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Trials of Muhammad Ali! Il Futuro! Marx Brothers!
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Trials of Muhammad Ali takes you out of the ring to show you the man behind the legend. This new documentary focuses on Ali’s toughest bouts: his decision to join a controversial religious group, his battle to overturn a prison sentence for refusing military service, and his struggle with Parkinson’s. On Friday, Nov 8th, we’re celebrating opening night with a pre-film reception and a post-screening Q&A with Khalilah Camacho-Ali, former wife of Muhammad Ali, director Bill Siegel, and more! Purchase advance tickets now.

In Il Futuro, two orphans concoct an elaborate scheme to rob an aging movie star (played by Rutger Hauer). A sly psychological thriller with erotic overtones, the film finds a young woman faced with a moral dilemma as a friendship develops between her and the actor in his crumbling mansion. Variety raves, “The entire cast provides mesmerizing, evocative performances”.

In this month’s Second Saturday Silent Cinema installment, we’re going on a jungle adventure with an intrepid group of explorers find that dinosaurs still survive, in 1925’s The Lost World! As always, this silent film will be accompanied by Dennis Scott on the Music Box house organ. Advance tickets on sale now!

Next week, music comes to the Music Box. On Tuesday, it’s a one-night-only screening of Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, showcasing the most extravagant set build and spectacular stage show of any Muse tour to date (Tickets on sale now). On Wednesday, The Stone Roses – Made of Stone on a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history as they reunite after 16 years (Tickets on sale now).

Next Thursday, join Unabridged Bookstore as we play host to comedian and writer Rob Delaney in support of his new collection of insanely funny autobiographical essays, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. Tickets on sale now.

We also have Sunday screenings of the madcap Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup, midnight screenings of the bonkers Maniac Cop 2 and the genre-bender The Visitor, the latest installment of the MusicEmotion series (Advance tickets available) and additional screenings of the Disney-set thriller Escape From Tomorrow.

And finally, on Wednesday, Nov 13th, our friends at Alliance Francaise de Chicago are hosting a screening of the classic Luis Bunuel film L’Age D’or, accompanied by a live concert from French Jazzman Alexandre Pierrepont & The Bridge ensemble! A popular success when it was released in 1930, L’Age D’or, with a screenplay signed Salvador Dali, features a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but constantly thwarted by the values and sexual mores of Family, Church and bourgeois Society. Tickets are $5 when you use the secret code: Musicbox. Find more information and register for the event HERE!

See you at the movies

Thursday, November 7th – Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali Opening Night

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Join us for a special Opening Night presentation of The Trials of Muhammad Ali featuring a post-screening Q&A, reception, and more!

On Friday, November 8th, we’re celebrating the opening night of The Trials of Muhammad Ali, the new documentary that focuses on Ali’s toughest bouts: his decision to join a controversial religious group, his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service, and his struggle with Parkinson’s.

Joining us for a post-screening Q&A will be Khalilah Camacho-Ali, former wife of Muhammad Ali and star of the film, director Bill Siegel, producer Rachel Pikelny, and editor Aaron Wickenden.

7pm – 8pm – Pre-screening reception with beer, wine, and snacks
8pm-10pm – Introduction, film screening, panel Q&A
10pm-11pm – Dessert reception


Fri, Nov 8 8:00pm

Il Futuro

A film by Alicia Scherson starring Luigi Ciardo, Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer


When her parents die in a tragic car accident, adolescent Bianca’s universe is suspended.

Entrusted with the care of her younger brother, Tomas, she struggles to hold it together. Life is further complicated when Toma´s’s gym-rat friends invite themselves to stay indefinitely. Using Bianca as a lure for a heist they’ve concocted, they convince her to initiate a sexual relationship with an enigmatic blind hermit, Maciste (Rutger Hauer). But as the two spend time together, Bianca unexpectedly finds normalcy and acceptance in the aging B-movie star and former Mr. Universe’s rococo mansion.


Duck Soup

A film by Leo McCarey starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx


This classic Marx Brothers romp follows Rufus Firefly (Groucho Marx), the newly appointed leader of the penniless nation of Freedonia, just as neighboring Sylvania plans to attack. An anarchic comedy in which the gag trumps any plot or theme, the film’s greatest punch line may be that Groucho’s corrupt, lunatic dictator would play the straight man against his real-world counterparts.

With a post-World War I cynicism toward patriotism and a pre-World War II unease about democracy’s fragility, the Marx Brothers (even Zeppo!) mine comedic gold from the topics of war, nationalism, money, and politics.


The Lost World

A film by Harry O. Hoyt starring Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes


Based on the 1912 novel of the same name by Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (who makes an onscreen appearance!), this innovative and groundbreaking 1925 silent film featured amazing stop-motion animation from Willis O’Brien, years prior to his work on King Kong.

