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It’s A Wonderful Life! White Christmas! The Babadook! A Very Kubrick Christmas!

Newsletter, Thursday, December 18th, 2014, 12:29am

Happy Holidays Music Boxers,

Our 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show continues this week, right up through Christmas Eve! We have more shows of the timeless classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, with a preshow Sing-A-Long with Santa Claus. Come on out today for White Christmas at 3:20pm & 9:40pm, and It’s A Wonderful Life at 6:30pm!

In The Babadook, a single mother battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. One of the most terrifying films in years, The Babadook is currently rated 98% on RottenTomatoes. The Chicago Tribune gives Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut 3 1/2 Stars, calling it “One of the strongest feature film debuts in a long time, in any genre”.

On Monday the 22nd, we’re presenting an encore of our Alternative Christmas Double Feature, with Die Hard at 6:15pm and Home Alone at 8:30pm! One ticket gets you into TWO great films, about two brave men (Ok, one man and one boy) defending Christmas from the forces of evil!

Starting on Christmas, join us for A Very Kubrick Christmas! We’re screening the iconic films of director Stanley Kubrick, all from 35mm prints! From the subversive A Clockwork Orange to the terrifying The Shining to the madcap Dr. Strangelove, and much much more! The series kicks off on Christmas Day with Kubrick’s final masterpiece, Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise!

We also have additional showings of Force Majeure, the darkly comic examination of masculinity. A critical favorite, the past few days have seen the film win “Best Foreign Language Film” from the Chicago Film Critics Association, land on The Dissolve list of The Best Films of 2014, and be nominated by the Golden Globes for “Best Foreign-Language Film”!

See you at the movies!

The Music Box Christmas Show! It’s A Wonderful Life! White Christmas! Point and Shoot!

Newsletter, Thursday, December 11th, 2014, 11:13am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

It’s finally here! Starting Friday, celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show! Join us for the beloved classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, not to mention our preshow Sing-A-Long with Santa! So gather up your loved ones and come on down to the Music Box! Tickets still available.

If Jimmy Stewart and Bing Crosby aren’t for you, don’t worry! Check out our Alternative Christmas Double Feature, with Home Alone and Die Hard, on December 17th & 22nd! Yippee ki yay, you filthy animal!

Opening this week, Point and Shoot, Academy Award nominee Marshall Curry’s exciting and harrowing documentary of one man’s three year trek through North Africa and the Middle East. The Hollywood Reporter calls it, “Riveting… suspenseful… an extraordinary and quietly disturbing film.”

On Dec 15th & 16th, Park City comes to the Music Box, with the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour. Catch the best Live Action and Animated short films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, from the most promising new filmmakers.

Also playing this week is the wickedly funny Force Majeure (Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Golden Globes!), and the beautiful documentary Antarctica: A Year on Ice.

On Dec 17th at 4:30pm, we’re proud to present an encore presentation of National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck’s classic comes to life in the Tony-nominated production, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd.

See you at the movies

Antarctica! Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Newsletter, Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 10:50am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, The Huffington Post calls this unique documentary, “Astonishing! Breathtaking! A deeply moving experience”.

If you missed out on last weekend’s Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, don’t worry. For the first time ever, we’re offering encore presentations, this Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am! Grab the family, dress as your favorite Von Trapp child, and get ready to sing-a-long with one of the most beloved movies of all time!

We also have another week of Force Majeure, the darkly comic and precisely observed psychodrama about a family that must deal with the aftermath of a near-disaster. A critical favorite at Cannes, the Chicago Tribune gives Force Majeure 4 Stars!

This Friday at midnight, check out Tommy Wiseau’s (unintentionally) hilarious disasterpiece The Room. On Saturday at midnight, if The Sound of Music isn’t your thing, catch the fantastical cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadowcast by Midnight Madness. Also this weekend at midnight, for the truly adventurous, we’re hosting a Secret Screening. Take a chance and find out what weirdness we’ve uncovered in the Music Box film vault.

Celebrate the holidays with the homegrown film Scrooge & Marley, a heartfelt, modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This Saturday and Sunday at Noon!

