The Dallas Movie Screening Group

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Movies scheduled 11/2311/29


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Thanksgiving week already, where did the year go? Hope you don’t eat too much turkey!! Be safe if you are going to brave the crowds on Black Friday!!

Well this week I went to the movie and was so upset. Yep two seats down from me was a big talker during the movies. Yes I normally try to stay away from him but alas he sat close by. Please be kind to the people around you and not talk during the movie. You may think you are not talking loud but guess what you are! There is no need to say hey that guy is dead, yes we know he were not under a rock. But thanks for pointing that out! (sarcasm)



Now on to the second thing that bugs me. I have heard a lot of people won Mockingjay part 1 tickets but by the time they went to get their tickets all the tickets were gone. So whomever is forwarding out their winning email and letting all their friends go and taking away from people who actually won isn’t playing by the rules. Come on now, how would you feel to have won, then check it out and bam all the tickets were gone. I don’t think you would be happy about that, now would you? So the moral of this is let’s play fair and let all the people who won get their tickets!



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Sunday Nov. 23rd

Raging Bull Sunset Annette Strauss Square


Monday Nov. 24th


Tuesday Nov. 25th


Wednesday Nov. 26th


Thursday Nov. 27th

Thanksgiving


Friday Nov. 28th

Saturday Nov. 29th







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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1




The third book of The Hunger Games series based on the trilogy by Suzanne Collins has been broken down into two movies. The screenplay written by Danny Strong and Peter Craig ends the story with the expected cliff hanger to whet the appetite of all young adult book and movie fans. For newbies to the story, it's advised to have seen the previous films (you don't have to read the books unless you want to) to get sense of the world of Panem and why Katniss Everdeen is the reluctant hero of the rebellion. Directed once more by Francis Lawrence the build up is setting Katniss on the path of fighting the evil President Snow in the Capitol. But like all stories that have no ending, it just makes the viewer more frustrated having to wait until next year to see the conclusion.

Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss, the tribute that escaped the Third Quarter Quell and shattered the Games forever by shooting an arrow that destroys the force field of the arena. She wakes up in District 13 which has become the spearhead of the new rebellion. District 13's President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) wants Katniss to become the Mockingjay poster child. She reluctantly agrees only if the still captured tributes in the Capitol are granted immunity. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is being used as spokesperson for the Capitol to manipulate Katniss into not joining the rebels. Angry and confused Katniss is distrustful of Coin and Pultarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who finished his filming for Part 1 before his death) who want her to film these propaganda clips to inspire revolt. Her old boyfriend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) takes her to her old District 12 which was destroyed after she escaped. Later when Katniss and the film crew (led by Natalie Dormer as Cressida) visit District 8. The injured at the hospital give her the Mockingjay salute and she realizes that she may be part of that hope.

The movie crawls slowly as Katniss angsts over her role in the plan, although she knows that the government should be overturned. She is also worried sick over Peeta's messages and wants District 13 to rescue the captured tributes including Finnick's girlfriend Annie, and Johanna (Jenna Malone). Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) now forced reluctantly into District 13's overalls lightens the movie's dark tones as Katniss's stylist and manager. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy who is now sober is back offering sound advise and a shoulder to cry one. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) who has an affinity for white roses (the reason is given towards the climax of the movie) remains the boogie man who is one step ahead of the rebels taunting and killing along the way.

Jennifer Lawrence is still the next big thing on screen. As Katniss they bring her long hair tumbling around her face to give her a more vulnerable and fragile look. Then more fierce in her designer rebel outfit created for her propaganda clips. Her best accessory are the exploding arrow heads. Sutherland eats up the screen as the smarmy President Snow and his creepy white roses. And Hutcherson who must of lost a ton of weight as the tortured Peeta who wins Katniss's heart from the stoic Gale.

This movie will make money no matter what. If you are fan of the movie and there are ton of them out there, it's a nice addition, but still seems stretched out and lacking. Lacking an ending.
(Review by reesa)


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Citizenfour




Wow, how scary is it really? Are we just cattle moving in a heard and blind by our entertainment and funny videos? “Citizenfour” drags us right into the sea of Edward Snowden’s serious delivery of possibly the US’s most famous piece of classified information. This film is about the NSA super hack into the privacy of millions upon millions of unaware Americans as well as some countries. It follows the name read on multiple TV screens at the time of the release of this information, Edward Snowden.

