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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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Movies Scheduled 9/18-9/24

Finally Fall is arriving. Fall is my favorite season!

We try to get to y'als request to trade passes but sometimes we are not always on the internet. So please make sure to get them in as quickly as you can. I really want y'all to be able to see the movie you want.

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


Sunday Sept. 18th


Monday Sept. 19th

Queen of Katwe Cinemark 17


Tuesday Sept. 20th

Queen of Katwe AMC Parks and Angelika Dallas
Storks AMC Northpark
The Magnificent Seven TBA

Wednesday Sept. 21st

Dirty 30 SMG Spring Valley
The Magnificent Seven Cinemark 17


Thursday Sept. 22nd


Friday Sept. 23rd


Saturday Sept. 24th


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Max Rose





This slightly disappointing film tells the story of Max, an old man who has just lost his wife of considerable time. His family is a bit dysfunctional and he finds out some years before his wife dies that she had cheated on him with another man. Consequently, he digs deeper into this hidden affair. The film pans in and out of Max’s memories of life with his woman where the character suddenly appears eerily in the house. Jerry Lewis, who plays Max, along with Kevin Pollack, who plays Max’s son, are probably the only two actors who carried the show.

The story wasn’t very interesting and I feel that such a revelation of an affair that late in a marriage deserved some better plot points. A sense of adventure was lacked in this picture where there could have been a lot implemented. Kerry Bishé did not perform very well as I felt that one could tell she was acting. Some lines were a bit hard to hear from her and I felt like the independent film stereotype surfaced unfortunately in her scenes.

Some segments in the film did contain some good entertaining like the moments where Max is in his house alone late at night. I do not care for spooky films but these scenes provided that sense of the haunting of the affair. He tears into drawers and knocks over books in an intense search that instantly engages the viewer.

The idea of the sadness that comes to the elderly sometimes when they enter a nursing home was well communicated in a scene. Max has been torn from his house and is put in a facility that he feels not at all comfortable in. One felt his loneliness in his situation. A tense relationship that basically constitutes the dysfunction of the Rose family comes in a father-son type. Pollack and Lewis exchanged meaningful and clear lines that represented the flaws in their characters’ past.

Max and his granddaughter’s relationship was pleasant to see as one could understand the bond that they had. Although their scenes were restricted by some lackluster deliverance of lines, they were well scripted.

I’m always happy to see films come out that weren’t horrible and just made for money. Although the film was less than what I was expecting, it was a palatable story. It was a long process for this project to be released and the filmmakers should be happy that it’s out.
(Review by Wyatt Head)



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Snowden



Should Edward Snowden be tried for treason, or is he a heroic whistleblower? According to director Oliver Stone, you will be urged to feel some sympathy towards his current situation. Stone who wrote the script with Kieran Fitzgerald based the story on the books The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and the Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. The movie covers the career of the American computer wunderkind who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to The Guardian in 2013. The real Snowden who now is living in asylum in Russia shows up at the end of film via an online broadcast.

Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) had enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Special Forces candidate, but he broke both his legs during the training. He began working for the CIA despite the fact he didn’t have a high school diploma and only a GED. He was basically self taught and proved his worth during his classes. Earning the respect of this teacher Corbin O’Brain (Rhys Ifans) who takes him under his wing. Nicolas Gage shows up as another teacher Hank Forrester. Snowden also meets his love interest Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) though an online dating site. Despite their liberal vs. conservative beliefs, they are both smitten with each other. She is an amateur photographer and he can’t tell her what he is doing.

It’s no doubt that Snowden was a brilliant computer geek. He’s given some very important jobs with very secretive projects. But then some of the work begins to nudge his strong sense of patriotic right and wrongs. The computer jargon is pretty heavy, so unless one is a nerd to it will fly over one’s head. As he moves from one agency to another, his relationship with his girlfriend is sorely tested. His story is told in a series of flashbacks as he is holed up in a Hong Kong hotel while he records his interview with a reporter (Zachary Quinto), photographer (Melissa Leo) and Guardian journalist (Tom Wilkinson). He knows that the government will soon discover that he took the information regarding the surveillance of everyone via phones, webcams, internet and everything. Terrorism is the excuse but it’s all about economic control.

