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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight






Director Michael Bay has said publicly this would be his last “Transformers” movie. Honestly, his loss to the series does not really make a difference to me. What I do like, however is that he always shoots for the big screen. I’m sorry, but when the events that unfold on screen are larger than life, the movie theater is the place to see them.

“Transformers: The Last Night” is actor Mark Wahlberg’s third appearance in a Bay-directed movie. He first worked with him on the true life tale of 2013’s “Pain and Gain,” which also featured The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) and Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Captain America:The Winter Soldier”).

I gave it a grade of a C on the A-F scale. He then joined the ‘Transformers’ universe in 2014, playing Cade Yeager, an inventor residing in Texas who discovers Autobot leader Optimus Prime in a dilapidated barn. It was another C+ entry into a franchised that has just been average at best.

What is ironic is the fact that Yeager’s daughter is off at school, so Bay weaves in a 14 year-old girl, Isabella (Isabela Moher) into the story line.

He tries to bring further credibility to his popcorn flicks by bringing in Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins. Bay has done stuff like this before, bringing in Oscar-winner Frances McDormand into the Transformers universe with a government higher-up in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in 2012. Her appearance added nothing to the lackluster franchise but just give it a slice of credibility by just having her name and face in the flick.

Also returning to the franchise is Josh Duhamel, as U.S. soldier Major Lennox. He has been in all of the movies since the beginning with 2007’s “The Transformers.”

Also making an appearance is character actor Stanley Tucci, who appeared in “Age of Extinction” as wealthy industrialist Joshua Joyce. In “The Last Night,” he is Merlin, who aided various Transformers in their plights here on planet Earth.

His directorial debut was with “Bad Boys” But every once in a while I get surprised, like 1995’s the Martin Lawrence-Will Smith team up was the epitome of style over substance. He treated slow motion as an overused device to no end.

As much as I dislike his movies, at least Bay is thinking outside the box a little. Last year witnessed him trying something different with “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Bengazzi.” I did not really care for that one either, giving it a C+ on my A-F scale.

Despite all my complaints about his work, Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” is a definite must for the big screen and worth the extra money for the 3D IMAX experience.

Grade: C+
(Review by Ricky Miller)




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bluebeard




The debut feature film of writer/director Lee Soo-yeon is a psychological thriller that is full of twists and turns that will make one's head spin. There is a lot going on in this movie, but if you bear with it, it will all make sense, sort of, in the end. Technically it's nicely atmospheric as scenes shift with the character's perception of reality. But sometimes, it gets muddled down in trying too hard to be complex.

Cho Jun-woong (The Handmaiden), plays Dr. Byun, a once successful doctor in Gangham who lost most of his wealth to pay alimony to his recent ex, and loan sharks. He now works in a country clinic performing mostly colonoscopies to senior patients and he lives in a small studio apartment above a butcher's shop. Socially awkward Dr. Byun loves to read murder mysteries and avoids having lunch with his co-workers. The recent news declares the discovery of a torso revealed by the thawing ice of the Han River. The story makes him uncomfortable, as one of his patients, the father of the butcher who also happens to be his landlord, had talked in his drugged state about body parts during his colonoscopy. Dr. Byun's increasingly paranoid state begins to view his landlords suspiciously as he thinks he see's what looks like a head in a plastic bag in the butcher store's freezer. One night he got drunk with the old man's son, and wakes up to find a head in his apartment freezer.

Events start spinning pretty quickly after this. He begins to see an older man sitting his clinic lobby all the time. One of the nurses has been stealing drugs from the clinic, and the police come by and tell him his wife is missing and he's the last one who saw her. It's pretty clear from the beginning the doctor is not playing with a full deck. The lingering shots of meat being butchered is creepy enough. The doctor's tiny studio that is filled with unpacked books lining up a wall contributes to his sad sack aura. Then there are his landlords that are overly kind and a bit sketchy filling the film with lots of red herrings. There are one too many "is it a dream?" moments. By the time the third act rolls around to clean up all the tiny loose ends it's at least satisfying to consider the doctor's paranoia may be somewhat justified.
(Review by reesa)



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Movies Scheduled for the Week of June 18 - June 24



Just another gentle reminder that when someone offers their passes, please write directly to the person and NOT to the list. It will just be rejected. We really want to help you get passes, but there are certain hoops you have to jump to be successful.

Lots of movies this Monday, so I hope everyone is squared away. Waiting til the last moment to decide, probably means that most if not all of the passes have already been redeemed.

Again, if you invite someone to join our Facebook pages, please make sure they live in the DFW area (and their page says so) otherwise they will no be approved.

June 18 - June 24

June 19 - Mon

Resident Evil: Vendetta - time ? - AMC Mesquite, Cinemark 15 Vista Ridge, Cinemark 17
War of the Planet of the Apes - 7:00pm - AMC Northpark
Transformers: The Last Knight - 7:00pm - AMC Northpark

June 21 - Wed

Baby Driver - 7:00pm - Angelika Dallas

June 22 - Thur

Baby Driver - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark and Cinemark 17







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47 Meters Down




I am sorry, but save for “Jaws” and its decent sequel, “Jaws 2,” anything involving water does not equal enthralling entertainment. “47 Meters Down” tries to change that water myth due in part to the success of “The Shallows,” last summer which turned a suspenseful water tale into a halfway decent PG-13 suspense actioner for lead Blake Lively (“Sisterhood of Travelling Pants,” “Accepted,” “Savages”). She starred as a surfer stranded in an unnamed cove battling the elements and a great white shark, the nemesis of the movie.

“47 Meters Down” follows two sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) re-connecting after years apart. They are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the fishes (or in this case great white sharks).

