The Dallas Movie Screening Group

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Movies Scheduled 8/28-9/3

Wait it is the last week in August? Where did the year go? I hope you got to see some good movies.

Not much going on so lets just get right to it.

Sunday Aug. 28th

Monday Aug. 29th

Bridget Jones's Baby TBA Plano
Light Between Oceans Angelika Dallas

Tuesday Aug. 30th

Light Between Oceans AMC Parks

Wednesday Aug. 31st


Thursday Sept. 1st

Friday Sept. 2nd

Saturday Sept. 3rd

The Wild Life AMC Northpark

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Don't Breathe

Synopsis: After a group of friends discover that an old blind guy received a huge pay day over a tragic incident, they decide that it would be easy pickings and agree to sneak into his house to steal the money. But they soon discover that things might not be as simple as it seemed.

Review Summary: Don't Breathe is one of the most exhilarating films I have had the joy of watching in a very long time. The pacing of this film never seems to let up, and audience members might find it hard to ever catch their breath. The cast does a great job conveying the horror and suspense throughout the entire run time, and this thriller gets more shocking with every second.
(Review by Joel Hinson)

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Hands of Stone

Most everyone agrees the Robert De Niro’s Raging Bull is the preeminent boxing film, so it’s interesting to see him in the role of an aging trainer to up and coming Roberto Durán. Written, directed and produced by Venezuelan Jonathan Jakubowicz, it was based on a book by Christian Giudice. It explores the life of Durán and what it took to make him into the powerhouse slugger that earned the nickname “Hands of Stone”. Well paced and edited the fight scenes are realistic as one can be in a movie without the use of CGI and slo-mo.

The movie begins with the legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel (De Niro) watching a Durán fight in Panama and seeing the hunger and determination of the natural fighter. Ray had stopped training due to pressure from “wiseguys” (John Turturro) who didn’t want Ray having a nationwide fight game. He promised to never train in New York again. At first the feisty Durán (Edgar Ramirez) doesn’t want help from the American. Through flashbacks we see Durán’s early influences with the battles of his people against the American’s to control their country and the canal zone. His father was an American soldier stationed in Panama who abandoned his mother when he was sent back. A hardscrabble kid who did what he could to help feed his mother and siblings. He was befriended by Chaflan (Oscar Jaenada) who was like a pied piper to the El Chorrillo slum kids teaching them how to take what they could get. Duran asks Plomo (Pedro Pérez) the trainer at the local gym to teach him to fight. It wasn’t until Plomo sees him in a pick up fight with another kid, that he decides to take him on.

Duran had early success and his cocky and aggressive nature wins over school girl Felicidad (Ana de Armas) who he later marries and has 5 children (and she has the same body over the years...ok). Despite not attending school and not be able to read, Duran manages to absorb Arcel’s advice and training like a sponge. His head strong attitude often causes him to lock horns with Arcel. But in the end, he see’s Arcel as a father figure to guide him and discard his advice.

The fight with Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher) surprised even Sugar Ray who claims he never loses. Duran’s success of his career brings him lots of cash and fame. He generously shares with people back home, but it also starts to cause him to divert from his discipline into indulgence. He alienates his family and friends. When he’s forced into a rematch with Sugar Ray by his promoter Carlos (Ruben Blades). He’s not ready, and is put off by the strategy by Sugar Ray to dance around him in the ring. He infamously walks out of the ring. Despite the disappointment of letting his country down, Duran had managed to win 5 different titles for the WBA and the WBC in various weight classes over his career before he retired in 2002. He had a professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins with 69 knockouts.

There are some beautiful photography of Panama (probably to boost tourism by the Panama Film Commission who partially financed the film). As well as a strong anti-American sentiment as it portrays the angry American soldiers opening fire on students and citizens who protest the U.S. presence and control of the Canal Zone. As far as fight movies go, this one was one not only stays faithful to the life of one of the worlds greatest boxer, it also gets into the head of the fighter and the motivation of what made him so great. Edgar Ramírez is effectively convenes the intensity and hunger of Duran. From his energetic youth to his more humble return to the ring after he tried to retire. Ana de Armas is a good foil as Felicidad for her exuberant husband. De Niro is often very laid back but solid as the trainer. Between bouts Arcel combs Duran’s hair, because it makes him look cool and confident to his opponent. The fight game is all in the head.
(Review by reesa)

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The film Tunnel directed by Kim Seong-hoon, which opened a couple of weeks ago in South Korea has surpassed 5 million admissions. For a country that is as small as Illinois, that is quite a feat. The story which would seem kinda of a predictable formula, takes a turn from the usual disaster elements and shines a light on the public’s attitude to the catastrophe, with the news reporters, government types, corporate greed, the waiting wife, and the will of the trapped man to survive. There are no slow spots in the film. Although you can pretty much foresee what will happen in the end, it keeps your attention until you make sure you are right and feel good about it.

Ha Jung-soo plays the unlucky regular family maTn Jung-soo, a car dealer who is driving home with a birthday cake for his young daughter. When driving through a recently opened tunnel, everything around him begins to crumble. He wakes up to being covered in dust and rocks and concrete surrounding and crushing his car. He’s got about 82% battery left on his phone, so he calls for help. The emergency response was less than helpful. That is until the response team actually arrives and sees that the whole mountain has totally wiped out the tunnel. The rescue chief Dae-kyung (Oh Dal-su) talks with Jung-soo to reassure him as the man is pretty much in full panic mode at this point. He tell him thatthe 1 ½ bottles of water he has in the car will have to last him for the next 7 days, his estimate of what it will take to get him out.