Finally, we’re a week away from The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show! Get in the holiday spirit with It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, plus our sing-a-long with Santa Claus himself! Don’t miss out on this Chicago Christmas tradition, get your tickets now.

See you at the movies

Holiday Special Events at the Music Box Theatre!

Newsletter, Sunday, November 30th, 2014, 1:04pm

Happy December Music Boxers!

We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! While we’d love to slip into a food coma, we have dozens of Special Event screenings on the way, perfect for getting you in the holiday spirit!

This Wednesday at 7:30pm, beat the winter doldrums with a little taste of summer, with Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s original blockbuster! Presented by The Field Museum as part of the Cinema Science series, this screening includes an educational and entertaining discussion of the real-life science behind this iconic film.

On Thursday at 5:30pm & 8pm, Will Ferrell stars in Elf, the most hilarious and heartfelt Christmas film of the 21st century. Presented by The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, make sure you show up in your holiday finest and get your picture taken with Buddy The Elf! Tickets on sale now.

We’re less than two weeks away from The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show, a Chicago Christmas tradition that gets bigger every year! Sing along with Santa Claus, then sit back and enjoy feel-good holiday classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Remember, seating is assigned for these shows, and tickets are going fast, so get your seats today!

If you weren’t able to make it to The Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long this weekend, don’t worry! We have special encore screenings this Saturday & Sunday, with all the trimmings: Lyrics on-screen, Costume Contest, Interactive Prop Bags, and more! Join Maria and the Von Trapp family as you celebrate with all your “favorite things”! We’ll also have matinee screenings of Scrooge & Marley, a modern take on the Christmas classic, made in Chicago!

If Bing Crosby and Jimmy Stewart aren’t your holiday cup of tea, we’ve got something a bit more subversive up our sleeves. On December 18th, two men face impossible odds, with our Home Alone & Die Hard double feature!

Then we close out the year with A Very Kubrick Christmas. From Dec 25th-Jan 1st, we’re playing the best films from master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, from Dr. Strangelove to A Clockwork Orange and even Eyes Wide Shut on Christmas day.

See you at the movies

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! National Theatre Live! Elf!

Newsletter, Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 12:24am

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers,

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means it’s time for one of our favorite Music Box traditions: Sing-A-Long Sound of Music! Sing along with Maria and the Von Trapp children as you watch the classic film with on-screen lyrics, and show off your sewing skills with our pre-show costume contest. So this weekend, bring the whole family to the Music Box and give thanks for all your “favorite things”. Tickets still available.

We also have another week of the wickedly funny psychodrama Force Majeure. While on a skiing vacation, a model Swedish family learns the hard way how they respond to disaster, and the aftermath threatens to tear the family apart. Nominated for Best International Film by the Independent Spirit Awards!

National Theatre Live returns to the Music Box next week, with two spectacular productions. On Sunday & Monday, catch encore presentations of Danny Boyle’s electrifying Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. On Tuesday, James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in the Broadway production of Of Mice And Men, the Tony-nominated adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic.

On Wednesday, join us for Cinema Science, as the Field Museum presents Jaws. The screening will feature an entertaining and educational lecture on the science behind the film, and a screening of Steven Spielberg’s terrifying blockbuster.

On Thursday, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce presents Elf. Get your picture taken with Buddy The Elf and treat yourself to a holiday cocktail before we screen the hilarious new holiday classic starring Will Ferrell. Perfect for the kid in all of us!

This weekend, our midnight film is the hilarious John Hughes Thanksgiving comedy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy as two men just trying to get home. Our matinee is the nail-biting WWII drama Diplomacy.

And once you’re done with Thanksgiving festivities, don’t forget to make your plans for Christmas and get your tickets for The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Double Feature, with It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas.

See you at the movies, and happy Thanksgiving!

Chicago Italian Film Festival! Force Majeure! The Fifth Element!

