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

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

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hey Film Fans,

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

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

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

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

See you at the movies!

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.

See you at the movies

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.

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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!

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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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