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If You Build It! 24 Exposures! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers

If You Build It follows designer Emily Pilloton and her partner (in business and in life), architect Matt Miller as they teach a North Carolina high school design-build class called Studio H with an eye toward reviving the economically struggling rural community. Select screenings this weekend will feature Q&As with the filmmakers behind this powerful documentary. Purchase advance tickets now.

Couldn’t make it last week when we hosted Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg for Sundance USA? Well you’re in luck, because this week we’re screening Joe’s new film 24 Exposures. In this sexy thriller a photographer who specializes in erotic photo shoots is suspected of murder when one of his models is found dead. IndieWIRE calls it “A clever meta-thriller. . . a delectable combination of creepiness and fun”.

For the latest installment of Second Saturday Silent Cinema, we’re presenting Underworld, director Josef von Sternberg’s riveting breakthrough that launched the American gangster genre as we know it. As always, the film will be screened with live accompaniment on the Music Box organ. Tickets on sale now.

Our midnight this weekend is the original big screen adventure for the heroes in a half shell, 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Our Sunday matinee is the Paulette Goddard comedy Hazard (Not available on DVD).

We also have daily screenings of the 2014 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Presented in 2 parts), Best Foreign Language Film nominee The Great Beauty, and weekend screenings of the family drama Like Father, Like Son.

Also, don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is next weekend! We’re celebrating with screenings of the delightful comedy-fantasy The Princess Bride (with audience participation) and the all-time romantic classic Caablanca (with Sweethearts Sing-A-Long). Tickets for both on sale now!

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Thursday, February 6th – Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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If You Build It with Filmmakers Q&A

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Opening weekend event!
Director & Chicago native Patrick Creadon and producer Christine O’Malley scheduled to appear for post-screening Q&As!

Screenings will be hosted by:
Fri – Erica Wannemacher of Architecture for Humanity – Chicago
Sat – Melanie Kahl, Learning and Design Strategist at CANNON Design
Sun – Katherine Darnstadt AIA, Founder + Principal Architect of Latent Design

If You Build It

A film by Patrick Creadon


In 2010, designer Emily Pilloton and her partner (in business and in life), architect Matt Miller, arrived in Bertie County, North Carolina, to teach a high school design-build class called Studio H with an eye toward reviving the economically struggling rural community.

Over the course of a year, 10 high school juniors learned the basics of design and construction culminating in the construction of a new farmers’ market for their town. Despite losing funding and dealing with natural disasters, Pilloton and Miller empowered their students and gave them hope int he face of adversity. If You Build It is a documentary, not just about idealistic outsiders trying to turn a community around, but also a story about the economic recession and the plight of rural America.


Fri, Feb 7 7:10pm

24 Exposures

A film by Joe Swanberg starring Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Helen Rogers


“A clever meta-thriller with erotic components and a delectable combination of creepiness and fun.”
–Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

Fetish photographer Billy (Adam Wingard) stages elaborate shoots around his fixations, photographing women in various stages of undress and death. When one of Billy’s models winds up actually dead, an investigator named Michael (Simon Barrett), knocks on his door and discovers a world he struggles to understand – in Billy’s art, as well as his apparent ease at juggling professional and intimate relationships with a committed girlfriend and various models.

Jealousy runs high, and meanwhile, a killer is still on the loose. Modeled after erotic thrillers of the 1990s late-night cable variety, 24 Exposures is written and directed by Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Marriage Material, You’re Next).


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.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A film by Steve Barron starring Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo


After prolonged exposure to radiation, four teenage turtles—Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello—have mutated into ninjas and have begun living in the sewers of New York City. Under the guidance of a ninja master Splinter the Rat and television reporter April (who is somehow not completely disgusted by a quartet of mutated humanoid turtles), the Turtles embark on a mission to run crime out of the city and battle the warlord Shredder.



