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Marley! In The Family with Director Patrick Wang! She Stoops to Conquer!
Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers!

You know that Bob Marley documentary all your friends have been talking about? It’s called Marley and it opens at the Music Box tomorrow! The Boston Globe says: “It grabs one’s senses and won’t let go.”

Also opening tomorrow is In the Family from first time director Patrick Wang. Wang will be in attendance to present the film on Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 1:30pm. Roger Ebert gives the film 4 stars!

Last but not least, National Theatre Live presents She Stoops to Conquer this Sunday!

See you at the movies!

Thursday, April 19th – Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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A film by Kevin Macdonald


From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.

“A generous, absorbing, family-authorized docu on the late, still-reigning king of reggae music.”

“Sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved kind of reggae!”
The Hollywood Reporter

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.


In The Family featuring Q&A with director Patrick Wang

Your chance for an intimate Q&A with director Patrick Wang on his film and the experience of independent film making. Only two screenings will feature the Director in attendance: Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 1:30pm.

In the Family

A film by Patrick Wang starring Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John


In his remarkably assured directorial debut, Patrick Wang revitalizes independent American filmmaking with the penetrating, wholly original In the Family. Eschewing formula and stereotype, Wang delivers a heartfelt story woven around child custody, “two-Dad” families, parental loss, interracial relations, and the human side of the law. The project is galvanized by strong performances from a veteran ensemble and music by the legendary Chip Taylor (Wild Thing; Angel of the Morning).

“The film waxes its every moment into a crystalline pocket of time, finding the universal in the microcosmic, and always deepening itself with flabbergasting levels of imbued details.”
Slant Magazine

“Critic’s Pick! A remarkably fresh and unpredictable drama. One of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year.”
New York Times

The film opens with the daily routines of an ordinary family in Tennessee, where Joey (Patrick Wang) and Cody (Trevor St. John) are raising their precocious son Chip. The narrative shifts into the extraordinary after tragedy forces Joey to raise his son alone. Joey’s grief is compounded when he discovers that Cody’s sister has been granted custody of Chip. This unforeseen legality unravels Joey’s tenuous acceptance in Cody’s family, which becomes further complicated by racial distrust.

Wang allows the film’s ambitious length to patiently interweave flashback sequences that reveal the complex nature of Cody’s relationship with Joey, their relationship with Cody’s family, and Joey’s relationship to his orphaned past. Rarely has the nature of what it means to be in a family been examined with such rewarding nuance. Refusing to demonize any member of the family, Wang offers instead a transcendent narrative that embraces how light and shadow both shape the human heart.


Sun, Apr 22 1:30pm

She Stoops to Conquer

A film by Jamie Lloyd starring Amy Booth-Steel


Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal’s son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he’s mistaken by his prospective son-in-law Marlow for an innkeeper, his daughter for the local barmaid. The good news is, while Marlow can barely speak to a woman of quality he’s a charmer with those of a different stamp. And so, as Hardcastle’s indignation intensifies, Miss Hardcastle’s appreciation for her misguided suitor soars. Misdemeanours multiply, love blossoms, mayhem ensues.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A film by Jim Sharman starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Charles Gray, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick


Featuring the Midnight Madness shadowcast, who ensure what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.

This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).

For 35 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has delighted audiences and terrified parents. The Music Box Theatre is the proud Chicago home of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every screening has a shadowcast of the film (that’s actors acting in front of the screen during the film), and the Halloween screenings are known to sell out!

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing. Midnight Madness sells participation kits at The Music Box for $3. The performers do not get paid for performing at any venue, and 100% of the proceeds from kit sales go back to cast costumes, props, promotions, etc.

What’s in the bag?

Balloon, Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Rubber Glove, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, Party Hat, Sponge, Paper Plates, Cards, Instructions, Bag

Don’t-Look-Like-a-Virgin tip

Do not throw objects at the screen — that’s just not cool and can damage a very expensive screen. Thanks!

