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, December 12, 2019

Jumanji The Next Level






“Jumanji: The Next Level,” directed by Jake Kasdan, tries to differentiate itself from the previous movie while attempting to recapture its predecessor’s success. It succeeds at neither. While “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was a fun update to the original film, the majority of this movie is, to put it bluntly, fairly dull, dryly trying to come across as fresh but falling flat on its face.



After successfully navigating their way through Jumanji, Spencer (Alex Wolff), Martha (Morgan Turner), Bethany (Madison Iseman), and Fridge (Ser'Darius Blain) have moved on to another challenge – college. With the holidays approaching, they each return home from their respective schools, planning a get together at a local café. Spencer, unlike the others, doesn’t seem to have the knack for school, losing the self-esteem he gained through their excursion in Jumanji.



Looking to bolster his confidence, Spencer re-enters the game, forcing the rest of the gang to follow him but the game – broken into pieces in the previous movie, now hastily put back together by Spencer – is malfunctioning. In addition to the teens, it sucks in Spencer’s grandfather, Eddie (Danny DeVito), and his grandfather’s friend, Milo (Danny Glover). The group, now hindered by the addition of Eddie and Milo (and their bad comic relief), must once again fight their way through a perilous adventure.



This sequel also sees the return of the avatars from the previous movie – Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jack Black as Dr. Shelly Oberon, Kevin Hart as Mouse Finbar, and Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse. Instead of returning the same players to their previous avatars, the writers (Kasdan alongside Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg) have changed things around, inserting players into different avatars. While Martha is still Ruby Roundhouse, Eddie is now Smolder Bravestone, Milo is now Mouse Finbar, Fridge is now Shelly Oberon, and Bethany is a horse. They later find Spencer as a new avatar, the pickpocket/thief Ming (Awkwafina).



The change up in characters allows the cast to show their acting range. For Hart and Johnson this means trying to act like old men. Neither actor manages to completely sell the transformation, coming across as annoying caricatures more than anything. The jokes written for them wear thin and quickly grow stale. Black shows his impressive acting skills, successfully managing to portray his new player’s personality. Fridge, an athlete, is not at all happy about being the out-of-shape map-reader. Awkwafina is also impressive in her role. She successfully captures the jitteriness of Wolff’s Spencer.



As expected, the characters are forced to face multiple obstacles as they play the game including ostriches, mandrills, and a ruffian named Jurgen the Brutal (Rory McCann). Their perils don’t do much to bring the audience to the edge of their seats. As with the previous movie, this is once again, in part, because we know they are in a video game; the characters don’t feel like they are in any “real” danger. The audience only knows from hearsay that if they die in the game, they die in real life. There’s no way for the characters to know for sure unless one of them actually does die in the game, which won’t happen in a family geared adventure movie. The sense of urgency from the original movie, in which the board game escaped to the real world, is absent. On that same note, the effects vary from decent to mediocre, bringing to life the various animal attacks and environments to varying degrees of success.



The movie does finally find a groove in the final thirty minutes, displaying some energetic fun that’s absent through the first 90 or so minutes. But by then, the damage has been done. The filmmakers try their best to make the movie look and feel like a video game. In that, they do succeed, but “Jumanji: The Next Level” is about as much fun as watching someone else play a video game. In short, it’s not much fun at all. And to top it all off, they leave the movie open for yet another sequel. Yay…
(Review by Bret Oswald)





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Jumanji The Next Level








(Review by Chase Lee)





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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Dec 8 - Dec 14


Well, first of all Yahoo Groups has been not been letting me post screening notices. Yahoo Groups will be instigating some major changes by the end of the week. So I will have to find another outlet to be able to inform y'all of upcoming screenings. For the time being, we will have to use out Facebook page to share info. It won't even let me post this to the group, so if anyone asks what happened, please share my quandary. If anyone has any suggestions on where we can move the group, please contact me at reesas@gmail.com

At least we have to some movies this week. Let us know how the whole AMC theater line policy is working. Post your remarks to FB.