Newsletter, Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 11:17am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The first Chicago Italian Film Festival comes to the Music Box this week, giving Chicagoans an opportunity to see the best the Italian film industry has to offer. The theme of the inaugural festival is Italian Comedy: Then & Now, with a lineup that includes classics like Divorce Italian Style and The Easy Life to contemporary films including the political farce Viva la libertà.

Also opening this week is Force Majeure, a critical favorite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard. This wickedly funny psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family on a skiing vacation, when disaster strikes, in more ways than one. The Chicago Tribune gives it 4 Stars, calling it “One of the highlights of 2014”.

We’re also a week away from Sing-A-Long Sound of Music! This annual event is fun for the whole family, complete with costume contest and interactive fun packs. Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with the Von Trapp family and the Music Box! Tickets on sale now.

Our Midnight films this weekend include Bruce Willis and a never-better Gary Oldman in the sci-fi actioner The Fifth Element and Peter Cushing in the trippy 1970s Shock Waves.

Our Marlene Dietrich/Josef Von Sternberg matinee series wraps up this weekend with The Devil Is A Woman, starring Dietrich as a beautiful seductress whose fickle ways drive rival suitors to extremes. We also have additional screenings of the taut WWII thriller Diplomacy.

Finally, tickets for the 2014 Annual Music Box Christmas Show are going fast! Don’t miss your chance to catch Christmas classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas on the big screen, complete with a sing-a-long with the one and only Santa Claus! Advance tickets on sale now!

See you at the movies

Diplomacy! The Invisible Front! The Better Angels!

Newsletter, Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 10:56am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Three great films open on tomorrow! From the director of The Tin Drum comes Diplomacy, a stirring drama about the battle for Paris during WWII, which turns into tension-filled game of cat and mouse between French and German soldiers. Variety calls it “Passionate, engaging and emotional”.

The documentary The Invisible Front relays one of the 20 century’s most significant anti-Soviet resistance movements, told through the words and experiences of one of its leaders, Juozas Luksa and his fellow Forest Brothers. Directors Jonas Ohman & Vincas Sruoginis and producer Mark Johnston join us for special opening weekend screenings, featuring an audience Q&A.

The Better Angels tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality. Produced by Terrence Malick, this intimate drama stars Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and Brit Marling.

Special events all next week! On Tuesday, watch what happens when comedians have to perform without an audience in the live comedy show Seven Minutes in Purgatory. On Wednesday, the untraditional rock documentary Pulp: A Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets goes behind the curtain of the electrifying band. On Thursday, catch an advance screening of the outrageous new comedy All Relative.

Our Marlene Dietrich matinee series continues with the story of Catherine The Great in The Scarlet Empress. We have late night weekend screenings of Jason Schwartzman in the caustic indie Listen Up Philip.

Our midnights this weekend include the Coen Bros’ madcap crime caper The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges in his most iconic role as ‘The Dude’, and the 1980s martial arts madness of Raw Force.

And don’t forget to get your tickets to our famous holiday shows, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and the 2014 Music Box Christmas Double Feature of It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas.

See you at the movies

Watchers of the Sky! The Great Invisible! Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Newsletter, Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 7:14pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The engrossing documentary Watchers of the Sky, the newest release from Music Box Films, sets out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin – the man who created the word “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Select opening weekend screenings will feature an audience Q&A with Executive Producer Elizabeth Bohart. Variety calls it, “An impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance”.

In The Great Invisible, filmmaker Margaret Brown examines the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at SXSW, Entertainment Weekly calls this powerful documentary, “A sobering look at a part of coastal America that will never be the same again”.

Academy Award winner Julette Binoche stars in 1,000 Times Good Night as one of world’s top war photojournalists, capturing chilling images in the most dire landscapes in an effort to shed light on the real cost of war. Costarring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), the Washington Post says, “[The film] has moments of both startling violence and breathtaking beauty”.

Sunday at Noon, The Field Museum comes to the Music Box for Indiana Jones’ iconic first big screen outing, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the Field Museum’s Bill Parkinson, Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology. We’ll also have special late night screenings of Raiders all week long!

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns with Piccadilly, the breakthrough film for Anna Mae Wong. As always, this silent classic will feature live musical accompaniment by Dennis Scott on the famous Music Box organ!

