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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hustlers






The new Jennifer Lopez movie is not a showpiece for her entirely. Rather, it is about dancers and the con they each pull on their clients. Lopez is just part of the ensemble, that includes Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Vanessa (Vanessa Aspillaga), Lili Reinhart, Carli B and Keke Palmer. Also included is Elizabeth, (Julia Stiles “Save the Last Dance, “10 Things I Hate About You””) doing an expose piece on all the shenanigans the group encountered.

“Hustlers” works only part of the time, since the entire storyline lacks focus on where it wants to go. The best part involves an entire sequence wherein, the troupe gathers around the holidays and Christmas.

“Hustlers” falls into the category of being “based on a true story.” Sure, this is an intriguing aspect, but it does not mean I have to like it. It did hold my attention, but for a portion of the time I was actually bored.

“Hustlers” wants to have shock value, but even with the existence of Paul Vehoeven’s NC-17 “Showgirls,” there is just something missing in the mix altogether. There are portions that are intriguing, but in the end, “Hustlers” is like a giant peanut butter and jelly sandwich that is missing a key ingredient.

“Hustlers” was helmed by Lorene Scafaria, who did a decent job with the camera. Besides the parts where doldrums settled in, the rest of the movie actually works. Great support came in from Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehll, who plays Lopez’s mother, only referred to as Mother. She bartends where Lopez’s Ramona works.

Also intriguing to the plot are the familial plot points involved, since Wu lives with her grandmother, (Wai Ching Ho). The scenes with both Wu’s “Destiny strike the right chords for her part of the tale.

As a point of reference, in comparison to Andrew Bergman’s “Striptease,” (1996) wherein Demi Moore was a topless dancer dealing with cads and lotharios in Florida. I did not hate that movie as much, since Ving Rhames was great as well as Burt Reynolds had some great scenes and lines.

I really wanted to like this movie, but in the end, I just gave it a shrug of the soldiers with a “meh” response and say I’ve seen better, and I’ve seen worse.

Grade: C-
(Review by Ricky Miller)




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Ad Astra








(Review by Chase Lee)




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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Sept 15 - Sept 21



September is blah. So little to chose from. At least I will save gas. Didn't get passes for anything.

Of course if you have heard of anything that is not listed here, please share with the group.


Sept 15 - Sept 21


Wed - Sept 18

Downton Abbey - 7:30 pm - Angelika

Sat - Sept 21

Abominable - 10:00 am - Angelika



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Friday, September 13, 2019

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice






In December Linda Ronstadt will be a 2019 Kennedy Center honoree along with Sesame Street, Sally Fields and Earth, Wind and Fire. So it is fitting that this documentary by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman shines a light on her remarkable career and her amazing voice. Her various contemporary musician friends offer bits of memories and insight to her success. There is really no one else like her in today's music scene of singer/songwriters. Linda didn't write her own music, but she managed to make other writer's work all her own.

She grew up on a 10 acre ranch in Arizona. Her father wrote musical arrangements so she was exposed to different genres of sound like American standards, Mexican, country, classical and operetta. Her brother sang with a world class children's choir. She would later perform with her brother and sister at little clubs. She moved to Los Angeles when she was 18 going to the clubs that gave a stage to new performers. Herb Cohen who managed Frank Zappa brought her to the studio for 1967’s “Different Drum” with her first band the Stone Poneys. It was a huge hit. Going on a east coast tour, Don Henley and Glen Frey (later of the Eagles) were brought in. She fell in love with J.D. Southern and moved in with him. She turned the Eagles song Desperado's into a major hit. Linda had performed as a backup singer for Neil Young then later was the opening act for his tour in Canada.

Linda was good friends with women artists. She took in Emmy Lou Harris after the death of her partner Gram Parsons. She turns power ballads into hits for writer Karla Bonoff and was like a sister to Bonnie Raitt. Linda was a song stylist. At one time she had number one hits on three charts at one time. On an arena tour with Jackson Browne, they would take turns opening and closing. She was never comfortable on the road. Most of the time she would be the only woman. Other arena band performers jumped around the stage trying to generate energy with the audience. Linda would just stand at the microphone and use her vocals to fill the room. She was mesmerizing and she managed to win a Grammy for best singer beating out Barbra Streisand and Donna Summers.

Tired of doing arena tours which were always sold out, she switches gears and does Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. Co-star Kevin Kline says he cried when he heard her sing. Her next adventure was to do Nelson Riddle standards. Then she did a trio album with Dolly Parton, and Emmy Lou Harris. She tells her record label that she wants to do an album of Mexican songs for herself. Her father had sung to her in Spanish when she was growing up. Her last big hit with Aaron Neville won 2 Grammy's. Then she began to lose her voice. Her last concert was in 2009.

Like her grandmother, Linda has been diagnosed with Parkinsons. Although her voice has been silenced, except for maybe singing with her family, she has left an amazing catalog of music to enjoy forever. Hopefully this film will bring her music to those under 40 years old to discover. She lived an interesting life and created beautiful music that will never to be silenced.
(Review by reesa)





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Hustlers







(Review by Chase Lee)



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Official Secrets






(Review by Chase Lee)



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Monday, September 9, 2019

This Week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW (9/9 - 9/15)





Calling all movie lovers… Here’s what’s happening this week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW!

This week is all about becoming part of the movie itself. Hoot and holler with all of your gal pals at the HUSTLERS Rowdy Screening. Wear your finest to an advance screening of DOWNTON ABBEY. Prepare to do the Time Warp again with a special Los Bastardos Shadow Cast of ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. For a full calendar listing, please visit drafthouse.com/dfw/calendar.

See y’all soon at the Alamo Drafthouse!



This Week's Highlights…


Hustlers Rowdy Screening

What is a "Rowdy" Screening? That means that at this screening you can show your full-on Lizzo-ppreciation. Feel free to hoot, holler, and okurrrrrrrrrrrrr at the screen. But keep it cute, y’all. Catch the HUSTLERS Rowdy Screenings at Cedars, Denton, Lake Highlands, Las Colinas, North Richland Hills, and Richardson.

Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party
With its affectionate portrait of an aristocratic family and their household staff, Downton Abbey became one of the most beloved television series of all time. Now, the Crawleys and the downstairs gang are back for their very own feature-length film. And what better way to enjoy this romantic journey to a bygone era than in a theater full of fancy people in fancy clothes being fancy? Put on your finest dress or coattails and head to Cedars, Denton, Lake Highlands, Las Colinas, North Richland Hills, and Richardson to watch an early screening of DOWNTON ABBEY.

