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, March 1, 2015

Movies Scheduled for the Week of March 1 – March 7



March certainly comes in like a lion and hopefully it will go out like a lamb. Did y'all get out last week to the screenings? Just drive carefully out there and keep safe!

March certainly comes in like a lion and hopefully it will go out like a lamb. Did y'all get out last week to the screenings? Just drive carefully out there and keep safe!

Since this is a light month for films, take some of this time to join or update your volunteer status for the Dallas International Film Festival which will arrive on April 9 – 19. This is a great chance to thank the local film community for all the free movies we see each year and show the visitors from all over the world a Big D welcome. For your volunteer hours you earn vouchers to see the movies during the festival. Really, who knows more about movies lines than we do? (Outside of Raymond and Scott of course). http://www.dallasfilm.org/explore/get-involved/festival-volunteer/

Don't forget our main website http://www.dallasmoviescreenings.com/ where you will find movie reviews and other notices. If you would like to review movies for DMS drop a line to reesas@yahoo.com or talk to me in the movie line.

Also, if you check the calendar on our Yahoo page
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DallasMovieScreenings/events you can view the upcoming screenings. Under each title is a list of pass sources or websites to find more information. There are multiple chances for everyone to get what they need. Don't wait until the last minute then mooch from others. As usual, please check that you are sending your emails to the right place before hitting send. If you respond to someone offering a pass and it gets sent to the group it will be rejected!


March 1 – March 7

Sun – March 1

Mon – March 2
AGFA Secret Screening – 7:00 pm – Alamo Drafthouse

Tues – March 3

Run All Night – 7:00 pm – AMC Northpark
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – 7:30 pm – Angelika Dallas
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken – 7:00 pm – Angelika Dallas

Wed – March 4

Unfinished Business – 7:00 pm – Angelika Dallas
Chappie – 7:30 pm – AMC Northpark

Thurs – March 5

Fri – March 6

Sat – March 7






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Friday, February 27, 2015

Focus



Will Smith is generally box office magic, but lost some popularity cred with After Earth. Now he's got his swagger back better than ever in a slick contemporary movie about a con man and his beautiful intern. Directed and written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (both did I Love You Phillip Morris and Bad Santa) moves the scenes with bright colors and exotic locations. It also gives Smith a chance to play a more romantic character which he gives a bit of angst and sexual wow-ness. For a February movie it is better than expected.

Smith plays Nicky who uses his con skills to get a seat in an exclusive restaurant. He catches the eye of the beautiful Jess (Margot Robbie) who seduces him to go to her room. Unfortunately for her, he recognizes her game and calls her on it. She is a already a competent pick pocket herself and follows him until he agrees to teach her some skills of the trade. He agrees to take her on and they hit the Superbowl in New Orleans where he has a team of 30 pick pockets working together to lift whatever they can in the crowded streets. They gain a million dollar haul of items which is carried by Nicky to be divided after everyone returns to their homes. On the way out of town, they go to the big game in an exclusive sky box, where Nicky proceeds to make outrageous bets with an Asian millionaire. Jess gets freaked out when Nicky starts to take their haul as collateral. Afterwards, Nicky gives Jess her cut and says goodbye which breaks her heart since they have been getting it on.

Three years later, Nicky is running another con in Buenos Aires with a billionaire international race car owner,Garriga (Rodrigo Santoro). He finds Jess is there and all over Garriga. She tells him that she is with Garriga now and he should leave. The story begins to get complicated at this point because Nicky still has a huge con to accomplish. His first big job since Jess left him. Garriga's head of security Owens (Gerald McRaney) suspects the relationship between Nicky and Jess.

Can't really explain much else without giving stuff away. Suffice to say that Smith looks healthy and pumped probably to have a believable romance with a woman 20 years younger. Margot who stole The Wolf of Wall Street, is stunningly gorgeous and it's easy to understand why Nicky would get distracted in his “focus” and his cool is challenged by feelings of jealousy. It's a fun romp, that is easy on the eyes and a good wintertime distraction. However you may be a little more careful with your wristwatch and wallet when walking through crowds.
(Review by Reesa)



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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Academy Awards Winners 2015



Best Picture: "Birdman"

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Imitation Game"

Best Director:
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, "Birdman"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Best Original Song:
"Glory" from "Selma" - Music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Sound Mixing:
"Whiplash"

Best Sound Editing:
"American Sniper"

