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Starlet! Central Park Five! Oliver Twist!
 
Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we’re proud to present Starlet, the newest release from Music Box Films. Honored with the Robert Altman Award by the Independent Spirit Awards, Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson, who received a Special Jury Recognition at SXSW). Check out the film that is at once provocative, haunting, and surprisingly sweet.

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of brutally beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. Ken Burns’ new documentary The Central Park Five tells the story of how five lives were upended by the rush to judgment by police, a sensationalist media and a devastating miscarriage of justice. The Wall Street Journal calls it ‘ a deeply affecting experience. ‘

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns this weekend with Oliver Twist. Jackie Coogan plays the titular orphan and Lon Chaney charismatically inhabits the meaty role of Fagin—an ideal part for the master of makeup! As always, the film will be presented with live organ accompaniment. To purchase tickets, click here.

Tonight’s Slap Shot screening is sold out, but if you couldn’t get tickets, don’t worry! We have another screening this Sunday at 11:30am. To purchase tickets, click here.

And don’t forget, next week is the start of the 29th Annual Music Box Christmas Show! Celebrate the holidays at the Music Box with screenings of It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, plus a sing-a-long with Santa! To purchase tickets, click here.

See you at the movies

Thursday, December 6th – Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

 
 

Starlet

A film by Sean Baker starring Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve

 

Nothing is ever as it seems…

Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson), after their worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her Chihuahua Starlet, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden.

After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie’s past. Her curiosity piqued, she tries to befriend the caustic older woman. Secrets emerge as their relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films, the Spirit Award-nominated Prince of Broadway and Take Out, capturing the rhythms of everyday life with a rare authenticity. Featuring exceptional debut performances by Dree Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest) and 85-year-old Besedka Johnson, who received a Special Jury Recognition at SXSW, Starlet is at once provocative, haunting, and surprisingly sweet.

 


Fri, Dec 7 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Sat, Dec 8 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Sun, Dec 9 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Mon, Dec 10 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Tue, Dec 11 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Wed, Dec 12 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Thu, Dec 13 4:00pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Fri, Dec 14 8:30pm
Sat, Dec 15 1:20pm · 8:30pm
Sun, Dec 16 1:20pm · 8:30pm
Mon, Dec 17 8:30pm
Tue, Dec 18 8:30pm
Wed, Dec 19 8:30pm
Thu, Dec 20 8:30pm
Fri, Dec 21 8:30pm
Sat, Dec 22 1:20pm · 8:30pm
Sun, Dec 23 1:20pm · 8:30pm
Mon, Dec 24 1:20pm
Wed, Dec 26 1:20pm · 8:30pm
Thu, Dec 27 1:20pm · 8:30pm
 
 
 

The Central Park Five

A film by Ken Burns, David McMahon, Sarah Burns

 

A new documentary from award winning filmmaker Ken Burns.


“The film tells a shocking story in eloquent, even-handed and affecting terms.”
–David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of brutally beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. New York Mayor Ed Koch called it the “crime of the century” and it remains to date one of the biggest media stories of our time. The five each spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a shocking confession from a serial rapist and DNA evidence proved their innocence.

Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five tells the story of how five lives were upended by the rush to judgment by police, a sensationalist media and a devastating miscarriage of justice.

 


Fri, Dec 7 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:30pm
Sat, Dec 8 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:30pm
Sun, Dec 9 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:30pm
Mon, Dec 10 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:30pm
Tue, Dec 11 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:30pm
Wed, Dec 12 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:30pm
Thu, Dec 13 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:30pm
Fri, Dec 14 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 15 10:30am · 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Sun, Dec 16 10:30am · 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Mon, Dec 17 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Tue, Dec 18 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 19 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Thu, Dec 20 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Fri, Dec 21 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 22 10:30am · 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Sun, Dec 23 10:30am · 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Mon, Dec 24 3:30pm
Tue, Dec 25 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 26 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Thu, Dec 27 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 29 10:30am
Sun, Dec 30 10:30am
 
 
 

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

Saturday 7 June – Wednesday 31 December 2014

 

A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011. Now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!

As part of the Music Box’s commitment to screening classic films, we are delighted to announce what we hope to be an annual series of silent films. Thanks to a number of improvements during the past year, we believe there’s no better place in Chicago to see silent film! We want to share that experience with you throughout 2013 with a special monthly silent film series. Our excellent house organist Dennis Scott will be accompanying all films.

 


Sat, Nov 8   Piccadilly   12:00pm
 
 
 

Slap Shot

A film by George Roy Hill starring Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean and Strother Martin

 

A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.

This foul-mouthed classic follows an ex-hockey star who winds up coaching a hapless minor-league club. When the Charlestown Chiefs realize that playing dirty excites the crowd, they become a squad of goon thugs, led by the iconic Hanson brothers.

 


Thu, Dec 6 6:30pm
Sun, Dec 9 10:30am
 
 
 

Chasing Ice

A film by Jeff Orlowski starring James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson and Adam LeWinter

 

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality.

It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.


“Chasing Ice’s raison d’etre is easily the stunning EIS photography of glaciers receding worldwide.”
–Justin Chang, Variety

“Chasing Ice conveys the visual richness of Balog’s work, where an astounding variety of shape, color, and translucency makes ice seem like a worthy object for a career, even if its disappearance weren’t so closely linked to humanity’s fate.”
–John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

 


Sat, Dec 8 10:30am
Sun, Dec 9 10:30am
 
 
 

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, Mar 22 10:30pm
Sat, Mar 23 10:30pm
Sun, Mar 24 10:30pm
Fri, May 17 midnight
Fri, Jul 19 midnight
Fri, Feb 21 midnight
Fri, Mar 21 midnight
Fri, May 23 midnight
Sat, Jun 21 midnight
Wed, Aug 20 10:30pm
Thu, Aug 21 10:30pm
Fri, Sep 19 midnight
Fri, Dec 5 midnight
Fri, Jan 16 midnight
 
 
 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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

 

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).

The film, co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien, bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings.

 


Sat, Mar 22 midnight
Sat, Apr 19 midnight
Sat, May 24 midnight
Fri, Jun 20 11:59pm
Sat, Aug 16 midnight
Sat, Sep 20 midnight
Fri, Oct 24 11:59pm
Sat, Oct 25 midnight
Thu, Oct 30 10:30pm
Fri, Oct 31 midnight
Sat, Nov 1 midnight
Sat, Dec 6 midnight
Sat, Jan 17 midnight
 
 
 

This Must Be the Place

A film by Paolo Sorrentino starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch

 

A bored, retired rock star sets out to find the man responsible for his father’s humiliation, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S.

Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses ‘Goth’ and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn’t on speaking terms, brings him back to New York where he discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey across America to finish what his late father started.

 


Thu, Dec 6 4:00pm
Fri, Dec 7 midnight
Sat, Dec 8 midnight
 

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