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Snowpiercer! A Hard Day’s Night! The Return of 70mm!
 
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Happy almost 4th of July Music Boxers! Once you’ve eaten your fill of hotdogs and watched the fireworks, check out the great screenings we have this week!

From director Bong Joon Ho (The Host) comes Snowpiercer, South Korea’s highest grossing film! In the future, the only survivors of a failed global-warming experiment live aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe. A class system evolves, and one man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control . Currently rated 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, Snowpiercer is a sci-fi/action extravaganza not to be missed.

50 years ago, the biggest rock band ever took over the big screen. This week, The Beatles are back, in the stunning re-release of A Hard Day’s Night. Featuring unforgettable performances of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” and the title tune, the Chicago Tribune calls this rock and roll musical “Just about perfect”.

Our musical matinee series continues on Saturday & Sunday morning with 42nd Street, the archetypal backstage musical featuring those wonderful Busbey Berkeley dance numbers!

Described by Gene Siskel as “one extremely violent, protracted attack on the senses,” our weekend midnight film is Aliens, James Cameron’s sequel that trades the dread and horror of the original for an extraterrestrial action film not to be missed!

We also have another week of screenings of the rom-com to end all rom-coms, They Came Together, starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and New York City (Which is like another character in the film). For a more straightforward romance, catch our Wednesday night screening of And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Presented by the New York Film Critics Series, this one-night-only screening will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with director Rob Reiner.

Finally, don’t forget about our Son of 70mm Film Festival from July 11th-24th. We’re screening larger-than-life films in the format they were meant to be seen, everything from Vertigo to Spartacus to Tron, and much more. Tickets on sale now, get them before they sell out!

See you at the movies!

Thursday, July 3rd – Wednesday, July 9th, 2014


DaBlon Vineyards & Toast Hotel Group

This Week’s Sponsor:

DaBlon Vineyards & Toast Hotel Group

Wine country is closer than you think. Check this special offer to spend the night in one of SW Michigan’s finest hotels and enjoy complimentary tastings of Dablon, Music Box and Moraine wines.

The Grape Escape from $159 per night

Enjoy:

  • Wine tasting at Dablon Vineyards
  • Wine trail provisions
  • Joe Coffee Market breakfast bucks ($20 value)
  • S’mores at our waterfront fire pit
  • Blankets and chairs available for your trip to the winery, orchard or beach
 
 

Snowpiercer

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. ”
Variety

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.

 


 
 
 

They Came Together

A film by David Wain starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders

 

When Joel and Molly meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex in this spoof of romantic comedies.


“[An] orgasmic spoof of every romantic comedy in existence...”
RogerEbert.com

“A good deal of fun.”
Variety

From the director of Wet Hot American Summer, Wanderlust and Role Models comes a hilarious and irreverent subversion of the romantic comedy genre.

When Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex. But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant. But then right at the end…well you’ll just have to see (Hint: Joel makes a big speech and they get back together).

 
 
 

42nd Street

A film by Llyod Bacon starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent

 

The archetypal backstage musical still has plenty of sass—along with the cliches it created. Ailing director Warner Baxter puts everything he’s got into what may be his final show, but then the leading lady twists her ankle! Good thing Ruby Keeler’s on hand. Busby Berkeley’s ground-breaking production numbers are sensational, and the film’s final three numbers will absolutely floor you!

 
 
 

Aliens

A film by James Cameron starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen

 

Described by Gene Siskel as “one extremely violent, protracted attack on the senses,” James Cameron’s intergalactic corporate-sponsored race war of humans against xenomorphs stands as a testament to the Bigger Is Better sequel mentality. Our heroine Ripley leads a squadron of Colonial Marines back to the planet the Nostromo encountered those gross leathery eggs in Alien, only this time a whole terraforming colony may have become hosts to the xenomorphs. Good thing Bill Paxton and crew brought a load of extremely violent weapons, ready for a protracted attack on the senses…

 

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