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Son of 70mm Film Festival! The Last Sentence! Henry IV Part 2!
Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Thanks to everyone who has come out to our Son of 70mm Film Festival so far! The fest is off to a great start, and we have another week of screenings heading your way, including Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Paul Thomas Anderson’s mesmerizing The Master, raucous comedy It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now.

Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell delivers the achievement of his career with the biopic The Last Sentence, based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism. RogerEbert.com calls this new release from Music Box Films, “A remarkably full-bodied and frank character study.”

We also have daily screenings of the gripping sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer and weekday screenings of The Beatles’ rollicking A Hard Day’s Night.

Our Musical Matinees series continues with this weekend’s presentation of Stormy Weather, featuring an impressive twenty musical numbers and performances from the likes of Cab Calloway, the Nicholas Brothers and Lena Horne. Our Midnight film this weekend is Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, starring David Bowie as a diabolical Goblin King and the amazing characters from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

On Monday, join us for an advance screening of the new urban thriller Honour. On Wednesday night, we’re broadcasting Part II of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Henry IV.

Finally, next Friday, we’re teaming with the Chicago Reader and Revolution Brewing for a special opening night presentation of Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, featuring a Q&A with Swanberg, a beer tasting from Revolution Brewing, and more! Tickets on sale now.

See you at the movies

Thursday, July 17th – Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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The Last Sentence

A film by Jan Troell starring Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August, Ulla Skoog


An emotional journey through Europe during WWII.

Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell (The Emigrants, Everlasting Moments) one of Sweden’s most acclaimed filmmakers, delivers the achievement of his career with remarkable biopic The Last Sentence. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous political world of WWII, The Last Sentence is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler.

  • Winner! World Film Festival Montreal 2012 – Best Director
  • Winner! Chicago Film Festival – Silver Hugo Award, Best Actress


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.



The Chicago Reader, Revolution Brewing, and the Music Box Theatre present Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas in a ‘Best of Event’

The night will begin with beer samples and discussion by Revolution Brewing from 6pm-7pm, a screening of Happy Christmas at 7pm with introduction by filmmaker Joe Swanberg and Chicago Reader film editor J.R. Jones followed by a discussion and Q&A.

About Revolution Brewing

Chicago Reader readers named Revolution Brewing in the 2014 Best of Chicago Poll “Best Local Brewery,” and “Best Brew Pub.” Revolution Brewing was founded in 2010 as Chicago’s new hometown craft brewery. The brewpub in Logan Square is a bustling, neighborhood institution where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town. The brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year. Revolution is known for session beers like Workingman Mild, hop-bombs like Double Fist and more bourbon barrel aged beers than you can shake a stave at. revbrew.com , facebook.com/RevBrewChicago, @revbrewchicago.

About The Chicago Reader

The Chicago Reader is Chicago’s largest free weekly newspaper, nationally recognized as a leader in the alternative press. Since 1971, the Reader has served as Chicago’s political conscience, cultural guide, and music authority. With a highly-targeted circulation of 90,000 and a consistent return rate of less than 2%, the Chicago Reader is the city’s most essential alternative media resource. Known for its in-depth coverage of Chicago politics and culture, the Reader explores and exposes news, events and issues that affect city living. The paper has won numerous journalistic awards and honors, both local and national, and is well-known as a showcase for Chicago’s most talented writers, critics, photographers, and illustrators. With a readership of 450,000 and some of the industry’s lowest advertising rates, the Chicago Reader is one of the largest and most successful alternative weeklies in the country. www.chicagoreader.com and www.realdeal.chicagoreader.com @Chicago_Reader facebook.com/chicagoreader

About J.R. Jones

J.R. Jones is the film editor for the Chicago Reader, where his writing on the arts has appeared regularly since 1996. His story “Prove It All Night” was anthologized in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000, and his film reviews have twice been honored in the annual awards of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Over the years he has also contributed to the Kenyon Review, New York Press, East Bay Express, and ABCNews.com. His book The Lives of Robert Ryan will be published in spring 2015 by Wesleyan University Press.

About Joe Swanberg

Joe won best runner up in the 2014 Chicago Reader readers’ poll for Best Filmmaker. Joe produces, directs, writes, edits, shoots and occasionally acts in film and television.

Happy Christmas

A film by Joe Swanberg starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham


After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.

Anna Kendrick plays Jenny, an irresponsible 20-something who comes to Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff (Swanberg), a young filmmaker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly (Lynskey) and their two-year-old son. Jenny’s arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson (Dunham) instigate an evolution in Kelly’s life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family’s baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Webber).


Fri, Jul 25 7:00pm

Stormy Weather

A film by Andrew L. Stone starring Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra


The best African-American performers and musicians of the era are all accounted for in this rip-roaring musical! A paper-thin plot is no matter for a roster this talented: Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, the Nicholas Brothers, Ada Brown, Lena Horne and Bill Robinson all lend their talents to a story of a blossoming romance between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress. Despite a runtime of only 78 minutes, Stormy Weather fits in an impressive twenty musical numbers, yet never feels the bloat of other revue pictures.



A film by Jim Henson starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly


Teenage Sarah makes the big mistake one night of wishing her baby brother away; now she must navigate the diabolical Labyrinth and confront the goblin king Jareth in order to rescue him. Another Jim Henson visual feast, starring a super-young Jennifer Connelly and featuring original songs by the goblin king himself, David Bowie!


RSC: Henry IV Part 2

A film by Gregory Doran starring Jasper Britton, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Martin Bassindale


In the third play in the histories covering the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, Shakespeare explores loyalty, betrayal and growing old.

The play begins in the aftermath of the battle in Shrewsbury.

In despair at the death of his son Hotspur, the Earl of Northumberland pledges to lend his support to a second rebellion. This uprising is led by Richard Scroop, who is the Archbishop of York.

The old king grows sick
As the threat of civil war looms over the country King Henry IV becomes increasingly unwell. He also fears that his son Prince Henry has returned to his old life with Falstaff and the other disreputable denizens of the Eastcheap tavern.

Falstaff and the prince are separated
The Chief Justice confronts Falstaff (who is also in bad health) with reports of his criminal behaviour. He warns him that Hal will be kept separate from him because the king is unhappy with the influence he has had on the prince.

Falstaff is sent on a recruiting expedition in support of King Henry’s army. This force is being led by Prince John of Lancaster (the king’s younger son) this time. But before he can set off he must face a court in the company of Mistress Quickly for his debts to her and for services rendered at her tavern.

The rebel army is met by the king’s forces who are led by Prince John and bolstered by Falstaff’s recruits. A treaty is brokered but is followed by betrayal.

A new king is crowned
King Henry wakes to find his son, Hal, trying on his crown. The dying king is angry at first but is reconciled with his son before he dies. A new, mature Hal accepts the crown as King Henry V and turns his attention to a war with France.

His old friend Falstaff finds himself excluded from the new king’s court and company.



A film by Shan Khan starring Paddy Considine, Aiysha Hart


An urban thriller set in West London starring Paddy Considine (The World’s End, In America) and rising star Aiysha Hart (Atlantis). Mona is a young British Muslim girl on the on the run from her family after they find out about her plans to run away with her Punjabi boyfriend. In a desperate bid to save face and their family honor, her mother and older brother enlist the help of a bounty hunter to track her down.


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