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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Monday, January 27, 2020

Alamo Drafthouse breaks its No-Ads policy on Valentine's Day (for a good cause)






ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE IS NOW
SELLING PRE-MOVIE ADS*

*To guests who want to put their Valentine’s Day
love notes on the biggest screen possible.

Austin, TX --- January 27, 2019 --- Austin-based cinema-eatery Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is offering guests in each of its 41 locations a cinematically sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether as a couples night, a singles solidarity night, or if you’re just taking yourself out – by purchasing a totally open-ended 60-character message to run on the big screen, with proceeds benefiting relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Australia.

“These love notes aren't just for couples – last year one guy even sent a love note to himself," says Tim League, founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse. “I’m happy we’re able to harness the power of love to help two very good causes.”
From now until Friday, February 7th, guests who purchase advance tickets for screenings on February 14th have the option to purchase a $5 Love Note, with funds raised being split between UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico and GlobalGiving's Australia Wildfire Relief Fund). The company’s Alamo Gives initiative will also contribute $5,000 to each cause.


Guests who purchase a Love Note will also be entered into a sweepstakes where they could win the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift – a free year of movies via Alamo Drafthouse’s Season Pass membership program for them and their friend or sweetheart. Alamo Drafthouse’s creative team will also work with the winner to have the prize delivered in-person by any costumed movie character they choose.

Love Notes are available now at drafthouse.com for purchase with tickets to any screening currently on sale for February 14th – with more titles being added later this month like BIRDS OF PREY, DOWNHILL, and A PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE. Much of Alamo Drafthouse’s “Bad Romance”-themed repertory programming for February is currently on sale and can be found at drafthouse.com/xoxo. Titles may vary by location, but include:

A multi-course feast pairing of food, drink, and 2018’s CRAZY RICH ASIANS.
A feast screening of the Patrick Swayze classic from 1990, GHOST.
A “Love Bites”-themed interactive Video Dance Party.
An interactive Movie Party celebration of the 2004 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
BOOMERANG, one of Eddie Murphy’s greatest (and most underrated) films, a 1992 romantic comedy pairing him with Halle Berry.
One of the most imaginative, poignant, and sweetly romantic films ever made, director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s 2004 ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND.
A fizzy “Champagne Cinema” celebration of 2005’s Keira Knightley-led adaptation of Jane Austen’s PRIDE & PREJUDICE.
David Lynch’s 1990 black comedy romance WILD AT HEART, starring Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, and a snakeskin jacket.
A special “Afternoon Tea” screening of Daniel Day-Lewis’ triumphant 2017 swan song in Paul Thomas Anderson’s PHANTOM THREAD.
Screenings of two very twisted romances – Jordan Peele’s 2017 megahit GET OUT, and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA.
Beloved 1937 screwball comedy THE AWFUL TRUTH, starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant.


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This Week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW (1/27 - 2/2)







Calling all movie lovers… Here’s what’s happening this week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW!

He’s having the worst day of his life… over, and over, but you’ll be having a blast at the Flashback Brunch screening of Groundhog Day Shake off the bad blood with a special screening of Taylor Swift’s new documentary Miss Americana. Catch the final episode of The Good Place on one big forking screen only at the Drafthouse. For a full calendar listing, please visit drafthouse.com/dfw/calendar.

See y’all soon at the Alamo Drafthouse!



This Week's Highlights…

Flashback Brunch: Groundhog Day

Get lost in retro films of yesteryear while enjoying brunch! Enjoy one of the most classic films of all time starring Bill Murray and Andy McDowell in the comedy a man who has to live the same day over and over and over and over… Catch the brunch at Denton, Lake Highlands, and Las Colinas

Miss Americana Limited Time Screening
After seven world tours 37 million albums sold and enough headlines to make you want to drive a new Maserati down a dead-end street Taylor Swift is finally ready to set the record straight. Noted filmmaker Lana Wilson follows the ubiquitous pop singer across several years of her career revealing that while some nights might have been perfect nothing was ever all too well. In theaters for a limited time come watch MISS AMERICANA on the only screen big enough to house such a legend. ...Ready for it? Catch the documentary only at Lake Highlands.

NBC’S The Good Place: The Series Forking Finale

Grab your good friends your bad friends and ya basic friends and join Drafthouse DFW for the live finale of one of the best-ever TV comedies. Afterwards they’ll stream the post-show special featuring host Seth Meyers and the full cast live from Studio 6A at the legendary Rockefeller Center. Holy mother forking shirtballs! Catch the screening only at Las Colinas.


