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.

You can use this homepage for posting comments, reviews, and other things that cannot be posted to the group. Of course spam is not allowed. Thanks!

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Website and Group Contact: dalscreenings@gmail.com

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Movies scheduled 8/17-8/23

I don't know about y'all but I am loving this rainy Sunday! A great way to spend the day is going to the movies!

I am so ready for fall, it is getting closer since the kiddos go back to school next week. I hope all they are ready for school to start.

Let's not be getting into fights at the movies. It is just a free movie and you wouldn't want to get kicked out after standing in line. Now I understand holding seats for someone going to get popcorn or the bathroom but if they are not there yet you have no idea if they even will be able to get in due to running out of seats.

As always if you have questions please email me at damitdaina@hotmail and I will answer them as quickly as possible.


Sunday August 17th

Monday August 18th

Damsel in Distress 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas
If I stay 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Tuesday August 19th

When the Game Stands Tall 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
Rigor Mortis 7:30 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse
If I Stay 7:30 p.m. SMG not sure which one

Wednesday August 20th

When the Game Stands Tall 7:30 p.m. SMG Northwest Highway
Life After Beth 7:30 p.m. Modern Museum of Art Ft. Worth

Thursday August 21st

The Possession of Michael King 7:30 p.m. TBA

Friday August 22nd

Saturday August 23rd








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Friday, August 15, 2014

Expendables 3




Yes, they are back. The bigger than life, tougher than bullets, able to Parkour from buildings in a single bound. Directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) and written by Sylvester Stallone, Crighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, the new Expendable 3 has all the necessary elements including a despicable villain, lots of explosions, and a huge cast of mercenaries who each get their own specialized moment on screen. Nothing really new, just more of the same, different sets.

Stallone is Barney the leader of the group who tells the old team that they are disbanding after one of their own (Caesar – Terry Crews) is seriously wounded. The film opens with a train hijacking to release Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes), an original Expendable who has been imprisoned for the past 8 years. It's during their next job they got from CIA operations officer Max Drummer (Harrison Ford) where things went south with the appearance of Barney's old nemesis Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) who is supposed to be dead. So Barney doesn't want anymore of the team injured and tells them to find a life. Barney gets the help of Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) to act as a mercenary Human Resource recruiter to help him track down Stonebanks. They fly around the world accumulating special skills like the hacker Thorn (Glen Powell), a sharpshoter Mars (Victor Ortiz), bar bouncer Luna (UFC fighter Ronda Rousey) who is the close combat expert, and John Smilee (Kellan Lutz), former SEAL with bad attitude and an inability to follow orders. They also looked at but not take Galgo (Antonio Banderas who seemed to be channeling his Puss and Boots characterization) as a former Spanish Armed Forces sharpshooter who lost his team and can't seem to adjust to a normal life.

Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up as Trench Mauser again who assists the new team to start the mission. It doesn't go well for Barney and the kids when Stonebanks captures the young ones. Barney thinks he's going to save them on his own but his old team shows up to lend a hand and Galgo offers his help. Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Doctor Death, gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), and Toll Road (Randy Couture). Even Hammer, Trench and Yin Yang (Jet Li) contribute as the evac team where Arnold gets to say “get in the chopper”. The last big battle of Stonebanks and his ruthless army allows for each of the Expendables to feature their particular skill set. Equal opportunity showdown. Loud, impossibly ridiculous fighting scenes where the only bullets making their hits are against the bad guys. No wonder Stonebanks is so upset with his paid army.

One has to wonder that with the introduction of some younger players joining the team and hints that Smiley would be a possible replacement for Barney, the Expendable franchise will continue on ad nausem. For now the movies are pure escapism, easily forgettable, and a good excuse to put ageing action stars to work.
(Review by reesa)



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The Giver Review and Interview with Brenton Thwaites




Lois Lowry's 1993 young adult novel The Giver took two decades to make it to the big screen. At one point, producer/actor Jeff Bridges wanted his father Lloyd Bridges to play The Giver. Director Phillip Noyce and screenwriters Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide stay faithful to the source material with a few tweaks like the main character Jonas going from age 12 to 18 and not everyone having the same eye color. The film begins in black and white to emphasis the “Sameness”. The people in this dystopian world cannot see color because it's too disruptive to their society. If you are not familiar with the novel, the movie forces you to make a leap of faith that there is such a world where a populace have cut themselves off from feelings, independent thought, imagination in a climate controlled world where everyone follows the rules. You must follow precise language, never lie, wear assigned clothes, and take your medication.