Now being a citizen I used to think as probably a lot of people did that this was just another guy in big trouble with the US. I had no idea of what Mr. Snowden went through or was trying to do with what information he had. This film revealed the intimate room where the release of this humungous story took place. Edward Snowden is lying on a couch spewing out in layman’s terms the software the NSA had to gather millions of records from telecom companies. He was filmed by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras who was taking a significant risk by just being there. The events around that time take place one after the other. The White House says that they want Snowden back for a “proper hearing’ and that they were going to do something about the NSA a while ago. A man who worked for the NSA for decades reveals what he was told to do while there and that he was threatened by authorities to stay silent. Meetings are held by countries and Europe to address this imminent problem. This was and still is a magnificent problem that yelled to American citizens that what they did or said was on a screen accessible within the click of a button. Privacy was thrown out the window and life was monitored by a governmental agency. The man who interviews Snowden is Glen Greenwald, a journalist living in Rio de Janeiro. The man questions the safety of all of them and what information Snowden has. There are constant looks out the window for spies from the hotel room where the camera starts rolling. If the public isbelieving in a democracy that is strong, I think this film proves an opposite point. We are told by this piece to point attention towards majorly important issues that will shape our lives in the future and now. The public citizen is told to stand up for injustice in the most hammering way possible.
(Review by Wyatt Head)



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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Movies Scheduled 11/16-11/22

Okay so last week I went to the movies and have not done so in a long time. A couple of things really bothered me. First of all they moved us, sure we have been moved before but before people were nice enough to keep their place in line. Sure I was the third person in line but when they moved us someone tried to get in my spot in line and trust me I wasn’t having that at all! Now then second thing that bugged me was someone got his popcorn and drink. Sure you can do that but get back in line and don’t stay at the front of the line so you can just blend in when they let start to let us in. Yes I said excuse me when you tried to get in front of me, not going to happen!



Now before all the “asking” of passes for Mockingjay Part 1, most of the sites didn’t get many passes so I doubt that people would give up their passes unless something came up and couldn’t go. Yes even I have entered all of the contests for this one. So good luck to us all!


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Sunday Nov. 16th


Monday Nov. 17th


Tuesday Nov. 18th

Mockingjay Part 1 7:00 p.m. AMC Northpark
Flashpoint 9:00 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse


Wednesday Nov. 19th

Horrible Bosses 2 7:30 p.m. TBA
The Wedding Ringer 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark


Thursday Nov. 20th

Horrible Bosses 2 7:30 p.m. AMC Northpark


Friday Nov. 21st

Saturday Nov. 22nd

The Penguins of Madagascar 10:00 a.m. Angelika Dallas





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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rosewater




Rosewater is the directorial debut of political comedian, Jon Stewart, of The Daily Show. And it is a solid, moderately impressive first effort. The film is the retelling of the arrest and imprisonment of Maziar Bahari in Iran during the political elections. Bahari is a journalist who was born and raised in Iran. In the year 2009, he returned to cover the presidential election at a time when Iran was trying to make a change and there were charges of election fraud. Protests followed the election, mostly put on by the young, educated and informed (via forbidden satellite dishes which brought in all manner of information to those hungry for it.....and for political reform. They occurred as a challenge to the results that kept President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in office. Soon after, Bahari filmed news video of rioting protesters being shot by police and released it to the world..His arrest came as a result. It did not help him that his father had been imprisoned as a communist under The Shah and his sister had also spent six years in prison before her early death.

The film was made in Jordan and stars Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal as Newsweek journalist Bahari. Iranian actresses Golshifteh Farahani and Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) star as Maziar's sister and mother. Soon after his mother's apartment is invaded and Bahari's room is searched for "pornography" and illegal videos, he is taken, imprisoned in solitary confinement, and tortured. One would have expected a full blown expose on the horrific conditions in an Iranian prison for "spies", but most of the torture in this film is extremely psychological. The verbal delivery of words, the removal and application of a blindfold (which he wore most of the time) and the touch of a hand on a shoulder or head are conducted in ways that make one's skin crawl with the desperation a 118 day imprisonment must have felt like. A scene where Bahari is outside, feel for and reaches with his hand the area of the wall where the sun shines is quite powerful. He cannot see it, being blind folded, and only can access it by feeling for its warmth as its light moves higher up on the prison wall.

Ironically, is was a satirical piece starring Bahari, in real life on the Daily Show that led the prison officers to feel they had "proof" that Bahari was indeed a spy. Middle Eastern Rosewater manufacturing was shown in the very beginning of the film, but what is not intially realized by the viewer is that one of the interrogators or "specialists" (played by Kim Bodnia) always smelled of Rosewater. The sensory deprived Bahari would always smell it during a "Specialist session". As time wears on, Bahari must find ways to stay optimistic and hopeful, and know that others on the outside had not forgotten him. He transforms his experience into a sort of coming out before he is released. Bahari brought a certain level of comedy into the mix, and exerted what freedoms he still had and expressed himself in ways that he still could. To see his emerging self empowerment on the screen is one aspect that helps to keep the viewer engaged and interested. That in the face of possibly losing his life, these things could sustain him in solitary is a real life testament to Bahari's fortitude. Bahari's wife ended up leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and media outlets in the west keept the story perinent. Stewart makes use of some visual image film techniques that really add to the enjoyment of the film. Bahari eventually told his story through a New York Timesbest selling book. "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival." The film Rosewater is a finely put together and powerful drama that reminds us of the power that the human mind can have over its circumstances.
(Review by Cheryl Wurtz)





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Theory of Everything




Pop culture icon and scientific genius Stephen Hawking best known for his book A Brief History of Time has always been seen trapped in his ALS tortured body speaking from a computer interface. People don't necessarily think about Hawking before having active life before he became disabled. His ex-wife's memoir Travelling to Infinity:My Life with Stephen is the basis of the new movie directed by James March (Project Nim and Man on a Wire) with a screenplay by Anthony McCarten. The story covers his time at the University in Cambridge, England during the 1960's, the romance, his sickness, and his ultimate fame. Eddie Redmayne's performance as Hawking is already garnering accolades with suggestions for the awards season.

