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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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Paddington Bear Visits Dallas/Fort Worth: December 19-22

Paddington Bear Visits Dallas/Fort Worth: December 19-22

On behalf of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming film PADDINGTON, based on the beloved children’s book character of the same name, Paddington Bear will be visiting Dallas/Fort Worth this Friday, December 19 – Monday, December 22, 2014. While in town, Paddington has a full schedule of appearances where the public can meet and take pictures with him. Schedule and details included below, with a social media and website-friendly flyer attached. We encourage everyone to share the schedule with their followers so we can show Paddington a great time and friendly welcome during his first trip to Texas! #PaddingtonMovie #PaddingtonInDFW

Friday, December 19:

Paddington Makes a “Christmas Wish” at KTLY-FM’s Charity Live Radio Broadcast

Time: 7:30am-8:30am

Location: Chick-fil-a, 4700 S. Cooper St., Arlington, TX

Note: Everyone that donates to ‘Christmas Wish’ while Paddington is visiting will be entered in a raffle to win themed prizes. For more details on ‘Christmas Wish’ and items to donate, visit:

Paddington’s Story Time featuring special guest reader Nancy Churnin from The Dallas Morning News

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Barnes & Noble, 616 Preston Royal Shopping Center, Dallas, TX 75230

Note: Join Paddington at Barnes & Noble as Nancy Churnin reads a few of Paddington’s adventures and prizes are given away.

Saturday, December 20:

Paddington Meets ‘Cowboy Santas’

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: 541 N. Main St., Ft. Worth, TX 76164

Note: Everyone that donates to ‘Cowboy Santas’ while Paddington is visiting will be entered in a raffle to win themed prizes. For more details on ‘Cowboy Santas’ and items to donate, visit:

Paddington’s Book Reading feat. special guest reader Daniel ‘Chorizo’ Franco from La Grande 107.5FM

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Bea’s Kids Learning Center, 1515 Metrocrest Drive, Building 1517 – Unit 127, Carrollton, TX 75006

Note: Daniel ‘Chorizo’ Franco will read Paddington book to children from Bea’s Kids Learning Center and Villas de la Colonia residential complex. There will be plush bears and activity sheets.

Sunday, December 21:

Paddington and the Photo Booth at Grapevine Mills

Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Grapevine Mills,3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051

Note: With a special Paddington-branded photo booth, families can take a family photo with Paddington!

Monday, December 22:

Paddington and One Warm Coat at NorthPark Center

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: NorthPark Center, 8687 N Central Expy., Dallas, TX 75225

Note: In honor of Paddington’s iconic coats, we will be collecting coat donations on behalf of ONE WARM COAT with the help of local Girls Scouts. Everyone that donates a new or used coat will be entered in a raffle to win themed prizes. For more details on One Warm Coat, visit:


RELEASE: January 16, 2015


SCREENPLAY: Paul King, Emma Thompson, Hamish McColl

CAST: Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walter, Peter Capaldi


SYNOPSIS: From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist

TRAILER - @paddingtonmovie #PADDINGTON

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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

The world of Middle Earth that was created by J.R.R. Tolkien began in 1937 as a fantasy novel called The Hobbit. It's popularity eventually developed into the much larger work in the Lord of the Rings series. It was pretty much a guaranteed that filmmakers would eventually bring the stories of the Shire and the One Ring of Power to the big screen especially utilizing the advances in CGI. Peter Jackson's live action adaptations began with the trilogy in 2001 before the sequel to those stories began in 2012. The small book was stretched out to three films and have pretty much ended our journey with the hobbits, elves, wizards, orcs and men of Tolkien's beloved world. The last of the series was once again directed by Peter Jackson who also wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro.

After last year's The Desolation of Smaug, the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent (Benedict Cumberbatch) is now laying waste to the Laketown for associating with the Dwarfs that want Lonely Mountain. Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) having broke out of prison during the destruction is aided by his son Bain (Ken Stott) in killing the the gold crazed dragon. The townspeople look to Bard as their leader with the encouragement of the former leader's lackey Alfrid (Ryan Gage). They decide to move to Dale near Lonely Mountain to hopefully get the reward promised by the Dwarf King Thorin. But he's also being driven mad from gold fever and blockades the entrance to Erebor.

