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August 10-16

Nico, 1988

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Nico, 1988

Susanna Nicchiarelli / 2018, Italy-Belgium
93min / digital

NICO, 1988 follows the singer-songwriter, approaching 50, leading a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for cult band The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico’s new manager Richard convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico’s story is the story of a rebirth: of an artist, a mother, and the woman behind the icon.

"Dyrholm, an actress of formidable presence who expertly handles her own singing as well as the acting, gives a strong, truthful, unflinching performance that powers the film the way Christa's energy powered the bands she was in those late days." LA Times

"CRITIC'S PICK! ...deftly connects the carefree chaos of [Nico’s] past to the dark desperation of her present." New York Times

Showtimes:
Fri, Tues & Thur: 7pm
Sat: 3pm & 5pm
Sun: 5pm & 7pm
Mon, Wed: 7pm & 9pm


August 10, 12, 14 & 16

Our House

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Our House

Anthony Scott Burns / 2018, USA
103min / digital

A machine that can bring back dead loved ones seems like a great idea…until you unleash the wrong spirits. When his parents are killed in a car accident, science wiz Ethan (Thomas Mann) must leave behind college and his girlfriend (Nicola Peltz) to care for his younger brother and sister. By day, he juggles the responsibilities of raising two kids; by night, he tinkers in the garage on an invention he hopes will change the world: a machine that can generate wireless electricity. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when the device awakens the dead souls that haunt the house. As Ethan and his siblings attempt to make contact with their parents, a horrifying realization sets in: not all the spirits in their midst may be friendly. This hair-raising science-fiction ghost story is a nightmare journey into a past that refuses to stay dead and buried.

"distinguishes itself with its purposeful pacing ... its use of sound and crosscutting, and its wit with household objects, from a turntable to a mechanical calendar." New York Times

Showtimes:
Fri, Sun, Tues & Thur: 9pm


August 17-23

One Sings, The Other Doesn't

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One Sings, The Other Doesn't

Agnés Varda / 1977, Venezuela-France-Belgium
120min / digital

Agnés Varda’s enchanting ode to female friendship and liberation is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de cœur. Spanning more than a decade, it traces the ups and downs—abortion, heartbreak, marriage, motherhood—of two friends, Pauline (Mairesse) and Suzanne (Liotard). Even as their lives radically diverge, they remain steadfastly devoted to one another while finding ways to empower other women: one as a traveling feminist folk singer, the other as a reproductive rights activist. Set against France’s pro-choice struggle—of which Varda herself was on the frontlines—this tender and intimate epic celebrates the power of women to lift one another up. In French with English subtitles.

"The film is a breath of fresh air for simultaneously channeling radical attitudes and evading wallowing in bitter or toxic scenarios." Village Voice

"[a] delightfully gonzo song-studded paean to sisterhood..." The Playlist

Showtimes:
Fri, Wed: 630pm
Sat & Sun: 4pm & 630pm
Mon & Thur: 630pm & 9pm
Tues: 9pm


August 17-19

Summer of '84

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Summer of '84

François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
2018, USA / 105min / digital

Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

"It's the type of outrageous ending that divides audiences and builds cult followings. Summer of '84 is a trashy classic that will absolutely rock midnight movie houses." PopMatters

"This isn't a Stranger Things/IT knock-off, it really does do its own thing and has its own tone...and then that tone goes to some ridiculously dark places." Film Threat

Showtimes:
Fri-Sun: 9pm


August 21

Talking Pictures: The Origins of Sound Cinema, 1895-1929

Talking Pictures: The Origins of Sound Cinema

Presented by the Sprocket Society
Various directors / 1913-1929
96min / 16mm

"You ain't heard nothin' yet!" Take a journey through the early evolution of synchronized sound movies, from early experiments to the final transformation of cinema, with rare 16mm film prints of preserved shorts, cartoons, jazz and blues, comedy, feature film excerpts, and more. Contrary to myth, The Jazz Singer was not only just a mere "part-talkie," it wasn't even the first sound movie. Not by a long shot. In reality, sound cinema is nearly as old as cinema itself. As early as 1895, Thomas Edison's labs were already using wax cylinders to record live audio while filming scenes. By the early 1900s, Edison and counterparts in Europe were showing crudely synchronized sound films for paying audiences. Truly modern sound movies were being regularly screened across the US in 1924, three years before Al Jolson's big hit. Tonight's program spans this early history of sound cinema, with rare 16mm film examples of Edison Kinetophone, De Forest Phonofilm, Vitaphone, Fox Case Movietone, and more. Performers you’ll see -- and hear! -- include Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, Bessie Smith, George Bernard Shaw, Al Jolson, Robert Benchley, Edna Flugrath, and others.

