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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Deadpool




Opening:
This might be one of my favorite superhero movies I have ever seen. Not only was it faithful to the insanity of Deadpool and its atmosphere, it was extremely entertaining. Is it perfect? No, but this is one superhero movie you won’t forget soon. Let’s get reel and break this down.

Plot:
A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.

Directing/Writing

Pros:

Director Tim Miller and the writing team embrace Deadpool as a hardcore, R-rated, movie and run with it without holding back. You could see the passion behind this and it looked like Miller had a gigantic sandbox to play in and he used it to his advantage. It’s humorous, violent, crazy, and Miller adapted this character as best as possible and placed him comfortably in the X-Men universe.

Cons:
This is mostly a humor thing for me. I thought the majority of the jokes worked but I thought in some instances they were trying too hard for a laugh. In terms of the story, I thought the villain was a bit underplayed and I wanted to know more about him and the evil organization at play. The villain was enjoyable to watch and I thought he did well with what he was given, I just wanted a bit more from his character, or at the very least, go even crazier given the nature of the film.

Acting

Pros:
Ryan Reynolds is meant to play Deadpool. From the humor and down the most emotional human moments, he becomes Wade Wilson. I always knew Reynolds was great at improv but he really surprised me with the smaller moments involving his inner demons, emotions, and his relationship. The director really let the actor’s impov a lot and you can sense the fun with the actors thus springing the fun on the audience. T.J. Miller is also great and he had a better grasp at the improv than Reynolds did. The supporting cast is really good including: Ed Skrein as a great villain (definitely a step-up from Transporter Refueled), Morena Baccarin and her believable chemistry with Reynolds, and X-Men favorite Colossus and newcomer Negasonic Teenage Warhead are a nice addition as well. I also must add it’s amazing to see PG-13 X-Men in an R-rated X-Men movie and to see them cringe at the graphic violence.

Cons:
Gina Carano. Listen, I think she is a gorgeous woman who could kick my butt at any point of the week, but she can’t act. She can sell an action scene and she is awesome at delivering the choreography but she can’t deliver lines.

Cinematography

Pros:

The action scenes are gritty, exciting, and get your blood pumping adding a nice aesthetic to the overall style of the film.

Cons:
I know it has a lower budget than most superhero films but for some reason it showed a bit in some scenes. It had a TV feel to it in some areas of the movie. I won’t knock it too much because 20th Century Fox didn’t give them much to begin with. Here is to hoping the sequel is even bigger in the budget that way Deadpool can also comment on the budget of it.

Editing/Special Effects

Pros:

The pace of the film is infectious and it’s just so much fun to watch making it one of the fastest movies I have seen and one of my favorite theater experiences. The special effects of animated Deadpool were crisp, clean, and well-done for the budget they had.

Cons:
None.

Overall:
This is a superhero movie that is entertaining to the highest caliber and I had a smile on my face the whole time. Some of the humor didn’t work for me but this is about as true of an adaptation of comic book character I have seen thus far. This movie is insane, fun, gory, funny, and most importantly, refreshing in the superhero genre. This is the first one out of the gate in 2016 and the bar has been set. Your move Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Grade: B+
(Review by Chase Lee)








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Zoolander 2




Opening:
This…uh…is going to be interesting. I guarantee you will be confused by my explanation and rating. This suffers from Dumb and Dumber To syndrome…kind of. Let’s get reel and break this down.

Plot:
Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.

Directing/Writing

Pros:

I appreciate the passion Ben Stiller brings as a director because throughout the movie I felt like he genuinely cared in making a worthy sequel. On the most absurd and stupid level, I thought the story was creative and outlandish and, oddly enough, it fit in this Zoolander “universe”. I enjoyed the entertainment of the story on that level, however…

Cons:
This is not a funny movie. I may have smiled a few times and some things caught me off guard but there were a lot of misses. Most of the characters are wasted and it was trying way too hard to be dumb. It is a severe disappointment in this category since I enjoyed the first one quite a lot. The weirdest thing about the humor is that relied on dumb, raunchy, comedic violence, and smart humor and it didn’t have a consistent tone and was jumbled all over the place.

Acting

Pros:

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson were committed but where this movie fails is the humor and how lazy and uninspired it was unlike the first one. Kristen Wiig has a handful of funny moments that are included in the already low amount of laughs generated.

