The Dallas Movie Screening Group

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story

I think both fan boys and novices alike will enjoy a complete story and background of everyone’s favorite pirate and smuggler a legitimate backdrop for the ultimate anti-hero with Alden Ehrenreich’s turn as Han Solo in the Ron Howard-directed “Solo: A “Star Wars” Story.”

If he looks familiar, Ehrenreich was in a couple of big budgeted disappointments from a couple of years back, the first being the Coen Bros. musical “Hail Caesar!” (2016) and Warren Beatty’s belly flop that was “Rules Don’t apply” that same year. He makes for a likable character and persona as the title role of a young man in love who just wants out of his lower-class upbringings and make a life for himself elsewhere in the big galaxy of “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.”

Joining him in his adventure are a space pirate in Woody Harrelson’s Beckett, a smuggler of sorts who is paired with girlfriend and confidant in Thandie Newton’s Val. Also included is an alien creature named Rio Durant (Jon Faverau) and a wookie (foreign species) named Chewbacca (Jonas Suotamo). At the start, Han’s love interest is Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra, a fellow refugee living day-to-day life on the streets of their foreign planet.

So readers know, this movie is just another a stand alone tale in the “Star Wars” universe. Like the disappointment that covered “Rogue One: A “Star Wars” Story” in 2016, which I think I graded a B+ on the A-F scale of grading movies.

So people know, director Howard took over this project from original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who were originally fired from the project due to creative differences. The pair, however did receive executive producer credit on this particular movie since I think it was probably written in their contracts.

“Solo: A “Star Wars” Story” contains an abundance of inside jokes only the most familiar will get the references to past. For example, the helmet Beckett wears in an exact replica of the same one Lando (Billy Dee Williams) wore in “Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.” It was in the early part of that film where the action was contained to “Jabba’s palace and the floating barge in the desert.

Also amusing to watch is Chewbacca’s age, because when Han finds out, he states only 190…he says “You look great for your age.”

I had a fun time with the single shot “Solo: A “Star Wars” Story.” To me it did what it was supposed to do in cover only a portion of the earlier tales in the amazing and enjoyable ride that gives exactly what movie viewers are clamoring for in just a fun time at the movies.

Grade: B
(Review by Ricky Miller)

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

How Long Will I Love You?

The recent debut of this film in China replaced the Avengers: Infinity War for it's opening day. May 20 (the pronunciation of “May 20” in Chinese resembles the pronunciation of “I Love You” in English) has proved to be fortuitous for romantic movies like on Valentine's Day or Chinese Single Day. Written and directed by Su Lun, it's an unusual blend of comedy, romance, sci-fi and fantasy that draws from The Lake House and The Time Traveler Wife.

Tong Liya plays Gu Xiaojiao who is now 31 and looking for someone to marry, but they need to fulfill certain requirements in her dream house. Needless to say, suitors are kinda put off when she demands the title be in her name. In 1999, Lei Jiayin plays Lu Ming, a down on his luck property designer who can't catch a break. The live in the same apartment building 19 years apart. Suddenly the time periods merge, pushing his house into her house. They wake in the same bed. Believing him a masher, she attacks him. Both confused, they realize their front door exits to 1999 and 2018. Curiosity leads them to explore the past and the present. Gu goes to her old home with her beloved father and where she is still 12 years old. When she tries to get close, the tenuous paradox begins to warp. Everyone knows you can't see your self in the past or the future without affecting history.

Meanwhile a scientist is explaining his experiment of creating a porthole between times to a mysterious benefactor. This man's assistant believes he wishes to steal future technology. The scientist says the porthole is likely, but he hasn't figured out where this will occur. Gu and Lu have been cohabiting in their crunched together apartments. They go to their jobs in their timelines, then go adventuring in each other's years Lu is awkward and un-confident, while Gu is feisty and just as awkward. She runs into and old college friend, so she tries to appear successful and forces Lu to pretend that he's her husband for a dinner date. Of course she ends up totally humiliated when she leaves the sales tag hanging from his new coat she bought him to impress her friend. They also try to manipulate the lottery by playing the winning number, but the eventual paradox keeps this from happening

Gu and Lu begin to get close and enjoy each other's company But Gu can't get over the fact that Lu is not rich and successful. But the present day Lu has turned out to be a rich tycoon, just what Gu is seeking. The present Lu lures Gu in with a dinner date. He wants her to give his past self some advice. He knows that the time merge is temporary, and he must correct his past. Will they be able to find each other in the future? It's inevitable and satisfying in the end for those who love a time-traveling rom-com.
(Review by reesa)

How Long Will I Love You? opens Friday, May 25 at Cinemark Legacy Plano

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Movies Scheduled for the Week of May 20 - May 26

Usually this time of year is full of screenings, but the pickings are few and far between lately. Of course after doing the film festival, I may be a little spoiled. Only one movie this week with a couple of opportunities to see it. Hope you were able to grab passes because they went fast!

