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Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog
Fri 2  – Thu 15 Sep

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog

“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 Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face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.

<cite>Mia Madre</cite>

opens Fri 2 Sep

Mia Madre

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.

A Music Box Films release

“Beautifully observed and delicately balanced...this is Moretti at his interpersonal best; intimate, empathetic and intensely humane.” —The Guardian

<cite>Who Gets The Dog?</cite>

Tue 6 Sep

Who Gets The Dog?

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

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro
Wed 7 Sep – Wed 19 Oct

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

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?”

<cite>One More Time With Feeling</cite>

Thu 8 Sep

One More Time With Feeling

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.

Dog Film Festival
Sun 11 Sep

Dog Film Festival

The World’s First Film Festival entirely for, by and about dogs and their people!

The 48 Hour Film Project 2016
Sun 11  – Thu 15 Sep

The 48 Hour Film Project 2016

The 48 Hour Film Project is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year! We are the oldest and largest timed filmmaking competition in the world and we are passionate about helping filmmakers do their thing.

<cite>The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years</cite>

opens Thu 15 Sep

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

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

<cite>David Bowie is</cite>

Mon 19 Sep

David Bowie is

directed by Hamish Hamilton in English

A documentary film of the groundbreaking David Bowie is exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A).

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!
Tue 20 Sep – Sat 29 Oct

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

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!

Upcoming Events:
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

The Room, with Tommy Wiseau in person!

opens Fri 23 Sep

The Room, with Tommy Wiseau in person! [35mm]

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
Sat 24 Sep

Art House Theater Day

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.

Special screenings include new restorations of Time Bandits and Phantasm, and a preview of A Man Called Ove.

Begotten & Shadow of the Vampire Double Feature with Director E. Elias Merhige In Person!
Sun 25 Sep

Begotten & Shadow of the Vampire Double Feature with Director E. Elias Merhige In Person!

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.

<cite>Operation Avalanche</cite>

opens Fri 30 Sep

Operation Avalanche

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

<cite>The Love Potion (Le Vin Herbé)</cite>

Fri 30 Sep

The Love Potion (Le Vin Herbé)

in English

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.

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“...filled with dignity, mystery, and a simplicity born of true sophistication” —New York Times


opens Sun 2 Oct


CatVideoFest is coming to Chicago! 70 minutes of the best cat videos of the year, plus some classics and surprises.

<cite>Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company presents Romeo and Juliet</cite>

Mon 3 Oct

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company presents Romeo and Juliet

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

<cite>Howards End</cite>

opens Fri 7 Oct

Howards End [4K DCP]

directed by James Ivory in English starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter

New 4K Restoration!

“The film’s lush rural cinematography and memorable classical score shine in the new 4K restoration.” —Film Comment

<cite>The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly</cite>

opens Sat 8 Oct

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly [4K DCP]

directed by Sergio Leone in English starring Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

50th Anniversary!
4K DCP Restoration!

<cite>The Battle of Algiers</cite>

opens Fri 14 Oct

The Battle of Algiers [4K DCP]

directed by Gillo Pontecorvo in English starring Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi

50th Anniversary!
New Restoration!

“A MASTERPIECE! Surely the Most Harrowing Political Epic Ever!” —New Yorker

Music Box of Horrors 2016
Sat 15  – Mon 17 Oct

Music Box of Horrors 2016

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.

CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass

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