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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.

See you at the movies

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!

See you at the movies

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.

See you at the movies

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!

See you at the movies

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.

See you at the movies

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!

See you at the movies

Verdun, Visions D’Histoire this Thursday at the Music Box

Newsletter, Sunday, February 15th, 2015, 11:02am

Hey Film Fans,

This Thursday, the Music Box Theatre is proud to partner with the Cultural Service at the Consulate of France in Chicago to be a part of Midwest tour of the ciné-concert Verdun, Visions of History. As part of the worldwide commemoration of the centennial of the WWI, the Music Box will screen director Léon Poirier’s 1927 silent film. Conceived as a pacifist work, Poirier re-created the horrendous battle between French and German troops, and chronicled the ferocity of the war and its tremendous human toll. Most of the actors in the film were themselves war veterans, and Poirier seamlessly meshed documentary footage with his re-enactments.

The film has rarely been seen in recent years as most copies of the original silent version were lost during World War II. Some 50 years later, an original print was located in Moscow and was restored in 2006 by La Cinémathèque de Toulouse.

This special screening will be presented with live piano accompaniment by internationally acclaimed French composer and pianist Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch, who plays the original score by André Petiot.

Don’t miss this One Night Only event, Thursday, February 19th at 7pm. Advance tickets on sale now.

The Princess Bride! Casablanca! Armageddon! Verdun, Visions D’Histoire!

Newsletter, Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 10:58am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

It’s Valentine’s Weekend, so grab the one you love and come on down to the Music Box! On Friday & Saturday night, it’s time for The Princess Bride the fairytale that puts the “Comedy” in “Romantic Comedy”. This interactive screening begins with a costume contest and a goodie bag with props to use during the movie!

Saturday afternoon, celebrate Valentine’s Day with Bogie and Bergman! The Music Box presents Casablanca, the definitive cinematic romance! The show begins with a special Sweetheart Sing-Along featuring a selection of favorite love songs complete with projected lyrics and accompaniment from the Music Box organ.

On Sunday at Noon, The Field Museum returns to the Music Box Cinema Science: Armageddon! Catch the pulse-pounding blockbuster on the big screen, and stick around for an informative discussion on the science behind the film (Trust us, there’s A LOT to talk about with this one!)

Wednesday the 18th, the latest installment of Sound Opinions at the Movies presents Sid and Nancy, a biopic of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Sound Opinions hosts and acclaimed music critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis will be on hand to introduce the film and provide some historical perspective.

On Thursday, Feb 19th, join us for Verdun, Visions D’Histoire, director Léon Poirier’s 1927 epic silent film commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun. This pacifist feature was restored by the Toulouse Cinematheque at L’immagine Ritrovata’s lab (Bologna, Italy) with the support of the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema. (2K DCP presentation). The film is presented with the original score reduced for piano and performed live by Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch from France.

This week, we have more screenings of the gripping hockey documentary Red Army, and powerful Oscar-nominated dramas Two Days, One Night and Leviathan. We also have a special weekend presentations of the 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts. And, for some anti-Valentine’s fun, check out Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter this Friday (the 13th!) at midnight.

See you at the movies

Red Army! Oscar Documentary Shorts! Fight Club!

Newsletter, Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, 10:48pm

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this Friday is the stunning hockey documentary Red Army. Winner of the Audience Choice Award at The Chicago International Film Festival, this doc tells the story of Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. RogerEbert.com calls it, “Emotionally charged, viscerally exciting and consistently enlightening”.

Also this week, more screenings of Oscar nominees Two Days, One Night (Best Actress – Marion Cotillard) and Leviathan (Best Foreign Language Film).

On Saturday & Sunday, before you fill out your Academy Awards ballot, be sure to catch The 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts, two programs celebrating the best nonfiction short films of the past year. Also this weekend, our Frank Capra matinee series wraps up with a new restoration of the daring adventure tale Lost Horizon!

Our midnight films this weekend include the generation-defining cult hit (Emphasis on “hit”) Fight Club and the psychological thriller Enter The Dangerous Mind.

Next Thursday night, the Music Box presents Hits, the outrageous dark comedy from writer/director David Cross (Mr. Show, Arrested Development). This one night only event is Pay-What-You-Will, where YOU decide your ticket price, be it $1 or $1,000! Starring Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Michael Cera, David Koechner, Wyatt Cynac, and many more, this film is a must-see for comedy fans!

