opens Fri 6 May
directed by Jason Bateman in English starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken
Based on the New York Times Bestselling novel by Kevin Wilson
Adult siblings Baxter and Annie, scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents — performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes – suddenly go missing under troubling circumstances, Baxter and Annie investigate. Unsure whether it’s foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover.
“Sharp and affecting dysfunctional-family portrait” —Variety
opens Fri 6 May
directed by Jeremy Saulnier in English starring Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat
From the director of Blue Ruin
Green Room is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.
“Delivers maximum shock and awe” —Fangoria
Sat 7 May
directed by Shoko Nakamura in Japanese starring Kenji Nojima, Hiroshi Kamiya, Hideo Ishikawa
Rihito Sajo is an honor student who enrolled into his high school with a perfect score on the entrance exam. Hikaru Kusakabe is in a band and popular among girls. They are “different kind of guys”, who would have never crossed paths.
opens Sat 7 May
directed by Andrew Rossi in English starring Rihanna, Wong Kar Wai, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Andrew Bolton, Anna Wintour
From the director of Page One: Inside The New York Times, The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.
Sun 8 May
directed by Phyllida Lloyd in English starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth
This Mother’s Day, celebrate with Meryl Streep and ABBA at the Music Box! Hosted by Dick O’Day, our interactive screening kicks off with a live pre-show 1970’s fashion contest. Dress up in your best 70’s garb for your chance to win great prizes! Then play along with our audience participation guide while you watch the Broadway smash on the big screen.
Special Mother’s Day Mimosas will be served in the Music Box Lounge!
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!
The Messenger – Tuesday, May 10th at 7pm
opens Fri 13 May
directed by Ben Wheatley in English starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss
Official Selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2015
Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.
“Visionary film-making, wildly ambitious, very caustic and hitting the bull's eye of almost every target in its sights.” —Independent
The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. Since the revolutionary first season, more than 26 million theatregoers from around the world have visited the Stratford Festival. Now partnering with SpectiCast, the acclaimed repertory theatre presents three exciting plays captured live in September 2015. Working with renowned Producer and Director Barry Avrich, and his exceptional team at Melbar Entertainment, the plays are captured using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound experience remaining faithful to the stage version of the production.
Mon 16 May
directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady in English starring Norman Lear, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Rob Reiner, Amy Poehler, Phil Rosenthal
Television legend Norman Lear and Directors Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady visit the Music Box for a live Q&A, following a special screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.
“Genuinely surprising...an exquisite look at one of the great creative instigators of our time.” —Aint It Cool News
Wed 18 May
directed by F. W. Murnau Silent starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingston
One of the most acclaimed silent films of all time, the Music Box presents F.W. Murnau’s dramatic romance Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.
The Chicago Critics Film Festival, now in its fourth year, will run May 20–26, 2016.
Founded by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award-winners to talented newcomers chosen by members of the organization. It’s the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival.
The festival brings together an eclectic array of films ranging from raucous comedies and foreign-made dramas to thought-provoking documentaries and midnight genre films—with a couple of programs of shorts thrown in for good measure.
The Music Box Theatre presents a new unique screening series in collaboration with The National Society of Film Critics to celebrate the venerated group’s 50th Anniversary and its representatives based in Chicago. Participating members Michael Phillips (The Chicago Tribune) and J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader) and Jonathan Rosenbaum (formerly of Chicago Reader) will present three of their favorite Best Film winners from the Society’s long history over a three-week series, each screened on 35mm and followed by a post-film discussion.
The National Society of Film Critics is made up of the leading film critics in the United States whose purpose is to promote the mutual interests of film criticism and filmmaking.
Wed 1 Jun
directed by Perry Henzell in English starring Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw
Rock critics Jim DeRogotis and Greg Kot, the hosts of Sound Opinions from WBEZ, host a special screening of The Harder They Come, starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Advance tickets are available at SoundOpinions.org.
“Timeless and universal...nothing short of amazing” —Los Angeles Times
opens Fri 10 Jun
directed by David Lynch in English starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern
30th Anniversary! New DCP Restoration!
David Lynch’s sensual mystery thriller about strange happenings in a small all-American town.
“One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention.” —Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
Sat 11 Jun
directed by Henry King starring Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis
Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry, Tol’able David is a heart-wrenching drama from director Henry King. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.
Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation.