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Museum Hours! Girl With The Dragon Tattoo! Clue!
Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

In Museum Hours, a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, and the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the way artworks reflect and shape the world. The Chicago Tribune gives it 4 stars!

Shakespeare comes to the Music Box, courtesy of National Theatre Live. On Saturday, back by popular demand, we have another screening of the tragedy Macbeth, starring Kenneth Branagh. On Sunday & Wednesday, we’re screening Hamlet, Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition. Purchase advance tickets now.

Our midnights this weekend include the madcap comedy Clue, with audience interaction and live shadowcast by Midnight Madness, the great performers who make our Rocky Horror screenings so much fun (Purchase advance tickets). We also have an imported 35mm print of the erotic gothic fantasy Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, and the sci-fi classic-in-the-making Big Ass Spider! (Purchase advance tickets now).

For this month’s installment of Industry Mondays, we’re presenting the original Swedish adaptation of the literary hit The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. As always, the film will be preceded by tastings of spectacular, rare beers from the exceptional portfolio of Vanberg & DeWulf. Purchase advance tickets now.

Our Sat/Sun matinee is Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Kurt Vonnegut’s only screenwriting credit, starring Rod Steiger as a man returning from the jungle after being presumed dead for 8 years (Not on DVD!). We also have daily screenings of the illuminating documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali and psychological thriller Escape From Tomorrow.

And finally, beginning Friday Nov 22nd, it’s the Music Box Theatre’s 30th Anniversary! In 1983, The Music Box Theatre reopened after a few years of hard times. To celebrate, we’re running two weeks of special events and films, including screenings of North By Northwest, The Big Lebowski, Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman, Singin’ In The Rain, and more! Check out our full schedule now.

See you at the movies

Thursday, November 14th – Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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Museum Hours

A film by Jem Cohen starring Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits


Vienna, winter. Johann, a guard at the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum encounters Anne, a foreign visitor called to Austria because of a medical emergency.

Never having been to Austria and with little money, Anne wanders the city in limbo, taking the museum as her refuge. Johann, initially wary, offers help, and they’re drawn into each other’s worlds. Their meetings spark an unexpected series of explorations – of their own lives and the life of the city, and of the way artworks can reflect and shape daily experience.

The museum is seen in the film not as an archaic institution housing historical artifacts, but as an enigmatic crossroads in which, through the artworks, a discussion takes place across time with vital implications in the contemporary world. While the “conversations” embodied in the museum’s collection revolve around nothing less than the matters that most concern us all: death, sex, history, theology, materialism, and so on; it’s through the regular lives of the guard and displaced visitor that these heady subjects are brought entirely down to earth and made manifest.


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

A film by Niels Arden Oplev starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace


Part one of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling “Millennium” trilogy

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.



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Clue! With audience interaction! Enjoy the classic film based on a board game with every possible ending and our friends from Midnight Madness performing a shadowcast during the film in the Rocky Horror style. Dress up for the show on and off the screen and be ready for an awesome time!


A film by Jonathan Lynn starring Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry


Based on the popular board game, this comedy begins at a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy where he admits to blackmailing his visitors. These guests, who have been given aliases, are Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet , Mr. Green, professor Plum,, Mrs. White and Col. Mustard . When Boddy turns up murdered, all are suspects, and together they try to figure out who is the killer.


Sat, Nov 16 midnight

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

A film by Jaromil Jires starring Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva


In a constantly surprising mixture of gentle eroticism and gothic nightmare, shot through with cobwebs and lace, thirteen-year-old Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerova) innocently turns the denizens of a turn-of-the-century village into the fairies and demons of childhood – a childhood that is at once distinctly female and ageless.

The dark fruits of repression are both mocked and oddly savored in the film’s bizarre imagery: Grandmother-vampire cavorts with a lascivious priest; a procession of nuns crosses a field of wheat into unimagined realms of sensuality; a father is a weasel, a lover is a brother; a mother’s sparkling earrings hold the key to all that is magical in sexuality.

CATHODE LOVE presents a 35mm print from the Czech National Archive.


Trials of Muhammad Ali

A film by Bill Siegel starring Muhammad Ali


The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

“An invigorating doc brings the long-forgotten controversy to life... captures the thrill of Ali’s personality even for viewers with little interest in the sweet science.”
–John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. At each stage, the challenges Ali faces go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith and identity that confront us all.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is not a boxing film and has no highlight reel. Instead, it 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.



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.




A film by Nicholas Hytner starring Rory Kinnear, Clare Higgins, Patrick Malahide


Following his celebrated performances at the National Theatre in Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode, Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in a dynamic production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition, directed by Nicholas Hytner. He is joined by Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King), and Ruth Negga (Ophelia).

“Tremendous. Rory Kinnear’s performance is superb in its resonance and intelligence. This is a Hamlet for now.”
The Times (UK)


Sun, Nov 17 11:30am
Wed, Nov 20 3:00pm


A film by Rob Ashford starring Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston


Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

“A Macbeth which will go down as one of the Scottish Play’s great revivals.”
Daily Telegraph


Sat, Nov 16 1:30pm

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

A film by Mark Robson starring Rod Steiger, Susannah York, George Grizzard


Kurt Vonnegut’s adaptation of his own off-Broadway play (his sole screenwriting credit) about a big game hunter Harold Ryan (Rod Steiger) who returns from the jungle after being believed dead for eight years.

He finds his wife (Susannah York) turned intellectual, and undecided whether to marry a pacifist doctor or a vacuum cleaner salesman. Faced with realizing his own irrelevance in a changing world, Ryan sets a course of resistant patriarchy against a current of progress. So it goes. Not on DVD!


Big Ass Spider!

A film by Mike Mendez starring Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Ray Wise, Clare Kramer


A 50-foot-tall alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike (led by Ray Wise!!) fails, it is up to a team of scientists, soldiers, and one clever exterminator (Greg Grunberg) to kill the creature before the city is destroyed…


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