November 29-December 5

The Kingmaker

Lauren Greenfield / 2019, Denmark-USA
100min / digital

Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.

“Lauren Greenfield proves the perfect person to infiltrate Imelda Marcos’ psyche, revealing the former Filipino first lady’s delusions of grandeur to the broader world." Variety

Fri: 7pm, 9pm
Sat & Sun: 530pm, 730pm
Mon & Tues: 9pm
Wed: 7pm
Thur: 7pm, 9pm

November 30–December 3


Jagger Gravning / 2017, USA
88min / digital

WALLFLOWER is an intense, atmospheric psychological drama in which a disturbed man looking to commit an act of mass violence at a rave was befriended by an eccentric group of attendees who invited him to an afterparty. The ravers’ openness and warmth caused the man to pause and reconsider his murderous plan; however, after going to the party and trying to connect with the free spirits there, the man went out to his truck and returned with his guns, killing six (ranging in age from 14 to 32) and wounding two others before killing himself. Based on the real-life 2006 Capitol Hill Massacre in Seattle.

Q&A on 11/30 and 12/1 with producer John W. Comerford and Dr. Rich Adler, eminent forensic psychiatrist and co-producer of Wallflower.

Sat & Sun: 3pm
Mon & Tues: 7pm

December 6-12

Light From Light

Paul Harrill / 2019, USA
82min / digital

Gifted with sometimes-prophetic dreams and a lifelong interest in the paranormal, Sheila (Marin Ireland) is asked to investigate a potential haunting at a Tennessee farmhouse. It’s there she meets Richard (Jim Gaffigan), a recent widower who believes his wife may still be with him. The investigation that ensues — which eventually pulls in Shelia’s son, Owen and his classmate Lucy — forces them to confront the mysteries of their own lives. Featuring original music by Adam Granduciel and Jon Natchez of The War on Drugs.

A gem. Boasts a rare, quiet honesty, and a lead performance from Marin Ireland that’ll haunt you for days." Elizabeth Weitzman, The Wrap

"A movie of great intimacy and mystery, Light From Light is a remarkable achievement." C. Mason Wells, Film Comment

Fri: 7pm
Sat: 5pm & 7pm
Sun: 5pm, 7pm & 9pm
Mon, Wed, Thur: 7pm & 9pm
Tues: 9pm

December 6, 10 & 13

Tammy & the T-Rex

Stewart Raffill / 1994, USA
90min / digital

It’s the 25th Anniversary of 2019’s most unbelievable repertory film discovery. Directed by Stewart Raffill (MAC AND ME, THE ICE PIRATES), TAMMY AND THE T-REX is a love story as old as time. This post-JURASSIC jam stars Denise Richards (STARSHIP TROOPERS, WILD THINGS) and the late Paul Walker (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul's mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease — even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Oh, and did we mention “Bernie” from WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S is the villain? Originally filmed as a gorefest w/ impressive splatter by SFX guru John Carl Buechler, TAMMY’s only minimal release back in the day was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video and inexplicably marketed as a “kids’ film.” Thanks to the intrepid efforts of top-notch archival pals Vinegar Syndrome, this gonzo gem is fully restored and ready to scorch your ganglia into dust!

Fri 12/6: 9pm
Tues 12/10: 7pm
Fri 12/13: 9pm

December 13-January 2

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946, USA
131min / 35mm

35mm film! This cinema's 49th consecutive engagement! All screenings free for Grand Illusion Cinema members!

“It’s a great -- really great -- film, so densely well made that to watch any three minutes is to realize how paltry the vast majority of movies are by comparison.” Richard T. Jameson

“The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” Dave Kehr


December 14

The Wicked/Outback Vampires

The Wicked/Outback Vampires

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
90min / VHS

Australian rodeo bros Bronco and Rick pick up a knife-throwing hitchhiker named Lucy on their way to a rodeo. However, after taking a wrong turn, their car breaks down in an odd town and they are forced to ask for help at the decrepit Terminus Manor. When they discover that the manor residents are actually a group of bloodthirsty vampires, the trio must struggle to fight off the bloodsuckers and get out of town. ONLY $2!

Sat: 9pm

January 3-9


Jayro Bustamante / 2019, Guatemala-France-Luxembourg
107min / digital

In this deeply personal followup to his landmark debut IXCANUL, Jayro Bustamante shifts his focus from rural Guatemala to the denizens of Guatemala City but once again sets his sights on an individual caught between two seeming irreconcilable worlds. When handsome and charismatic Pablo arrives at his affluent family’s house everyone is eagerly awaiting the return of their beloved son, devoted father and caring husband. A seemingly exemplary pillar of Guatemala City’s Evangelical Christian community, Pablo’s announcement that he intends to leave his wife for another man sends shock waves through the family. As Pablo tries to acclimate to his new life in the city’s gay subculture with the liberated Francisco, his ultra-religious family does everything in its power to get their prodigal son back on track, no matter the cost. In Spanish with English subtitles.

"If Bustamante’s lucid second feature makes it feel as though the world itself is trembling beneath your feet, it’s because this mercilessly grounded film keys into the devilishness of Pablo’s dilemma: Forcing him to choose between himself and his family is the only way to guarantee that he ultimately loses both." David Ehrlich, Indiewire


January 10-16

When Lambs Become Lions

Jon Kasbe / 2019, USA
79min / digital

In the Kenyan bush, a small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn’t been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline. The plummeting elephant population in Africa has captured the attention of the world, and as the government cracks down, both poachers and rangers face their own existential crises—what is the value of elephant life relative to human life? And can we understand these hunters who will risk death, arrest, and the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families? Director Jon Kasbe followed the subjects of WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS over a three-year period, gaining an extraordinary level of access and trust on both sides of the ideological and ethical spectrum. The result is a rare and visually arresting look at the perspectives and motives of the people at the epicenter of this conservation crisis.

Note: While WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS is committed to shedding light on the human and wildlife tragedies that play out in this world, it does NOT depict animals of any kind being harmed.


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