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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Alamo Drafhouse Lamar Renderings

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Dallas:
A bar that isn’t just a bar

Dallas - Oct 30, 2014 — In July, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW, announced Dallas is getting its very own eight-screen theater on the southwest corner of Cadiz Street and S. Lamar Street, between the Dallas Convention Center and the South Side on Lamar. In addition to in-theater dining, Alamo Dallas will feature a second level Taproom with two patios and a panoramic view of downtown. The Taproom and patios will have seating for over 200 people and feature an extensive menu of 32 craft beers on tap; over 35 bottled beers, wine, craft cocktails and scratch made food. The bar and front patio will have overhead garage doors linking the two spaces and allowing for great views of downtown Dallas. The back patio will feature an outdoor movie screen complete with 4k projector, stage for live music, and private karaoke rooms. As with any bar in an Alamo Drafthouse, guests are invited to enjoy lunch, dinner, brunch, and happy hour whether seeing a movie or not.

“As you may know, Alamo is more than just a great theater, it is a cultural hub for all kinds of entertainment; movies, music, comedy, drinks, dining, and, of course, Alamo’s world famous events. Our second-floor bar at Alamo Dallas will be second to none and serve as a stand alone watering hole or simply a place to relax before or after a film,” said Bill DiGaetano, owner/COO, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas DFW.

Alamo Dallas Details

Alamo Drafthouse Dallas will be a state-of-the-art theater with 8-screens and just under 1,000 seats. Each auditorium will be equipped with the latest in 4K digital projection with larger-than-average screen size to room ratios and 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound. Select auditoriums will also feature 35mm projectors for Cinephiles to experience classic and repertory content as they were meant to be viewed. Not only will they feature superior audio-visual equipment, additionally the format of each theater will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the theater allows for an optimal viewing experience.

What Sets Alamo Drafthouses Apart

Alamo Drafthouse combines dinner, drinks, films and events, all under one roof. The theaters have been heralded for their unique programming events and high exhibition standards, earning accolades like “Best Theater Ever” (Time Magazine) and “the coolest theater in the world” (Wired).

Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing first-run movies, independent films and special programming events with an extensive menu made from scratch in a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen. Customers order food and drinks from servers who quietly attend to them throughout the movie.

Customers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the pre-show entertainment. Instead of a barrage of advertising, the Alamo shows a curated collection of rare and humorous clips. “We're proud of the fact that we don't show any advertising,” Tim League said. “People don't want to pay for a movie and then be bombarded with 20 minutes or more of shampoo commercials. If you don’t like the movie, we strive to produce a pre-show good enough to still make for a great experience.”

Alamo Drafthouse protects the theater experience with a zero-tolerance policy for people who disrupt the film with talking or texting. Alamo Drafthouse was featured on global news for a viral “Don’t Talk” PSA that used a humorously misguided voicemail from an actual patron who was ejected for using her phone during the film. The full story on the long tradition of Alamo’s no talking/texting policy can be found here:

About Alamo Drafthouse

Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom-and-pop repertory theater in Austin. Seventeen years later, the now 18-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and the classic Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films, which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three-year existence and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Farachi.


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s second North Texas location on South Lamar Street in Dallas celebrates progress on location with Outdoor Movie Screening

Dallas – October 23, 2014—Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is please to invite you to the first celebration for the new Dallas location and a free outdoor screening of the John Hughes classic, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. The event will take place on November 8 in the parking lot adjacent to Cedars Social, 1326 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas; just down from the future home of Alamo Drafthouse Dallas. Gates open at 5:00 pm and the film rolls directly following the informal, non-ceremonial groundbreaking at sundown. (Really, it’s just an excuse to through a party and invite 1,000s of our closest fans!) Food Trucks will be on site, as will local beers from Dallas’ own Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Select wines will also be available. This event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) and is friendly for both two-legged and four-legged kiddos.

“We’re very excited to host this construction-kick-off party on Lamar Street. It’s a great chance for us to meet our new neighbors and for our fans to get familiar with the location of Alamo Dallas all while having a great time. These Rolling Roadshows always turn into a fantastic block party with a few thousand people, pets, families, great food trucks, local beer, and, of course, film. We can’t wait to be open in Dallas and our fans should expect more outdoor movie events this spring before we open,” said Bill DiGaetano COO/Owner Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW.

