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Enemy! Alphaville! New York Film Critics Series!
Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, Jake Gyllenhaal pulls double duty in Enemy, the new film from Academy Award nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners). Gyllenhaal plays two roles in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. The New York Times calls it “divertingly clever and effectively creepy”.

In Jean-Luc Goddard’s seminal sci-fi film Alphaville, a U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. Alphaville is presented in a new DCP restoration from Rialto Pictures. Catch it on the big screen!

On Tuesday, we’re hosting the latest film in The New York Film Critics Series, the program that gave Chicago an early look at such acclaimed films as Nebraska and American Hustle. This month’s advance screening is Breathe In, the story of a foreign exchange student who challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever. The screening will be followed by a pretaped Q&A with actors Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-man 2, The Invisible Woman) and Amy Ryan (The Wire, Capote), and director Drake Doremus

This weekend at midnight, we’re screening the unsung masterpiece Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s 1977 remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Wages of Fear. A story of tough guys driving truckloads of high explosives over hellacious South American roads, this tense thriller is a must-see!

We also have another week of the enlightening documentary Particle Fever, weekend matinees of the Hitchcock mystery The Lady Vanishes, and midnight screenings of cult classics The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Room.

Purchase advance tickets to screenings now!

See you at the movies

Thursday, March 20th – Wednesday, March 26th, 2014



A film by Denis Villeneuve starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon


Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor, disinterested in everything, even his beautiful girlfriend. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his doppelgänger, actor Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Jake Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, director Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange — and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image.


Fri, Mar 21 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Mar 22 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Mar 23 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Mar 24 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Mar 25 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Wed, Mar 26 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Mar 27 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Mar 28 3:35pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Mar 29 3:35pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Mar 30 3:35pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Mar 31 9:45pm
Tue, Apr 1 9:45pm
Wed, Apr 2 9:45pm
Thu, Apr 3 9:45pm
Fri, Apr 4 midnight
Sat, Apr 5 midnight
Fri, Apr 11 midnight
Sat, Apr 12 midnight


A film by Jean-Luc Godard starring Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff


U.S. Secret Agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) arrives from the Outlands in Alphaville, the becalmed territory ruled by the computer Alpha 60 where “No one has ever lived in the past, no one will ever live in the future, the present is the form of all life.” When Caution meets Natacha Von Braun (Anna Karina), the forbidden, illogical power of love opens the path to liberation. All of science fiction is a commentary on the present by way of an imagined future; Godard visually abstracted the Paris of 1964 by way of 1940s Hollywood in order to foreground its smoothly engineered consumer-driven impersonality. Alphaville is presented in a new DCP from Rialto Pictures.


Fri, Mar 21 3:35pm · 7:45pm
Sat, Mar 22 11:30am · 3:35pm · 7:45pm
Sun, Mar 23 1:30pm · 5:40pm · 9:50pm
Mon, Mar 24 7:45pm
Tue, Mar 25 5:10pm
Wed, Mar 26 7:45pm
Thu, Mar 27 5:40pm · 9:50pm

Particle Fever

A film by Mark Levinson starring Martin Aleksa, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos


“Particle Fever succeeds on every level.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“A surefire crowdpleaser with ravishing imagery and immensely likable subjects.”

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they search for the Higgs-Boson particle, our subjects confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?


Thu, Mar 20 5:00pm · 7:10pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Mar 21 5:40pm · 9:50pm
Sat, Mar 22 1:30pm · 5:40pm · 9:50pm
Sun, Mar 23 11:30am · 3:35pm · 7:45pm
Mon, Mar 24 5:40pm · 9:50pm
Tue, Mar 25 9:50pm
Wed, Mar 26 5:40pm · 9:50pm
Thu, Mar 27 7:45pm
Sat, Mar 29 11:30am
Sun, Mar 30 11:30am
Sat, Apr 5 11:30am
Sun, Apr 6 11:30am

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A film by Jim Sharman starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Charles Gray, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick


This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).

The film, co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien, bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings.


Sat, Mar 22 midnight
Sat, Apr 19 midnight
Sat, May 24 midnight
Fri, Jun 20 11:59pm
Sat, Aug 16 midnight
Sat, Sep 20 midnight
Fri, Oct 24 11:59pm
Sat, Oct 25 midnight
Thu, Oct 30 10:30pm
Fri, Oct 31 midnight
Sat, Nov 1 midnight
Sat, Dec 6 midnight
Sat, Jan 17 midnight
Sat, Feb 21 midnight
Sat, Mar 21 midnight
Sat, Apr 25 midnight
Sat, May 16 midnight
Sat, Jun 20 midnight
Sat, Jul 18 midnight
Sat, Aug 15 midnight
Sat, Sep 19 midnight
Thu, Oct 29 10:00pm
Fri, Oct 30 midnight
Sat, Oct 31 midnight
Sat, Dec 5 midnight

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.


Fri, Mar 21 midnight
Fri, May 23 midnight
Sat, Jun 21 midnight
Wed, Aug 20 10:30pm
Thu, Aug 21 10:30pm
Fri, Sep 19 midnight
Fri, Dec 5 midnight
Fri, Jan 16 midnight
Fri, Feb 20 midnight
Fri, Mar 20 midnight
Fri, Apr 24 midnight
Fri, May 15 midnight
Fri, Jun 19 midnight
Fri, Jul 17 midnight
Fri, Aug 14 midnight
Fri, Sep 18 midnight
Fri, Dec 4 10:00pm


A film by William Friedkin starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer


William Friedkin’s 1977 remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Wages of Fear stars Roy Scheider in a story of tough guys driving truckloads of high explosives over hellacious South American roads. Featuring a pulsing score by Tangerine Dream, Sorcerer shifts Friedkin’s trademark urban settings to the depths of the jungle, where the director’s passion for realism and flawless instinct for suspense blend to masterful effect in the legendary, nerve-wrecking bridge-crossing scene. A difficult production to begin with, Sorcerer was a controversial film at the time of its release (a week after George Lucas’ Star Wars). Since then it has become one of Friedkin’s most critically praised titles and one of the hardest to experience on a big screen. Recently restored by Friedkin himself, we are delighted to bring this long underseen masterpiece back to theatres!


Fri, Mar 21 midnight
Sat, Mar 22 midnight
Fri, Mar 28 midnight
Sat, Mar 29 midnight

The Lady Vanishes

A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave


In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Also starring Michael Redgrave, The Lady Vanishes remains one of the great filmmaker’s purest delights.


Sat, Mar 22 11:30am
Sun, Mar 23 11:30am

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