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Chicago Critics Film Festival! Godzilla: Original Japanese Version! Mamma Mia!
 
Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, the Music Box is thrilled to bring you the Chicago Critics Film Festival! Running May 9th-15th, it’s the first-ever film festival programmed entirely by film critics. Now you can see the Chicago premieres of more than 20 highly buzzed-about movies—in addition to two short-film programs—months before the rest of the world. Featuring appearances from David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Martin Starr, Dick Miller and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now!

The grandaddy of all monsters returns to the big screen with Godzilla: The Japanese Original. This 60th Anniversary Restoration presents the complete uncut debut of the iconic rampaging radioactive beast!

On Sunday, The Music Box celebrates Mother’s Day with the hit movie musical Mamma Mia! The live pre-show includes a 70’s fashion contest and an interactive audience participation guide will provided to use during the film. Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s will be on sale at the concessions stand.

On Saturday, Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece Battelship Potemkin, one of the most influential silent films of all time. as always, the film will be accompanied by live music from Dennis Scott on the famous Music Box organ!

On Friday, Schopf & Weiss presents its annual CLE program, Movies on Trial™. This year’s film is Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks, which will be followed by an engaging panel discussion. The program includes 1.0 hour of professional responsibility credit pending MCLE board approval. This is a free event but you must RSVP to attend.

Also this week: Midnight screenings of the new thriller Proxy (Director Zack Parker in person!), weekend matinees of the charming indie hit Le Week-End, and daily screenings of the chilling revenge story Blue Ruin.

See you at the movies

Thursday, May 8th – Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

 
 

GODZILLA: The Japanese Original

A film by Ishirô Honda

 

60th anniversary restoration! The complete, uncut original! GODZILLA: The Japanese Original (a.k.a. GORJIRA) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels.


“SMASHING IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD!”
–Michael Sragow, New Yorker

“THE PRE-EMINENT MOVIE MONSTER OF THE 50’S! Its significance can be glimpsed only in the Japanese version!”
–Terrence Rafferty , New York Times

On a sunny day with calm waters, a Japanese steamer sinks in flames when the sea erupts; a salvage vessel sent to the rescue disappears the same way; exhausted, incoherent survivors babble of a monster. Could it be…? Then the biggest-budgeted film in Japanese history, the original Godzilla spawned 60 years of sequels and remakes, countless rip-offs, and a new genre: the kaiju eiga, or Japanese monster movie.

Released in the U.S. in a butchered version called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it was re-cut, re-arranged and atrociously dubbed, with cheesy new scenes (shot in Hollywood) of a pre-Perry Mason Raymond Burr observing the action from the sidelines. To make room for Burr and to excise a strong anti-nuclear subtext, King of the Monsters deleted 40 minutes of the Japanese version — its very heart — including the opening credits and ominous main theme by the great Akira Ifukube; Tokyo commuters wisecracking about surviving yet another disaster; a vituperative session in the Japanese parliament; a TV announcer’s hilarious stomp-by-stomp account of the monster’s rampage; the original cautionary ending; and more scenes with the real (human) star of the movie, Takashi Shimura (also the Seven Samurai leader that year).

It’s a tour de force by special effects genius Eiji Tsuburaya, whose use of “suitmation,” the often-belittled “man in a monster suit” method, was due to time and budget restraints. But, in concert with noirish cinematography, this low-tech approach is still as thrilling as ever.

Subtitles by Bruce Goldstein and Michie Yamakawa. DCP restoration.