On Monday, Sound Opinions at the Movies presents Pink Floyd The Wall, the 1982 live-action/animated film based on the classic double album. The screening will be hosted by Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ.

Our midnights include Jim Carrey in the original and still hilarious Dumb & Dumber and Elijah Wood in psychological thriller Open Windows.

We also have weekend screenings of Jason Schwartzman in the biting Listen Up Philip and the toe-tapping jazz documentary Keep On Keepin’ On’.

Finally, tickets are going fast for our two holiday traditions, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and the Music Box Annual Christmas Show, featuring It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas! Don’t be left out in the cold, get your tickets today!

See you at the movies

Harmontown! Rocky Horror Picture Show! Hiroshima Mon Amour!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 10:30am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This weekend, Dan Harmon, creator of the beloved show Community, comes to the Music Box for his new film Harmontown! This documentary follows Dan Harmon as he hits the road, bringing his popular Harmontown podcast to fans across the country. Dan and director Neil Berkeley will be on hand for a special audience Q&A after the 2:30pm Saturday screening. The 7:30pm screening is already sold out(!), so get your tickets now!

Opening this week is a 4K restoration of Alain Resnais’s French New Wave classic, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay, the film tells the story of a forbidden love between a French film actress and a Japanese architect near the end of World War II.

Celebrate Halloween the best way we know how, by coming to The Rocky Horror Picture Show! This Music Box tradition includes the cult musical and Midnight Madness shadowcast, prop bags, and more! Tickets will sell out, get yours now!

If doing the Time Warp isn’t your thing, we’re also screening John Carpenter’s Halloween, the original slasher film that launched the murderous Michael Myers into cinematic infamy.

We also have another week of screenings of the hit indie Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss, and a Sunday afternoon screening of the music documentary Keep On Keepin’ On.

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents a screening of the new film Elsa and Fred, which will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with star Shirley MacLaine. On Thursday, join us for the second week of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.

Finally, tickets for the 2014 Annual Music Box Christmas Show go on sale online Friday, Oct 31st at Noon! We’re having more screenings than ever before of holiday classics It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, and each screening will be preceded by a Sing-A-Long with Santa! Tickets will be available at the box office and via phone orders starting Monday, Nov 3rd.

See you at the movies

Christmas Show schedule 2014!

by Dave Jennings Monday, October 27th, 2014, 12:16pm

Ticket information is now available for the 2014 Christmas Double Feature! Tickets go on sale on October 31st!

Listen Up Philip with Jason Schwartzman! Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 10:15am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Jason Schwartzman visits the Music Box on Friday to kick off opening weekend of the acclaimed new film Listen Up Philip, starring Schwartzman as a frustrated author awaiting the publication of his second novel! Co-presented by the AV Club, Schwartzman will host screenings Friday at 6pm & 8:30pm, each followed by a Q&A. The showings are almost sold out, so buy your tickets now!

Starting Friday, celebrate Halloween with The Rocky Horror Picture Show! The Music Box is the ONLY place you can catch this cult classic on the big screen, complete with prop bags and a live shadowcast performance by the always entertaining Midnight Madness. This year, we’ve stretched the campy fun to 5 screenings, more than ever before! Put on your best pair of fishnets and purchase advance tickets now, these screenings will sell out!

We also have another week of screenings the inspiring musical documentary Keep On Keepin’ On and the intense The Green Prince, and weekend midnight screenings of the original slasher flick Halloween.

On Saturday and Sunday morning, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival visits the Music Box! Check out their full schedule now.

On Thursday, Oct 30th, we’re proud to host screenings with the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, he largest showcase of internationally award-winning Israeli features, docs, shorts and series in the Midwest. Check out their full schedule and purchase tickets now.

See you at the movies

Do the Time Warp again with The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Music Box Theatre!

Newsletter, Friday, October 17th, 2014, 10:41am

Hey RHPS fans,

It’s Halloween, which means THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Music Box Theatre! A Halloween tradition for years, the Music Box is the only venue in Chicago to catch a screening of the definitive cult classic, complete with a live shadowcast performance, audience interaction, pre-show dance party, and more!