MONDAY | JANUARY 27

Cedars
Screening: Champagne Cinema: Troop Beverly Hills Quote-Along at 7:00PM

Denton
Screening: Champagne Cinema: Troop Beverly Hills Quote-Along at 7:25PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Hindisight is 20/20: Legend (1985) at 7:25PM

Richardson
Screening: Hindisight is 20/20: Legend (1985) at 7:25PM



TUESDAY | JANUARY 28
Cedars
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Stagefright (1987) at 9:05pm

Las Colinas
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Ringu at 9:00PM

North Richland Hills
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Stagefright (1987) at 9:00pm

Richardson
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM
Screening: The Big Lebowski Movie Party at 7:25PM



WEDNESDAY | JANUARY 29
Cedars
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Champagne Cinema: Troop Beverly Hills Quote-Along at 7:25PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Tremors Movie Party at 7:25PM

Richardson
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



THURSDAY | JANUARY 30

Las Colinas
Screening: The Good Place: The Series Forking Finale at 7:30PM



FRIDAY | JANUARY 31

Lake Highlands
Screening: Miss Americana Screening at 6:30PM



SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 1

Las Colinas
Screening: Bad Romance: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 7:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Bad Romance: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 7:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Bad Romance: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 7:00PM



SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 2

Cedars
Screening: Bad Romance: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 7:00PM

Denton
Screening: Flashback Brunch: Groundhog Day at 11:00AM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Flashback Brunch: Groundhog Day at 11:00AM

Las Colinas
Screening: Flashback Brunch: Groundhog Day at 11:00AM



First Run Movies Now Playing…

1917
Bad Boys For Life
Color Out of Space
Dolittle
Jojo Rabbit
Just Mercy
Knives Out
Like A Boss
Little Women
Parasite
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Gentlemen
The Turning
Uncut Gems



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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Jan 26 - Feb 1



So who is watching the Grammy's? They sort of lost it's cred for me when they awarded the first heavy metal prize in 1989 to Jethro Tull beating out Metallica. of course getting older doesn't help cuz who are these trendy whippersnappers gyrating in skimpy clothes all full of attitude? Next week is the SuperBowl. The week after that is The Oscars.

Not much happening this week.

Jan 26 - Feb 1

Mon - Jan 27

The Biggest Little Farm - 7:00 pm - Alamo Drafthouse Cedars

Tue - Jan 28

The Rhythm Section - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark





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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Gentlemen







(Review by Chase Lee)





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The Gentlemen







“The Gentlemen” finds director Guy Ritchie returning to the frenzied style of his earlier films, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch.” Although this film isn’t as chaotic as either of those movies, it features a similar rhythm and the same snappy dialogue and violently humorous situations that defined those movies. Here, Ritchie is more restrained. He orchestrates the movie in a way that allows him to focus on his style without detracting from the story, which gets a little overly complicated at times.

In "The Gentlemen," Matthew McConaughey stars as drug kingpin Mickey Pearson. Mickey is looking to sell his cannabis business, a vast empire he's built from the ground up that spans across the UK. After snubbing tabloid magazine editor Big Dave (Eddie Marsan), Mickey’s desire to get out starts a string of events that put a hinge on leaving the business. Big Dave has hired Fletcher (Hugh Grant) to follow and spy on Mickey. Fletcher's decided to use his findings for blackmail. Seeing the opportunity for a large payout, Fletcher confronts Mickey's right-hand man, Ray (Charlie Hunnam), breaking into his house and presenting him, in a cheeky touch, with a screenplay that chronicles the events that have transpired until that point. It's through this presentation that the audience watches the world of Mickey Pearson unfold and fall apart.

Ritchie covers a lot of material in a short amount of time, making the beginning a little difficult to follow. There are multiple characters to introduce, each with their own background story. It's quick and rapid-fire presentation can leave the viewer feeling uncertain about many of the characters and their connection to each other. It doesn't help that the movie is presented out of sequence, although, this isn't anywhere near as confusing as it could have been. There is also a subplot or two that don't completely mesh with the film. They initially weave into the story with a purpose but stick around after that purpose is filled, leaving the viewer puzzled as to the reason for their continued inclusion.

