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Happy Christmas! Snowpiercer! French Film Festival!
Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is Happy Christmas, Joe Swanberg’s delightful and intimate drama filmed in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, starring Anna Kendrick & Melanie Lynskey! Join us Friday for a special Opening Night Event, co-presented by the Chicago Reader and Revolution Brewing. The night will begin with beer samples provided by Revolution Brewing from 6pm-7pm, followed by a screening of HAPPY CHRISTMAS at 7pm, featuring a live Q&A with director Joe Swanberg!

We also have another week of screenings of the pulse-pounding sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer.

On Saturday at 9:30pm, Filmspotting celebrates its 500th episode with a live taping at the Music Box! Called “a force for good in the universe” by director Rian Johnson, join hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen (Plus special guests!) for a celebration of all things film and Filmspotting. Tickets on sale now!

For our musical matinee this weekend, Judy Garland stars in Meet Me In St. Louis, featuring her iconic rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. Also on Saturday & Sunday, National Theatre Live returns to the Music Box, with an encore broadcast of the hit production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Our midnight movie thrusts Kurt Russell into supernatural action as he investigates Big Trouble In Little China.

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Child of God, James Franco’s gritty adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. This one-night-only screening will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with writer/director/actor Franco.

Finally, next Thursday is Opening Night of the 2014 Chicago French Film Festival, a unique opportunity for Chicagoans to see the best the French film industry has to offer. The event kicks off with a reception at 6:30pm, followed by a 7:30pm screening of Me, Myself and Mum, a playful twist on the typical coming-out narrative. Tickets for all festival screenings are on sale now!

See you at the movies

Thursday, July 24th – Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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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


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.


NT Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A film by Marianne Elliott starring Luke Treadaway, Nicola Walker, Paul Ritter


“Magical and moving.”
–Daily Mail

“Funny and extremely moving.”
Daily Telegraph

Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as “a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle”. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

Christopher, 15 years old, has an extraordinary brain — exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.


Meet Me in St. Louis

A film by Vincent Minnelli starring Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor


It’s Christmas in July with Judy Garland! Young love and childish fears highlight a year in the life of a turn-of-the-century family. Judy Garland knocks out of the park songs “The Boy Next Door,’‘ “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’‘ and “The Trolley Song.’‘ Margaret O’Brien steals every scene she’s in as little sister Tootie – in fact, she won a special Oscar as the year’s best child actress!


Big Trouble in Little China

A film by John Carpenter


Traveling through a shadowy world filled with supernatural creatures and spectacular action, regular guy Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) and lawyer Gracie Law (Kim Cattrall) try to track down a 2,000-year-old magician, Lo Pan (James Hong), who has kidnapped Burton’s friend’s green-eyed fiancée for her magical properties. John Carpenter directs this adventurous take on the martial-arts genre set in San Francisco’s Chinatown district, filled with neon, practical FX, and one hairy-ass monster.


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