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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

For the fifth year, Music Box Theatre proudly presents Noir City: Chicago in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation. The annual festival combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics from the post-War film noir heyday. Over seven days, the Music Box will screen 17 film noirs that run the gamut from classics like Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard to the Technicolor noir Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe to the supernatural Night Has a Thousand Eyes starring Edward G. Robinson, and many more. Check below for the full schedule and more festival highlights. Purchase advance tickets and festival passes now.

This weekend at midnight, it’s time for R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet Sing-A-Long. Subtitles on screen to make it easy to sing-along (or just keep up with the story if you’ve never seen this majesty before), and props like rubbers, spatulas and more to help make the magic moments on screen come alive in the theater. Purchase advance tickets now.

Our Spaghetti Western matinee series ends with a bang this weekend with A Fistful of Dynamite, a.k.a. Duck, You Sucker! Sergio Leone directs Oscar-winners Rod Steiger and James Coburn (Leone’s original choice for The Man With No Name). An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

We also have another week of screenings of the chilling and confrontational documentary The Act Of Killing (Rated 97% Fresh on RottenTomatoes), and midnight & matinee screenings of the sci-fi thriller Europa Report.

See you at the movies

Wednesday, August 21st – Tuesday, August 27th, 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.”

 


Wed, Aug 21 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
 
 
 

Sing-a-Long Trapped in the Closet

Purchase advance tickets

In Trapped in the Closet, R. Kelly’s classic hip hopera, Kels takes on the role of Sylvester, who has a simple one-night stand with a preacher’s wife and then ends up in a web of preposterous lies and a series of outlandish plot twists ranging from used rubbers on his bed to an asthmatic midget male stripper who likes to hang out with a white chick named Bridget. Throughout all of these misadventures, the drama is played as fiercely straight as R. Kelly, and the tale is told through rhyme after rhyme after rhyme.

Over the years, some audiences have hailed Trapped in the Closet as the “Plan 9 From Outer Space of music videos,” while others have recognized it as the masterpiece from our generation’s greatest living R&B legend. But whichever camp you fall into, one thing is certain – there will be no better cinematic event this year than singing and dancing and playing with props in a theater full of other R. Kelly fans at the fully interactive R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along.

Trapped in the Closet

A film by R. Kelly and Jim Swaffield starring R. Kelly, Cat Wilson, and Rolando Boyce

 

“So I pulled out my beretta…”

In R. Kelly’s classic hip hopera, Kels takes on the role of Sylvester, who has a simple one-night stand with a preacher’s wife and then ends up in a web of preposterous lies and a series of outlandish plot twists ranging from used rubbers on his bed to an asthmatic midget male stripper who likes to hang out with a white chick named Bridget. Throughout all of these misadventures, the drama is played as fiercely straight as R. Kelly, and the tale is told through rhyme after rhyme after rhyme. And y’all get to singalong to line after line after line.

 


Fri, Aug 23 midnight
 
 
 

A Fistful of Dynamite, a.k.a., Duck, You Sucker!

A film by Sergio Leone starring Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli

 

The results are explosive when self-exiled IRA explosives specialist John Mallory (James Coburn) teams up with Mexican peasant-turned-revolutionary (Rod Steiger) to knock over the Mesa Verde bank…with dynamite. What started out as a nice joint venture to get rich, quickly turns into an operation for the revolutionary cause, and the two are drawn into a fight against the Mexican army, bearing painful similarities to Mallory’s IRA past.

 


Sat, Aug 24 11:30am
Sun, Aug 25 11:30am
 
 
 

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.

 


Fri, Aug 23 midnight
Sat, Aug 24 11:30am · midnight
Sun, Aug 25 11:30am
 
 
 

Sunset Boulevard

A film by Billy Wilder starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim

 

Hack screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) is coaxed with lavish gifts into writing a script to revive the faded career of silent-film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), who lives in total obscurity revisiting the past with her former partner-turned-butler Max (Erich von Stroheim). But Norma’s delusions have a dangerous edge, and Joe’s not exactly a careful man.

 


Sun, Aug 25 2:30pm · 9:15pm
 
 
 

Hell Drivers

A film by Cy Endfield starring Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins

 

An ex-con (Stanley Baker) trying to go straight takes a job driving for a corrupt trucking company, where the bosses pit the drivers against each other in a dangerous competition that leads to higher profits and … death! Peggy Cummins is the saucy secretary who flirts her way through an array of up-and-coming stars, including Sean Connery, Herbert Lom, David McCallum and a frighteningly intense Patrick McGoohan. A gear-grinding masterpiece!

 


Fri, Aug 23 6:00pm
 
 
 

Night and the City

A film by Jules Dassin starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers

 

Perhaps the most baroque and bleak film noir of them all.

American hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) pinballs through postwar London looking for his big score and ruining myriad lives in the process. The greatness of this film — besides Widmark’s devastating portrayal of a maniacal and pathetic loser — is its stubborn refusal to allow even the tiniest ray of light into Harry’s headlong descent in hell. Featuring Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Herbert Lom, Francis X. Sullivan, Mike Mazurki — and perhaps the ultimate film noir finale.

 


Tue, Aug 27 5:00pm · 9:15pm
 
 
 

Sleep, My Love

A film by Douglas Sirk starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, George Coulouris, Robert Cummings

 

A film noir directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Buddy Rogers, and presented by Mary Pickford? Nope, you’re not dreaming, but lovely and wealthy Alison Courtland (Claudette Colbert) is. She’s been sleepwalking at night and, according to her seemingly attentive husband Richard (Don Ameche), taking potshots at him. During the days she’s hallucinating about a malevolent psychiatrist (George Coulouris). But a handsome new acquaintance, Bruce Elcott (Robert Cummings) believes in her sanity and suspects her husband of foul play. Can he convince Alison before it’s too late? Featuring Keye Luke, Raymond Burr, Queenie Smith and Hazel Brooks.

 


Thu, Aug 29 7:30pm
 
 
 

Leave Her to Heaven

A film by John Stahl starring Cornell Wilde, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price

 

Don’t let the vivid Technicolor fool you—this big budget melodrama is black at the core, as perverse and malignant as any film got in the 1940s. A novelist (Cornell Wilde) meets gorgeous Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) on a train. They fall in love and marry—and soon there is hell to pay. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Tierney is the embodiment of a distinctly feminine psychopathology. Featuring the majestic cinematography of Oscar-winner Leon Shamroy. With Jeanne Crain and Vincent Price.

 


Sat, Aug 24 7:30pm
 

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