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Son of 70mm Film Festival! The Last Sentence! Henry IV Part 2!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 10:13am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Thanks to everyone who has come out to our Son of 70mm Film Festival so far! The fest is off to a great start, and we have another week of screenings heading your way, including Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Paul Thomas Anderson’s mesmerizing The Master, raucous comedy It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now.

Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell delivers the achievement of his career with the biopic The Last Sentence, based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism. calls this new release from Music Box Films, “A remarkably full-bodied and frank character study.”

We also have daily screenings of the gripping sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer and weekday screenings of The Beatles’ rollicking A Hard Day’s Night.

Our Musical Matinees series continues with this weekend’s presentation of Stormy Weather, featuring an impressive twenty musical numbers and performances from the likes of Cab Calloway, the Nicholas Brothers and Lena Horne. Our Midnight film this weekend is Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, starring David Bowie as a diabolical Goblin King and the amazing characters from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

On Monday, join us for an advance screening of the new urban thriller Honour. On Wednesday night, we’re broadcasting Part II of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Henry IV.

Finally, next Friday, we’re teaming with the Chicago Reader and Revolution Brewing for a special opening night presentation of Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, featuring a Q&A with Swanberg, a beer tasting from Revolution Brewing, and more! Tickets on sale now.

See you at the movies

Son of 70mm Film Festival! Silent Cinema! Snowpiercer!

Newsletter, Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 5:58pm

Hey Music Boxers,

Starting Friday, 70mm returns to the Music Box for our Son of 70mm Film Festival! See some of the best films of all time as their creators intended, on the big screen on beautiful 70mm film. Screenings this week include Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spartacus, and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now.

Also this week, we have daily screenings of Joon-ho Bong’s post-apocalyptic hit Snowpiercer, and The Beatles take over the big screen in the joyous rock ‘n’ roll musical A Hard Day’s Night!

Our midnights this week include 10th Anniversary screenings of Tina Fey’s eminently quotable Mean Girls, and a Friday-night-only screening of legendary lost skin flick Sexcula, presented by The Bijou Theater!

This month’s Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents Chicago, the first big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway play, a tale of murder and media in the jazz age. As always, the silent film will be accompanied by live music from the famous Music Box organ.

On Sunday morning, National Theatre Live presents A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn

See you at the movies

Snowpiercer! A Hard Day’s Night! The Return of 70mm!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 3rd, 2014, 9:53am

Happy almost 4th of July Music Boxers! Once you’ve eaten your fill of hotdogs and watched the fireworks, check out the great screenings we have this week!

From director Bong Joon Ho (The Host) comes Snowpiercer, South Korea’s highest grossing film! In the future, the only survivors of a failed global-warming experiment live aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe. A class system evolves, and one man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control . Currently rated 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, Snowpiercer is a sci-fi/action extravaganza not to be missed.

50 years ago, the biggest rock band ever took over the big screen. This week, The Beatles are back, in the stunning re-release of A Hard Day’s Night. Featuring unforgettable performances of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” and the title tune, the Chicago Tribune calls this rock and roll musical “Just about perfect”.

Our musical matinee series continues on Saturday & Sunday morning with 42nd Street, the archetypal backstage musical featuring those wonderful Busbey Berkeley dance numbers!

Described by Gene Siskel as “one extremely violent, protracted attack on the senses,” our weekend midnight film is Aliens, James Cameron’s sequel that trades the dread and horror of the original for an extraterrestrial action film not to be missed!

We also have another week of screenings of the rom-com to end all rom-coms, They Came Together, starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and New York City (Which is like another character in the film). For a more straightforward romance, catch our Wednesday night screening of And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Presented by the New York Film Critics Series, this one-night-only screening will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with director Rob Reiner.

Finally, don’t forget about our Son of 70mm Film Festival from July 11th-24th. We’re screening larger-than-life films in the format they were meant to be seen, everything from Vertigo to Spartacus to Tron, and much more. Tickets on sale now, get them before they sell out!

See you at the movies!

They Came Together! Pink Floyd’s The Wall! Jackpot!

Newsletter, Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, 6:13pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Thanks to everyone who voted for us the Chicago Reader’s Best of 2014! We’re honored to announce that the Music Box was named Best Movie Theater, Best Film Programming and Best Late-Night Movies! But rather than rest on our laurels, we’re hard at work to bring you more of the great films and events you love!

