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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is West of Memphis, the Peter Jackson-produced documentary of the untold story to exonerate three men imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Currently rated 97% Fresh on RottenTomatoes!

On Saturday night, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Midnight Madness present the notorious horror musical, complete with live shadowcast. Whether you’ve never been or been a dozen times before, come out at midnight for an experience you can only find at the Music Box! Purchase advance tickets now.

On Wednesday, National Theatre Live presents Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Magistrate. Emmy and Tony Award winner John Lithgow takes the title role in this fast, furious, brilliantly plotted farce set in Victorian London. Purchase advance tickets now.

And don’t forget, on January 31st, Sundance comes to the Music Box! The Sundance Film Festival USA presents Touchy Feely the new film from writer/director Lynn Shelton. Shelton and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer David Courier will be in attendance at this special one-night-only event. Purchase advance tickets now.

See you at the movies. . .

Thursday, January 17th – Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

 
 

West of Memphis

A film by Amy Berg starring Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley

 

A new documentary by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Amy Berg, West of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light.

A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) and produced by first-time filmmakers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award-winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, West of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light — a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man.

Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys — Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore — in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation; all three went on to lose 18 years of their lives, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

How the documentary came to be is in itself a key part of the story of Damien Echols’ fight to save his own life. The film reveals how close he, his wife Lorri Davis, along with his legal team, friends and supporters, came to losing that battle. But as Echols, who spent eighteen years on death row, himself has stated: “… in the face of such horror, in the face of resounding grief and pain, you cannot give up … you must never give up.”

 


Fri, Jan 18 1:15pm · 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Sat, Jan 19 1:15pm · 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Sun, Jan 20 1:15pm · 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Mon, Jan 21 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Tue, Jan 22 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Wed, Jan 23 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Thu, Jan 24 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Fri, Jan 25 1:00pm · 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Sat, Jan 26 1:00pm · 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Sun, Jan 27 1:00pm · 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Mon, Jan 28 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Tue, Jan 29 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Wed, Jan 30 4:00pm · 7:00pm
Thu, Jan 31 4:30pm · 7:30pm
 
 
 

The Magistrate

Purchase advance tickets online

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!

 


Wed, Jan 23 6:30pm
 
 
 

Touchy Feely

A film by Lynn Shelton starring Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and Rosemarie DeWitt

 

A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his “healing touch.”

 


Thu, Jan 31 6:30pm
 
 
 

The Breakfast Club

A film by John Huges

 

Detention sucks. And Saturday detention? Boy, you gotta do something pretty bad to get stuck with that. All the charming faces of the 80s – Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall – are here each a different high school stereotype forced to sit through detention together at Shermer High in the mythical Chicago suburb of Shermer, Illinois in John Huges’ universally-loved film.

 


Fri, Jan 18 midnight
Sat, Jan 19 midnight
 
 
 

All About Eve

A film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders

 

The young and ambitious Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) has managed to befriend the great but temperamental stage actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis) but the cynical theatre critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) can see right through Eve’s sweet facade to her true, manipulative intentions! Joseph L. Mankiewicz walked away with an Oscar for Best Director and Screenplay, though in an odd twist mirroring the film, both lead actresses lost out to upstart Judy Holliday.

 


Sat, Jan 19 10:30am
Sun, Jan 20 10:30am
 
 
 

Somewhere Between

A film by Linda Goldstein Knowlton

 

This film follows four teenage girls adopted from China as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?”

Four baby girls are born in China to families who are unable to keep them, largely because of China’s “One Child Policy.” Instead of being raised by their biological parents, the baby girls are raised in orphanages, and then eventually adopted by American families to be whisked halfway around the world to the United States. There, they grow up with Sesame Street, hip-hop, and Twitter. They describe themselves as “bananas”: white on the inside and yellow on the outside. All is well, until they hit their teen years, when their pasts pull at them, and they begin to wonder, “Who am I?”

All four know they were probably “given up” because they were girls (they are understandably uncomfortable with the word “abandoned”), and grapple with issues of race, gender, and identity more acutely than most their age.

