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The Zero Theorem! God Help The Girl! The Notebook!

Newsletter, Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 10:07am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Terry Gilliam returns to the realm of dystopic sci-fi with The Zero Theorem, starring Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. The Chicago Reader named this thought-provoking film one of their Top Picks for Fall Movies!
And if that’s not enough Gilliam madness for you, catch Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson in ??Fear and Loathing In Las V Vegas??, Friday and Saturday at midnight!

God Help the Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. In Scotland, a girl called Eve writes songs as a way to sort through some emotional problems. She then meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. Newcity calls it “Crazy-charming lovable coming-of-age musical”.
Plus, on Friday only, the film will be preceded by Belle and Sebastian sing GOD HELP THE GIRL, a short film with writer/director Stuart Murdoch performing songs from the movie with his Belle & Sebastian bandmates, in exclusive concert footage.

Adapted from Agota Kristof’s bestselling novel, The Notebook tells the story of thirteen-year-old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border during WWII. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on one another in the face of challenging circumstances. The Notebook, the 2014 Hungarian entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards.

Did you know that Tuesday, September 23rd has been declared DAVID BOWIE DAY in Chicago? Celebrate by coming to our one-night-only presentation of David Bowie is, a documentary film of the groundbreaking David Bowie is exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, opening soon at the Museum of Contemporary Art!

On Friday at Midnight, it’s time to enter Tommy Wiseau’s disasterpiece The Room. Saturday at midnight, do the Timewarp again with the Midnight Madness shadowcast at The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the last screening of RHPS until our famous Halloween shows (Tickets on sale now).

Our Marlene Dietrich matinee series continues Saturday and Sunday morning, as she teams with Gary Cooper for Morocco. Also on Sunday, stage comes to the screen as we broadcast Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. We will also have weekend screenings of the medical documentary Code Black.

See you at the movies

Code Black! Finding Fela! Chicago Opera Theater!

Newsletter, Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 10:40am

Happy Sunday Music Boxers,

As you may have noticed, we’ve had some website issues the past several days, but everything is back up and running, just in time for a week of special events and new films!

In his vivid and thought-provoking documentary Code Black, physician Ryan McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Winner of Best Documentary at Los Angeles Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The joyous documentary Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. The Chicago Sun-Times calls it, “a complex mosaic of a man and the powerful message of his legacy”.

We also have another week of screenings for two subversive romantic comedies, The One I Love starring Elizabeth Moss and Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza.

On Monday, catch All This Mayhem, an unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding brothers Tas and Ben Pappas.

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Hector and the Search For Happiness, the uplifting new comedy starring Simon Pegg. This screening is FREE, but you must RSVP to attend.

On Wednesday, we’re presenting a one-night-only screening of Thom Andersen’s landmark documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF. Never before available on home video, the film explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown – as seen entirely though the films themselves. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gives it 4 Stars!

And on Thursday, we’re hosting Opening Night of Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, featuring a screening of the new film Boy Meets Girl at 7:30pm, following a red carpet champagne reception with director Eric Schaeffer and actress Michelle Hendley at 5:30pm. Tickets on sale now.

See you at the movies!

September Special Events at the Music Box Theatre!

Newsletter, Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 5:09pm

Hey Music Box fans,

We are bursting at the seams with Special Events this September! We’ve got everything, from David Bowie and Duran Duran to Silent Cinema, collaborations with the Chicago Opera Theater and Reeling Film Festival, a FREE advance screening of Simon Pegg’s new movie, and much more!

Read for more info on our upcoming Special Events and keep an eye on our website, we’re adding more excellent events and screenings all the time! Tickets for many of these events are on sale now, don’t delay, get yours now before they’re gone!

Life After Beth! A Five Star Life! Texas Chainsaw Massacre!

Newsletter, Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 6:03pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza and Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan star in Life After Beth. In this zombie romantic comedy (Zom-Rom-Com?), a young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her. Variety calls it, “Charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny.”

Also opening this week is A Five Star Life, the newest release from Music Box Films. From director Maria Sole Tognazzie comes the sophisticated story of one woman’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment. The Dissolve calls it, “A frequently sumptuous pleasure to watch.”

Our midnight screenings this weekend include 40th anniversary screenings of the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, still as shocking today as the day it was released! We’re also screening the exciting anime Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie.

This fall, we’re celebrating the iconic pairing of director Josef Von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich with a special matinee series of their seven classic films. The series kicks off this Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am with The Blue Angel, the dark musical that first united these two screen legends.

