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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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Free Parking Lot Party at Alamo Drafthouse Lamar

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW Breaks Ground on Dallas Location; Hosts FREE Outdoor Movie

FREE Parking Lot Party at Alamo Dallas!!!!
Saturday, November 8
Gates open at 5 pm.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s second North Texas location on South Lamar Street in Dallas celebrates progress on location with Outdoor Movie Screening

Dallas – October 23, 2014—Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is please to invite you to the first celebration for the new Dallas location and a free outdoor screening of the John Hughes classic, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. The event will take place on November 8 in the parking lot adjacent to Cedars Social, 1326 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas; just down from the future home of Alamo Drafthouse Dallas. Gates open at 5:00 pm and the film rolls directly following the informal, non-ceremonial groundbreaking at sundown. (Really, it’s just an excuse to through a party and invite 1,000s of our closest fans!) Food Trucks will be on site, as will local beers from Dallas’ own Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Select wines will also be available. This event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) and is friendly for both two-legged and four-legged kiddos.

“We’re very excited to host this construction-kick-off party on Lamar Street. It’s a great chance for us to meet our new neighbors and for our fans to get familiar with the location of Alamo Dallas all while having a great time. These Rolling Roadshows always turn into a fantastic block party with a few thousand people, pets, families, great food trucks, local beer, and, of course, film. We can’t wait to be open in Dallas and our fans should expect more outdoor movie events this spring before we open,” said Bill DiGaetano COO/Owner Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW.

About Alamo Drafthouse
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom-and-pop repertory theater in Austin. Seventeen years later, the now 18-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and the classic Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films, which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three-year existence and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Farachi.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Movies Scheduled 10/19-10/15

Lots of stuff to do today but if you don't have any plans you should go see Big Fan Boy out at the Comic Con Fan Days in Irving! Looks like lots of fun!

Saw someone got a pass to a movie and then within minutes had it up to trade and they just wanted to trade for a future movie. Didn't even have one that week. If you get a pass and then can't go that is one thing but getting it and posting to trade right off the bat. So not cool!

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Sunday Oct. 19th

Monday Oct. 20th

Tuesday Oct. 21st

Big Hero Six 7:00 p.m. Angelika Dallas
Gone with the Wind Lee Park

Wednesday Oct. 22nd

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Lee Park
Ouija 7:30 p.m. Cinemark 17
Birdman 7:30 p.m. Magnolia
John Wick 7:30 p.m. SMG Royal

Thursday Oct. 23rd

Rear Window 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Friday Oct. 24th

Saturday Oct. 25th

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book of Life

Beautiful, charming and full of heart; this is an animated tale that has it all. This is produced by the wildly imaginative, Guillermo Del Toro, and it shows. From the characters to the colors of the vibrant animation, this has Del Toro's creative stamp all over this. The direction done by Jorge R. Gutierrez is not a knock on him as, I am sure, Del Toro and he worked close together. The direction is gorgeous and the animation is breathtaking as it is one of the most impressive animations of the year. The story is also good being chalk full of humor for kids and adults and having a really good dramatic core of ones achievement of true love. The voice acting is good as everyone brings their A-game. The standout is Channing Tatum as he has a very good comedic range as well as being subdued when the scene called for it. The supporting cast includes: Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin and Gabriel Iglesias and they are hysterical. The cinematography, as I stated above, is gorgeous and immaculate in detail. Every character, setting and even the doors have tiny details that make you want to pause it and see everything put on screen. It's lit well and everything pops with color and you can see all the beautiful layers on each scene. The pacing of the film is well done as every beat hits a good rhythm and stride as nothing drags. Its entertaining and engaging to where I never worried about the time or felt the weight of it. This is a gorgeous, stunning animated film that I would want to check out again. I highly recommend it. 8.5/10
(Review by Chase Lee)

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Writer/director David Ayers who also is the master of End of Watch, Sabotage and Harsh Times, takes on a World War II tank crew during the final push into Germany. It's loud, claustrophobic, filled with stock characters, but probably one of the better war movies that have come out in a long while. There are some gruesome images of the devastation done to the people, livestock and land under siege. The horror that both sides do to each other reminds us that ideals are peaceful and history if violent.

