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 15, 2018

Movies Scheduled for the Week of July 15 - July 21



Wow...did y'all see the weather forecast? Three digit weather all week long and then some. Good weather to hide out at the movies all week. It's just getting from point A to point B that's the killer. Keep hydrated!

Lots of movies this week. And don't forget the Asian Film Festival begins on Thursday so please take advantage of the chance to see some great programming that you can't see anywhere else in Texas.

July 15 - July 21

Mon - July 16

Searching - 7:30 pm - ?

Tue - July 17

Equalizer 2 - 7:00 pm - Angelika Dallas
Equalizer 2 - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark
Mama Mia Here We Go Again - 7:30 pm - Angelika Dallas

Wed - July 18

Don't Worry He Can't Get Far On Foot - 7:30 pm - Magnolia

Thu - July 19

Eight Grade - 7:00 pm - Angelika Dallas
Dog Days - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark

Sat - July 21

Teen Titans - 11:00 am - Cinemark 17



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Friday, July 13, 2018

Hotel Transylvania: Summer Vacation




I have liked Adam Sandler for many years. One of my favorites was the 2002 release of the underrated Paul Thomas Anderson treasure that was “Punch-Drunk Love” that found his lonely and despondent Barry Egan character falling off the deep end with his troupe of sisters in his life.
With his new release of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” one of his last times to be seen on the big screen, since the variety of his flicks are going straight to Netflix nowadays.

The plot in “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” involves Dracula (the voice of Adam Sandler) receiving a “zing” when he looks upon the cruise director, Ericka (voice of Kathryn Hann). She is hiding something from Drac, but that aspect only adds to part of the plot twist in this very enjoyable tale.

Whereas the second chapter involved kids and shenanigans at a summer camp, this one is about a giant nighttime cruise that will be covering aspects of The Bermuda Triangle. The cruise is going there with some nefarious ideas on how to take out some of the monsters and eliminate them from the world altogether.

“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” was directed by Genndy Tartakovosky, this Emmy winner for directing episodes of 2003’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

He was also Emmy nominated for his work on “Samurai Jack,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Dexter’s Laboratory.” This is just a fun flick, with the animators at Sony avoid the inappropriate innuendoes that were prevalent in the mediocre sequel that was “Despicable Me 3” a couple of years back.

His usual band of brothers all return with appearance by the voice talents of Andy Samberg, (as Mavis’s husband, Johnny), Selena Gomez as Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Kevin James, Molly Shannon, Mel Brooks, Asher Binkoff, (as Mavis’s son Dennis), Fran Drescher, Joe Whyte and Sadie Sandler.

Some funny tidbits are involved when Asher tries to sneak their rather big dog Tinkles (Bob) on board the ship.

Another funny joke occurs when Steve Buscemi’s Wayne wolf drops off part of his brood of more than a dozen of his kin.

What was surprising was to see how the filmmakers prevented Dracula from going out during the day. He only when out at night.

Also amusing to the proceedings is Dracula states he does not say “bleh bleh” at all.

“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” does what it’s supposed to do and just entertain the little tikes for a brief spell during the day.

Grade: C+
(Review by Ricky Miller)



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Thursday, July 12, 2018

17th Annual Asian Film Festival





17th ANNUAL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS

PRESENTED BY WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT

ANNOUNCES FIRST TITLES, FIRSTS & FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS


THURSDAY, JULY 19 THROUGH THURSDAY, JULY 26

ANGELIKA FILM CENTER DALLAS in MOCKINGBIRD STATION
5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206


June 13, 2018 (DALLAS, TX) – The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 17th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 19 through Thursday, July 26, 2018.

This festival year boasts its first Kashmiri drama film and returns with a women's showcase of Asian directed and produced films by women. Sixty-six films will screened throughout the week: 6 short blocks (Drama, Experimental, Women’s, Student’s, Late Night and Documentary) and 31 feature films.

Film fans can also expect films from the U.S., Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Indian, Japan, S. Korea and Tibetan and from these genres: action, comedy, crime drama, documentary, drama, martial arts, psycho drama, thriller, romantic comedy and horror.

Passes and tickets will on sale and available on Monday, July 2, 2018 at www.asianfilmdallas.com

AFFD organizers are excited about announcing the first titles:

SHALOM BOLLYWOOD

Dallas Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Released: 2017
Country: Australia
Language: English
Director: Danny Ben-Moshe
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSn7XIy0yHc

Film Synopsis: When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women, who were more liberal and progressive, took on female lead roles, which they then dominated for decades. However, because of their stage names people thought they were Muslims or Christians. Until now….



