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Summer Music Film Festival! 100 Bloody Acres! Grease Sing-A-Long!
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Everyone loves a good music festival. The Music Box Theatre and WBEZ Chicago’s Sound Opinions have an indoor option that will take you on a journey of music and film from the past 40+ years, including films about Levon Helm, Wilco, Jeff Fahey, Bill & Ted, Napster, and so much more! The Third Annual Summer Music Film Festival will rock your face off! Purchase advance tickets now.

In 100 Bloody Acres, brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business in motion. Their secret “recipe” for success (using dead car crash victims in their product) was a huge boon to business, but lately supply has been gravely low. Months have passed since their last find, and an important new customer is now waiting on a delivery.

Celebrate the 4th of July with the Music Box! In the afternoon, it’s James Cagney as the original song-and-dance man in Yankee Doodle Dandy (Purchase advance tickets now). In the evening, the Grease Sing-A-Long is back by popular demand. Wear your best poodle skirt, biker jacket, and shades — and bring your heartiest vocals for a rollicking 50s sing-along. Purchase advance tickets now.

Midnights this weekend feature Elijah Wood as you’ve never seen him before in Maniac, and the rock opera Tommy, featuring nearly every famous musician/actor in the 70s.

We also have weekend matinees of the Clint Eastwood-Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western A Fistful Of Dollars and Music Box Films’ Augustine. Plus, Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II in the National Theatre Live production of The Audience (Purchase advance tickets now). And finally, there’s another week of the indie sensation Fill The Void!

See you at the movies

Wednesday, June 26th – Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Grease Sing-A-Long!

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Back by popular demand, this fun-filled sing-along features a pre-show costume parade and screening of the beloved film.

Wear your best poodle skirt and saddle shoes, biker jacket, and shades — and bring your heartiest vocals for a rollicking 50s sing-along. “Grease is the word!”

Sing along with…

  • “You’re the One that I Want”
  • “We Go Together”
  • “Summer Nights”
    and many more…

Interactive fun!
Costume contest!
Prop bag!


A film by Randal Kleiser starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing


Sing-Along Edition!

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?


Sat, Apr 19 2:00pm
Academy Awards

Yankee Doodle Dandy
James Cagney, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Academy Awards (1942)


Celebrate Independence Day with Yankee Doodle Dandy

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Celebrate the 4th with us and join in the chorus!

We welcome you on the 4th of July to join us for a classic American film, Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Featuring songs such as “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and “Over There.”

Starring James Cagney in the lead role as a song and dance man (for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role) and the music of George M. Cohan (who saw the film shortly before he died and approved of Cagney’s performance), Yankee Doodle Dandy is the perfect film to start off your Independence Day celebrations right.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

A film by Michael Curtiz starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston


Celebrate Independence Day with a classic!

This biopic about renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan, memorably played by James Cagney, is perhaps the most patriotic movie around!

The tale of Cohan, the Broadway great born on the 4th of July who inspired a nation during The Great War with such songs as “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and “Over There,” was exactly what a WWII nation needed upon its summer of 1942 release. The film earned Cagney, an actor known primarily for his tough-guy roles, his only Oscar statuette. See it on the 4th and join in the chorus!


Thu, Jul 4 2:00pm


A film by Franck Khalfoun starring Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder


“This is down and dirty genre filmmaking, and the various slaughters, excruciatingly detailed scalpings and other atrocities are no less gruesome because of the highfalutin approach.”
–Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter

Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.

A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present-day L.A., Maniac is a re-boot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made — an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.


A Fistful of Dollars

A film by Sergio Leone starring Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volonté


In a story borrowed from Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, an amoral wanderer-with-no-name finds himself on both sides of a war between two families in a Mexican town. This classic created the worldwide craze for European westerns, turned Eastwood into an iconic antihero, and introduced movie lovers to the talents of director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone.


National Theatre Live presents The Audience

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National Theatre Live will broadcast the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, with Helen Mirren reprising her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II, performed in London’s Gielgud Theatre.

The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.

The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

The Audience

A film by Stephen Daldry starring Helen Mirren, Edward Fox


National Theatre Live is an exciting initiative to broadcast live performances of the best of British Theatre to cinemas around the world.

“Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute.”
The Times (UK)

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience.

For sixty years, Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Prime Minister and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.


Sun, Jun 30 1:30pm

Fill the Void

A film by Rama Burshtein starring Hila Feldman, Razia Israeli, Yiftach Klein


Fill the Void tells the story of a Hassidic family from Tel Aviv and their youngest daughter, Shira, who will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.

“Unfolds in unhurried dramatic terms that come to take on an almost fatalistic force.”
–Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

Fill the Void tells the story of a Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Shira, the youngest daughter, is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It’s her dream-come-true, and Shira feels ready and excited, until her sister, Esther, dies unexpectedly during childbirth. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s marriage.

Everything changes when an offer is made to match Yochay — the late Esther‘s husband — to a widow from Belgium. Though Yochay feels it is too soon, he realizes he must eventually marry again, but when the girls’ mother discovers that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between her daughter and her former son-in-law that forces Shira to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.


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