Meanwhile Galadreil (Cate Blanchett) frees Gandalf (Ian McKellen) from Dol Guldur. Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) help her battle the Nazgûl. They know they must warn the Free people of the evil Sauron's return. (The events after this is the beginning of the Lord of the Rings series). Gandalf comes to Erebor to warn Thorin that many armies will be headed towards the Lonely Mountain now that the dragon is dead and the mountain cave is filled with gold. The first of them is the Elf troops lead by Thranduil (Lee Pace) who wants the Arkenstone. Bilbo (Martin Freeman) who is concerned by the change in King Thorin and his obsession with the Arkenstone along with the gold, bring the precious stone to Thrandruil and Bard so they may use it to barter with the Dwarf King. Just then Thorin's cousin shows up with Dwarf reinforcements to fight the Elves, but just as suddenly they must unite to fight the Orcs that are bearing down on the town of Dale and the Lonely Mountain.

Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) are also on hand to help fight Orcs. There is also a tease on a back story for Legolas who doesn't want to return to his father. Maybe they will do some character based stories of the denizens of Middle earth to keep the franchise alive.

Unless you are familiar with the books, or just did a marathon with the other movies, it's hard to tell who is who and why. The Dwarfs with their hairy faces look pretty much alike. Only the romance with Kili (Aidan Turner) and Tauriel the Elf stands out. The rest of the movie is grand battle sequence with the various armies. They eventually lead little moments that foretell omens of what would soon lead to the Fellowship of the Rings. It's not a bad idea to pop those in the DVD player when you get back from the movie. The performances are to be expected, and the music is filled with those Middle Earth refrains. It's nice, somewhat forgettable and a forlorn relief that it's all over.
(Review by reesa)

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Movies scheduled 12/14-12/20

It is that time again to help celebrate Big Fan Boy! All he asks is that you bring a toy for the Toys for Tots drive. He will have all kinds of movie swag to hand out and cupcakes while they last. It is at 5 p.m. at the Angelika Dallas. So make sure to head on over there and have a blast!

I know we are all having problems with GOFOBO but I don't work for them so if you have problems contact them.

If you have any questions please email at

Sunday Dec. 14th

Monday Dec. 15th

Into the Woods 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark

Tuesday Dec. 16th

The Wedding Ringer 7:30 p.m. SMG Northwest Hwy.
American Sniper 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas
The Duff 7:30 p.m. Angelika Dallas

Wednesday Dec. 17th

Unbroken 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
The Gambler 7:30 p.m. Cinemark 17
Unbroken 7:30 p.m. Cinemark 17

Thursday Dec. 18th

Into the Woods 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark
The Interview 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark

Friday Dec. 19th

Saturday Dec. 20th

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings

The 2014 offering Exodus: Gods and Kings is definitely not your mama's Ten Commandments and Christian Bale pales, next to the heroic, manly portrayal by
Charlton Heston, as this decade's Moses. In RIdley Scott's capable directorial hands, this rendition aspires to be epic in scope and is quite visually stunning in what
feels to be a fairly well done 3-D (enjoyed the effects of the many fires and sunlight), yet we are forced to listen to a rather empty script that is pretty
devoid of emotion, soul, passion for much of anything. Most spoken words are straight on a to the point. The cast should have shone much more for it features Bale,
Joel Edgerton as Egyptian brother, Ramesses, John Turturro as an oddly interesting Seti the First (Ramesses' father), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as slave Joshua,
Maria Valverde, an enchanting Zepporah (Moses's wife) and Sigourney Weaver as Queen Tuya. Ben Kinsley portrays Hebrew elder, Nun, with his usual seriousness,
(he has to tell Moses what his real job and heritage is) but he is also the only one who's religious depth of belief was even remotely believable.