Each community that exists on this plateau that is surrounded by a cliff that separates their world by a cloudy crevasse and the land beyond to the border of memory. Every year there is a celebration with a ceremony that sends their elders to “elsewhere” (death), honors the 9 year olds for being half way to graduating, and the teen graduates who are thanked for their childhood. The chief elder (Meryl Streep) appears as a hologram to the community assigning each teen to their new job for life. Everyone except for Jonas (Brenton Thwaites). The elder tells him that he is gifted with many attributes and has been selected to the new Receiver of Memories. This position requires him to work with the last receiver who now becomes The Giver (Jeff Bridges). The Giver's position is to share with Jonas all the memories of humanity's past so that he can use his knowledge help advise. It's a huge responsibility and burden, so The Giver lives on the edge of “elsewhere” in a house by the cliff filled with these things called “books”.

Jonas' child hood friends Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) notice a change in him. Especially when he stops taking his medication. The world is becoming more colorful now and although the rules say he cannot share what he is being taught, he finds it hard not to want to help his friends and family open their minds. Family units in this tightly run community are assigned to each other. Mother (Katie Holmes) and father (Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd) act as guides and monitors to their children. Babies are genetically produced in labs. Father brings home one of the babies from his job as a nurturer to help it thrive. Jonas notices Gabriel has the same “receiver” mark as he and The Giver possess. When he finds out that Gabriel is being sent to “elsewhere” because he's not measuring up to standards, Jonas makes a decision that may have been guided all along by The Giver.

The cast is wonderful as to be expected. Meryl Streep's long grey wig looks more like her new role in “Into the Woods” if you've seen the trailer. She is scary and condescending. Bridges looks like a rumpled professor in house slippers but you can feel his pain. Thwaites manages to convey Jonas with honesty in his discovery of real life. The last act tries to justify the need for “sameness”, but it sounds too much like some conservative Christian agenda. The themes are painted too broadly and makes one think there maybe more details in the book. In this world everyone is greeted with the phrase “I apologize” and “I accept your apology”. Maybe we are owed an apology. Should we accept?
(Review by reesa)



Interview with Brenton Thwaites when he came to Dallas on July 28, 2014. Watch the slideshow and listen to the interview.










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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let's Be Cops




What would you do if you were a person pretending to be a cop? I can tell you I wouldn't make it far because it's illegal and I would get caught within a matter of minutes. Let's Be Cops is directed and co-written by Luke Greenfield who directed one of my favorite underrated comedies, "The Girl Next Door". With comedies I have always said it depends whether it's funny and, more importantly, entertaining. I have to admit that I was holding my gut in a few parts and sometimes I saw the joke just putter away and not really land; but I will give credit in saying Greenfield captures the realistic violence feel very well considering these are average guys in real police situations. Like I mentioned, when the comedy hits it hits, but sometimes they didn't have to try to hard as they did a few times. Overall the tone with the comedy is consistent, personally some jokes didn't hit with me, and the action scenes were handled well. I commend you Greenfield. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. Are very good in the leads and their chemistry is like peanut butter and jelly. It's just that good. You can tell these guys have been friends for awhile, and it also helps when you are in a television show together, "New Girl". Their comedic timing is just as strong in the movie as the television show. The supporting cast is good but the one standout is Rob Riggle. He usually plays the comedic, sometimes over the top, characters but in this he played the everyday straight man. It was different but it worked and I wouldn't oppose to see him in more roles like this, even though I like his comedic, sometimes over the top characters as well. The film is shot well when it's just people talking but what I liked the most about the cinematography was the action scenes. They were shot in a gritty, dirty realistic approach and it really added to what the characters were going through since they were average guys. Shootouts are something they probably aren't used to so they are frantic, as the camera and the editing. The movie is about an hour and forty-five minutes and the pace was good. I was entertained, regardless if I laughed a lot, and that will make any movie go by faster. This is a fun, sometimes gritty and realistic, comedy that I will think you enjoy. It's nice fantasy for all of us who have actually wanted to be a cop for a day. Side note: I wouldn't recommend doing that...as you know...it's illegal. We can dream can't we? 6/10
(Review by Chase Lee)




