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, March 26, 2015

Home





DreamWorks has made some animated classics and then they have made us some so-so movies. Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon show the magic that this company can deliver, but then you have films like Over the Hedge and Shrek 3 that put a damper on your soul. Where does Home lie? It’s actually one of the best ones they have made. Director Tim Johnson creates a rich, beautiful world that is gorgeously animated, except that world is earth. The settings looked so real, I forgot I was watching an animated film. I had to remind myself that the aliens were on earth and no some weird planet across the galaxy. He takes a good story about family and having a home and makes a touching, adorable adventure kids and adults will enjoy. Here is where I had my issues, the voice casting. Jim Parsons, expert nerd on The Big Bang Theory, voices Oh. Oh is running from his own race and has to stop a potential mistake that might wipe out their race with the help of Tip voiced by Rihanna. I am not going to lie; Jim Parson’s voice took me awhile to adjust to since all I pictured was Sheldon off of Big Bang. About midway through the movie is when I could actually see Oh, a care-free alien just looking to fit in among his peers, versus Sheldon Cooper reciting lines in a smelly recording booth in Los Angeles somewhere. However, I thought Rihanna was a miscast. Tip is a little girl and Rihanna has this smooth, seductive voice and it didn’t work for me. She gave a good vocal performance, but I couldn’t believe she was trying to portray a little girl. Steve Martin is hilarious as the aliens leader and Jennifer Lopez got paid for a day to record lines. The cinematography, as stated, is gorgeous and gives some realistic, good looking eye candy that you and your kids can gobble up. The pace of the film does kind of drag for in the middle, but that’s not a knock, as I think it’s a very entertaining film. What surprised me was the message. Most animated films will have a message so children can learn them and be better in their lives. This one really focuses on the importance of friends and family and how, you may feel alone, but there is always a home to go to. This is one of DreamWorks best and I had a huge smile on my face when I walked out. 8.5/10
(Review by Chase Lee)








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Get Hard




Get Hard doesn’t reach its full potential and ends up being a bit flaccid. See what I did there? Hopefully there won’t be any more jokes like that, but I can’t promise anything. This is the newest Will Ferrell romp and I have always respected the guy and enjoy most of his comedies, but this one was just okay. Director Etan Cohen told the audience that this was his first feature-length directed film and it definitely shows. It felt average, bland, uninspired and a bit lazy. It was a simple story, co-written by Cohen, which really wasn’t anything to talk about as it felt like a story Naked Gun would have. The whole movie felt like one SNL set piece to the next with no strong through line going from joke to joke. Some of the humor was funny and I found myself laughing until my side hurt, but that’s far and few in-between as most the jokes fell flat or they felt like they were trying very hard. This wasn’t a bad first film, but Cohen can only get better from here. Will Ferrell is a loveable oaf and he provides some laughs but this is Kevin Hart’s movie. Hart is always electric in anything he does and definitely shines a bright light anytime he is on screen. The on-screen duo of Ferrell and Hart is the positive side and every time they are on together the comedy fireworks happen. The supporting cast is very forgettable and Alison Brie is gorgeous, funny and talented; but she was wasted in this. The cinematography is just average and there is nothing inventive. The pace and flow of the film does keep you entertained with comedy that keeps this film going, even though some of it doesn’t work. Overall, this is an average raunchy comedy and it’s entertaining, but ultimately it’s just OK. I am glad that Ferrell and Hart teamed up finally and this isn’t a bad one to start off this comradery. Listen, I see a lot of raunchy comedies and you need to standout. I can only see the same dick joke over and over again, but if its spun differently (writing, editing or the way its shot), I will enjoy it a lot more. You are probably thinking, “If it’s so easy you make a comedy.” I will be glad to…and then only to realize I am not funny in the slightest and I am about as funny as a wet napkin. 5/10
(Review Chase Lee)






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Danny Collins




Everyone has those moments when they think back and wonder what would have happened if they had followed a different path. Those crossroads where a decision was made that made your life as it is today. What regrets would you have if there was a path you didn't know about is suddenly made known to you. That's the case of Danny Collins who was an up and coming rock star is afraid of the fame and adulation that is coming his way. In his first printed interview he states John Lennon as his major influence. Lennon after reading the interview sends him a letter offering his help, but it is never delivered to Danny. So for 30 years, everything that he feared comes to pass.