Finally, looking for something to do with your sweetheart on Valentine’s weekend? We have you covered, with The Princess Bride on Friday and Saturday night (Complete with costume contest and interactive movie guide!) or Casablanca, with preshow sing-along. Or, if you’re feeling really romantic, stick around for both shows!

See you at the movies

The New Music Box Theatre Lobby Annex and Concession Stand

by Buck LePard Thursday, January 29th, 2015, 7:56pm

Two Days, One Night! Leviathan! They Live!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 29th, 2015, 9:53am

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Playing all this week, more screenings from critically acclaimed Oscar nominees! In Two Days, One Night, Marion Cotillard (Oscar nominated for her stunning performance) stars as a young working-class woman suffering from depression who, after being dismissed by upper management, has only one weekend to convince her coworkers let her keep her job.

Also playing, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-nominee Leviathan. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev follows Kolya, an auto-repair shop owner fighting to keep his land from being taken away by the corrupt local mayor.

The charming animated adventure Song of the Sea will now open on Friday, February 20th, instead of this Friday as originally scheduled. Sorry for the delay, but trust us, this film is worth the wait!

At midnight this weekend, Rowdy Roddy Piper stars as the only man who can see what’s REALLY going on, in John Carpenter’s They Live (Featuring one of the longest fight scenes in movie history!). Also playing is the audaciously kinky meta-comedic thriller R100.

Our Frank Capra matinee series continues this weekend with 11:30am Saturday & Sunday screenings of Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. Gary Cooper stars as a simple small town man thrust into the big city limelight after suddenly inheriting a fortune. Co-starring Jean Arthur as perhaps the aptly named hotshot reporter Babe Bennett! New Restoration!

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Two Days, One Night! Leviathan! Blade Runner: The Final Cut!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 10:26am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Playing all this week: Two Days, One Night. In the new film from The Dardenne Brothers, Marion Cotillard (Oscar nominated for her stunning performance) stars as a young working-class woman who, after being dismissed by upper management, has only one weekend to convince her coworkers let her keep her job. This critically acclaimed drama is rated 95% Fresh on RottenTomatoes!

Also playing, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-nominee Leviathan. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev follows Kolya, an auto-repair shop owner fighting to keep his land from being taken away by the corrupt local mayor.

Friday & Saturday at Midnight, Harrison Ford stars in Blade Runner: The Final Cut, the definitive version of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi actioner. Presented in a stunning 35mm print! Also playing at midnight, the audaciously kinky meta-comedic thriller R100.

Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, our Frank Capra matinee series continues with a new restoration of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Nominated for 11 Oscars, the film stars Jimmy Stewart in one of his best performances and features a murder’s row of cinema’s finest character actors.

And opening next Friday, check out the charming adventure Song of the Sea, Academy Award-nominee for Best Animated Feature.

See you at the movies

Two Days, One Night! Leviathan! Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 10:48am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The 2015 Academy Award nominations have been announced, and the Music Box is thrilled to be screening some well-deserved nominees!

Marion Cotillard is a Best Actress nominee for her powerful turn in Two Days, One Night. In the new film from The Dardenne Brothers, Cotillard stars as a young working-class woman who, after being dismissed by upper management, has only one weekend to convince her coworkers let her keep her job. On Monday at 7pm, the Music Box hosts a special screening featuring a discussion with Allen Doederlein, president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

Also playing, Best Foreign Language Film-nominee Leviathan. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev follows Kolya, an auto-repair shop owner fighting to keep his land from being taken away by the corrupt local mayor. The Chicago Tribune calls it, “Stunning.”

If the Oscars aren’t your cup of tea, check out our midnight films this weekend, including Tommy Wiseau’s disasterpiece The Room, the ultimate cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show (With live shadowcast!), and the sci-fi action adventure flick Predestination, starring Oscar-nominee Ethan Hawke!

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Cake, featuring a stunning Golden Globe & SAG nominated turn from Jennifer Aniston. The screening will be followed by a pre-taped Q&A with Aniston, which can only be seen at the Music Box!

Finally, our Frank Capra weekend matinee series continues with the underrated The Bitter Tea of General Yen, starring Barbara Stanwyck.

See you at the movies

Leviathan! Predestination! Ferngully: The Last Rainforest!