On Wednesday at 7:30pm, for one night only, the Music Box presents Duran Duran: Unstaged, a filmed concert from the celebrated band, directed by the one and only David Lynch. Includes performances of Duran Duran hits “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “A View to Kill”, “Ordinary World” and “Rio.”

We also have daily screenings of the hit indie The One I Love, starring Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Mark Duplass (The League). See the movie everyone is talking about, and don’t spoil the surprise!

See you at the movies

2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

At the Movies Our Theatre by Dave Jennings Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 1:57pm

For 10 days and two weekends, the 2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will take you on an amazing journey with a wealth of character-driven stories, painterly and cutting-edge animation, and unforgettable award winning films. The first Oscar-qualifying film festival for children and families, the CICFF represents a rare opportunity for Chicagoans to see top award-winning films before anyone else.

Noir City! The One I Love! Cabaret! Batman!

Newsletter, Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 5:41pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, NOIR CITY: CHICAGO returns to the Music Box, co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation! Focusing on the years immediately following WWII, this year’s NOIR CITY: CHICAGO festival features classic noir films from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Britain, as well as a sampling of homegrown Hollywood rarities. The 17 films reveal that the cinematic movement known as Noir spanned the globe, and its style, sexiness and cynicism crossed all borders. All festival tickets can be used as double feature tickets, giving you two films for the price of one, just like the good old days! Check out the Full Schedule and purchase Advance Tickets now!

Plus, when you come to Noir City, you can pick up a copy of our Fall calendar, featuring dozens of films and special events through the end of November that you can only find at the Music Box!

Continuing this week is The One I Love, the romance with a mysterious twist starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. The RedEye gives the film 3.5 stars and calls it, “insightful, strange and engrossing.”

Celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary with our midnight screenings of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which takes the adventures of the Dark Knight’s beloved 90s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series to the big screen, presented in 35mm! Easily one of the best movies to ever feature Caped Crusader.

On Saturday & Sunday, catch Bob Fosse’s magnificent film adaptation of the smash musical Cabaret. Featuring Liza Minnelli in her iconic role, this Academy Award-winning tale of passion and politics is not to be missed.

Also this weekend, catch our midnight screenings of the blockbuster Lucy, featuring Scarlett Johansson in full-“Action Hero” mode, and our matinee presentations of Monty Python: Live (Mostly), the acclaimed reunion show of the legendary comedy group.

See you at the movies

NOIR CITY returns to the Music Box!

Newsletter, Monday, August 25th, 2014, 2:36pm

Hey film noir fans,

NOIR CITY: CHICAGO returns to the Music Box, beginning this Friday! The 6th edition of this annual film noir festival is going international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories are a specifically American phenomenon.
Focusing on the years immediately following World War II, this year’s NOIR CITY: CHICAGO fetival features classic noir films from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Britain, as well as a sampling of homegrown Hollywood rarities. The 17 films in the series reveal that the cinematic movement known as Noir spanned the globe, and its style, sexiness and cynicism crossed all international borders. The Film Noir Foundation, co-presenters of the festival with the Music Box, will also be presenting its latest 35mm film restoration, TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949), which Film Noir Foundation president Eric Muller declares, “the best unknown American film noir of the classic era.” Also screening will be the newly struck 35mm print of the tough-as-nails ROADBLOCK (1951). “Our desire to expand the scope of the NOIR CITY festival has resulted in our most ambitious program ever,” says Muller.

Tickets and Festival Passes are on sale now! Each film is part of a double feature and buying a ticket to a feature entitles the holder to the next film of the day as part of the festival. Check below for the full schedule and festival highlights!

The One I Love! Land Ho! The Producers!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 10:16am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening on Friday is The One I Love. Mad Men‘s Elizabeth Moss and The League‘s Mark Duplass star as a married couple whose romantic retreat takes a turn for the surreal. Don’t let anyone spoil the secret for you, this is a film you need to see to believe! RedEye’s Matt Pais says, “The first movie in a while I didn’t want to stop thinking about, and couldn’t if I tried.”

Also opening this week is Land Ho!, the charming story of a pair of Icelandic ex-brothers-in-law attempting to reclaim their youth in a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. The New York Times calls it, “A delightfully funny road movie”.

Couldn’t make it out to The Room last night? Don’t worry, we have screenings tonight at 7pm and 10:30pm, each one hosted by the one and only Tommy Wiseau, and featuring a special presentation of footage from his newest project, the sitcom The Neighbors!