Rocky Horror Pictures Show with Los Bastardos Shadow Cast
Just when you thought that ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW couldn't get any more interactive and inappropriate... Los Bastardos - DFW's Premier ROCKY HORROR Shadowcast - presents a monthly show at Alamo Drafthouse in Denton (it is after all "The Home of Happiness”)! Embrace your inner sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania and catch this special screening of ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Denton only.


MONDAY | SEPTEMBER 9

Cedars
Screening: Shaun of the Dead Movie Party at 7:30PM
Screening: Undone Series Premiere With Livestream Q&A at 8:05PM

Denton
Screening: MUBI Free Victory Screening: Rear Window at 6:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Stalone Zone: Cliffhanger at 6:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM
Screening: Cream of the Cult: Alice, Sweet Alice at 9:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: MUBI Free Victory Screening: Rear Window at 6:30PM
Screening: Stalone Zone: Cobra at 9:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Stalone Zone: Cliffhanger at 5:45PM
Screening: Primary Colors: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar - Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown at 8:45PM

Richardson
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Creepshow (1982) at 7:00PM



TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 10

Cedars
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Maximum Overdrive at 6:45PM

Denton
Screening: Primary Colors: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar - Talk To Her at 6:00PM
Screening:

Lake Highlands
Screening: Grease Sing-Along at 7:00PM
Screening: Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story at 9:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Stand By Me at 6:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Maximum Overdrive at 6:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM
Screening: MUBI Free Victory Screening: Rear Window at 8:45PM

Richardson
Screening: Lone Star Air Time Presents at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM



WEDNESDAY | SEPTEMBER 11

Cedars
Screening: Primary Colors: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar - Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown at 6:45PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Denton
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Maximum Overdrive at 6:00PM
Screening: Grease Sing-Along at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: The Lost Boys Movie Party at 7:00PM
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Stand By Me at 9:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Grease Sing-Along at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Pulp Fiction Movie Party at 7:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Pulp Fiction Movie Party at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 12

Cedars
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Stand By Me at 6:45PM
Screening: Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party at 7:00PM
Screening: Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party at 7:45PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Denton
Screening: Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party at 7:00PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party at 7:00PM
Screening: Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party at 7:45PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:20PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party at 7:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party at 7:00PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Spy Kids RPD Popcorn With Police Movie Night at 6:30PM
Screening: Downton Abbey Fancy Dress Party at 7:00PM
Screening: Dread Presents: Artik at 8:55PM


FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 13

Denton
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Totally ‘80s Video Dance Party at 9:00PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Richardson
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM



SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 14
Cedars
Screening: Totally ‘80s Video Dance Party at 9:00PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Denton
Screening: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Cereal Party at 10:00AM
Screening: Rocky Horror Pictures Show with Los Bastardos Shadow Cast at 10:00PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: PBS Kids at the Alamo: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at 10:00AM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Las Colinas
Screening: PBS Kids at the Alamo: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at 10:00AM
Screening: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Cereal Party at 10:30AM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: The Searchers at 1:15PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Richardson
Screening: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Cereal Party at 10:00AM
Screening: Cyanide and Happiness Series 4 Premiere at 4:30PM
Screening: MUBI Free Victory Screening: Rear Window at 6:00PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM



SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 15
Denton
Screening: Ninotchka at 1:00PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: PBS Kids at the Alamo: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at 10:00AM
Screening: 1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year Series - The Hunchback of Notre Dame at 12:25PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Las Colinas
Screening: PBS Kids at the Alamo: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at 10:00AM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: 1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year Series - Only Angels Have Wings at 1:15PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM

Richardson
Screening: 1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year Series - Dark Victory at 1:30PM
Screening: Shaun of the Dead Movie Party at 6:00PM
Screening: Hustlers Rowdy Screening at 10:25PM


First Run Movies Now Playing...

Angel Has Fallen
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Don’t Let Go
Good Boys
IT: Chapter Two
Midsommar - Director’s Cut
The Nightingale
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Ready Or Not
Spider-Man: Far From Home - Extended Cut
The Peanut Butter Falcon

Premiering This Week…

Hustlers

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week Sept 8 - Sept 14



Amazing there's a movie practically everyday this week. OK, so just 3 days. It's better than nothing. Hope everyone drives safely and enjoy the movies. If you can't make it, Netflix and Amazon are airing some new features.

OK...to the issue of dropping off your chair and not showing up to save your spot like everyone else. This is exactly what will cause us to lose whatever line privileges we enjoy now. If you don't show up, your chair will be folded up and you go to the end of the line. First come first serve that's the policy. You can save a spot for your 2 person pass. But you must be there in line, not hours later.

Sept 8 - Sept 14

Mon - Sept 9

Amazon's Undone - 8:00 pm - Alamo Lake Highlands

Tue - Sept 10

Bluff City Law - 7:00 pm - Studio Movie Grill Northwest Hwy
The Goldfinch - 7:00 pm - Angelika

Wed - Sept 11

Hustlers - 7:00 pm - Angelika
Hustlers - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark





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Friday, September 6, 2019

Brittany Runs a Marathon





Award winning playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo for his directorial debut was inspired by friend's journey of self improvement. It rightly won the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. Colaizzo's concept was to turn the usual comedic genre to focus on the awkward sidekick. And what could have been an awkward comedic character of ridicule, it's a heartfelt and realistic view of a life hard fought. In a world full of social media body image positivity, it's worth noting that work on the physical self is nothing without one's growth from within. It's a film that doesn't hit you over the head with it's message. It's totally relatable and entertaining.

Brittany Forgler (Jullian Bell) is a 27 year old goofball. She has failed to find her career as a jingle writer and works part time at as theater usher using her comedy welcoming guests. Nights are spent out with her roommate Gretchen (Alice Lee) and her attractive friends at bars while serving as their chubby funny friend who makes them look good. Gretchen runs an Instagram lifestyle blog constantly taking selfies with her boyfriend. Brittany visits a doctor hoping to get a script for Adderall but ends up getting advice to lose weight or risk getting liver problems and diabetes. One of their neighbors Catherine (Michaela Watkins) hears Brittany crying from frustration and offers her some support. But Brittany is a bit stubborn and hard headed. She doesn't like to ask help from anyone, alienating most people who want to get close. The only one she is able to talk with is her sister's husband and de facto dad, Demetrius (Lil Rel Howery) with whom she communicates on Skype.

Almost everyone in NYC is training for the annual NYC Marathon, even her neighbor Catherine. Brittany dons her sweats and tries to run to at least to the corner, which anyone who has never run before feels like it's 26 miles. Catherine tells her about her running group that meets in the park on the weekend. Brittany faces her fear and shows up reluctantly attempting to follow. She is not the only one suffering. Seth (Micah Stock) is just as hot and miserable as she is running for the first time. His son shamed him for being so out of shape. Catherine inserts her self into their team and Brittany finds support while complaining about it.