As usual if we missed something, let me know.

May 20 - May 26

Mon - May 21

Solo: A Star Wars Story - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark and AMC Grapevine

Tue - May 22

Solo: A Star Wars Story - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark

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Thursday, May 17, 2018


Anything is the debut film directed and written by Timothy McNeil, based on his stage play by the same name. It's an unusual romantic tale o two unlikely partners that doesn't really surprise but it is saved by the earnest and sensitive performances by the actors.

Early Landry (John Carroll Lynch, a familiar face you think you know but can't remember from where) plays a 55 year old insurance salesman who just lost his beloved wife of 26 years. She died in a car accident in which he blames himself which propels him to quietly cut his wrists. The next thing he knows he's being offered the choice of going to a local mental facility or moving to Los Angeles to live with his movie executive sister, Laurette (Maura Tierney). So he moves from his quaint little home in Crane, MS to a big modern California home with his sister, her husband and teenage son. Laurette hovers over Early, constantly worried. So Early finds an 30's court style apartment in Hollywood, just far enough from her. Laurette freaks out, because why Hollywood?, there are drug dealers, prostitutes, and crime. Which of course means that the denizens who live in this court fit the bill. Plus the addition of a drunken postal worker singing his grief from losing his wife every night. Laurette gives him a gerbil to keep him company.

Early is still contemplating suicide. But one night hears his neighbor fighting with someone and his curiosity is peaked. He also meets up with Brianna and David (Margot Bingham and Micah Hauptman) the junkie couple who live downstairs. She calls him a good guy who likes to save people. She writes a pensive song about him which makes him think about his life. Frieda (Matt Bomer) his next door neighbor comes over to borrow some sugar. She hits Early with some truthful attitudes from being a country bumpkin to his wallowing in self pity. Frieda advises him to re-invent himself. He begins to spend more time with her, even going through a withdrawal night when they agree to give up their pain pills. It gets to the point where he wants to have him meet his sister and family. But the dinner doesn't go well when Laurette if faced with the trans-woman sex worker as a potential in-law.

Tierney is great as the worry wart sister who can wrangle million dollar charity events, but has no clue on his to get her brother right again. Especially since her husband and son have no problem with the romance. Lynch plays the sad sack widower who is suddenly waking up to the world around him that is absolutely nothing like his quiet and straight life in Mississippi. Frieda fights his "creepy warmth, the portable pot bellied stove with insinuating eyes". There was some controversy over Bomer's being cast as a trans-woman from LBGTQ community as they believed that there should be a real trans-woman playing the role rather than a cis-man. But Bomer is effective in his role, creating a smack talking character with heart of gold. It would have been nice to learn more backstory on Frieda. But in the end theirs is a pact of trust and the hope for anything.
(Review by reesa)

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Deadpool 2

(Review by Chase Lee)

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Director: David Leitch Studio: 20th Century Fox

“Deadpool” collides into action again!

After two years of putting the red ninja suit on, the overzealous Ryan Reynolds returns to the big screen as a city killer and antihero called Deadpool who finds life meaningful and dreadful around the city. This time, he has a bigger fish to fry when the something terrible is about to happen around him. Don’t be alarmed, this film will become more brutal than ever.

In this film, Deadpool enjoys life on the outside and the inside with his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) until the darkness has fallen upon him. Seeing this as a worst opportunity ever, he must from his own team, called X-Force, to find his heart and happy place he wants to be.

The story of this film, like the original, is filled with comedic laughs, bloody surprises, and character expressions. It’s easy to be pay big money just to expose yourself to this dilemma when it comes to comedy knockouts and the fillings of suspense like Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. Not to mention on the little-less numbers of fourth-walls broken became Ferris Bueller phenomenon. The script-writing is well-focused rather than adding more fourth-walls.

