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War Witch! The Room with Tommy Wiseau! Caesar Must Die!
 
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This weekend, cult masterpiece The Room returns to the Music Box, with special guests Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero in-person! As part of The Room: the Love is Blind Blu 2013 Tour, the enigmatic writer/director/star will be on hand to meet fans and host a Q&A discussion of his beloved film. If you miss this, it will tear you APART, Lisa! Tickets on sale now.

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, War Witch tells the harrowing story of Komona, a 12 year old girl enslaved into guerrilla warfare in the African jungle, and her fight to escape the life forced upon her. Rated 94% FRESH on RottenTomatoes.com!

In Caesar Must Die, inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Full of the prisoners anger, anxiety, hope and hostility, both real and in the context of the infamous assassination, Caesar Must Die is a stunningly successful social and artistic experiment. The New York Times calls it “A cinematic hymn to the power of theatre”.

We also have weekend matinee screenings of Orsen Welles’ The Stranger, and screenings of Somebody Up There Likes Me and Music Box Films releases Lore and Happy People: A Year in the Taiga.

See you at the movies

Wednesday, March 20th – Tuesday, March 26th, 2013


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The Room: the Love is Blind Blu 2013 Tour!

Purchase advance tickets online

With Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero in person!

This is a special tour! See the movie with Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero in person for a Q&A discussion. Seating is limited! If you miss this it will tear you APART, Lisa!

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 22 10:30pm
Fri, Jul 15 midnight
Fri, Aug 12 midnight
 
 
 

War Witch

A film by Kim Nguyen starring Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyinda

 

Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.


“The sensitively imagined story of a child soldier in Africa makes War Witch a genre benchmark and a breakout work for writer-director Kim Nguyen.”
–Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle.

Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her “War Witch”), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels’ clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.

 
 
 

Caesar Must Die

A film by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani starring Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri

 

Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.


“A cinematic hymn to the power of theatre.”
–A.O. Scott, New York Times

Artfully blurring the line between the fictional world of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and life inside the confines of Rome’s Rebibbia Prison, Caesar Must Die is a fascinating interpretation of the classic play by the prison’s inmate-actors. Every step of the production process is captured on film, from the auditions, to the asides that are revelations about these men’s real lives, to the performance itself. Full of the prisoners anger, anxiety, hope and hostility, both real and in the context of the infamous assassination, Caesar Must Die is a stunningly successful social and artistic experiment, beautifully filmed in black and white and powerful in the hands of its actors.

 
 
 

The Stranger

A film by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young

 

Welles plays a Nazi spy living sedately among a quiet Connecticut town, about to be married to the unsuspecting Loretta Young. In comes the wonderfully understated Edward G. Robinson, a federal agent on the trail of a Nazi spook. The smoldering performances by Welles and Robinson as they engage in a glacially-paced cat-and-mouse game are thrillingly tense!

 
 
 

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.

 


 
 
 

Lore

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.

 
 
 

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.

 

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