Brad Pitt plays Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier who had been leading his tank crew in Africa, Belgium and France. Now they are invading Germany while refugees walk away from their burnt out homes. The crew of the M4A3E8 Sherman tank called "Fury" has just lost one of their own. The position on their team is Pvt. Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) who was a typist before being sent to the front. Shia LaBeouf reminds us that he still is a good actor despite his craziness in his real life. He plays Boyd Swan, nicked named Bible for his ministering to the dying on the battlefield. Michael Peña is Gordo the driver, John Bernthal is the not so bright Grady the mechanic. They give the newbie a hard time, and Collier serves up some tough love on the boy who freaks out on his first encounter with the enemy.

The story is sort of predictable and the character's are stereotypical for the usual war movie. The diverse characterizations are held together by the squinty eyed Collier who watches and protects his crew even when he is in his own emotional turmoil. The realities of their missions are reinforced by the Captain (Jason Isaacs) sending the tank teams to rescue a platoon that's been pinned down. They have no intel on the situation so they have to go in blind. But with each incursion, the teams buck up and even chant good naturedly that they love this job.

Collier and the crew indoctrinate Norman to hate the enemy. Each experience brings Norman to the darker side. Because the hesitant and unsure comrade in arms will get them killed. Even when you can tell what's going to happen in the end, the battle scenes will keep one at the edge of their seats. Tanks are tough and can take a pounding, but the German tanks were more superior with better armament. The fight between Fury and the German tank reminds us that war is hell, but can't feel somewhat a little patriotic.
(Review by reesa)

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St. Vincent

This film looks like an ever so slightly uneven balance. The lighter side is being the comedy and the heavier being the drama. A man who is in debt, unemployed, and tired of reality meets a very mature young boy that eventually brings him back to the surface. The director and writer of this film, Ted Melfi, is what I would call unexplainably brilliant. One of the first lines you here from Murray’s dishevelled character goes something like “Dead is as old as you get” in response to a question of 50’s TV actors.

The whole cast was just beautiful in their human and dirty type of way. The mother of the young boy, played by the returned Melissa McCarthy, is struggling to just keep a healthy lifestyle while providing alone for her son. I mean returned from “Tammy”. Her later appearing husband had cheated on her with three women she personally knew. McCarthy brought a level of motherhood that I always knew she had even as a quirk from “Bridesmaids”. Naomi Watts was just plainly bewildering with her accent and had a shockingly realistic stripper/prostitute attitude towards Vincent. Bill Murray just pushed the tears in people eyes with a cigarette and conjured up laughs with an “I DON’T CARE ABOUT THIS SH@%” calm attitude.

The stories are all separate but become intertwined through pain and love from and for each of the characters. Vincent’s wife has Alzheimer’s and is in a home that Vincent can no way afford but wants to give to her. There are bookies involved and long work hours with little time for kids in the characters’ lives. I was in the last third of the film thinking man this is really a crappy situation for everyone but somehow there is still blunt comedy produced out of the script. Terrence Howard performed the small role as a nice but not nice bookie. He seems a little mean by just speaking but I’m sure in real life of course he’s a cool dude.

Finally, I have to say that this kid was a smart and mature goldmine probably literally given life 10 years ago. He really convinced me as well as a lot of other people that he could bring Vincent back to kindness and inner happiness. Mr. Melfi, I have to say that every single penny in a theater that this plays in is under payment for the senses and souls that you reach with this fictional yet non-fictional movie. Nobody has done something this witty and vulnerable as a comedy that I’ve seen at least.
(Review by Wyatt Head)

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Best of Me

This is a romantic drama movie in which you can see the history like a flashback in the sequel on the present life to the love story of a 2 high school sweethearts. The movie started
with a few scenes of them but with a major accident on a Marine Platform where Dawson Cole was sent in the open sea. When he opens his eyes in in a Hospital room talking to a doctor who can not explain how he still a live after the explosion.

James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan play Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, former high school sweethearts (she’s now married, and he's still single) from what we used to call “opposite sides of the tracks,”  who reunite inadvertently when a cherished mutual friend dies. They return to their small Louisiana hometown (changed from North Carolina in the book) for the first time in 20 years because Tuck, played by Gerald McRaney, has left a will with a request that involves the two of them.