Cons:
Besides a couple of cameos, everyone was wasted or uninteresting and I was scratching my head as to why some of these actors decided to be in it. It’s hard to talk about since I don’t do spoilers and there are a lot of cameos in here.

Cinematography

Pros:

It’s a nicely shot studio movie?

Cons:
When I got my bachelors in filmmaking, I am aware that I am not a great cinematographer. I am okay at best. But for some reason, this one looked cheaper than the first one. It had a made for TV look to it, which is never a good thing.

Editing/Special Effects

Pros:

The story was entertaining enough to keep my attention.

Cons:
The pace drags at certain points when jokes go on and on and the special effects and green screen look fake and never seemed like a big budgeted studio film.

Overall:

Ok, this is weird for me to say but I actually recommend it. I like the ridiculousness of the story so much that it’s pretty magical to witness. But when it boils down to it, it’s an uneven, unfunny comedy sequel that will be forgotten. Did I confuse you? It’s ok; go see Deadpool this weekend instead.

Grade: D+

(Review by Chase Lee)








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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Drafthouse Does Dallas: Alamo Drafthouse to Open in Dallas Feb. 12




There's a new kid in town movie lovers. It's the first theater in downtown Dallas in 16 years. The Alamo Drafthouse has opened a new cinema in their plan for world domination. Dallas Movie Screenings was invited with other DFW press to walk through the new facility and explore what we can look forward to in the future. The beautiful new building is on the southwest corner of South Lamar and Cadiz, the beginning of the new urban area of Dallas called the Cedars. What is nice that it's near a local DART train stop at Convention Center serviced by the Red and Blue lines. The walk time was tested at 6 minutes. You can also access the theater from the Cedars Station, but we did not test that walking time. Plans for two additional locations in Las Colinas and Little Elm will be opening soon. Tarrant County is in the works, but maybe not in the city of Fort Worth.


At first the programming between the two Alamo Drafthouses will be similar with first run movies and their signature theme nights. But there will be opportunities to explore community partnerships with the local arts districts and music venues. There are other possibilities to have a role in the local film festivals and even bring a Dallas version of the Fantastic Fest that currently runs in Austin.


The seats and table setup are different from the Richardson location. The front row has recliner capabilities and they are 20 ft from the screen. There are tables instead of a bar in front of you, leaving you plenty of room to get up and move around if necessary. They have hired 140 movie centric employees, training them in the Alamo Drafthouse art of ninja service. From Feb 8-11, there will be a soft opening to give the new people hands on experience by offering $1 movies and ½ off food non alcoholic drinks. The theater will have it's grand opening on Feb 12, but there will still be special discounts on food for the first week or so. There's plenty of parking with over 400 spots and you don't have to worry about fighting for space from the other Southside events. Plans are in the works for an Uber station for those inclined.


Each of the lobbies of the Alamo Drafthouse has their own theme. Mondo, a sister company of the Alamo Drafthouse will be doing three original Dallas made movie posters for this location. New executive chefs will be making changes to the menus. Of course there will still be the special movie theme menus to enhance your experience. As well as a wide selection of beers on tap with and elite selection, since afterall it is called Drafthouse. There will be a bar and restaurant upstairs with an outside patio and view of Downtown Dallas. More on that later.

Attached is the official press release. Hope to see you all there!



Drafthouse Does Dallas: Alamo Drafthouse to Open in Dallas Feb. 12


Look out, Big D: Alamo Drafthouse Dallas is getting ready for its close-up with a soft opening Feb. 12. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema provides a unique combination of both theater and restaurant, showing first-run movies, independent film and other fun, alternative content while also offering delicious scratch made in-theater food and a refreshing beverage service. Entertainment Weekly dubbed Alamo Drafthouse Cinema “The Best Theater in America,” CNN International said it’s “One of the Top 10 Theaters in the World,” and Time Magazine called it “The Best Theater Ever.” Locally Alamo has earned D-MAGAZINE’s reader’s choice award for Best Theater as well as DALLAS OBSERVER’S Best Theater. Both these accolades were given to Alamo in 2014 as well as 2015.

And now, Dallasites can call it theirs.