Hawking (Redmayne) was a brilliant PHD candidate, but he had not settled on the choice of his discipline until he hears a seminar from mathematician Roger Penrose who inspires his exploration of gravitational singularity theorems. While his resulting PHD theory is considered brilliant, the movie is mostly about the relationship he has with Jane (Felicity Jones), a French and Spanish Major. There's an immediate attraction between Hawking and Jane despite their disagreements on religion. After he is diagnosed and only given two more years to live he struggles with depression. But Jane steadfastly keeps him going and decides to marry him. They are romantically happy, having babies, and Hawking continues with his work which over the years brings him much acclaim.

ALS may damage his body, but his brain remains active and engaged. Jane has put off her own field of study to care for the increasing demands on her husband's care and that of her children. But she battles on, until her mother suggests joining the choir at the church. It gives her time away from the stress at home and also introduces her to the handsome choir director Jonathan Hellyer Jones (Charlie Cox). Hawking realizes that his wife needs help and they agree to have Jonathan become part of their family. Although Hawking and Jane's parents can see the writing on the wall, the introduction of the new nurse Elaine (Maxine Peake), and the demand for Hawking's lecture tours, the long suffering couple inevitably decide to part.

The passage of time is told through the changes in fashion, the costume design is really highlighted in this movie going from the 1960's until the 1990's. As well as Hawking's gradual physical deterioration from stumbling, to having to use a wheelchair, to losing the ability to communicate. Redmayne's portrayal of Hawking through these stages will draw comparison's to Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. The slurred speech patterns and physical contortions he had to endure brings the Stephen Hawking to life. Felicity Jones, while not as showy as Remayne, gives a strong performance as the ever suffering wife who stands by her man. Wish there was more science involved, but this is basically a love story and a story of human endurance of a brilliant mind.
(Review by reesa)


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Beyond the Lights





Director/writer Gina Prince-Bythewood who also did The Secret Life of Bees and Love & Basketball is back with another satisfying story which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The story about the relationship of a young singer, her manager mother and an unlikely lover, also exposes the objectification of women in the music industry. While talent will help one get to the top, it's more of how much you are willing to sell as dictated by the men in charge of the record labels who promote the artist as a product.

Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who was brilliant in Belle) plays a Brixton English young woman who once sang a Nina Simone song as a kid for a local talent contest. Her mother Macy Jean (Minnie Driver) makes her give up her 1rst place trophy that she won because it wasn't good enough. Now grown up Noni is promoting her single she did with rap star Kid Culprit (Richard Colson Baker) at the Billboard Awards show. In the music video she is dressed in barely there costumes, singing suggestible lyrics, and tasteless tramp dancing. She is being pimped to become the next big thing. Noni has a moment of crisis after the performance and when she returns to her police guarded hotel room, her mother and Kaz (Nate Parker) the guard find her sitting at the edge of the balcony in a state of distress. Using his police skills, Kaz tries to talk her from the edge, and ends up saving her life when she makes a leap. Her suicide attempt is hushed up by her record label who wants to delay her record release until the scandal has blown over. Her mother insists that everything is OK, that Noni was just a little drunk and had an accident. They try to pay off Kaz to make sure that he doesn't tell the truth. Tabloids try to buy the truth from Kaz as their exclusive.

Kaz's father Captain Nicol (Danny Glover) advises his son to keep up the charade. Kaz is being touted the hero and they want to use this moment in the spotlight to promote Kaz's introduction into politics. But Kaz is a decent thoughtful young man, and the lie is hard for him to justify. He's worried that Noni is not getting the help she needs. So he talks to her again and thus begins their attraction to each other. Is Noni being nice to him to keep his mouth shut? Is Kaz using her to boost his career goals? Macy and Captain Nicol think their budding relationship is not good for either of them. Noni's image would not sit well for and up and coming councilman.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is beautiful and vulnerable as the singer who has lost her way by doing everything for everyone and nothing for her self. Kaz is frustrated by her celebrity lifestyle especially when he's able to see the talented and sensitive young woman underneath the weaves and makeup. The movie follows Noni's journey to discover and accept her real self. Kaz is also being manipulated by others to fit a certain image of politics. While it's a touching love story about two improbable love birds, it's also a commentary on the sexualization of women in music and the struggle to win artistic independence.
(Review by reesa)



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