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The Third Man! Yankee Doodle Dandy! A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Newsletter, Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, 10:21am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening tomorrow is a brand new restoration of Carol Reed’s The Third Man. One of the finest film noirs of all time, featuring Orson Welles in an iconic supporting performance. The Vienna scenery, the zither score, the “cuckoo clock” monologue, the greatest foot chase in cinema history. . . See it all on the big screen!

Before you catch the fireworks this weekend, celebrate the 4th of July with Yankee Doodle Dandy, the Oscar-winning musical starring James Cagney! Featuring a patriotic pre-show sing-a-long! Join in the chorus on Saturday at 11:30am. Only $5 for kids 12 & under!

What do you get when you pair William Shakespeare with visionary director Julie Taymor? Magic. We’re hosting two special presentations of Taymor’s breathtaking and lush A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the highly acclaimed stage production turned into an immersive cinematic experience. See it on Sunday morning & Tuesday evening.

We also have daily screenings of the enthralling documentary The Wolfpack and weekend matinees of the hit musical Eden.

In our patriotic midnight film, Chuck Norris is a one-man-army taking on a team of terrorists in Invasion USA. 30th Anniversary!

On Wednesday, Robin Williams stars in one of his final roles in the touching and powerful Boulevard. Presented by the New York Film Critics Series, the screening will be followed by a pre-taped Q&A with director Dito Montiel.

Finally, Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns on July 11th with Way Down East, D.W. Griffith’s thrilling romance starring Lillian Gish. Featuring live accompaniment from the Music Box organ! Get your tickets today.

See you at the movies!

Eden! The Decline of Western Civilization! National Theatre Live!

Newsletter, Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 11:31am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is Eden an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris, following the life of a French DJ. The Chicago Reader gives Eden 4 Stars, calling it “An epic made from the inside out.”

On Saturday night, director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World) presents her landmark rock documentaries The Decline of Western Civilization: Parts I & II, followed by a Q&A! Tickets for this one-night-only Double Feature are only $12, get your tickets now.

We also have another week of screenings for The Wolfpack, the haunting and engrossing documentary hit that must be seen to be believed!

Hey Theatre Fans! Now playing at Victory Gardens Theater, THE WHO AND THE WHAT, the funny & insightful new play from 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. On June 27th, Music Box Patrons can receive discounted tickets when they use the Promotional Code “MUSICBOX”. Don’t miss this excellent show!

Our midnights this weekend include the new crime thriller 7 Minutes and an encore presentation of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet.

Our weekend matinees include A View From The Bridge, the acclaimed new production from National Theatre Live, and Orson Welles’ powerful Shakespeare adaptation Othello.

Our Docs At The Box series wraps up on Tuesday, June 30th, with Guidelines, a powerful documentary that follows a year in the lives of students in a Canadian high school.

Finally, before you watch the fireworks, spend your 4th of July with Yankee Doodle Dandy! Our special presentation of this rousing musical includes a patriotic pre-show Sing-A-Long! Get your tickets today and join the chorus.

See you at the movies

Music at the Movies!

Newsletter, Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 4:28pm

Hey Music lovers,

This week at the Music Box, it’s all about the music! We’ve got director Penelope Spheeris in-person, hosting special screenings of her landmark rock docs The Decline of Western Civilization Parts I & II, captivating documentaries about peerless icons Kurt Cobain and Nina Simone, and we’re opening the new film Eden, an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris in the era of Daft Punk.

Don’t miss out on these limited screenings, see below for more information, and get your tickets now.

The Wolfpack! Cinema Science presents The Birds! Soaked In Bleach!

Newsletter, Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 3:08pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, The Wolfpack, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize! A mesmerizing documentary from director Crystal Moselle about escaping into cinema, TimeOut Chicago calls it “terrifically compelling”.

On Saturday at 2pm, Cinema Science with The Field Museum presents Alfred Hitchcock’s erie tale of terror from above, The Birds. This special presentation includes a lively discussion with a Field Museum Ornithologist. Tickets on sale now.

We also have daily screenings of the indie rom-com Results, the touching dark comedy The Farewell Party, and the lively fashion documentary Iris.

For our midnights this weekend, bring your spoons on Friday for The Room and your stilettos on Saturday for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadowcast. We’re also showing The Stranger, the grisly new flick from Eli Roth on both nights!

