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<cite>Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World</cite>

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

directed by Werner Herzog in English

Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.

“FOUR STARS. Herzog weaves a fantastical tale.” —The Guardian

<cite>The Sting</cite>

The Sting [35mm]

directed by George Roy Hill in English starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Chicago, September 1936
Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won’t even know he’s been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don’t go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo. Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Director, Writing, Editing, and Original Score.

<cite>Don’t Think Twice</cite>

Don’t Think Twice

directed by Mike Birbiglia in English starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard

When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest of the group – all best friends – start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. From the director of Sleepwalk With Me and the creator of This American Life comes Don’t Think Twice, a critically acclaimed comedy packed with comic stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher that presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people.

“Genuinely sharp, funny, and bracingly honest.” —Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Interrobang Theatre Project Season Seven Fundraiser: JUNO - A live staged reading

Interrobang Theatre Project Season Seven Fundraiser: JUNO - A live staged reading

​Help ITP! kick off their “Flesh and Blood” season with a live reading of Diablo Cody’s Juno, a story about parenthood, growing up, and the complicated circus that is the modern American Family. Along with their programmed plays, Interrobang is proud to present Juno as a humor filled and poignant work by a fearless female author.

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Interrobang Theatre Project Season Seven Fundraiser: JUNO - A live staged reading

Sun 28 Aug

Interrobang Theatre Project Season Seven Fundraiser: JUNO - A live staged reading

​Help ITP! kick off their “Flesh and Blood” season with a live reading of Diablo Cody’s Juno, a story about parenthood, growing up, and the complicated circus that is the modern American Family. Along with their programmed plays, Interrobang is proud to present Juno as a humor filled and poignant work by a fearless female author.

The Woman Next Door, presented by The Chicago Opera Theater

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Tue 30 Aug

The Woman Next Door, presented by The Chicago Opera Theater [35mm]

directed by François Truffaut in French starring Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant

In anticipation of their upcoming production of Le Vin Herbe Opera at the Music Box, starting 9/30, the Chicago Opera Theater presents a special screening of François Truffaut’s forbidden romance.

[REDACTED] in the Music Box Lounge

Tue 30 Aug

[REDACTED] in the Music Box Lounge

There’s no rule against a werewolf playing basketball…

Meet (REDACTED): a series where funny people decimate a movie that they (and you) love. They’ll make you laugh. They’ll make you cry. They’ll teach you to surf on top of a car.

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

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Wed 7 Sep – Wed 19 Oct

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

They say tragedy plus time equals comedy, but what does comedy plus time equal? Chicago film/entertainment writer Mark Caro will put supposedly timeless comedy to the test each week and then lead a post-screening discussion so we can all deliver the verdict: “Is It Still Funny?”

Second Saturday Silent Cinema: Charlie Chaplin’s <cite>The Kid</cite>

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Sat 10 Sep

Second Saturday Silent Cinema: Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid

directed by Charlie Chaplin in English starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan

Charlie Chaplin’s heartwrenching comedy on the big screen, accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist

Dog Film Festival
Sun 11 Sep

Dog Film Festival

The World’s First Film Festival entirely for, by and about dogs and their people!

The 48 Hour Film Project 2016

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Sun 11  – Thu 15 Sep

The 48 Hour Film Project 2016

The 48 Hour Film Project is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year! We are the oldest and largest timed filmmaking competition in the world and we are passionate about helping filmmakers do their thing.

Flick Lit in the Music Box Lounge

Tue 13 Sep

Flick Lit in the Music Box Lounge

Meet FLICK LIT.
We are Chicago’s movie-centric storytelling show, where performers tell real-life tales prompted or inspired by the films they care about.
Each show also features a musical guest and a “Love-Hate” debate on an iconic film.
This show isn’t just for cinephiles or movie nerds — it’s for anyone who cares about understanding life through narratives (text, image, and sound).

Body And Soul, with Live Score by Renee’ Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra Project

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Sun 18 Sep

Body And Soul, with Live Score by Renee’ Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra Project

directed by Oscar Micheaux starring Paul Robeson, Marshall Rogers, Lawrence Chenault

The recontexturalizing of Oscar Micheaux’s 1925 silent race film has been brilliantly accomplished by a new music score by composer Renee’ Baker and her Chicago Modern Orchestra Project.

Dragonfly - Chicago Premiere with Filmmaker Q&A!

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Sun 18 Sep

Dragonfly - Chicago Premiere with Filmmaker Q&A!

directed by Maribeth Romslo, Cara Greene Epstein in English starring Cara Greene Epstein, Jennifer Blagen, Terry Hempleman, Abby Fry, Matt Biedel

Q&A after the screening with Director Maribeth Romslo, Co-Director/Writer/Lead Cara Greene Epstein & Producer Mim Epstein

“Understated sweetness, authenticity and relatable characters” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

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Tue 20 Sep – Sat 29 Oct

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Upcoming Events:
Stand By Me – Tuesday, September 20th at 7:30pm
The Mummy – Saturday, October 29th at Noon

An Evening with Jonathan Safran Foer

Wed 21 Sep

An Evening with Jonathan Safran Foer

Unabridged Bookstore and the Music Box Theatre present An Evening with Jonathan Safran Foer, bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, in celebration his newest novel Here I Am.

A book signing will follow the program.

The Room, with Tommy Wiseau in person!

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Fri 23 Sep

The Room, with Tommy Wiseau in person! [35mm]

directed by Tommy Wiseau starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero

Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box on September 23rd for 2 screenings of his cult sensation The Room! The writer/director/star will host an audience Q&A after each screening. Don’t forget your spoons!

