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The Act of Killing! Prince Avalanche! Rocky Horror!
 
Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we open the chilling and inventive documentary The Act of Killing, one of the best-reviewed movies of 2013. Executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The Chicago Reader calls it “[A] unique and unforgettable documentary”.

We’re also opening Prince Avalanche, the new film from director David Gordon Green (All The Real Girls, Pineapple Express). Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in this offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, the film features a moving score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was loosely adapted from the Icelandic film Either Way.

On Saturday night, we’re hosting the Chicago premiere of Blue Exorcist: The Movie, the anime adaptation of the series began airing on Japanese television in 2011 (Buy advance tickets now).

On Wednesday night, the Chicago Tribune hosts a special presentation of A League of Their Own. Join Michael Phillips and Steve Rosenbloom for a look at the classic baseball comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna, followed by a discussion of the film. Purchase advance tickets now.

Midnights this weekend include multi-hyphenate Tommy Wiseau’s The Room on Friday (Purchase advance tickets now), the cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday (Purchase advance tickets now), and Ryan Gosling in the dark thriller Only God Forgives on both nights.

Our matinees this weekend are the suspenseful sci-fi flick Europa Report and the energetic Spaghetti Western Sabata, starring Lee Van Cleef. Sabata will also be playing Tuesday at 2pm as part of our Industry Tuesdays series. The screening will be preceded by tastings of spectacular, rather rare beers from the exceptional portfolio of importer Vanberg & DeWulf. Purchase advance tickets now.

Finally, tickets are now on sale for Noir City: Chicago, the Music Box Theatre’s annual noir film festival. Check below for the full schedule and get your tickets today!

See you at the movies

Thursday, August 15th – Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

 
 

The Act of Killing

A film by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn starring Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara

 

Nominated for Best Documentary – Feature Length


“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade ... it is unprecedented in the history of cinema.”
–Werner Herzog

“Never before has anyone made a documentary like ??The Act of Killing?? … essential and enraging, it is a film that begs to be seen.”
Variety

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love.

The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”

 


Fri, Aug 16 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Aug 17 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Aug 18 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Aug 19 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Aug 20 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Aug 21 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Thu, Aug 22 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Fri, Aug 23 2:00pm · 4:30pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Aug 24 2:00pm · 4:30pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Aug 25 2:00pm · 4:30pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Aug 26 4:30pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Aug 27 4:30pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Aug 28 4:30pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Aug 29 4:30pm · 7:10pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Aug 31 11:30am
Sun, Sep 1 11:30am
Sat, Sep 7 11:30am
Sun, Sep 8 11:30am
Fri, Sep 13 9:30pm
Sat, Sep 14 11:30am · 9:30pm
Sun, Sep 15 11:30am · 9:30pm
Mon, Sep 16 9:30pm
Tue, Sep 17 9:30pm
Wed, Sep 18 9:30pm
Thu, Sep 19 9:30pm
Sat, Sep 21 11:30am
Sun, Sep 22 11:30am
Mon, Feb 17 7:15pm
Wed, Feb 19 5:30pm
 
 
 

Prince Avalanche

A film by David Gordon Green starring Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch

 

Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire.

An odd couple of sorts, meditative and stern Alvin and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance, dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As they sink into their job in the remarkable landscape, they learn more than they want to about each other and their own limitations.

Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a moving score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was loosely adapted from an Icelandic film called Either Way.

 


Fri, Aug 16 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Aug 17 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm
Sun, Aug 18 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Aug 19 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Aug 20 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Aug 21 5:00pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Aug 22 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
 
 
 

Press Pass: A League of Their Own

Purchase advance tickets online

Watch A League of Their Own with Michael Phillips and Steve Rosenbloom!

Even in the 70th anniversary year of the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, there’s still no crying in baseball! Join Chicago Tribune all-stars Michael Phillips and Steve Rosenbloom for a look at the 1992 summer classic, A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks, Madonna and a whole squad of other power-hitting Hollywood stars. A discussion of the film with special guests will follow the screening. $15. Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago.