Bale, while portrayed as brother, beloved son, husband, father and liberator really lacked depth of character and a real spirited passion. He spent a fair amount
of time listening to a young boy advise him (Issac Andrews as Malak- God in child form) and appeared often to be talking to himself. All in all he just seemed a little
lost most of the time but we are sure it is tough being born to be an instrument of God that 400,000 people are depending on after 400 years.

Remesses, of course, suffers through all those plagues with his wife, even some I don't think a couple were mentioned in The Bible. Still they
the plagues were fairly interesting to watch play out. Most know the story or know where to read it at so no real spoilers here. The most heartless plague is also the most
breathtaking to watch unfold without the creeping fog effects this time. The scope is wide and the scale is large. Filmed in Spain, there are landscapes we haven't really
explored before. Exodus is definitely worth a ticket to see the special effects Scott has put on screen and to take a listen to the appropriately sweeping score.
But be prepared for a bit of a lag in the middle and for most of the awesome visuals to come in the second half.

Christians, Jews and those diversity sensitive may take issue in some areas with representation, and the critics will have issue with the script, length, lack of character
development and some of the acting (and accents), I thought it was a pretty good time taking a peek at the story in just a little but different light. The ending is pretty darn
unfulfilling and leaves those who are not Bible scholars scratching their heads a little. Were is not being marketed to the masses at PG-13, perhaps a few more liberties
might have been taken with the story line. It will surely be a topic of conversation for at least a couple of weeks. Go see it. Have some fun and just don't try to take it too seriously.
(Review by Cheryl Wurtz)

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Thursday, December 11, 2014


Reese Witherspoon has a particular charisma that makes her so popular on the big screen. She's got that sweet girl next door look, but with a steely disposition that can take care of business. Even when playing characters that seem like air-heads or woefully falling in and out of love, she manages to make herself connect with the audience. In this new feature directed by Dallas Buyer's Club Jean-Marc Vallée who successfully took one individual's journey in the world of HIV, he takes another real-life story of her experience on a trek of self discovery. It is written by novelist Nick Hornsby who adopted the screenplay from Cheryl Strayed's 2012 best selling novel Wild:From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Cheryl (Witherspoon) begins her long hike at the beginning of the trail near the Mexican border. She stuffs her backpack with all her new equipment until it's so large that she can barely put it on her back. A novice at long term hiking she obviously is carrying more than necessary, and some of the stuff doesn't work forcing her to eat cold oatmeal for the first leg of the walk. The tale flashes back to what brought Cheryl to this point in life. The end of her marriage to Paul (Thomas Sadoski), the death of her beloved hippie mom Bobbi (Laura Dern), and a horrific spell with heroin and wanton sex. She is driven to the point where her life has to be rebooted. When she sees a book on a grocery store shelf about the PCT, she decides the 1,100 mile trail would be the best way to exorcise her personal demons.

Tracks with Mia Wasikowska was a similar story only across the deserts of Australia. A lone woman with camels tests herself against the elements. But it was hard to understand why she had to complete those hard miles with only her camels, aborigines, and a National Geographic photographer to keep her company. Cheryl walks, talks to her self, plays her life in her mind, letting her anger and forgiveness wash away until she can reach the main problem. At each trail log in stops where hikers make notes to each other of their journey, Cheryl writes quotes from her favorite writers which soon makes her almost legendary. Not many women hike the trail alone as she does. Hikers have regular places to refresh, have real food, collect their mail and make phone calls. Who knew that R.E.I. would exchange boots for her via mail to the next station because the ones she had were too small causing her to loose her toenails. There are some days she just wants to give it up. The harsh climates, the heavy load, the weird characters hiking out there threatening sexual harassment. Not mention wild life including a hallucinated fox. She stops and refreshes at small towns for a night in a motel room and a hot shower.

