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 31, 2014

Movies Scheduled 8/31-9/6

Well it is the unofficial end of summer, yes I know we have a few more weeks until fall. But it is getting closer I hope you are able to spend this holiday on a beach or by a pool or having some kind of fun!

Not a lot of movies out this week but keep a eye out something may pop up during the week.

Oh and if you get a chance send a shout out to Raymond since today is his birthday!

As always you can ask me any questions at damitdaina@hotmail.com

Sunday August 31st

Monday September 1st

Tuesday September 2nd

Wednesday September 3rd

Thursday September 4th

Friday September 5th

Saturday September 6th

Dolphin Tale 2 10:30 a.m. AMC Mesquite 30




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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Trip to Italy





This movie, written by Michael Winterbottom is about two men, Steven Coogan & Rob Brydon, who takes a road trip around Italy, Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi, and Capri to taste test a meal in each of those cities at one of their finest restaurant.

Steve was to take the tour with his girlfriend but she back out at the last minute, so instead, he takes his friend, Rob. Steve and Rob take the road trip around Italy where they enjoyed the finest meal at the finest restaurant within six days. During the day, the men would travel to one of the city where they would go to the selected restaurant where the chefs would prepare one or more meal for them. Afterwards, they would also go site seeing around the area. Their tour consists of a lot of dry conversation and even more attempt at humor. The sceneries were breathtaking and spectacular. Most evening when the men spent time in their room is when you get a real sense of Steve’s and Rob’s personal life. Steve has a son who he seems to have a very close relationship with and even invites him on the last part of the tour. Rob’s life seems a bit different. Although, he is away on the tour, his wife seemed to lack the interest; as if she always a bit busy and distracted when he calls her.

The scenery and the food were the highlight of the movie. The director chose areas throughout Italy that was breathtaking and attractive for a great tour. The food looked attractive and delicious. However, the men’s attempt at humor was not even close to funny. Their imitating of other people was more close to dry humor. The men’s conversations with each other always seem a bit off. This movie suits well for a mature audience.
(Review by Dr. Dwanna Swan-Ary)







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Thursday, August 28, 2014

As Above, So Below




I was very surprised by this movie. I will be honest and I wasn't expecting much, as I am exposed to crappy horror films year in and year out. This isn't a perfect movie but this has many redeemable qualities that make it enjoyable, creepy and sometimes thought provoking. Director John Erick Dowdle creates a claustrophobic, damp atmosphere that will make anyone's heart beat fast with anticipation and slow when you, as the audience, are grasping for air just like the characters. The story is also interesting and really messes with your mind, to where it seems completely different than most average horror films. I think this is why the found footage style worked because it felt fresh because it was a different story. The director really nails the terror of claustrophobia and I won't be going inside a cave anytime soon. The acting is weak and that is one of my complaints. I didn't really care for them and their dialogue delivery, at points, was horrendous. So the terrible acting carries over from other horror films, but I will let it slide because of the premise. The cinematography was suspenseful and irritating to where I didn't want to see what was going on, but I couldn't take my eyes off of it. The found footage style worked for this film but most of it was shot in first person, which elevated the horror and anticipation through the darkness. The film is only an hour and half and the first twenty minutes are slow, but once they enter the catacombs I was hooked. I also have to point out that the sound design and special effects were top-notch and just added another layer to this messed up terror cake. Overall, I enjoyed it, a lot and I think it will gain a cult following. I will need to watch it again because it raised some interesting theories my roommate and I came up with. The acting and dialogue were the only things holding this nice little horror movie back. 7.5/10
(Review by Chase Lee)




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Kundo: Age of the Rampant




The twangy electric guitar strains on the soundtrack of the Korean period drama gives this new film by director Yoon Jong-bin a spaghetti western vibe. Kundo: Age of the Rampart in Korea breaking box office records (which was shortly toppled by The Admiral:Roaring Currents, another period action film). Written by Jeon Cheol-hong from a stry by Yoon Jong-bin, is set in the late Joseon dynasty. The bandit clans were called “kundo”. Beautifully photographed, and lushly costumed, there is a Robin Hood element where the poor steal from the corrupt nobility. And there's a little bit of the Magnificent Seven thrown in as the clan gets the poor to fight against the oppression. There are many stock type characters in this film that offer a humorous tone to the story, but it also highlights the corruption of the nobility and the hunger and poverty of the common people. Which is pretty much like real life.

