According to national polls, feature films are the fourth most-popular type of film after cling film, pond scum, and pudding skin. Scratch beyond the surface with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two tickets to a Talk Cinema screening in Niles or Chicago (a $40 value).
Talk Cinema offers an industry-insider peek of upcoming foreign and independent pictures, all curated by longtime film critic Harlan Jacobson. Guests receive the indiscreet honor of previewing the freshest films, followed by a discussion led by a guest speaker who might be a notable critic, a filmmaker, or an artisanal popcorn chef. Attendees have no prior knowledge of the day's screening, giving viewers a roulette of genres to experience, including psychological thrillers, romantic dramas, and heart-warming documentaries on the evolution of ice-cube trays. All shows start at 10 a.m., with doors opening at 9:30 a.m.
Though Talk Cinema offers $10 tickets for full-time students with ID, this Groupon still represents the best deal for most buyers.
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- Pushing full-throttle in every direction, movie hype pervades and overpowers, steamrolling the joyful suspense of the unexpected. The question is, what can anyone do to stop it? Harlan Jacobson is giving it a good shot with Talk Cinema, a subscription movie club designed to give audiences a sneak peek at films that have yet to be released. – Scott Helman, Chicago Tribune