Witherspoon who also produced the film, leaves a good impression for the awards shortlist in this subtle, vulnerable, and intimate character. She brilliantly conveys with little dialogue the real angst and loneliness until she is able to love and forgive herself. It's a story that may not get you to physically walk that trail, but understand the necessity when she reaches the end of the trail at the Bridge of the Gods.
(Review by reesa)

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

As the popularity of faith based films become more main stream, it's a short leap before big budget Hollywood extravaganzas will follow suit. Directed by Ridley Scott, known for Alien, Prometheus, and American Gangster tackles a Biblical tale of Moses leading the Hebrews from Egypt. For most people these stories are remembered from the Cecil B. Demille's The Ten Commandments with it's casts of thousands. Ridley's version is like a throw back to those old classics only on steroids. Bigger and badder special effects, same angst filled Moses and his jealous brother Ramesses II. It's an interesting retelling that is entertaining and visually stimulating and fortunately no 2x4 smack across the head with some religious message. Point in fact, there's really no message at all.

In 1300 B.C.E. Moses (Christian Bale), who was adopted by Pharaoh Seti I (John Turturro) after being found in a basket floating on the river was raised as a brother to Prince Ramesses II (Joel Edgerton). He is a respected general getting ready to attack the Hittite army before they attack Memphis. The Oracle (Indira Varma), who also delivers the funniest lines in the movie, tells the Pharaoh of a prophesy of a leader being saved and the savior becoming the leader. Ramsesses already has some issues with his father favoring Moses and ignores Moses suggestions for the battle plan. Which of course results in the prophesy coming to fruition. Seti I gives Ramesses a task to meet with the Viceroy Hegep (played with great swagger by Ben Mendelsohn) who oversees the Hebrew slaves. Moses sees up close the horrible conditions and saves one slave, Joshua (Aaron Paul) from a beating. He meets with the elder Nun (Ben Kingsley) who later tells him that he was really born from a slave.

After Seti I passes his throne to his heir, Hegep who was insulted by Moses' attitude towards him tells the new Pharaoh about Moses. Ramsses is jealous of his brother, he can't hide his fondness for him. So instead of killing him as Queen Tuya (Sigourney Weaver) urges, he exiles Moses from Memphis. Before he leaves he meets his birth mother and sister who tell him his real name is Moishe.

Wandering the desert he comes to Midian where he meets his future wife Zipporah (Maria Valverde) and they have a son Gershom. Ten years later, Moses is knocked unconscious from a rock slide and sees a burning bush and a boy called Malak (Issac Andrews) who tells him it's time to go back and lead his people out of slavery. His brother is happy to see that he has survived, but can't agree to Moses' plan on equal rights and pay for the Hebrews. Moses has little talks with Malak (which one side is overheard by Joshua, who should begin to question Moses' ability to lead) who tells him about the plagues that will affect Egypt and force the Pharaoh to capitulate to the demands. Which of course ends up in the great march out of Memphis with the Pharaoh's army in pursuit when he changes his mind.

There are some great chariot battle scenes, the the plagues are cool, the final chase across the Red Sea with the big wave threatening the final showdown. All edge of your seat stuff. The acting of course is good with the capable cast. This re-imagining is better than Noah and it's Lord of the Rings battling trees. But it still lacks something. At one point Moses, frustrated and losing faith, basically let's Jesus take the wheel and Ridley Scott must have done that too.
(Review by reesa)

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Golden Globes Nominations 2015

This year’s Golden Globes Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air on NBC on Jan. 11.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Into the Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actor, Drama
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything

Best Actress, Drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Animated Motion Picture

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie
How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majeure
Tangerines Mandarinid

Best Screenplay
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Song
“Big Eyes,” by Lana Del Ray—Big Eyes
“Glory,” by John Legend & Common—Selma
“Mercy Is,” by Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye—Noah
“Opportunity,” by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck—Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” by Lorde—Mockingjay

Best Original Score, Motion Picture
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best TV Drama

The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best Actress, TV Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor, TV Drama

Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, Mom
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Girls (HBO)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Transparent (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Jane the Virgin (CW)

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-series

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor, The Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo

Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-series

Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best TV Movie or Mini-series

The Normal Heart (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
The Missing (Starz)

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