Our Orson Welles matinee series continues with the gripping noir Touch of Evil, featuring one of the most iconic opening shots in film history!

Next week, we have two new documentaries about a pair of the most iconic names in music. On Tuesday, our Docs At The Box series continues with the illuminating look at Nina Simone’s life What Happened, Miss Simone. On Wednesday, Soaked in Bleach examines the final days of Nivana’s Kurt Cobain.

The week wraps on with a double feature of the landmark rock documentaries The Decline of Western Civilization: Parts I & II, featuring a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris, on Saturday, June 27th! $12 for two great films, tickets on sale now!

See you at the movies

Results! The Farewell Party! Magnificent Ambersons!

Newsletter, Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 11:33am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening tomorrow, catch Results, the new comedy from Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess), starring Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce! The RedEye calls it “a funny, appealing look at loneliness and the motivations behind life’s little fixes.” Stick around after the Friday 7:30pm screening for a lively discussion of the film in the Music Box Lounge, led by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com!

Also opening on Friday is The Farewell Party, a compassionate dark comedy about life and death, and knowing when to say goodbye. Variety calls it “Poignant and provocative.”

Hey Theatre Fans! Now playing at Victory Gardens Theater, THE WHO AND THE WHAT, the funny & insightful new play from 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. On June 27th, Music Box Patrons can receive discounted tickets when they use the Promotional Code “MUSICBOX”. Don’t miss this excellent show!

Our Orson Welles matinee series continues with The Magnificent Ambersons, Welles’ follow-up to Citizen Kane, about a family unwilling to change their way of life with the times. An underseen classic!

At midnight this Friday & Saturday, David Lynch takes us to the seedy underbelly of suburbia with Blue Velvet. Show up early on Saturday for A Celebration of David Lynch, presented by Consequence of Sound. The Music Box Lounge will be transformed with themed David Lynch artwork, baked goods, photo opportunities and drink specials to further bring this auteur’s cinematic elements to life. Seating is limited.

We also have weekend screenings of the mesmerizing new 4K Restoration of The Apu Trilogy and Albert Maysles’ hit fashion documentary Iris.

Our other midnight films include the ferocious animal adventure Roar and the terrifying documentary The Nightmare.

On Tuesday, our Docs At The Box series continues with 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets, winner of a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Social Impact.

See you at the movies!

The Apu Trilogy! Serge Bromberg! Citizen Kane!

Newsletter, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 10:41pm

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

The new music film Eden opens June 26th at the Music Box, but if you can’t wait that long, catch a FREE screening tonight at 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A with writer Sven Hansen-Løve and actor Felix De Givry! Tickets are limited, RSVP now.

Opening this Friday, Satyajit Ray’s masterwork The Apu Trilogy returns to the big screen, in a stunning new 4K Restoration! The three films are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover. But don’t take our word for it: No less than Akira Kurosawa exclaimed “Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun or the moon.”

Also opening Friday, from the director of Room 237 comes the haunting new documentary The Nightmare, a look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis. Vulture calls it “One of the most intriguing’ — and most discussed — films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.”

Saturday at 7:30pm, we’re pleased to host acclaimed showman Serge Bromberg for Retour De Flamme (Back From The Flames)! In this unique one-man-show, Serge Bromberg introduces classic silent films and accompanies them on the piano. Retour de Flamme is a must-see for anyone who wishes to embark on a cinematic exploration, a magic and incerdibly entertaining journey through time and the history of cinema. Tickets available now.

Friday night, catch the great filmmakers of tomorrow with DePaul University Premiere Night, a celebration of the best student-made films of the past year at DePaul. This event is FREE and open to everyone!

Citizen Kane, commonly cited as the greatest film ever made, plays this Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, kicking off our summer matinee series WELLES AT 100, a celebration of the centennial of Orson Welles!

At midnight this weekend, it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role he was born to play with Terminator 2. We also have daily screenings of the fashion documentary Iris from director Albert Maysles, and, back by popular demand, the Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me.

Our Get Real: Docs At The Box documentary series continues on Tuesday, June 9th, with The Russian Woodpecker. Winner of the Sundance 2015 World Documentary Prize, the film is a spellbinding trip down the rabbit hole of Cold War conspiracy theories.

See you at the movies

Back From The Flames: Silent Cinema with Serge Bromberg

Newsletter, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 1:26pm

FREE MOVIE: See the new indie comedy Fishing Naked for free this Fri-Sun!

