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A Hijacking! The Wall! Neil Gaiman! Wet Hot American Summer!
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Tomorrow we’re celebrating the 4th of July with two classic musicals. At 2pm, it’s Jimmy Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy (Purchase advance tickets). Then, at 5pm, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John star in our Grease Sing-A-Long. Sing-a-long with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies, and be out in time for fireworks. Purchase advance Grease tickets now.

On Friday, we’re opening two great new films. In A Hijacking, the crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen. This taut, all-too-realistic thriller is currently rated 98% Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com!

In The Wall, the newest release from Music Box Films, a woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. The Village Voice calls it ““Beautiful and Haunting”, and Screen International raves “Riveting and emotionally involving from start to finish”!

On Monday, we have a one-time screening of Hey Bartender, which tells the story of how the renaissance of the bartender comes to be in the era of the craft cocktail, focusing on two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams. The documentary will be preceded by a cocktail reception, and followed by a Q&A with director Douglas Tirola, star Jim Meehan, and local bartenders. Purchase advance tickets now.

On Tuesday, Neil Gaiman visits the Music Box for a reading and signing of his new book, The Ocean At The End Of The Line. Tickets to this event are sold out, and seating will begin around 6pm.

Midnights movies this weekend include Wet Hot American Summer, starring almost every comedian you love (And Christopher Meloni to boot!), and Elijah Wood playing against type in Maniac.

We also have additional weekend screenings of a couple of favorites from our Summer Music Film Festival, A Band Called Death and Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, and screenings all week of the horror-comedy 100 Bloody Acres.

Our weekend matinees include Joseph Cotten in the Spaghetti Western The Hellbenders and the kid-friendly My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (Purchase advance tickets now).

And don’t forget, next weekend, comedian Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, WALL-E) comes to the Music Box to premiere his new film Dealin’ WIth Idiots, co-starring Bob Odenkirk, J.B. Smoove, & Fred Willard! Purchase advance tickets now!

See you at the movies

Wednesday, July 3rd – Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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The Wall

A film by Julian Roman Pölsler starring Martina Gedeck


The Wall is a mysterious, existential meditation that raises profound questions about humanity and our relationship to the natural world.

“Riveting and emotionally involving from start to finish. Intensely cinematic. Gedeck’s performance is phenomenal.”
–Jonathan Romney, Screen International

“A tale of a femme Robinson Crusoe …The Wall reps another showcase for the mesmerizing face of thesp Martina Gedeck. Julian Roman Poelsler imbues his widescreen adaptation of the Marlen Haushofer novel with a certain visual majesty.”
–Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

Based on Marlen Haushofer’s eponymous feminist classic novel, The Wall is a highly original exploration of solitude and survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape.

Martina Gedeck, the brilliant interpreter of the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others, brings a rare and vivid intensity to her role as the unnamed lead character who inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature.


A Hijacking

A film by Tobias Lindholm starring Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim


A psychological drama about a cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.

“??A Hijacking?? is an absorbing, highly moving film that’s lingered heavily on the mind for a couple of days now.”
–Oliver Lyttelton, indieWIRE

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Among the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates.

Tobias Lindholm made his directorial debut with the tough prison drama R (co-directed with Michael Noer, 2010). As a scriptwriter Lindholm has worked with Thomas Vinterberg on the acclaimed drama Submarino (winner of the Nordic Council Film Prize) and The Hunt (2012) with Mads Mikkelsen in the leading role (winner, Best Actor, Cannes 2012). Since 2010 he has written several episodes for the internationally acclaimed and BAFTA winning Borgen with Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling in leading roles.

As with Tobias Lindholm’s debut R, which was filmed at the former Horsens State Prison, A Hijacking is filmed under realistic conditions. The crew filmed in secret in pirate filled waters in the Indian Ocean on a freighter which itself had previously been hijacked and with a real professional negotiator in a central role.


Grease Sing-A-Long!

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Back by popular demand, this fun-filled sing-along features a pre-show costume parade and screening of the beloved film.

Wear your best poodle skirt and saddle shoes, biker jacket, and shades — and bring your heartiest vocals for a rollicking 50s sing-along. “Grease is the word!”

Sing along with…

  • “You’re the One that I Want”
  • “We Go Together”
  • “Summer Nights”
    and many more…

Interactive fun!
Costume contest!
Prop bag!


A film by Randal Kleiser starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing


Sing-Along Edition!

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?


Sat, Apr 19 2:00pm
Academy Awards

Yankee Doodle Dandy
James Cagney, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Academy Awards (1942)


Celebrate Independence Day with Yankee Doodle Dandy

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Celebrate the 4th with us and join in the chorus!

We welcome you on the 4th of July to join us for a classic American film, Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Featuring songs such as “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and “Over There.”

Starring James Cagney in the lead role as a song and dance man (for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role) and the music of George M. Cohan (who saw the film shortly before he died and approved of Cagney’s performance), Yankee Doodle Dandy is the perfect film to start off your Independence Day celebrations right.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

A film by Michael Curtiz starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston


Celebrate Independence Day with a classic!

This biopic about renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan, memorably played by James Cagney, is perhaps the most patriotic movie around!