Alamo Drafthouse Dallas will soft open Feb. 12 at 1005 S. Lamar Street, at the corner of Cadiz. Alamo Drafthouse is already a part of the neighborhood: the building itself is new construction built from bricks salvaged from other local buildings in the Cedars area that were torn down.
Combining old with new — celebrating the past while looking to the future — is a thematic not lost on Alamo Drafthouse, where there is always something fresh and new.

“There is so much diversity that our programming is never the same,” said Bill DiGaetano, COO Alamo Drafthouses DFW.  “In a given week, we can have a Mean Girls Quote-along followed by a Monty Python Quote-along, a Queen Sing-along and Taylor Swift Sing-along, or a screening of Caddyshack with Godfather Feast on the same day.”

Every theater at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas is 4K digital projection with 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound. Select theaters also have 35 mm capability for classic and repertory screenings. Every seat in Alamo Drafthouse Dallas is a luxury recliner, with the front row of seats featuring a larger chair with a deeper recline and a footrest (all at no additional charge). Additionally, this new theater will feature a 30-foot outdoor screen and four private karaoke rooms so you and your friends can sing your heart out.

Alamo Drafthouse Dallas will feature an upstairs bar with two patios, each with amazing views of downtown Dallas where guests can hang out and listen to live music, sing karaoke, or enjoy other fun parties that Alamo throws on the patio, whether or not they also see a movie while they’re there.
Hungry for more? The extensive menu at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas features an array of freshly prepared food made in-house from scratch with a wide selection of craft beers, great wines, cocktails and adult milkshakes.

Alamo’s attention to detail in film presentation and programming has made it a second home to movie fans all over the world. Alamo Drafthouse Richardson opened in 2013. This new location will be the first in the downtown Dallas area.

“We are looking forward to being in the energy and activation of the downtown Dallas area, in the Cedars, south, and Uptown Dallas,” said DiGaetano. “There is so much growth as far as residents, retail, and office that the potential for the theater is endless.   Traditionally residents who live in a downtown area are more active in regards to entertainment, restaurants, and social events.  It gives Alamo an amazing canvas to program the theater and restaurant/bar.”


Role Play Dates (Help the Alamo staff get trained!)

Feb. 8th – 11th receive 50% off Food and non-alcoholic beverages
Soft Opening
February 12th – March 8th
Feb. 12th – Feb. 14th 30% off Food and non-alcoholic beverage
Feb. 15th – Feb. 21st 15% off Food and non-alcoholic beverage
Feb. 22nd – Mar. 8th Free Order of Cookies per party

Grand Opening:
March 9th:


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Setting Alamo Apart
“People always ask us what makes Alamo different from other theaters. It is our culture and our people,” said Bill C DiGaetano, Alamo Drafthouse DFW, COO. “Alamo always has been and will always be for movie lovers, by movie lovers.”

“Since we are a theater for movie lovers, we took the 3 biggest annoyances of theater goers OUT of the Alamo equation. These include: concessions that cost more than your first car, advertisements longer than a line at the DMV, and talking/texting on cellphones during a film. At Alamo, you won’t find any of these!”

Opening Credits: Roll ‘em

Soft Opening date: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Location: 1005 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas (at the corner of Cadiz and Lamar)

Official website: http://drafthouse.com/dfw/dallas

Social media: Hit Alamo up online, um, after the movie: facebook.com/AlamoDrafthouseDFW
twitter.com/AlamoDFW

Founder: Tim League
DFW Owner & Chief Operating Officer:Bill C. DiGaetano

Idea behind it: A Haven for Cinephiles, Foodies, and Craft Beer/Cocktail Enthusiasts. And WAY over-the-top events
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Leaders in: Presentation quality. If filmmakers put that much effort into making high-quality films, shouldn’t theaters show them the decency they deserve when showing their films? The answer is yes.

Alamo supports: Local breweries. And Alamo only serves fresh, high-quality scratch made food.
Most strict rule: No talking or texting in a theater, and Alamo means business. Patrons are given one warning, then they are asked to leave if the disruption persists. Alamo insists, however, that laughing, crying, sighing and quietly asking your better half to pass another cold beer are all OK.
Signature special effect: Ad-free custom pre-shows. No one deserves to be inundated with ads after paying for a ticket so Alamo has none. Instead, moviegoers enjoy a custom pre-show made in-house. Many times, the pre-show will be directly related to the film, so get there early.

