Music Box Blog

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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by Stephanie Berlin Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 12:45pm

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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.

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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!

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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!

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The Tales of Hoffmann! Grey Gardens! Buster Keaton!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 11:24am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

It’s a great week for beautiful classic films at the Music Box! Opening on Friday, a brand new 4K restoration of The Tales of Hoffmann, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 Technicolor anthology of fantastic and romantic adventures. This personal favorite of Martin Scorsese and George Romero has never looked better!

Also opening on Friday, a new 2K restoration of Albert Maysles groundbreaking documentary Grey Gardens. This intimate portrait of Big and Little Edie Beale, mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis, quickly became a cult classic. Roger Ebert exclaimed, “4 Stars! Comic and bright, as well as sobering”.

At midnight on Friday & Saturday, Magic Mike takes the stage! Drink specials will be featured from D.S. Tequila and Halsted Vodka. A portion of proceeds go back to the LGBTQ community. Special guest host Scott Duff will be mingling in the lounge on Saturday, April 11th. Tickets on sale now.

This month’s installment of Second Saturday Silent Cinema offers a double dose of comedy, with Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr and The Playhouse. Keaton’s madcap antics will be scored by live music from the Music Box organ. And stick around after the screening for a CFCA Film Discussion with the Chicago Reader’s Drew Hunt!

Also playing this week, indie horror sensation It Follows and the powerful and beautiful White God. Our Women in Noir matinee series kicks off on Sunday morning with Jennifer Jones in Madame Bovary.

Our Wine In Film Series continues next Wednesday at 7:30pm with You Will Be My Son, a powerful and fascinating family drama. Come for a great film, stay for wine and discussion in the Music Box Lounge!

Finally, the full lineup has been revealed for the 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival! This year’s festival features works from around the globe and offers viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy. With scheduled appearances from Joe Swanberg, Kris Swanberg, Cobie Smulders, Bobcat Goldthwait, and more! Tickets on sale now.

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Wizard of Oz! White God! Wine In Film Series!

Newsletter, Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 12:20pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This Easter weekend, follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Music Box Theatre for our Saturday & Sunday presentations of The Wizard of Oz! The show kicks off with a sing-along and costume contest, followed by the classic film on the big screen! Tickets on sale now.

Opening on Friday is White God. When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because it’s mixed-breed heritage is deemed ‘unfit’ by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. RogerEbert.com calls it, “A brutal but stirring fantasy”. And stick around after the Saturday 4:30pm for another CFCA Film Discussion.

Don’t forget about our first ever Wine in Film Series, kicking off on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:30pm with Academy Award-winner Sideways. The Music Box is partnering with Wine Enthusiast Magazine in conjunction with their wine and film issue. Each guest who attends will be eligible to sign up for a discounted magazine subscription, and can also enter to win a complimentary one-year subscription!

We also have more screenings of the spine-tingling horror sensation It Follows, rated 95% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, and midnight screenings of Monty Python’s Life of Brian!

Our matinees this weekend include the dark comic odyssey Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter and the powerful documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.

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Kumiko The Treasure Hunter! Algren: The Movie! It Follows!

Newsletter, Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 10:45am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this weekend, the darkly comedic odyssey Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, starring Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim)! Newcity calls it “Gorgeously shot, sweetly paced”. Purchase advance tickets for Friday at 7:30pm, for your chance to win a great Kumiko Prize Pack, featuring a Gold USB Drive, the film’s soundtrack (on cassette!), and more, and stick around afterwards for a film discussion with the Chicago Film Critics Association.

This weekend, we’re celebrating the birthday of Nelson Algren with Algren: The Movie, the absorbing documentary of Chicago’s foremost poet of addicts, prostitutes and hoodlums. Birthday celebrations will commence in the Music Box Lounge immediately following the Saturday 2pm screening, with director Michael Caplan. The Chicago Tribune calls it “Stylishly made — captures the humor and energy of Algren’s social life and his writing…”.

Also playing this week, the horror film guaranteed to get under your skin, It Follows! Everybody’s talking about it, but don’t let anyone give away the secrets!

This weekend, our Marx Brothers matinee series concludes with the uproarious A Day At The Races, and we have encore screenings of the powerful and inspiring documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.

Our midnights this Friday & Saturday include the hair-raising 80s horror The Beyond and the hit vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows.

