Sneak Previews


About Talk Cinema

Talk Cinema, Inc., co-founded in 1992 by Harlan and Susan Jacobson, is the nation’s longest running sneak preview and discussion program with thousands of attendees in 12 major U.S. metropolitan areas.  Talk Cinema’s mission and the basis of our longevity is that our audiences get to be among the first to see a new movie and discuss with special guests – seeing films the way critics and industry insiders get to do at film festivals.

Talk Cinema offers a curated series of surprises selected by film critic Harlan Jacobson.  The films included in the program may be an indie comedy, a provocative documentary, a foreign language Oscar-nominee or the next breakout hit.  Screenings are introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished guest speakers.

Past films have included everything from The Crying Game and Pulp Fiction to Fargo, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Being John Malkovich, The Girls With The Pearl Earring and The Dragon Tattoo, Slumdog Millionaire, Borat, The Artist, Blue is the Warmest Color, Once, The Lives of Others, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Kite Runner, Secrets & Lies, Wag the Dog, The Ice Storm, LA Confidential, The Big Lebowski, The Apostle, Memento, Cider House Rules, Erin Brockovich, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Billy Elliott, Silver Linings Playbook, Nebraska, Locke, Man on Wire, 20 Feet From Stardom, Ida, White God, Timbuktu, and from this past season Eye in the Sky, The Lady in the Van, 45 Years, Viva, Embrace of the Serpent, Dheepan and Don’t Think Twice. The list goes on forever.

TALK CINEMA screenings are "blind," meaning the title is not divulged until audience members enter the theatre. People come without knowing what they will see,  trusting it will be worth discussing with the host film critic--and the filmmakers when possible. 

Talk Cinema regularly features guest speakers include Boston Globe’s Ty Burr, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, NPR's Bob Mondello, Facets Multi-Media Founder Milos Stehlik, The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Steven Rea, Programming Consultant Laura Blum, New York Times contributor Glenn Kenny, Fordham University’s Brian Rose, Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sheryl Mousley, film curator at The Walker Art Center,  Euan Kerr of Minnesota Public Radio, Loyola University Lecturer Zbigniew Banas, and Columbia College Professor and screenwriter Ron Falzone to name a few.

You may Talk Cinema in Boston, Bryn Mawr, Chicago, Highland Park, Louisville, Minneapolis, New York's Lincoln Center, Westchester County in Port Chester, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, and Washington, DC (in Bethesda).



Subscriptions Matter – Support Your Cinema Series!

A season subscription is essential to ensure the viability of Talk Cinema in your community. Please support the series you love by subscribing.   If you can’t make a screening, we encourage you to send someone in your place.

Send your bestie in your place

Out of town? Share the love … no hard ticket needed. Email and we’ll take care of getting your friend checked in as you. 2 points for sharing.

No way to subscribe -- general admission tickets

As space permits, which it mostly does, general admission tickets may be purchased from our event coordinator the day of the screening.

The element of surprise is a turn off

Even the most dedicated movie lovers can get a button pushed … email 24 hours prior to show time if you don’t want to be surprised.

Pro-rated subscriptions

We like to think your universe revolves around the Talk Cinema schedule, but … we’re flexible. Pro-rated subscriptions are available on line or call us at Talk Cinema 800-551-9221.

Subscription refunds

Life happens.  In the event of a personal emergency that prohibits you from using or sharing the balance of your season subscription, contact us.  We’ll find a solution.


Should Beloved Mother Nature send us something incredibly inclement, or there’s a film print failure, or any other massive disruption out of our control occurs, Talk Cinema will reschedule the screening for a future date.  For season subscribers, in the event you cannot attend the rescheduled date, we’ll send you a guest pass allowing you to bring a friend to a future screening.


From time to time (not often),  a film distributor will have security personnel on hand to protect against piracy; security procedures commonly include night-vision technology and bag searches to assure no recording devices are brought into the auditorium.  We know you aren’t there to steal anything – but if and when security personnel are brought in, please know we have done everything in our power to assure the film company we are old hippies come to see a movie – sometimes we lose this fight.

Got children?

Please email  if you are concerned about the content of a film before dragooning a teenager to get some culture.


Talk Cinema audiences experience the fun of cinema immersion attending international film festivals hosted by Harlan and Susan Jacobson.  In the coming months, Talk Cinema Travels to Tribeca, San Sebastian, Reykjavik, Havana and Santa Barbara.  For more information email or give Susan Jacobson a ring at  914-589-7553.