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Blue Ruin! Dancing in Jaffa! Three Amigos!
Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers

This week we open two great films, with two great opening weekend events!

In Blue Ruin, a beach bum finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. IndieWIRE calls it, “The most suspenseful American film of the year: sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular”. On Friday at 7pm, we’ll be joined by Director Jeremy Saulnier for a special Q&A! Tickets on sale now.

In Dancing In Jaffa, four-time ballroom dancing world champion Pierre Dulaine fulfills a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. Variety calls it “A surprising, well-crafted look at a ballroom-dancing program aimed at bridging gaps between Jewish and Palestinian children in Israel”. On Saturday at 7:15pm, the Chicago chapter of the program featured in the film, Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland, will host a screening party, which includes a special performance from the Chicagoland children who’ve participated in the 10-week program and a Q&A with Executive Director Maren Oslac. Tickets on sale now.

On Monday, celebrate Cinco De Mayo with ¡Three Amigos! Join Steve Martin, Martin Short and Chevy Chase as they fight for freedom in this comedy classic. Presented by Lagunitas with beer specials and special tastings, and tickets are only $5!

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critic Society presents Chef, the new film from director/actor Jon Favreau. The film will be followed by a special broadcast of a Q&A with Favreau, presented live from New York City! Tickets on sale now.

Our weekend matinees include the Hitchcock classic Strangers On A Train and charming romantic comedy Le Week-End. Our midnights are a pair of films in the So-Bad-It’s-Good genre, Troll 2 and Fateful Findings.

And don’t forget, tickets are now available for the Chicago Critics Film Festival! On May 9th-15th,the festival lineup offers viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy. Featuring scheduled appearances from David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Shep Gordon, Dick Miller and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now!

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Thursday, May 1st – Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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Special screening of Blue Ruin with Director

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Director Q&A scheduled! Post party hosted by Fandor with drinks at Cullen’s Irish Pub!

What has been called “The most suspenseful film of the year” by IndieWire opens on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at the Music Box Theatre with a very special screening at 7:00pm featuring an introduction and discussion with Chicago Critic Steve Prokopy of AintItCool.com and film Director Jeremy Saulnier.

Following the Q&A there will be a reception at Cullen’s Bar and Grill (3741 N. Southport Ave) sponsored by Fandor where the first 100 people to trade their film tickets in will receive a free drink!

With his second feature film, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier creates a classic American revenge story, crackling with sudden violence and black humor. The film maintains an impressive edge-of-your-seat pace through the script’s surprising twists and turns and the efficient work of editor Julia Bloch. Beyond the thrills, Saulnier grounds the film’s humanity in the captivating eyes of lead actor Macon Blair, which never lose the burning intensity of righteous duty and overpowering fear.

BLUE RUIN will continue through May 8th with additional screenings at the Music Box Theatre. Director Jeremy Saulnier is only scheduled to appear at the opening night screening. Get your tickets now! For a full list of showtimes please visit our SHOWTIMES page or to purchase tickets for other screenings, please click HERE

Blue Ruin

A film by Jeremy Saulnier starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves


A beach bum finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge.

“The most suspenseful American film of the year: sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular.”
–Gabe Toro, indieWIRE

Blue Ruin is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors’ Fortnight. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.


Fri, May 2 7:00pm

Dancing In Jaffa, hosted by Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland

The Chicago chapter of the program featured in the film, Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland (DCC), will be hosting a screening party Saturday May 3rd at 7:15pm.

The screening will include a special performance from the Chicagoland children who’ve participated in the 10-week program and a Q&A with Executive Director Maren Oslac and local school officials.

The screening will kick off with a pre-party for Reserved and VIP guests and a VIP after party immediately following the screening. Both pre and after parties will be held next door at the Music Box Theatre’s new event space.

*Tickets for this event can be purchased at DancingClassroomsChicagoland.org with a portion of the proceeds from these tickets will going directly to the DCC. Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland is run by the nonprofit organization Heart & Sole Dance Foundation (HSDF), based out of Tinley Park.

Dancing in Jaffa

A film by Hilla Medalia starring Pierre Dulaine, Yvonne Marceau, Alaa Bubali


Religion tore the city apart, can dance bring it together?

Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.


Sat, May 3 7:15pm

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with the ¡Three Amigos!

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What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a story of overcoming adversity and fighting for freedom? Grab a $5 ticket and Lagunitas and enjoy Cinco De Mayo!

Presented by Lagunitas with beer specials and special tastings.

¡Three Amigos!

A film by John Landis starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short


Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Responding to a cable from a senorita in distress, three silent-film stars head to Mexico. Assuming they’ve been summoned to perform in a show, the trio is unaware they’re expected to fight bona fide bad guys who aren’t shooting blanks.


Mon, May 5 7:30pm

Strangers on a Train

A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Farley Granger, Robert Walker


Onboard a cross-country train, psychotic socialite Bruno (Robert Walker) confronts pro tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder (each exchange victims, naturally!). When Guy’s wife turns up dead, Bruno begins putting pressure on the tennis pro to complete the bargain. This is why you should never talk to strangers…


Le Week-End

A film by Roger Michell starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum


Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (IRIS, TOPSY-TURVY, ANOTHER YEAR) and Lindsay Duncan (ABOUT TIME, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MANSFIELD PARK) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.

During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness — and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly eccentric American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.

This magically buoyant, bittersweet romantic comedy, starring two of Britain’s national treasures, is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell, following VENUS, THE MOTHER and THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA.


Troll 2

A film by Claudio Fragasso


Celebrated as one of the worst movies ever made, TROLL 2 has spawned a ferocious cult following. A young boy tries to warn his family and friends that the evil trolls his late grandfather used to tell him about are real. Disguised as friendly country folk, the pugnacious posse of people-eating trolls lures visitors to their town of Nilbog (GOBLIN SPELLED BACKWARDS!!).


Fateful Findings

A film by Neil Breen starring Danielle Andrade, Jennifer Autry, Brianna Borden


Attention fans of The Room: you want to see this film! The tagline reads, “A PARANORMAL THRILLER WHERE A COMPUTER HACKER EXPOSES WORLDWIDE SECRETS” Starring what we can only assume is the director’s tired brother, a man is struck by a Rolls Royce which gives him supernatural powers, ultimately driving him to expose national and corporate misdeeds. Like a cinematic run-on sentence, the movie awkwardly shifts from moment to moment, similar to what a Tommy Wiseau-directed episode of Twin Peaks might feel like. Don’t miss this!


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