Special events: Alamo’s known for them. Special events, Alamo-style, will begin rolling in shortly after opening.

Food and drink: Freshly prepared food made from scratch, great cocktails and wine, and 32 craft beers on tap. Drafthouse is its middle name, after all. Also, check out the signature wine series. For example, last year, Alamo partnered with The Princess Bride with the wine BOTTLE OF WITS.

Theater Specs: 7 auditoriums seating over 700 fans.

Theater Details: Every auditorium is equipped with 4K digital projection, digital 3-D and the latest in sound. Two auditoriums are equipped with two 35mm in order to project classic films the way they are meant to be seen.

Ninja-like service: Servers are so unobtrusive patrons may be startled when their food seemingly appears from thin air!

Kids: Alamo loves ‘em, and patrons are welcome to bring kids with them. Unaccompanied kids under 18, however, are never allowed at Alamo. Kids under the age of 6 are only allowed at select “baby day” screenings. G and PG films allow Children under 3.

About the Alamo Drafthouse:
The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly, 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.








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Movies Scheduled 2/7-2/13

When you go to the screenings please remember not to talk in the movie. Let the actors do the talking. I have heard from a lot of people they get frustrated due to people can't keep quiet for a hour and a half or so. You may think you are whispering but when people can hear you three or four seats over you are too loud!!

We posts contests, links, or whatever when we see them. Sure it may not be the very second it posts that is why we have asked if you see something post it. We are not always in front of the computer. Sure sometimes it may seem like we are but we are doing our very best to get the stuff to you!

If you have any questions please email me at damitdaina@hotmail.com


Sunday Feb. 7th


Monday Feb. 8th


Tuesday Feb. 9th

Zoolander 2 Angelika Dallas and Cinemark 17


Wednesday Feb. 10th

How To Be Single TBA
Deadpool Cinemark 17
Eddie The Eagle Regal MacArthur Irving


Thursday Feb. 11th


Friday Feb. 12th


Saturday Feb. 13th





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Friday, February 5, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies





The concept of mashing together chick lit and monsters was inspired leading to others like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which was also made into a movie and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel had been parodied by Seth Grahame-Smith in 2009 and was immensely popular. Director Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud and 17 Again) who also wrote the script leaving out some elements from the book, but keeping some of the original popular romantic Jane Austen scenes, with some swords and guns in between. It's kinda like a Cliff Notes version with pictures of Zombies added to the sides of the pages. It makes for an interesting, sometimes amusing but very uneven story.

In this alternate universe, Regency England has been hit by a plague that causes those stricken to die, rise from the dead and seek out brains to eat. London had built a wall around it, then a canal was built which makes the land from the wall to the canal called the “inbetween”. There is only one bridge to connect them from the rest of the country which has learned to live with an occasional out break of bitten by everyone of class and breeding being trained in Japan to use the sword. Mr. Bennett (Charles Dance) had his family of 5 young women Shaolin Temple-trained in China. Outside of the sisters training with each other they still live like typical young women of their day, with their mother (Sally Phillips) trying to secure marriages for them with well to do young men. Even if these women warriors can hold their own with a horde of undead, they still cannot inherit their family's land or wealth.

The set up with sisters Jane (Bella Heathcote) and Elizabeth (Lily James) meeting the dreamy Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth) and the dour Mr. Darcy Riley) is still the same. As is the conflict with with Darcy and Mr. Wickham (Jack Huston). Matt Smith practically steals the movie as Parson Collins, the cousin who is due to inherit the Bennett estate and marry one of the sisters. He's delightfully annoying. Lena Headey plays the Lady Catherine de Bourgh who is also the baddest kick@ss woman warrior in the land with a patch on one eye, who challenges Elizabeth because her sickly daughter is supposed to have been betrothed to Darcy.

