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, May 1, 2016

Movies Scheduled 5/1-5/7

May is finally here. Getting closer to getting to see Civil War! I am so excited!! I got my ticket when they did the pre sale a few months ago. I had a feeling the screening passes would be super hard to get. But then I ended up saying I would work some overtime and it was on the night of the screening.

Not a lot of movies this week. Some may pop up during the week. If not it is always a good time to catch up on movies you have yet had a chance to see.

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


Sunday May 1st


Monday May 2nd

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Cinemark West


Tuesday May 3rd


Captain America: Civil War AMC Parks Arlington


Wednesday May 4th

Thursday May 5th

Friday May 6th

Saturday May 7th




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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Green Room




Opening:

Heavy metal and graphic, brutal violence? It sounds like another music video waiting to happen, but this movie also caters to this and it’s extremely entertaining. Let’s get reel and break this down.

Plot:
After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.

Directing/Writing

Pros:

Director/Writer Jeremy Saulnier creates a tense, thrill ride with enough flair and style to call it something fresh and unique. I have never seen his previous film Blue Ruin but after seeing this one I want to check that one out. The way he uses violence has a brutal and yet majestic quality to it really adding a cool, midnight movie atmosphere. The story is a survival story and you are rooting for the main characters to escape the terrors of these neo-nazis, but told in a fun, exciting way.

Cons:
Some of the dialogue can sound and come across cheesy but the B-movie quality of the movie kind of complements it.

Acting

Pros:

Everyone does well but the two standouts are Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart. They both step out of their comfort zone. Anton is likeable and kicks a lot of butt in the violent scenes and Patrick is horrifying in every scene but extremely captivating. I wish there were more scenes with his character because he is just that good.

Cons:
None.

Cinematography

Pros:

The claustrophobic tone of the film really puts us in the moment with the rich colors (especially green), harsh lighting, and beautiful, haunting gore effects.

Cons:
None.

Editing/Special Effects

Pros:

The suspense alone provides an edge-of-your-seat experience and has a great rhythm to the story. I was never bored.

Cons:
The hard-R violence can be extreme for some people and be a turnoff. I wanted more of this movie but this type of genre I know isn’t for everyone.

Overall:
If you like those midnight movies with graphic violence and a fun tone you will like this one. However, the colorful cinematography, Stewart’s fantastic performance, and the adrenaline pumped throughout are enough to see it.

Grade: B
(Review by Chase Lee)








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Mother's Day




Director Garry Marshall is back with another holiday ensemble movie from a script by Tom Hines, Anya Kochoff Romano and Matt Walker. Like Valentine's Day (2010) and New Year's Eve (2011), the film covers several intersecting character in some personal crisis so we can laugh at their predictable confrontations. Set in a small Georgia town where mostly Caucasians reside in perfectly appointed homes dealing with the day to day trials of being a parent. It's amusing and ultimately forgettable.

We are introduced to Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), a divorced mother of two boys whose ex-husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant) has confessed he had eloped with his young girlfriend Tina (Shay Mitchell). She is feeling possessive of her boys, not wanting to have some young thing share motherhood with her. She is friends with Jesse (Kate Hudson) and her sister Gabbi (Sarah Chalke) who share a house with Jesse's Indian doctor husband Russell (Aasif Mandvi) and their son, and Gabbi's lesbian wife (Cameron Esposito) and their child. They are hiding from their conservative parents (Margo Martindale and Robert Pine) who live in Texas. Britt Roberston plays Kristen is a waitress who had a baby with her long time boyfriend Zach (Jack Whitehall) who wants to marry her, but she has some issues to resolve like finding her bio mom. Gym owner Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) is still mourning the loss of his wife (briefly seen on video, Jennifer Garner). He has two girls and thinks they will skip mother's day. Then there is Julia Roberts playing the uptight career woman Miranda who has built her fortune on the home shopping network and her books telling everyone that she doesn't have kids, but of course, we know that will be resolved later in the movie.

Garry Marshall is a master of these romantic comedies, simple, sappy, and quickly served. Everyone gets just enough story to keep you interested in how they will resolve their conflicts. No one seems to have any money, housing, or drug problems. They live in nice homes, have good cars, and dress well. There's even some token people of color in the background. It's all so pasteurized and easy to swallow.
A few set ups like the womb float for mother's day, and the racist/sexist comments by Jesse and Gabi's parents are all played for laughs. But you know in the end, everything will work out all right. You can leave the theater happy waiting for the next holiday film.
(Review by reesa)





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Papa: Hemingway in Cuba




As the first Hollywood film shoot in Cuba since 1959, it helps that country has been in a time warp and unchanged for this biographical story. Journalist Denne Bart Petitcler had written the screenplay and started working on the production of the film at the time of his death in 2006. Based on his friendship with Ernest Hemingway, Peictler tells how the famous writer helped him find his literary voice amidst the Cuban Revolution and a few month before Papa commits suicide. Directed by Bob Yari, the film makes little use of the beauty of the country confining most actions inside Finca VigĂ­a, the large home where Heminway lived and is now a museum.

Giovanni Ribisi plays Ed Myers (name change by Denne Bart Petitcler), a Miami reporter in the late 1950's. He has written letters to his Hemingway(Adrian Sparks) to explain how his books has gotten him out of a troubled childhood and led him to his current career. He never mails them. He is unaware that his latest letter is read by his girlfriend Debbie (Minka Kelly) who mails it. So it is a big surprise when he gets a phone call from Hemingway telling him it's a good letter and does he want to go fishing. Thus begins a series of weekend jaunts to Cuba as Ed and Papa develop a father/son bond. Joely Richardson plays Hemingway's fourth wife Mary who Ed walks in on while she is swimming in the nude.

