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Sundance Film Festival! Man In The White Suit! Port of Shadows!
 
Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Can’t make it out to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival? Don’t worry, we’re bringing the festival to you! On Thursday, January 31st, the Sundance Film Festival dispatches ten filmmakers from Park City to ten cities across the country to screen and discuss their direct-from-Festival films with audience. For its fourth year at the Music Box, Sundance Film Festival USA presents Touchy Feely, the new film from writer/director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister). Lynn Shelton and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer David Courier will be in attendance for this one-night-only event. Purchase advance tickets now.

Opening this week are two brand-new restorations of two classic films. In Port of Shadows, director Marcel Carné presents a stark, gritty story of lonely souls wrestling with destiny in what has been described as one of the most definitive examples of the pre-war “poetic realism” genre.
In The Man In The White Suit, Alec Guiness stars as a young chemist who must defend his newest creation from an oppressive establishment. A stunning example of the famed “Ealing Comedy” films.

We also have matinees of the Frank Capra comedy It Happened One Night (One of the only comedies to ever win the Best Picture Oscar), midnight screenings of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, and another full week of screenings for the stirring documentary West of Memphis.

See you at the movies

Thursday, January 24th – Wednesday, January 30th, 2013


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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
 
 
 

Port of Shadows

A film by Marcel Carne starring Jean Gabin, Michel Simon and Michele Morgan

 

A stark, gritty story of lonely souls wrestling with destiny.

A foggy night, a desolate road and a free ride have brought Jean (Jean Gabin) to a lonely bar in the port city of Le Havre where he’s about to find both love and trouble. He’s a broke, hungry, army deserter hoping to start a new life but that plan changes when he meets Nelly (Michele Morgan), a 17-year-old run away. Jean quickly finds himself entangled in a web of jealousy, passion and crime that can’t be escaped, at least not without sacrificing the woman he loves or himself.

In Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes) the inimitable team of director Marcel Carné and writer Jacques Prévert created what has been described as one of the most definitive examples of the pre-war “poetic realism” genre.

 
 
 

The Man in the White Suit

A film by Alexander Mackendrick starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker

 

A classic story of the common man battling the Establishment.

Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness), a brilliant young research chemist, is obsessed with inventing an “everlasting fiber” but having made quite a nuisance of himself he’s been reduced to a lowly lab dishwasher. Fiercely determined and encouraged by the mill owner’s beautiful daughter Daphne (Joan Greenwood), he succeeds in finally creating the miracle fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out!

Wearing a white suit made of this wonderous textile, Sidney is forced to defend his discovery when he is confronted, harassed and chased by the mill owners and trade unions who want to suppress his invention. Director Alexander Mackendricks’ The Man in the White Suit (1951) is a stunning example of the famed “Ealing Comedy” films.

 
 
 

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.”

 
 
 

It Happened One Night

A film by Frank Capra starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert and Walter Connolly

 

A classic of the screwball comedy genre and an excellent mockery of the confines of the newly-enforced Production Code! Ellie (Claudette Colbert) is a spoiled heiress who decides to run away from her family. Aiding her in her journey is Peter Warne (Clark Gable), a reporter with a good eye for a juicy story. In exchange for an exclusive, Peter agrees to escort Ellie to her snobbish aviator beau. But a lot can happen on a cross-country bus trip!

 
 
 

Videodrome

A film by David Cronenberg starring James Woods, Debbie Harry

 

When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. As he unearths the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of right-wing conspiracies, sadomasochistic sex games, and bodily transformation. Renn’s ordinary life dissolves around him, and he finds himself at the center of a conflict between opposing factions in the struggle to control the truth behind the radical human future of “the New Flesh.”

Starring James Woods and Deborah Harry in one of her first film roles, Videodrome is one of writer/director David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence. With groundbreaking special effects makeup by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker, Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s. Long live the New Flesh, right?

 


Fri, Mar 11 midnight
Sat, Mar 12 midnight
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

Miami Connection

A film by Y.K. Kim, Woo-sang Park starring Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch and Joseph Diamand

 

The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sounds have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit “Against the Ninja,” Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sounds can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”…and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!

 


 

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