Newsletter, Friday, May 29th, 2015, 3:13pm

Love At First Fight! The Set-Up! Slow West!

Newsletter, Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 11:48am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, the quirky feel-good comedy Love At First Fight. An unlikely romance set in an army boot camp, The Chicago Reader says “The rare romantic comedy that’s satisfying as genre entertainment but also inspires serious thought on pertinent social issues”.

Sunday at Noon, catch the tense boxing noir The Set-Up, featuring a post-screening discussion of the life and career of actor Robert Ryan, with Lisa Ryan, the actor’s daughter; Matthew Hoffman of Park Ridge Classic Film; and the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones, author of the new biography The Lives Of Robert Ryan. Tickets on sale now.

Our acclaimed Get Real: Docs At The Box documentary series returns, every Tuesday in June! On June 2nd, we’re presenting Saving Mes Anyak, a story of a race against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese state-owned copper mine. Tickets available now.

We also have more screenings of the revenge western Slow West starring Michael Fassbender, the fashion documentary Iris from director Albert Maysles, and the Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me.

Our Friday & Saturday midnights are two films that must be seen to be believed: Human Centipede 3, the final installment in the horrifying trilogy, and family-adventure-film-gone-wrong Roar!

Friday through Sunday, see the new indie comedy Fishing Naked for free! When some Bigfoot hoaxes get out of hand, hormones and hilarity ensue. Visit inviteforfilm.com and use Group Code ‘MUSICBOX’. Additional screenings on Monday-Wednesday.

On Saturday at 11:30am, catch Joan Fontaine in the lush romantic noir Letter From An Unknown Woman.

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Catch the tense boxing noir THE SET-UP, starring Robert Ryan, this Sunday at Noon!

Newsletter, Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, 2:53pm

Slow West! UHF with Weird Al! Happy Gilmore! Roar!

Newsletter, Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 11:07am

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Opening this week, take a rugged journey through the Wild West with Michael Fassbender in Slow West. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler who joins a 16-year-old boy on a quest to find the woman he loves. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “A wholly enjoyable buddy Western punctuated by occasional shocks of black humor”.

We’re also playing the fashion documentary Iris, the final film from Albert Maysles, and the Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me.

On Tuesday at 7:30pm, the National Resource Defense Council presents a free screening of The Burden, the first feature-length documentary that conveys how America’s dependence on fossil fuel threatens national security. RSVP for tickets.

On Wednesday, The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival presents UHF, featuring Q&As with Weird Al Yankovic & Dir. Jay Levey. Our 7pm show is sold out, so get your tickets now for the 10pm show!

Next Thursday at 7:30pm, The High Fidelity Film Series presents Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars, featuring a discussion exploring science and film! This event is free to High Fidelity and Cinema/Chicago members but does require an advanced RSVP.

Our midnights this weekend include Adam Sandler’s best film with Happy Gilmore and the unbelievable animal adventure Roar.

On Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, Rock Hudson has a Magnificent Obsession in Douglas Sirk’s flamboyant Technicolor melodrama. Presented on 35mm!

Finally, on May 31st, the Music Box presents the gut-punching boxing noir The Set-Up, post-screening discussion of the life and career of actor Robert Ryan, featuring Lisa Ryan, the actor’s daughter; and film critic J.R. Jones, author of the new biography The Lives of Robert Ryan. Tickets on sale now!

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Iris! The Film Critic! National Theatre Live! The Room!

Newsletter, Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 1:08pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This Friday is opening night of Albert Maysles’s final documentary Iris, a celebration of fashion creativity. Get to know Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Currently Rated 100% FRESH on RottenTomatoes.com!

Also opening on Friday is The Film Critic, the latest release from Music Box Films! Recommended by Newcity, The Film Critic is a playful yet heartfelt take on the rom-com genre about a world-weary Argentinian film critic who eschews romantic clichés…until he finds himself living one!

We’ll also have more screenings of Kristen Wiig’s revelatory comedy Welcome To Me, directed by Shira Piven.

Our midnights this weekend include Tommy Wiseau’s cult disasterpiece The Room, the genre bending sci-fi musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with live shadowcast!), and the animal adventure Roar, which must be seen to be believed!

Our weekend matinee is Nicholas Ray’s A Woman’s Secret, the spiritual cousin of All About Eve starring Maureen O’Hara. Catch is Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am.

