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Cafe Inquiry's Skeptic SINema Series: Bernie

Join us for popcorn and a FREE MOVIE in the Steve Allen Theater! For the next several months, Cafe Inquiry will be your host for major motion pictures with a secular, skeptical, or topical bent, followed by discussion. You'll be entertained and challenged--and maybe you'll learn a little something about film history, too! Ed Rampell, film critic/historian and author of Progressive Hollywood: A People's Film History of the United States, will introduce the films and lead discussion afterward.


This month's film: Bernie

Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) is a mensch. A sweet guy, beloved in the small town of Carthage, Texas, where he's the assistant mortician.

When Bernie meets Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), an 81-year-old millionaire with a sharp tongue and a talent for alienating just about everyone, they make an odd couple. Bernie squires Margorie about, enjoying her largesse and weathering her emotional abuse. And then one day Marjorie's body is found in the deep freeze, and Carthage finds one of its favorite sons has confessed to murder. Director Linklater's black comedy (with mockumentary-style elements) is based on a true story.

Director: Richard Linklater. Screenplay: Skip Hollandsworth and Richard Linklater. Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey.

Rated PG-13.

Running time: 104 mins.

Intro, film screening: 7:30 - 9:30pm

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Discussion: 9:30 - ~10:15pm


Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together where you can have a coffee and chat with other people on various topics of science and religion. A guest speaker opens the discussion with a brief intro to the subject and then the floor is open in the theater lobby. On film nights, the theater will be used. All are welcome!


Free admission • Plenty of parking • Bookstore open

Donations to help keep this program running are much appreciated.

Held in the Steve Allen Theater & lobby at CFI-L.A.

The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles • 4773 Hollywood Blvd. • Hollywood, CA 90027
2 blocks west of Vermont at Berendo • map