ANGELS WEAR WHITE

Dallas Premiere
Genre: Drama
Released: 2017
Country: China/Taiwan
Language: Chinese/ English subtitles
Director: Vivian Qu
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-t0YbdzKdw

Film Synopsis: In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working as the receptionist that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out.


HALF WIDOW

Southwest Premiere
Genre: Drama
Country: India/Kashmir
Language: Urdu/Kashmiri / English subtitles
Director: Danish Renzu
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_ITMZMsdwU



Film Synopsis: Amid the backdrop of the Kashmiri conflict, a young woman must come to grips with the disappearance of her doting husband and embarks on harrowing journey of self-discovery.



LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS

U.S. Premiere
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese / English subtitles
Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUPKf_830O4


Film Synopsis: Orochi is a giant snake with enormous power. The giant snake revives once every 300 years and brings disaster to the people. This year is the year of Orochi’s revival.


The Kumo family, who succeeds the Kumo shrine, have 3 sons. The eldest son is Tenka ( Sota Fukushi), the second is Soramaru and the youngest Chutaro. The 3 brothers attempt to block the power of Orochi. Meanwhile, special forces Yamainu try to seal again the power of Orochi to bring peace to Japan, but the ninja group “Anyaku” from the Fuma clan begin their move to gain the power of Orochi to overthrow the government.


Surrounding the Orochi's revival a three-way battle takes place between the brothers, special forces Yamainu and ninja group Anyaku from Fuma clan.


GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM
Well USA Entertainment film
Genre: Horror
Released: 2017
Country: S. Korea
Language: Korean / English subtitles
Director: Jung Bum-Shik
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h0eH7MRFRs

Film Synopsis: Based on the local legends and stories of people who’ve visited the real-life abandoned hospital, GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM follows the crew of a horror web show who plan to stream live from inside the asylum. To attract more viewers, the show’s host arranges some scares for the team, but as they move further into the nightmarish old building, they begin to encounter much more than expected.


Parties and events
VIP Reception: Thursday, 7/12, 7 pm to 9 pm. Invitation-only
Opening Night Party: Thursday, 7/19, 9 pm to 11 pm TBA
Women’s Showcase & Centerpiece Reception: Sun., 7/22, Reception to follow last Women’s Showcase film
Closing Night Party: Thursday, 7/26, 9 pm to 11 pm. TBA

More titles and full schedule of events and details will follow in the following weeks. Visit www.asianfilmdallas.com

About the Asian Film Festival of Dallas
Since its creation in 2002, the annual film festival has grown to become the South’s largest showcase of Asian and Asian-American cinema. Over the past 16 years, the festival has provided opportunities for nearly 600 Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and documentarians to share their vision, often providing the only venue for their films to be shown in Dallas.

The films have also allowed festival goers a chance to experience other lives and cultures without leaving their seats. The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting emerging and established Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and sharing the rich diversity of Asian culture through the medium of cinema.

For more information about AFFD or to purchase passes and tickets, please visit www.asianfilmdallas.com.



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Skyscraper




Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Studio: Universal Pictures
“Skyscraper” is a fiery inferno for Dwayne Johnson!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was known as his Luke Hobbs character in “The Fast and the Furious” movies, but not in this film. This film doesn’t set the course of a thrilling ride of a lifetime nor a good taste of any action movies, compared to “Die Hard” films. It is extremely a difficult to see Johnson’s character spring into action as part of the 30th anniversary of the famous action film, “Die Hard,” produced in 1988. In this film, former FBI agent, Will Sawyer who is living in the tallest and safest skyscraper, known as the Pearl, with his family. But when the group of terrorists have taken over the skyscraper, he must rescue his family from the tower before they get themselves killed.

As far as action films go, “Skyscraper” truly deserves a gold star on three things: the villains (including the leader Roland Møller), the humor, and Johnson’s performance on the second half of the film. It’s not terribly surprising that the terrorists group haven’t got any money nor taken advantage of a rich person’s (or people’s) values. These kinds of roles are really hard to play throughout the course of this film. Based on the events of this film, this film is a stunning callback form the aspects of 9/11. Extremely meaningless to come up with a story and casting, but Johnson is a best bet for this film after his “Fast and the Furious” films and the “Jumanji” sequel.

