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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.

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See you at the movies

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

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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.



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.


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?



The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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


Featuring the Midnight Madness shadowcast, who ensure what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.

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).

For 35 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has delighted audiences and terrified parents. The Music Box Theatre is the proud Chicago home of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every screening has a shadowcast of the film (that’s actors acting in front of the screen during the film), and the Halloween screenings are known to sell out!

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing. Midnight Madness sells participation kits at The Music Box for $3. The performers do not get paid for performing at any venue, and 100% of the proceeds from kit sales go back to cast costumes, props, promotions, etc.

What’s in the bag?

Balloon, Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Rubber Glove, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, Party Hat, Sponge, Paper Plates, Cards, Instructions, Bag

Don’t-Look-Like-a-Virgin tip

Do not throw objects at the screen — that’s just not cool and can damage a very expensive screen. Thanks!

Using your Prop Bag items

  • Balloon: During the song “Science Fiction Double Feature”, pop at the “When worlds collide” lyric.
  • Glow Stick / flashlight: (no lighters, matches, flammables due to fire code restrictions) During the song “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)”, light up at the “There’s a Light” chorus.
  • How to Time Warp Flier: During the “Time Warp”, get up and dance!
  • Rubber Glove: During the Time Warp, get up and dance!
  • Noisemakers: During the “Lab” scene, make a noise when the Transylvanian Guests use their noisemakers.
  • Confetti: At the end of the “Lab” scene, when the wedding march is being played, throw some.
  • Toilet Paper: When Dr. Scott makes his entrance and Brad exclaims “Great Scott!”, use some.
  • Party Hat: During dinner, Frank will put on his party hat, and you should too — it’s a party now!
  • Paper Plates: Use when Frank pulls the table cloth off the dinner table.
  • Bell: Ring when Frank is chasing Janet after dinner and asks the musical question “Did you hear a bell ring?” and during the song “Planet Schmanet”.
  • Sponges: Use when Columbia makes her “bitch out” speech and says to Frank, “You’re like a sponge!”
  • Cards: Bring them out after The Floor Show, when Frank sits down and sings the line, “cards for sorrow, cards for pain”.
  • Rope: Use when the rope falls from the rigging after Riff finishes shooting.

Not Allowed

  • Toast
  • Hot dogs and prunes
  • Rice
  • Water guns


Sat, Mar 22 midnight
Sat, Apr 16 midnight
Sat, May 14 midnight
Sat, Jun 18 midnight
Sat, Jul 16 midnight
Sat, Aug 13 midnight
Sat, Sep 24 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, Dec 4 10:00pm
Fri, Apr 15 midnight
Fri, May 13 midnight
Fri, Jun 17 midnight
Fri, Jul 15 midnight
Fri, Aug 12 midnight
Fri, Sep 23 7:30pm · 11:00pm


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!


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.


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