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Son of 70mm Film Festival! Silent Cinema! Snowpiercer!
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Hey Music Boxers,

Starting Friday, 70mm returns to the Music Box for our Son of 70mm Film Festival! See some of the best films of all time as their creators intended, on the big screen on beautiful 70mm film. Screenings this week include Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spartacus, and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now.

Also this week, we have daily screenings of Joon-ho Bong’s post-apocalyptic hit Snowpiercer, and The Beatles take over the big screen in the joyous rock ‘n’ roll musical A Hard Day’s Night!

Our midnights this week include 10th Anniversary screenings of Tina Fey’s eminently quotable Mean Girls, and a Friday-night-only screening of legendary lost skin flick Sexcula, presented by The Bijou Theater!

This month’s Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents Chicago, the first big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway play, a tale of murder and media in the jazz age. As always, the silent film will be accompanied by live music from the famous Music Box organ.

On Sunday morning, National Theatre Live presents A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn

See you at the movies

Wednesday, July 9th – Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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A film by Joon-ho Bong starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton


South Korea’s highest grossing film! Based on the groundbreaking 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by writers Jacques Lob and Benjamin Legrand and artist Jean-Marc Rochette.

“An enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic from the gifted Korean genre director Bong Joon-ho. ”

South Korean Director Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Mother) takes popular genre films to a visionary new level in this post-apocalyptic film. A failed global warming experiment has left planet Earth in an ice age and forced humanity’s last survivors aboard a globe-spanning super train. One man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.


A Hard Day’s Night

A film by Richard Lester starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr


When The Beatles made their feature debut 50 years ago, nobody expected much. The rock‘n’roll musical had been around for a decade without producing many great films. A Hard Day’s Night changed all that.

Directed kinetically by Richard Lester, the film captured a day in the life of the teen heartthrobs in high style. Writer Alun Owen toured with The Beatles for weeks to capture their characters and speaking styles. Lester let the Fab Four throw in a few improvisations and surrounded them with adept comic actors like Wilfred Brambell as Paul McCartney’s grandfather and Victor Spinetti as a hassled television director. The album shot to number one instantly, which is hardly a surprise considering that the picture introduced The Beatles classics “All My Loving,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “Tell Me Why” and the title tune, which was written by John Lennon in one night.



Mean Girls

A film by Mark S. Waters starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler


Cady (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows all about the “survival of the fittest.” But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the homeschooled 15-year-old enters public high school for the first time. Trying to find her place among jocks, mathletes and other subcultures, Cady crosses paths with the meanest species of all – the Queen Bee, aka the cool and calculating Regina (Rachel McAdams), leader of the school’s most fashionable clique, The Plastics. 10th Anniversary Screening!



A film by Bob Hollowich starring Debbie Collins, Jamie Orlando, John Alexander, Tim Lowery


Sexcula is a skin flick of legendary lost status. Shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, it was screened once before disappearing and sought after by cult aficionados for decades. Canadian tax payers’ first (and only?) hardcore sex film stars a Marilyn Chambers lookalike in dual roles as Countess Sexcula, a buxom cutie with no qualms about lying nude on a table for the entire movie, and a horny bride who can’t wait for her ring. The nudity and sex are delivered nonstop in this campy horror romp. Watch in amazement at the naked picnic, the “girl-on-gorilla” strip tease, and stare in awe as a female pleasure-robot puts the plot into a time warp! Bizarre only begins to describe… Sexcula! Presented by The Bijou Theater!



A film by Frank Urson starring Phyllis Haver, Victor Varconi, Virginia Bradford


The dramatic story of a jazz-crazed wife! Based on the hit 1926 Broadway play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago had its origins in “sob sister” articles Watkins wrote for the Chicago Tribune, particularly those depicting the plight of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Sheriff Annan, both accused of killing their respective lovers.

Produced by Cecil B. DeMille and directed by the little-known Chicago-native Frank Urson, the film version of Chicago stars Phyllis Haver as the greedy, heartless, but oh-so-sexy murderess Roxie Hart and top 1920s supporting player Robert Edeson as Roxie’s attorney, an expert at manipulating jurors, judges, the media, and the US justice system.


NT Live: A Small Family Business

A film by Alan Ayckbourn starring Nigel Lindsay, Debra Gillett


“Classic Ayckbourn. Nigel Lindsay is superb”
Daily Telegraph

“A spirited production. Blends morality, fable and black farce.”

A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.


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