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 28, 2014

Movies Scheduled 9/28-10/4

Wohoooo it is finally going to October this week. I have been waiting it seems like forever!!

Now if you see that someone has a movie you want, DO NOT HIT REPLY!! It just goes back to the group and then I will be rejecting it. If you look at the whole email it will tell you it is posted by: and then give you their email. Copy that email and hit forward and then paste the email in the to bar. Really not so hard. But if you really do want the pass being offered that is the way to be like the first person to get it. Otherwise you are just going to be out of luck. Heck last week it was really bad and I even sent out a little reminder and I got a few people asking me for the pass and then even still more just hitting reply. Trust me, I really do want you to see the movie and don't want to be a jerk about it but dang it is so getting out of hand.

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

Sunday September 28th


Monday September 29th

Pride 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
The Good Lie 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas


Tuesday September 30th

Annabelle 7:30 p.m. AMC Mesquite
Men, Women and Children 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas


Wednesday October 1st

Men, Women and Children 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas
The Liberator 7:30 p.m. AMC Mesquite
Annabelle 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Thursday October 2nd

Gone Girl 7:00 p.m. Angelika Dallas
Best of Me 7:30 p.m. SMG Arlington

Friday October 3rd


Saturday October 4th

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 10:30 am. AMC Northpark




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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Believe Me and Filmmaker Interview




Directed by Will Bakke, Written by Michael B. Allen and Will Bakke

Right from the get-go I was thinking how did the filmmaker from “Beware of Christians” directed this film. This story is of course about a very sneaky and exploitive plot by non-Christians to steal from unknowing Christians. I didn’t know that the same guy I met in high school could make a technically secular movie and be the same.

Four young men decide to concoct an incredibly obvious fake Christian charity in order to satisfy their needs. Sam the lead character comes up with the idea as he realizes his scholarship has expired. From then on we are led to a spin in all directions of consequences for these actions which in turn reveals personal qualities of the characters. First thing that reminded me that this was not trying to be a “Christian” film was a hazed boy getting slapped in the face like an alarm clock. All four characters seem not to be very likable at first. I did get a sense of bro-hood between these four friends. I loved the characteristics and performances from the main actors. For example, one character is a blooming compulsive gambler who doesn’t really seem to have a conscience.

The relative quickness of the film gave no room for boring slowness and gave great way to hilarious scenes. The explained different stereo-typical Christian ways of worship just blew the roof off of the theater. All throughout the piece there is clever writing about that classic suburb white Christian boy or girl. One thing I did get about this project was the wrap up which gave a sense of morals. Taking the fact that this film did explore a mischievous and crazy idea, it was nice that real thought was shown as a theme.

I was taken aback by the production and great filming with a kind of small budget. We see for instance inside a huge theater, a worship band playing in a made-up conference, different logos on shirts, and familiar faces. This really was a film that entertained and was not preachy at all. My liking of the film goes out to Mr. Bakke and the rest of the team for really opening up about certain things in Christianity. Some of those things that we see in the film are not so good. If a family wants to see a thought-provoking and hilarious college guy movie, this is it.
(Review by Wyatt Head)





Q and A Believe Me Highland Park Village

Q: How was the casting process like?
A: We initially were finding people in Austin but then decided to go to LA, that was when it was good.

Q: How hard was this to get it made?
A: We learned as we went, we got a lot of home-based funding. Getting relationships was really important to us. We had night shoots and that was a big learning experience.

Q: Where was this filmed?
A: Almost all in Austin. We used the Long Center, Gateway Church, and Bob’s steak and Chop House was in there too.

Q: Did you go past where you expected for the film?
A: Talent was awesome. Nick Offerman is an outspoken atheist but it wasn’t polarizing.

Q: How hard was it to not get preachy?
A: We could not get preachy. Having two writers helped correct each other and helped out the script. Sinqua was a Christian, Michael didn’t really know the Bible, oh, and Christians do drink beer!

Q: Did you face any discrimination?
A: We showed the film to churches and got good feedback.

Q: What about the ending?
A: We left it open so people would start a discussion.

Q: What’s next?
A: We have some good ideas. We want to make the “Believe Me” outcome as good as possible and we all already opening in 14 markets. You can also rent it already. Here it’s at AMC Grapevine and Highland Village.

Q: What message are you trying to grasp with this film?
A: Where does the hope reside in you? Does it reside in Jesus or just in your private Christian community?




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Tracks



In today's world most everyone lives in a technological bubble. We rely on our cell phone, Internet, GPS's and television to get us through the day and connect with the world. Imagine being alone and in the middle of nowhere trekking through desert with only camels and a dog. Tracks is based on a true story by Robyn Davidson's of her adventure in 1977 on travelling by foot 1700 miles across eastern Australia from Alice Springs to Uluru on the Indian Ocean. Directed by John Curran (Painted Veil) working from a script by Marion Nelson, the film relies on the expressive face of it's star Mia Wasikowska. Considering that she really has no one to talk with during her journey, the camera must effectively captures her inner journey.