Dec 8 - Dec 14

Mon - Dec 9

Jumanji Next Level - 7:30 pm - Alamo Lake Highlands

Tue - Dec 10

Richard Jewell - 7:00 pm - Angelika

Wed - Dec 11

Jumanji Next Level - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark
Richard Jewell - 7:30 pm - Studio Movie Grill NWY

Sat - Dec 14

Spies in Disguise - 10:00 am - Angelika
Spies in Disquise - 11:00 am - Studio Movie Grill NWY






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Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Aeronauts








(Review by Chase Lee)




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Knives Out






“Knives Out” (2019) -- I am not a proponent for murder, but when it’s done with the right sardonic tone and manner, I am all in. One that tried to do it was “Very Bad Things,” (1998) the tale of a bachelor party that goes awry I the absolute worst way for everyone involved. It was actor-turned director Peter Berg’s first attempt at a sardonic tale with a mean bite that missed the mark. It was just plain mean. I gave it a C- when I originally saw it.

Now, with “Knives Out,” director Rain Johnson has crafted a witty comedy that proves just how despicable people can be when it comes down to inheritance and the almighty dollar.

Another one that falls into that same vein is a tale about rich over privileged spoiled kids attempting to off their parents in 2011’s “You’re Next.” Like “Very Bad Things,” it was just too mean spirited. That chalks up a C on my A-F scale of grading movies.

Oscar winner Christopher Plummer “The Sound of Music,” “The Beginners” and “All the Money in the World” is the patriarch of a wealthy publishing family.

His name is Harlan Thronbey and he has a strange relationship with confidant Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas (“Blade Runner 2049”). The pair are in a close plutonic relationship.

Harlan trusts her more than the vicious family members circling around like a group of thirsty vultures waiting for Thornbey to keel over at any moment.

The trouble is everyone is in it for their own selfish interests. This includes Don Johnson’s first son, Richard Thornbey.

Also involved is Daniel Craig’s detective Benoit Blanc who wants to find the culprit involved in Harlan’s death.

Like the masterpiece that was Bryan Singer’s Oscar-winning “The Usual Suspects” (1995), a well-crafted pretzel-twisting suspense thriller with one of the best endings of this past decade.

Craig is aces as Blanc, who is altogether skeptical of everyone in Harlan’s extended family. He knows something is amiss, but he does not want to stir the pot too much to bring up the refuse into the surface.

He strikes up a kinship with Matta, who wants to help with Harlan’s death.

As a director Johnson knows how to get into the plot twists without a big wink wink to the audience. Like his first effort, “Brick” (2005) Johnson knows how to steer the audience off the beaten path.

“Knives Out” is an entertaining as well engaging yarn that fully delivers everything in its entangled web.

Grade: B+
(Review by Ricky Miller)



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The Aeronauts








A meteorologist, James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), and a balloonist, Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones), take to the skies for the advancement of science in director Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts.” Inspired by Glaisher’s real-life 1862 flight, which he undertook with balloonist Henry Coxwell (who’s not even mentioned in the film), “The Aeronauts” is not exactly true to history. Still, as it balances between the duo’s 90-odd minute flight and their backstories, it’s a compelling movie.



James is an outcast in the scientific community. His ideas and theories are frowned on by his contemporaries who believe that being able to predict the weather is ridiculous tomfoolery. The scenes depicting James’ belittling by his colleagues are handled in clichés but don’t do much to damage the flow of the movie which, despite its recognizable cast, can’t help but feel like a direct-to-video work. On the other hand, Amelia, an amalgamation of real-life figures, is a daredevil. She’s got panache and grit, two characteristics in which James is sorely lacking.



As the film begins, the pair are preparing for their take-off – an organized event staged for thrill-seeking spectators. James is getting his instruments ready while waiting for Amelia. One of the funders is growing anxious as menacing clouds roll in and Amelia is missing. She is en route to the launch site with her sister, running late due to having a sudden anxiety attack spurred by memories of her last air flight which ended in tragedy. She finally overcomes her nerves and manages to put on a show for the viewers. James isn’t happy about this, but Amelia understands it is necessary.