The famous writer is usually surrounded by fans when he's in public. So they rarely leave their home and Papa plays host to dinner parties with other literary friends and doling out wisdom and mentorship to Ed. But in his office he stares at the blank page in his typewriter, playing with his gun, drinking too much, ranting to his demons. His put upon wife had given up her own career as a journalist, is getting frustrated by lack of affection and impotence. Meanwhile, Fidel Castro rebels are having a shoot out with soldiers of the Fulgencio Batista government. Ed, who covered the Korean War, is dragged to the middle of the action by Papa. Ed comes back to Miami to write about war in Cuba, and the FBI comes to ask him to report on Hemingway's political standings on this issue.

The last subplot of why the FBI has targeted Hemingway is pretty much the only interesting action of the film. There are some interventions by Mary, Ed and poet Evan Shipman (Shaun Toub) to keep from Hemingway giving in to ending his life and some mysterious friends of Hemingway getting killed by government. The film is pretty slow and laborious. Sparks does a good job as Papa, and Ribisi does well as someone over his head involved in a bigger than life personage. The best parts are the period cars featured, which auto aficionados are anxious to head to Cuba to obtain.
(Review by reesa)





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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Movies Scheduled 4/24-4/30

I would like to say first off that our thoughts and prayers are with Gary Murray's friends and family. May he rest in peace.

So the next big movie will be screening soon. Please make sure to enter the contests or try to grab passes. Yes I know they go quickly but at least try.

I have had someone ask if they could offer money for a screening pass and we will not approve those. These are free passes and if you want to offer money then why not just pay to go see it?

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


Sunday April 24th


Monday April 25th

Sing Street AMC Northpark various locations
Papa Hemingway in Cuba Angelika Dallas


Tuesday April 26th

Mother's Day SMG Royal


Wednesday April 27th

Keanu Angelika and AMC Mesquite
Mother's Day Cinemark 17


Thursday April 28th


Friday April 29th


Saturday April 30th



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Saturday, April 23, 2016

#DIFF2016: Oddball





This feel good family film entertains with the story of a dog, Oddball, who begins protecting penguins on an island in Australia. He is their guarding against the evil foxes who keep on attacking the population of penguins. Swampy and his granddaughter, Olivia, try to salvage Olivia’s mother’s job by using Oddball to keep the penguin number steady on the island. I thought that this story about family working together was a cozy one. The relationship Swampy has with his family and the way he is brings warm feelings to the audience. Swampy is sort of like the father anybody has ever wanted because of his innocence and kindness.

His dog, Oddball, although a trouble starter, is consistently loved and forgiven by his owner. The fact that this dog was so handsome and adorable made his role as the hero all the more exciting. The small town in Australia where this story takes place is a quaint seaside town that makes people feel at home. Coco Jack Gillies, who plays Olivia, gives a mature and spot on performance as an adventurous child. This film is based on a true story which I think is another great feat for making dogs the rescuers of dilemmas.

One gets the feeling of the town being small in that everybody knows each other. That type of backdrop makes for a purposeful family film because the characters try to get along. I did like the characters in total including the dog but I felt that the story wasn’t exceptionally strong. Yes, it is impressive what happened but the details seemed too simple. The film almost felt like it went too quickly for my taste. I thought that the film was really aimed at very young children and it didn’t have too much meaning in its message.

There were some pretty shots though. There were some in the beginning that had the waves of the ocean overlapping one another as the camera came closer to the island. The opening credits are displayed in a sense of bliss and light air. There was a cute introduction clip where Oddball gets a shower and then shakes off the water creating a radial spray that gets onto Swampy’s face. The dog scenes I have to say made me want to cuddle the big teddy bear of a canine. I know that sounds a little childish of me but don’t judge because it is a family film. Oddball was an adorable story that maybe needed a bit more detail to it.
(Review by Wyatt Head)



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#DIFF2016: Other People





This melancholy-infused comedy brings us into the life of David who is returning home to care for his dying mother while he is experiencing hardship. His long-time boyfriend is breaking up with him and his television writing career is slowing down. Jesse Plemons, who plays David, executes the role perfectly. He’s stuck and has a sense of humor. He is also thrown off by his hometown a little bit. The story was based on the director and writer’s, Chris Kelly’s, life. It was one that I think millions of families can relate to across the U.S. The mother has cancer and it is incurable. The family cannot do anything but help her continue her life until the end.

Supporting characters give more breath to the film with their uplifting influence. For instance, David’s boyfriend is splitting up with him but one night they share jokes over past times. One can feel the connection between the two partners in a scene that I think helps the acceptance of a gay relationship. David has been living in New York for a while and when we see him there one can feel the hip late night vibe. David and his mother have a concrete relationship with each other that has been strengthened by his openness with her. It was lovely to see the scenes between the two characters as they laugh just like they’re good friends. David knows that his mother fully understands his sexual orientation and that she looks out for him the best that she can.

David’s mom’s, Joanne’s, sickness is stressed right as the film takes off. There is a New Year’s Eve scene where David has come home for the first time in this period and everybody’s hopping. David is greeted and is sort of amused by his family while thinking about a failed project. He and Joanne share a prior mentioned moment together as the scene soon sharply changes to Joanne throwing up. A scene like that reminds us in a measured way the balance that the film has between funny and serious. A scene that is comedic mastery is when the mother has died and the family is all on her bed. A call comes and a person leaves a message just now realizing that Joanne was sick while ordering Taco Bell. One thinks about the huge comedic value in that startling segment. Other People brought home the ball for me in its delicate comedy that is sure to please.
(Review by Wyatt Head)



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