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Room 237! Silent Cinema! Detroit 9000!
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers,

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is one of the most terrifying and engrossing films of all time. The wry and provocative documentary Room 237 examines Kubrick’s still-controversial classic, fusing fact and fiction. Interviews with cultists and scholars delve into the myriad of theories and conspiracies about the film.
And, on Friday, we have a special opening night screening for the most ardent Kubrick fans, with director Rodney Ascher joining us after the film via Skype for an audience Q&A session. Tickets on sale now!

This weekend, Saturday Silent Cinema presents Sparrows, Mary Pickford’s penultimate silent film, a tale of orphans living on a baby farm run by an evil caretaker. Christel Schmidt, editor of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies, will present the program and sign copies of her book. And, as always, the screening will feature live accompaniment from the Music Box organ! Tickets on sale now.

Next week, on Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm, we are proud to announce an exciting, national premiere screening of the Sundance Channel’s new original series Rectify. The screening is followed by a Skype Q&A with the cast, director and producers. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP for your free tickets now!

We also have more screenings of Reality and Gimme The Loot, special sneak previews of Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal, matinees of Orson Welles’ MacBeth and Music Box Films’ Lore, and midnight screenings of Detroit 9000.

See you at the movies

Thursday, April 4th – Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

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Room 237

A film by Rodney Ascher starring Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns


The wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with Shining cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.

“One of the great movies about movies.”
–Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up.

End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.


Fri, Apr 5 7:00pm

Second Saturday Silent Cinema Presents: Sparrows

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Mary Pickford’s penultimate silent film is a Dickensian tale of orphans living on a baby farm run by an evil caretaker.

The feature is preceded by the Sparrows trailer and outtakes. Christel Schmidt, editor of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies (co-published by the Library of Congress and the University Press of Kentucky) will present the program and sign copies of her book. Restored 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011 and recently hailed by the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones as one of the best movie matinee series in the city; the Music Box Silent Cinema Series is presented on the second Saturday of each month at noon! All films are shown “authentically” in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect ratio with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music Box theatre organ!


A film by William Beaudine starring Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller


“Sparrows, Mary Pickford’s 1926 release, superbly combines the two elements--sentiment and adventure--that characterized Pickford’s best work.”
New York Times

The movie boasts highly stylized sets, including an ominous-looking swamp, and atmospheric cinematography that illustrates the growing influence of German expressionist cinema on American filmmakers in the 1920s. One of the Mary Pickford’s darker-themed pictures, the film is considered by many to be her best, including by her business partner and onscreen rival Charlie Chaplin.


Sat, Apr 6 12:00pm

Sneak Peak at Sundance Channel 2013: Rectify

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The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce an exciting, national premiere screening of the Sundance Channel’s new original series Rectify, Tuesday, April 16, 7pm at Music Box Theatre. The screening is followed by a Skype Q&A with the cast, director and producers. Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Rectify, Sundance Channel’s first wholly-owned scripted series, from the producers of Breaking Bad, was created and written by acclaimed actor and filmmaker Ray McKinnon (Lincoln on Sons of Anarchy). This is a national premiere screening of the first two episodes of the series.

Along with the screening, there will be a live Skype Q&A with cast, director, and producers!


starring Sean Bridgers, Adelaide Clemens, Abigale Corrigan


After spending 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is going home.

His conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence, thrusting him back into a world he no longer knows. Having spent his adult life waiting to die, Daniel must now learn how to live again. But, his reentry into the outside world may be as unforgiving as prison. He is haunted by the past, dogged by the present, and uncertain of the future. As he struggles to adapt to his new life, his return will reignite the fears of a small town and threaten to shatter his family’s fragile peace. Daniel’s alleged crime divided a community. His freedom could tear it in half.


Tue, Apr 16 7:00pm

Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal

A film by Boris Rodriguez starring Thure Lindhardt, Dylan Smith and Georgina Reilly


Part muse. Part sleepwalking cannibal.

“Beneath the surface outrageousness lies a surprisingly, satisfyingly dark little fable about the essentially cannibalistic nature of artistic inspiration.”
–Mike D’Angelo, AV Club

A struggling artist is in need of inspiration. While decamping in the middle of nowhere, he’s found it in a new friend, Eddie…a sleepwalking cannibal.

Eddie pushes the boundaries of the horror-comedy genre, weaving together a story that blends twisted friendship, love and, of course, the gory reality of sleepwalking cannibalism. Eddie is fun, fresh, entertaining and seriously warped, the way a sleepwalking-cannibal movie should be.



A film by Matteo Garrone starring Aniello Arena, Paola Minaccioni, Loredana Simioli


Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

“If Luis Buñuel were alive today, this is roughly what I’d expect him to be up to.”
–Mike D’Angelo, AV Club

Reality is a big change from director Matteo Garrone, best known for his 2008 portrayal of an Italian crime syndicate in Gomorra.

Luciano is a Neapolitan fishmonger who supplements his modest income by pulling off little scams together with his wife Maria. A likeable, entertaining guy, Luciano never misses an opportunity to perform for his customers and countless relatives. One day, his family urges him to try out for Big Brother. In chasing this dream, his perception of reality begins to change.


Gimme the Loot

A film by Adam Leon starring Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Joshua Rivera


Sofia, we’ll be the biggest writers in the city. They’ll make statues of us holding spray cans in Central Park…

“...being along for the ride is pleasure of the most unexpected sort.”
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme.

Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high wire heist, and a beautiful, rich girl’s necklace that is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City.


Detroit 9000

A film by Arthur Marks starring Hari Rhodes, Alex Rocco, Vonetta McGee


Visit the murder capital of the world – where the honkies are the minority! 1970s Detroit is the backdrop for this hyper-violent blaxploitation riff on The French Connection. Alex Rocco is a gritty, tell-it-like-it-is white cop with a sinus infection, assigned to a political powder-keg of a case involving the first black man to run for Governor of Michigan. When he can’t solve it alone, he reluctantly agrees to let a young black cop help him out. Thousands of bullets and a few dead pimps later, we get one of the biggest combination shootout/chase scene ever committed to film!



A film by Cate Shortland starring Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs


Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions.

“Intense and emotional. Saskia Rosendahl is mesmerizing.”
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“A lyrical, deeply affecting study into a rarely seen legacy of the Holocaust.”
–Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter

Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north.

After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.


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