In order to run the Marathon, a new runner has to enter a lottery to be accepted. If that doesn't work you need to get a sponsor, or find a charity to raise money for your race. Brittany applies for a job as a nanny, lying that she used to work for the Bidens. She doesn't get the job but gets a lead as a pet sitter for a fancy house. She meets Jerm (Utkarsh Ambudkar) who is supposed to be the night pet sitter, but he moved into the place. Brittany who is progressively losing weight, has a fight with Gretchen who broke up with her boyfriend. They say some hurtful and hateful truths to each other so Brittany moves into the pet job too.

Despite her success at losing the weight and getting healthy, Brittany stills feels and thinks as a fat girl. The baggage is still there affecting the way she makes decisions and treating those around her. The process of feeling good about oneself and her self worth is constantly challenged. When Brittany starts to think outside herself, she realizes that her friends also have skeletons in their closets that need to be faced. Colaizzo manages to make Brittany a flawed conflicted human who uses her silly attitude as a shield. For Brittany to evolve she must learn not only to accept oneself, she also must learn to accept help from those around her and offer them her support too. You may not want to run a marathon after this movie, but it manages to help us see that change while difficult is worth the effort.
(Review by reesa)







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Monday, September 2, 2019

This Week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW (9/2 - 9/8)






Calling all movie lovers… Here’s what’s happening this week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW!

This week is all about the clowns. Grab your oversize shoes and big red nose and head over to the IT: CHAPTER TWO - Clowns Only Screening. Travel back in time 80 years to one of the best years of Hollywood filmmaking with the series 1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year. Prepare for an arm-pumping dose of heavy-lifting Sylvester Stalone classics this month with the Stallone Zone series with films like DEMOLITION MAN, COBRA, and CLIFFHANGER. For a full calendar listing, please visit drafthouse.com/dfw/calendar.


This Week's Highlights…


IT: Chapter Two - Clowns Only Screening
The Loser’s Club is back together again, 27 years after their traumatizing clash with the inhuman, child-eating clown from Derry, Maine. Join in on the fun and get dressed up like a clown yourself and channel your inner Pennywise for this creepy fun event. Join in on the annual dose of could-phobia immersion therapy at Richardson.

1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year - Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and Stagecoach

Celebrate one of the greatest years of filmmaking in movie history this week with two screenings of films from Hollywood’s Golden Year: 1939. Enjoy a night of fine whiskey and John Wayne with STAGECOACH at Lake Highlands and catch one of Frank Capra’s enduring classics and one of the most iconic Jimmy Stewart roles in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON at Denton and North Richland Hills.

Stallone Zone - Demolition Man

Stallone vs. Snipes: the future isn’t big enough for both. Watch the two battle it out after the most dangerous bleach haired criminal of the 21st century is woken from his cryo-prison to kill an important leader and can only be stopped by one Sylvester Stallone. Catch DEMOLITION MAN at Lake Highlands and North Richland Hills



MONDAY | SEPTEMBER 2

Cedars
Screening: Champagne Cinema: Steel Magnolias Movie Party at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Rocky at 6:15PM
Screening: Video Vortex: Extra Terrestrial Visitors at 9:05PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Stalone Zone: Demolition Man at 6:15PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM
Screening: Primary Colors: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar - Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown at 9:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Rocky at 7:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Primary Colors: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar - All About My Mother at 6:00PM
Screening: Stalone Zone: Demolition Man at 9:00PM

Richardson
Screening: AGFA Secret Screening at 7:00PM
Screening: Carnival Magic at 10:05PM



TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 3

Cedars
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Creepshow (1982) at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Primary Colors: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar - All About My Mother at 7:00PM
Screening: Quadrophenia at 9:05PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Champagne Cinema: Steel Magnolias Movie Party at 7:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Maximum Overdrive at 7:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Creepshow (1982) at 6:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM
Screening: Video Vortex: Extra Terrestrial Visitors at 9:05PM

Richardson
Screening: The Graveyard Shift - Freaks at 9:05PM
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM



WEDNESDAY | SEPTEMBER 4

Cedars
Screening: All About My Mother at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Denton
Screening: Champagne Cinema: Steel Magnolias Movie Party
at 7:30PM
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Creepshow (1982) at 9:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Different Seasons: The Many Sides of Stephen King - Maximum Overdrive at 6:15PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Champagne Cinema: Steel Magnolias Movie Party at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Grease Sing-Along at 7:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Grease Sing-Along at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 5


Cedars
Screening: Cinema With The Snake: IT: Chapter Two at 7:30PM



FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 6


Richardson
Screening: IT: Chapter Two - Clowns Only Screening at 9:00PM
Screening: Satanic Panic with Producers in Attendance at 7:45PM



SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 7


Cedars
Screening: IT: Chapter Two Cereal Killer Party at 10:15AM

Denton
Screening: UNT Football Watch Party at 6:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Bondthology: Spectre at 7:45PM



SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 8


Denton
Screening: 1939: Holllywood’s Golden Year Series - Mr. Smith Goes To Washington at 6:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: 1939: Holllywood’s Golden Year Series - Stagecoach at 12:55PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: 1939: Holllywood’s Golden Year Series - Mr. Smith Goes To Washington at 12:50PM


First Run Movies Now Playing...
Angel Has Fallen
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Blinded By The Light
Don’t Let Go
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold
Good Boys
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Midsommar - Director’s Cut
The Nightingale
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Ready Or Not
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
Spider-Man: Far From Home - Extended Cut
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Farewell
The Lion King
Toy Story 4

Premiering This Week...

IT: Chapter Two

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Sept 1 - Sept 7



Labor Day Weekend. Hope you are all enjoying an extra day off. Its the big It Chapter 2 week with a couple of screenings. Hope y'all got the tickets you need.

As you may have heard, AMC may be regulating the use of seats when in line. I've mentioned this before that leaving your chairs and not coming back for hours would eventually cause this to be policed more restrictively in the future. Since this group started in 2005 we have seen various versions of trying to keep the "line people" from taking advantage of the situation. If you get to the theater early to get in line, you must at least keep one person physically in place to hold the space of a guest. Guess we will have to see what happens this week.

