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Night Moves! Filth! Rocky Horror Picture Show!
 
Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

There’s something for everyone at the Music Box this week, because we are packed to the brim with great films and special events!

This week, we continue screening Night Moves, the fifth feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. Our weekend matinees include the Marilyn Monroe musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Featuring the iconic number “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”) and hit drama Ida. Jodorowsky’s genre-defying The Dance of Reality returns for midnight screenings.

On Friday at 6:30pm, the Music Box is the only place in Chicago you can see James McAvoy in Filth, followed by a Q&A with author Irvine Welsh (Author of Trainspotting). Later that night, join Midnight Madness for a Double Feature of cult musicals The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment, starting at 9:30pm. Then on Saturday at midnight, the cult hits keep coming with Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

On Saturday & Sunday, we’re hosting the Chicago Jewish Film Festival, featuring one-time-only screenings and special guests.
On Monday, the Northwest Chicago Film Society presents a night of screenings of the newly preserved Corn’s-A-Poppin’.
On Tuesday, the Consulate General of Israel presents a free screening of the powerful documentary Brave Miss World.
On Wednesday, of Montreal fans won’t want to miss the one-night-only screening of the new documentary The Past Is A Grotesque Animal.
On Thursday, brush up your Shakespeare with Henry IV Part I, presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For more information on all these great events, keep reading below! See you at the movies!

Thursday, June 19th – Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

 
 

Night Moves

A film by Kelly Reichardt starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard

 

  • Winner, Grand Prix – 39th Deauville American Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection, 2013 Venice International Film Festival
  • Official Selection, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Saarsgard star as radical environmental activists whose act of eco-terror plunges them into a moral maelstrom, in the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff). The three activists scheme to clandestinely sabotage a hydroelectric dam and then go their separate ways. But when the full results of their actions come to light, a clean getaway may prove more elusive than they’d anticipated.

The film slips seamlessly from suspenseful thriller to tale of moral consequence leaving us captivated, questioning our sympathies and wondering how to navigate our political conscience in troubled times.

 


Thu, Jun 19 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Fri, Jun 20 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Jun 21 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Jun 22 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Jun 23 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Jun 24 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Jun 25 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Jun 26 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Fri, Jun 27 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Sat, Jun 28 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Sun, Jun 29 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Mon, Jun 30 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Tue, Jul 1 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Wed, Jul 2 7:20pm
Thu, Jul 3 5:00pm · 7:20pm
 
 
 

FILTH with author Irvine Welsh!

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Author Irvine Welsh is stopping by to discuss the new adaptation of his book FILTH, about a drug-addicted, power-crazed cop who manipulates his way to secure a promotion he believes he deserves, starring James McAvoy.

James McAvoy is Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson – a sex, drugs, and power crazed cop with his sights set on a big promotion. He knows he’s the best man for the job, and he’s got the track record to prove it. Plus, his colleagues are bumbling idiots and don’t deserve it like he does. He’s confident in his abilities, there’s just one thing standing in his way: a murder that he has yet to solve. With his boss breathing down his neck to catch the perp, Bruce knows he has to get this case closed—and fast—so that he can get promoted, win back his wife and move on with his life. But nothing is as easy as it seems, and the harder Bruce tries to control the world around him, the more it unravels before his eyes.

From Irvine Welsh, the creator of TRAINSPOTTING, also starring Imogen Poots (NEED FOR SPEED), Jamie Bell (SNOWPIERCER) and Jim Broadbent (CLOUD ATLAS).

Filth

A film by Jon S. Baird starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan

 

A corrupt cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through a bid to secure a promotion and win back his wife and daughter.


“McAvoy’s bonkers brilliance will blow you away.”
Rolling Stone

James McAvoy is Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson – a sex, drugs, and power crazed cop with his sights set on a big promotion. He knows he’s the best man for the job, and he’s got the track record to prove it. Plus, his colleagues are bumbling idiots and don’t deserve it like he does. He’s confident in his abilities, there’s just one thing standing in his way: a murder that he has yet to solve. With his boss breathing down his neck to catch the perp, Bruce knows he has to get this case closed—and fast—so that he can get promoted, win back his wife and move on with his life. But nothing is as easy as it seems, and the harder Bruce tries to control the world around him, the more it unravels before his eyes.

From Irvine Welsh, the creator of TRAINSPOTTING, also starring Imogen Poots (NEED FOR SPEED), Jamie Bell (SNOWPIERCER) and Jim Broadbent (CLOUD ATLAS).

 


Fri, Jun 20 6:30pm
 
 
 

2014 Rocky Horror Picture Show Convention Screenings

Monday 16 June 2014 –

 

Shock Treatment and Rocky Horror Picture Show double feature! Friday, June 20th!

The annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Convention is coming to Chicago this June and the Music Box is Happy to welcome RHPS Fans and performers from all over the country to this special weekend hosted by the Chicago RHPS shadowcast: Midnight Madness (http://www.midnightmadness.org/). The rarely seen Shock Treatement (1981, 94m) sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show will screen before a late-night screening of RHPS complete with cast members from all over.

 


Fri, Jun 20   Shock Treatment   9:30pm
  The Rocky Horror Picture Show   11:59pm
 
 
 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

A film by Howard Hawks starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

 

Two American showgirls in the mood for love board a luxury liner to Paris. Engaged to be married, fair-haired Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) is unknowingly tracked by a private investigator who was hired by her future father-in-law. But the detective only has eyes for her brunette friend, Dorothy (Jane Russell). Featuring the beefcake-filled “Anyone Here for Love” number and of course the iconic “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

 


Sat, Jun 21 11:30am
Sun, Jun 22 11:30am
 
 
 

The Dance of Reality

A film by Alejandro Jodorowsky starring Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits

 

After a 23-year hiatus, The Dance of Reality marks the triumphant return of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the visionary Chilean filmmaker behind cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain.


