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, February 17, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Feb 17 - Feb 23


Y'all know that next Sunday is our movie lover's Super Bowl with the host-less Academy Awards Show Wisely they decided not to award some categories during the commercials. They should fire the guy who came up with that idea, really. So if you are having a Oscar watch party come by our Facebook page and share your reactions. Who do you think will win?

Not too many choices this week. Plus there's the Monday holiday for some folks. The optional President's Day. This is a good chance this week to check out the movie events at the Alamo Drafthouse's in our DFW area.

Incident of the Week That Was Uncomfortable For All Involved: At at recent screening at the Angelika, a woman plopped her chair at the beginning of the line in because she said no one was there. The people who had that space were in the theater sitting in the soft seats on the side. So it's not like they planted their chairs and took off. There were in the theater. Her excuse was that no one was there even though the line was full out side of the spaces in the front where the people were sitting off to the side. Even after speaking with her, she insisted that she had every right to sit there. Apparently she does this a lot. So please keep an eye out, be polite, but forceful that cutting in line is not how it works. You come in and go to the end of the line.


Feb 17 - Feb 23

Tues - Feb 19

How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
Fighting With My Family - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Wed - Feb 20

How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World - 7:00 pm - Cinemark 17





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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Alita Battle Angel







(Review by Chase Lee)





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Happy Death Day 2U







(Review by Chase Lee)




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Alita Battle Angel






Gunnm (銃夢 Ganmu, literally "gun dream") is the Japanese cyberpunk manga series created by Yukito Kishiro in 1990. Producer James Cameron has been trying to develop this project for almost 20 years getting sidetracked by Avatar and other things. Good thing they waited for the advancements in the motion capture technology. With producer Jon Landau on board, Robert Rodriquez as director with the screenplay by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis the shooting began in October of 2017. The story would focus on the first four books with the Motorball sports from the third and fourth books.

The floating city of Zalem/Tiphares rains down it's metal trash to the earth below where the ground dwellers of the apocalyptic world have lived off their scrap. Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds a part of a cyborg female and rebuilds her using the mechanical body he created for his murdered daughter. Alita (Rosa Salazar) wakes up with no memory of her past life. We see the world of wonder from her perspective as she discovers oranges and chocolate. She befriends a human young man Hugo (Keean Johnson) who introduces her to the sport of Motorball which is part roller derby, Quidditch, and stock car racing, Alita is quite quick to learn and the danger in the game triggers a memory. Ido as her surrogate father doesn't want her to put herself in danger. Alita is headstrong and fearless. She decides to become a registered bounty hunter when she discovers that Ido is one too. She finds out that she is skilled in the ancient martial arts of Panzer Kunst that had disappeared when the wars destroyed the world.

Ido's ex-girlfriend Dr. Chiren (Jennifer Connelly) had escaped from Zalem but broke up when their daughter died. She now lives with Vector (Mahershala Ali) who rigs the Motorball games while Chiren works on enhancing the heavily modified cybernetics of their players. That includes stealing tech from other cyborgs with the help of Hugo and his gang. Vector gets his orders from the powerful scientist Nova from Zalem who has the ability to take over someone's body and talk through them. As Alita comes closer to the truth of who she is, Nova seeks to stop her by any means.

The live action motion capture is amazing. It's worth paying the extra to see it in IMAX and/or Dolby for the whole experience. The world that Cameron, Landau and Rodriquez have created is flawless and fascinating. Rosa Salazar gives enough heart to Alita that one is drawn totally into her dilemma. The story does get muddled in spots and the various characters are hard to keep track of with all their mechanical parts. The CGI is not so overwhelming to make you dizzy. The film sets up some sequel possibilities that will hopefully fill in the character development and explore the political world of the rich hovering city and the earth scavengers.
(Review by reesa)



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Happy Death Day 2U








“Happy Death Day,” a pleasant surprise when it was released in 2017, twisted the slasher formula by combining it with science-fiction and sprinkling in a dash of humor. Following its success, a sequel was inevitable (director Christopher Landon says a trilogy is planned though you can see them keeping this up for multiple sequels if they remain profitable). “Happy Death Day 2U” fleshes out the world more than we saw in the original movie, finally revealing the how and why Tree, short for Theresa, got stuck in the time loop.