Although the rest of the film doesn’t sound very enjoyable as the plot is very cheesy and cliché. Same applies to the supporting actors Chin Han, Neve Campbell, and Noah Taylor. Even the child actors McKenna Roberts and Noah Cottrell aren’t helping at all. The film itself and the action sequences aren’t well-done for the action, thrilling movie unlike “Air Force One,” “Speed,” and “Top Gun” as well as not indulging the CGI methods being assisted for a greater height. Considering this action stunt-gig, Director Thurber also collaborated with Johnson in “Central Intelligence” which was okay according to the audiences.

Overall in this film, it seems okay but mediocre as Johnson’s character didn’t matched its level of Tom Cruise nor Harrison Ford. I highly rather rent this film rather than purchasing it. I wouldn’t want to watch this over again when it comes to action-thriller. I recommend you pick another action to see like “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Speed,” and other action movies I mentioned above. It was really tough to watch when Johnson’s Will Sawyer character breaks the ice in the wrong way. It’s not a bad movie, but considering how goofy much of the setup for “Skyscraper” is. “Skyscraper” would be like “Die Hard but with Dwayne Johnson all over.” Running time: 102 minutes

GRADE: C-
(Review by Henry Pham)


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Ant Man and the Wasp





I really wanted to like this movie. The first “Ant-Man,” originally released in 2015 was a fun enjoyable ride. I think I gave it an A- that particular year. At this point in time, however, I think Marvel Studios will just keep on cranking out their usual 1-2 titles per calendar year. They already had their big blockbusters entry with “Avengers: Infinity War” this past April. What they failed to mention is this was just part 1 of the saga that will have two chapters.

I was not dazzled with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” in the very least. To me, this is one of the lesser Marvel Studios entries. I figured at some point in time, a Marvel entry would hit the “meh” category in their storytelling practices. This entry for me is exactly what I felt when watching this disappointing tale. I hate to say it, but at a certain point, Marvel-based entries suffer from a certain color palate.
Most of them have a certain monochromatic color dynamic which is not too bright, but just falters into the breeze without any said punch. Not to draw comparisons to anything in the DC universe, but this was to me what Martin Campbell’s “Green Lantern” felt like when everything was said and done with that particular title.

Paul Rudd must still be following his original work out from the first “Ant-Man” flicks because he still has the tight washboard abs. In “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the pair must contend with a villain only known as Ghost, (Hannah John-Kamen) who has high tech beyond their means and who can just jump from place to place in an instant. Think of a more subdued version of what Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) can do. She has help from Laurence Fishburne’s Dr. Bill Foster, who was an old ally of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). So you know, family dynamics are a main part of the storyline here.

Another subplot involves Walton Scoggins as a small arms dealer, Sonny Burch, who cares little for human life as long as it is putting green into his wallet.

Also interwoven are returning characters involving Hank’s wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) who has been stuck in the quantum zone for upwards of 40 years. She has a way of helping the Ghost, because she has a way of knowing the ins and outs of the alternate dimension in which she was trapped.

Rudd’s Scott Lang shares some great scenes with Evangeline Lily’s Wasp character, Hope Van Dyne, since the pair make for some great on-screen chemistry together. The duo each knows their next moves before they even happen, something important for their hand-to-hand combat sequences, especially when it comes to fisticuff battles with the enemy.

What amazes me is the CG (computer graphics) implemented to add grey to the beards of both Douglas and Fishburne as well as the way to make Pfeiffer still look so vibrant. Even at the age of 60, Pfeiffer is still a knockout.

Director Peyton Reed knows how to keep the movie flowing at an even pace. Like “Thor: Ragnarok,” Reed has a keen sense where to lace some comic timing into the mix. It is not in abundance, but just strikes the right chord in certain spots.

I did not dislike this movie in any way, but did shrug my shoulders quite a bit. It had everything in place, but as aforementioned the ooh’s and aah’s were completely missing in the end.

Grade: B-
(Review by Ricky Miller)


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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Jul 8 - Jul 14



Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. It seems they are really pushing Skyscraper this week with three screenings happening this week. Hopefully everyone was able to obtain passes. Remember when responding to someone's requests, it's best to answer them directly and not through the group because your email will only get rejected.

The 19th annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas will be July 19 - July 24. If you would like to volunteer and perhaps see an amazing slate of films on their schedule, please come to the volunteer orientation this Friday the 13th at the Angelika.

July 8 - July 14

Mon - July 9

Sorry to Bother You - 7:30 pm - Angelika
Skyscraper - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Tue - July 10

Skyscraper - 7:30 pm -Angelika

Wed - July 11

Skyscraper - 7:30 pm - Cinemark 17

Thu - Jul 12

Unfriended: Dark Web - 7:30 pm - Angelika




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