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Magnolia Selects streaming review 2020: Product, price and features

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Take your pick of an all-inclusive subscription or specific genres at under $5 a month.

Magnolia Selects is an on-demand streaming platform created and curated by Magnolia Pictures, a major player in the indie film industry. While its streaming library is an unexpected surprise of lesser-known gems — Man on Wire, Hobo with a Shotgun, The Wave — it’s hard to pin down what to expect.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial7 days
Pricing starts at$4.99
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Curated collection. Thousands of movies picked by Magnolia Pictures, with a focus on art films.
  • Subgenre streaming. Sign up for horror, comedy, gangsters and more for $2.99 a month.
  • No commercials. You’re not paying a monthly fee to watch commercials.

Cons

  • No release dates. Regardless of how many details each title offers, there’s no release date attached to any of them.
  • Forget a FAQ. You have to sign up for an account for full pricing details or to ask questions.

What features does Magnolia Selects offer?

To better enjoy your trip down the rabbit hole of independent movies, Magnolia Selects offers a popup version of the movie and a favorite list to keep track of every title you find interesting. Aside from that, there isn’t much else it offers.

Popup synopsis

Rather than moving away from the library each time a movie or TV show sounds interesting, click the ellipses to bring up the page as a popup. It gives you the same information: synopsis, cast, rating and clips to a trailer if there is one.

Favorites

There’s a little heart in the corner of each title you can click to save it for later or more easily find it again. The resulting favorites list is found in your profile settings.

What devices are Magnolia Selects compatible with?

Magnolia Selects isn’t up front about the devices it’s compatible with, but it looks like it works with an array of iOS and Android phones and tablets as well as desktops and Roku devices.

Magnolia Selects is also available as a channel through Sling TV and Amazon Prime Video, so it’s possible you can stream movies with any of the devices you have connected to those services.

How much does Magnolia Selects cost?

Subscribe to Magnolia Selects for $4.99 monthly or save about $10 by signing up for a year of streaming at $49.99. Either way, you get access to a streaming library specifically curated by Magnolia Pictures.

If you’re into specific genres, save a little with a subgenre subscriptions at $2.99 monthly:

  • Warriors and Gangsters — action films
  • Monsters and Nightmares — horror films
  • LOL Flicks — comedies
  • DOX — documentaries

Free trial

New subscribers can sign up for a free 7-day trial to try before buying.

If you forget to cancel before your trial ends, call customer service at least 30 days after you’re billed. As long as you haven’t used your account after the trial’s expiration, Magnolia Selects will refund your money.

What can I watch with Magnolia Selects?

There’s a little bit of everything, from documentaries and stand-up to sports, history, drama and horror. Carefully curated films include Food, Inc. and Blackfish to lesser-known, yet award-winning Monsters and The Host:

  • I’m Still Here
  • Melancholia
  • Deadfall
  • The Magic of Belle Isle
  • The Good Doctor
  • I Give It a Year
  • The Three Stooges

Categories turned into series that you can also find on Magnolia Selects:

  • Gotham Comedy Live Series
  • Best of MMA Series
  • Series of UFOs
  • World’s Greatest Mysteries

What Internet speed does Magnolia Selects recommend?

Magnolia Selects doesn’t advertise specific recommendations. We found, however, that according to a platform it’s compatible with — Dish — a minimum Internet speed of 5Mbps is required.

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Magnolia Selects might be worth the $4.99 a month if it made more information available to the public. As it stands, you need to create an account to even begin your own research. At first glance, it offers a lot of variety — especially in indie films — which might be enough to warrant a free trial run. But if you aren’t a fan of being kept in the dark by a service you could potentially pay money to, you might want to wait until Magnolia Selects works out a few kinks.

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