In the grand tradition of Airplane and The Naked Gun comes the hilarious new comedy They Came Together. David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) directs this irreverent subversion of the romantic comedy genre, starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader, and another several dozen of your favorite comedy folks!

Based on a story by Norway’s leading crime novelist Jo Nesbø, Jackpot is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal. When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he’s clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do. Screen International calls it, “A brutally stylish pulp thriller”!

This weekend, begin and end your day with a musical! Our matinee is a new 35mm restoration of King Vidor’s Cover Girl, starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth. At midnight on Friday & Saturday, delve into the dark side of fame with Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

We also will continue to have daily screenings of Kelly Reichardt’s suspenseful Night Moves and weekend screenings of the intimate drama Ida.

Finally, from July 11th-24th, 70mm returns to the Music Box with Son of 70mm Film Festival! We’ve got two weeks of screenings, all presented in glorious 70mm. Check out the full schedule to see when your favorites are playing!

See you at the movies

Night Moves! Filth! Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Newsletter, Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 10:32am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

There’s something for everyone at the Music Box this week, because we are packed to the brim with great films and special events!

This week, we continue screening Night Moves, the fifth feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. Our weekend matinees include the Marilyn Monroe musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Featuring the iconic number “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”) and hit drama Ida. Jodorowsky’s genre-defying The Dance of Reality returns for midnight screenings.

On Friday at 6:30pm, the Music Box is the only place in Chicago you can see James McAvoy in Filth, followed by a Q&A with author Irvine Welsh (Author of Trainspotting). Later that night, join Midnight Madness for a Double Feature of cult musicals The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment, starting at 9:30pm. Then on Saturday at midnight, the cult hits keep coming with Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

On Saturday & Sunday, we’re hosting the Chicago Jewish Film Festival, featuring one-time-only screenings and special guests.
On Monday, the Northwest Chicago Film Society presents a night of screenings of the newly preserved Corn’s-A-Poppin’.
On Tuesday, the Consulate General of Israel presents a free screening of the powerful documentary Brave Miss World.
On Wednesday, of Montreal fans won’t want to miss the one-night-only screening of the new documentary The Past Is A Grotesque Animal.
On Thursday, brush up your Shakespeare with Henry IV Part I, presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For more information on all these great events, keep reading below! See you at the movies!

Night Moves! The Case Against 8! Silent Cinema!

Newsletter, Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 12:08pm

Happy Thursday Music Box,

This week, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Saarsgard star as radical environmental activists whose act of eco-terror plunges them into a moral maelstrom in Night Moves, the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff). The Dissolve calls it, “A film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus”.

The new documentary The Case Against 8 presents a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The New York Times calls it, “a valuable record of the nuts-and-bolts conference room side of advocacy – an aspect of civil rights work not often seen on screen”.

On Saturday, Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents Ramona, Edwin Carewe’s powerful tale of intolerance. As always, the film will be accompanied by live music from Dennis Scott on the famous Music Box organ!

On Thursday, join us for opening night of the Chicago Jewish Film Festival, celebrating world film artistry from a wide range of themes and perspectives, through a Jewish lens! The festival runs at the Music Box from June 19th-22nd, check out the full schedule and purchase tickets now!

We also have a Sunday matinee of the Footlight Parade, choreographed by the great Busby Berkeley, midnight screenings of the eminently quotable Napoleon Dynamite (Special 10th Anniversary screening!) and the brand new horror film Skinless, and daily screenings of the hit indie drama Ida.

Finally, next Friday at 6:30pm, we’re joined by Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, for a One-Night-Only screening of the new James McAvoy film Filth, based on the book of the same name. The screening will be followed by Q&A with Welsh.

See you at the movies

Dr. Strangelove! Singin’ In The Rain! Space Jam!

Newsletter, Thursday, June 5th, 2014, 10:38am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The threat of Armageddon has never been funnier, with Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb. We’re celebrating 50 years of this Stanley Kubrick comedy landmark with a new 35mm print. Peter Sellers stars (In three wildly different roles) along with unlikely comedy performers George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden in the biting satire many have called the greatest comedy of all time.

An epic drama set in 16th century France, Age of Uprising: The Legend Michael Kohlhaas stars Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) as a well-to-do horse merchant who resorts extremes to obtain justice after a nobleman steals two of his horses. Cine-Vue raves, “4 Stars! A brilliantly-realized period revenge drama”.