Our matinees this weekend bring the laughs, with Mel Brooks’ original Broadway satire The Producers and encore presentations of Monty Python: Live (Mostly), the much-heralded reunion show of the legendary comedy group.

Friday and Saturday at midnight, come by for David Lynch’s enigmatic Mulholland Dr. and the anime K: Missing Kings.

Finally, Noir City: Chicago 6 kicks off August 29th! The full schedule has been released, featuring Noir films from around the world, and tickets are on sale now!

See you at the movies!

Summer Music Film Festival! The Room with Tommy Wiseau! Venus In Fur!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 11:27am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Summer Music Film Festival 2014 comes to the Music Box on August 15th-19th! Co-presented by Sound Opinions, this festival showcases the very best music films, documentaries, and concert footage, for the fourth year in a row. Highlights of the 2014 festival include 30th anniversary screenings of Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Prince’s Purple Rain, filmmaker-attended screenings of The 78 Project Movie and Rubber Soul, and much more! Check out the full schedule and get tickets now!

On August 20th & 21st, the mysterious and always-entertaining Tommy Wiseau returns for two nights of The Room, the cult disaster-piece that must be seen to be believed. In addition to a Q&A, Wiseau will also premiere The Neighbors, his much awaited follow-up, a sitcom about the many people who live in an L.A. apartment. In other words, exactly what you want from Tommy Wiseau.

Opening on Friday is Venus In Fur, the adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play by master filmmaker Roman Polanski. A taut encounter with a frustrated director and enigmatic actress, the Chicago Tribune calls the film, “whip-smart dissection of gender politics.”

At midnight on Friday, we’ve got a Secret Screening up our sleeve. What could it be? Only one way to find out. Then on Saturday, do the time warp again with the Midnight Madness shadowcast at The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

We also have weekend matinees of the rockin’ musical Bye Bye Birdie and daily screenings of the powerful documentary Alive Inside.

See you at the movies

Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box for THE ROOM!

Newsletter, Monday, August 11th, 2014, 2:15pm

Hey Room fans!

On August 20th & 21st, the enigmatic and always-entertaining Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box for two nights of screenings of his cult sensation The Room!

Each screening of The Room will include a Q&A with writer/director/producer/star Tommy Wiseau, providing his unique insight into the making of the infamous film. Additionally, we will feature an Exclusive Presentation of footage from THE NEIGHBORS, Tommy Wiseau’s newest project. The Neighbors is a sitcom that revolves around the many characters who live in an L.A. apartment building, and features the same Wiseau flair that his fans have come to love.

Tickets on sale now!

Alive Inside! Violette! King of the Rodeo!

Newsletter, Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 10:02am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory. As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, this powerful documentary reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Join us Friday at 7:15pm for a special Opening Night presentation of Alive Inside followed by a Q&A with Kelly Willenborg, founder of The Healing Jukebox. Tickets on sale now.

Fresh off its presentation as the Festival Centerpiece at the Chicago French Film Festival, Violette also opens this week. A stirring and profound biopic of French novelist Violette Leduc, The New York Times calls it “A deeply satisfying film. . . Handsome, intelligently absorbing and stirring”.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns this weekend for King of the Rodeo, a rollicking tale of love and danger, partially filmed at actual rodeos in Chicago’s Soldier Field. As always, the screening will be accompanied by live music from the Music Box organ!

On Sunday morning, Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse are opposites who attract in Silk Stockings. This charming musical-comedy is not available on DVD!

Our weekend midnights include Kevin Smith’s underrated sophomore feature Mallrats, featuring a career-best performance from Jason Lee, and the best sci-fi film of the summer Snowpiercer (Snowpiercer will also be playing as a matinee on Saturday & Sunday morning).

Finally, starting next Friday is the Summer Music FIlm Festival! Check out the full line-up, featuring anniversary screenings of Stop Making Sense and Purple Rain, the musical God Help The Girl, and much much more!

See you at the movies

Summer Music Film Festival 2014 at the Music Box!

Newsletter, Monday, August 4th, 2014, 12:15pm

Hey Music Film Fans,

The Summer Music Film Festival 2014 comes to the Music Box on August 15th-19th! Co-presented by Sound Opinions, this festival showcases the very best music films, documentaries, and concert footage, for the fourth year in a row.

Highlights of the 2014 festival include 30th anniversary screenings of Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Prince’s Purple Rain, and 50th anniversary screenings of The Beatles’ A Hard Days Night, returning after sold out screenings in July!