A film by Josef von Sternberg starring George Bancroft, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent


Josef von Sternberg’s riveting breakthrough is widely considered the film that launched the American gangster genre as we know it. George Bancroft plays heavy Bull Weed, a criminal kingpin whose jealous devotion to his moll, Feathers (Evelyn Brent), gets him into hot water with a rival hood and, ultimately, the authorities. With its supple, endlessly expressive camera work and tightly wound screenplay based on a story by legendary scribe Ben Hecht (who won an Oscar for it the first year the awards were given), Underworld solidified von Sternberg’s place as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents. This February marks the 120th birthday of Chicago-forged writer Ben Hecht – come celebrate with his first screenplay!


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Princess Bride

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On Valentine’s Day, come see The Princess Bride, the fairy tale that puts the “comedy” in “romantic comedy.”

Featuring pre-show entertainment that includes a costume contest. Dress up as the dashing Inigo Montoya, the beautiful Buttercup, the gentle Fezzik, or any of your other favorite characters.

The Princess Bride

A film by Rob Reiner starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Peter Falk


Scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, Battling Rodents of Unusual Size, Facing torture in the Pit of Despair. – True love has never been a snap.

This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book “The Princess Bride” to his hard-to-impress grandson. This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. Along the way they encounter a Spanish swordsman, a gentle giant, and the six-fingered villain, Count Rugen.

Has a greater love story ever been told? Inconceivable.


Fri, Feb 14 6:00pm
Academy Awards

Best Picture, Academy Awards (1944)


Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along with Casablanca

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The Music Box Theatre’s annual screening of the classic film Casablanca begins with a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along” featuring a selection of favorite love songs complete with projected lyrics and accompaniment from the Music Box organ.

Songs include “You Are My Sunshine,” “Bicycle Built for Two,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” After the sing-a-long you and your sweetheart can hold hands, canoodle, and watch Bogart and Bergman in the timeless Casablanca, one of the great romantic films of all time.


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.


Sat, Feb 15 2:00pm


A film by George Marshall starring Paulette Goddard, Fred Clark


You can bet on Paulette Goddard in her prime! She plays a gambler who antes herself up as the prize in a game against a professional card shark (Fred Clark). Upon losing, she takes it on the lam, pursued cross-country by a private dick (Macdonald Carey) hired to haul her back to the altar. Surrounded by a wonderful cast (Stanley Clements, Percy Helton, Frank Faylen, Taylor Holmes, Charles McGraw), Goddard shows why she was one of the most luminous and charismatic stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Not on DVD!


2014 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Docs Program A


The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Directors: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Karama Has No Walls
Director: Sara Ishaq

Facing Fear
Director: Jason Cohen

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Directors: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world’s oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music.

Karama Has No Walls
Director: Sara Ishaq

When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country.

Facing Fear
Director: Jason Cohen

As a gay 13-year-old, Matthew Boger endured a savage beating at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis. Twenty-five years later, he meets one of them again by chance.


2014 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Docs Program B


Jeffrey Karoff, USA/English, 39 mins

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Edgar Barens, USA/English, 40 mins

Jeffrey Karoff, USA/English, 39 mins

New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons.

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Edgar Barens, USA/English, 40 mins

In a maximum security prison, the terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.


Like Father Like Son

A film by Hirokazu Kore-eda starring Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yoko Maki


In Like Father, Like Son, acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Nobody Knows, I Wish) has created another fully realized and deeply touching family drama.

“Relentlessly quiet character study that is photographed with Zen remove and scored metronomically to Bach and Beethoven, each scene clipped to the barest essentials.”
Time Out New York

Ryota has earned everything he has through hard work and is confident in the agenda he has planned out for both a successful career and ideal family.

When he and his wife, Midori, receive an unexpected phone call from the hospital where their son was born, their lives, and the lives of another family, are thrown into turmoil. The son he believes is his, is not, two boys were accidentally switched at birth. Suddenly, Ryota is forced to face a life changing decision, examine his priorities and ask himself if he has truly been a “father” for the past six years.


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