Our Summer Musical Matinee series kicks off this weekend with arguably the greatest musical of all: Singin’ In The Rain. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds & Donald O’Connor star in the delightful depiction of Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies.

Our midnights this week include the Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordon team-up Space Jam, the 90s comedy/sport/animation hybrid, featuring that iconic soundtrack and Bill Murray to boot! We’re also screening the new Seth Rogen hit comedy Neighbors.

On Friday, we’re hosting the DePaul University Premiere Film Festival, an end of the year screening of the best student work of the year followed by DePaul University’s version of the Oscars. Open to the public. No tickets. First come, first serve.

We also have another week of the moving, critically acclaimed drama Ida and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s audacious The Dance Of Reality.

See you at the movies

Dance of Reality! Ferris Bueller! The Great Dictator!

Newsletter, Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, 1:04pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is The Dance of Reality, the first film in 23 years from visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky (Subject of the recent documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune). In the radiantly visceral autobiographical film, a young Jodorowsky is confronted by compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness.
And if that’s not enough surrealism for you, we’ll also have midnight screenings of Jodorowsky’s cult quasi-Western El Topo!

We also have another week of Ida, the powerful and intimate drama about a young nun in 1960s Poland who discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. Ida received 4 Star reviews from the Tribune, Sun-Times, Reader, and more, so come check out the film everyone is talking about!

On Sunday at Noon, The Chicago Opera Theater presents The Great Dictator! This special screening of one of Charlie Chaplin’s finest achievements will be followed by a panel discussion and a live performance of highlights from Chicago Opera Theatre’s spring productions of Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis and Orff’s The Clever One. Purchase advance tickets now.

This weekend, catch midnight screenings of the John Hughes classic (and quintessential Chicago film) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, featuring a never-better Matthew Broderick as the only person who knows what makes life worth living. Our weekend matinee is Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, a late period masterpiece from the Master of Suspense.

See you at the movies

Ida! King Lear! The Room!

Newsletter, Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 10:48am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is the critical-acclaimed Ida, the newest release from Music Box Films. From director Pawel Pawlikowski comes this moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past. A.O. Scott of The New York Times raves, “One of the finest European films in recent memory”.

We’re also showing the monster movie that started it all with Godzilla: The Japanese Original, as well as the gritty black comedy God’s Pocket and erotic drama Young & Beautiful.

On Monday, we’re open early for a special presentation of National Theatre Live’s King Lear, the hit London production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

Our Hitchcock weekend matinees continue with Psycho, the shocking film that created the modern horror genre, starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. Come see the most famous shower in cinema on the big screen!

Our midnights this weekend include cult disasterpiece The Room on Friday, the classic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with live shadowcast!) on Saturday, and the controversial and transgressive Don’t Deliver Us From Evil, also on Saturday.

See you at the movies

The Return of TOMMY WISEAU: The Room

At the Movies by Dave Jennings Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 12:33pm

Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box Theatre for two days (and nights) of GOOD IDEAS! (Thank’s Lisa!)

God’s Pocket! For No Good Reason! Rear Window!

Newsletter, Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 10:36am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The great Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives one of his final performances in God’s Pocket, directed by John Slattery (Mad Men). When Mickey Scarpato’s stepson is killed in a construction “accident,” he tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Richard Roeper exclaims, “Great actors at the top of their game working with rich material”.

In the documentary For No Good Reason, Johnny Depp pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and we take off on a discovery of the life and works of one of the most distinctive radical artists of the last 50 years. The LA Times calls it, “An absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman”.

At midnight on Friday & Saturday, check out a 25th anniversary presentation of Tim Burton’s Batman, one of The Dark Knight’s greatest onscreen adventures. Our Hitchcock weekend matinee series continues with the gripping Rear Window, starring Jimmy Stewart in one of his finest roles.

We also have another week of screenings for Godzilla: The Japanese Original (60th Anniversary Restoration!), weekend screenings of the erotic French film Young & Beautiful, a Sunday matinee of National Theatre Live’s production of King Lear, and midnight screenings of the dark comedy musical Stage Fright.

