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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

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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.

–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.


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.


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.



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!


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.



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.


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