opens Fri 1 Jul
directed by Eiichi Yamamoto in Japanese starring Aiko Nagayama, Tatsuya Nakadai
New 4K Restoration!
One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism.
“A bewitching masterpiece” —New York Times
opens Fri 1 Jul
directed by David Farrier, Dylan Reeve in English
Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.” —Esquire
opens Fri 1 Jul
directed by Thorsten Schütte in English starring Frank Zappa
An intimate encounter with the iconoclastic composer and musician. Rare archival footage reveals a provocative 20th century musical genius whose worldview reverberates into the present day and beyond.
“Commemorates one of the rock era's most idiosyncratic star musicians” —Variety
Wed 6 Jul
directed by Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace in English starring LCD Soundsystem
Join 93XRT & Goose Island Brewing for the “Music In Motion” Film Series!
We’re celebrating LCD Soundsystem’s first Chicago show performance in 5 years by showing Shut Up and Play the Hits!
Over 30 years ago, the Coen Brothers breakthrough first film Blood Simple announced the arrival of an exciting new pair of voices in filmmaking, which has since yielded 20 films and an immeasurable influence on cinema and pop culture. To celebrate the new 4K digital restoration of Blood Simple, the Music Box is presenting some of our favorite films from the directors’ idiosyncratic filmography. Funny, dark, dramatic, melancholy, desperate, subversive, thoughtful? Could only be the Coens.
Sat 9 Jul
directed by Ted Wilde & J.A. Howe starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Walter James
This classic Harold Lloyd comedy features a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.
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 14 Jul
directed by Mike Birbiglia in English starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard
Writer, director and actor Mike Birbiglia visits the Music Box for a special advance screening of his new film Don’t Think Twice, followed by an audience Q&A.
“Genuinely Sharp, Funny, and Bracingly Honest.” —Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
opens Fri 15 Jul
directed by Roger Ross Williams in English starring Owen Susking, Ron Suskind, Gilbert Gottfried
*Sundance Film Festival Award Winner — Director: U.S. Documentary *
From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.
“A radiant, uplifting story” —The Hollywood Reporter
opens Fri 15 Jul
directed by Todd Solondz in English starring Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts, Zosia Mamet, Julie Delpy
From the director of Welcome To The Dollhouse and Happiness
Welcome to the doghouse: the latest hilariously biting comedy from Todd Solondz is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes.
“A relentlessly clever little film.” —Screen International
Wed 20 Jul
in English starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen
From the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, hosts David Tennant and Catherine Tate are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet, Rufus Wainwright, and many more. Together, they mark the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.
“4 Stars. Shakespeare Live! sent shivers down the spine.” —The Telegraph
Vive le cinema!
The 6th annual Chicago French Film Festival comes to the Music Box Theatre, July 22nd – July 28th 2016, celebrating the best in recent French cinema.
A Special Opening Night Reception will be held in the Music Box Lounge & Garden for Festival Passholders. Get your pass today & join us for the festivities!
“Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good.” —The Hollywood Reporter
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?”
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
Mon 8 Aug
directed by Michael Ritchie in English starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Hayley
Author Dan Epstein, author of the acclaimed books Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76, and Big Hair and Plastic Grass: Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s, hosts a special screening celebrating the ultimate underdogs, The Bad News Bears.
Co-hosted by Nick Digilio, Movie Critic on WGN Radio
“Surprisingly, improbably, The Bad News Bears is the 's funniest movie.” —TIME
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 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
Sat 13 Aug
directed by Josef Von Sternbeg starring George Bancroft, Betty Compson
Josef von Sternberg’s blue-collar romance on the big screen. Featuring a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.
“Exceptionally good motion picture entertainment.” —New York Times
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!