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, August 13, 2017

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Aug 13 - Aug 19

Well the calendar on our Yahoo Group has been unavailable for the past week or so. So the following screenings may not be totally complete. If you know of something that is not listed. Please send me an email.

Just want to mention an incident that happened the other night at AMC Mesquite screening of the Hitman's Bodyguard. We had gotten in the theater and selected our seats, and put our belongings on them so we could go to the concessions, when a woman decided that one of our seats belonged to her so moved my friend's bag and sat down. When we told her that was basically uncool, she pulled the self righteous attitude card and refused to budge. After conversing with management and security, the situation was resolved when someone willing gave up his seat to accommodate the woman. Thank you to him. I doubt these people belong to our group and don't know that WE, at Dallas Movie Screenings, don't do stuff like that, right?

Aug 13 - Aug 19

Mon - Aug 14

A Trip to Spain - 7:00 pm - Magnolia

Tue - Aug 15

The Hitman's Bodyguard - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Wed - Aug 16

The Hitman's Bodyguard - 7:30 pm - Cinemark 17

Sat - Aug 19

Leap - 10:00 am - Angelika Dallas

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wind River

(Review by Chase Lee

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Brigsby Bear

(Review by Chase Lee)

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The Only Living Boy In New York

(Review by Chase Lee)

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower” -- I have been like a kid in the candy store waiting for “The Dark Tower Tower” to come out. The cast, including Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are solid in their particular roles. Elba’s part is of Roland Deschan, the gunslinger, who for all intents and purposes is like a real-life knight of old. He no longer uses a sword, rather a gun that suffices as a weapon. McConaughey is an evil creature simply referred to as the man in black. His identity is that of Walter a , who cares very little for life in the least. He nonchalantly kills some of his servants without a care in the world.

Tom Taylor brings a sense of knowhow and smart sense to life as Jake Chambers, an 11 year-old kid deals with a fiction that becomes fact. He ventures into Mid-World, a link between the real world and another place that is a fiction.

It took more than a decade, but Stephen King s adaptation of his epic fantasy western hybrid finally made it to the silver screen. Quite a few years ago, “House of Sand and Fog” helmer Vladlim Perelman was attached to direct his adaptation of “The Dark Tower, but often times a mere handshake is not a guarantee of seeing his vision was going to do justice to The Dark Tower.

Obviously his vision did not pass the muster with producer Ron Howard, who actually took the reins for director Nikolaj Arcel who usually spends time scribing films like “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Now, this is going back to the 2009 original with Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyvqist. That particular entry was on my ten best list for the 2009 year.

What people need to realize is that King just has his name attached, nothing more. His one directorial effort behind the camera was 1986 s awful “Maximum Overdrive” a popcorn flick headline d by Emilio Estevez. It was not a good movie in the least. Pure drivel, trust me.

A lot of King adaptations are amongst my favorite movies of all time. That would be 1994’s epic drama that was “The Shawshank Redemption,” the fictional story about a convict wrongfully sentenced for a murder he didn’t commit. I also admired his take on 1999’s “The Green Mile,” in which Tom Hanks was a prison guard in the 1930’s and had to oversee the dreaded mile of the title. Michael Clarke Duncan was Oscar-nominated for his role as John Coffey, a giant man who constantly states his name is not spelled the same way as that tasty morning beverage.

The trouble is with most King adaptations, he just sells the rights to use his name, nothing more, nothing less.

King will be a household name because the television episodes spun from “The Dark Tower” will be seguing to TV screens this fall in some capacity as well as the new Mr. Mercedes, a Brendan Gleeson-led tale which will have interesting and dynamic characters galore.

Grade: B-
(Review by Ricky Miller)

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68 Kill

** (out of ****)

Pulp fiction of the below-the-belt variety, 68 Kill features characters who are supremely unlikable, and that seems about right. It’s a movie, written and directed by Trent Haaga and based on the novel by Bryan Smith, that ultimately places our characters’ moral compasses on about the same level as each other. The so-called hero is thus no better than the villains by the time he’s making his quick getaway, and it only takes a savage amount of senseless violence to bring us to that point of intended catharsis. That is not a problem in itself. The problem, then, is the degree to which we dislike the hero.

Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler, fine for what he’s given, which isn’t much) is introduced to us as the pathetic man-toy for Liza (AnnaLynne McCord), a dominatrix in and out of the sheets. Their throes of passion have duped the man into believing that he loves her, and then, over the course of a particularly eventful night, he doubts that conviction. This might be the specific thing about Chip that ingratiates the audience to the character, but the length of time it takes for him to come to this realization (almost the length of the entire night, basically) makes it impossible to feel even the remotest sympathy beyond fleeting pity.

That’s because Liza, a sex worker written as an impossibly judgmental shrew, concocts a plan to steal $68,000 from one of her clients. That plan inevitably turns on its ear when she kills the man and his wife upon her and Chip’s arrival at their lavish place of residence. As they are about to leave with the money, a hostage situation develops, as another of the client’s potential conquests, a scantily-clad young woman named Violet (Alisha Boe), stumbles upon their bodies. Chip, after noticing Violet’s appealing figure (a real charmer, this one), attempts to help her, but Liza decides in favor of kidnap.

From here, the innocent sweetness of what came before (Please note the sarcasm dripping from those words) turns decidedly toward ugliness, even as the points of the zigzagging plot manage to become more interesting. The film is not merely about extended kidnap but about subverting one’s expectations of that plot as it enters and exits each act. The first act is the robbery-cum-abduction. The second act features Violet’s turn to have her way with Chip, a relationship that bears its own form of seductive/sadistic control. The third act, which disposes almost completely of both previous subplots, regards the sadomasochistic behavior of a seeming innocent in a gas station clerk named Monica (Sheila Vand).

That third act is both the strongest, in clarity of vision and in the performance from Vand (whose menace matches well with a cold, clever gaze that never falters), and the most problematic, in that it sums up, in an opposite-of-graceful way, the film’s regressive view of its female characters and its hero. Chip fears and despises these women, and so does the movie. Its vitriol passes for humor, especially as Chip escapes this nightmarish circle of hell into which the women he hates placed him, and that vitriol is what separates the displeasure of watching 68 Kill from the enjoyable grindhouse pleasures for which it is aiming.
(Review by Joel Copling)

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Aug 6 - Aug 12

Wow...didn't post the weekly calendar yesterday. Forgot it was Sunday.

Remember if a movie theater is offering passes to it's membership, you really can't give your pass to someone else. For the Stubbs screening you have to show your member's card. I'm not sure about Cinemark. They may ID people.

August 6 - August 12

Mon - Aug 7

AGFA Secret Screening - 7:00 pm - Alamo Drafthouse Richardson
Wind River - 7:00 pm - Angelika Dallas

Tue - Aug 8

Step - 7:00 pm - Angelika Dallas
Annabelle Creation - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
The Glass Castle - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark
The Hitman's Bodyguard -7:30 pm - Cinemark 17, Cinemark Frisco, Cinemark West

Wed - Aug 9

The Hitman's Bodyguard - 7:00 - AMC Northpark, Firewheel, Grapevine, Mesquite, Arlington
Annabelle Creation - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

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