This year, the Music Box Theatre hosts five screenings over two weekends, more screenings than ever before to meet increasing audience demand.

As archetypal pair of squares Brad and Janet approach the castle of the fabulous Dr. Frank-N-Furter and meet his minions – including decrepit butler Riff Raff, patched-together golden boy Rocky, and rock-and-roller Eddie – a shadowcast of actors clothed in lingerie gyrate in front of the glorious Music Box screen. In the audience, a decades-long tradition of crowd participation carries on as guests are encouraged to participate in a group “Time Warp” dance, shine flashlights during the song “Over The Frankenstein Place”, and follow the exploits of Brad and Janet (Damn it!).

Each screening is presented with a live performance from the Midnight Madness shadowcast. The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) will be for sale at the screenings, and contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing, including a Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, and more!

Halloween shows typically sell out, purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged! CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

So throw on your best pair of fishnets and we’ll see you at the Music Box!

Keep On Keepin’ On! The Green Prince! Dead Snow 2!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 10:04am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening on Friday is Keep On Keepin’ On, the new musical documentary, currently rated 100% on RottenTomatoes! Select screenings this weekend feature a live musical performance from Justin Kauflin and a Q&A with Kauflin & director Al Hicks. Tickets on sale now!

Also opening Friday is The Green Prince, the newest release from Music Box Films. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him. The Guardian calls the film “Terrific. As gripping as any high-concept Hollywood thriller”.

At midnight this weekend, you can catch bigger and bloodier zombie sequel Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead and Michael Myers in the original slasher Halloween.

Our matinees this weekend include Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant in Blonde Venus, and the thrilling documentary Art and Craft.

On Tuesday, The New York FIlm Critics Series presents a sneak peek at 1,000 Times Good Night (Opening at the Music Box on Nov 7th), followed by a pre-taped Q&A with Academy Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche.

Next Friday, actor Jason Schwartzman visits the Music Box for opening night of his acclaimed new film Listen Up Philip! Jason will be doing Q&As following two screenings, at 6pm and 8:30pm. Co-presented by the AV Club, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Tickets on sale now.

And finally, it’s almost Halloween, which means The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Music Box! The Music Box is the only place in Chicago you can catch a screening of the musical cult classic with a live shadowcast performing in front of the screen, and we’re doing more screenings than ever before! Tickets will sell out, so get yours today!

See you at the movies

Music Box of Horrors! Art and Craft! Chicago International Film Festival!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 10:35am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers! We’ve got an exciting week coming up, with new films and special events everyday.

This weekend, join us for the Music Box of Horrors, our annual 24 hour movie marathon! We’re celebrating 10 years of marathons and pulling out all the stops, with special guests, vendors, food trucks, and the best horror films on the big screen! Passes on sale now, get yours today!

Opening on Friday is the new documentary Art and Craft. Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers in US history, but in Art and Craft, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. The Chicago Reader calls it an “Eminently watchable character study”.

On Friday night, The Field Museum comes to the Music Box for Cinema Science: Jurassic Park! The screening of the pulse-pounding dinosaur blockbuster will be followed by a discussion of the science behind the film with Pete Makovicky, Associate Curator of Dinosaurs at the Field Museum. You’ll never look at a T-Rex the same way again!

On Sunday & Tuesday evening, the Chicago International Film Festival presents a tribute to Isabelle Huppert! We’re screening four of the actress’s favorite films from her illustrious filmography, including The Piano Teacher and White Material. Check out the full schedule and buy your tickets today!

On Monday, writer and actor Alan Cumming visits the Music Box for a reading from his new book Not My Father’s Son. The evening will also feature Alan in conversation with former Chicago Magazine editor-in-chief Dick Babcock, an audience Q&A, and book signing. Purchase advance tickets now!

We also have select screenings of the groundbreaking classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Presented in a 4K Restoration!