Finally, running May 22nd-June 8th, check out the Truth to Power Festival at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The 1930s were a time of tremendous tumult; worldwide economic depression and the rise of oppressive regimes led to World War II. Yet in this dark era, Benjamin Britten, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich produced works that stirred nations toward hope. They believed that the artist should serve society by creating music that would inspire justice and fairness. Join the CSO and conductor Jaap van Zweden for a three-week journey through their works, which celebrate music’s ability to connect people and harness the power of shared experience.
Most Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts will feature an hour-long enhanced preconcert exploration that are FREE and open to all ticketholders. These special events will include film screenings or guest readings by the Poetry Foundation along with a discussion of the following concert’s program.
For tickets or more information, explore

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For Immediate Release: CHICAGO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL June 19th-29th

Newsletter, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014, 1:57pm

JCC Chicago presents the first Chicago Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), ‘THROUGH A JEWISH LENS” on June 19th-29th, 2014, held at The Music Box Theatre, the Cinemark/Century in Evanston, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum; with other performance events at Victory Gardens in Lincoln Park and at the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie. Films from around the world will be showcased exploring Jewish identity and experience. Ultimately the festival will bring people together sharing a love for film and an excitement, interest or connection to the
multiplicity of Jewish culture. By sharing stories through film, CJFF will also create experiences that inspire us for the future.

“Film is a reflection of society, and we want to look back and forward, so people can further reflect on themselves, their families and communities,” says David Chack, Artistic Director of CJFF, who is also adjunct professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University. “Memory is an inherent part of who we are.“

Featured films will include: “The Pin” (2013), a magical, realistic view of Holocaust survival; “Before The Revolution” (2013), the untold story of the Israeli paradise in Iran; and “A Precious Life” (2010, the story of an Israeli doctor, a Palestinian woman and a journalist seeking treatment for her baby, with journalist/filmmaker Shlomi Eldar as speaking after the film – winner of the Ophir Award (Israeli Academy Award) for Best Documentary.

Since Chicago is one of the only major U.S. cities yet to produce a Jewish film festival, when approached, JCC Chicago was quick to recognize the significance of this opportunity. This underscores the JCC’s commitment to building community through culture and the arts, across Chicago.

“Judaism is not just a religion,” Chack said. “It’s a civilization, encompassing every aspect of life for thousands of years. I truly believe that Jewish culture is the glue that brings us all together.”

Ilene Uhlman, Director of Adult Programs at JCC Chicago added, “Beyond entertainment, the Chicago Jewish Film Festival has the capacity to inspire, enrich and inform Jewish identity for the entire community, strengthening the bonds that connect us all. The schedule for CJFF screenings are:

June 19th, 5:00-11:00 pm; June 21st, 1:00-11:00pm, and June 22nd, 1-11:00 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago.

June 23, 7 pm – Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Play reading of “A Place in The Heart,” by Michal Aharoni.

June 24th, 7pm. Mayer Kaplan JCC Chicago, 5050 Church Street. Collateral play reading of, ”A Place in the Heart,” by Michal Aharoni.

June 26th – Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Films and Times – TBD.

June 28th & 29th, Cinemark/Century Evanston, 1715 Maple Avenue, Evanston. Films and Times – TBD

Sponsor partners for CJFF include: Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema; Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC); YIVO; Music Box Theatre; Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute; ShPIeL-Performing Identity Theatre; Victory Gardens Theater. Generous support provided by The Mrs. Zollie Frank Fund.

Tickets are $12/adults; $10/seniors & students, or $60 for an 8-film festival pass.

For more information, visit: Or, f.or further details, contact David Chack, Artistic Director, 224-406-9257 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

JCC Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring a strong and vibrant Jewish life and community for generations to come. JCC’s core offerings include Early Childhood Services, Children and Teen Programs, Family Programs and Events, Adult Programs, Recreation and Wellness, and Day and Residential Camping. Bringing Jewish values to life to more than 24,000 participants, more than 1.4 million times each year, JCC enriches lives and builds community across metropolitan Chicago. JCC is a partner in serving our community supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.

David Chack: – 224-406-9257 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Artistic Director, Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Chicago Critics Film Festival continues through Thursday!

Newsletter, Sunday, May 11th, 2014, 7:33pm

Happy Monday Music Boxers,

Thanks to everyone who made opening weekend of the Chicago Critics Film Festival such a smash! We’ve had a lot of great crowds for these one-time-only special events. If you haven’t been yet or are itching to return, don’t worry—we have more exciting festival screenings every night this week!