On Wednesday at 7pm, The High Fidelity Film Series presents Solaris, director Andrei Tarkovsky’s groundbreakingly original science-fiction classic. This event is free to High Fidelity and Cinema/Chicago members but does require an advanced RSVP. RSVP here.

And finally, don’t forget to get your tickets for The Wizard of Oz on Easter weekend, featuring a preshow costume contest and the timeless film on the big screen.

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It Follows! An Honest Liar! Thor!

Newsletter, Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 10:35am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening on Friday is It Follows, the disturbing horror film everyone is talking about! After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. Stick around after select Opening Weekend screenings for CFCA Film Discussions. These talkbalks will take place in the Music Box Lounge, and feature dynamic and thoughtful discussions with members of the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Also opening this weekend, An Honest Liar tells the true story of renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi. With appearances by Adam Savage, Penn & Teller, Bill Nye, and others, An Honest Liar is an exciting and thought-provoking documentary: part detective-story, part biography, and a bit of a magic act itself.

On Sunday afternoon, The Field Museum returns to the Music Box for Cinema Science presents Thor! Catch this superhero adventure on the big screen before you check out the new VIKINGS exhibit at The Field Museum. After the film, stick around for a discussion about the fact and fiction behind the Norse mythology in movie.

We also have another week of screenings of the powerful women’s movement documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry and the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows.

Highbrow meets lowbrow as our Marx Brothers matinee series continues with A Night At The Opera this Saturday & Sunday. Our midnight movies include a Friday screening of the outrageously awful melodrama The Room and a Saturday presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadowcast!

On Tuesday at 7:30pm, our Get Real: Docs at the Box series wraps up with Tales of the Grim Sleeper, the shocking investigation of Lonnie Franklin Jr., the alleged perpetrator of a 25-year killing spree in which he may have murdered more than 100 victims. This is a FREE screening, but advance RSVPs are required.

On Wednesday at 7:30pm, Al Pacino stars as an aging rock star in Danny Collins, in a special presentation from The New York Film Critics Series. The film will be followed by a pre-taped Q&A with Pacino, filmed in New York City.

Finally, tickets are now on sale for Easter Weekend with The Wizard of Oz on April 4th & 5th! After you’ve found your Easter eggs, head down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy in this beloved classic the whole family can enjoy!

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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry! Noah Baumbach! Buzzard!

Newsletter, Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 10:59am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this weekend, the powerful documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. All weekend, we’ll be hosting Q&As with filmmaker Mary Dore, subjects from the film, and more! Check out the full schedule now.

March 14th-18th, we’re celebrating 20 years of writer/director Noah Baumbach with Growing Up Baumbach. Catch special screenings of Baumbach’s films, including Frances Ha, The Squid And The Whale and more. Check out the full schedule now.

We’re also showing the deliciously twisted tale of erotic obsession The Duke of Burgundy, and have another week of screenings for David Cronenberg’s biting Hollywood satire Maps To The Stars and the vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows.

Our midnight films this weekend include the hilarious anti-capitalist masterpiece Buzzard (Come out at 10pm on Saturday for a pre-screening discussion with director Joel Potrykus), and the groundbreaking cartoon extravaganza Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

On Saturday at Noon, Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents the powerful Academy Award-winning romance 7th Heaven with live music accompaniment. On Sunday at 11:30am, the Royal Shakespeare Company presents a new production of Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy Love’s Labours Lost, filmed in London. On Tuesday at 7:30pm, our Get Real: Docs at the Box series continues with the powerful Maidan.

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Buzzard, with Director Joel Potrykus

Newsletter, Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 10:55am

Hey Film Fans,

This Saturday, the Music Box is proud to welcome Director Joel Potrykus for a special screening of his new film Buzzard. IndieWire calls this hellish riff on the struggles of the American working class “A twisted, hilarious anti-capitalist masterpiece”.

At 10pm, Joel will discuss his career with Drew Hunt from the Chicago Reader. The conversation will be followed by a midnight screening of Buzzard.

Tickets are $10, and on sale now.

This event is co-presented by The Music Box Theatre, IFP/Chicago and the Midwest Independent Film Festival.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive, one-night-only event!

Maps To The Stars! Clueless! What We Do In The Shadows!

Newsletter, Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 10:07am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, David Cronenberg’s caustic Hollywood satire Maps To The Stars opens at the Music Box! Julianne Moore, winner of Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, stars as a vain actress haunted by her past. Costarring John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, and Mia Wasikowska, director John Waters exclaims, “I love this film more than I love my own mustache”. Now THAT’S high praise!

