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Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This Weeknd:
This Friday & Saturday, director Don Coscarelli takes over the Music Box for two nights of Double Features to celebrate the opening of his new film John Dies at the End! On Friday night, it’s John Dies followed by the Bruce Campbell classic Bubba Ho-Tep. On Saturday, John Dies is followed by the horror sequel Phantasm II. Don will host an audience Q&A each night. Purchase double feature tickets now.

Saturday at noon, it’s time for Second Saturday Silent Cinema. This month, we present Within Our Gates, the earliest surviving African-American directed feature film, shot mostly in Chicago! Purchase advance tickets now.

Wednesday:
On Wednesday, Sound Opinions at the Movies presents The Graduate. Join Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special screening and discussion of this iconic ’60s film. Tickets on sale now.

Valentine’s Day
Haven’t made plans for Valentine’s day yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’re screening one of the greatest love stories of all time, Casablanca, complete with pre-show Sweetheart Sing-Along! And the Music Box has partnered with two great neighborhood establishments to offer some special Dinner-And-A-Movie date night options (Full details below). Purchase advance tickets now.

Other Screenings:
We also have midnight screenings of the cult classics The Room (Purchase advance tickets HERE) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Purchase advance tickets HERE), an encore screening of National Theatre Live presents The Magistrate (Purchase advance tickets HERE), and more screenings of the stirring documentary 56 Up.

See you at the movies

Thursday, February 7th – Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

 
 

56 Up

A film by Michael Apted, Paul Almond

 

Offering an extraordinary look at the unfolding of lives, The Up Series is back with the age 56 installment.


“I think it’s the most notable use of film that I’ve been able to witness as a filmgoer. Noble in its simplicity and its honesty and its directness and its lack of pretension or grandiosity. Just the gaze of an interested observer coming into these lives and saying, ‘How you doin’?’”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Nothing like this will ever be made again, and none of us is likely to age as well as the series itself.”
–James Walton, The Telegraph

Offering an extraordinary look at the unfolding of lives, The Up Series has been called “an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium” by renowned film critic Roger Ebert.

In 1964, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted began his career as a researcher on a new experimental series for Granada TV called Seven Up, which explored the Jesuit maxim, “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds from all over England, to see whether a class system was in place. By asking the children about their lives and their dreams for the future, difference in attitudes and opportunity were witnessed.

For almost half a century, Apted has interviewed the original group every seven years, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 56. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn, and Susan, and the iconoclast Neil, the present age brings more life-changing decisions and surprising developments. From success and disappointment, marriage and childbirth, to poverty and illness, nearly every facet of life is discussed with the group, as they assess whether their lives have ultimately been ruled by circumstance or self-determination.

 


Thu, Feb 7 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Fri, Feb 8 1:29pm · 4:30pm · 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 9 10:29am · 1:30pm · 4:30pm · 7:30pm
Sun, Feb 10 10:30am · 1:30pm · 4:30pm · 7:30pm
Mon, Feb 11 4:30pm · 7:30pm
Tue, Feb 12 4:30pm · 7:30pm
Wed, Feb 13 4:30pm
Thu, Feb 14 4:30pm
Fri, Feb 15 3:30pm
Sat, Feb 16 10:30am · 3:30pm
Sun, Feb 17 10:30am · 3:30pm
Mon, Feb 18 3:30pm
Tue, Feb 19 3:30pm
Wed, Feb 20 3:30pm
Thu, Feb 21 3:30pm
Sat, Feb 23 10:30am
Sun, Feb 24 10:30am
 
 
 

Casablanca Sweethearts Sing Along

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Romance and a classic film.

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 memorable 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 will be treated to the timeless Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, one of the greatest romantic films of all time.

Who loves love? We do!

Want to combine the sing along with a meal?

The Music Box Theatre has partnered with two great neighborhood establishments to offer some special date night options. Deleece is located just a few doors North of the theatre and Diag will be providing a fun trolley of love from their location just a few blocks south!

Dinner with Diag Bar & Grill

The Diag is Lakeview’s favorite neighborhood kitchen and ale house. Nestled in the Lakeview neighborhood, The Diag is traditionally designed with rustic details in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere including our Library we refer to as the Stacks. Located at 2856 N Southport Ave. Learn more at www.diagchicago.com

The Diag Date Night Package is $50/person or $100/couple and includes:

  • 1 Small Plate/person
  • 2 Cocktails/person
  • 1 Dessert to share together!
  • A Trolly Ride to and from the Music Box Theatre beginning from Diag Bar and Grill
    (Does not include Gratuity. Does include Tax)

Purchase your tickets to the Diag Valentines Date Night by clicking HERE

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Dinner With Deleece

We have a special Deleece Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu deal for you! Deleece is your electric neighborhood restaurant at 3747 N. Southport. Learn more at www.deleece.com

$110 per couple ($55 per person), includes the dinner and tickets to Casablanca.

