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Magnolia Pictures invites you and a guest to attend an advance screening of BLACKFISH, an eye-opening documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus-beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"A troubling exposé of Sea World's hazardous entertainment trade."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
""Blackfish" is a disturbing movie, one that will make you rethink parks like SeaWorld and their value."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"For all it's artistic shortcomings, though, I really hope that this movie is able to instigate some kind of change in the way we treat orcas, or at least how we think about them."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"Blackfish delivers ominous chills not because it documents orca whale attacks, but because it makes a clear, strong case that the attacks are of humankind's making. It's more Frankenstein than Jaws."
‑ Jeremy Mathews, Paste Magazine
"If you're not moved and angered by what you see in Blackfish, your heart is made of harder stuff than mine."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Blackfish makes an especially strong case for the innate marvel of these animals: that they are smart, social, communicative and loving."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"Blackfish is intended to rattle and provoke in the hopes of bringing about change."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Powerful, heartbreaking, disturbing doc about captive orcas."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Plainly, it's an advocacy film. And it's a brilliant one -- nail-biting, upsetting, maddening and at times even uplifting,"
‑ Ruth Brown, Willamette Week
"Gabriela Cowperthwaite's new documentary Blackfish is a searing indictment of the entire killer whale-as-entertainment industry."
‑ Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
"In the wild, orcas live between 50 and a hundred years. In captivity, it's half that. It's simply a strong argument to free all the Willies."
‑ David Hinckley, New York Daily News
""Blackfish" is grim. But then again, so is the plight of these magnificent, intelligent whales."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Perhaps the documentary form does have the potential to effect sweeping social change. Only time will tell."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you'll never mock that sentiment again."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Blackfish is a heartbreaking documentary, forensically constructed by Gabriella Cowperthwaite, about the extreme psychological distress of killer whales kept in captivity and used to entertain crowds at venues such as SeaWorld in Orlando."
‑ Jenny McCartney, Daily Telegraph
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