Supporting actor Josh Brolin, who came after Avengers: Infinity War, provided the meatier role as Cable the mercenary. His performance was as straight and reutilized as his Thanos character. Actresses Brianna Hildebrand and Shioli Kutsuna also provided a more feminist role ever together. Even the New Zealand actor, Julian Dennison, can fix the problem as Russell, the fiery-fist mutant who controls his powers under anger issues.

The funniest moments I catch my eyes and ears on are the Disney jokes and the ending which appears to be mockery of the ending of 2017 movie, Logan. I suddenly felt that it was a bit dramatic but a lot funnier when Deadpool delivers the wonderful taste of childhood and the elements of Disney towards the audiences. The ending is extremely funny as well as Reynolds is too serious on playing the Shakespeare’s death. To add extra laughs, I enjoyed the post-credits scene which I am incredibly find it very humorous and stunning.

However, I didn’t like the way the director pushed Reynolds too far on the gun-shooting scenes, the bloody on the bodies, and the bones cracking or bending on the character as it would painstakingly be a “flesh and blood” type for this usage for an R-Rated film. I’ll admitted this movie will make your eyes squirt tears heavily. The envy of this is just the increasable method of R-Rated content exposures. Be warned!

On the bright side, this film was little bit better than the original as this film produces more and more intonation on the character development of Deadpool and the team becoming a part of the X-Men family after Wolverine. But be careful about this film since this is the movie for not only adults but also teenagers. If you do wish not to expose yourself, please consider selecting another film to watch like Avengers: Infinity War. By the way, be aware we have Solo: A Star Wars Story coming up in the same month as well as Pixar’s Incredibles 2 next month.

One more thing, if they made sequel of this, let’s see what happens when Deadpool emerges into the Disney universe (possibly Marvel Cinematic Universe) due to Fox is about to be owned by Disney sometime soon. Running time: 120 minutes.

(Review by Henry Pham)

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As far as sequels go, “Deadpool 2” delivers the goods big time. I cannot give any spoilers away, so I have to find the right verb usage as to not give away any key plot points or God forbid spoilers of any kind.

What is safe to say is that both the characters of Colussus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hilderbrand) return in smaller supporting turns, as does T.J. Miller, Karan Soni, Morena Baccarin and Leslie Uggams.

Miller is Weasel, a bartender who works at Deadpool’s local watering hole. Soni returns as Dopinder, Deadpool’s personal cab driver who assists in his escapes. Ackerman returns as Vanessa, Deadpool’s significant other who does not mind or give a care about his disfigurement. Uggams is Deadpool’s roommate who still has a tough time building anything from Ikea.

Boys who had a crush on Warhead will have to look elsewhere because she is in a relationship with Yukio (Shioli Katsuma).
Josh Brolin is Cable, the villain of our story. His character was sent from a timeline interwoven into the storyline. His character is also in mourning, since he lost his family in a future war that he cannot go back and fix.

An inside joke occurs when Deadpool makes a comment about One Eyed Willy, a reference to Richard Donner’s “The Goonies,” a part in which Brolin was the older brother Brand I that fun flick. He was the older brother to Sean Astin’s Mikey in that enjoyable romp. To this day, I probably would still grade it a solid B+ on movie rankings o the A-F scale.

What I also find amusing is the marketing campaign that has gone into promoting “Deadpool 2” to the masses. A bunch of the one-sheet posters make allusions to a variety of flicks, including references to 1983’s “Flashdance” in which bullets are showered onto Deadpool’s body in lieu of rainwater or good old H20.

Another safe part to talk about is a character named Domino, (Zazie Beetz) since Deadpool mentions that luck is not considered an obtainable skill of any kind. Despite all the shenanigans that occur, I would say it is a nifty trick in the endgame of things.

In lieu of director Tim Miller, the camera stylings of director David Leitch are present throughout. He helmed last year’s MI-6 spy thriller “Atomic Blonde” last summer. Leitch also worked in various producing capacities with Keanu Reeves on the various entries in “The Matrix” trilogy” as well as “John Wick” and its sequel.

Again, as aforementioned, “Deadpool 2” has too many twists and turns in this enjoyable pretzel-weaving adventure that I really cannot say, because if I do some bad studio executives will hunt me down and kill me. No joke, I am totally and completely serious.

Grade: B+

(Review by Ricky Miller)

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