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Horns is a 2013 fantasy, horror, romance, mystery, black comedy told in flashback that plays a bit long at just over two hours. The film, directed by Alexander Aha (Piranha 3D, The Hills have Eyes) is based on the 2010 dark fantasy book by writer, Joe Hill (son of Stephen King). It tells the story of tragic lovers Ig Parrish (Daniel Radcliffe) and Merrin (Juno Temple) who fall in love as children and remain together through quite a few post high school years. Ig wakes to discover that his ethereal soul mate has been raped and murdered and he is the suspect in most everyone's eye, after a falling out at a local diner the night before. Set in gorgeous British Columbia, standing in for a moody Seattle, and set to an eclectic and interesting soundtrack, HORNS d├ębuted at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and will be released on Halloween 2014. Radcliff has proven, post theatrical Equus, that he is not afraid to take on nonconventional roles and give it all he has got and this film demands a great deal from him. Temple (Notes on a Scandal, Atonement) is an enchanting and ethereal on screen presence, full of initial innocence and inner light. The two seem star-crossed over the years and the assumption by all is that they will make it legal. For some unknown reason, Merrin calls the relationship off but what really happens afterwards is a mystery.

Ig awakes one morning, after a year, to a newly sprouting set of horns but notices that when he comes near people, they unload all of their innermost thoughts and desires. When touched by Ig, they show him scenes from their pasts that hold high emotion and drama. Ig knows to avenge Merrin and save his own life, he and the Horns must put the pieces together. Big brother and jazz musician, Terry (Joe Anderson- Across The Universe) figures in as does third wheel and wingman boyhood pal Lee (Max Minghella- The Social Network, The Internship) who has long sported a secret crush on Merrin and is trying to be legal counsel to Ig. Other noteworthy appearances are by Kathleen Quinlan as Ig's mother Lydia and Heather Graham as a fifteen minutes of fame waitress who witnessed the break up.

The film's inner connections just aren't quite tight enough to jell perfectly for this viewer. It boasts some great special effect work and a unique storyline and it is interesting to follow the truth journey as the horns grow and grow. We never really get if the horns have good intentions or evil one's but not many folks take notice. They are the ultimate ID releaser. Radcliff is intense and determined as he continues to try and leave Harry P behind once and for all and it is a good thing Shea LeBeouf was passed on this role. The climax drags and we do grow weary of the quest as karma pays a visit to a few key players. It is a bit delicious watching each emotional confessional reveal and wish, we too, could be so open and honest about our desires and deepest, darkest most depraved wishes. Things get weird when the snake army appears and things feel a little Louisiana voodoo for awhile and be prepared for some plot holes and a few things that just don't get explained well enough. Watch for the red evolving throughout, from a vintage Gremlin, horn sprouts, cherry bombs, Merrin's hair, some visceral gore, the diner's logo and ultimately Ig himself. Could it be the Devil in all of us?
(Review by Cheryl Wurtz)

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A Coup in Camelot

Nothing that I have seen about JFK has ever come close to the amount of fact and grit that is in this documentary. The point of this mega thinking film is that John F. Kennedy was assassinated by an underground coup within the government. The facts in this film were just too solid to overlook like the manipulation of JFK’s head wound between Dallas and Bethesda Hospital in D.C. There was a revealing of a key witness being suppressed by the government which according to this film would have dramatically changed Oswald’s trial if he had lived. There were multiple experts in this film including a forensics woman who had worked with the Dallas Police Department for multiple decades. The proving with highly stylized graphics that JFK was shot from the front was stunning to myself and the audience around me. Every bit of this piece. although sometimes hard to understand, was gut-wrenching and made you think who was truly in our most powerful White House.

The film was entirely unafraid of confronting past people who were working during the assassination in service to the President. What we get from this project is pure scientific and researched fact surrounding a very emotional issue. JFK was so beloved for his unique approach to the poor and working class. Towards the end of this film one is reminded about how tragic the event of his death was. The fact that this might have been completely structured by the body that was supposed to be protecting him (the government) is so chilling. I was thoroughly impressed by the level of detail and use of resources that the executive producers and director Stephen Goetsch put into the making of “Camelot”. There was use of 3D imaging, different varieties of colors, and re-creation of scenes done in this documentary. The length was appropriate for such a huge claim and explanation of the assassination.