“Jodorowsky’s episodic jumble of restaged childhood memories conjurs up a moving biographical effect akin to Fellini, Bergman, Peter Greenway or even Gabriel Garcia Marquez”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Alive with enough images and ideas for several movies”
Variety

In the radiantly visceral autobiographical film, a young Jodorowsky is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where the film was shot. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology, and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.

 


Fri, Jun 20 midnight
Sat, Jun 21 midnight
 
 
 

Chicago Jewish Film Fesival

Wednesday 4 June 2014 –

 

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The Jewish Community Center of Chicago is proud to host the first ever Chicago Jewish Film Festival (CJFF). The CJFF will bring the Chicago community together to experience films with a wide range of themes and perspectives. This festival is providing the City with artistic and educational excitement through a Jewish lens.

The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago is proud to host the first Chicago Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), celebrating world film artistry from a wide range of themes and perspectives, through a Jewish lens. From June 19-29, 2014 CJFF will take place at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago and the CineMark/Century Theatre in Evanston. Visit your nearest JCC Chicago location for any available festival brochures. For more information call 224-406-9257 or email CJFF@gojcc.org or visit ChicagoJewishFilm.org.

 


Thu, Jun 19   Before The Revolution   7:00pm
  La Rafle   8:30pm
Sat, Jun 21   Blumenthal   1:30pm
  Transparent   3:30pm
  Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love   6:00pm
  The Pin   8:00pm
Sun, Jun 22   Megillas Lester   1:30pm
  Crime After Crime   3:30pm
  Hannah Arendt   6:00pm
  Precious Life   8:15pm
 
 
 

Corn’s-A-Poppin’

A film by Robert Woodburn, Robert Altman starring Jerry Wallace, Noralee Benedict, Hobie Shepp and The Cowtown Wranglers

 

Down-home crooner Jerry Wallace plays Johnny Wilson, the star of the Pinwhistle Popcorn Hour, a half-pint (and half-hour) variety show with acts ranging from pro-hog caller Lillian Gravelguard to Hobie Shepp and His Cow Town Wranglers. Might the cornpone bookings be an act of sabotage by rogue PR man Waldo Crummit in a bid to gut the Pinwhistle Empire? It’s up to Little Cora Rice to save the day. Songs include: “On Our Way to Mars,” “Running After Love,” and “Mama, Wanna Balloon.”

 


Mon, Jun 23 5:00pm · 7:00pm · 9:00pm
 
 
 

Consulate General of Israel Presents: Brave Miss World

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A one-night-only special presentation

A new film by Cecilia Peck. This is an incredibly moving and powerful film about an Israeli woman who was raped prior to her winning the Miss World competition in 1998. The movie is an uplifting telling of her story and the advocacy she’s done since then.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
· Ms. Lisa Madigan – Illinois Attorney General
· Ms. Jennifer Welch – Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.
· A Victims from Chicago
· CAASE, YWCA – Victims Services organizations in Chicago.

Brave Miss World

A film by Cecilia Peck starring Linor Abargil, Morgan Carpenter, Joan Collins

 

The documentary Brave Miss World tells the story of former Miss World 1998 Linor Abargil who was abducted and raped seven weeks before her win, and her mission to empower fellow sexual assault survivors to share their stories and to stand up against sexual violence. The film shows how Abargil transformed from an 18-year-old pageant queen to a lawyer and advocate. Following the film there will be a Q&A.

 


Tue, Jun 24 6:30pm
 
 
 

The Past is a Grotesque Animal

A film by Jason Miller

 

The Past is a Grotesque Animal is a personal, accessible look at an artist — Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band of Montreal — whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question: is this really worth it?

Hailing from Athens, GA, of Montreal band members thrill fans with compelling live performances, delight critics with their constant innovations, and continually showcase their musical evolution by drawing from a different set of influences for each album.

Primary songwriter Kevin Barnes pours emotion — heartbreak, frustration, elation, whimsy — into lyrics that shift from adopted personas to invented alter-egos to unobstructed views directly into his psyche.

 


Wed, Jun 25 7:00pm
 
 
 

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon

Tuesday 20 May – Wednesday 31 December 2014

 

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon marks a new collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Picturehouse Cinemas, teaming up to screen productions live from Shakespeare’s home town. The first broadcast was Richard II in November 2013, which was seen by more than 60,000 people.

Through live broadcasts they can take the work they make in Stratford-upon-Avon to the widest possible audience including students in the classroom.

 


Sun, Sep 21   RSC: The Two Gentlemen of Verona   11:30am
Wed, Oct 15   RSC: The Two Gentlemen of Verona   7:30pm
 
 
 

Ida

A film by Pawel Pawlikowski starring Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik

 

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.


“It haunted me. I can’t wait to see it again.”
–A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films”
–Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

 


Sat, Jun 21 11:30am
Sun, Jun 22 11:30am
Fri, Jun 27 3:00pm
Sat, Jun 28 11:30am · 3:00pm
Sun, Jun 29 11:30am · 3:00pm
 
 
 

The Room

A film by Tommy Wiseau starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero

 

This “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies” stars (and was directed, written and produced by) the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, and has been a cult favorite in LA since 2003!. “Enter The Room and leave forever changed!”

Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this quirky cult favorite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film’s central character (writer-director Tommy Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa’s materialistic mom.

 


Sat, Jun 21 midnight
 

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