A series of troubles befalls them once they are in the air, beginning with an encounter with a storm. Glaisher is intently focused on his research while Amelia is concentrating on navigation and their safety. As their voyage continues, Harper cuts back to events preceding the balloon’s launch, including James’ attempts to secure funding and convince Amelia to join him, while Amelia battles her reluctance to return to flying.



The flashback scenes are nothing remarkable but they do manage to be more interesting than most of the events depicted in the balloon. I guess I find it hard to be wowed by scenes that were more than likely shot in front of a green-screen and enhanced by computer effects. The costumes look good and the film is nicely photographed, but again nothing really stands out about it.



“The Aeronauts” builds to a climax that’s meant to be edge-of-your-seat entertainment as the pair try to control their rapidly ascending balloon. It doesn’t quite work, again due to the obvious green screen work, but it still manages to convincingly portray their troubles. Ultimately, this was an engaging movie, but it didn’t quite manage to win me over. I thought it was well-acted and well-paced but somehow still felt like a subpar production.
(Review by Bret Oswald)





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Monday, December 2, 2019

This Week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW (12/2 - 12/8)






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

This week is all about getting into the holiday spirit. Head over to your local Alamo Drafthouse to catch holiday-themed movie parties for films like GREMLINS, KISS KISS BANG BANG, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, THE GRINCH, SCROOGED, A CHRISTMAS STORY, and LOVE ACTUALLY. For a full calendar listing, please visit drafthouse.com/dfw/calendar.

See y’all soon at the Alamo Drafthouse!



This Week's Highlights…

Holiday Movie Parties

Come out to Alamo Drafthouse this season as we celebrate some of the best holiday films ever made! Enjoy movie parties for classic holiday films like GREMLINS, KISS KISS BANG BANG, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, THE GRINCH, SCROOGED, A CHRISTMAS STORY, and LOVE ACTUALLY at Cedars, Denton, Lake Highlands, Las Colinas, North Richland Hills, and Richardson.



MONDAY | DECEMBER 2

Cedars
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 7:00PM

Denton
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Scrooged Movie Party at 7:45PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Gremlins Movie Party at 7:30PM



TUESDAY | DECEMBER 3

Cedars
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 7:00PM
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Silent Night, Deadly Night at 9:00PM

Denton
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Video Vortex: The Bloody Curse at 9:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Silent Night, Deadly Night at 9:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Silent Night, Deadly Night at 9:05PM

Richardson
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM
Screening: Ernie Kovacs Centennial Retrospective at 7:30PM



WEDNESDAY | DECEMBER 4

Cedars
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Denton
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Champagne Cinema: Love Actually Movie Party at 6:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Movie Party at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



THURSDAY | DECEMBER 5
Cedars
Screening: Krampus Christmas Party - Presented by Fangoria at 7:00PM

Denton
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM



FRIDAY | DECEMBER 6
Lake Highlands
Screening: It’s A Wonderful Life with Karolyn Grimes Live at 7:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM



SATURDAY | DECEMBER 7

Cedars
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 7:00PM

Denton
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 4:15PM
Screening: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Movie Party at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: PBS Kids at the Alamo: Nature Cat: A Nature Carol at 10:00AM
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: A Christmas Story Movie Party at 4:00PM
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 7:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: It’s A Wonderful Life with Karolyn Grimes Live at 7:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 7:00PM
Screening: The Polar Express Movie Party at 2:00PM



SUNDAY | DECEMBER 8

Cedars
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 7:00PM
Screening: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Movie Party at 7:00PM

Denton
Screening: The Grinch (2018) Movie Party at 4:15PM
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: The Holiday (2006) Brunch Screening at 11:00AM

Las Colinas
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 4:15PM
Screening:

North Richland Hills
Screening: The Grinch (2018) Movie Party at 3:55PM
Screening: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Movie Party at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Elf Movie Party at 4:15PM
Screening: A Christmas Story Movie Party at 7:00PM



First Run Movies Now Playing...

21 Bridges
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Charlie’s Angels (2019)
Ford V Ferrari
Frozen II
Harriet
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Knives Out
Last Christmas
Queen & Slim
Terminator: Dark Fate
The Lighthouse


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