The tale of Cohan, the Broadway great born on the 4th of July who inspired a nation during The Great War with such songs as “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and “Over There,” was exactly what a WWII nation needed upon its summer of 1942 release. The film earned Cagney, an actor known primarily for his tough-guy roles, his only Oscar statuette. See it on the 4th and join in the chorus!


Thu, Jul 4 2:00pm

Hey Bartender with Cocktail Reception and Director and Bartender Q&A!

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Cocktails, a film, and a Q&A!

This special one time event has a cocktail reception starting at 7:15pm, then a screening of the film Hey Bartender at 8:00pm, followed by a Q&A with director Douglas Tirola, star Jim Meehan, and local bartenders!

Jim Meehan honed his skills behind the bar at Five Points. He went on to become one of the head bartenders at Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern, as well as one of the influential bartenders at the Pegu Club. Jim then went on to open the trailblazing cocktail den PDT (Please Don’t Tell). PDT is known around the world and has received numerous awards and accolades, including the 2012 James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program.” Jim published The PDT Cocktail Book, which sold out its first run in less than a month, solidifying Meehan’s influence in cocktail culture, within New York City and beyond. He is universally considered a leader in the cocktail industry.

Hey Bartender

A film by Douglas Tirola


Hey Bartender tells the story of how the renaissance of the bartender comes to be in the era of the craft cocktail.

This documentary focuses on two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams through the world of bartending. After being injured, a Marine turns his goals to becoming a rock star bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A former bank executive who bought the corner bar in his hometown struggles to keep it afloat in a community that no longer values a place where everyone knows your name. Features the most famous bartenders in the world along with unprecedented access to the most exclusive bars in New York City and commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco. Hey Bartender was produced by New York-based 4th Row Films (www.4throwfilms.com)), and this screening is also sponsored by William Grant & Sons, Ltd. an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch Whisky, including the world’s most awarded Single Malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts along with iconic premium spirits brands Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Rum, Reyka Vodka, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and Milagro® Tequila.


Mon, Jul 8 8:00pm

Dealin’ with Idiots with Jeff Garlin in person!

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Join us for a special opening weekend presentation of Dealin’ with Idiots with Jeff Garlin in person!


Fri, Jul 12 7:20pm

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Reading and Signing with Neil Gaiman!

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Join us July 9 at 7pm as Unabridged Bookstore and the Music Box Theater host Neil Gaiman for a reading and signing of his soon to be published novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Who? Neil Gaiman.

Where? The Music Theater located at 3733 N. Southport Ave.

When? July 9 at 7pm.

How do you attend? Easy! Purchase a ticket for the event. Seating will be general admission, but you have to purchase a ticket. Space is limited. Tickets will sell out.

What does that ticket get you? Each ticket includes admission for ONE person and ONE copy of Neil Gaiman’s novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It also gets you the chance to meet Neil Gaiman in person! He will be signing his new book immediately following the event.

This is going to be a once in a lifetime night with an amazing author, and you do not want to miss it.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane


The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us, created by the unparalleled imaginative power of Neil Gaiman.

It began for our narrator forty years ago when he was seven: the lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duck pond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac — as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.


Tue, Jul 9 7:00pm

Wet Hot American Summer

A film by David Wain starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter


An endlessly quotable film, this is David Wain’s brilliant absurdist riff on the camp – as in summer camp – comedies of his youth.

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, “Wet Hot American Summer” follows a group of counselors who are each trying to complete their unfinished business before the day ends. The entire summer of pent-up sexual frustrations, unresolved post-traumatic stress, pending separations and of course, the talent show, all weigh heavily on the minds and groins of counselors and campers alike.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July! Around a core of performers from Wain’s sketch troupe The State, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and many others form one of the decade’s great comedic ensembles.



A film by Franck Khalfoun starring Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder


“This is down and dirty genre filmmaking, and the various slaughters, excruciatingly detailed scalpings and other atrocities are no less gruesome because of the highfalutin approach.”
–Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter

Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.

A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present-day L.A., Maniac is a re-boot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made — an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.


My Little Pony Equestria Girls


My Little Pony Equestria Girls is a brand new full-length feature introducing an exciting new dimension to the incredibly popular My Little Pony brand.

When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet… high school.

With help from her new friends who remind her of Ponyville’s Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.



A Band Called Death

A film by Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett


Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band, played a few local gigs, and pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But record companies found Death’s music — and band name — too intimidating, and the group soon disbanded.

Equal parts rockumentary and family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible journey of what happened three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger.



The Hellbenders

A film by Sergio Corbucci starring Joseph Cotten, Norma Bengell, Al Mulock


In this pitiless vision of the old west, former Confederate Colonel Jonas (Joseph Cotten) travels into hostile Southwestern territory, ostensibly to bury the coffin that holds his dead son. However, the pine box actually contains a huge cache of stolen money, which Jonas plans to use to revive the Confederacy and begin another war between the states. Accompanied by his three sons and a hired “widow,” Jonas proceeds with his traitorous scheme, not anticipating the trouble he’ll face from Mexican banditos, Indians, Union soldiers, and his own greedy offspring.


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