Two films with Chicago connections will screen and are scheduled to have their creators in attendance. The 78 Project Movie is a journey across America to record today’s musical artists as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of popular music — exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously, on one-of-a-kind 78rpm lacquer discs. Director Alex Steyermark, a former Chicago resident, will discuss his film and The 78 Project web series.. Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of two historical interviews of Yoko Ono and John Lennon from 1970 and 1980 and is the creation of Evanston native and Northwestern alumni Jon Lefkovitz.

Read on below for the full schedule and more festival highlight!

A 5 admission pass is $45. Individual Tickets are $9-$12 and can be purchased online through www.summermusicfilmfestival.com

French Film Festival! Monty Python! Snowpiercer!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 11:17am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Vive le cinema! The Chicago French Film Festival begins TONIGHT! Come to our Opening Night Reception for pre-show drinks and appetizers at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of Me, Myself and Mum at 7:30pm!

The Chicago French Film Festival runs from July 31st-August 5th and features screenings of 10 of the best contemporary French films, including our Festival Centerpiece presentation of Violette on Saturday and Closing Night film Jealousy on Tuesday evening. Check out the full schedule and purchase festival tickets now.

Also, this will be our final week for Snowpiercer. Come take the post-apocalyptic thrill ride that everyone has been talking about!

Love Monty Python, but couldn’t make it to London for their reunion show? On Wednesday at 7pm, check out Monty Python: Live (Mostly), a one-night-only rebroadcast of the legendary comedy troupe’s (likely) final performance together, filmed in front of the sold-out crowd of London’s O2 Arena.

Next Thursday, join Chicago Tribune sports columnist Steve Rosenbloom and movie critic Michael Phillips for a 25th anniversary screening of Field of Dreams. You’ll want to catch this baseball classic with your whole family.

Finally, get shell-shocked with our weekend midnight screenings of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze, and dance with Fred Astaire in our matinee screenings of The Sky’s The Limit.

See you at the movies

The Chicago French Film Festival Begins This Thursday!

Newsletter, Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 11:24am

Bonjour, French Film Lovers,

We’re a few days away from the Chicago French Film Festival is this week, July 31st – August 5th! For the past four years, we’ve been presenting the very best in contemporary French cinema, offering Chicagoans the opportunity to see the best the French film industry has to offer.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival is the black comedy Paulette from director Jérôme Enrico, starring the late actress Bernadette Lafont as a brash and opinionated retiree who discovers a surprising way to supplement her meager pension.

Also eagerly anticipated is the biopic Violette, the latest from director Martin Provost (Seraphine). It tells the story of trailblazing feminist writer Violette Leduc and her mentor/object of desire, Simone de Beauvoir, and stars Emmanuelle Devos and Sandrine Kiberlain.

The 2014 Chicago French Film Festival promises to be the most comprehensive, diverse and exciting yet!

Check below for the full schedule and film descriptions, and Purchase advance tickets now

Happy Christmas! Snowpiercer! French Film Festival!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 24th, 2014, 12:05am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is Happy Christmas, Joe Swanberg’s delightful and intimate drama filmed in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, starring Anna Kendrick & Melanie Lynskey! Join us Friday for a special Opening Night Event, co-presented by the Chicago Reader and Revolution Brewing. The night will begin with beer samples provided by Revolution Brewing from 6pm-7pm, followed by a screening of HAPPY CHRISTMAS at 7pm, featuring a live Q&A with director Joe Swanberg!

We also have another week of screenings of the pulse-pounding sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer.

On Saturday at 9:30pm, Filmspotting celebrates its 500th episode with a live taping at the Music Box! Called “a force for good in the universe” by director Rian Johnson, join hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen (Plus special guests!) for a celebration of all things film and Filmspotting. Tickets on sale now!

For our musical matinee this weekend, Judy Garland stars in Meet Me In St. Louis, featuring her iconic rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. Also on Saturday & Sunday, National Theatre Live returns to the Music Box, with an encore broadcast of the hit production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Our midnight movie thrusts Kurt Russell into supernatural action as he investigates Big Trouble In Little China.

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Child of God, James Franco’s gritty adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. This one-night-only screening will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with writer/director/actor Franco.

Finally, next Thursday is Opening Night of the 2014 Chicago French Film Festival, a unique opportunity for Chicagoans to see the best the French film industry has to offer. The event kicks off with a reception at 6:30pm, followed by a 7:30pm screening of Me, Myself and Mum, a playful twist on the typical coming-out narrative. Tickets for all festival screenings are on sale now!

See you at the movies

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. RogerEbert.com 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!

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