The sequel opens with Ryan (Phi Vu) waking up in his car and returning to his dorm room to find Tree (Jessica Rothe) and Carter (Israel Broussard) in bed. After quickly leaving the room, he’s called by one of his lab partner’s Samar (Suraj Sharma), who tells him to come to the lab. The group – Ryan, Samar, and Dre (Sarah Yarkin) – have been working on a device as part of their thesis project. They aren’t quite sure what the device does, but I’m sure you can guess. Soon, the dean (Steve Zissis) is barging into the room with some security guards confiscating the machine. As Ryan sits upset over the loss of his project, he begins receiving text messages that include pictures of himself. Using the pictures as a guide, he winds up in a lab where he is promptly murdered by the baby-face wearing masked killer and then awakens again in his car to repeat the day.

Writer / director Christopher Landon gives the impression that the film is going to start going in a different direction by focusing on a character who didn’t get much screen time in the previous movie. But what seems like a new approach is quickly dropped, leaving one to wonder why it was even brought up (though it could be addressed in the planned third movie). One thing leads to another, and the group find themselves face to face with Ryan’s killer, who then activates the machine, sending Tree back into her time loop. Once again stuck on her birthday, Tree goes on a rampage across campus. If you haven’t seen the original, don’t go see this one until you do (a quick recap is included but will spoil some of the fun of the original).

On the surface, everything seems the same as it did the last eleven times she lived through this day but as she rushes across campus to confront her murderous roommate Lori (Ruby Modine), Tree begins to notice differences. Lori isn’t where Tree is expecting her to be and she doesn’t know anything about the poisoned cupcake she previously gave Tree. Further confusing things, uppity sorority sister Danielle (Rachel Matthews) is nice to Ryan and is dating Carter, causing Tree to realize that she’s in an alternate reality. No longer sure of people’s personalities or their motivations, Tree finds herself having to find the new killer and a new way to break the cycle.

Jessica Rothe is again fantastic in the lead role. Her range is on full display as she captures the anger of someone realizing things have just taken a significant turn for the worse and, in the film’s more tender moments, as she relays her feelings for other characters including an emotional reunion with her mother – who isn’t dead in this reality. The rest of the cast is fine but Rothe outplays everyone else.

“Happy Death Day 2U” is well made from a production stand point, the photography looks great, the effects are believable, and the score works, yet, it isn’t able to match the energy and rhythm of the original movie. This time Landon decides to focus the movie more on the comedic and sci-fi elements. As previously mentioned, the included exposition attempting to explain the time loop causes scenes to grind to a halt and make the movie feel longer than it should.

Topping something as unique feeling as the original (even if the basic premise was taken from a 20-year-old comedy) was going to be a difficult job. While “Happy Death Day 2U” lacks the bite and wit of its predecessor, it’s still a fairly fun movie
(Review by Bret Oswald)





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Monday, February 11, 2019

Alamo Drafthouse North Texas Movie Events






If you haven't heard of the special programming and events at the Alamo Drafthouse's, then you are missing out. Not only do you get to see some of your favorite films on the big screen, you can join in for some interactive activities that will enhance your appreciation to the film.
Dallas Movie Screenings had a chance to enjoy The Princess Bride with inflatable swords, bells, and bubbles. Moulin Rouge included light sticks, rubber frogs, flashing diamonds, and maracas. Audience participation is a blast! Before each film they offered games and contests to win movie passes like sword fights or doing the can-can.

Go see it tonight!
https://drafthouse.com/dfw/show/alamo-encore-moulin-rouge-movie-party

This Week's Highlights...

- Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party
Enjoy this musical classic with interactive props and loads of audience participation. Experience Moulin Rouge! like never before, at all 5 Alamo Drafthouse DFW locations through Valentine’s Day!

- Galentine’s Day: Bridesmaids
Grab your gal pals for these special screenings on Feb. 13!

- Moonstruck Valentine's Feast at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands
Our chef is whipping up a special 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner for one of the best romantic comedies of all time. A celebration of love, passion, and life, Moonstruck starring Cher and Nicholas Cage is a must see for this week's holiday.