Sept 1 - Sept 7

Tue - Sept 3

It Chapter 2 - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
Brittany Runs a Marathon - 7:30 pm - Alamo Lake Highlands

Wed - Sept 4

It Chapter 2 - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark







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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tigers Are Not Afraid






“Tigers Are Not Afraid,” the new feature from writer/director Issa López, tells the story of Estrella (Paola Lara), a young girl living in an undisclosed city in Mexico. At the film’s start, Estrella is in class, listening as her teacher discusses fairy tales. The students are instructed to concoct their own fairy tale using commonly recurring characters. As Estrella begins her assignment, López introduces Shine (Juan Ramón López), another of the film’s lead characters. Estrella’s tells her story to the audience in voiceover as scenes of Shine robbing a drunk cartel member, Caco (Ianis Guerrero), are cut into the classroom footage, making the opening a tad bit confusing. His character is easy to mistake as a creation of Estrella’s due to how the scene is edited together. This also serves as a clumsy introduction to the film’s entwinement of reality with the imaginary.



While Estrella works on her assignment, a gunfight breaks out in the street outside the school. López’s film takes place against Mexico’s drug wars. The class drops to the floor. To comfort Estrella, who happens to be closest, the teacher gives her three pieces of chalk, describing them as wishes. If the thematic importance of the fairy tale hasn’t already impressed itself into the audiences’ mind, it does once Estrella is given her wishes. With the school closed until further notice, Estrella returns home followed by a quickly moving trail of blood. At her house, Estrella finds her mother is missing. The blood trail, a recurring image that follows Estrella throughout the movie, winds around the room, finding its way to one of her mother’s dresses and drenching it in a violent pattern. Has Estrella’s mother fallen victim to the drug cartel’s violence?



“Tigers Are Not Afraid” is best described as a drama with fantasy/horror elements, the lines blurred between the real and the fantastic. Estrella is frequently dropped into a horrific fantasy world as she is confronted by the harshness of reality. Left alone and growing increasingly hungry, Estrella uses one of her wishes to ask for her mother’s return. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Her wish is responded to by a menacing spectral figure that begins whispering warnings and instructions to Estrella. The now terrified Estrella finds her way to Shine and his gang of children orphaned by the cartel’s violence. To make matters worse, the cartel desperately wants the items back that Shine stole from Caco.



The film creates a surreally grim atmosphere, using camerawork that is noticeably hectic. The frenzied photography is revealed to be a conscious cosmetic choice from director López once the film shows its strikingly different final shot. Conscious or not, it’s a stylistic choice that causes the film to feel sloppy, repeatedly removing viewers from the story. Perhaps due to it being labeled as a horror movie, I found this one hard to get into. It’s a short film, eighty-three-minutes, but it feels longer. This isn’t tortuous to get through. It’s just not as engaging as it should have been.
(Review by Bret Oswald)





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The Fanatic







(Review by Chase Lee)




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Aquarela







(Review by Chase Lee)




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Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins





In our not so recent past, women in journalism were mostly regulated to the "snake pit". The filler sections of the newspapers that catered to female issues of food, fashion and fluff. Thank goodness for women like Molly Ivins, the spitfire journalist who kicked the door open with her wit and intelligence taking on the Texas legislature and other politicians shooting from the hip. Documentary filmmaker Janice Engle presents the life and times of Molly Ivins in a slick, easy to digest package woven together with interviews from her family, politicians and political commentators and clips from Molly Ivins in her full glorious humor. She is a piece of work.

Molly was called Mary by her father, a oil executive in the River Oaks suburb of Houston. By the time she was 12 years old, she was already six feet tall. Her mother called her sister the pretty one, and Molly the smart one, which no doubt affected her self esteem. She was the 3rd generation of the women in her family to attend Smith College. Her talents lead her to write for the Texas Observer under Ronnie Dugger. Molly was known to be a heavy social drinker, able to drink most of her male colleagues under the table. Her mentor was John Henry Faulk and she was friends with TX Governor Ann Richards. Molly freelanced at the NY Times, even writing the obituary for Elvis during her time there. Eventually she was sent to cover their western office in Denver. After that she went to the Dallas Times Herald where she was given free reign to write whatever she wanted. Her column gets syndicated to 300 - 400 newspapers. In 1999 she is the one who called President George W. Bush a shrub.

If you had ever read her columns, books or heard her on TV or radio, you would appreciate her down home Texas appeal. She was a straight shooter who didn't back down and politico's were often unnerved by her sharp remarks. She had her share of death threats too. It would have been great to hear what she would have made of the current White House administration. Unfortunately she passed from a long battle with cancer in 2007 at the age of 62. There is no one around today that can take her place.
(Review by reesa)





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Where’d You Go, Bernadette






The title and trailer for director Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” suggests a different film than the final product. For those who have read the book (I have not, though I do have a copy sitting in my massive to-read pile), this probably isn’t a surprise, depending on how closely the film follows the book. Cate Blanchett’s Bernadette Fox – simultaneously passionate, anxiety-riddled, and exhibiting manic behavior – is always front and center. This story, based on the bestseller by Maria Semple, isn’t a comedy centered around a literal disappearance but rather a metaphysical one, the disappearance of a woman’s personal identity and sense of self rather than her physical being.



Once a rising star of the architecture field in the Los Angeles area, Bernadette now lives with her husband Elgie (Billy Crudup) and daughter Bee (Emma Nelson) in a run-down house in the Seattle area. Linklater uses Seattle’s climate, frequent rain and dark grey skies, to match his lead character’s depression. The state of their house, dilapidated with an overgrown yard, full of buckets to catch water from the leaky roof, raises the first mystery of this film. Why has this family not fixed up the house? This is answered as Bernadette’s past is revealed throughout the film.



Their neighbor, Audrey (Kristen Wiig), a helicopter mom who busies herself at the children’s school, finds the house an eye-sore, frequently badgering Bernadette to get up to snuff with the appearance of the rest of the neighborhood. There’s really no way to do a plot synopsis of this without ruining large portions of this movie. What’s probably best to say is that Elgie is worried about Bernadette’s mental state and has now decided that waiting for her to snap out of it is out of the question. As the family prepares for a trip to Antarctica, resulting from a promise made to Bee, things reach a state where they can no longer be ignored and Elgie calls in a psychologist, Dr. Kurtz (Judy Greer), to aide in an intervention.



“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is a clunky work from Linklater. The film is oddly paced, stuttering along slowly in large swatches and springing smoothly along in others. Bernadette goes on frequent rants that often feel like they’ve gone on forever, continuing on long after the point has been made. At least one of these sequences is compellingly edited together, showcasing Crudup’s Elgie unloading to the psychologist as Bernadette rants and raves to a former colleague played by Laurence Fishburne.



These characters are mostly all insufferable people. The type of people you’d probably actively avoid if you were to meet them in real life. Linklater and the actors don’t manage to make them into likable people. Cate Blanchett often seems like she’s on the verge of going overboard in her portrayal of Bernadette, who she presents with an odd-sounding accent. Large parts of the film are left to be conveyed by newcomer Emma Nelson’s grating voice-over work.