First course, Choice of:
Ahi Tuna Tartare, Billi Bi, or Deleece Winter Salad

Second course:
Filet Mignon & Short Rib or Colossal Stuffed Shrimp

Third course:
Fondue for Two

Does not include tax or gratuity. (An additional bill for Tax, gratuity, and drinks will be issued at the end of the meal)

Purchase your tickets to the Deleece Valentines Date Night by clicking HERE

Casablanca

A film by Michael Curtiz

 

The most beloved film romance of all time! Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II, an American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) meets a former lover (Ingrid Bergman), with unforeseen complications.

 


Thu, Feb 14 6:30pm
 
 
 

The Magistrate

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National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to bring the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world.

The National Theatre Live production of Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Magistrate was directed by Timothy Sheader and stars Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner John Lithgow in one of his funniest roles yet.

The Magistrate

A film by Timothy Sheader starring John Lithgow, Nancy Carroll

 

When amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) married a widow, Agatha (Nancy Carroll), he had no idea that she’d deceived him by dropping five years from both her age and that of her son. Several years later on the evening of a pleasant dinner party the Poskets have planned, Mrs. Posket is suddenly afraid her secret may be revealed. True to the classic Victorian farce, a series of accidental meetings, coincidences and improbable situations drive this uproarious, crowd-pleasing comedy to its satisfying conclusion.

The National Theatre Live production of Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Magistrate was directed by Timothy Sheader and stars Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner John Lithgow in one of his funniest roles yet; The Magistrate will have audiences everywhere doubled up with laughter!

 


 
 
 

Sound Opinions at the Movies: The Graduate

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Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun. This week they head to the movies with The Graduate.

Arguably, no other movie of the 60s turned counterculture angst into popular culture. The biggest box office surprise of the decade, it was an Oscar-winner for director Mike Nichols, and Dustin Hoffman’s star-making breakout role. Simon & Garfunkel’s score started a new trend in soundtrack music and offered one memorable moment after another. This screening is presented by Sound Opinions, the world’s only rock and roll talk show.

The Graduate

A film by Mike Nichols starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

 

“You’re trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson… Aren’t you?”

Student unrest in bourgeois clothing, as Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock, adrift after college, is craftily seduced by a woman of his parents’ generation: Anne Bancroft’s icily-assured friend-of-the-family Mrs. Robinson.

The Graduate at 45

by Michael Wilmington

Sometimes a movie comes at exactly the right time. Like The Graduate — director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry’s marvelously edgy and arousing romantic comedy about plastics and family affairs, with one of those heroes, or anti-heroes, who strike a chord: young, nervous, recent college graduate, Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), who’s worried about his future and also torn between his clandestine affair with a married lover, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) and his seemingly genuine open-air love for her beautiful college-age daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).

The Graduate was released in the latter part of 1967, and it quickly became the movie of choice, and especially the dating movie of choice, for that year’s college-age film-going public, and many others as well. It’s remained a classic and is now regularly voted among the top American movies of all time, almost always above another 1967 gem, Arthur Penn’s and Warren Beatty’s love-on-the-run period gangster romance Bonnie and Clyde — a movie that some of us at the time (me included) thought was the better show.

Speaking of Warren Beatty, he was also one of the many young actors considered for the role of Benjamin — along with Robert Redford and Charles Grodin, both of whom, with Beatty, would seem better fits for novelist Charles Webb’s original picture of Ben: as a tall, blonde good-looking very WASPy California athlete (in fact, a Redford). But Nichols instead picked the almost unknown stage actor Dustin Hoffman, who had black hair instead of blonde, was short instead of tall, 29 instead of 21, had a nasal voice and frightened looking eyes instead of the usual movie star cool, and was Jewish instead of WASPy: an actor who seemed so totally off-type that Hoffman himself was convinced that he’d flubbed his audition — and was astonished when he got word a week later that Nichols had cast him.

Indeed, one of the things that works so well in The Graduate — along with Henry’s witty compression of Webb’s story, Robert Surtees’ glistening cinematography of California sunny days and sinuous nights, Nichols’ adroit casting and erotic flair and elegant long-take staging, the wonderful cast, and Simon and Garfunkel’s pitch-perfect song score (who doesn’t feel a heart-leap when Ben’s red Alfa Romeo emerges from the darkness as he rushes to try to stop Elaine’s wedding and we hear that soaring refrain “Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson!”) — is the fact that Hoffman almost always seems out of place, something that generates terrific tension. Tension is also generated, of course, by Anne Bancroft’s quietly ferocious performance as Mrs. Robinson, a Hell-hath-no-fury turn that can chill you to the bone.

A classic, definitely, yes. They don’t make them like this today, to our loss. Though I’ve got to admit I still prefer Bonnie and Clyde.

Michael Wilmington’s reviews can be read at MovieCityNews.com

 


Wed, Feb 13 6:30pm
 

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