Highlights include Tuesday at 7pm, when director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) returns to the CCFF for the second year in a row—this time for his new film Nick Offerman: American Ham. It’s a live taping of Offerman’s one-man show, featuring a collection of anecdotes and songs, as well as the Parks and Rec star’s 10 tips for living a more prosperous life.

On Wednesday at 7:30pm, comedian-turned-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (Shakes The Clown, World’s Greatest Dad) will introduce and then take questions on his new film Willow Creek, which follows a would-be Bigfoot expert who gets lost while on a camping trip in Sasquatch’s alleged neighborhood … and then finds there is something else out there.

On Thursday at 8:30pm, the CCFF closes out with director Collin Schiffli (a Columbia College alum!) and writer/star David Dastmalchian (a DePaul alum!) presenting their new film, Animals. Shot in Chicago, Animals is a compelling character study that tells the story of a young couple living in their car alongside Lincoln Park Zoo.

Check out additional festival highlights below. For more information, visit

Tickets on sale now. Screenings will sell out, so get your tickets today!

Chicago Critics Film Festival! Godzilla: Original Japanese Version! Mamma Mia!

Newsletter, Thursday, May 8th, 2014, 8:43am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, the Music Box is thrilled to bring you the Chicago Critics Film Festival! Running May 9th-15th, it’s the first-ever film festival programmed entirely by film critics. Now you can see the Chicago premieres of more than 20 highly buzzed-about movies—in addition to two short-film programs—months before the rest of the world. Featuring appearances from David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Martin Starr, Dick Miller and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now!

The grandaddy of all monsters returns to the big screen with Godzilla: The Japanese Original. This 60th Anniversary Restoration presents the complete uncut debut of the iconic rampaging radioactive beast!

On Sunday, The Music Box celebrates Mother’s Day with the hit movie musical Mamma Mia! The live pre-show includes a 70’s fashion contest and an interactive audience participation guide will provided to use during the film. Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s will be on sale at the concessions stand.

On Saturday, Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece Battelship Potemkin, one of the most influential silent films of all time. as always, the film will be accompanied by live music from Dennis Scott on the famous Music Box organ!

On Friday, Schopf & Weiss presents its annual CLE program, Movies on Trial™. This year’s film is Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks, which will be followed by an engaging panel discussion. The program includes 1.0 hour of professional responsibility credit pending MCLE board approval. This is a free event but you must RSVP to attend.

Also this week: Midnight screenings of the new thriller Proxy (Director Zack Parker in person!), weekend matinees of the charming indie hit Le Week-End, and daily screenings of the chilling revenge story Blue Ruin.

See you at the movies

Q&A with David Wain on Friday night! The Chicago Critics Film Festival begins!

Newsletter, Monday, May 5th, 2014, 1:55pm

Hey Music Boxers,

We couldn’t be more excited to host the Chicago Critics Film Festival, which kicks off on Friday and runs through Thursday, May 15. It’s the first-ever film festival programmed entirely by film critics. Your favorite Chicago critics have scoured Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance, Toronto and more to find what they consider to be the best, most promising films. Now you can see the Chicago premieres of more than 20 of those highly buzzed-about movies—in addition to two short-film programs—months before the rest of the world.

None other than director David Wain (The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Childrens Hospital) will get things started with his new comedy, They Came Together, starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Scott Tobias of The Dissolve will be moderating a Q&A with Wain after the screening this Friday at 7 pm, and you don’t want to miss it. Last time Wain came to the Music Box the event sold out, so get your tickets now!

Several other directors and cast members will be appearing throughout the Chicago Critics Film Festival as well — check out some of the highlights below. For more information, visit

Tickets are on sale now. Screenings will sell out, so get your tickets today!

Blue Ruin! Dancing in Jaffa! Three Amigos!

Newsletter, Thursday, May 1st, 2014, 10:40am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers

This week we open two great films, with two great opening weekend events!

In Blue Ruin, a beach bum finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. IndieWIRE calls it, “The most suspenseful American film of the year: sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular”. On Friday at 7pm, we’ll be joined by Director Jeremy Saulnier for a special Q&A! Tickets on sale now.

