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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!

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 cso.org/truthtopower.

See you at the movies

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: http://www.ChicagoJewishFilm.com 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. Gojcc.org

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

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