In extensive flashbacks, with Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato playing younger versions of Dawson and Amanda, we learn why their romance never blossomed into a committed relationship, and why he ended up spending considerable time in jail. What drove them apart despite their obvious mutual love was her respectable family’s fear that his family’s criminal past (and, it turns out, present as well) were too objectionable and threatening.

The adapted screenplay that veteran director Michael Hoffman (Gambit, Soapdish, Restoration, One Fine Day, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, The Emperor’s Club, Game 6, The Last Station) co-wrote with Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe is based on the 2011 Sparks novel of the same title.

For most of its running time, The Best of Me is an effective tearjerker, which means it’s a weepie that isn’t creepy or sleepy. Early on, the film overcomes our resistance despite the familiarity of the approach, and we find ourselves sufficiently absorbed and appreciative of the slight edge that the otherwise sentimental material offers.

But in the final reel, the narrative goes off the rails.  Hoffman’s script backs the film into a corner that only the most blatantly synthetic coincidence can get it out of, and offers a resolution that is so contrived it will make even members of the target demographic laugh out loud.

Both Marsden (who replaced the late Paul Walker, who was originally cast) and Monaghan have done plenty of creditable work prior to this -– he in such films as X-Men, Hairspray, Superman Returns, Enchanted, and Death at a Funeral; she in, among other titles, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Mission: Impossible III, Gone Baby Gone, Source Code, and television’s “True Detective.”
Here they both get the chance to shine in lead roles that showcase them more fully, and the script’s limitations and failings don’t really undermine their performances, which are lived-in and natural, although it doesn’t help that the actors cast as the teenage protagonists look distractingly inappropriate as younger versions of these two main characters. But we’re so taken aback by the events in the late going that just about all the goodwill already generated is wiped away in a flash.
(Review by Diana Downing)

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Book of Life

It's not surprising that Hispanic moviegoers are the fastest growing demographic, so a movie that is aimed at their cultural celebration should not only pack the theaters but also enlighten others to this world. Directed by Jorge Guiterrez and co-written with Doug Langdale, the film was also produced by Guillermo del Toro. The brightly 3D computer animated adventure is a being released a little early for the Halloween/Day of the Dead end of the month celebration but will certainly delight and humor it's target family audience.

The story is about Manolo Sánchez (Diego Luna) who comes from a long line of bullfighters. But he would rather be a musician. He is also in love with Maria (Zoe Saldana) who he has to battle his best friend Joaquín (Channing Tatum) for her affections. Two spirits La Muerte (Kate del Castillo) who rules the Land of the Remembered and Xibalba (Ron Perlman) who rules the Land of the Forgotten decide to make a bet on who will win Maria's heart. La Muerte backs Manolo and Xibalba backs Joaquín. However, Xibalba cheats by giving Joaquín a magical badge that will make him invincible and he becomes the hero of the land fighting the bandits that prey on small villages like their own. It also makes him egotistical and easily manipulated by Xibalba. Manola on the other hand is peace loving to the point where he refuses to kill the bull in the arena to the disappointment of his father. Maria who was sent away to school in Europe, returns enlightened, liberated and unwillingly being pressured to marry Joaquín by her father to save the town. Xibalba also cause Manola to wander through the Land of the Forgotten and the Land of the Remembered while facing his greatest fears.

A movie about the Day of Dead probably wouldn't sell especially to kids as it sounds more like a zombie flick. The title Book of Life is more upbeat and positive. The Day of the Dead is explained as the time when loved ones who have passed are remembered. As long as there is someone to remember them, their spirits will dwell in the Land of the Remembered. If no one is there, they will pass to the Land of the Forgotten. There are parts of the story that may seem grim to the little ones, but the colors and artwork more than make up for it's more serious subject matter. The upbeat music and amusing characters keep the action and adventure moving along. Like meeting the Candlemaker (Ice Cube) who lives beyond the Labyrinth and can help Manola go back to the land of the living.

There are some little life lessons in the film and no heavy duty religious tones. But mostly it's intense eye candy. The characters are drawn like puppet with sharp angles, oversized heads, tiny legs and feet. The colors are almost psychedelic keeping your eyes glued to the screen. It's a movie worth getting the DVD and playing it annually for your harvest festivals.
(Review by reesa)

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