“Must be seen to be disbelieved.” —The Chicagoist

Art House Theater Day

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Sat 24 Sep

Art House Theater Day

Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of films and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experiences. The Music Box is proud to be a part of this year’s Art House Theater Day, mixing special nationwide screenings with Music Box exclusives.

Special screenings include new restorations of Time Bandits and Phantasm, and a preview of A Man Called Ove.

Begotten & Shadow of the Vampire Double Feature with Director E. Elias Merhige In Person!
Sun 25 Sep

Begotten & Shadow of the Vampire Double Feature with Director E. Elias Merhige In Person!

E. Elias Merhige’s debut feature Begotten was hailed by TIME Magazine as one of the top ten films of 1991, and led to projects with Marilyn Manson and the movie Shadow of the Vampire starring Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich. 2016 is the 25th anniversary of this landmark of experimental film, and director E. Elias Merhige visits the Music Box to discuss the movie, the preservation and restoration of the original negative, and its upcoming release on BluRay.

The Devils, presented by The Northwest Chicago Film Society

Mon 26 Sep

The Devils, presented by The Northwest Chicago Film Society [35mm]

directed by Ken Russell in English starring Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton

The Northwest Chicago Film Society presents Ken Russell’s controversial historical drama.

Also featuring the short: The Red Spectre (Segundo de Chomon, 1907) – 16mm – 7 min

Almeida Live: Richard III

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Tue 27 Sep

Almeida Live: Richard III

directed by Rupert Goold in English starring Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Regrave

Encore Presentation!

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

Thu 29 Sep

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

directed by Sam Jones in English starring Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Leroy Bach

Join 93XRT & Goose Island Brewing for the “Music In Motion” Film Series!

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco documents the band while they working on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

“An exciting and involving rock music doc, a smart and satisfying look inside that tumultuous world.” —Los Angeles Times

The A.V. Club presents David Lynch’s Dune

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Sat 1 Oct

The A.V. Club presents David Lynch’s Dune [35mm]

directed by David Lynch in English starring Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Francesca Annis, Patrick Stewart, Sting

The Overlook, The A.V. Club’s ongoing exploration of neglected and misunderstood films, gets a special live edition with David Lynch’s 1984 sci-fi epic Dune.

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents A Mighty Wind

Wed 5 Oct

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents A Mighty Wind

directed by Christopher Guest in English starring Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Catherine O’Hara

Rock critics Jim DeRogotis and Greg Kot, the hosts of Sound Opinions from WBEZ, host a special screening of Christopher Guest’s hilarious mockumentary look at the folk music scene.
Advance tickets are available at SoundOpinions.org.

The Beyond – Composer’s Cut w/Live Score by Fabio Frizzi

Thu 6 Oct

The Beyond – Composer’s Cut w/Live Score by Fabio Frizzi

directed by Lucio Fulci in Italian starring Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale

35 years after the shooting of this horror/thriller masterpiece, Maestro Fabio Frizzi retraces his steps in order to realize one of the boldest projects of his life: a composer’s cut.

Silent Cinema: <cite>Diary of a Lost Girl</cite>

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Thu 13 Oct

Silent Cinema: Diary of a Lost Girl [35mm]

directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst starring Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp

The scandalous silent film, starring Louise Brooks, on the big screen. Featuring a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Music Box of Horrors 2016
Sat 15  – Mon 17 Oct

Music Box of Horrors 2016

The Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon of frightening flicks is one of the highlights of our year, a day of scares & surprises where only the strong survive.

CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass

Author Grace Bonney presents In the Company of Women

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Sun 16 Oct

Author Grace Bonney presents In the Company of Women

Design*Sponge founder and bestselling author Grace Bonney presents her new book In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs. Featuring a panel discussion with Bonney and a fabulous lineup of artists, entrepreneurs and independent businesswomen.

Presented by The Book Cellar

The Lusty Men, presented by The Northwest Chicago Film Society

Mon 17 Oct

The Lusty Men, presented by The Northwest Chicago Film Society [35mm]

directed by Nicholas Ray in English starring Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy

The Northwest Chicago Film Society presents Nicholas Ray’s tale of a washed-up rodeo champ, a cocky young upstart, and the woman who stands between them.

Also featuring the short film Universal Color Parade: Junior Jamboree (Thomas Mead, 1957) – 35mm – 9 min

Good Clean Fun: An Evening with Nick Offerman

Sat 22 Oct

Good Clean Fun: An Evening with Nick Offerman

Meet actor, humorist, and writer Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as he presents his new book Good Clean Fun, a testament to the Offerman Workshop and an homage to American elbow grease.

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents The Last Waltz

Wed 16 Nov

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents The Last Waltz

directed by Martin Scorsese in English starring The Band, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris

Join 93XRT & Goose Island Brewing for the “Music In Motion” Film Series!

We’re capping off this year’s series by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Band’s classic performance at Winterland Ballrooom on Thanksgiving Day in 1976!

“The greatest rock concert movie ever made — and maybe the best rock movie, period.” —Chicago Tribune

Up Next

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog

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Fri 2  – Thu 15 Sep

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog

“You never see the ideas coming and don’t realize until much later how profoundly they have reached your heart.” -Stanley Kubrick

This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human.

<cite>Mia Madre</cite>

opens Fri 2 Sep

Mia Madre

directed by Nanni Moretti in Italian starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro

Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.

A Music Box Films release

“Beautifully observed and delicately balanced...this is Moretti at his interpersonal best; intimate, empathetic and intensely humane.” —The Guardian

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

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Wed 7 Sep – Wed 19 Oct

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

They say tragedy plus time equals comedy, but what does comedy plus time equal? Chicago film/entertainment writer Mark Caro will put supposedly timeless comedy to the test each week and then lead a post-screening discussion so we can all deliver the verdict: “Is It Still Funny?”

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