Newsletter, Thursday, January 8th, 2015, 11:11am

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week, Golden Globe-nominee Leviathan (Best Foreign Language Film). Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev follows Kolya, an auto-repair shop owner fighting to keep his land from being taken away by the corrupt local mayor. The New York Times calls it, “A grave and beautiful drama, at once intimate and enormous.”

In Predestination, the time travel adventure from The Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers), Ethan Hawke stars as a time-traveling Temporal Agent on his final assignment: stop the one criminal that has eluded him and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost. Twitchfilm calls it, “An exploration of time travel that feels altogether refreshing.”

This weekend, Second Saturday Silent Cinema present Synthetic Sin, a zany comedy about a struggling actress in the big city! Thought to be lost for years, the film was recently rediscovered in Italy and expertly restored. This is the first Chicago screening in over 80 years! As always, the screening will be accompanied by live music from the famous Music Box organ!

On Sunday at noon, The Field Museum comes to the Music Box for Cinema Science presents Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. This one-time-only screening of the animated adventure also features an educational and entertaining discussion from MacArthur Senior Conservation Ecologist Corine Vrisendorp, PhD.

We also have daily screenings of the terrifying The Babadook, and weekend midnight screenings of the controversial and groundbreaking Cannibal Holocaust.

See you at the movies

Winter Sleep! The Way He Looks! The Babadook!

Newsletter, Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 11:27am

Happy New Year, Music Boxers

Tonight, you are cordially invited to ring in 2015 in style, at New Year’s Eve with Moulin Rouge! We have a Spectacular Spectacular evening of entertainment planned, including live music, party favors, and of course a screening of the bombastic musical Moulin Rouge, with audience interaction! Limited tickets still available!

Our Stanley Kubrick series is wrapping up soon, but before it does, the next few days brings us screenings of Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, plus weekend midnight screenings of The Shining.

Opening on Jan 2nd is Winter Sleep, Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival! The new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) is an immersive, meditative drama about a small-town innkeeper whose cultural pretensions are fatefully undermined over the course of an eventful winter. Named it one of the Top 3 Films of 2014 by Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune!

Set against the music of Belle and Sebastian, the coming of age tale, The Way He Looks is a fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel. Opens Friday!

Also opening Friday is Pelican Dreams. Documentarian Judy Irving follows a wayward California pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a rehab facility and explores nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “affectionate and humorous”.

We also have another week of screenings of The Babadook, the critically-acclaimed horror film from Jennifer Kent. See the film everyone is talking about!

Finally, tomorrow is your last chance to catch the Golden Globe-nominated Force Majeure and the biting comedy Zero Motivation!

See you at the movies

Stanley Kubrick Series! Zero Motivation! New Year’s Eve with Moulin Rouge!

Newsletter, Monday, December 22nd, 2014, 7:39pm

Happy Holidays Music Boxers,

The year may be almost over, and we’ve filled the rest of 2014 with great screenings and one-of-a-kind special events! Check out how we’re bidding adieu to another great year at the Music Box!

December 25th kicks off A Very Kubrick Christmas, our salute to one of the true masters of cinema, Stanley Kubrick! From 2001: A Space Odyssey to A Clockwork Orange to Spartacus to Dr. Strangelove, we’re playing nearly every film from the visionary director. Tickets are $10, or get a Series Pass for only $50. The series starts on Christmas Day with Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining!

You have a few more chances to catch The 31st Annual Music Box Christmas Show! Tickets are still available for today’s 9:40pm White Christmas and the Christmas Eve double feature. Make sure you arrive in time to sing-a-long with Santa!

On New Year’s Eve, say hello to 2015 in style, at New Year’s Eve with Moulin Rouge! Dress to the nines and enjoy the last few hours of 2014 with the spectacular film Moulin Rouge, passed appetizers, live entertainment, audience interaction, party favors, and cash bar. After the film, ring in 2015 with a champagne toast, dessert, and more entertainment!

Opening this Friday, Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. The Dissolve hails first-time writer-director Talya Lavie as, “An immensely promising new talent.”

Also showing this week is the critically acclaimed horror The Babadook, rated 98% Fresh on RottenTomatoes (Special late night screenings all week!), and the dark Swedish comedy Force Majeure, which was recently shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy Awards.

Our Frank Capra matinee series kicks off this weekend with the romantic roadtrip comedy It Happened One Night, winner of the Best Picture Academy Award (And a slew of others!) On Friday & Saturday at midnight, catch Polyester, John Waters’ hilariously trashy tale of suburban misadventure.

See you at the movies!

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

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