Al Pacino stars as the ageing Danny Collins who is stuck doing tours playing the same old music of his past in order to support his outrageous lifestyle that includes fancy cars, private planes, palatial homes, and a fiancee half his age. In his first feature directorial debut, Dan Fogleman who also wrote the script, based the story on folk singer Steve Tilston who actually did receive a letter from Lennon but didn't receive it til the wanning days of his career.

Danny hasn't written a new song in thirty years. He's still a hard drinking, coke snorting womanizer, playing the whole rock star image. His grey haired fans get all hot when he sings his old hit song, “Hey Baby Doll” at sold out amphitheatre venues. Pacino sounds a little bit like Neil Diamond. He keeps himself pretty well self medicated to avoid the realities in his life. His agent and best friend Frank (Christopher Plummer) gifts Danny with the letter from John that was mailed to the magazine where his did his first interview. The editor held on to it, and Frank later picked it up from a collector. After Danny reads it he wonders what is life would have been had he received it back then. He decides to leave his plush Hollywood life, his girlfriend who he discovers is sleeping with a guy he dubs “busy work”, letting them stay in his house and use his credit cards and goes to a New Jersey Hilton where he plans to visit his son who he never met.

Danny is full of charm and tries to flirt with the hotel manager Mary (Annette Bening) who admits she is not a fan of his work. He plays cupid to a couple of college kids working at the hotel (Josh Peck and Melissa Benoist). Then he tries to reconnect with angry son Tom Donnelly (Bobby Cannavale) who refuses to have anything to do with him. Tom's wife Samantha (Jennifer Garner) is more supportive wanting their ADHD daughter Hope to have a grandparent. Most of the movie revolves around Danny trying to make amends. But his social skills are somewhat jaded and ends up using his wealth to pay for a special school for Hope including a daily chauffeur for transportation.

This drama/comedy is full of special moments that are entertaining, but somewhat by the numbers. It's a bit of a stretch to think of Pacino as an old rockstar with his increasingly craggy face, but as usual he sells it well. Bennings is sort of wasted as the reluctant love interest and their somewhat forced “patter”. Cannavale and Garner do well as the loving couple who must not only confront a life threatening illness, and a baby on the way which seems more like a contrived events that forces everything to come together. Will Danny eventually write new songs or will he continue to sell out? Pretty sure you know that answer to that one.
(Review by reesa)




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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Movies Scheduled 3/22/-3/28

Happy Spring everyone!! Hopefully no more icy days!

Make sure you don't hoard tickets!Also don't get tickets to trade for better movies. We all see you doing it every week or you are always asking for passes. Take the time to enter the contests. Sure you may not win but at least try.


We have already had people asking for passes to the new Avengers movie. Come on now all the contests have not even been started. Enter the contest and then if you don't win the you may ask for passes!


If you have any questions please email me at damitdaina@hotmail.com. Please know I work nights so half the week I won't answer right away but I will as soon as I get into my email.


Sunday March 22nd


Monday March 23rd

Get Hard 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
Danny Collins 5:00 p.m. Angelika Dallas


Tuesday March 24th


Wednesday March 25th

Get Hard 7:30 TBA


Thursday March 26th


Friday March 27th


Saturday March 28th





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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Gunman





At 54 years of age, Sean Penn looks mighty fine. His craggy features speak of experience and his buff body shows determination. Considering his last movies were in 2013, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Gangster Squad, it's good to see him back on the big screen. He is also listed as one of the producers in this geopolitical thriller directed by Pierre Morel (Taken) and written by Don Macpherson and Pete Travis. The story is taken from the novel The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette. It's not hard to believe Penn as a special forces mercenary taking out the bad guys, adding his name to the list of geri-action movie actors.

The movie begins with a heavy doses of footage from the atrocities that happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. Jim Terrier (Penn) is working for a security team protecting the humanitarian workers, but his real job is working for a company that takes on "wet" assignments from special interest groups. He is assigned to be the shooter by Felix (Javier Bardem) the coordinator between the company and the group. Jim has to do the hit and immediately leave the country, leaving behind the love of his life Annie (Jasmine Trinca), a humanitarian relief doctor. Felix just happens to have the hots for her.

Some eight years later, Jim working out some heavy guilt from that last job is now working back in the Congo installing clean water systems. A group of supposed rebels come to the worksite trying to kill him. Jim figures out that the attack may be connected to the hit code named Calvary. He goes back to London and looks up his old team member Cox (Mark Rylance) who now is a suit with the company and promises to look into it. He also enlists the help Stanley (Ray Winstone) who leads him to Felix living in Barcelona. But Jim is also experiencing his own physical problems with PTSD and a bad case of post concussion syndrome giving him horrific headaches.

He meets up with Felix who is freaked out and somewhat guilty for stealing his Annie as his wife. Annie who never stopped loving Jim. The love story is somewhat interrupted by the never ending encounters with the shadowing team of bad guys trying to take out Jim leaving no one in their wake. Penn proves his action hero status with some very inventive fighting sequences in a country home in Spain, an a theme park aquarium and a bull fighting arena. Idris Elba shows up late in the game as an Interpol agent who urges Jim to come clean with accountability.

While the story seems mired in too much political intrigue, Penn does a credible job in the lead. Bardem is sort of wasted as the sleazy former friend who stole someone's woman so he drinks his guilt away. It's still an interesting movie, just not the best.
(Review by reesa)



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Movies Scheduled 3/15-3/21

If you bring toddlers to the movies please make sure they don't talk throughout the whole movie. We all go to enjoy the movie and not listen to your sweet little kiddo.

When you ask for passes that someone is offering please make sure to reply to them and not the whole group. I want to make sure everyone gets passes they want. :)

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


Sunday March 15th


Monday March 16th

Insurgent 7:30 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse
The Gunmen 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark


Tuesday March 17th

Asian Movie Madness: White Haired Witch 7:30 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse


Wednesday March 18th


Thursday March 19th


Friday March 20th


Saturday March 21st

Home 10:30 a.m. Angelika Dallas
Home 10:30 a.m. AMC Mesquite


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

71




When your budget is as small as this film and can deliver the suspenseful action that most big Hollywood budget horror/thriller films cannot, then you know you have something special. This is a gripping film about a soldier who is trying to survive in the cold, vacant streets of Belfast while being chased by crooked men and being rescued by his unit that he got separated by. That’s all, folks. It’s essentially a survival movie of this guy in the middle of a war among the streets. But, this is a compelling movie and you are rooting for him to get out of this hellish situation triumphantly. The direction is solid as Yann Demange takes this small budget and really turns it into a gritty film and really sets us on edge. There is a lot of backstabbing and espionage and almost feels like an old school film from the 70’s, which is great because the movie is set in the year 1971. The acting is on point as Jack O’Connell leads this film and really shows us that he can act. This film came out last year before Unbroken so this was the first exposure we had to O’ Connell and now I know why he is a rising star. The supporting cast is good, but, ultimately, it’s Jack’s film and the other cast members are a good push to just elevate everyone’s performances. The cinematography is a combination of shaky and handy cam and at points it was a bit much. There were a few chase scenes that caused the camera to have a worse seizure than an elderly person. Listen, I don’t mind shaky cam. I think it adds the heighten sense of realism and I feel like I am running with the main character, but sometimes it was unbearable. Just tone it down, that’s all. I do however love the lighting as it relies heavily on the street lights and lights around buildings, for the most part. It just makes it more suspenseful, and once again, puts you in that situation. It just adds the darkness to this nightmare and makes it better. The pace of this film is dead on. It’s about an hour and forty minutes and it flew by for me. I was engaged as soon as it started and it really sinks its teeth into you. Overall, this is a gritty survival film that will keep your fist clenched and rooting for Jack O’ Connell, who is bound to be a bigger star in the future. 8.5/10
(Review by Chase Lee)








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