Robyn (Wasikowska) moved from the rat race of civilization to Alice Springs where she worked and lived for two years to learn how to train and handle wild camels. Camels were brought to the continent in 1840 for expeditions and then abandoned. Now Australia has the largest population of wild camels in the world. She became known as the Camel Lady and after her hard work with cameleers she acquired 3 camels and a calf, Dubs, Dookie, Zelly and Baby Goliath. To finance this trip she wrote a letter to the National Geographic Magazine who agreed to fund her expedition. They assigned a photographer, New Yorker Rick Smolan (Adam Driver), to meet up with her every 4-5 weeks and chronicle her journey. Rick is a bit of a hyperactive talking guy which at first reminds Robyn as to why she wants the solitude. Travelling at a pace of 20 miles per day, he is able to calculate when and where he would be able to connect with her.

Her walk takes her on the most forbidding, dry, hot territory. The countryside is is colored in burnt sienna, pinks, various shades of brown and tan. The land is either dry and cracked or variegated carpet of hardy green plants struggling to survive. At times windstorms created dusty whirligigs that threaten her supplies. With only drinking water carried by her camels, the dust and dirt is etched on her face and body. Sunburn, parched lips and the never ending drudgery of the endless miles makes her question her resolve. The ground is so hot that even the baby camel has trouble walking on it. She is usually just wrapped in a sarong that she uses as a scarf and ditches the pants. Some stretches she begins to lose faith and have hallucinations. And there were some parts where she travelled with an aboriginal “old fella” Mr. Eddy (Rolley Minutma) a respected elder who she needed to transverse across the Aboriginal sacred lands. Mr. Eddy didn't speak much English and chatted away in his native Pitjantjatjara.

Mia Waskikowska gives an riveting performance as the lone traveller. She trained with the real Robyn Davidson who showed her the ways of the camel. And Adam Driver as the dorky smitten photographer is perfectly cast. There's no political undercurrents and no social or environmental commentaries in the story. Robyn is given a little backstory concerning the death of her mother and her father had one time did a trek in East Africa. There are endless shots of miles and miles of viewing her squinty eyes and her dusty sandals, lumbering camels, wild bull camel attacks, nosey tourists and press encounters. And if anyone wonders why the heck would anyone want to endure such hardships? As the real Robyn Davidson replies, “why not?”
(Review by reesa)


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The Equalizer





The television series of the same name ran for four years in the mid to late 80's starring Edward Woodward as the ex-government intelligence agent trying to atone for his sins. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua with writer Richard Wenk (Expendables 2 and The Mechanic) re-imagine the concept with what could possibly lead to a franchise. The movie will be successful no matter what because Denzel Washington headlines the cast. At the age of 60 he has a lived in body with a slight paunch around the middle and not some unnaturally pumped superhero. He radiates that mind first over action. But don't worry, there's plenty of action. It's a character type that he's played before, so not too many surprises.

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) lives alone quietly in a sparse north Boston apartment where he times all his activities by his stop watch. Everything from brushing his teeth, to eating his dinner and washing dishes. He works at a Home Depot/Lowe's building supply store where he's quiet, unassuming and well liked by his co-workers. He mentors a pudgy clerk, Ralphie (Johnny Skourtis) who is trying to apply to become a store security guard. McCall is also an insomniac who when not sitting at home reading, takes his book and goes the local 24/7 diner for a cup of tea. He's precise in everything that he does including setting his book, napkin and spoon in a particular configuration. At the diner he has been encouraging prostitute Alina (Chloƫ Grace Moretz) to follow her dream of being a singer and to eat well. When Alina ends up in the hospital after her Russian pimp beats her up, McCall decides to buy Alina from the Russian mobsters.

The camera slows down when McCall is assessing the seemingly impossible situation in front of him. The first action sequence in the film is exciting and gruesome. Unfortunately for McCall is that he messed with the eastern hub of the Russian mafia leader Vladimir Pushkin (Vladimir Kulich). Pushkin sends in his number one henchman Teddy (Marton Csokas) who uses corrupt members of the Boston Police to investigate the deaths of the mobsters. Teddy is the classic sociopath villain, brutal, unforgiving and Csokas chews up the scenery at every sneer. He easily figures out McCall is not what he seems. McCall seeks out his past sources to dig up stuff on Teddy so it clears up some of his story.

The ending showdown complete with dramatic music is what to be expected and then some. Washington only engages in one fist-a-cuffs, but mostly relies on clever booby traps and there's a nail gun involved. There are some plot holes, but the movie moves along quickly so you don't think of it until later. By then you are willing to let it go because it's a satisfying 1 ½ hours spent at the IMAX.
(Review by reesa)




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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football


epixhd.com/forgotten-four-the-integration-of-pro-football



The hour long documentary narrated Tony Award® winner Jeffrey Wright and produced by 52 time Emmy® award winner Ross Greenburg tells the little known story of four outstanding African American athletes who broke the color barrier in pro football in 1946. It will air on the premium entertainment network EPIX on September 23 at 7:00 PM CST.