Whether you believe that Snowden should be charged with espionage, or pardoned as a whistle blower is the debate for the future. But there is no denying that the capacity to keep the big brother watching can be easily manipulated to something darker and more sinister depending on who is in governing the country. And that is something we should all be seriously cognizant.
(Review by reesa)





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Bridget Jones's Baby






Bridget Jones is back in an amusing continuation of the romantic confusion of her life. The third film of the franchise was directed by Sharon Maguire and written by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson. Renee Zellweger looking a bit different from the last movies and a little bit more worn out, doesn’t really make single working women very appealing as she still sees herself incomplete without a lovelife.

It’s Bridget’s 43rd birthday. She’s working as a producer for a news program where her friend, the on air talent Miranda (Sarah Solemani) urges her to get out and “shag” someone. Bridget has pretty much accepted being a spinster and embracing her singleness. So she is feeling a little more disconcerted when she attends a funeral for her old boss and lover Daniel who went missing on a plane. She runs into Darcy (Colin Firth) who is there with his wife. They have a an awkward and uncomfortable encounter. Bridget realizes that she cannot hang on to that failed relationship and goes with Miranda for a music festival weekend. While there she cute meets Jack (Patrick Dempsey) and gets it on while drunk and in the wrong tent. A few days later she runs into Darcy again at a christening and they are the godparents. He confesses he’s getting a divorce and still has a thing for her. So they get it on. A couple weeks later she realizes she’s pregnant and doesn’t know which one is the dad.

Somehow or other she has to tell each of her partners that they could possibly be the father of the child. But at first fails to tell them there may be someone else involved. When they find out about the other, there’s a bit of a competition for the parental rights. Both men are handsome and brilliant, and respect each other’s work but they are totally opposite in temperament. Jack is a computer dating mogul from America, and Darcy is a stalwart barrister. Bridget with the help of her eccentric friends, parents and amused gynecologist (Emma Thompson) all offer their support on discovering which man is the father.

While the sit-com type of story is somewhat formula, the cast rallies around the absurdity without getting too annoying. Getting Bridget to the hospital when she is in labor during a traffic jam is ridiculous, but laugh out loud funny. It's also a fantasy to have two successful handsome men at one's beck and call. And while we all pretty much know who she will eventually end up with, it’s just a nice time to get there.
(Review by reesa)




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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Movies Scheduled for the Week of September 11 - September 17


Hope everyone's life is settling down now that school is back and the selection of movies haven't hit the usual award worthy frenzy. AMC Northpark is cracking down on people in the lines, so just don't leave your chairs there and come back several hours later. They may not be there the next time. That first come first serve rule is seriously going to be enforced. We've had this problem in the past, then everyone started to slack off. Just a friendly reminder to make it fair for everyone.

Hey, if a contest pops up and the passes are gone in a flash, don't be so quick to ask people for their pass. There probably will be more contests showing up for that movie, so be patient and enter all the contests. If all else fails, which is pretty unlikely lately with so many partners offering passes, then and only then ask others to help. And folks, don't grab passes if you are not going to use them. Don't collect multiples if they are on same night. Just take the one you really want to see and release the others.

September 11 - September 17

Sunday September 11

Monday September 12

Tuesday September 13

Bridget Jones's Baby, 7:30 pm, AMC Northpark
The Exorcist TV Show, 7:30 pm, Angelika Dallas - Free soda and popcorn
The Blair Witch 8:00 pm, AMC Northpark

Wednesday September 14

Bridget Jones's Baby, 7:30 pm, Studio Movie Grill Royal
Snowden - 7:30 pm, Cinemark 17 and AMC Parks
The Blair Witch, 7:30 pm, Cinemark 17

Thursday September 15

Friday September 16

Saturday September 17





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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sully




The team of actor Tom Hanks and director Clint Eastwood seems a sure bet for the coming awards season, especially with the based on tale of pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger infamous landing of an USA Airways on the Hudson River in January 2009. Todd Komarnicki screenplay was adapted from Sullenberger’s memoir Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters with Jeffrey Zaslow. Sully’s remarkable landing of his cripple passenger jet in which everyone on board survived made him a national hero. As one character says “it’s been awhile since NYC had good news, especially with an airplane in it”.

