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If you enjoy movies, this is the group for you! We meet several times per month and try to hit 'em all: blockbusters, art house favorites, award-watch films, indies, foreign, anniversary screenings, special events, etc.

We'll plan to get together at least 3 times per month. If you have a request, send me an e-mail! We will usually combine some kind of optional dinner/drinks along with the movie. The best part about seeing movies is sharing the experience with others.

We'll try to post events in advance to help you plan, but because of the nature of the business, sometimes movies will change theaters or just disappear entirely. We’ll set up the event based on the best info available at the time, but understand that show times or even venues may change. All dates, times, and locations will be confirmed a few days before the show, so be sure to check the meet-up page or your e-mail before you go.

Also, please remember that this is primarily a friendship-making, movie-watching group and not a singles group. If romantic connections are your goal and they happen naturally and are mutual, that’s wonderful! But, certain behaviors can not be tolerated. Please let me know if you observe or experience any of the following and the offending member will be removed from the group.

• Sending unsolicited e-mails, messages or greetings or any unwelcome contact with members in person, via phone or other social media apps.

• Hitting on members at events, or creepy / overbearing / weird conduct.

• Solicitation on the Meetup site or at the events please.

Also, please keep in mind that events listed in the "Discussions" page are not official meetup events and no organizer will be present. I recommend attending only official events where an Organizer will be present. However, if you do attend movie showings set up by members in the Discussions page or elsewhere, please use caution and only attend if you personally know the individual.

Thanks for your help in keeping this a happy, chatty, safe, movie-watching group of friends!

Take care & see you soon!


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Online event

We’ve got a treat for you this week as we get together for an online event to see the heartfelt and moving comedy/drama, A MAN CALLED OVE! The film is based on Fredrik Backman’s equally great novel and follows an elderly man who’s given up until an unlikely friendship forms with his boisterous new neighbors. Here are details, a trailer and description for this event: DESCRIPTION: Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door; an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave. He has given up on life when a boisterous young family next door accidentally flattens his mailbox while moving in and from this inauspicious beginning, an unlikely friendship forms. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared. The film is based on Fredrik Backman’s novel, directed by Hannes Holm and stas Rolf Lassgard, Behar Pars and Johan Widerberg. TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCh4iiAXuAc BUZZ AND ACCOLADES: Critics call the film a “vivid, warm and amusing portrait of a real man” that is “one of the most charming, heartwarming films in recent memory!” And, Empire Magazine called Ove, “a strong contender for feel-good film of the year!” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and was named “Best Comedy” at the European Film Awards and was the Audience Award the Mill Valley Film Festival! PLAN: Amazon Prime Subscription and laptop or desktop required to join us for this event. Works best with Google Chrome browser. No other set up or advance preparation needed! On the day of the event, check the Comments Section of this event starting at 6:40pm. Click the link, log into your Amazon account, and you’re good to go! Click “Chat” top left side of the screen to chat with the group. For those who just want to chat before/after the movie, you can click “full screen” to hide the comments during the show! Dan


Gateway Film Center

Well, this is a most welcome return! Join us on Sunday, 9/27 for a CMG favorite annual event: THE MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL! Between Sep 24 and Oct 31, 2020, over 100,000 film lovers in over 400 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Museums, Libraries and Universities for one purpose...to view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 23rd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. We'll view all 9 finalists in one incredible 2-hour event then vote for this year's winner! Here’s the plan: PLAN: Purchase your ticket for the 6:45pm showing on Sunday, 9/27 and meet in the lobby between 6:15 and 6:30pm! Afterwards, we’ll get together next door at Cazuela's Mexican Grill for what is always some fun & lively conversation, food and drinks! TICKETS: Tickets are very limited and are on sale now! There appears to be space for about 13 individual tickets -- or we can get up to 26 if we buy them in pairs. Recommend you coordinate with other group members to purchase a pair of tickets at a time so we can get the maximum number of seats! Also, tickets are available to the general public so we’ll have some competition there! PLEASE purchase yours as soon as possible! Tickets can be purchased here: https://gatewayfilmcenter.org/2020-09-27/0/ PARKING: Close, convenient parking is available in the garage located behind the theater! Access the garage through 9th or 11th Avenues, near High Street. Get your parking validated at the box office for just $2 and your covered for the night. SO, WHAT THE HECK IS IT? 9 short films will be presented back-to-back at select theaters across the globe then viewers vote to pick the winner! This year's Final Nine selections use drama, comedy and animation to address an astonishing number of themes, ranging from identity to parenthood to the seemingly universal frustration caused by the Department of Motor Vehicles, no matter the country. The directorial voices are both male and female from countries large and small, often inspired by personal and sometimes harrowing, experience. This year’s finalists come from Australia, Finland, Iran, Russia, France, Israel, Palestine, North Macedonia and the US. The whole thing takes just about 2-hours – about as long as a regular movie. And best of all -- YOUR vote picks the winner! GLOBAL UNITY! Films are shown in over 400 cities across six continents during this festival. All global attendees (including YOU) will receive a booklet describing each of the ten nominees and a voting ballot. View the films with the group then cast your vote! WINNING FILMS! Winners are announced in early November! We’ll announce the winner to the group! Past short films shown during this festival have gone on to become Academy Award nominees! 2020 MANHATTAN SHORT TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcXHJqnFJrQ SAMPLE SHORT: Still not sure? Check out a sample short from a previous festival! TWO STRANGERS MEET FIVE TIMES is a short film from the UK that was part of last year's event! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzKtI9OfEpk Look forward to seeing you there! Dan P.S. You can check out descriptions about this year's finalists and details about the event here: http://www.manhattanshort.com/index.html

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