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L’avventura! Broadway Idiot! Nebraska!
Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we’re showing a brand new 35mm Restoration of Michelangelo Antonioni’s haunting mystery L’avventura. After a young woman’s disappearance during a Mediterranean boating trip, her lover and best friend begin an affair. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at Cannes for “the beauty of its images, and for seeking to create a new film language”, now you can see this film as it was meant to be seen: On the big screen!

Broadway Idiot takes you backstage to show how one of the biggest albums of the past decade, Green Day’s American Idiot, became the smash Broadway musical. This documentary provides never-before-seen access behind the scenes as punk icon Billie Joe Armstrong goes from mosh pits to the Broadway stage.

On Tuesday at 7pm, we have an advance screening of Alexander Payne’s new film Nebraska, followed by a live simulcast discussion of the film with stars Bruce Dern and Will Forte! Presented by The New York Film Critics Series, here’s your chance to catch this acclaimed new film before it hits theatres. Tickets on sale now!

On Thursday night, we’re the Reeling Film Festival Opening Night Gala, kicking off the 31st edition of the world’s second oldest festival of its kind. Tickets on sale now.

We also have midnight screenings of the sci-fi/horror/action/so-much-more hybrid The Visitor and the notoriously terrible Manos: Hands of Fate, weekend screenings for the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Tickets on sale now), and daily screenings of the surreal adventure Escape From Tomorrow.

And finally, tickets for our the 30th Annual Music Box Christmas Shows of It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas went on sale today! Figure out your holiday plans and get your tickets today!

See you at the movies

Thursday, October 31st – Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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A film by Michelangelo Antonioni starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari


After a young woman’s disappearance during a Mediterranean boating trip, her lover and best friend begin an affair.

“One of the defining works of modernist cinema … Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that’s as enduring as the film.”
–Zachary Wigon, Village Voice

A girl mysteriously disappears on a yachting trip. While her lover and her best friend search for her across Italy, they begin an affair. Antonioni’s penetrating study of the idle upper class offers stinging observations on spiritual isolation and the many meanings of love. Initially greeted with jeers and confusion upon its debut at Cannes, L’avventura was then awarded a Special Jury Prize for “the beauty of its images, and for seeking to create a new film language.” Fifty years on, it has long since established itself as a landmark in modern cinema and one of the most influential films ever made.

Janus Films is proud to present new 35mm prints of this masterpiece, struck from a restoration negative provided courtesy of Cinématographique Lyre, Mediaset, Compass Film, and Cineteca Nazionale – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.


Broadway Idiot

A film by Doug Hamilton starring Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer, John Gallagher Jr.


Billie Joe Armstrong never – ever – thought he would end up doing a musical on Broadway. Broadway is a long way from punk rock mosh pits and singing to thousands of Green Day fans in stadiums around the world. So when Tony Award winning director Michael Mayer suggested turning Green Day’s mega-hit album American Idiot into a staged musical, something strange and wonderful was bound to happen. No one, however, could have guessed what, and so following Billie Joe Armstrong into this strange world of theater became the subject of our film: Broadway Idiot.


Reeling Film Festival Opening Night Gala

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Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for the 31st edition of the world’s second oldest festival of its kind.

The opening night gala — the most anticipated night of the festival — will be on Thursday, November 7 at the Music Box Theatre, kicking off eight days of a stellar lineup of LGBT films.

The film screening will be G.B.F.

Reception: After the screening, join us at the Laugh Factory (3175 N. Broadway) for a reception to kick off Reeling31! Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres by Jordan’s Food of Distinction, Heineken beer and a line-up of hilarious LGBT stand-up comics!


A film by Darren Stein starring Natasha Lyonne, Michael J. Willett, Megan Mullally


Beloved teen comedies Clueless and Mean Girls mix it up with elements of Camp and Glee when the most popular girls in high school duke it out to acquire fashion’s newest must-have accessory: a Gay Best Friend.

When the adorable Tanner (Michael J. Willett) unexpectedly becomes the school’s first openly gay student, nothing will stop these modern day Heathers from making him their new bestie. As the race is on to bag Tanner, he must choose between his skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind – including the droll, endearing Brent (Paul Iacono) who is nursing his own secret crush on his former best friend.

Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) returns with another comic send-up of high school clique culture that has delighted festival audiences with its enthusiastic, vibrant young cast and hot, candy colored look.


Thu, Nov 7 7:30pm

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(!!!).


Manos: The Hands of Fate

A film by Harold P. Warren starring Tom Neyman, John Reynolds, Diane Mahree


A vacationing family loses their way on a road trip and ends up trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult. They attempt to escape as the cult’s members decide what to do with them. This notorious film, once deemed the worst movie ever made, has been fully restored to its director’s original vision, thanks to a chance discovery of the film’s workprint on ebay. If you’ve never seen the glory of MANOS, now is your chance!!


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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