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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

So many films and events this week!

On Friday, we open The Silence, the newest release from Music Box Films. In this adaptation of Jan Costin Wagner’s bestselling novel, a young girl vanishes, and her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

On Friday at 9:30pm, we’re doing a one-night-only screening of The Bitter Buddha, with comedian Eddie Pepitone in person! The documentary takes an unconventional journey with a true “comic’s comic”. Join Pepitone and director Steven Feinartz for an introduction and discussion moderated by Nathan Rabin of the AV Club. Tickets on sale now.

We also open Koch, the new documentary about former Mayor and quintessential New Yorker Ed Koch. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform.

We also have more screenings of Somebody Up There Likes Me. If you missed Nick Offerman when he was here, don’t worry, we’ve got more fun stuff in store. Anyone who purchases a ticket to the film this weekend can enter for the chance to win a variety of PRIZES from Nick’s famous Offerman Woodshop! Maybe you could win a mustache comb made by Nick himself! But you have to buy a ticket to enter, so come on by!

On Monday, March 18th at 7pm, the Chicago Tribune presents Press Pass: Hoosiers. Join Tribune sports columnist and Indiana native David Haugh and film critic Michael Phillips for a screening of this beloved 1986 basketball classic, starring Gene Hackman. The film will be followed by a discussion of its place among the greatest sports movies of all time. Tickets on sale now.

On Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 PM, Turner Classic Movies and XFINITY are bringing the Road to Hollywood tour to Chicago in celebration of the TCM Classic Film Festival this April in Hollywood. Join film historian and author Leonard Maltin and special guest Mitzi Gaynor for a free screening of South Pacific. Log on to tcm.com/roadtohollywood to get your free tickets!

We also have weekend matinee screenings of Orsen Welles’ masterpiece Citizen Kane and midnight screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show (Purchase tickets here) and Showgirls. No, we can’t believe we just mentioned Citizen Kane in the same sentence as Showgirls either.

See you at the movies

Thursday, March 14th – Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

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The Silence

A film by Baran bo Odar starring Peer Sommer, Timo Friedrich, Elena Lange


In his strikingly commanding debut feature The Silence, Swiss-born Baran bo Odar adapts Jan Costin Wagner’s bestselling novel with his own unmistakable signature.

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting summer heat lies over the quaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.

Mesmerizing performances by top European actors – headed by Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration, Brothers), Sebastian Blomberg (The Baader Meinhof Complex), Katrin Sass (Good Bye, Lenin!) and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon, The Edukators) – enrich this intense drama far beyond the crime genre.


The Bitter Buddha

A film by Steven Feinartz starring Eddie Pepitone, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman


Eddie Pepitone is a man at war with himself. And he has the scars to prove it.

The Bitter Buddha takes the viewer backstage in the alternative comedy scene to reveal one of its most undervalued treasures. This portrait of a comedian looks at Pepitone’s offbeat humor and lifestyle as he battles the world around him.

Stand-up comedy, original animation and interviews with Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and others provide insight into this beloved career comedian known as “the guitarist that all the other guitarists go to see.”


Fri, Mar 15 9:30pm


A film by Neil Barsky starring Ed Koch, Michael Bloomberg, Calvin O. Butts III


Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker.

Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Ed Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989 — a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime.

First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform.

The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.


South Pacific

A film by Joshua Logan starring Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr


Director Josh Logan brought his Broadway musical to the big screen in 1958 with this lavish adaptation of Navy men and women discovering a different culture during WWII.

An adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, and based on James A. Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, the film, directed by Joshua Logan, starred Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr and Ray Walston in the leading roles with Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary, the part that she had played in the original stage production.


Tue, Mar 19 7:30pm


A film by David Anspaugh starring Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper


A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the Indiana State Championship.


Mon, Mar 18 7:00pm

Somebody Up There Likes Me

A film by Bob Byington starring Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson and Jess Weixler


A comedic fable about a man watching his life fly by.

“Consistently silly and poignant at once.”
–Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

Max (Keith Poulson), along with his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman, Parks & Recreation) and the woman they both adore, Lyla (Jess Weixler), stumble through thirty-five years of mandatory but seemingly unfulfilling entanglements.

Featuring an original score from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, stunning animated sequences from Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), produced by Offerman and directed by cult auteur Bob Byington (Harmony & Me), the experience of life sneaking up on you while time seemingly stands still has never been more surreal and charmingly entertaining.



Citizen Kane

A film by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore


Orson Welles’ masterwork (#1 in the American Film Institute’s list of Best American Movies) remains grand entertainment, sharply acted (starring many of Welles’ Mercury Players on the road to thriving film careers) and directed with inspired visual flair.

Chronicling the stormy life of an influential publishing tycoon, this “Best Original Screenplay” Academy Award winner is rooted in themes of power, corruption, vanity—the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man’s last word: “Rosebud.”

A classic to this day, Citizen Kane has only grown in stature since its release, although it wasn’t exactly ignored at the time of its 1941 premiere, garnering nine Oscar nominations, including “Best Picture.”


Sat, Mar 19 11:30am
Sun, Mar 20 11:30am


A film by Paul Verhoeven starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon


“One of those delirious, hilarious botches that could be taught in film schools as a How Not To.”

A trenchant and penetrating look at the crass side of the American success ethic, or a campy piece of cinematic waste best handled with oven mitts and a pair of tongs?

Elizabeth Berkley, fresh off Saved by the Bell, stars as a hot young drifter who hitchhikes to Las Vegas with a dream of becoming a dancer, but instead finds herself sidetracked into the sleazy world of lap-dancing.

The Dueling Critics (duelingcritics.net)
For the Prosecution: Kelly Kleiman
For the Defense: Jonathan Abarbanel


Wed, Aug 10 7:00pm

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