Let's Be Cops press junket in Dallas Texas
Video shot and edited by 43Kix Dallas Division...I take no credit for this video
I am around the 4:45 mark






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Dallas VideoFest 27 Takes Screenings to Community



Dallas VideoFest 27 takes screenings to community

DALLAS, TX – The Video Association of Dallas is pleased to announce the Dallas VideoFest 27 will be taking screenings directly to various communities around the Dallas area. This is a first for the long-running Festival. Dallas VideoFest opens Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Dallas City Performance Hall, debuting Alfred Hitchcock’s first silent movie thriller, THE LODGER. Following opening night, Thursday, October 9 - Sunday, October 12, DVF27 will take over 2 screens at the Alamo Drafthouse Richardson. Monday, October 13, DVF27 will screen a special Native American film on Columbus Day on the UTA campus. Community screening on Tuesday, October 14 – 15 will be at the South Dallas Cultural Center. Then the Festival concludes October 16-19 at the Angelika Film Center in the Mockingbird Station with 2 screens.


DALLAS VIDEOFEST 27
Fact Sheet

WHAT:
VideoFest 27 presented by the Video Association of Dallas


WHEN and WHERE:


Oct. 8 — Hitchcock’s THE LODGER opening night with Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas City Performance Hall
2520 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

Oct. 9 – 12 — 2 screens
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Richardson
100 S. Central Expressway #14
Richardson, Texas 75080

Oct. 13 — Native American community screening with Native American Student Association
University of Texas at Arlington
Fine Art Building
701 S. Nedderman Drive
Arlington, TX 76019

Oct. 14 and 15 — African American community screening
South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201

Oct. 16 – 19 — 2 screens
Angelika Film Center
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln.
Dallas, TX 75206


For information on parking, please visit: http://videofest.org/dallas-videofest-parking-information/



PASSES and TICKETS:
Available online at http://videofest.org/passes/#.U-j-fYBdW_M

Opening Night tickets:
$19-$59
$19 - Regular Admission
$34 - Preferred Seating
$59 - VIP Tickets with After Party Access to meet the composer and members of the orchestra

Opening Night tickets available online at http://www.showclix.com/event/chambersymphony2

All-Festival Pass:
$250
Student Passes: $150 (with Student ID)

Weekend Passes:
$50

Day Passes:
Saturday or Sunday: $25

Individual tickets:
$8/regular programs
Spotlight showcases will vary
Seniors and students tickets: $6/regular programs


Connect with VideoFest: (#DVF27 and #HitchcockOpeningNight):

Sign up for the Video Association Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/DVFNewsletter

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Videofest

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/videofest

Instagram:

http://instagram.com/videofest


About Dallas VideoFest 27:

VideoFest officially opens at Dallas City Performance Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 8. For the first time ever, the festival will be in three locations throughout the 10-day long run from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson, Friday Oct.9-12th, Oct. 13th, University of Texas at Arlington, Oct 15th, South Dallas Cultural Center and wrapping up at the Angelika Theater, Friday, Oct. 16th-19th.

VideoFest (VideoFest.org) is now the oldest and largest video festival in the United States and continues to garner critical and popular acclaim. VideoFest prides itself on bringing films to the theater that are rarely available to be seen anywhere else. Films like Experimental/Art Films, Animation, Narrative and Documentary Shorts as well as Documentary and Narrative Features and some hard-to-find Classic TV episodes and Classic Films are often in the mix.

History of VideoFest: Cutting-Edge Art
Merging art and technology since 1987, VideoFest has specialized in independent, alternative, and non-commercial media, presenting hard-to-find works rarely seen on television, in movie theaters, or elsewhere, despite their artistic excellence and cultural and social relevance. Even in a Web 4.0 environment where everything is seemingly available on the Internet, the VideoFest provides curatorial guidance, a critical voice in the wilderness navigating the vast and diverse landscape of media, helping to interpret its cultural and artistic significance. The event provides a communal environment for real-time, face-to-face dialogue between makers and audiences.

