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They Came Together! Pink Floyd’s The Wall! Jackpot!
 
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Thanks to everyone who voted for us the Chicago Reader’s Best of 2014! We’re honored to announce that the Music Box was named Best Movie Theater, Best Film Programming and Best Late-Night Movies! But rather than rest on our laurels, we’re hard at work to bring you more of the great films and events you love!

In the grand tradition of Airplane and The Naked Gun comes the hilarious new comedy They Came Together. David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) directs this irreverent subversion of the romantic comedy genre, starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader, and another several dozen of your favorite comedy folks!

Based on a story by Norway’s leading crime novelist Jo Nesbø, Jackpot is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal. When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he’s clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do. Screen International calls it, “A brutally stylish pulp thriller”!

This weekend, begin and end your day with a musical! Our matinee is a new 35mm restoration of King Vidor’s Cover Girl, starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth. At midnight on Friday & Saturday, delve into the dark side of fame with Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

We also will continue to have daily screenings of Kelly Reichardt’s suspenseful Night Moves and weekend screenings of the intimate drama Ida.

Finally, from July 11th-24th, 70mm returns to the Music Box with Son of 70mm Film Festival! We’ve got two weeks of screenings, all presented in glorious 70mm. Check out the full schedule to see when your favorites are playing!

See you at the movies

Wednesday, June 25th – Tuesday, July 1st, 2014


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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).

 
 
 

Jackpot

A film by Magnus Martens starring Kyrre Hellum, Mads Ousdal, Henrik Mestad

 

This rollicking gory romp racks up an impressive body count — and will keep you guessing until the very end.


“A brutally stylish pulp thriller! Savagely funny and deliciously dark. Works for fans of Tarantino at his pulp fiction best”
Screen International

“Filled with jaw dropping twists.”
Variety

Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up terrified and bloody in a strip joint with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him. Under the intense interrogation of hard-boiled detective Solør, Oscar begins piecing together the unbelievable story of how he won the top prize in a soccer pool with his 3 dangerous ex-con colleagues. With a pile of cash at stake, the trio viciously battle over how to divide the money, dragging unwitting Oscar along for the violent ride. JACKPOT is an exciting, playful and bloody comedy based on a story by Norway’s leading crime writer, Jo Nesbø.

 
 
 

Pink Floyd The Wall

A film by Alan Parker starring Bob Geldof, Bob Hoskins, Jenny Wright

 

A fascinating, bleak portrait of an artist consumed by his role as entertainer and profit machine, THE WALL traces the life of the fictional protagonist Pink Floyd (Bob Geldof, loosely based on original Floyd frontman Syd Barrett) from his boyhood days in war-torn England to his self-imposed isolation as a world-renowned rock star. As he festers in his hotel room, hiding from his manager (Bob Hoskins), groupies and an estranged wife, elements of his abusive childhood come back to haunt him until he begins to descend into absolute madness – leading to a climax that is as questionably cathartic as it is destructive. Punctuated by the amazing animation of artist Gerald Scarfe, this is a movie to see big and loud.

 


Mon, Nov 10 7:30pm
 
 
 

Cover Girl

A film by Charles Vidor starring Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman

 

In one of the most popular war-time musicals, an ambitious chorus girl (Rita Hayworth) seeks a career on Broadway by entering a magazine’s Cover Girl contest. Gene Kelly is the nightclub owner Rita leaves behind to pursue her dreams. The numbers, penned by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin, include “The Show Must Go On,” “Make Way for Tomorrow,” and “Long Ago (And Far Away).” New restoration and 35mm print!

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 

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