opens Fri 26 Aug
directed by Werner Herzog in English
Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.
“FOUR STARS. Herzog weaves a fantastical tale.” —The Guardian
opens Fri 26 Aug
directed by Mike Birbiglia in English starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard
When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest of the group – all best friends – start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. From the director of Sleepwalk With Me and the creator of This American Life comes Don’t Think Twice, a critically acclaimed comedy packed with comic stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher that presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people.
“Genuinely sharp, funny, and bracingly honest.” —Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“You never see the ideas coming and don’t realize until much later how profoundly they have reached your heart.” -Stanley Kubrick
This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human.
opens Fri 2 Sep
directed by Nanni Moretti in Italian starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.
“Beautifully observed and delicately balanced...this is Moretti at his interpersonal best; intimate, empathetic and intensely humane.” —The Guardian
Tue 6 Sep
directed by Huck Botko in English starring Alicia Silverstone, Ryan Kwanten
A story of a couple’s undying love… for their dog.
One Night Only! Featuring a Filmmaker Q&A
They say tragedy plus time equals comedy, but what does comedy plus time equal? Chicago film/entertainment writer Mark Caro will put supposedly timeless comedy to the test each week and then lead a post-screening discussion so we can all deliver the verdict: “Is It Still Funny?”
Thu 8 Sep
directed by Andrew Dominik in English starring Nick Cave
The first opportunity anyone will have to hear any of the songs from the new Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album, Skeleton Tree, will be to watch the feature film One More Time With Feeling, directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly). The film will be shown in more than 650 movie theaters worldwide on September 8th 2016, immediately prior to the release of Skeleton Tree the following day.
opens Thu 15 Sep
directed by Ron Howard in English starring John, Paul, George & Ringo
Includes 30 minutes of bonus concert footage of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium performance
Digitally remastered sound and restored 4K picture!
opens Fri 16 Sep
directed by Marcin Wrona in English starring Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski
A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.
“Haunting... echoes of Roman Polanski... a chilling modern version of a folk tale.” —indieWIRE
The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!
Stand By Me – Tuesday, September 20th at 7:30pm
The Mummy – Saturday, October 29th at Noon
opens Fri 23 Sep
directed by Andrew Neel in English starring Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Danny Flaherty, James Franco
Directed by Andrew Neel (King Kelly, Darkon), co-written by Neel, David Gordon Green and Mike Roberts, based on the acclaimed memoir by Brad Land, Goat provides a searing portrayal of masculinity, violence and brotherhood. The film is produced by Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa with Rabbit Bandini’s James Franco and Vince Jolivette.
“A harsh but gripping study in uncontrolled male aggression.” —The Hollywood Reporter
opens Fri 23 Sep
directed by Tommy Wiseau starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero
Tommy Wiseau returns to the Music Box on September 23rd for 2 screenings of his cult sensation The Room! The writer/director/star will host an audience Q&A after each screening. Don’t forget your spoons!
“Must be seen to be disbelieved.” —The Chicagoist
Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of films and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experiences. The Music Box is proud to be a part of this year’s Art House Theater Day, mixing special nationwide screenings with Music Box exclusives.
E. Elias Merhige’s debut feature Begotten was hailed by TIME Magazine as one of the top ten films of 1991, and led to projects with Marilyn Manson and the movie Shadow of the Vampire starring Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich. 2016 is the 25th anniversary of this landmark of experimental film, and director E. Elias Merhige visits the Music Box to discuss the movie, the preservation and restoration of the original negative, and its upcoming release on BluRay.
opens Fri 30 Sep
directed by Matt Johnson in English starring Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles
Two CIA agents go undercover as documentary filmmakers at NASA – only to find a shocking secret.
“A thoroughly entertaining and thrilling dive into fake American history.” —Slash Film
Fri 30 Sep
A Chicago Opera Theater Production
Composed by Frank Martin
Directed by Andreas Mitisek
The epic story of Tristan and Isolde, the fateful lovers who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue their love in defiance of heavenly and earthly powers is told through Martin’s mystical and haunting score.
“...filled with dignity, mystery, and a simplicity born of true sophistication” —New York Times
Mon 3 Oct
directed by Kenneth Branagh in English starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Derek Jacobi
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy.
“Bustling, Energetic and Exuberant” —Time Out London
The Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon of frightening flicks is one of the highlights of our year, a day of scares & surprises where only the strong survive.