A League of Their Own

A film by Penny Marshall starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna

 


“The movie has a real bittersweet charm. The baseball sequences, we’ve seen before. What’s fresh are the personalities of the players, the gradual unfolding of their coach and the way this early chapter of women’s liberation fit into the hidebound traditions of professional baseball. By the end, when the women get together again for their reunion, it’s touching, the way they have to admit that, whaddaya know, they really were pioneers.”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The movie has a real bittersweet charm. The baseball sequences, we’ve seen before. What’s fresh are the personalities of the players, the gradual unfolding of their coach and the way this early chapter of women’s liberation fit into the hidebound traditions of professional baseball. By the end, when the women get together again for their reunion, it’s touching, the way they have to admit that, whaddaya know, they really were pioneers.”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

When World War II threatens to shut down Major League Baseball, candy magnate and Chicago Cubs owner Walter Harvey creates a women’s league to make money. The league likes what it sees in catcher Dottie. She is the best player in the league. After tryouts, Dottie, her sister Kit, and other players Marla, Betty Spaghetti, best friends Mae and Doris all make the Rockford Peaches.

The Peaches are managed by Jimmy Dugan, a former marquee Cubs slugger who lost his career due to alcohol. He treats the team as a joke, forcing Dottie to take on his duties. Eventually, Jimmy takes over after clashing with Dottie over an in-game decision.

Over the course of the season, the team and league pick up steam, but Dottie and Kit form an intense sibling rivalry, culminating in Kit being traded to the Racine Belles. The two teams meet in the World Series, with both the game and the sibling rivalry on the line.

 


Wed, Aug 21 7:00pm
 
 
 

Chicago Premiere: Blue Exorcist The Movie

Purchase advance tickets online

One night only!

See the feature film that continues the storyline of the popular anime series Blue Exorcist.

Blue Exorcist

A film by Atsushi Takahashi starring Bryce Papenbrook, Johnny Yong Bosch, Christine Marie Cabanos

 

An anime adaptation of the series began airing on Japanese television in 2011.

The level in popularity grew with the unveiling of every episode and the series finale came and went with many fans crying out for more. One year later… Blue Exorcist is back with full force now on the big screen!

When his adoptive father, Shiro Fujimoto was killed by his biological father, Satan, Rin Okumura swore to become an exorcist to avenge Shiro’s death declaring war on his own blood-relatives of the underworld…The movie features Rin and his friends in the midst of preparing for a festival which is celebrated once every 11 years in True Cross Academy Town.

As everyone in town is busy arranging for the festival, a “ghost train” goes berserk while the barriers protecting the city from demon intrusions were under repair. Rin and his twin brother Yukio are sent to the scene as reinforcements, and on their way meet a demon in the form of a young boy. Meanwhile, Cheng-Long Liu, a Senior Exorcist First Class from the Taiwan Branch joins them in the repair operation and the story takes an unexpected turn as their fates cross.

Screened with English dub track.

 


Sat, Aug 17 9:30pm
 
 
 

The Room

A film by Tommy Wiseau starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero

 

This “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies” stars (and was directed, written and produced by) the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, and has been a cult favorite in LA since 2003!. “Enter The Room and leave forever changed!”

Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this quirky cult favorite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film’s central character (writer-director Tommy Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa’s materialistic mom.

 


Fri, Feb 21 midnight
Fri, Mar 21 midnight
Fri, May 23 midnight
Sat, Jun 21 midnight
 
 
 

Sabata

A film by Gianfranco Parolini starring Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Ignazio Spalla

 

After an acrobatic bank robbery leaves a town without a safe, the mysterious Sabata (Lee Van Cleef) lends his services in recovery of the vault. Things quickly escalate into to blackmail and gunplay, involving politically powerful criminal boss Stengel. Aided by string-playing Banjo, mute acrobat Alleycat, and alcoholic Civil War vet Carrincha, Sabata sets out with his comic book posse to extort Stengel for everything he’s worth. Filled with wild stunts, quick zooms, and whip pans, Sabata is one of the most energetic and entertaining Spaghetti Westerns around!

 


Sat, Aug 17 11:30am
Sun, Aug 18 11:30am
Tue, Aug 20 2:00pm
 
 
 

Europa Report

A film by Sebastián Cordero starring Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Michael Nyqvist

 

Europa Report follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system.


“A small, brilliantly cast sci-fi gem, a riveting piece of minimalist work.”
–James Verniere, Boston Herald

When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crewmember, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.

 


Thu, Aug 15 5:00pm · 9:20pm
Sat, Aug 17 11:30am
Sun, Aug 18 11:30am
Fri, Aug 23 midnight
Sat, Aug 24 11:30am · midnight
Sun, Aug 25 11:30am
 
 
 

Only God Forgives

A film by Nicolas Winding Refn starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Yayaying

 

Ryan Gosling and the director of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, are back with this visionary Bangkok-set thriller. Julian (Gosling) is a drug kingpin tasked with avenging his brother’s death, but a mysterious, unhinged policeman is following his every move.

 


Fri, Aug 16 midnight
Sat, Aug 17 midnight
 

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