The book probably adds more details to the story. The movie quickly moves without explanation of why the infected can still talk and act like humans. Supposedly eating human brains will make them into monsters. The movie starts with Col. Darcy seeking out an infected at a high class whist party, then quickly dispatching it, finishing it off by smashing it's head leaving the guests to clean it up. It's like people are just inconvenienced, rather than horrified. The fun parts are when the Bennet sisters gear up for a fancy ball, then battle attacking zombies with their hidden swords. One moment they are discussing romance and flirting, the next they are knee deep in carnage. There's some four horsemen who are supposed to foretell doom, but that element is never explained. Overall, the movie is kinda fun, but somewhat brainless.
(Review by reesa)




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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Movies Scheduled 1/31-2/6

Good morning all!!


First off I don't have movie swag to pass out. So emailing me about swag will not get you anywhere I don't know how many times I have to say I am just like y'all only I send out these emails weekly!

Now I know some of y'all have been complaining about how quickly some passes go. You have to know if a movie is wanted by the masses it could go as quickly as a few minutes!! Trust me I have had that happen to me like 3 minutes after it was posted! Let's not "ask" for passes as soon as we post where to find them. Also they usually get posted on facebook first so maybe keep a eye out there.

Okay I think I got all of that off my chest. I hope we all get passes to the movies we want to see!!


If you have any questions please email me at damitdaina@hotmail.com


Sunday Jan. 31st


Monday Feb. 1st

The Choice AMC Northpark


Tuesday Feb. 2nd

How To Be Single AMC Palace 9, AMC Northpark, AMC Firewheel, AMC Mesquite
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies AMC Northpark
Hail, Caesar! TBA
AGFA Secret Screening Alamo Drafthouse


Wednesday Feb. 3rd

Daughter of the Dawn UTA Rosebud Theater, Arlington
How To Be Single Regal Macarthur Irving
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies AMC Northpark


Thursday Feb. 4th

Deadpool Angelika Dallas


Friday Feb. 5th

Saturday Feb. 6th



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Friday, January 29, 2016

The Finest Hours



In going to the theater to see The Finest Hours be sure to bring a jacket or sweater or even a life jacket. The new film by director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl and Fright Night) from a script by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson, sets one in Wellsfleet, MA in a cold snowy winter with an angry ocean. Based on the book by Michael J. Tougian and Casey Sherman called The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue, it recounts how four young men in 1952 over came treacherous seas, wind and waves to save a tanker's crewmen. The film puts you right in their dilemma with a little bit of romance to soften the blow.

Chris Pine plays Boatswain Mate First Class Bernard Webber. He lives with memory of an ill fated rescue and one of the town's fisherman and some of his Coast Guard's mates remind him of it. It almost affects his confidence, but Bernie is a good guy and steadfast in his work. So when his boss Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) tells him to go help tie up the local fishing boats he does it despite the pressing need to rescue the SS Fort Mercer that broke in half from the storm and floundering off Nantucket. They soon discover that another tanker, the SS Pendleton had also split in half and they are five miles off the coast from them. Cluff tells Bernie to pick a crew and take the small surf boat USCGC Yakutat over the sand bar and see what they can do. Everyone knows that getting over the sand bar in a storm is a chancy operation with a high chance of failure due to the high waves. It's one of the most exciting moments of the movie.

While this is going on, the crew of the Pendleton were shocked to discover the big bang they heard was their tanker splitting in half taking the captain the rest of the crew to the deep. There's a terrific scene when a crew member goes running to the bridge to discover there is no bridge or the rest of their ship. The mission to stay afloat falls on Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) who runs the engine room. He's a bit of a loner but knows the ship like no one else. Some of the hot headed survivors want to drop the life boats and abandon ship, but Sybert steps in and shows them that they will never survive that way. They have to figure out how to build a tiller and hope to hit a shoal before the ship sinks. They do manage to send a message for help.

The rescue, and the efforts of Sybert to keep the crew safe is pretty amazing, but there are lots of slow, cold moments. Setting up the romance of Bernie and Miriam (Holiday Grainger) makes the emotional stakes for Bernie wanting to survive. The real life couple managed to stay married for 58 years after this event. Chris Pine's Bernie is almost a little too dull and laid back, but maybe that's the way Bernie was in real life. Affleck fare's better was the taciturn Seybert who discovers his own sense of leadership while MacGyvering the ship to the shoal. Since this is Disney movie, you can be sure there is limited curse words, and not a dry eye in the house heroic. The movie is a nice honor to those who serve in the Coast Guard and if nothing else, it's worth a look.
(Review by reesa)





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