In Dancing In Jaffa, four-time ballroom dancing world champion Pierre Dulaine fulfills a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. Variety calls it “A surprising, well-crafted look at a ballroom-dancing program aimed at bridging gaps between Jewish and Palestinian children in Israel”. On Saturday at 7:15pm, the Chicago chapter of the program featured in the film, Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland, will host a screening party, which includes a special performance from the Chicagoland children who’ve participated in the 10-week program and a Q&A with Executive Director Maren Oslac. Tickets on sale now.

On Monday, celebrate Cinco De Mayo with ¡Three Amigos! Join Steve Martin, Martin Short and Chevy Chase as they fight for freedom in this comedy classic. Presented by Lagunitas with beer specials and special tastings, and tickets are only $5!

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critic Society presents Chef, the new film from director/actor Jon Favreau. The film will be followed by a special broadcast of a Q&A with Favreau, presented live from New York City! Tickets on sale now.

Our weekend matinees include the Hitchcock classic Strangers On A Train and charming romantic comedy Le Week-End. Our midnights are a pair of films in the So-Bad-It’s-Good genre, Troll 2 and Fateful Findings.

And don’t forget, tickets are now available for the Chicago Critics Film Festival! On May 9th-15th,the festival lineup offers viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy. Featuring scheduled appearances from David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Shep Gordon, Dick Miller and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mamma Mia at the Music Box, hosted by Dick O’Day!

Newsletter, Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, 4:03pm

Hey Music Boxers,

The Music Box celebrates Mother’s Day with a special screening of the hit movie musical Mamma Mia! Come dressed in your best 1970’s garb ready for a celebratory fashion show! The live pre-show hosted by Dick O’Day includes a 70’s fashion contest. An interactive audience participation guide will provided to use during the film. Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s will be on sale at the concessions stand. Doors open at 11:30am.

Newsletter, Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, 11:26am

Chicago Critics Film Festival May 9th-15th

Newsletter, Friday, April 25th, 2014, 2:53pm

Hey Music Boxers,

On May 9th – 15th, the Music Box is thrilled to host the Chicago Critics Film Festival! Created by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) in 2013, this weeklong celebration of film features the Chicago premieres of over 20 favorites from Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance and other acclaimed festivals. In addition to two short-film programs, it includes the latest works from directors David Wain, Mike Cahill, Michel Gondry and Ari Folman as well as stars such as Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Robin Wright, Nick Offerman and Brit Marling. Appearing at this year’s festival are special guests David Wain, Shep Gordon, Dick Miller, Martin Starr, Bobcat Goldthwait and many more!

Check out the full schedule and select screenings below. For more information, visit

Tickets on sale now. Screenings will sell out, so get your tickets today!

See you at the movies!

Watermark! Child’s Pose! New York Film Critics Series!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 24th, 2014, 9:40am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is the illuminating documentary Watermark. Watermark tells the story of our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We’ll be joined by Director Jennifer Baichwal for Q&As on Friday and Saturday at 7:20pm, who The Boston Globe calls “simply best at the long view of the human species and its impact”.

The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Child’s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. Rated 95% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes, Child’s Pose is a spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism.

Next week, our schedule is packed with special events! On Tuesday, the Sound Of Silent Film Festival features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. On Wednesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents an advance screening of Locke, the critically acclaimed new film starring Tom Hardy. On Thursday, The Found Footage Festival returns to the Music Box with a new collection of VHS oddities from the world’s garage sales, thrift stores warehouses and dumpsters.

We also have weekend matinee screenings of Hitchcock’s Notorious with the incomparable screen couple Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman, midnights of John Waters’ Cry Baby with Johnny Depp and the post-apocalyptic Car Cemetery, and fittingly, weekend screenings of Le Week-End, the hit indie romance starring Jim Broadbent.

Just up the street from us at The Mercury Theater, take a trip to AVENUE Q THE MUSICAL, running Thursday April 24, 2014 to Sunday June 29, 2014. This hilarious modern musical focuses on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although it is filled with uproarious adult humor, AVENUE Q reminds us of a beloved children’s show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q may not be appropriate for young children. Parents should use discretion based on the maturity of their children.

Finally, the full lineup of the Chicago Critics Film Festival has been announced! Running May 9th-May 15th, the festival includes new films from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award winners to talented newcomers, and scheduled appearances from David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Shep Gordon, Dick Miller and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now!

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