Strangely, despite all these negatives, the film ends on a positive note, satisfactorily closing off the narrative in a fulfilling manner. Even though these are not people I particularly liked, it felt good to see them reaching a happy resolution. Although the movie is badly paced, the rewarding finale makes it worth the effort. Save this as one to rent once it’s released on disc or streaming.
(Review by Bret Oswald)





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Don't Let Go






(Review by Chase Lee)



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Monday, August 26, 2019

This Week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW (8/26 - 9/1)





Calling all movie lovers… Here’s what’s happening this week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW!

This week will make a summer to dismember as Alamo DFW holds Camp Dismember a FIVE mystery movies marathon that’ll be sure to get your blood pumping and palms sweating. A sneak peek at RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS with Livestream Q&A lets you see the inspiring life of the not so typical political reporter, Molly Ivins. Reminisce at one of the most epic movies of all time with the 80th Anniversary of the classic, GONE WITH THE WIND. For a full calendar listing, please visit drafthouse.com/dfw/calendar.

See y’all soon at the Alamo Drafthouse!



This Week's Highlights…

Camp Dismember

If you miss your adolescent times at summer camp (or your parent's made you go to computer camp instead) then this is the cinematic summer camp for you. CAMP DISMEMBER! With this series you get to camp out in a theater all day with FIVE mystery movies - all summer camp themed! The mystery movie marathon will take place at Richardson.

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins with Livestream Q&A
Filmmaker Richard Linklater Editor of the Texas Tribune Emily Ramshaw Editor of the Texas Observer Andrea Valdez and author/activist Jim Hightower join director Janice Engel for an advance screening of her incendiary new documentary RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS followed by a livestream panel discussion at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Catch the inspiring documentary at Denton, Lake Highlands, Las Colinas, and North Richland Hills.

80th Anniversary: Gone With The Wind

Based on Margaret Mitchell's bestseller GONE WITH THE WIND was the most talked-about movie of its era. A sweeping epic on the grandest of scales it quickly became both a blockbuster and an Oscar magnet winning eight Academy Awards and two honorary awards a record in its day. Catch this epic of a film at Denton and Lake Highlands.



MONDAY | AUGUST 26

Cedars
Screening: Champagne Cinema: (500) Days of Summer at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Rewind 1999: DETROIT CITY ROCK at 7:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Rewind 1999: Mystery Men at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Anime-Zing: NINJA SCROLL at 7:00PM
Screening: Rewind 1999: Mystery Men at 8:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION at 7:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: DRUNKEN MASTER at 7:00PM
Screening: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION at 9:00PM



TUESDAY | AUGUST 27

Cedars
Screening: Anime-Zing: NINJA SCROLL at 7:30PM
Screening: Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly at 9:00PM

Denton
Screening: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION at 7:30PM
Screening: Graveyard Shift: Innocent Blood at 8:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Red Dawn (1984) at 7:30PM
Screening: Video Vortex: OZONE at 9:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Champagne Cinema: (500) Days of Summer at 7:00PM
Screening: Natural Born Killers at 8:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Champagne Cinema: (500) Days of Summer at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: The Stunt Man at 7:00PM
Screening: Young Guns Hopped Up Cinema’s 5 Year Anniversary at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM



WEDNESDAY | AUGUST 28

All Locations: Teacher Appreciation Wednesdays: a FREE movie ticket for teachers and school faculty/staff. Teacher-themed special menu available ALL DAY for everyone!

Cedars
Screening: Inglorious Basterds in 35MM at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Denton
Screening: Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Party at 7:30PM
Screening: Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins with Livestream Q&A at 7:45PM
Screening: Stand By Me at 8:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Deconstructing The Beatles: Abbey Road Side 1 with Q&A at 7:00PM
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: Fist City: BLADE at 7:30PM
Screening: Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins with Livestream Q&A at 8:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Red Dawn (1984) at 7:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM
Screening: Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins with Livestream Q&A at 8:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Party at 7:30PM
Screening: Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins with Livestream Q&A at 7:45PM

Richardson
Screening: Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Party at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



THURSDAY | AUGUST 29

Cedars
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: The Stunt Man at 7:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Party at 7:30PM
Screening:

Las Colinas
Screening: Creepshow (1982) at 7:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Maximum Overdrive at 7:30PM


FRIDAY | AUGUST 30
Richardson
Screening: Taylor Swift Video Dance Party at 5:15PM
Screening: Taylor Swift Video Dance Party at 9:00PM



SATURDAY | AUGUST 31


Cedars
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: Hooper at 6:15PM
Screening: Kuumba Presents OGA BOLAJI at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: The Birds at 1:00PM
Screening: The Iron Giant Movie Party at 2:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Free Victory Screening: STEAMBOAT BILL, JR at 1:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Free Victory Screening: STEAMBOAT BILL, JR at 1:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: The Birds at 1:00PM
Screening: Afternoon Tea: The Remains of the Day at 3:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Camp Dismember Mystery Marathon at 1:00PM
Screening: The Wizard of Oz Movie Party at 4:00PM



SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 1

Denton
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 7:00PM
Screening: 80th Anniversary: Gone With The Wind at 1:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: 80th Anniversary: Gone With The Wind at 1:00PM



First Run Movies Now Playing...
Angel Has Fallen
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Blinded By The Light
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold
Good Boys
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Ready Or Not
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
The Art Of Racing In The Rain
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Farewell
The Lion King
Where’d You Go, Bernadette


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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Aug 25 - Aug 31



Last week of August. Still hot. State Fair is just around the corner. As usual the movie pickings this time of year is pretty sparse. Everyone is back at school or going to school soon Hopefully the lines will also be more reasonable.

The North Texas Film Festival is coming up at the end of September located for those who live north. For more information, please visit www.ntxff.com.

Not much this week.

Aug 25 - Aug 31

Mon - Aug 26

Don't Let Go - 7:00 pm - Studio Movie Grill Northwest Hwy
Earth X: Kifaru - 7:00 pm - Magnolia

Tue - Aug 27

The Fanatic - 7:30 pm - Angelika




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Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Nightingale








(Review by Chase Lee)




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After the Wedding





Writer/director Bart Fruendlich’s movie “After the Wedding,” adapted for English-speaking audiences from the Academy-Award nominated film “Efter Brylluppet” directed by Susanne Bier, is one of those films that’s better watched with little to no knowledge of its plot. It’s a movie that seems to be going in one direction before abruptly switching gears, taking a simplistic story and removing its outer shell to unveil the layers hidden beneath the surface.



