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 22, 2016

Movies Scheduled for the Week of May 22 - May 28

Wasn't there a time when May was full of movies? Or is this just the calm before the summer movie madness? In any case, there's not much of a selection, and movie lines will be long and crowded. Plus lots of rain is in the forecast. Good luck out there.

My apologies for not updating the daily movie notices on Facebook and Twitter. Or posting the contests to the group. It's been a busy week with my son getting married, and my daughter and grandbaby visiting from Brooklyn. My life has not been my own and I've missed some good movies the last weeks. Hopefully things will return to normal soon.



May 22-May 28

Sun
May 22

Mon
May 23

Alice Through the Looking Glass - 7:30 pm - tba

Tues
May 24

Me Before You - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
Alice Through the Looking Glass - 7:30 pm - AMC Parks Arlington
Alice Through the Looking Glass - 7:30 pm - Cinemark 17

Wed
May 25

X-Men:Apocalypse - 7:30 pm - Cinemark 17

Thur
May 26

Alice Through the Looking Glass - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark

Fri
May 27

Sat
May 28






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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Movies Scheduled 5/15-5/21

Lots of movies this week on my normal off days. I wish I could go but working lots of overtime so I won't be going to movies for a little while. Okay maybe more like a month! But hey extra money for vacation is always a good thing!!

So if I don't answer your email timely please know I may be asleep. My alarm is set for 3 in the afternoon but most days I wake up earlier.

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


Sunday May 15th


Monday May 16th

Nice Guys Angelika Dallas
A Big Splash Magnolia


Tuesday May 17th

Warcraft AMC Northpark
Me Before You Angelika Dallas
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising AMC Northpark


Wednesday May 18th


Thursday May 19th


Friday May 20th


Saturday May 21st




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Friday, May 13, 2016

The Man Who Knew Infinity




This intellectually entertaining film tells the story of S. Ramanujan, a poor and uneducated genius, who comes from India to England in search of publishing his work. This true story illustrates the subject of math as outstandingly beautiful while exploring Ramanujan’s brilliance throughout the piece. Ramanujan takes up residence at Cambridge University while being supervised by Professor G. H. Hardy. Films that explore intellectual brilliance and hard work are mesmerizing to watch. These films explain how the brain is capable of the unthinkable that a human can do.

Ramanujan’s severe underdog tale is a perfect encapsulation of how people at first are scared of what they cannot understand. A Brilliant Young Mind was another fully grabbing tale of someone who excelled at mathematics. As the film opened, I got chills up my spine as I hear Jeremy Irons’ Hardy state how his first and ever romantic experience was with Ramanujan. He means romantic as obviously an emotionally filling relationship between two friends. That narration sets the tone of the inspirational tale that is to follow while demanding a serious vow of attention to the picture.

We can see through that line how Ramanujan changed Hardy’s life forever with his “thoughts from God” as Ramanujan puts them. The extraordinaire man we can see comes from extremely humble beginnings. He is basically homeless at first and is turned down by multiple potential occupations. Elements of racism that were obviously rampant in the early 1900's appear in the film but not in an intense way as to turn one off. When Ramanujan finally gets a job by the quick words a fellow Indian says about him, he acquires a small place with his wife that they are both grateful for. As she puts it “It is okay, it’s a home.” This scene is so telling to the fact that Ramanujan, his mother, and his wife were so destitute even when he was eons beyond anybody else in his thoughts.

I thoroughly love how God was tied in to this story. Hardy is an atheist who has something to learn besides mathematics from the outrageously gifted new mind. In some of the most trying scenes, which were not too painful, Hardy is faced with his acceptance of God in gripping ways. In a poignant scene Ramanujan answers Hardy’s question while saying that his formulas embedded in thoughts come from God. This man, although viewed by some as arrogant, was a humble and God believing being. This is a definite see that gives great substance to the underdog concept.
(Review by Wyatt Head)




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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Movies Scheduled 5/8-5/14

Happy Mother's day to all you Moms out there!! Even if your kids have two legs or have four legs!

Not much going on in the screening world this week so maybe catch up on some of the movies you missed?

I am doing a few extra days of overtime this month and the start of next month so please forgive me if I miss something. I do my best not to miss anything but trying to get enough sleep during the day is tough.


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


Sunday May 8th

Asian Movie Madness: Kill Zone 2 Mulberry Street Catina

Monday May 9th


Tuesday May 10th


Wednesday May 11th

Money Monster AMC Northpark


Thursday May 12th


Friday May 13th


Saturday May 14th

Angry Birds Cinemark 17




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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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