On Tuesday, National Theatre Live presents The Hard Problem, the emotional and thought-provoking new play from Tom Stoppard, filmed live in London. Tickets on sale now.

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Welcome To Me, with director Q&A! About Elly! Mamma Mia! Roar!

Newsletter, Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 10:04am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this Friday is Welcome To Me! Kristen Wiig stars as a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins the lottery and buys her own talk show. Join us Friday at 7pm for an Opening Night celebration featuring a Q&A with director Shira Piven & actress Joan Cusack! A portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit Piven Theater Workshop in Chicago.

Also opening this week is About Elly. From the Academy Award winning director of A Separation comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat. Currently rated 98% on RottenTomatoes, The AV Club calls About Elly “Clearly the work of a master in the making”.

On Saturday at Noon, The Field Museum & Second Saturday Silent Cinema team up for In The Land Of The Head Hunters, 1914’s landmark examination of Native American culture. Featuring a discussion from a Field Museum expert & live musical accompaniment from the Music Box organ. Tickets on sale now!

Sunday at Noon, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mamma Mia, the hit film musical based on the songs of ABBA. Hosted by Dick O’Day, dress up in your best disco gear and be sure to grab a Mamma Mia Mimosa in the Music Box lounge! Get your tickets today.

This Friday & Saturday at midnight, it’s time for Roar, a would-be family-friendly animal adventure that ended up injuring over 70 cast & crew members! This is the only film where untrained lions receive a screenwriting, since they “improvised” so much during filming!

You can also catch weekend matinee screenings of the behind-the-scenes fashion documentary Dior And I, and midnight screenings of horror sensation It Follows.

On Monday at 7:15pm, check out Heaven Adores You, an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith. On Tuesday at 7pm, From Stage To Screen presents the Stratford Festival’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s King John, filmed in London.

See you at the movies

Chicago Critics Film Festival! Dior And I! Mother’s Day with Mamma Mia!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 11:00am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Chicago Critics Film Festival is here! A grand week of Chicago premieres, curated by the Chicago Film Critics Association. The festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers, and is the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival.

The festival kicks off on Friday with Digging For Fire, with Chicago director Joe Swanberg in attendance. Other great screenings include Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected with Cobie Smulders, the touching documentary Batkid Begins, the behind-the-scenes look Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, and Patrick Brice’s revealing comedy The Overnight. The festival wraps up on Thursday with Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.

Tickets to all these premiere screenings and much more are on sale now!

Also this week, additional screenings of hit fashion documentary Dior And I, the Nick Kroll comedy Adult Beginners, and late night screenings of horror sensation It Follows.

If you enjoyed our presentation of Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning Sense and Sensibility, be sure to catch The Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s acclaimed new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel. Music Box fans receive a special discount on tickets, read below to find out how!

And don’t forget to get your tickets for our upcoming films and events, including opening night of Welcome To Me, our Mother’s Day celebration with Mamma Mia, and midnight screenings of the outrageous animal adventure Roar!

See you at the movies

The Chicago Critics Film Festival starts this Friday!

Newsletter, Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 11:44am

Hey Music Boxers,

The Chicago Critics Film Festival starts this Friday! From May 1st-7th, we’ll be hosting the Chicago premieres of over two dozen films from around the globe, offering viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy.

The festival kicks off with Digging For Fire, with Chicago director Joe Swanberg in attendance. Other great screenings include Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected with Cobie Smulders, the touching documentary Batkid Begins, the behind-the-scenes look Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, and Patrick Brice’s revealing comedy The Overnight. The festival wraps up on Thursday with Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.

Check out more festival highlights below and the Full Schedule. Don’t miss out on this week of great films and special guests. Tickets on sale now!

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Adult Beginners! Dior And I! Sense And Sensibility!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 11:50am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, enter the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look in the new fashion documentary Dior And I. Elle Magazine raves “Simply the best movie about fashion”. And when you see the film this weekend, enter to win a $500 gift card from Blake Chicago, one of the best fashion destinations in city (and a carrier of DIOR)!

Also opening on Friday, Nick Kroll stars in Adult Beginners, a comedy about priorities, growing up and beginning again…as an adult. Also starring Rose Byrne & Joel McHale, The Playlist calls it “Heartfelt, hilarious and holistic”.

Our matinees this weekend include the moving environmental documentary Emptying The Skies and Jean Renoir’s final studio noir The Woman On The Beach.