I truly believe that the people who loved JFK so much have so much more to gain from viewing “Camelot”. I think that this is one of those fight back type of movies which reminds us that we the people created this country. We have what it takes to fight hidden injustices that are within our country and I’m sure there are tons of them. I hope to see more of director Stephen Goetsch’s work in the future as I have been convinced by him and his team on such a significant issue.
(Review by Wyatt Head)

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Jake Gyllenhaal could have pursued the easy route of rom-coms for good looking young actors after breaking through with Brokeback Mountain. Outside of Prince of Persia he's chosen more interesting characters like in Zodiac, Enemy, and Jarhead. Now he's gone the Christian Bale American Psycho sociopath method losing 20lbs for the role in this new film directed and written by Dan Gilroy (who wrote The Bourne Legacy). It's dark, complicated and Gyllenhaal nails the character completely.

Playing Lou Bloom, Gyllenhaal's gaunt face and slicked back hair ignores his usually pleasant features in favor of a more predatory fake smiles. He's articulate, totally self involved, and doesn't really listen to what's being said to him by manipulating the conversation to his viewpoint. He's been living stealing things for cash trying to get a job with the construction boss to whom he selling the fenced items. Really not a good idea, but Lou really sells himself. One night he comes upon an accident and sees an independent stringer (Bill Paxton) taking pictures of the scene. He asks him about the job and becomes more fascinated when he sees the footage on the morning news. He believes he's finally found his calling. Pawning a stolen bike, he gets a camcorder and a police scanner trying to find ways of capturing events. He's thrown out of most scenes, until he manages to get some upclose shots of a gruesome shot victim. He goes to a local TV station and sells his first piece. The station's news director Nina (Rene Russo) compliments him on his abilities which encourages him to bring her more pieces. Lou hires a homeless kid with no experience to be his assistant for $30 a day. Rick (Riz Ahmed) is clueless, but buys Lou's confident attitude as an employer. They are successful enough to get a better, faster car and more equipment. But soon Lou is also manipulating accident and crime scenes to get better frames.

The subculture of Nightcrawlers, the freelance stringers who hustle to sell their coverage of life's more darker mayhem to the highest bidder is a cutthroat, unregulated, underground industry. This fits Lou's temperament who is totally immune to the horror that he is capturing, seeing only an opportunity to advance his own agenda. With no formal education, Lou is like a sponge and a master at learning everything one needs to know from the Internet. At one point he took and online business course and is full of motivational speeches as a way of his own self improvement. Nina is his perfect foil as the hungry for rating graveyard shift news director who buys Lou's increasing dubiously attained shots.

At one point Rick, frustrated by Lou's machinations on creating the ultimate on the scene capture of some wanted murderers tells him what his doing is f**ked. Lou says that he may not understand people, he just doesn't like them. Whatever humanity he may have slightly exhibited in the beginning of the movie is overpowered by the tyrannical psycho he becomes when he gets a taste of success. Gyllenhaal is so totally committed to his character it's hard not to rubberneck.
(Review by reesa)

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Before I Go to Sleep

Amnesia is a fun and popular concept for movies. S.J. Watson's best selling novel adapted to the screen by director/writer Rowan Joffe includes a big name cast and Ridley Scott as a producer. With all these elements in play, it should offer an engaging mystery, but somehow falls short with story holes that will nag you afterwards. As a Redbox rental it would be more than satisfying.

Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) wakes every morning with no clue about the man in bed with her, nor the wall of pictures in her bathroom with post it names and events of what is apparently her life. She has an particular type of amnesia that is only able to store information for one day before wiping her mental hard drive clean when she sleeps. Every morning Ben (Colin Firth) reminds her that he is her husband of 14 years, she is 40 years old and that he loves her. She was in an accident and that is why she is in this condition. There is a list on the wall of things she has to remember everyday. Ben leaves for work as a teacher, and Christine is left to her own confusion. A Dr. Nasch (Mark Strong) calls telling her that he is her neurologist working with her to bring back her memories. For some reason he tells her that their work must be kept from her husband. He also tells her she has been keeping a video diary to remind her new self about what's going on. Dr. Nasch tells her that she was attacked and left for dead near a airport hotel which contradicts her husband's story of an accident.

Christine has memory flashes of a woman with red hair and making rough love with a faceless man. Ben tells her that Claire (Anne-Marie Duff) was her best friend that stopped coming to see her because she was upset that Christine couldn't remember her everyday. When she finds out about having a son, Ben tells her their child had died of meningitis. Little clues are revealed and Christine records her finding on the camera for the daily updates to herself. Her daily paranoia builds and vexes her and on top of that her doctor is attracted to her.