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


August 22

Smithereens

Smithereens

Presented by Scarecrow Video
Susan Seidelman / 1982, USAbr/> 93min / Digital

** This FREE screening is exclusively for all current Grand Illusion Cinema members and $50 level Scarecrow Video members. Scarecrow will also have copies of the new Criterion blu-ray for sale ahead of the official release. **

Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of New York City with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (Susan Berman)a spark plug in fishnets moves to the city with the mission of becoming famous. When not pasting up self-promotional flyers or hanging at the Peppermint Lounge, shes getting involved with Paul (Brad Rinn), the nicest guy to ever live in a van next to the highway, and Eric (Richard Hell), an aloof rocker. Shot on 16mm film that captures the grit and glam of downtown in the 1980s, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others, Smithereens the first American independent film to compete for the Palme d'Or is an unfaded snapshot of a bygone era.

Showtimes:
Wed: 9pm
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August 24-30

Support The Girls

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Support The Girls

Andrew Bujalski / 2018, USA
90min / digital

Lisa Conroy is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side 'sports bar with curves',— but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely--but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction...Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?

"A dude setting a feminist comedy in a sexy sports bar? Bold move. Titling it with a bra joke? Bolder. But writer/director Andrew Bujalski's new comedy, Support the Girls, does it." Ashley Moreno, Austin Chronicle

"It's a biting commentary on American labor and capitalism in the form of a mainstream crowd pleaser." The Film Stage

"The sharp-elbowed humor is laced with aching tenderness, tightrope-tense frustrations over money and love, and an underlying mix of social pathologies that bubbles through the show-biz surfaces" The New Yorker

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


August 24, 25 & 28

Pit Stop

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Pit Stop

Jack hill / 1968, USA
92min / digital

A slam-bang crash-o-rama -- a peek into the deadly subculture of “figure-8 racing” beautifully and effortlessly directed by Corman-era exploitation master Jack Hill (SPIDER BABY, THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS, COFFY, FOXY BROWN.) Richard Davalos (EAST OF EDEN) stars as a greaser who winds up in jail after a street race gone wrong. Bailed out by a veteran race promoter, Davalos is put on the deadly “figure-8” racing circuit where he comes up against a maniacal serial winner (a deliciously over-the-top Sid Haig.) Equal parts hi-octane race documentary and deeply-rendered character study, PIT STOP is arguably Hill’s greatest artistic achievement. No CGI here; every terrifying high-speed impact is felt for real. An outstanding supporting cast including Brian Donlevy (THE GREAT MCGINTY), Ellen Burstyn (THE EXORCIST) and Beverly Washburn (SPIDER BABY) round out this nearly-lost miracle of low-budget thrills.

“Though there have been many films about racing, it is safe to say that there has never been before or since a film like PIT STOP.” Michael Den Boer, 10K Bullets

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat: 9pm
Tues: 7pm


August 25-27

Laughing Under the Clouds: Gaiden Part 1 & 2

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Laughing Under the Clouds: Gaiden Part 1 & 2

Tetsuya Wakano / 2018, Japan
120min / digital

PART 1: One year has passed since the great battle against the "Orochi" (gigantic snake). Kumou Tenka, paralyzed in the final battle and experimented on by the government, is reticent about what happened to him. Tenka has withdrawn himself from society but his younger brothers, Soramaru and Chutaro, find out the secret past of their older brother.

PART 2: The Fuuma ninja clan is a secret ninja tribe that has been waiting for the "Orochi" to resurrect for generations. This is the story of Shirasu and his twin brother Ichiu who grew up in this vicious environment and how they became the leaders of the clan.

In Japanese w/English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Sat & Sun: 230pm
Mon: 630pm
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September 1, 2, 4, 6

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day

James Cameron / 1991, USA-France
137min / 35mm

The Terminator returns in this explosive action-adventure spectacle. Now he's one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. Sarah Connor, John's mother, a quintessential survivor has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy-the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created.

Showtimes:
Sat, Tues, Thur: 730pm
Sun: 4pm
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August 31, September 2, 3, 5

The Long Kiss Goodnight

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

Renny Harlin / 1996, USA
121min / 35mm

Samantha is a suburban mom who makes a killer lemon meringue pie. Charly is a covert op who kills. They’re both the same person. Both may be as good as dead. Geena Davis stars as a woman whose fading amnesia reveals her secret life as an elite government assassin, and Samuel L. Jackson portrays the low-rent detective helping her unlock her memory, all while rogue agents scramble to bury Samantha/Charly and her past.

Showtimes:
Fri, Sun, Mon: 645pm
Wed: 9pm
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September 10-13

Scarlet Diva

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Scarlet Diva

Asia Argento / 2000, Italy
91min / digital

In this semi-autobiographical film, Asia Argento plays Anna Battista, a young, popular, 24-year-old Italian actress who engages in a hectic and self-destructive spree across Europe and America to shed her sex kitten image to become an artist. A timely look at the systematic sexism of the film industry. Newly restored in HD - shot on glorious standard definition MiniDV as part of the first wave of digital filmmaking. English & Italian w/English subtitles.