On Monday at 7pm, film and theater intersect with a special presentation of Sense and Sensibility, co-presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Jane Austin’s 1811 novel comes to the big screen, in Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning adaptation starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. And don’t forget to catch the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s romantic new musical adaptation of Sense And Sensibility, running through June 7th! Tickets on sale now.

Our midnight films this weekend include the outrageous Chicago comedy White Cop, a Friday screening of cult masterpiece The Room, and Saturday night presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live shadowcast!

On Wednesday at 7:30pm, our Wine In Film series comes to a close with Somm, a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. After this behind-the-scenes look, join us in the Music Box Lounge for a lively discussion and wine tasting.

Finally, May 1st-7th, join us for The Chicago Critics Film Festival! With special guests Cobie Smulders, Joe Swanberg, Adam Pally and more, this year’s lineup features works from around the globe and offers viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy. Tickets on sale now!

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10 Days Until The Chicago Critics Film Festival!

Newsletter, Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 8:01pm

Hey Music Boxers,

We’re 10 days away from The Chicago Critics Film Festival! With special guests including Cobie Smulders, Joe Swanberg, Adam Pally, Bobcat Goldthwait, and many more, this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever!

The CCFF offers a variety of films comprised of recent festival favorites and Chicago premieres, specially curated by the Chicago Film Critics Association. The festival lineup features works from around the globe and offers viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy.

Check out some festival highlights below! Festival passes and tickets are on sale now!

Nick Kroll! Back to the Future! Hump Tour! The Field Museum!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 11:55am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

It’s a week of special events at the Music Box!

Grab your hoverboard and celebrate 2015 with Back To The Future Parts 1 & 2! Hop in the DeLorean with Marty and Doc, travel back to 1955, and all the way forward to the year 2015! Special screenings Friday-Tuesday.

Dan Savage’s Hump Tour returns to the Music Box on Friday & Saturday night. Come check out a collection of short films, created and performed by sex-positive people, that are sexy, funny, thought-provoking, artistic, outrageous, and oh so real.

Comedian Nick Kroll visits the Music Box on Thursday, April 23rd for a sneak preview of his new film Adult Beginners, with audience Q&A! Tickets on sale now.

We also have screenings of the rock documentary Revenge of the Mekons, the moving environmental call to arms Emptying the Skies, and indie horror sensation It Follows.

On Sunday afternoon, The Field Museum presents the safari adventure The Ghost And The Darkness, with post-screening discussion. On Sunday evening, The Sound of Silent Film Festival presents modern silent films with live musical scores!

On Tuesday, we’re pleased to broadcast The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Love’s Labours Won (The follow-up to their hit production of Love’s Labours Lost). On Wednesday, Sound Opinions at the Movies presents John Hughes classic 80s comedy The Breakfast Club and our Wine In Film Series continues with the engaging documentary A Year In Champagne. On Thursday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Russell Crowe’s acclaimed directorial debut The Water Diviner.

At midnight on Friday & Saturday it’s Pieces, the sickest of the 80s slasher films! Our Saturday & Sunday matinee is noir drama Mildred Pierce, starring Joan Crawford!

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Nick Kroll, Weird Al, Cobie Smulders and more are coming to the Music Box!

Newsletter, Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 9:25pm

Hey Film Fans,

This spring, the Music Box brings the laughs to Chicago with exciting and exclusive comedy events!

On April 23rd at 8pm, master sketch comedian Nick Kroll (The Kroll Show, The League) visits the Music Box for a sneak preview of his new film Adult Beginners, followed by an audience Q&A. Co-starring Rose Byrne, Joel McHale and Bobby Cannavale. Tickets on sale now.

May 1st-7th, the Chicago Critics Film Festival presents a week of Chicago premieres and special guests! The festival kicks off with Digging For Fire, presented by Chicago Director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies). Throughout the week, Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers) will be on hand for two new films, Results and Unexpected, Bobcat Goldthwait (World’s Greatest Dad) presents his funny and shocking new documentary Call Me Lucky, and we’ll go behind the scenes of the creation of The National Lampoon with Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, and the festival closes out with Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, co-starring Nick Offerman and Joan Cusack.

On May 27th, the one and only Weird Al Yankovic hosts TWO screenings of his subversive cult masterpiece UHF, with director Jay Levey. Presented by The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, tickets are on sale now!

See you at the movies!

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