Using your Prop Bag items

  • Balloon: During the song “Science Fiction Double Feature”, pop at the “When worlds collide” lyric.
  • Glow Stick / flashlight: (no lighters, matches, flammables due to fire code restrictions) During the song “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)”, light up at the “There’s a Light” chorus.
  • How to Time Warp Flier: During the “Time Warp”, get up and dance!
  • Rubber Glove: During the Time Warp, get up and dance!
  • Noisemakers: During the “Lab” scene, make a noise when the Transylvanian Guests use their noisemakers.
  • Confetti: At the end of the “Lab” scene, when the wedding march is being played, throw some.
  • Toilet Paper: When Dr. Scott makes his entrance and Brad exclaims “Great Scott!”, use some.
  • Party Hat: During dinner, Frank will put on his party hat, and you should too — it’s a party now!
  • Paper Plates: Use when Frank pulls the table cloth off the dinner table.
  • Bell: Ring when Frank is chasing Janet after dinner and asks the musical question “Did you hear a bell ring?” and during the song “Planet Schmanet”.
  • Sponges: Use when Columbia makes her “bitch out” speech and says to Frank, “You’re like a sponge!”
  • Cards: Bring them out after The Floor Show, when Frank sits down and sings the line, “cards for sorrow, cards for pain”.
  • Rope: Use when the rope falls from the rigging after Riff finishes shooting.

Not Allowed

  • Toast
  • Hot dogs and prunes
  • Rice
  • Water guns


Sat, Mar 22 midnight
Sat, Apr 16 midnight
Sat, May 14 midnight
Sat, Jun 18 midnight
Sat, Jul 16 midnight
Sat, Aug 13 midnight
Sat, Sep 24 midnight
Fri, Oct 28 midnight
Sat, Oct 29 midnight
Mon, Oct 31 9:00pm

The Kid With a Bike

A film by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne starring Thomas Doret, Cécile De France and Jérémie Renier


“The Dardenne brothers are again at the peak of their powers in this impeccably observed drama. Few, if any, contemporary filmmakers can match the Dardennes for unstinting compassion, rigorous avoidance of sentimentality and unimpeachable emotional integrity.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Magnificent. One of the most compelling spectacles you’ll see this year.”
Film Comment

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the deeply moving new film by the Dardenne brothers (L’enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (newcomer Thomas Doret).

When his father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively tries to find his bicycle — after all, his father must have cared about him enough not to sell that off, he reasons.

Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France), a woman who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her — though she refuses to give up without a fight.

Full of heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected grace, The Kid With a Bike is a film about a child, abandoned to the elements, learning to become good.



A film by Jack Smight starring Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall


Arguably the first neo-noir, Paul Newman stars as private eye Lew Harper, a wise-cracking down-on-his-luck guy going through a painful divorce. When his friend Albert Graves tips him off to a job finding a wealthy woman’s (Lauren Bacall) runaway husband, Harper almost immediately finds himself in hot water along the Mexican border.


Fritz the Cat

A film by Ralph Bakshi


Sex-obsessed tomcat Fritz drops out of NYU and embraces every new experience that crosses his path, including easy sex and drugs. But Fritz ends up holding the dynamite that will detonate the ultimate 1960s statement when he joins a group of radical hippies. Based on underground comic-book artist Robert Crumb’s revolutionary character, Fritz the Cat became the first X-rated cartoon.


Jamie and Jessie are Not Together

A film by Wendy Jo Carlton


A queer romantic comedy with musical numbers.

“A romantic comedy that defies expectations left and right, Jamie and Jessie are Not Together is one of the funniest most original films of the year.”

“Charmingly written and acted, the movie, let it be said, has a number of sex scenes, and although you can never be entirely certain who is doing what to whom, something is certainly being done.”
–Roger Ebert

“Sexy and funny, Jamie & Jessie, about hot young friends who act on impulse, got my attention.”
–CURVE Magazine

This award-winning Chicago production features Jacqui Jackson, Jessica-London-Shields, Fawzia Mirza, Marika Engelhardt, Sienna Harris, Jen LaForte, Tinuade Oyelowo, plus an amazing supporting cast!

Soundtrack includes Tegan and Sara, God-Dess & She, Ripley Caine, Sera Cahoone and Anomie Belle plus musical numbers co-written with Stephanie McCullough, composer at The Second City and iO Chicago

Got it Bad for the Wrong Girl? Jamie is moving from Chicago to New York hoping to become a Broadway actress. Her best friend Jessica is bummed, because she thinks she is in love with Jamie. As moving day gets closer, Jessica tries to make Jamie jealous by dating other women. But Jessica’s plan backfires, in a way she could never imagine.


Thu, Apr 26 8:00pm

California 90420

A film by Dean Shull


CALIFORNIA 90420 is a comedic documentary about a group of “4:20 somethings”, and a glimpse into the world of weed through the eyes of Cannabis College Students and Oaksterdam University’s Chancellor and Prop 19 Spokeswoman, Dale Sky Jones.


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