Sully (Tom Hanks) in the aftermath of the landing, is plagued with nightmares of the possible different deadly scenarios that could have happened. He is put up in a local Marriott Hotel while the NTSB initiates an investigation. For some reason the panel of bureaucrats ( Jamey Sheridan, Mike O’Malley and Anna Gunn) seem intent on sticking holes into the “miracle on the Hudson”. According to their initial information and computer simulations, there is evidence that he could have made it back to the airport. They are the smirking bad guys of the story who insist that the left engine was not damaged and could have provided enough thrust to avoid the water “crash”. Or as Sully dutifully points out was a “landing”.

The story of what happened during the trip is told in a series of flashbacks from the perspective of various passengers, flight attendants, rescue crews, and random witnesses. Aaron Eckhart plays Jeff Skiles his co-pilot who with Sully read off the various pre-flight checklist. Even after the encounter with the birds shortly after take off, they remain calm and steady as they try and access the damage. They radio for assistance, but Sully has to make a quick decision of landing in the Hudson when all indicators say that getting to the airport would not work.

The media avalanche surrounds his home with wife Lorrie (Laura Linney whose role is limited to faceless conversations with Sully on the phone). She learns of the crash after Sully calls her when they are back on land and he tells her to turn on the TV. Everyone heralds Sully as the full fledged hero. Tom Hanks handles the role with a steady and humble forcefulness believing he was only doing what his 42 years of experience has taught him. Everywhere they go, people thank him, hug him and honor him as the hero. They even go on Letterman.

The actual crash is pretty exciting and the tense moments of getting the passengers out of the sinking aircraft are handled by the capable crew. The rescue by the ferry boats and NYPD scuba divers grabbing some passengers who had dove into the freezing waters in panic and Sully’s need to make sure that all 155 passengers and crew were all counted brings the viewer close to the remarkable event.

It’s been reported that real life investigators take umbrage at their portrayal of wanting to find fault with Sully’s landing on the water. But this is a kind of movie that needs a villain, and who else is better than suits for the government. Of course Sully is vindicated, and the movie ends with pictures of the real life participants of the event that will remain a great example of skill with a touch of miracle.
(Review by reesa)


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The Hollars




They popular theme of the dysfunctional family dynamic is a popular theme of many movies. It succeeds or fails depending on the cast and/or storyline which seems to be pretty much interchangeable for this genre.. This new film directed and produced by John Krasinski and written by James C. Strouse had it’s world premiere at Sundance. It’s a small film that is equally funny and annoying, saved only by the stellar performance of Margo Martindale.

Krasinski plays John, a graphic novelist living in NYC with his very pregnant girlfriend, Rebecca (Anna Kendrick). One day she goes to his office with his suitcase packed and a plane ticket because his father called to say his mother (Margo Martindale) is in the hospital. Returning to his home town is filled with a bit of nostalgia that is as usual not well met. His ex-long-time-girlfriend Gwen (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is now married with child to another school mate Jason (Charlie Day) who just happens to be his mother’s nurse. Gwen is unsatisfied with her married life and throws herself on John, who confesses to Becca, who immediately goes to see John.

John is having some turpitude about making a more serious commitment to Becca even though they are soon to be parents. The heart to heart talks with his mother are the glue that keeps this film from being just another sit-com style of film. John’s brother, Ronnie (Sharlto Copley) has been fired by his dad (Richard Jenkins) from the family plumbing business. The business is teetering on bankruptcy and dad can’t get a loan or pay his employees. Ronnie is obsessed with his ex-wife by stalking her house so he can see his kids. His wife is now seeing a youth pastor Rev. Dan (Josh Grobin) who tries to mediate.

Krasinski’s sad sack face works well as the slightly confused and unconfident young man. Copley as the older brother is suffering from thinking he made the wrong choice of divorcing his wife. Crawling into the children's window at night is kinda creepy. Jenkins plays the crying mess of a husband. The parents are obviously devoted to each other, so it’s hard to understand why their kids are commitment phobic. Kendricks is kind of wasted as the understanding girlfriend having to be hugely pregnant on her tiny frame. Mom Sally’s advice to her son of “you won’t know until you get there, that’s it’s okay” is a bit of sage wisdom that seems to uplift what could have been a tear jerker ending. It’s a movie filled with light hearted and disconcerted moments, but in the long run, it’s okay.
(Review by reesa)


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