The Chusal clan of Mt. Jiri hide their village in the mountain valley They are an old clan filled with people who have been shunned from all walks of society. Their slogan is “united we are people, divided wear thieves”. The leaders of the clan look for three things when a new member wants to join their family. Their eyes must be clear, their will must be strong, and distinction is mandatory. Occasionally they will recruit someone like Dolmuchi (Ha Jung-woo), an 18 year old butcher who was offered money to kill a young woman. Except he didn't do it and tried to give the money back. Unfortunately they could afford to have Dolmuchi squeal on them so they burn his home with his family and leave him for dead. He manages to survive and his will to exact revenge is what leads the clan to ask him to join.

Their main target is Jo Yoon (Kang Dong-won), the illegitimate son of a wealthy and corrupt lord who's wife only bore him daughter's. Jo Yoon is brought into the household to train to be the heir. But he's usurped by the birth of his half brother. Needless to say Jo Yoon grows up with a huge chip on his shoulder. He becomes an unbeatable martial artist and swordsman. The death of his brother brings him back home, but his position is threaten by his pregnant sister in law whose child may knock him off the waiting list. Jo Yoon is the ultimate bad guy, but you are made to understand why his is acting out. To try and get his father's approval he steals the land from the illiterate peasants by giving them bad loans, then turning them into slaves when they can't pay it back. The clan make plans to right the wrong.

Dolmuchi who has been renamed Dolchi, with his head shaved and carrying two huge butcher knives has made a name for himself as by taking the top knots of the nobility, which apparently is a shameful loss. He's tough, endures physical pain, and loyal to his new family. The fight scenes, which is why most people will see this film are well executed and imaginative. Dolchi and Jo Yoon have several showdowns with the best being in the bamboo forest. Catch the screenings at AMC Grapevine starting Friday, August 29.
(Review by reesa)




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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW Announces Location #3






Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW
Announces Location #3:
Alamo Las Colinas


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s third DFW location confirmed at Las Colinas entertainment complex with groundbreaking event, Aug 30, free, open to the public


Dallas – August 27, 2014—Hot on the heels of announcing the second location in North Texas on South Lamar and Cadiz south of downtown Dallas, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW, voted 2014’s Best Movie Theater by the readers of D Magazine, announces today that Las Colinas is the location for the third Alamo Drafthouse in North Texas. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open in the new Music Factory at Las Colinas located at Hwy 114 and Fuller Drive immediately south of the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

The development breaks ground at a special outdoor event on Saturday night, August 30 at 7 pm featuring a free Alamo Rolling Roadshow of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), food trucks, temple-themed bounce houses, local craft beers from Community Beer Company, whip demonstrations, and, of course, an original 35MM print and games that have made Alamo famous. This event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). The film starts at sunset.

http://drafthouse.com/movies/rolling_roadshow_raiders_of_the_lost_ark/dfw



Details:

This event is FREE!
Gates open at 7:00p. Movie rolls at sunset
Family and four-legged friendly. Just no rats!
Bar is cash only. ATM on site. Most food trucks do accept credit cards
No outside food or beverage except for water
Absolutely no outside alcoholic beverages per TABC regulations

Address: 500 W Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039 (adjacent to the south side of the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in the field)



Music Factory Community

“We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Music Factory at Las Colinas,” said Bill C. DiGaetano, COO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW. “We pride ourselves in taking first-run movies and events to the next level. Being a part of an entertainment specific development is a perfect fit. Each Alamo is unique to the community it serves; co-tenants like the 8,000-seat amphitheater, extraordinary restaurants, the bowling center, and other entertainment venues give us opportunities to create incredible events for our guests at the theater or with an neighboring venue. Whether it’s an outdoor movie paired with live music in the amphitheater, or a screening of THE BIG LEBOWSKI before a round of bowling, it’s safe to say Alamo’s movies and events will be over the top in Las Colinas.”