Also of note is actor Matthew Modine, who has been absent from the movie industry as of late. His resume runs the gamut, most notably as Private Joker in 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket.” He also supported in Jonathan Demme’s “Married to the Mob” in 1988 as well as Renny Harlin’s pirate bomb “Cutthroat Island” in 1995.

This is not really a horror movie per se, but more of a suspense thriller. I would put it in the same vein as either Harlin’s “Deep Blue Sea” or Stephen Sommers’s popcorn actioner “Deep Rising” in 1998.

Both were made a while back, but the only other water movie I could think of was 2011’s “Shark Night 3-D,” a lame fish-involved flick from director David R. Ellis, who directed the sub-par “Final Destination 2” in 2003. He also finished the series in 2009 with “The Final Destination.” That one is significant because it had TV’s “American Idol” runner-up Katherine McPhee. Her character
was a tattoo fiend just hanging out with her buddies on a spring break trip that goes awry.

With “47 Meters Down,” my friend enjoyed this one quite a bit, but I am a hard person to please.

I do not think it was horrible, but even the marketing is in it for the cash grab. This is not a film of substance or quality, but just here and now as a quick cash grab when students are home for the summer when they have nothing to do but spend their hard earned money. My suggestion? Go and see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” instead or even Alex Kurtzmam’s rehash of “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise. This writer is telling you to disregard this flick and just wait for the discount house.

Grade: C+
(Review by Ricky Miller)



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Friday, June 16, 2017

47 Meters Down




An adventure of a life-time vacation turns into terrifying tale of a shark diving excursion goes wrong. Two sisters, Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) decides to embark upon an adventure with scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean while vacationing in Mexico.

Although Lisa’s limited experience and her apprehensiveness of scuba diving with sharks appears courageous, her intuition is in harmonious with her arising fear. But with Kate's consistent pressure she hopelessly gives in. After agreeing to the tour the sisters are lowered into the ocean while standing protected in the cage. Capturing the majestic beauty of the underwater scenery temporary tampers Lisa’s fears of the deep ocean around her. One moment of beauty turn into a life time of horror as the wire to the cage give way to drop 47 meters below. From that moment, their reality mergers into horror where the deep sea becomes a place of the unknown, dark, eerie and scary. Their surroundings become a nightmare of endless hope with nothing but overwhelming thoughts.

Once the panic attack is control, the sisters quickly realize they must get help. They know that their oxygen level is limited. They are too deep for the radio to work. They soon realize one of the sister must leave the safety of the cage to swim up to get help. This becomes a flight to stay alive by fighting off vicious sharks, maintaining the amount of oxygen levels and dealing with the rapid ascent associated with potentially deadly conditions known as bends. With a series of calamitous events, makes it extremely doubtful that the sisters won’t survive their deep underwater nightmare.

The writers did a great job of focusing on the sister staying alive from getting attacked from the sharks but focusing on their survival mechanism between the two sisters, given each hope until they are captured. Each moment is critical to their survival.

What makes this movie more interesting than other shark movies is their unique brand of terror underwater. The writers could have focused on the sharks as the theme of this movie but chose to add a bit of flair.
(Review by Dr. Dwanna Swan-Ary)



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The Hero



Director:
Brett Haley
Writers:
Brett Haley, Marc Basch
Cast:
Sam Elliott
Laura Prepon
Nick Offerman
Katharine Ross
Krysten Ritter

With a iconic voice and a epic mustache, the ever enigmatic Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Ghost Rider, The Big Lebowski) dons a character that fits him and is a little too close for comfort. He plays Lee Hayden a washed up western film/voice actor that takes out a new lease on life. Making ends meet with any roles he can get his hands on, he isn't exactly happy with the way his life is going. With the news that he has terminal cancer he becomes introspective and seeks advice from others and his long time buddy/pot dealer Jeremy played by Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Axe Cop). A complicated and distant relationships with his ex-wife Valerie played by in real life wife Katharine Ross (The Graduate, The Stepford Wives, Donnie Darko) and daughter Lucy played by Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones, Big Eyes) hangs on his head, and with time now a luxury the urge to mend it dwells on him. While visiting his buddy to buy more weed, a intriguing woman arrives played by Laura Prepon (Orange is the New Black, That 70's Show) to buy from him too. After running into her again they spark a intimate relationship that is strange and new for both of them. With all this going on he debates the reasons to keep on living or to just give up.

Sam Elliott as an actor has been pretty much been pigeonholed to a certain character (western badass) and in this film he definitely takes a chapter from his own life to play this part. The mundane feeling you get when he has to repeat a slogan from a barbecue sauce voiceover commercial he repeats over and over and over again seemed all too real. He gives the character depth that I don't think any other actor could do, definitely this part was written for him. Laura Prepon has the maturity for playing a winter/summer relationship to be believable and taken seriously not mention they definitely made a cute couple. When they were in a love scene together there was such a artistic eye, the contrast of his weathered tan skin against her blemish-less porcelain skin was quite beautiful. Focusing on how different they were but still so much alike at the same time. I had a connection to Krysten Ritter's character, she played the part with such honesty that I saw myself in her. The definite comedy relief was Nick Offerman giving the audience a release from such a heavy subject matter. Showing the inner workings of a male plutonic relationship, by being there for him even if they don't have deep conversations no words are necessary for a true friendship. At times the cinematography got very psychedelic (well he was on drugs) with scenes that just let the mind wander, with beautiful California scenery you can't help be in awe of it all.

This one is absolutely a keeper in my book, if you ever had any family that dealt with cancer I advise you to bring some tissues because you will cry like a baby. My Hope Is that Sam Elliott does more leading roles like this and keep expanding his repertoire this one is definitely worth the ticket.
(Review by Samantha Leggio)


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