When the first football league was formed in 1921, it was becoming a growing obsession in America. African Americans were able to distinguish themselves on the field. It wasn't until 1933 at the owners meeting that the color line became enforced. George Preston Marshall who had brought the half time show and team mascots to football was unfortunately also a bigot and the leading opponent at keeping Americans of color out of the game. Kenny Washington was a star player in 1936 at UCLA where he played with Woody Strode and Jackie Robinson. They were the powerhouses of their team. Washington and Strode were known as the Golddust Twins. But as good as they were on the team, they still had to endure being ostracized by the prejudice that was prevalent of the times. Washington even played on the all star team where he got a touch down. All the players on this team were drafted except for him. After college, he went on to join the police and played with the minor league team the LA Bears.

In 1941, Paul Brown was a teacher and coach from Ohio State that brought modern methods of training such as film, equipment and new plays. He also wanted win with the best players, which meant ability and not color. Bill Willis played for Ohio State and Marian Motley met Paul Brown when he played for the Navy team that Brown coached during the war years. Brown later on helped establish the American Football Conference with his Cleveland Browns in 1946. Willis had coached at an all black college before he joined the Browns. And Motley had become a steel worker after college before joining the team. The Browns went on the win the championship in 1946.

At the same time the Rams decided to move to Los Angeles to play at the LA Coliseum. Washington was not forgotten in LA and the Coliseum since it was city owned and not private told the Rams owner, Washington plays or you don't get the venue. Washington brought back Strode. But owner Dan Reeves was a racist and disliked the fact that Strode had married a Hawaiian woman which was considered a mixed couple. Washington was also mistreated on the team, and the coach had to keep him in the field in order to protect him for this fellow players. Washington stayed with the Rams for 3 seasons and then continued his career with the police. Strode played for 1 season and became an actor.

Times have certainly changed and in thanks to the young men who were willing to endure the ignorant mindset of the times. The shameful legacy of racism that is slowly, maybe too slowly, being erased due to these brave men who were able to keep playing and exhibit their talent for the game. Jackie Robinson is probably the best known black athlete that broke the color line in baseball, but if it wasn't for the four men in football, he probably would have not been given the chance.
(Review by reesa)





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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Movies scheduled 9/21-9/27

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!! It is the last day of Summer, finally!! Man the year is going by so fast!

We had someone trade for a movie in the future this week, when you do that you take the risk of there not being any other screenings for that movie.

Please be advised that when we send out the info on the contest we don't always know where the screening is held. So it is best to click the link and see if you want that screening. We do try to help you out but you have to do a little of the work as well.

As always if you have any questions please email me at damitdaina@hotmail.com.


Sunday September 21st


Monday September 22nd

Two Night Stand 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas


Tuesday September 23rd

Kill The Messenger 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 7:00 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Wednesday September 24th

Dracula Untold 2:00 p.m. Cinemark West Plano
The Best of Me 7:30 p.m. SMG Royal
The Equalizer 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark & Cinemark 17
Men, Women and Children 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas


Thursday September 25th

The Good Lie 7:00 TBA
Hector and the Search for Happiness 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
Mas Negro Que La Noche 7:30 p.m. AMC Mesquite


Friday September 26th


Saturday September 27th

Star Wars Rebels 10:30 a.m. AMC Northpark



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Skeleton Twins




Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader are amazing at comedy, as well as having great timing; but can they really pull off drama? Wiig has done some films after “Bridesmaids” that were dramatic but never really garnered attention from fans or critics. Hader hasn’t done much after SNL, but whenever he is on screen, he has a presence. “The Skeleton Twins” shows us that they can both give us a subtle comedic, yet deeply dramatic performance. As stated, Wiig hasn’t really hit big with critics with her dramatic performances, but this one is her best work. The direction of this film shows us two deeply flawed characters, but you can’t help but root for them. The deep emotional scenes between all these characters make it more relatable as Wiig and Hader play brother and sister. I have a brother so I felt for them more, even if they made some bad decisions because we have all made bad decisions but our siblings have our backs. I have already praised Hader and Wiig, but a standout in this is Luke Wilson. He plays Wiig’s husband, and he just loves his life until they very end and it’s a huge shift in his character and I felt bad for him. I won’t tell you why as I don’t do spoilers. Wilson adds depth to his supporting role and he was great in it. The cinematography is nothing special, it’s shot well, but there is nothing to rave about. The film is about an hour and half and it coasts along as I didn’t feel anything slowing down. I was interested in these deeply flawed characters and how their lives, sometimes crappy, unfold. It was like seeing a real sibling couple with real life problems and that is one of the best compliments you can give a movie; it felt real. This was a surprising movie with great performances and interesting characters. Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, if you read this, keep doing drama and comedy; you are great at both. 7/10
(Review by Chase Lee)







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