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  1. Life Itself - Online Screenings

    May 22, 2020 - June 4, 2020

    The next entry in the MAGNOLIA PICTURES: A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE DOCS programming series is LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. R / 121 min. 10% of ticket sales will benefit the Chicago Cinema Workers Fund. Join us for a live Q&A on Wednesday, 5/27 at 7:00pm CT with Chaz Ebert in conversation with director Steve James. If you have a question you'd like to ask you can send that over to in advance of the discussion.

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  2. Up From the Streets - New Orleans: City of Music

    May 22, 2020 - June 4, 2020

    Four-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard serves as executive producer, music director and host for this new documentary exploring the intersection of music and culture in New Orleans. The film features personal reflections from New Orleans' most impactful musicians including Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by iconic artists such as Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and The Neville Brothers. NR / 104 min. On Tuesday, May 26 at 8pm Central Time, audiences are invited to a live Q&A featuring Terence Blanchard, director Michael Murphy, and Ben Jaffe, Creative Director of Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Ben's parents founded the Hall, and he has carried on their vision proudly and well.

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  3. Blackfish - Online Screenings

    May 29, 2020 - June 11, 2020

    The next entry in the Magnolia Pictures: A Few Of Our Favorite Docs is a powerful and complex film. Killer whales are beloved majestic, friendly giants yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who - unlike any orca in the wild - has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. BLACKFISH expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity. PG-13 / 90 min. 10% of ticket sales will to go GiveDirectly’s COVID relief Fund. Join us on Wednesday, 6/3 at 7:00pm CT for a Q&A with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite; questions can be submitted in advance by emailing or by tweet using the hashtag #magnoliadocseries

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  4. Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy - Online Screenings

    May 29, 2020 - June 11, 2020

    Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters, this new documentary provides an intimate look at one of the world's leading experts on Mexican cuisine. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”. NR / 82 min. “Cinematic comfort food of the first order” - Variety

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  5. Hail Satan? - Online Screenings

    June 5, 2020 - June 18, 2020

    The final entry in the Magnolia Pictures: A Few Of Our Favorite Docs series is an inspiring and entertaining look at the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history. When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. R / 95 min. A portion of ticket sales will go to GiveDirectly’s COVID Relief Fund. Join us on Wednesday, 6/10 at 7:00pm CT for a live Q&A with director Penny Lane in conversation with Lucien Greaves, head of The Satanic Temple; questions can be submitted in advance by emailing or by tweet using the hashtag #magnoliadocseries

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  6. Yourself and Yours - Online Screenings

    June 5, 2020 - June 18, 2020

    One of Hong Sangsoo’s most delightful comic mysteries is now available in the U.S. When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee Yooyoung), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can’t help but question her about it. It doesn’t go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can’t. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself. Featuring a supporting cast of Hong regulars including Kwon Haehyo, Yu Junsang and Kim Euisung, YOURSELF AND YOURS is a pleasing puzzle full of mistaken identity, excessive drinking and lots of he-said, she-said. As the rumors pile up, Hong asks: In a relationship, how important is it to know everything? NR / 86 min. In Korean w/ subtitles.

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