score. 4/10








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The Overnight






Have you ever asked out someone of the opposite sex? And it usually goes like this in some way shape or form. You prepare yourself, take a shot of your favorite alcohol, and take a deep breath before you walk over to them. You look confident and have all of the swagger in the world. You are a pimp. You get to them and you spit out the worst line in pick-up history. In the most nervous fashion you utter, “Have you…have you ever been…did you survive the fall from…from…you’re an angel.” She laughs. She is ultimately charmed and finds that line kind of cute. We talk for hours. The bar is closing and you ask that pivotal question, “Can I have your number? It would be great to hangout again.” Then she tells you she has a boyfriend, walks away and you go home and rock in the fetal position. That’s what this movie is like: It’s a good idea, there is great buildup to it, you have with it and then after the climax you feel ultimately underwhelmed.

Plot: Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family "playdate" becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.

Directing

Pros: Without spoiling anything, the idea and story are interesting and do provide a realistic approach to a married couple that wants to spice up their lives and try something new. What director Patrick Brice manages to do is create this adult movie that doesn’t shy away from sexuality and goes places many directors would shy away from. And you have to give him props on that. This also one of those movie where you are just fascinated on how this movie will end and Brice keeps that curiosity flowing and it definitely hooks you. I like the fact he doesn’t “Hollywood” the situation at play and keep it real to what might happen if this were to occur between two couples. But on the other side on that same coin…

Cons: The buildup and strange eerie feeling of this story is great, but the climax is cut short and leaves with an unsatisfied feeling with movie ending shortly afterwards. The weird thing is that the climax and the way it plays out are realistic; but it’s a big one because it does affect your viewing experience just from the way the movie plays out. The other thing is that this movie isn’t as funny as you would think. Not a bad thing, just don’t expect that from this cast.

Acting

Pros: Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling make a convincing couple and I liked their chemistry. Jason Schwartzman is definitely out of his comfort zone, which is an understatement, and he does a great job in his role.

Cons: Adam Scott’s character is kind unlikeable, even though I understand where he was coming from, but he was kind of too abrasive about it not really thinking about his wife when he makes certain decisions. The development from all four characters is weak and is really thin. I was a bit more was explored. Judith Godreche plays Schwartzman’s wife in the film and she is almost a throw away, not adding much to the story or have a strong enough character to be memorable.


Cinematography/Lighting


Pros: The nightlife of this film is shot well and adds this innocent glow to it when the subject matter is risqué and raunchy, so it’s a nice contrast. The shaky-cam used isn’t too overbearing and shaking all over the place.

Cons: Some of the scenes are a tad too shaky, but it didn’t bother me.

Editing/Special Effects

Pros: This film is about 80 minutes so it’s short, sweet and to the point. The synopsis is interesting enough to keep your attention throughout.

Cons: The downside to the short running time is that it does limit possibilities to further character development, which it does.

Overall: This is an interesting movie that tackles sexuality within a married couple looking to mix things up with good acting and believable chemistry between everyone. It is, however, too short for its own good and wished characters were explored more and the ending was a bit more satisfying.

I know I am going to shock you, but I will rate this movie fresh, just by a hair. 6/10

It’s something different and still worth checking out…and I am also a huge Adam Scott fan.
(Review by Chase Lee)






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