Godzilla®, Gojira and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. ©1954 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

 


Fri, May 9 3:35pm · 7:40pm · 9:45pm
Sat, May 10 1:30pm · 3:35pm · 7:40pm · 9:45pm
Sun, May 11 1:30pm · 3:35pm · 7:40pm
Mon, May 12 3:35pm · 7:40pm
Tue, May 13 3:35pm · 7:40pm
Wed, May 14 3:35pm · 7:40pm
Thu, May 15 3:35pm · 7:40pm
Fri, May 16 5:20pm
Sat, May 17 11:30am · 5:20pm
Sun, May 18 5:20pm
Mon, May 19 5:20pm
Tue, May 20 5:20pm
Wed, May 21 5:20pm
Thu, May 22 5:20pm
Fri, May 23 5:45pm · 9:50pm · midnight
Sat, May 24 11:30am · 1:35pm · 5:45pm · 9:50pm
Sun, May 25 11:30am · 1:35pm · 5:45pm · 9:50pm
Mon, May 26 5:45pm · 9:50pm
Tue, May 27 5:45pm · 9:50pm
Wed, May 28 5:45pm · 9:50pm
Thu, May 29 5:45pm · 9:50pm
 
 
 

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Come dressed in your best 1970’s garb ready for a celebratory fashion show! Celebrate Mother’s Day with ABBA! Live pre-show featuring your host Dick O’Day! 70’s fashion contest! Interactive audience participation guide included.

Mamma Mia!
When All Is Said and Done
Money, Money, Money
Honey, Honey
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
Does Your Mother Know?

Have a grand time this Mother’s Day with a singing tribute to all things family delivered by ABBA!

Doors open at 11:30am!

At noon enjoy Live pre-show featuring your host Dick O’Day! There will be a spectacular 70’s fashion contest! Interactive audience participation guide included!

Other special deals on the day of the event!

Mamma Mia!

A film by Phyllida Lloyd starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried

 

The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group ABBA.

On the idyllic Greek isle of Kalokairi, single mom Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) goes into a tizzy when her bride-to-be daughter (Amanda Seyfried), in a bid to learn her father’s identity, invites three of Donna’s ex-lovers to the wedding. Buoyed by the tunes of ABBA, this effervescent yarn — a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) — also stars Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård as the trio of potential dads.

 


Sun, May 11 12:00pm
 
 
 

Movies on Trial presents Philadelphia

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On May 9, Schopf & Weiss will present its annual CLE program, Movies on Trial™. This year’s film is Philadelphia. A full-length screening of the film will be followed by an engaging panel discussion moderated by Ian H. Fisher of Schopf & Weiss, with panel members the Hon. Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Chicago attorneys Fay Clayton and Stephen H. Pugh. The program will be held at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago from noon – 4:00 pm. Box lunches will be provided. The program is complimentary and includes 1.0 hour of professional responsibility credit pending MCLE board approval.

Philadelphia

A film by Jonathan Demme starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards

 

No one would take on his case… until one man was willing to take on the system.

When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

 


Fri, May 9 12:00pm
 
 
 

The Battleship Potemkin

A film by Sergei M. Eisenstein starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky and Grigori Aleksandrov

 

For eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece has remained one of the most influential silent films of all time — yet each successive generation has seen BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN subjected to censorship and recutting, its unforgettable power diluted in unauthorized public domain editions from dubious sources. This all-new restoration — available for the first time in 35mm — restores dozens of missing shots, all 146 original title cards, returning the film to a form as close to its creator’s bold vision as has been seen since the film’s triumphant Moscow premiere.

 


 
 
 

Proxy

A film by Zack Parker starring Alexia Rasmussen, Joe Swanberg, Kristina Klebe

 

While walking home from her latest OB appointment, a very pregnant Esther Woodhouse is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. This horrible event seems to be a blessing in disguise when Esther finds consolation in a support group. Her life of sadness and solitude is opened up to friendship, understanding, and even acceptance. However, friendship and understanding can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people. Director Zack Parker in person!

 


Fri, May 9 midnight
Sat, May 10 midnight
 
 
 

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.

 


Thu, May 8 5:00pm · 7:00pm · 9:50pm
Fri, May 9 5:40pm
Sat, May 10 5:40pm
Sun, May 11 5:40pm · 9:45pm
Mon, May 12 5:40pm · 9:45pm
Tue, May 13 5:40pm · 9:45pm
Wed, May 14 5:40pm · 9:45pm
Thu, May 15 5:40pm · 9:45pm
 
 
 

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.

 


Sat, May 10 11:30am
Sun, May 11 11:30am
 

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