Signature Features of Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas


Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas will be a state-of-the-art theater. Each auditorium will be equipped with the latest in 4K digital projection with larger-than-average screen size to room ratios and 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound. Select auditoriums will also feature 35mm projectors for Cinephiles to experience classic and repertory content as they were meant to be viewed. Not only will they feature superior audio-visual equipment, additionally the format of each theater will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the theater allows for an optimal viewing experience. In addition to in-theater dining Alamo Las Colinas will feature a second floor lounge and patio offering an extensive menu of draft and bottled beers, wine, cocktails and freshly made food. The lounge will offer patrons an inviting place to socialize whether waiting for a movie or simply coming to sample scratch-made menu items, cocktails or local craft beers.

“The addition of Alamo Drafthouse to this project is a tremendous win,” said Irving Interim City Manager Steve McCullough. “We recently announced the financing on the city’s portion of the Entertainment Center and are pleased to be moving forward and bringing additional entertainment options to Irving.”


For developments on all things Alamo Drafthouse DFW, follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

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About Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

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 19-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired.com. 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. http://drafthouse.com/dfw.



About Music Factory

Charlotte, NC-based ARK Group is behind the development of the forthcoming Music Factory in Las Colinas, which will be home to an 8,000-seat indoor/outdoor concert hall, more than 50,000 square feet of open-air plazas and over 20 restaurants and entertainment venues. The Music Factory will feature multiple outdoor stages for after-work concerts, fashion shows, international festivals, art exhibits, and much more. “We are excited to have Alamo Drafthouse join our diverse mix of tenants”, said Noah Lazes, president of the ARK Group. “Alamo has set the standard for the drafthouse/movie theater experience. This new location will become a fixture of entertainment and hospitality at the Music Factory.”







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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Movies scheduled 8/24-8/30

For the most part y'all are doing really good at responding to the sender and not the group. I still get a few here and there that will just hit the reply button and when you do that it goes to the group. Don't forget to look at the bottom and it will have who posted the want, need or trade. You can copy that email and hit forward and bam everyone will be happy.

I know there are some that will get passes to every movie. I am one that will get only passes to movies that interests me. So emailing me telling me you want passes isn't going to get you any passes. Sure I send out emails that will let you know who has contest and where to get the passes. If you want a pass and are not lucky enough to win it is best to ask the group. Make sure if you do ask the group then put in the header Want, Trade or Offer.

As always if you have any questions send me a email damitdaina@hotmail.com


Sunday August 24th


Monday August 25th

The Trip to Italy 7:30 p.m. Magnolia

Tuesday August 26th

November Man 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
November Man 7:30 p.m. SMG Royal


Wednesday August 27th

A Walk Among the Tombstones 4:00 p.m.
Cantinflas 7:30 p.m. AMC Valley View

Thursday August 28th

As Above, So Below 7:30 p.m. TBA

Friday August 29th

Saturday August 30th

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The One I Love





This film is the one I love; you see what I did there, for my top ten list of the year. I love this film, but it is hard to talk about it because I don’t want to spoil anything. Director Charlie McDowell creates this fresh, unique film about relationships that didn’t see coming. All I will say about the plot is that a couple goes to a resort to fix their marital problems, that’s it. That’s how vague I can go with this film because it’s one of those films you need to experience. This is McDowell’s first feature film and I have to congratulate him because he did an excellent job. Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss fill up nearly every second and their chemistry is natural and realistic. Moss comes from “Mad Men” and Duplass comes from “The League”, two very different animals. “The League” is more of a free roam show and the comedy comes from the actors and actresses heavy improv; and “Mad Men” is more heavily scripted and by the
words, so it was nice to see both of these actors from different television shows act in a scene together. They were both able to appear like they have been a married couple for many years, so the chemistry came off natural. It also helps when most of this movie was mostly improv and when improve is pulled off smoothly, it makes the dialogue and chemistry between the actors feel organic The cinematography is well done and adds a euphoric, dream like tone to the film. It’s mainly these two actors at one location, yet its shot well and keeps the story moving along. That’s all I will say considering if I say anymore I will be going into spoiler territory. At its hour and a half runtime, roughly, the film does a good job at entrancing you into this story. I never felt like it dragged and always kept my interest. Fifteen minutes in, I was hooked even though my interest for this film was already high. This is an original, yet different story about
relationships and, truly, a gem of a film that I want to watch again soon. I can’t recommend this to you more than I already have. 9/10





Audio Interview with Mark Duplass and director Charlie McDowell






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