The film opens with an establishing shot that comes to focus on Isabel (Michelle Williams) meditating with a group of children. Isabel is an American who has settled in India, finding fulfillment in her role as an orphanage director. When her colleague Preena (Anjula Bedi) receives a letter requesting that Isabel come to New York City to meet with a prospective donor, she initially refuses. The orphanage, having trouble gathering donations and supplies, needs money but Isabel doesn’t want to leave, wishing to send Preena in her place. At the insistence of the donor, she finally relents, reluctantly accepting the invitation due to their trouble gathering funds.



Here, “After the Wedding” introduces viewers to the donor, Theresa Young (Julianne Moore), a self-made millionaire. If it’s not apparent from the way Isabel and Preena discussed this mysterious benefactor with each other before her introduction, these are two women who are seemingly polar opposites. Isabel is presented as earthy (calm, serene, content with her life and her work) whereas Theresa is shown to be an enterprising business woman. She’s introduced as she handles a business call, firmly and surely giving out her instructions before just as assuredly shifts her focus once she’s with her twin boys, Otto (Azhy Robertson) and Theo (Tre Ryder), and her artist husband, Oscar (Billy Crudup).



Isabel has arrived in New York City on the day before Theresa’s daughter, Grace (Abby Quinn), is to be married to one of Theresa’s rising young executives, Jonathan (Alex Esola). The always-insistent Theresa convinces Isabel to attend. Grace and Jonathan’s wedding winds up being the catalyst that takes the film in its new direction.



The script is well-thought out, exploring the different angles and motivations of the characters but it’s this same characteristic that causes the movie to have poor pacing. “After the Wedding” seems to be moving toward a conclusion multiple times before it finally does reach its end. Just as it seems Fruendlich is wrapping things up, another plot point is expanded upon. This often causes scenes to feel repetitive. Although they might be presenting something for the first time, it’s not something that hasn’t already been implied.



Fruendlich inserts a bird motif throughout the movie. Theresa finds a damaged bird’s nest complete with cracked eggs by a fallen tree on her property and Isabel often refers to birds when talking with Jai (Vir Pachisia), a young boy living in the orphanage who she has bonded with, offering a metaphor for the two central characters. The frequency with which it is inserted causes the metaphor to feel shoe-horned into the picture, perhaps inserted to make the film feel deeper.



The actors do a fine job with their portrayals though at times they can veer into over-acting, causing a handful of the film’s scenes to come across as forced. Michele Williams is best among the cast, finely conveying her character’s emotions and drive. Abby Quinn is also quite good, showing a character who’s at a vulnerable stage in her life, realizing that her decision to get married might not have been the right one. While Moore’s performance is mostly good there is a scene between her and Crudup at the film’s conclusion that should have been left on the cutting room floor, a distractingly forced scene attempting to deal with their shared grief.



“After the Wedding” is a film that unfortunately overstays its welcome, ending on a shot that mirrors that of the opening. Initially compelling before dissolving into overwrought drama, this is a story that’s not as tightly told as it could be, meandering its way to its conclusion.
(Review by Bret Oswald)



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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Dallas Film Announces First 15 Films for First-Ever North Texas Film Festival




Dallas Film Announces First 15 Films for First-Ever North Texas Film Festival



DALLAS, August 19, 2019 – Dallas Film today announced the first 15 films for the first-ever North Texas Film Festival (NTXFF) powered by Capital One. The full lineup will consist of more than 20 curated films for categories pertaining to sports, family, date night, horror, Best of DIFF 2019 (popular films from the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival), veteran films, early access sneak peeks, shorts, and Oscar-contending films. In addition, two of the shorts are Texas and world premieres. This will be the first festival to represent North Texas, and it will be held September 26 – 29, 2019, at Cinemark West Plano and XD (3800 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75093). Reserved seating for each screening will be available to the public through Atom Tickets starting August 26. A festival lounge will be located within the theater with special perks for festivalgoers to indulge in.



“We are thrilled to bring a diverse and accessible collection of films and red-carpet events to the North Texas area,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & president of Dallas Film and executive director of Dallas International Film Festival and North Texas Film Festival. “We value bringing people together to discover the art of film. Film is the most relatable art form and our goal with this new festival is to spark meaningful engagement with film in the North Texas region, welcome a full house for each screening, bring in incredible talent and filmmakers from around the world and create a one-of-a-kind festival experience for all who attend.”



This year, Dallas Film is pleased to announce a special partnership with FANGORIA, an iconic horror magazine. For 40 years, FANGORIA has remained a pre-Internet beacon for what’s new and exciting in horror. If it was on the cover of a Fango, it was a must-see. To honor those must-see horror movies, FANGORIA is teaming up with Dallas Film and the North Texas Film Festival to present two beloved films, both famously gracing the pages of the magazine. Curated screenings of “Re-Animator” (Stuart Gordon, 1985) & “Poltergeist” (Tobe Hooper, 1982) will be presented with exclusive introductions from the FANGORIA Vault. Movie lovers and horror fans alike will delight at the opportunity to see these classics on the big screen once again.



“Poltergeist is not only iconic, ranking amongst the best horror films ever made, but one of the genre’s most effective “haunted house” movies,” said a representative of Fangoria. “A terrifying team-up like no other between writer / producer / “ghost director” Steven Spielberg and director Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), Poltergeist became quintessential suburban horror of the 1980s Amblin era. It is required viewing for any lover of film and the horror genre - no matter your age or current status in your "transition to a different sphere of consciousness.”



Based on the 1922 H. P. Lovecraft serial novelette Herbert West–Reanimator, Re-Animator (1985) is one of the most impressive debuts from a first-time filmmaker in the genre of horror. The film not would only introduce us to the genius of co-writer/director Stuart Gordon but also Herbert West himself, genre icon & star Jeffrey Combs, as well the legendary "Scream Queen" Barbara Crampton in her first horror role. Oozing with neon green gross-out gory horror, Re-Animator is equally as spine-tingling as it is inappropriately, irreverently comedic.



“As we considered several types of films for this festival, we knew we wanted to speak to the culture and interests of the North Texas area,” said James Faust, artistic director of Dallas Film. “Given the incredible sports presence and family-friendly environment, we knew we wanted to pick films that inspire, showcase how athletes overcome adversities, and bring joy to people of all ages. We have many exciting events in the works and are eager to create an exceptional festival experience for all who attend.”



For more information, please visit www.ntxff.com.



Proceeds from NTXFF will benefit the Veterans Institute for Film and Media, a program that prepares veterans for careers in film and media production through education, mentorships, and job placements. For details about VIFM, visit www.vifm.us.




About Dallas Film

Dallas Film (www.dallasfilm.org), established as Dallas Film Society in 2006, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to celebrate the past, present and future of film in our community. The organization provides leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television, and digital media. Through a variety of screenings, educational programs, and festivals, Dallas Film raises awareness of the world’s most approachable and inclusive art form.