We also have an encore screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Wednesday, a special screening of National Theatre Live’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson on Thursday, and another week of screenings of the stirring documentary Last Days In Vietnam.

See you at the movies

Last Days in Vietnam! Halloween! Shanghai Express!

Newsletter, Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 10:23am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we open Last Days in Vietnam, the engaging new documentary of the final days of the Vietnam War. As a special opening weekend presentation, director Rory Kennedy will join us for an audience Q&A about the making of the film on Friday at 7:10pm. Currently rated 94% FRESH on RottenTomatoes, The New York Times calls it, “Deftly woven…a concise and gripping film”.

We’re a week away from the Music Box of Horrors, our annual 24 marathon of terror, film and fun! This year, we’re celebrating 10 years of marathons and pulling out the stops, bringing you a variety of horror films from across the decades, special guests, vendors, and much much more! Buy your festival passes now before they sell out!

Did you miss the documentary Nas: Time Is Illmatic and the behind-the-scenes look David Bowie is the first time we played them? No worries, we’ve add a bunch of bonus screenings all this week!

Our midnight film this weekend is John Carpenter’s Halloween, the original slasher that unleashed the unstoppable Michael Myers on the world.

Our matinees include Shanghai Express, starring Marlene Dietrich in a tale of romance and intrigue aboard the titular locomotive, and encore screenings of the hit kids cartoon My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.

Also playing this week is additional screenings of Terry Gilliam’s mind-bending sci-fi The Zero Theorem and the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is By My Side, and weekend screenings of the medical documentary Code Black.

See you at the movies

Music Box of Horrors: Oct 11th-Oct12th!

Newsletter, Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, 11:19am

Hey Horror Fans,

We’re less than two weeks away from the 2014 Music Box of Horrors, 24 hours of terror, film and fun! Today is your LAST CHANCE to get tickets for the low price of $25 (Starting Oct 1st, tickets will be $30).

This year’s lineup includes director John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) presenting his 1991 sci-fi horror film THE BORROWER! Never available on DVD or Blu-Ray, and with all known 35mm prints lost to the sands of time, we will be screening McNaughton’s personal Laserdisc of the film.

We’ll also be showing a new 35mm print of THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE, a sneak peek at DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD, a 15th anniversary screening of the controversial Japanese AUDITION, and much much more!

Special guests EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE will provide special shorts between films to keep the weird going, and, direct from Fantasticfest and Mondo Con in Austin TX, we’ll be displaying a brand new exhibit of original VHS art canvases from Gorgon Video!

We’ve also got a few more surprise titles up our sleeves, so keep an eye on the schedule to see new films as they are announced!

Jimi: All Is By My Side! The Last Unicorn! NT Live presents Medea!

Newsletter, Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 11:10am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, Outkast’s Andre Benjamin embodies Jimi Hendrix in the new musical biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, written and directed by Oscar-winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). The RedEye calls it, “Alluring and elusive”.

This weekend, join us for The Last Unicorn Tour, with author Peter S. Beagle! The event includes a screening of the classic 1982 animated film, a Q&A, book signing, and many other special surprises! Costumes encouraged! You have two chances to catch this great event, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.

On Tuesday, National Theatre Live presents Medea, Euripides’ powerful tragedy starring Helen McCrory in the title role.

Next Thursday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Gone Girl, the new film from David Fincher, featuring a pre-taped Q&A with author Gillian Flynn. We’re also screening the new musical documentary NAS: Time is Illmatic.

Our matinees include Marlene Dietrich as a WWI spy in Dishonored and the animated musical My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks (Also screening on Wednesday at 7pm).

Our midnights on Friday & Saturday include gothic horror homage The Strange Color of Her Body’s Tears and the supernatural thriller At The Devil’s Door.

Also screening this week is Terry Gilliam’s return to a sci-fi future with The Zero Theorem and the medical documentary Code Black.

See you at the movies

Date Change! The New York Film Critics Series presents Gone Girl

by Dave Jennings Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 2:53pm

The NYFCS Gone Girl screening originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30pm has been moved to Thursday, October 2 at 7:30pm.

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!

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