Best Sound Effects:
"Interstellar"

Best Production Design:
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" - Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman"

Best Film Editing: Tom Cross, "Whiplash"

Best Foreign Language Film:
"Ida" (Poland), Paweł Pawlikowski, director

Best Live Action Short Film:
"The Phone Call," Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer

Best Documentary Short Subject:
"Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," Perry Film

Best Documentary Feature:
"CitizenFour," Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Best Animated Short Film:
"Feast," Patrick Osborne, director, and Kristina Reed, producer







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Movies Scheduled 2/22-2/28

Well tonight is the biggest night for movies. If you have no plans yet to watch it head over to Angelika Dallas tonight and watch it with Big Fan Boy! They will start giving out tickets at 11 a.m. so head on over and get your ticket. They will have food (while it lasts) and prizes!! So why not watch it with some good people?


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


Sunday Feb 22nd

A Night of Hollywood Gold 6:00 p.m. Angelika Dallas


Monday Feb 23rd


Tuesday Feb 24th

Focus 7:30 p.m. AMC Parks Arlington


Wednesday Feb. 25th

The Lazarus Effect 7:30 p.m. SMG Spring Valley
Focus 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas


Thursday Feb. 26th

Cinderella 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas
A La Mala 7:30 p.m. Cinemark 17


Friday Feb. 27th


Saturday Feb. 28th



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2015 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD





2015 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD


BEST FEATURE
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (WINNER)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood
Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love is Strange
Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma
Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey

Whiplash
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak


BEST DIRECTOR

Richard Linklater (WINNER)
Boyhood


Damien Chazelle
Whiplash

Ava DuVernay
Selma

Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

David Zellner
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter


BEST SCREENPLAY

Dan Gilroy (WINNER)
Nightcrawler


Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
Big Eyes

J.C. Chandor
A Most Violent Year

Jim Jarmusch
Only Lovers Left Alive

Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
Love is Strange


BEST FIRST FEATURE
(Award given to the director and producer)

Nightcrawler (WINNER)
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak


A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah

Dear White People
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe

Obvious Child
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm

She's Lost Control
Director/Producer: Anja Marquardt
Producers: Mollye Asher, Kiara C. Jones


BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Justin Simien (WINNER)
Dear White People


Desiree Akhavan
Appropriate Behavior

Sara Colangelo
Little Accidents

Justin Lader
The One I Love

Anja Marquardt
She's Lost Control


BEST FEMALE LEAD

Julianne Moore (WINNER)
Still Alice


Marion Cotillard
The Immigrant

Rinko Kikuchi Kumiko
The Treasure Hunter

Jenny Slate
Obvious Child

Tilda Swinton
Only Lovers Left Alive



BEST MALE LEAD

Michael Keaton (WINNER)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


André Benjamin
Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jake Gyllenhaal
Nightcrawler

John Lithgow
Love is Strange

David Oyelowo
Selma


BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Patricia Arquette (WINNER)
Boyhood


Jessica Chastain
A Most Violent Year

Carmen Ejogo
Selma

Andrea Suarez Paz
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Emma Stone
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


BEST SUPPORTING MALE

J.K. Simmons (WINNER)
Whiplash


Riz Ahmed
Nightcrawler

Ethan Hawke
Boyhood

Alfred Molina
Love is Strange

Edward Norton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki (WINNER)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Darius Khondji
The Immigrant

Sean Porter
It Felt Like Love

Lyle Vincent
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Bradford Young
Selma


BEST EDITING

Tom Cross (WINNER)
Whiplash


Sandra Adair
Boyhood

John Gilroy
Nightcrawler

Ron Patane
A Most Violent Year

Adam Wingard
The Guest


BEST DOCUMENTARY
(Award given to the director and producer)


CITIZENFOUR (WINNER)
Director/Producer: Laura Poitras
Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky


20,000 Days on Earth
Directors: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson

Stray Dog
Director: Debra Granik
Producer: Anne Rosellini

The Salt of the Earth
Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders
Producer: David Rosier

Virunga
Director/Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel
Producer: Joanna Natasegara


JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

Land Ho! (WINNER)
Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens
Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy


Blue Ruin
Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producers: Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani

It Felt Like Love
Writer/Director/Producer: Eliza Hittman
Producers: Shrihari Sathe, Laura Wagner

Man From Reno
Writer/Director: Dave Boyle
Writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori

Test
Writer/Director/Producer: Chris Mason Johnson
Producer: Chris Martin


BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
(Award given to the director)


Ida (Poland) (WINNER)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Force Majeure (Sweden)
Director: Ruben Östlund

Leviathan (Russia)
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Mommy (Canada)
Director: Xavier Dolan

Norte, the End of History (Philippines)
Director: Lav Diaz

Under the Skin (United Kingdom)
Director: Jonathan Glazer


ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)


Inherent Vice
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis
Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon



SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD


Foxcatcher
Director/Producer: Bennett Miller
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik
Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum



18th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

Chris Ohlson (WINNER)
Chad Burris
Elisabeth Holm


21st ANNUAL KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl's Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's Since 1851.

H. (WINNER)
Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia


A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

The Retrieval
Director: Chris Eska

20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.

The Kill Team (WINNER)
Director: Dan Krauss


Approaching the Elephant
Director: Amanda Rose Wilder

Evolution of a Criminal
Director: Darius Clark Monroe

The Last Season
Director: Sara Dosa







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Saturday, February 21, 2015

South Asian Film Festival





FIRST-EVER DALLAS/FORT WORTH SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS LINE-UP OF 14 SHORTS, DOCS & FEATURES


(Dallas, TX – Feb. 16, 2015) Fourteen films, exploring the unique circumstances and complex stories of South Asians living in America, India, Nepal, Australia and Singapore, make their Texas, U.S. and world premieres at the FIRST-EVER Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF) from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Angelika Film Center in Plano (Shops at Legacy).

Produced by JINGO Media, a Dallas and NYC-based PR and events management boutique firm, Etihad Airways & Jet Airways, now offering non-stop flights from DFW to Abu Dhabi, Cambria Hotels & Suites, a brand new hotel property at the Shops at Legacy, and Crow Collection of Asian Art, unveiling its brand new collection of South Asian art, DFW SAFF will bring together directors, actors, producers, community organizations, corporate brands and South Asian cinephiles, over a three-day period. Here are the films that have been consciously-curated for the festival:

•Opening Night Film: Brahmin Bulls

•Shorts & Docs: Katiyabaaz, Asian Pride Project, Fire in the Blood, Tomorrow We Disappear

•Women’s Programming: Blouse, Happy Raksha Bandhan, Sold (centerpiece feature)

•Children’s Programming: Ravi and Jane, The World of Goopi & Bagha

•Youth Programming: Therapy, Just Friends, Acceptance

•Closing Night Film: Rough Book

Community sponsors & partners of DFW SAFF include: The Container Store, Patrick O’Hara Salon, VelvetCase.com, Living Dreams Foundation, Parish Episcopal School, Milaap, Shraman South Asian Museum and Learning Center Foundation, Forever Rakhi, Indie Meme, Arya Dance Company and New Friends New Life.

Our media partners include: Selig Polyscope Company, Radio Azad, Saavn.com, Radio Hot Pepper, Radio Adda and Desiplaza TV.

“We are so proud and humbled that 30 different community organizations and brands are coming together to support our first-time festival,” said DFW SAFF Festival Director and Principal/CEO of JINGO Media, Jitin Hingorani. “We are certain that North Texas audiences will embrace this festival by giving all our international guests a warm Texas welcome and, hopefully, a few standing ovations.” In addition to film screenings, the festival boasts an opening night red carpet, post-screening Q&As with filmmakers in attendance, after parties and plenty of networking opportunities. For more information and to purchase ticket, please visit www.dfwsaff.com.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Energize Our World




America became an industrialized nation several decades ago. The energy used in everyday business is explored in “Energize Our World”. The film brings to reality the fact that natural resources are being used with no conscious effort for renewability. It explores the people and companies who are actually trying to respect this environment and realize the finite stature of our planet. Several very interesting processes were shown including the cleaning of water and use of it to stimulate electricity. There was another company in Malaga, Spain which provided meters in houses so the owners could track electricity usage. This company also utilized the electric car model which took energy from the grid but gave back energy too. Electricity to stimulate cars is portrayed as significantly less costly than gasoline or diesel. Another company used carbon dioxide, a waste product, to dye clothing with surprisingly no chemicals. There is an architect in the film who designed a building thinking about how resources can be used to maximum capacity. Even the US, which is said to be elementary in recycling, has a company in Georgia making drinks with reusable bottles. The director, Susan Sember, employed the use of serene looks of nature and cities to make this piece appealing the eye. Cities with the coast bordering them like Malaga in Spain looked beautiful with the buildings tall against the water. I thoroughly enjoyed watching “Energize Our World” and I personally have an issue with waste on this planet.

