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Magic Lantern Films takes its name from the old Magic Lantern Theater, now called the Isla Vista Theater. In the 1970s, the Magic Lantern was an art house that screened classic, independent and foreign films. The new Magic Lantern picks up where the old one left off by screening critically acclaimed films as well as cult classics. The diverse selection of films will appeal to a variety of audience tastes. According to the film distributors Swank and Criterion who specialize in college markets, Magic Lantern Films is the most successful film program of its kind in California. Films screen every Monday night and Thursday night at 8 pm! Check our schedule for the location. Free for UCSB students/$6 for the community.

SPRING 2024 SCHEDULE

FARGO

Theater and Dance West 1701
Thursday April 4

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: JOEL COEN
1996 / 98MIN

Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt… but he’s got a plan. He’s going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It’s going to be a snap and nobody’s going to get hurt… until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing – and extremely pregnant – investigator who’ll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom… you betcha!
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AMERICAN FICTION

Isla Vista Theater
Monday April 8

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: CORD JEFFERSON
2023 / 117MIN

Thelonious “Monk” Ellison’s writing career has stalled because his work isn’t deemed “Black enough.” Monk, a writer and English professor, writes a satirical novel under a pseudonym, aiming to expose the publishing world’s hypocrisies. The book’s immediate success forces him to get deeper enmeshed in his assumed identity and challenges his closely-held worldviews.
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MOONLIGHT

Isla Vista Theater
Thursday April 11

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: BARRY JENKINS
2016 / 111MIN

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
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FALLEN LEAVES

Theater and Dance West 1701
Monday April 15

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: ARI KAUISMÄKI
2023 / 81MIN

The film tells the story of Ansa, a supermarket shelf-stocker on a zero-hour contract, later a recyclable plastic sorter, and Holappa, a sandblaster, an alcoholic, later an ex-alcoholic, whose paths have accidentally crossed and who, despite adversity and misunderstandings, try to build some kind of relationship on the harsher side of the welfare state.
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ALL OF US STRANGERS

Isla Vista Theater
Thursday April 18

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: ANDREW HAIGH
2023 / 106MIN

One night, screenwriter Adam, in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, has a chance encounter with his mysterious neighbor Harry that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As Adam and Harry get closer, Adam is pulled back to his childhood home where he discovers that his long-dead parents are both living and look the same age as the day they died over 30 years ago.
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DEAD POETS SOCIETY

Isla Vista Theater
Monday April 22

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: PETER WEIR
1989 / 128MIN

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
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THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

Isla Vista Theater
Thursday April 25

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: WES ANDERSON
2001 / 109MIN

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary — all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father’s fault. “The Royal Tenenbaums” is the story of the family’s sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.
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RATATOUILLE

UCSB Lagoon Lawn
Monday April 29

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: BRAD BIRD
2007 / 111MIN

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.
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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Isla Vista Theater
Thursday May 2

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: LUCA GUADAGNINO
2018 / 132MIN

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Campbell Hall
Saturday May 4

10:00pm

DIRECTOR: JIM SHARMAN
1975 / 100MIN

Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named ‘Rocky’.
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DECISION TO LEAVE

Theater and Dance West 1701
Monday May 6

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: PARK CHAN-WOOK
2022 / 139MIN

Hae-Joon, a seasoned detective, investigates the suspicious death of a man on a mountaintop. Soon, he begins to suspect Seo-rae, the deceased’s wife, while being unsettled by his attraction to her.
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MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

UCSB Lagoon Lawn
Thursday May 9

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: CLAUDE BARRAS
2016 / 66MIN

After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family of his own.
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A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

Isla Vista Theater
Monday May 13

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: ANA LILY AMIRPOUR
2014 / 101MIN

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.
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DUNE: PART TWO

Isla Vista Theater
Thursday May 16

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: DENIS VILLENEUVE
2024 / 165MIN

Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.
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THE NAMESAKE

Isla Vista Theater
Monday May 20

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: MIRA NAIR
2006 / 121MIN

After moving from Calcutta to New York, members of the Ganguli family maintain a delicate balancing act between honoring the traditions of their native India and blending into American culture. Although parents Ashoke and Ashima are proud of the sacrifices they make to give their children opportunities, their son Gogol strives to forge his own identity without forgetting his heritage.
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DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS

Isla Vista Theater
Thursday May 23

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: ETHAN COEN
2024 / 84MIN

Jamie, an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.
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LOVE LIES BLEEDING

Isla Vista Theater
Thursday May 30

8:00pm

DIRECTOR: ROSE GLASS
2024 / 104MIN

Reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Las Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.
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