- Alamo Drafthouse’s Valentine’s Day Hub
Movie screenings, gift cards, Mondo gift ideas, and more!

- 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action and 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action
​The entire collection of Oscar nominated shorts screening at the Denton location! Catch up before the actual ceremony on February 24.



MONDAY | FEBRUARY 11

Cedars:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM

Denton:
Screening: 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated at 5:15PM;
2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action at 2:20PM and 7:35PM;
Deconstruction The Beatles: Birth of The Beatles at 6:00PM;
The Arc of Texas Presents: Intelligent Lives at 7:00PM;
Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:15PM

Lake Highlands:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Deconstruction The Beatles: Birth of The Beatles at 9:05PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Las Colinas:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Deconstruction The Beatles: Birth of The Beatles at 9:15PM

Richardson:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 9:00PM;
AGFA Secret Screening at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



TUESDAY | FEBRUARY 12

Cedars:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM

Denton:
Screening: 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated at 10:50PM;
2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action at 7:55PM;
Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Video Vortex: Blood Tracks at 9:10PM

Lake Highlands:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Fist City: Police Story at 9:05PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Las Colinas:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Champaign Cinema: You've Got Mail at 9:00PM

Richardson:
Screening: Air Time: Big Fish at 7:00PM;
Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM



WEDNESDAY | FEBRUARY 13

Cedars:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Denton:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM
Bridesmaids at 9:00PM

Lake Highlands:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Bridesmaids at 9:05PM

Las Colinas:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Bridesmaids at 9:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Richardson:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Bridesmaids at 9:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



THURSDAY | FEBRUARY 14

Cedars:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM

Denton:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
Moonstruck Valentine's Feast at 7:30PM

Las Colinas:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM

Richardson:
Screening: Alamo Encore: Moulin Rouge! Movie Party at 7:00PM;
My Bloody Valentine (1981) at 9:00PM



FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 15

Denton:
Screening: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Movie Party at 9:00PM



SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 16

Cedars:
Screening: We Heart Hepburn: Roman Holiday (1953) at 1:00PM

Lake Highlands:
Screening: Old Fashioned: Sabrina (1954) at 1:00PM;
PBS KIDS at the Alamo: Valentine's Mix at 10:00AM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 2:00PM

Las Colinas:
Screening: Moonstruck Valentine's Feast at 1:00PM

Richardson:
Screening: Moonstruck Valentine's Feast at 1:00PM



SUNDAY | FEBRUARY

Denton:
Screening: We Heart Hepburn: Funny Face (1957) at 1:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink Brunch - Vetted Well at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands:
Screening: Dallas Children's Theater Presents: Ella Enchanted at 4:00PM;
PBS KIDS at the Alamo Valentine's Mix at 10:00AM

Las Colinas:
Screening: We Heart Hepburn: Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) at 1:00PM

Richardson:
Screening: We Heart Hepburn: Funny Face (1957) at 1:00PM


First Run Movies Now Playing...
The Lego Movie Movie 2: The Second Part
What Men Want
Cold Pursuit
The Prodigy
They Shall Not Grow Old
Miss Bala
2D Alita: Battle Angel
The Kid Who Would Be King
Green Book
Glass
The Upside
Mary Poppins Returns

​Releasing This Week...
Happy Death Day 2U
Isn't It Romantic

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Feb 10 - Feb 16



Are y'all watching The Grammy's. Nothing makes one feel old when you don't recognized most of these new artists and you get bored with their tunes. All the suggestive dancers, fire and smoke...What ever happened to just singing a song? Anyway, just showing my age I guess. Pass the ben-gay.

At least the weather will be nicer for this week of movies.

Feb 10 - Feb 16

Mon - Feb 11

AGFA Secret Screening - 7:30 pm - Alamo Richardson
Happy Death Day 2U - 7:30 pm - AMC Valley View
Happy Death Day 2U - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark
Isn't It Romantic - 7:30 pm - Cinemark 17

Tue - Feb 12

Isn't It Romantic - 7:30 pm - Angelika

Wed - Feb 13

Fighting With My Family - 7:30 pm - Angelika

Thu - Feb 14

Happy Valentine's Day!






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