After a shaky start, “The Gentlemen” starts to find a groove. Ritchie does a good job handling the material, a zippy crime caper that's light on its feet despite its brutal violence and crass language. As the movie progresses, things start to become clearer as the viewer begins to piece the information together. The film is funny, not always laugh-out-loud funny though it does deliver some of those scenes too. The actors are completely absorbed in their roles, creating a cohesive, energetic ensemble. These characters may not be totally realistic, performances border on the side of over-the-top, but that’s part of the fun. Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell are the scene stealers. Grant's character is cheeky and more than a little awkward, playing against his usual type of suave and cool. Farrell plays a character named Coach whose students make the mistake of breaking into one of Mickey's locations and stealing his product. His dialogue is some of the best in the movie. The character is quick on his feet, fighting with his mind more often than with his brawn.

"The Gentlemen" barrels along to an almost satisfactory conclusion. The production design is sleek and well-polished, sequences are nicely photographed and finely edited together. Unfortunately, Ritchie sees fit to throw in too many twists, turns, and double crosses in the film's final act. The final twenty minutes is a bit too much, taking the movie on a nosedive that leaves a bad taste in the mouth as it tries too hard to show how clever it is. While the finale could have used some more fine tuning, as a whole, "The Gentlemen" is a lot of fun.
(Review by Bret Oswald)






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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Jan 19 - Jan 25

Now that the weather has improved, there is only 1 movie this week and a long weekend for some. The lines will probably be long, so please be patient and cooperative. Don't go laying out those chairs for folks that won't show up til close to start time. You realize by abusing the privilege of these free movies, you are opening up for more restrictive rules for us "line people".

How's the no chair policy at AMC working out for everyone?


Jan 19 - Jan 25

Wed - Jan 22

The Gentlemen - 7:00 pm - Angelika







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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bad Boys For Life








The trend of revamping long-stagnant franchises continues with “Bad Boys for Life.” Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to their characters of Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively, for this third outing though director Michael Bay is out. The directing is handed over to the duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. I’ve never heard of either director; I’m guessing others will probably not be familiar with them either. Not that this is a bad thing, a fresh perspective could be good for an aging franchise that hasn’t produced a movie in nearly 20 years.



Alas, “Bad Boys for Life” feels like more of the same. It’s just another action movie. Directors Arbi and Fallah do little to spice up this action flick. There are some interesting visuals, slow-motion shots that highlight the action and give it a glitzy commercial-like appeal, but that wasn’t enough to keep this viewer interested. Arbi and Fallah also have a fixation on using multiple establishing shots of the Miami area between scenes. These don’t add much of anything to the work and quickly grow stale.



Arbi and Fallah have problems balancing between the multiple tones of the movie. Is this comedy or is this action? “Bad Boys for Life” wants to be both but rarely do they coincide. They remain separate, never merging into a cohesive blend. Tonal shifts are jarring, varying from brutal violence to goofy comedy. Arbi and Fallah seem more comfortable with the brutal bits. The fight scenes are graphic, featuring, among other things, stabbings and impalements, and they are effective.



On the comedic side, the majority of the jokes don’t land. These elements are forced and don’t flow as naturally as the action scenes do. There are some funny bits, mostly toward the end where the movie seems to temporarily find some sense of rhythm, but mostly it’s on the dull side. Much of the humor involves how much older Lowrey and Burnett are now and their different point of views on what their lives should look like now. Lowrey wants to stay a bad boy for life while Burnett wants to settle down and retire.



Will Smith seems to have an easy time sliding back into his role as the egotistic Detective Lowrey. His performance does a lot to carry the movie. On the other hand, Martin Lawrence seems like he’s struggling. He hasn’t been in very many movies lately so maybe his acting is a little rusty. There’s a “Bad Boys 4” (what a surprise) in development so maybe he’ll give a better performance there. Here, his delivery is off. He sounds like he’s just reading his lines. Despite this, the pair still manage to make a compelling comradery.



The movie explores how Lowrey and Burnett’s, mostly Lowrey’s, methods clash with the modern methods of police work. A team of young detectives (Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton) is introduced who work with non-lethal weaponry and high-tech gadgets. These are likable characters, and one of the movie’s more intriguing elements, but they feel like they’ve been inserted to pull in and connect with the younger audience or possibly as a test run for some potential spin-off series.



“Bad Boys for Life” seemed to run longer than its two hours, leaving me more than ready for it to be over. While there are some intriguing and surprising elements, this one didn’t work for me.
(Review by Bret Oswald)



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