Everyone does a wonderful job with what they have. Firth who has always played the bumbling everyday man who is likable and unpretentious and Strong who usually plays the smarmy villain both play against type. Kidman who displays her naked backside in the beginning of the movie does well showing the desperation and fear of what it like to wake up clueless each day. Plus she has two men telling her different stories about her. What's a girl to do? You may figure out what's going on long before the film does the big reveal. And there are many questionable plot points that you will be left to ponder. But it might be worth it if you really have nothing else to do and 92 minutes to kill.
(Review by reesa)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Movies Scheduled 10/26-11/1

Ok most of y'all know the rules but for the new people here they are.

First of all we do NOT ever sell our free passes. It is nice that the studio reps give us. They could just go to a different market and not do Dallas!! And yes the reps look at social media!

Second you always have to have a pass!! Yes some will let you show it on your phone but not all movies you can do that so it is best to print them out. There has been talk that people go up and say we told y'all to just go without a pass. That has never been said! We do send out emails to let you know how to get the pass and where the movie is!

Third we don't drop our chair off at the line then go to work so you can be first. Sure if you want to grab a bite to eat then that is fine but don't be gone from your chair for too long. Some places don't even allow chairs!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at

Sunday Oct. 26th

A Coup in Camelot 10:00 p.m. Texas Theater

Monday Oct. 27th

Laggies 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
The Wedding Ringer 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Tuesday Oct. 28th

Nightcrawler 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
Big Hero 6 7:00 p.m. Cinemark Rave Ridgmar
Big Hero 6 7:00 p.m. AMC Northpark
Beyond the Lights 7:30 p.m. SMG Arlington

Wednesday Oct. 29th

Before I Go to Sleep 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Thursday Oct. 30th

Dial M for Murder 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Friday Oct. 31st

Saturday Nov. 1st

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Stonehearst Asylum

If you say Edgar Allan Poe, I am generally all over it. Prolific tales of mystery and imagination describes the literary output of the author who wrote the short story that Stonehearst Asylum is based upon. At nearly two hours, large portions of this movie feel just like awkward filler in this adaptation. The cast all have stellar reputations and include Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess and Sir Michael Caine. Sturgess plays a newly minted Oxford Dr., Edward, who arrives at the estate late one night, to the surprise of the groundskeeper, to observe and study the methods of the staff in working with the institutionally insane upper crust residents there. The story takes place at the turn of the century in Victorian England and general moodiness is the order of the day in setting and feel. . Kingsley portrays the head Dr. or so we are led to believe initially, as he channels his character from House of Sand and Fog in a cartoonish kind of way, to portray the superintendent. The Dr. is given the tour of the ginormous place and meets many of the eccentric residents who are full of demons, quirks and alternate identities. It is pretty easy to figure out that things are not really what they seem in this lively place. Beckinsale plays the beautiful Eliza,, who really seems to be quite sane whenever she appears despite a diagnosis of hysteria. Edward quickly falls for her quiet charms as the situation at the Asylum begins to unravel. The Dr. discovers that the methods employed at the asylum are quite innovative, kind and unusually humane as the residents are integrated into normal situations, such a formal dinners and parties, and seem to have the general run of the facility. The beautiful young nurse is one of the first clues that the asylum has had a change in original management. As the good Dr. explores the sights and sounds that go bump in the night, he falls deeper in love with Eliza and discovers the big secret in the basement. Michael Caine appears about halfway occupying a one dimensional role in which he is generally wasted. David Thewlis appears as the aptly named Mickey Finn, who is groundskeeper and gopher/lackey for Kingsley. He moves about the the eyes and ears of the super, always the threat in the background.

It is hard to figure out, sometimes, if the director and writer are going for a comedy/drama or a period piece. The chuckles appear in the most unusual places and feel a bit odd. There are a couple of twists that make the film interesting but it really just isn't enough with the script and limited characterizations. that were given to the talented actors to develop. There just isn't that much in the bones of the film to completely redeem it. Director Brad Anderson, who brought us the masterpiece known as "The Machinist" really missed the mark in this one, based on his reputation. The film feels empty in parts, like it is killing some time. The viewers are exposed to the inhumane methods that were utilized in real life asylums, as through flashback we see the events that preceded Edward's arrival. There will be one generally question that the movie goer will be asking themselves over and over once the big secret is revealed. Why doesn't the Dr just............... well you will figure that one out. Poe fans will probably be disappointed and if this were not being released in October, the "have to see a scary movie" crowd would probably not be checking it out. But if you want to see what it is like when the insane are running the asylum, feel free to check this one out. There are more twists and turns in this Asylum than originally meets the eye. Our audience was quite gracious and many applauded at the end, but it was more in response to the conclusion itself, as opposed to the entire movie watching experience.
(Review by Cheryl Wurtz)

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