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Sound of Music! Willy Wonka! Reality! Gimme The Loot!
Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we open Reality, director Matteo Garrone’s follow-up to his hit film Gomorra. The film follows an average man whose sudden obsession with being on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. The AV Club says “If Luis Buñuel were alive today, this is roughly what I’d expect him to be up to”.

Also opening is Gimme The Loot, a crime-comedy following two graffiti writers and their elaborate plan to bomb the ultimate location: the New York Mets’ Home Run Apple. Rated 94% on RottenTomatoes.com, the Chicago Tribune says “A sweet spirit buoys this quick-witted, amiably foul-mouthed indie”.

This Easter weekend, celebrate with two classic family films! Saturday afternoon, the Music Box is alive with the Sing Along Sound Of Music! We’re playing the beloved musical with onscreen lyrics and interactive fun packs, plus a pre-show costume contest. Tickets on sale now.

On Sunday, bring your sweet tooth to our special presentation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. We’ll have pre-show singing and a costume contest, and goodie bags to use during the film. Don’t be a Slugworth, Tickets on sale now.

Also, before we open Room 237 next week, check out our midnight screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic horror film The Shining. We also have matinee screenings of Music Box Films’ Lore and midnight screenings of Somebody Up The Likes Me, starring Nick Offerman.

See you at the movies

Thursday, March 28th – Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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A film by Matteo Garrone starring Aniello Arena, Paola Minaccioni, Loredana Simioli


Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

“If Luis Buñuel were alive today, this is roughly what I’d expect him to be up to.”
–Mike D’Angelo, AV Club

Reality is a big change from director Matteo Garrone, best known for his 2008 portrayal of an Italian crime syndicate in Gomorra.

Luciano is a Neapolitan fishmonger who supplements his modest income by pulling off little scams together with his wife Maria. A likeable, entertaining guy, Luciano never misses an opportunity to perform for his customers and countless relatives. One day, his family urges him to try out for Big Brother. In chasing this dream, his perception of reality begins to change.


Gimme the Loot

A film by Adam Leon starring Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Joshua Rivera


Sofia, we’ll be the biggest writers in the city. They’ll make statues of us holding spray cans in Central Park…

“...being along for the ride is pleasure of the most unexpected sort.”
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme.

Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high wire heist, and a beautiful, rich girl’s necklace that is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City.


Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

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This Easter weekend, give thanks for some of your “Favorite Things”

A very happy Easter weekend to you!

Fun for the whole family! The classic film with on-screen lyrics so that everyone can sing along. Fun Packs included! Costume Contest! This fun-filled tradition includes a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along!

The fun actually starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, who also takes the audience through their complimentary Magic Moments Pack containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film.

Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their tailoring skills.

The Sound of Music

A film by Robert Wise starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer


This classic film, one of the most beloved of all time, is back at the Music Box for the whole family to sing along to. Maria (Julie Andrews) joins the von Trapp family as a governess in Austria, right before the Nazi occupation. She teaches the von Trapp children music, while also falling in love with the Captain von Trapp.

A story about love, music, joy, and fighting for what is right, The Sound of Music is a film for all ages.


Sat, Mar 30 2:00pm

Music Box’s Easter Special Featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Costume Contest! Awesome Goodie Bags!

After you’ve hunted your Easter Eggs and had your brunch, come to the Music Box to see “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” We’re pulling out all the stops and welcoming the Spring with this special presentation. Pig out on candy, wear your best Veruca (or Augustus!) costume and join in the fun!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A film by Mel Stuart starring Gene Wilder


The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory.


Sun, Apr 20 2:00pm

The Shining

A film by Stanley Kubrick starring Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, Scatman Crothers


Struggling writer Jack Nicholson is the winter caretaker of the secluded Overlook Hotel, and he’d sell his damned soul for a glass of whiskey right about now. Shelley Duvall is his wife; she has poor knife-handling skills. They have a son together, an epileptic boy who can psychically communicate with the Overlook’s magical janitor, Scatman Crothers. As Jack and his family settle in for the long, lonely months ahead, strange, unexplainable things start occurring in the hotel.


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.




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.


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