Dallas VideoFest 27 Sponsors

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema–Richardson; Alford Media Services, Inc.; AMS Pictures; Angelika Film Center Dallas; B Marie Designs; City of Richardson through the Richardson Arts Commission; Common Desk; Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dallas Film Commission; Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs; FilmFreeway; KellyKitchensPR.com; KERA/KXT; Selig Polyscope Company; Sell.com; SullivanPerkins; Texas Commission on the Arts; Texas Film Commission; TheaterJones.

ABOUT VIDEO ASSOCIATION OF DALLAS

The mission of the Video Association is to promote an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society, and to support and advance the work of Texas artists working in video and the electronic arts. The Video Association of Dallas (VAD) is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated on April 25, 1989. It began in 1986 as a weekend event, “Video As A Creative Medium”, presented at the Dallas Museum of Art by independent curators Barton Weiss and John Held. That first event, which included two nights of video by selected local and national video artists, was a great popular success, which led to the founding of the Dallas Video Festival (DVF) in 1987. Video Association of Dallas also presents the 24 Hour Video Race, the Texas Show Tour, North Texas College Film Festival, Texas Filmmakers Production Fund workshops, Three Star Cinema, and other programs throughout the year.

VIDEO ASSOCIATION OF DALLAS 1405 Woodlawn Dallas, TX 75208











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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Movies Scheduled 8/10-8/16

It is getting out of hand again on putting your chair down at the start of the day, then going to work and coming back and bam you you are in the front of the line. No this isn't fair! Yes I know life isn't fair but come on people. Don't be surprised if your stuff gets picked up and held by management. Now it is different you leave your chair and go grab a bite to eat and come right back. Someone posted a photo to the group page and yes I recognized who's chairs was in line. No I don't call out names but this is so unreal!

I do like how Northpark has a manager that walks around and makes sure people are not cutting in line and after a certain time will walk people up to make sure their plus one is upstairs.


When I put TBA it just means I am not sure where the movie is located. Sure I know where most of them are but every once in a while I don't know where one or two are. Thanks for understanding.


As always you can email with questions at damitdaina@hotmail.com

Sunday August 10th


Monday August 11th

Let's Be Cops 7:00 p.m. AMC Northpark
The Giver 7:30 p.m. TBA Fort Worth
If I Stay 7:30 p.m TBA

Tuesday August 12th


Wednesday August 13th

As Above, So Below 4:00 p.m. Cinemark Legacy
Dolphin Tale 2 6:30 p.m. TBA
Expendables 3 TBA
When The Game Stands Tall 7:30 p.m. Cinemark West Plano

Thursday August 14th

Friday August 15th

Saturday August 16th

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 10:00 a.m. AMC Northpark





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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Calvary





This movie would probably make the Pope very paranoid, but I found this very intriguing. Calvary is about a priest, when at confessional, is confronted by a man who enters the booth to tell the priest he will die in a week from today. I won't tell you why he says he will kill him, as I do not do spoilers. The movie goes day by day showing the layers being peeled back from this priest's character. Each day we know more and more about him, his past and the people who live in this small town it's portraying. I won't sugar coat it and I can tell this is a dark film and it touches on taboo topics that would make any priest feel uncomfortable; and I am glad the filmmakers went there to show a realistic, even though sometimes dark, look at a priest and how human, especially vulnerable, they can be. It was risky but I think it worked very well and that is credited to the directing. I liked the overall tone to the film and story, as it is something very different than what we typically see in a film about priest and religion. The acting from the supporting characters are fine but you see this movie for Brendan Gleeson as he is in nearly frame of this film as the broken priest. He does a fantastic job as his character arc goes from a calm, understanding priest to someone who is broken and shows we all have problems, even if you are a preacher of God. However, I have to point out Chris O'Dowd coming out of nowhere with a role that, as American audiences, have not seen before. He was dry, sometimes hilarious like we are used to, but also has a a lot of depth, emotionally, to his character. The film is shot very well for being about a small town with a really small church. There were a lot of shots of beautiful mountains through the breathtaking landscape Ireland, as well as the richness of the town that popped with great color. The movie runs at one-hundred minutes but it felt like two hours long. The middle dragged for me a bit but it wasn't unbearable by any means. I walked out asking myself if I liked it, and after thinking about it I did. I also said to myself I needed to see it again to make sure I liked it, and there was an appeal to it that makes want to go back and examine it. This was an interesting one to say the least. 7/10
(Review by Chase Lee)







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