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Like Someone In Love! Lore! The Terminator!
Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we’re opening Like Someone In Love, the new film from director Abbas Kiarostami (Certified Copy). An elderly professor develops an unlikely relationship with a sociology student who moonlights as a high-end escort. Time Out Chicago gives it 4 stars!

We’re also opening Lore, the latest release from Music Box Films. After their parents, staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. The Los Angeles Times calls it ‘Intense and emotional’.

Friday and Saturday at midnight, it’s time for The Terminator. James Cameron’s greatest contribution to society celebrates its almost-30th anniversary with a brand new digital restoration courtesy of MGM. Arnold Schwarzenegger cements his place in film history as an unfeeling cyborg on the hunt for Linda Hamilton. Come see the action and hear one of the most iconic lines in cinema.

And get excited for next week, because we’re going to be visited by actor Nick Offerman (Parks and Rec) to celebrate the opening of his new film Somebody Up The Likes Me. Nick will be on-hand the evening of Saturday March 9th for screenings & audience Q&As (We hear he might even give away some mustache combs!). Tickets are on sale now!

We also have matinee screenings of Hell Drivers (featuring one of Sean Connery’s first screen appearances), daily screenings of Werner Herzog’s Happy People: A Year In The Taiga, and midnight screenings of John Dies At The End.

See you at the movies

Thursday, February 28th – Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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Like Someone in Love

A film by Abbas Kiarostami starring Ryo Kase, Rin Takanashi and Denden


Is this love, or merely something like it?

“Exquisitely made. An enchanting game of misfired passions and mistaken identities.”
–Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“A WONDROUS FILM. Surpasses even the visual enticements of his previous feature, ’Certified Copy’.”
–Richard Brody, New Yorker

Fresh from the triumph of his Tuscany-set Certified Copy (NYFF 2010), master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami travels even further afield from his native Iran for this mysteriously beautiful romantic drama filmed entirely in Japan.

Like Someone in Love revolves around the brief encounter between an elderly professor (the wonderful 81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno, here playing his first leading role in a film) and a sociology student (Rin Takanashi) who moonlights as a high-end escort. Dispatched to the old man by her boss—one of the professor’s former students—the young woman finds her latest client less interested in sex than in cooking her soup, talking, and playing old Ella Fitzgerald records (like the one that gives the film its allusive title).

Eventually, night gives way to day and a tense standoff with the student’s insanely jealous boyfriend (Ryō Kase); but as usual in Kiarostami, nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Are these characters—who conjure in one another the specters of regret and roads not taken—meeting by chance, or is it fate?



A film by Cate Shortland starring Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs


Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions.

“Intense and emotional. Saskia Rosendahl is mesmerizing.”
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“A lyrical, deeply affecting study into a rarely seen legacy of the Holocaust.”
–Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter

Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north.

After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.


The Terminator

A film by James Cameron starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn


James Cameron’s greatest contribution to society celebrates its almost-30th anniversary with a brand new digital restoration courtesy of MGM! Arnold Schwarzenegger blasts into our collective consciousness as the badass evil cyborg sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) before she gets pregnant with the child that will lead all of humanity in the coming war against computers.


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.


Fri, Mar 8 6:30pm
Sun, Mar 10 2:30pm

Hell Drivers

A film by Cy Endfield starring Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins


An ex-con (Stanley Baker) trying to go straight takes a job driving for a corrupt trucking company, where the bosses pit the drivers against each other in a dangerous competition that leads to higher profits and … death! Peggy Cummins is the saucy secretary who flirts her way through an array of up-and-coming stars, including Sean Connery, Herbert Lom, David McCallum and a frighteningly intense Patrick McGoohan. A gear-grinding masterpiece!


Fri, Aug 23 6:00pm

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

A film by Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov


Werner Herzog presents this visually stunning documentary about the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga.

“***1/2 (out of 4)”
–Bruce DeMara

With commentary written and narrated by Werner Herzog, the camera follows a trapper through all four seasons of a year. Siberia extends from Ural to the Pacific and is one and a half times the size of the USA. 38 million people live in this giant area, the majority of them in the prosperous south.

In the heart of the Siberian wilderness, deep in the taiga and far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit a small village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: one is by helicopter, the other by boat. Here, deep in the wilderness, there is no telephone available, nor running water or medical aid. The people are on their own. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. If human civilization was destroyed, they would survive, thanks to the knowledge of their forefathers.


John Dies at the End

A film by Don Coscarelli starring Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, and Paul Giamatti


Mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David.

“??John Dies at the End?? is a thoroughly unpredictable horror-comedy--and an immensely entertaining one, too.”

It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.

Based on the novel by author David Wong, John Dies at the End was adapted and directed by horror auteur Don Coscarelli. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.

After sold-out screenings at major film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, and Seattle, John Dies at the End will be coming soon to a theater near you.


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