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Ernest & Celestine! Ida Sneak Preview! War Horse!
 
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Hey Music Boxers,

This week, we open Ernest & Celestine, the charming animated story of an unlikely friendship between an artist and a troubadour, who happen to be a mouse and a bear. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, The Wrap calls it “the perfect mix of whimsy for kids and wit for grown-ups”. The daily 9:40pm screening will be presented in the original French language. All other screenings will be English language, featuring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, and Nick Offerman).

On Monday, you’re invited to a FREE sneak preview of the new film Ida, opening in Chicago May 23rd. From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski comes a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. RSVP here to attend!

On Wednesday, don’t miss our additional screening of National Theatre Live presents War Horse. This imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

We also have another week of screenings for the hit documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most ambitious films never made.

Our weekend matinees include Spellbound, one of Hitchcock’s most cerebral thrillers, and the mind-blowing documentary Particle Fever.

Our midnights this weekend include the grand finale of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy, Army of Darkness (This is my BOOMSTICK!) and two Jake Gyllenhaals for the price of one in the thriller Enemy.

Finally, tickets are now on sale for our Easter weekend presentations of Grease Sing-A-Long and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

See you at the movies

Wednesday, April 2nd – Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


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Ernest and Celestine (English Language Version)

A film by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner starring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy

 

Nominated for Best Animated Feature

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer—and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling.

 
 
 

Ernest and Celestine (French Language Version)

A film by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner

 

Nominated for Best Animated Feature

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer—and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling.

 
 
 

Jodorowsky’s Dune

A film by Frank Pavich starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger

 

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs EL TOPO and HOLY MOUNTAIN, Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune – and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen.

Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (DARK STAR, ALIEN); artist H.R. Giger (ALIEN); and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. Unfortunately, the film was never made.

Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema’s most enthralling “what could have been” stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters (including DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn), together with animation to bring Moebius’ storyboards to life. Even though the project exists only in the imaginations of its creators, and as the hundreds of illustrations they left behind, Pavich’s documentary chooses not to dwell on failure, but rather celebrates the ways in which the creative dreams of Dune planted seeds for many other iconic films that came after it, from STAR WARS to ALIEN to countless more. This is an inspirational story about the power of the creative spirit, one that establishes Jodorowsky as a master of cinema and a true visionary of our time.

 
 
 

NT Live: War Horse

 

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

 
 
 

Spellbound

A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck

 

Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist with a firm understanding of human nature—or so she thinks. When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) becomes the new chief of staff at her institution, the bookish and detached Constance plummets into a whirlwind of tangled identities and feverish psychoanalysis, where the greatest risk is to fall in love. Featuring a famously delirious dream sequence by Salvador Dali!

 
 
 

Army of Darkness

A film by Sam Raimi starring Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz

 

Part three of the Evil Dead Trilogy, this final installment is the most outwardly comedic of Ash’s encounters with Deadites. Forced to lead a makeshift Dark Ages army against the demonic Deadites, who possess all the deadly magic of hell, the shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed, reluctant 20th century time traveler Ash (Campbell) must save the living from the dead, rescue his medieval girlfriend and get back to his own time.

 
 
 

Particle Fever

A film by Mark Levinson starring Martin Aleksa, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos

 


“Particle Fever succeeds on every level.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“A surefire crowdpleaser with ravishing imagery and immensely likable subjects.”
Variety

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they search for the Higgs-Boson particle, our subjects confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

 


 
 
 

Enemy

A film by Denis Villeneuve starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon

 

Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor, disinterested in everything, even his beautiful girlfriend. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his doppelgänger, actor Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Jake Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, director Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange — and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image.

 

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