"...it's savvy about celebrity and has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year [circa 2000]." Manohla Dargis, LA Times

"This is such a dazzlingly self-assured directorial debut that it's hard to know what to praise first." LA Weekly

Showtimes:
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September 11

An Invisible College: Illuminated Jewels by Elder Masters of Experimental Cinema, 1936 - 1978

An Invisible College: Illuminated Jewels by Elder Masters of Experimental Cinema, 1936 - 1978

Presented by EXcinema & the Sprocket Society
Various directors / 1936-1978
80min / 16mm

A selection of outstanding 20th century experimental shorts, culled from the secret vaults of The Sprocket Society. Rare 16mm film prints of pioneering animation, abstraction, visual music and collage by such masters as Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye, Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker, Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, Jim Davis, Douglass Crockwell, Arthur Lipsett and others.

In the 1600s, a network of proto-scientists and "natural philosophers" (and a few occultists) came together as The Invisible College -- an "institution without walls" with no fixed home or declared identity, dedicated simply to furthering knowledge through experimental investigation. Together, they helped lay the groundwork for modern science. In the 20th century, another "Invisible College" coalesced: a very loose web of artists and creative scientists (and a few occultists), working alone yet inevitably influenced by each other, who dedicated themselves to advancing movies through experimental investigation. Together, they discovered entirely new forms of visual expression, and laid the groundwork for modern cinema. This program pays tribute to some of these latter-day alchemists, with a non-denominational selection of rare 16mm film prints curated by Spencer Sundell, offering a snapshot of breakthroughs that transformed movies, and thus how we see the world.

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


September 14-20

Let the Corpses Tan

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Let the Corpses Tan

Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani / 2018, Belgium-France
92min / digital

Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshiping first two films (Amer, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears) for blistering sun, creaking leather and raining bullets in this glorious homage to 1970s Italian crime films. After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood. Based on a classic pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and featuring vintage music cues by Ennio Morricone, Let the Corpses Tan is a deliriously stylish, cinematic fever dream that will slamfire your senses like buckshot to the brain.

"Meticulously executed, obsessively stylized. You almost expect to see Dario Argento or Mario Bava’s name on the credits and for Morricone to have composed the music." Allan Hunter, Screen International

"An exercise in fetishization, of both the human body and the visual medium that captures it. There’s a gleeful, twisted imagination at work here." Vikram Murth, RogerEbert.com

"Let the Corpses Tan transforms genre pulp into pop art, keeping fetishism intact and frequently erupting into abstraction." Cinema Scope

Showtimes:
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September 21-27

Madeline's Madeline

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Madeline's Madeline

Josephine Decker / 2018, USA
94min / digital

Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. Writer/director Josephine Decker has long been an independent filmmaker to admire, utilizing a welcome expressionistic approach that imbues her subjects with a vibrant sense of urgency. Anchored by a virtuoso performance from newcomer Helena Howard, whose powerful screen presence commands attention, Decker’s film displays a rare sensitivity for capturing the messy struggles of discovering a sense of one's self that defies easy narrative categorization.

"In her third film, writer-director Josephine Decker confirms her position as the American indie queen of improv, whose self-styled mission it is to push the outer limits of film language into the stratosphere.” The Hollywood Reporter

“An ecstatically disorienting experience that defines its terms right from the start and then obliterates any trace of traditional film language, achieving a cinematic aphasia that allows Decker to redraw the boundaries between the stories we tell and the people we tell them about. The result is an experimental movie with the emotional tug of a mainstream hit, a fragmented coming-of-age drama that explores the vast space between Hollis Frampton and Greta Gerwig in order to find something truly new and ineffably of its time.” Indiewire

Showtimes:
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September 23

Schlock

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Schlock

John Landis / 1973, USA
80min / digital

Celebrate Art House Theater Day with a new 4K restoration of the unseen first film by John Landis, (Animal House, Kentucky Fried Movie, An American Werewolf in London) featuring an exclusive video introduction from Landis himself!

A love stranger than King Kong! From writer/director John Landis comes a love story transcending the boundaries of nature and good taste. Shot over twelve days on a micro-budget, SCHLOCK launched the careers of both Landis and legendary SFX artist Rick Baker (MEN IN BLACK, VIDEODROME). An uproarious pastiche of monster movies, packed to the gills with irreverent humor and biting satire, SCHLOCK is the outrageous missing link between the creature features of yesteryear and its creators’ subsequent celebrated careers. Carnage! Terror! Banana skins! The mighty prehistoric ape Schlocktropus has emerged from hiding to embark on a full-scale rampage across a quiet SoCal suburb. The police are baffled. The army is powerless. The body count is rising...but when Schlock encounters a kindly blind woman (Eliza Garrett, ANIMAL HOUSE) who sees beyond his grotesque visage, the homicidal simian is presented with a chance at redemption...

“A micro-budgeted monster comedy made when [Landis] was just 21 years old…while his filmography covers numerous genres, his heart has always belonged to creature features and monster movies. Crafted with creativity, confidence, and a legitimately funny sense of humor.” — Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

Showtimes:
Sun: 7pm


Coming later

SECS Fest; Outrage Coda; It's A Wonderful Life.