The first 15 official selections include (listed alphabetically):



Movie Title: A Soldier’s Way


Premiere Status: Texas Premiere (Shorts Film)

Director: Adam Dietrich & Elliott Gilbert

Country: USA

Running Time: 13:22 Minutes

Synopsis: A Soldier’s Way follows the story of soldiers Steven Barr (Tim Llewellyn) and Chris Villanueva (Grey Acuna) during a tour in Afghanistan, simultaneously exploring their lives/commitments stateside. Steven Barr is the modern soldier, from his physique to his adrenaline addiction, with a wife Andrea (Molly May Rockwell) and child (Kohen Marburger) wishing they had more of his focus between multiple tours of duty. Chris Villanueva is a combat photographer assigned to Barr’s company during a routine tour in country, who has a healthier relationship to his pregnant wife, Lacey (Bonnie Gayle), and combat career. The film explores the connection between these two soldiers and their families back home, blurring the line between here and now, much like a dream, as both worlds face a deteriorating reality.



Movie Title: Back of the Net

Festival Category: Family Feature

Director: Louise Alston

Country: Australia

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Synopsis: A new student at a soccer academy is determined to beat her rival's team in the national tournament.



Movie Title: Clemency

Premiere Status: Texas Premiere

Director: Chinonye Chukwu

Country: USA

Running Time: 113 Minutes

Synopsis: Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.



Movie Title: Live from the Astroturf


Festival Category: Best of DIFF 2019, Audience Award Winner – Documentary Feature

Director: Steven Gaddis
Country: USA

Running Time: 58 Minutes

Synopsis: Alice Cooper reunites with the surviving members of the original lineup of the band to perform a blistering set on a small stage of pink AstroTurf at independent music store Good Records in Dallas, TX, 40 years after the band parted ways. Store owner Chris Penn pulls off the near insurmountable task of organizing the event and keeping Alice's appearance a secret until the original shock-rocker hits the stage.



Movie Title: Mack Wrestles


Festival Category: Best of DIFF 2019 Shorts

Director: Taylor Hess, Erin Sanger

Country: USA

Running Time: 25 Minutes

Synopsis: Mack Wrestles takes the audience behind the scenes as Mack Beggs, a gifted athlete from Euless, Texas, struggles against the outside forces that stigmatize transgender athletes.



Movie Title: Poltergeist

Festival Category: FANGORIA Feature, Horror

Director: Tobe Hooper

Country: USA

Running Time: 115 Minutes

Synopsis: A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.



Movie Title: Rapaz (Raptor Rapace)


Festival Category: Best of DIFF 2019 Shorts

Director: Felipe Gálvez

Country: Chile

Running Time: 13:02 Minutes

Synopsis: Ariel (38), is involved in the arrest of a teenager accused of stealing a cell phone. A mass of people surrounds the young man, some blame him, beat him, others defend him. The police do not arrive. Ariel must decide which side he is on.



Movie Title: Re-Animator


Festival Category: FANGORIA Feature, Horror

Director: Stuart Gordon

Country: USA

Running Time: 105 Minutes

Synopsis: After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.



Movie Title: RENEEPOPTOSIS

Festival Category: Best of DIFF 2019 Shorts

Director: Renee Zhan

Country: USA

Running Time: 9:55 Minutes

Synopsis: Three Renees go on a quest to find God, who is also Renee. As they travel the hills and valleys of Renee, they discover all the great joys, trials, and mysteries of being Renee.



Movie Title: Second Skin

Premiere Status: World Premiere (Shorts Film)

Director: Farah White

Country: USA

Running Time: 6:01 Minutes

Synopsis: An introverted young girl finds she had more in common with deceased grandmother than she could have ever possibly imagined.



Movie Title: The Blind Side

Festival Category: 10th Anniversary Special Presentation

Director: John Lee Hancock

Country: USA

Running Time: 129 Minutes

Synopsis: The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.



Movie Title: The Lodge

Festival Category: Late Night Date Night

Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

Principal Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Riley Keough, Richard Armitage

Country: UK, USA

Running Time: 100 Minutes

Synopsis: A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.



Movie Title: The Queen's New Clothes


Festival Category: Best of DIFF 2019 Shorts

Director: Ashley Bush

Country: USA

Running Time: 23:42 Minutes

Synopsis: Winn Morton - a visionary, 90-year-old costume designer who honed his craft on Broadway and with Ringling Brothers Circus- brings over-the-top fantasy and sparkle to a conservative debutante pageant in small town Texas.



Movie Title: The Tony Alva Story

Premiere Status: Texas Premiere

Director: Coan ‘’Buddy’’ Nichols, Rick Charnoski

Country: USA

Running Time: 54 Minutes

Synopsis: The Tony Alva Story chronicles T.A.’s humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his inevitable drug-induced implosion and his ultimate rise from the ashes to accept his rightful place as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations of skateboarders the world over.



Movie Title: This World Won’t Break

Festival Category: Best of DIFF 2019, Audience Award Winner – Narrative Feature

Director: Josh David Jordan

Principal Cast: Greg Schroeder, Roxanna Redfoot, Tim DeLaughter, Mathew Posey
Country: USA

Running Time: 158 Minutes

Synopsis: A Texas troubadour's quiet life is upset by the realization that he isn't where he had hoped to be at this point in his career. He questions the decisions of putting off a family life in hopes to one day "make it" by isolating himself on the open road and playing small honkey-tonks. Too late to stop following the dream and too early in his career to be a legend, Wes Milligan's struggle for a better life begins to spiral out of control. In these darkest moments, he writes THE song.



North Texas Film Festival Sponsors Include
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Title Sponsor


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Official Sponsors


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Affiliate Sponsors

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Contributing Sponsor


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Sustaining Sponsors

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Screening Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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Monday, August 19, 2019

This Week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW (8/9 - 8/25)






Calling all movie lovers… Here’s what’s happening this week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW!

This week, we’re hopping in the drivers seat and throwing caution to the wind with the Don’t Try This At Home series with showings of DRUNKEN MASTER, DREDD, and BLADE. The bloody anime samurai saga returns to the big screen with the Anime-Zing screening of NINJA SCROLL. You can’t see them… but they can see you in the crazy fun showing of THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION. For a full calendar listing, please visit drafthouse.com/dfw/calendar.

See y’all soon at the Alamo Drafthouse!



This Week's Highlights…


Don’t Try This At Home Series
The series of daring, explosive, stunt-tactic films that will make your heart race and palms sweat continues this week with an exciting program of films to keep you on the edge of your seat. Catch DRUNKEN MASTER at Lake Highlands and North Richland Hills, DREDD at North Richland Hills, and BLADE at Las Colinas.