Documentaries have been made before about international adoption, but they have always been from the point of view of the adoptive, Caucasian parents, or the adult adoptee. Young women’s voices are rarely heard—especially young women of color. Somewhere Between lets four teenaged girls—Fang, Haley, Ann, and Jenna—tell their own stories, letting the film unfold from their points of view and shedding light on their deepest thoughts: about their families, their feelings of being “other,” and their powerful connections to a past that most of them cannot recall.

The film captures nearly three years in the lives of these four dynamic young women. The emotional journey took the film crew across America where they documented the girls in their hometowns, facing racism and struggling with stereotypes. Their journeys were also documented as they traveled to Europe to meet other transracial adoptees and back to China, where they witnessed China’s gender gap resulting from its One Child Policy.

The film also witnesses their emotional coming-of-age. As the girls discover who they are, viewers—no matter their color, gender, or culture—will find themselves exploring their own sense of identity and their feelings about family and belonging. Through their experiences, we will also see our still-prevalent cultural disconnects around stereotyping and race.

As Somewhere Between plunges the viewer into the ordinary and extraordinary days of these four girls lives, we, too, are forced to pause and consider who we are—both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants.

 


Thu, Jan 17 6:30pm
Fri, Jan 18 6:20pm
Sat, Jan 19 10:30am · 6:20pm
Sun, Jan 20 10:30am · 6:20pm
Mon, Jan 21 6:20pm
Tue, Jan 22 6:20pm
Thu, Jan 24 6:20pm
 
 
 

Any Day Now

A film by Travis Fine starring Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, and Isaac Leyva

 

When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had.


“Powerful! Superb! Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of ??Any Day Now??.”
–Frank Sheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Inspired by a true story, and winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals around the country and starring the amazing Alan Cumming, Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Any Day Now touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

 


Thu, Jan 17 4:10pm · 6:20pm · 8:45pm
Fri, Jan 18 1:30pm · 8:45pm
Sat, Jan 19 1:30pm · 8:45pm
Sun, Jan 20 1:30pm · 8:45pm
Mon, Jan 21 8:45pm
Tue, Jan 22 8:45pm
Thu, Jan 24 8:45pm
Sat, Jan 26 10:30am
Sun, Jan 27 10:29am
 
 
 

Sister

A film by Ursula Meier starring Kacey Mottet Klein, Lea Seydoux, and Martin Compston

 

A stunning meditation on secrets, lies and moral obligation, Ursula Meier’s compassionate character study of a boy forced to grow up too fast is a movie for the ages.

Precocious 12-year-old Simon — played by the unforgettable Kacey Mottet Klein — lives with his wild and irresponsible older sister in a small apartment below a luxurious ski resort nestled in the Swiss Alps. Each day, Simon ascends the lofty mountain above, pilfering ski equipment from the rich and selling it to get by. Left unsupervised, his newfound criminal enterprise and growing attachment to the seasonal workers and guests sends his precarious relationship with his sister spiraling out of control.

A stunning meditation on secrets, lies and moral obligation, Ursula Meier’s compassionate character study of a boy forced to grow up too fast is a movie for the ages.

 


Thu, Jan 17 4:15pm · 8:40pm
Fri, Jan 18 4:10pm
Sat, Jan 19 4:10pm
Sun, Jan 20 4:10pm
Mon, Jan 21 4:10pm
Tue, Jan 22 4:10pm
Wed, Jan 23 4:10pm
Thu, Jan 24 4:10pm
 
 
 

Django

A film by Sergio Corbucci starring Franco Nero, José Bódalo and Loredana Nusciak

 

A film more violent and pessimistic than anything that ever came before it! Here comes horseless, dark-clad, blazingly blue-eyed Franco Nero dragging a coffin through the inches-thick mud of a crummy town, seemingly populated only by whores and a bartender – and fought over by bandidos and red-hooded clansmen. Featuring Nero’s starmaking role, and the first of what became 30+ official and unofficial sequels.

 


Fri, Jan 18 midnight
 

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