opens Fri 5 Aug
directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady in English starring Norman Lear, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Rob Reiner, Amy Poehler, Phil Rosenthal
Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.
“Genuinely surprising...an exquisite look at one of the great creative instigators of our time.” —Aint It Cool News
Starting its tenth year, Columbia College Chicago’s Cinema Slapdown is a unique screening series that has achieved cult status. A wildly entertaining hybrid of film discussion, knockdown, drag out debate and audience interaction, Cinema Slapdown believes that all films can be passionately argued.
Thu 11 Aug
directed by Rupert Goold in English starring Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Regrave
The Almeida Theatre makes its screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.
opens Fri 12 Aug
directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol in French starring Edouard Baer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Audrey Tautou
The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award®-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York. Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.
Opens at the Music Box Theatre on Friday, August 12th.
“Delightful! Visually striking and surprisingly moving!” —RogerEbert.com
opens Fri 12 Aug
directed by John Waters in English starring Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey
The theatrical premiere of John Water’s rarely seen trash classic!
“Restoration is an amazing thing. Finally, Multiple Maniacs looks like a bad John Cassavetes film!” —John Waters
Noir City: Chicago returns to the Music Box for the 8th great year, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics!
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 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
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.