FEBRUARY 18, MARCH 18, APRIL 15, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Instructors: Dr. Scott Churchill and Guest Critics

Celebrated film critic Pauline Kael said that “a good movie can make you feel alive again, in contact, not just lost in another city. Good movies make you care, make you believe in possibilities again.” But how does one discern a “good” movie from a “bad” one? Isn’t that a subjective matter of taste and preference? The members of this Institute group would most likely disagree. They enjoy the experience of current films selected monthly by resident critic Scott Churchill and then come together to discuss them. Along with guest critics such as The Dallas Morning News’ Chris Vognar, members are tutored in the fine points of film-making– the intricacies of the proverbial “Lights! Action! Camera!”–in order to become enlightened dwellers in the dark caves of cinema.

Semester: $125 Nonmembers, $110 Members, $50 Educator Members
Per session: $35 Nonmembers, $30 Members, $14 Educator Members

Waiting list only for May 20.  Please call 214-871-2440 for additional information. 


It’s the 10 year anniversary of Speaking of Movies: Dinner and a Classic Movie! See what we’ve seen over the last decade!

Chronology of Classic Dinner & Movies (2009 – Present) 

  1. 2009 Dec:  Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1974)
  2. 2010 May:  The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen, 1985)
  3. 2010 Dec:  Dark Eyes (Nikita Mikhalkov, 1987)
  4. 2011 May:  The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
  5. 2011 Dec:  Fellini: I’m a Born Liar  (Damien Pettigrew, 2002)
  6. 2012 May:  The Gay Divorcee (Mark Sandrich, 1935)
  7. 2012 Dec:  Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, 1951)
  8. 2013 May: Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
  9. 2013 Dec:  Cape Fear (J. Lee Thompson, 1962)
  10. 2014 May:  Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
  11. 2014 Dec:  Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
  12. 2015 May:  North by Northwest  (Hitchcock, 1959)
  13. 2015 Dec:  Bringing up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
  14. 2016 May:  Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
  15. 2016 Dec:  Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
  16. 2017 May:  The Trip to Bountiful  (Peter Masterson, 1985)
  17. 2017 Dec:  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)
  18. 2018 May:  The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
  19. 2018 Dec:  Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1975)
  20. . . you will have to show up and find out!


DR. SCOTT CHURCHILL is an Institute Fellow, Professor of Psychology at the University of Dallas, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He also teaches film at UD.