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Wes Anderson Anthology! Chicago Irish Film Festival! Donnie Darko!
Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we’re taking a journey through the filmography of one of the most distinctive voices in film with The Wes Anderson Anthology. From Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom, we’ll be screening all of Mr. Anderson’s previous works, plus shorts, commercials and more. Plus, a few lucky fans will join us for a special advance screening of Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, followed by a Q&A with the director himself! Check out the full schedule to find out when your favorites are screening.

On Saturday at 7:30pm, join us for the Chicago Irish Film Festival, celebrating and exploring the best in Irish cinema. We’ll be screening the new film How To Be Happy, a comedy of misunderstandings, deceit and danger. Advance tickets on sale now.

This weekend at midnight, we’re screening the theatrical version of Richard Kelly’s cult classic Donnie Darko. A troubled teenager (a young Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

We also have weekend matinee screenings of the screwball noir Fly By Night and Italian hit The Great Beauty (Last chance to catch it before the Oscars!), midnight screenings of Evangelion 3.0, another week of screenings of the indie thriller Stranger By The Lake, and a special screening of Casablanca, presented by Turner Classic Movies.

See you at the movies

Thursday, February 27th – Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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Stranger by the Lake

A film by Alain Guiraudie starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumcao


Frank spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France.

“There are very real, very potent emotions underlying every action, be it an explicit sex act, a lingering embrace, or a horrible realization that meting out death does not necessarily preclude love.”
Time Out New York

One day, he meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. Stranger by the Lake is an erotic thriller that tests the lengths and limits of sexual desire.


Chicago Irish Film Festival

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Each year, the Chicago Irish Film Festival strives to represent the breadth of Irish filmmaking, screening documentaries on an array of social issues, features that frequently examine topics as expansive as the state of the world and as intimate as families, classics that remind us how much – and how little!—filmmaking and life have changed, and, of course, the inventive, creative, violent, touching, hilarious award-winning Irish shorts.

How To Be Happy

A film by Michael Costine, Mark Gaster, Brian O’Neill starring Brain Gleeson, Gemma-Leah Devereux


Opening Film!
Cast members Brain Gleeson and Gemma-Leah Devereux and producer Richard Bolger will be attending

Following a bad breakup, relationship counselor Cormac Kavanagh starts sleeping with his clients in a misguided attempt to reignite their passions. His bedroom adventures soon lead him into dangerous territory and he starts falling for Flor, the attractive young private detective assigned to investigate his affairs. Flor’s specialty is entrapping married men in honeytrap stings. Things are further complicated when his cousin Al tries a spot of amateur matchmaking to get Cormac back together with his ex-wife. In a twisting comedy of misunderstandings, deceit and danger it’s going to take a lot before everyone recognizes true love and discovers the secrets of HOW TO BE HAPPY.


Sat, Mar 1 7:30pm

Donnie Darko

A film by Richard Kelly starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell


A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. We’ve all been there, right? We are screening the original theatrical version of Donnie Darko, not that weird director’s cut that tries to explain too much. Come see it how you’d like to remember it.


Fly By Night

A film by Robert Siodmak starring Nancy Kelly, Richard Carlson


A berserkly fun B-movie that shifts with Hitchcockian aplomb between risque romantic comedy and shadowy suspense. Siodmak stuffs two features’ worth of set pieces into the sprightly 74-minute running time: a man suspected of murder goes on the run with the lively artist (Nancy Kelly) who’s his only alibi. A team of talented writers keep things brisk and clever, and the chemistry between stars Richard Carlson and Nancy Kelly is more than a little sexy in this budget variation on THE 39 STEPS. More screwball than noir, but a delight from start to finish! Not on DVD!


The Great Beauty

A film by Paolo Sorrentino starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli


“An outlandishly entertaining hallucination.”
New York Times

“A masterpiece, a grand swooning epic, lush to the point of insanity.”
–Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

Rome, Italy, lush, timeless, opulent, and home to journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo of Il divo and Gomorrah). Since the early success of his one and only novel decades ago, Jep has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles and has thoroughly enjoyed every pleasure Rome has to offer.

But as his sixty-fifth birthday comes and goes, Jep finds himself beginning to take stock of his life; looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to see himself and Rome in a new light. Called “A Technicolor La Dolce Vita for the Berlusconi era,” The Great Beauty is a sensuous epic, a breathtaking feast for the senses and a compelling introspective journey into the life and mind of a man and the eternal city.


Evangelion 3.0

A film by Hideaki Anno


Shinji Ikari just woke up fourteen years after starting the Third Impact. He hasn’t aged, but everything else has changed. The earth is in ruins. The people he once protected treat him like a prisoner and threaten to kill him if he pilots another Eva. At NERV headquarters, Shinji meets pianist Kaworu. As the boys bond, the organization’s true mission comes into focus. Lost in a labyrinth of deception, Shinji careens toward a mental breakdown that could bring about the end of humanity.

Academy Awards

Best Picture, Academy Awards (1944)


TCM Presents Casablanca.

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In celebration of TCM’s 20th Anniversary, TCM is presenting 20 free nationwide screenings of Casablanca.

All passes for the March 4th screenings of Casablanca are available on a first come, first served basis. There is limited seating at each screening and admission is not guaranteed. 73 years have done nothing to dim Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart’s dazzling performances in one of the screen’s most beloved romantic thrillers. Some of Warner Bros.’ best writers turned an unproduced play into a timeless tribute to the glories of love and heroism. As added bonuses, the film made Bogie a top romantic star, showed audiences how sexy Bergman could be, brought trench coats back into fashion and revived the popularity of “As Time Goes By,” the song both stars ask Sam (Dooley Wilson) to play again. A series of coincidences made this film a box-office winner. The U.S. invaded Northern Africa at about the same time as the picture premiered; it went wide when President Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin met in Casablanca. But it was top work from all involved — from director Michael Curtiz to the lowliest grip and bit player — that helped make CASABLANCA an enduring classic.


A film by Michael Curtiz starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman


Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you’re wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart in one of his most memorable roles), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one—especially Victor’s wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart.

Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo’s transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more—personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.

Winner of three Academy Awards including “Best Picture,” Casablanca remains one of Hollywood’s greatest treasures more than 70 years after it first lit up the screen.


Tue, Mar 4 7:30pm

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