A group of explorers led by Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) travel to the Amazonian jungle searching for a legendary secluded plateau where dinosaurs have managed to survive unmolested for millions of years. Joined by renowned hunter John Roxton, the group does indeed find the pre-historic creatures! They even manage to bring one alive back to London, which, if we’re being honest, was probably not the best idea… Restored print courtesy of the George Eastman House.


Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium

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Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium filmed on 6th July 2013 in front of a capacity audience of over 60,000, captures the momentous evening in the Italian capital and showcases the most extravagant set build and spectacular stage show of any Muse tour to date.

Shot using the latest 4K camera technology, Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, the cinema audience has an unrivaled opportunity to experience the full visual spectrum of the show blending jaw-dropping shots of the Stadio Olimpico with views from ‘spider’ cameras darting above the surging crowd as they chant and cheer to the driving beats and soaring melodies, and on stage close-ups that expose the musical mastery and showmanship of the trio.

Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium

A film by Matt Askem starring Muse (Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard, Chris Wolstenholme)


The three school friends from Devon, England take the audience on a mesmerizing journey using pyrotechnics, expansive digital screens and a troop of actors to accompany their epic playlist of 20 tracks.

Mixed in incredible surround sound, including hits from their most recent studio album The 2nd Law, as well as classics such as Uprising, Supermassive Black Hole, Time Is Running Out, Starlight, and Plug-In Baby.

As the credits roll and the rapturous applause and shouts of “encore” fade away, you will loosen your grip on the arm rest and slowly come back to your senses realizing that you’ve just experienced Muse like never before.


Tue, Nov 12 7:30pm

The Stone Roses - Made of Stone

A film by Shane Meadows starring Ian Brown, Gary Mounfield, John Squire, Alan Wren


.In 2012, a resurrection no one thought possible took place when legendary band, The Stone Roses reformed after 16 years.

With unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage, Made of Stone is a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history.

Acclaimed film-maker Shane Meadows brings his unique directorial style, humor and emotional depth to the film, capturing the band at work and in their everyday lives as they rehearsed for their much-anticipated reunion, which culminated in three triumphant homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park in front of 220,000 adoring fans.

Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band’s musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in Summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years.


Wed, Nov 13 7:30pm

Unabridged Bookstore presents Rob Delaney

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Join Unabridged Bookstore at The Music Box Theatre as we play host to Rob Delaney in support of his new collection of insanely funny autobiographical essays, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

Rob regales readers with anecdotes as wide-ranging as his youthful obsession (and pen pal relationship) with heavy metal band Danzig to drunken bungee jumping off the Manhattan Bridge, from his court-ordered stint in rehab to witnessing the miracle of his son’s birth.

Tracing his journey from middle class theater geek, to public menace, to devoted family man and passionately engaged model citizen, his comedy makes clear why Rob is so beloved.


Thu, Nov 14 7:00pm

The Visitor

A film by Michael J. Paradise starring Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford


Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston stars in phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action/??? hybrid The Visitor, about an intergalactic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

Director/Professional Body Builder Michael J. Paradise’s film stands as perhaps the most ambitious of all the European attempts at Hollywood cloning, taking its inspiration by artfully fusing The Omen, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury, and Star Wars alongside a baffling cast that includes Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero, and Sam Peckinpah(!!!).


Maniac Cop 2

A film by William Lustig starring Bruce Campbell, Michael Lerner


With the current glut of serialized Hollywood pictures, it’s necessary to remind ourselves that sometimes, the sequel is better than the original. That’s the case with the absolutely brilliant, fascinatingly violent Maniac Cop 2.

Nine months after his drowning in the east river, the titular officer (Robert Z’dar) returns from his watery grave to wreck havoc on New York, this time aided by a menacing serial killer hobo! Featuring a gleefully over-the-top script by horror legend Larry Cohen that sends our psycho 5-O in a completely bonkers supernatural direction that will have you screaming and cheering at the screen for the entire running time. Did we mention Bruce Campbell stars in it?

Fully restored to its original gory glory!


Escape from Tomorrow

A film by Randy Moore starring Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez


Like nothing you’ve ever seen, It’s an ingenious and surreal trip into the happiest place on earth that subversively attacks our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.

The most discussed film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Escape From Tomorrow is a film that should not exist, and yet it does. An epic battle begins when a middle-aged husband/father of two finds out that he is suddenly unemployed and loses his sanity on the last day of an idyllic family holiday.

Amidst a fake, yet familiar, world of fantasy and high adventure, his dreamlike journey includes a close encounter with two sultry French teenage girls, an obese man on a motorized scooter, an over-sexed ex-princess, and a team of rogue scientists, amongst others, thus unlocking the universe and hurling him into a new sphere of total amusement and mind-bending madness.



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