Jung-soo’s wife Se-hyun (Doona Bae) hears about her husband on the grocery store TV. She rushes to the site being reassured that everything is being done. At this point the place is filled with news teams reporting the disaster and governments representatives are there for photo opts to show the world they are serious about saving their citizen. Jung-soo is told to turn off his phone to save his battery and he will be called every day at noon to check on him. A series of blunders turned the rescue mission to become delayed, and the weather is beginning to turn. The days go by, and the construction companies are beginning to put pressure on the government to let them resume blasting on the new tunnel. When his phone finally dies, it looks like everyone is ready to write him off. 35 days being trapped, even his wife is losing hope.

The story, pacing and editing, even the clever camera angles keeps the viewer glued to the screen. Which is an accomplishment for a film over 2 hours. It may be subtitled but the humanity of the film, be it brave, impatient, and determined speaks to everyone no matter what language. The film opens at AMC Grapevine and Cine Oasis.
(Review by reesa)

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Movies Scheduled 8/31-8/27

Well it is that time of year again that the kiddos go back to school. Or as for my daughter time to go back to work. I know I am so ready for the fall!

Make sure if you going to offer your tickets not to wait till the last minute. At least give people time to get in line. Sure I know sometime may come up and you may not find out until the last minute.

If you have any questions please email me at

Sunday Aug. 21st

Monday Aug. 22nd

Tuesday Aug. 23rd

Don't Breathe Angelika Dallas

Wednesday Aug. 24th

Morgan Angelika Dallas
Mechanic:Resurrection Cinemark 17 and AMC Northpark
Don't Breathe Cinemark 17

Thursday Aug. 25th

Friday Aug. 26th

Saturday Aug. 27th

Storks AMC Northpark

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny

This insightful documentary explores the history and development of Richard Linklater as the groundbreaking filmmaker that he has become. The film fully encapsulates Linklater’s love of story-telling through film. As an audience, we are given a detailed look at why and how Linklater made the projects that he made. This man from Huntsville, Texas had no idea that he was going to put passion into projects that would move so many.

I loved the way that this documentary was shot. Many old videos spanning decades displayed Linklater collaborating with his team, growing up, and directing actors on set. We also saw old interviews that communicated the time of his life and what he felt about what was going on. In some segments, Linklater converses with a former actor in one of his films while they go through his old notes, scripts, and diaries. This peephole into the formation of such a game-changing director was so interesting to see.

Friends and former workmates share that Ric made a new world with each of his films to make sense of his own. This love and tool of film was so nice to be mentioned again. We can see that through his projects he learns and enjoys the process.

The film makes it superbly clear that Ric didn’t at all care what Hollywood thought of him. His first film that had reaching reviews was filmed in Austin of all places. As he says to the camera, he didn’t want to be caught in the studio business. I think that this way of starting is so refreshing to me as I saw that through hard work and collaboration, Linklater achieved his dream of filmmaking.

He mentions that writing was the only way that he could express himself. Once again, his passion for the art is thoroughly expressed here. The project is a great chance to explore Linklater’s mind. They went on the sets of his recent films and put out in full view the master at work. Dream is Destiny is a brilliant capturing of Linklater’s timeline. As Linklater says in some footage, he just wanted to be part of a group in his journey to story-telling. He has subsequently had the chance to make experiences that will last in our heads for years to come. After Boyhood, I felt like I had been transported for three hours to another world. A documentary about a talent like that has to be made
(Review by Wyatt Head)

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Children centric movies have never been better. The recent opening of the excellent Pete’s Dragon raised the bar for quality stories and characters. Laika and Focus Features newest film is the directorial debut by Laika CEO Travis Knight. From an original story by Shannon Tindle and written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, the stop motion 3D animated feature is not only eye candy, but a story of of magic and heart. Shown recently at an advanced screening in the AMC Dolby theater, it was enhanced by the motion seats that vibrated along with the action. The film was preceded by a short presentation on the making of the film explaining the work and detail that was used to create the stop motion animation. The ending credits also brings you back stage to see what it takes to make the movie.

The story is the journey of Kubo (Art Parkinson), the son of a mysterious woman who washed ashore in a stormy sea using her 2 string lute to save her. Set in Ancient Japan, the boy cares for his sick mother in a cave who sometimes have moments of lucidity and regales him with stories. Her only rule to Kubo is to always make it back home before dark. During the day, Kubo goes to the village and tells stories using the magical lute and origami that comes to life as he plays the instruments. But one day, he doesn’t make it home before the sun set and his past comes to get him. His mother’s sisters (both voiced by Rooney Mara) from a spiritual world try to lure him wanting to take him to their world. His grandfather, Raiden the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) wants Kubo’s other eye that he stole from him as a baby.

Hence the quest begins as Kubo must find the magical samurai armor that was worn by his legendary warrior father. After the village is burned down, Kubo only has a charmed figurine that his mother told him to always keep on him. That has turned into a talking Monkey (Charlies Theron) who is protective of Kubo and a bit snarky. They later meet a giant Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) who has no memory of how he came to be, but he thinks he may have been a samurai. They become surrogate parents to Kubo as they battle various monsters in search of the various pieces of armor.

The Asian themed movie isn’t as stereotyped like the Kung-fu Panda movies. There’s a more dreamlike quality of the narrative and the artwork that will keep even the most restless child rapt with attention. Some of the darker themes, like the porcelain masked sisters and the loss of family may be a little too much for the younger ones. It’s the plucky one eyed Kubo who discovers and tames his magical powers and an ending that is emotional and right. It’s too bad they could not have used all Asian actors for the main voices for the Asian characters.
(Review by reesa)

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