Signature Series: Anime-Zing
Join us for the first screening of Anime-Zing, a brand new monthly series that takes a deep dive into the amazing archive of Japanese animation with a screening of the totally bonkers, over-the-top violent, artful samurai film NINJA SCROLL at Lake Highlands.

Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Get ready to ramp up to light speed with the dimension-crossing chronicle of rock ’n’ roll aliens science gone berserk in BUCKAROO BANZAI as he travels across the 8th Dimension defeating soulless Lectroids and the evil Dr. Emilio Lizardo. Hit the accelerator and blaze through time and space to see it at Las Colinas



MONDAY | AUGUST 19
Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:40AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Cream of the Cult: PSYCHOS IN LOVE at 8:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 7:30PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 9:50AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Dread Presents: HOAX at 8:30PM



TUESDAY | AUGUST 20
Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:35AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:30AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Anime-Zing: NINJA SCROLL at 8:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 7:30PM
Screening: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION at 9:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 9:50AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: DREDD at 8:35PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Video Vortex: OZONE at 8:30PM
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM



WEDNESDAY | AUGUST 21

All Locations: Teacher Appreciation Wednesdays: a FREE movie ticket for teachers and school faculty/staff. Teacher-themed special menu available ALL DAY for everyone!

Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:05AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Denton
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:35AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:30AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: DRUNKEN MASTER at 8:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: Fist City: BLADE at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 9:50AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Don’t Try This At Home: DRUNKEN MASTER at 8:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM
Screening: Bad Radio: POINT BREAK (1991) at 7:30PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM



THURSDAY | AUGUST 22
Cedars
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 7:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:30AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 9:50AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM
Screening: THE GOONIES Movie Party at 6:30PM


FRIDAY | AUGUST 23

Cedars
Screening: Kids Camp: Casper at 10:00AM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:00AM

Las Colinas
Screening: Kids Camp: The Great Muppet Caper at 10:00AM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Kids Camp: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies at 10:00AM

Richardson
Screening: Kids Camp: The Lego Movie at 10:00AM



SATURDAY | AUGUST 24

Cedars
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: NORTH BY NORTHWEST at 7:30PM

Denton
Screening: Kuumba Presents OGA BOLAJI at 6:30PM
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: PSYCHO at 7:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM

North Richland Hills
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: PSYCHO at 6:30PM

Richardson
Screening: THE IRON GIANT Movie Party at 4:00PM



SUNDAY | AUGUST 25

Cedars
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM

Denton
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM

North Richland Hills
Screening: PBS Kids At The Alamo: ODD SQUAD at 10:00AM

Richardson
Screening: Happy Birthday Hitchcock: THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956) at 4:00PM



First Run Movies Now Playing...

The Angry Birds Movie 2
Blinded By The Light
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold
Good Boys
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (in 35mm)
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
The Art Of Racing In The Rain
The Farewell
The Kitchen
The Lion King
Where’d You Go, Bernadette


Premiering This Week...
Ready Or Not

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Aug 18 - Aug 24



School is starting, or has started or will start shortly. Traffic patterns will change again. Please slow down in school zones. No phones while driving. You know the drill.

This time of year, the choices begin to slow down before the award bait season when they roll out the serious films. In the meantime just enjoy the indies and mindless action movie mayhem.

Aug 18 - Aug 24

Mon - Aug 19

Ready or Not - 7:00 pm - Angelika

Tue - Aug 20

Angel Has Fallen - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark
Tod@s Caen - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Wed - Aug 21

Angel Has Fallen - 7:00 pm - Studio Movie Grill Northwest Hwy




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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Good Boys








(Review by Chase Lee)




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Is That You?





As the movie opens, thirteen-year-old Lili (Gabriela Ramos) sits on her bed humming to herself, pasting photo cut-outs into her journal, and ignoring the sounds coming through the wall. Her parents, Alina (Lynn Cruz) and Eduardo (Osvaldo Doimeadiós), are in the next room. Eduardo is speaking harshly and Alina’s ankles are covered in rashes. It’s quickly apparent that this is not a happy, loving household – visually signified by their house’s dank, shabby, and stark interior.



Writer/director Rudy Riverón Sánchez’s debut feature, “¿Eres tú, papá? (“Is That You?” in English), is classified as a horror film but it’s possibly best described as a drama, though the tense oppressive atmosphere created in the film does at times seem more in line with a horror movie. The photography is, more often than not, confined to the small dimly-lit rooms of the family home where Lili and her mother are controlled by the domineering Eduardo. Since Sánchez is more interested in implying the horrifying over out-right showing it, things are mostly left to the viewers’ imagination. The audience is all too aware of what’s going on inside this house, they don’t need to see it.



Alina finally decides to make her escape, waking her daughter in the middle of the night to try to flee the house. Confusingly, Lili herself denies taking part in the escape, retreating to her parent’s bedroom and threatening to wake Eduardo if Alina leaves, showing Lili’s devotion to the man despite his behavior. Has Alina attempted to leave before? Is she trapped there more by her love for her daughter than terror of her husband? The next day, Lili tells her father of Alina’s attempted escape, embellishing it with a lie that his employee Carlos (Jorge Enrique Caballero) was waiting outside for her.



One thing leads to another and Eduardo goes missing, the audience is aware of where he goes. Lili winds up in contact with a spiritualist, Caridad (Eslinda Nuñez), who gives her a ritual to perform at her house in order to help Eduardo find his way back to them, producing unexpected results.



Composers James Williams and Owain Kelly accent the grim visuals and the characters’ emotions with an overbearing orchestral score full of shrill strings and deep rumbling bass, reminiscent of the scores heard in films like “The Conjuring” and “Insidious.” The soundtrack does more to cause discomfort for viewers than the film’s visuals, embellishing what might have otherwise been a dull-straightforward narrative.



This cooperation between audio and visual isn’t enough to save this movie. The characters behaviors and their decisions often don’t make sense, especially from Lili. Her father doesn’t treat her all too well either and he frequently tells his wife the only reason she’s being allowed to do something (such as being allowed to have dinner for the night) is because Lili begged him. Once Eduardo disappears, the direction of the story feels odd… Shouldn’t Lili be somewhat relieved at her father’s disappearance? The actors all portray their characters in the same aloof and detached manner. This behavior perhaps makes sense for Lili and Alina, but not so much for Carlos and Caridad.



Even as the film progresses to more typical horror elements in the film’s final act, Sánchez leaves things to suggestion, raising questions on how exactly the film’s final events should be interpreted. “Is That You?” isn’t entirely gripping. By the time the film reaches its ambiguous end, you might find yourself not caring too much about what happens to any of these characters.
Review by Bret Oswald

Available on DVD and VOD August 13





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