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Big Bad Wolves! Old Goats! The Great Beauty!
Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and we’re proud to say The Great Beauty received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film! We’re screening the film for another week, so come by and check out this great film on the big screen! And keep an eye out, we’ll be making announcements soon about our upcoming screenings of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Program (Starting Jan 31st) and our For Your Consideration series, featuring a special selection of this year’s nominated films (Playing Feb 16th-20th).

Opening this week is Big Bad Wolves, called “The best film of 2013” by Quentin Tarantino! A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course in this gripping revenge thriller. Film.com calls it “A masterfully queasy blend of dark humor and darker humanity”.

On Tuesday, we’re hosting the latest film in The New York Film Critics Series, the program that gave Chicago an early look at Best Picture nominees Nebraska and American Hustle. This month’s sneak preview is At Middleton, starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga as two strangers who meet on their children’s campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Garcia, simulcast live from New York. Purchase advance tickets now.

Next Thursday, Sound Opinions presents Diner, the seminal coming-of-age story from Barry Levinson. The evening will be hosted by pop music critic Jim DeRogatis and Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot. Purchase advance tickets now.

Our matinees this weekend include Old Goats, the newest release from Music Box Films about a trio of gutsy septuagenarians who refuse to “go quietly into that good night”, the Oscar-winning classic tale of love and war From Here To Eternity, featuring that iconic beach scene, and National Theatre Live presents Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Doctor and Johnny Lee Miller as the Creature (Purchase advance tickets).

We also have midnight screenings of the deliciously awful The Room (Purchase advance tickets), the cult musical classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Purchase advance tickets), Evangelion 3.0 and Anohana The Movie (Purchase advance tickets).

And don’t miss our exciting new films opening next week, the epic Generation War, with a special panel presentation on Saturday Jan 25th, and fellow Oscar-nominee The Broken Circle Breakdown.

See you at the movies

Thursday, January 16th – Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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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.


Big Bad Wolves

A film by Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales starring Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad


“Sensational! The best film of 2013.”
–Quentin Tarantino

“This mesmerizing revenge thriller is filled with surprising plot twists and generous doses of mordant humor.”
The Hollywood Reporter

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.


Old Goats

A film by Taylor Guterson starring Bob Burkholder, Britton Crosley, Gail Shackel


“Witty and poignant.”

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cinequest Film Festival, Old Goats is the hilarious and heartfelt story of a trio of gutsy septuagenarians who “refuse to go quietly into that good night”. Britt, Bob, and Dave say what they please and don’t hold anything back on their quest to make the most of their sunset years.

Opinionated and set in their ways, each man confronts aging in his own unique fashion: conventional Dave quietly rebels against how his wife wants them to spend their retirement, hoarder Britt struggles to learn internet dating from his houseboat, and lively ladies’ man Bob juggles an unstable girlfriend and a fanciful memoir about his so-called “notorious” past. Rife with plenty of attitude, these “old goats” prove it’s never too late to start an adventure or follow your dreams.


From Here to Eternity

A film by Fred Zinnemann starring Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster


In this landmark adaptation of James Jones’ novel, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Winner of eight Oscars, including a Best Supporting award for Frank Sinatra in a career-defining role.


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.


Sound Opinions presents Diner

Purchase advance tickets online

Sound Opinions goes to the movies!

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. Pop music critic Jim DeRogatis and Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot invite you to head to the Music Box Theatre to see Diner directed by Barry Levinson and starring Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Bacon, and Mickey Rourke. Featuring an intro by Jim and Greg, we hope to see you there.


A film by Barry Levinson starring Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke


A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.


Wed, Jan 22 7:30pm

Generation War Part 1

A film by Philipp Kadelbach starring Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler


Billed as a German Band of Brothers, the blockbuster miniseries Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.

The Hollywood Reporter

Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) goes off to the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte (Miriam Stein), a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her Jewish boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) fights for his life while hiding among members of the Polish Resistance.

Through extraordinary performances, these five exceptional young German actors fill their archetypal characters with the certainty of youth, and then allow it to drain away slowly with each successive month of war. Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this powerful German epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective.

Generation War will be shown in two parts. There is a single admission charge for both parts. Parts 1 and 2 can be viewed consecutively or patrons can return for a screening of part 2 later in the run. The full schedule will be updated on the Music Box Theatre website on the Wednesday before the film opens.

Special Panel Discussion on Saturday, Jan 25th. More info HERE.


Sat, Jan 25 12:00pm

Broken Circle Breakdown

A film by Felix van Groeningen starring Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh


Elise (Veerle Baetens), a tattoo artist and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), a musician, fall in love at first sight. They bond over their love of bluegrass music and American culture and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out both on and off stage.

“Belgium’s submission for the 2014 foreign language film Oscar is a powerful and haunting tale of love, death and bluegrass - a mournful song played on a broken instrument, with striking visual accompaniment.”

They marry and their little family is completed when their daughter Maybelle is born; but when illness destroys their happiness, everything they know and love falls away and their bond is broken. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of beautiful bluegrass performances, the Broken Circle Breakdown is a tragic, poignant story of passion and heartbreak.


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