The film brought much needed attention to young people especially about how to become better stewards of our home. I think what was most important that was expressed was how environmental problems will be our issue very soon. The narrator had an older and solid voice that engaged me into focusing to what was being said. People who were interviewed seem to have a passion for recycling and modernizing our energy usage procedures. The fact that multiple companies are trying to create their better nation is incredible to me. We need documentaries like this to show real fact and maybe fiction can be set aside for a while. The use of renewable energy is highly advocated by this project and I think that is the only way to go. The director’s use of going all around the world to discover companies was incredibly productive. This is the type of project that needs to spread into schools, universities, and many families homes.
(Review by Wyatt Head)



“Energizing Our World” Roundtable Dallas, TX

Question 1) (To Executive Producer Joni Bounds) What is your background?

A: I have a background in the music industry. I graduated from TCU. I moved to New York and became a music promoter doing events and fundraising. Then I went into education. I had two sons. I came across a 1984 story and got into film-making. I wrote a story for a feature film. It was very hard to find funds for a wanting to be $10 million film. I then thought that a documentary about social issues would be interesting. I arrived at a documentary idea with filmmaker Susan Sember.

(In regards to the film)
We started filming in Costa Rica. We wanted to focus on specific topics. The initial title was “Energy to Endure”. The then film was shown at the United Nations. Susan liked great technology like the 4K high-definition. Some of the film footage can actually be 3-D. We ended up with an interview with Bruno Stagno who is in the film. He opened the door for us. We contacted several corporations. Geert Woerlee, although hard to get, liked the story and did an interview with us as well. Passion really comes from the people we interviewed. The interviews just grew and grew. We went to Sage. The people there were trying to reach out to young people to take better care of our planet. We wanted to reach a bigger audience than just a normal documentary. Everyone we met was truthful about what they were doing. A person was interviewed who gets sludge from the refineries and turns it into bio-diesel fuel. The topic of the film could go on and on. I am inspired as a filmmaker. I would like everybody to get in on this issue.

2) Why Costa Rica?

A: They have a sustainable energy area. All wild life is free there. Costa Rica embraces the simple things of life. They had banana plantations. The farmers used sun, wind, and their own irrigation. Costa Rica uses the basics. There has been years of prior unsustainability but it has changed over the years.

3) The feature film, what is it?


A: “Sun In the Night Sky” is the name. It is based on a true story. I knew the person who told me the story. The film explains the socio-economic differences between plantation workers and owners. The story involves a love story and has a silver lining.

4) How did the narrator Edward James Olmos come into the film?


A: We caught him while he was filming another project. He became interested after looking into what we were doing. It was one thing after the other which became a very fast process.

3) What did you mean that by getting the Netherlands involved you could get everybody?


A: I reached out to Geert Woerlee over there and he thought about it. He’s such a famous guy in the industry, it just happened. He could be a mentor.

4) What are the other festivals you’ve been in?


A: We went into the Santa Barbara film festival. The director of the festival introduced the film. We didn’t realize who our competitors were in the category. We were blown away by our competitors. We don’t think we will be in DIFF because we’re five minutes too short. We want to show it to young people. The Thin-line film festival producer got us sponsors for our events there. Our next place is Palm Beach International film festival. We also want to reach out to the Hispanic community because half of the film is in Spanish speaking places. We want young Hispanics to see it as well.

5) How did you get the daughter of your interviewee, Jim Scott, involved?


A: We reached out to them because they have a thoroughly recyclable drink bottle. It was a spontaneous interview of Natalie (the daughter). She is an SMU student which was awesome. She was refreshing. She’s aware of the people at SMU. Natalie said fellow SMU-ians are not having the best habits. Whatever minor things one can do to take care of the earth is good.

6) Have you heard of Earth Day in Dallas?

A: I know the people who head it up. I want to work with them.

7) What has been challenging in producing the film?

A: Funding was hard. We’re getting sponsors for festivals and more attention from distributors. Having to become more flexible was hard too. It will work out if it’s supposed to.

8) You wanted to be separated from politics?

A: We had conflicts in belief even in the film. Politics would be another film.




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