We also have another week of the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows and the charming animated adventure Song of the Sea.

On Saturday at 7pm, the Chicago Irish Film Festival celebrates closing night with Shorts: Program 3, a diverse collection of acclaimed short films, examining Love, Lessons and Loss. Sponsored by the Consulate of Ireland.

This weekend, go back to 1995 with our midnight screenings of Clueless. Show up early to enjoy an “As If!” Punch in the Music Box lounge! We’ll also have more midnight shows of the hit anime The Last – Naruto the Movie.

Our matinees this weekend include National Theatre Live’s swashbuckling production of Treasure Island (One time only screening!), and the Marx Brothers take a madcap trip to Freedonia in Duck Soup.

On Tuesday at 7:30, our Get Real: Docs at the Box series continues with The Hand That Feeds, a rousing David & Goliath story about a small group of undocumented laborers to fight for better working conditions. Filmmakers in attendance!

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida Wins Best Foreign Film Oscar

by Dave Jennings Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 12:51pm

Pawel Pawlikowski’s acclaimed drama Ida, released in the U.S. and Canada by Chicago-based distributor Music Box Films, has won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. This win follows the Polish film taking Best International Film at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Film Awards, and Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematographer accolades at the European Film Awards. Music Box Films’ catalog includes a prior Academy Award nomination with the Canadian title Monsieur Lazhar in 2012.

What We Do In The Shadows! Chicago Irish Film Festival! Docs at the Box!

Newsletter, Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 11:30am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

From the guys who brought you Flight of the Conchords comes What We Do In The Shadows, opening Friday at the Music Box. Jermaine Clement stars in the hilarious vampire mockumentary, destined to become a cult classic. The RedEye calls it, “Delightfully batty. . . A lot of fun”.

On Saturday at 7:30pm, the Chicago Irish Film Festival comes to the Music Box! Don’t miss their opening night presentation, the Midwest Premier of the new comedy Poison Pen, with filmmakers in attendance. Purchase advance tickets now.

Song of the Sea, the charming animated Irish folktale from the director of The Secret of the Kells, continues this week. This delightful film blends legend and magic to create an adventure the whole family can enjoy!

Our Get Real documentary series kicks off this Tuesday at 7:30pm, with the critically acclaimed Algren: The Movie. Director Michael Caplan will be on hand to discuss his look into the life of Chicago’s foremost poet of addicts, prostitutes and hoodlums, Nelson Algren. Tickets on sale now.

At midnight this weekend, Salma Hayek kicks some serious ass as a one-woman army in Everly. We also have more screenings of hit anime The Last – Naruto the Movie.

Our Marx Brothers Matinee series continues with Horse Feathers, unleashing Groucho & Co on the distinguished campus of Huxley College for a little bit of academic anarchy.

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Song of the Sea! Marx Brothers! The Room! Kim Gordon!

Newsletter, Thursday, February 19th, 2015, 11:19am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Song of the Sea, the charming animated Irish folktale about love, loss and a little bit of magic, from the director of The Secret of Kells Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, The Dissolve calls Song of the Sea, “A triumph of design and animation”.

We also have more screenings of Oscar nominees Two Days, One Night (Best Actress – Marion Cotillard) and Leviathan (Best Foreign Language Film). Don’t miss your chance to catch these two moving, powerful films.

On Thursday, Feb 26th at 7pm, the Chicago Humanities Festival presents Kim Gordon at the Music Box! A founding member of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon will present her new memoir, Girl In A Band, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets on sale now!

Our midnight films this weekend include disasterpiece The Room and the original Cult Classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also, by popular demand, we’ve added more screenings of The Last – Naruto the Movie!

Our Marx Brothers matinee series kicks off this weekend with Animal Crackers, featuring the iconic Groucho encounter with an elephant in his pajamas. Also this weekend, it’s your last chance to catch the 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts. Check out these powerful short films before you fill out your Oscar ballot!

On Tuesday, Feb 24th, the New York Film Critic Series presents the indie drama Bluebird. This one-night-only screening will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with actors John Slattery (Mad Men) and Amy Morton (Chicago P.D.), hosted by Rolling Stones’ Peter Travers.

Finally, need a ride to the Music Box? Why not use Lyft! First-time users can get $10 off their ride when you use the code “MUSICBOX”. Sign up now to receive this great deal!

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