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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Happy Wednesday Music Boxers,

It’s almost the weekend after Thanksgiving can only mean one thing: It’s time for Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at the Music Box! This annual event promises fun for the whole family, as we present the classic Julie Andrews film with on-screen lyrics so you can sing along. Plus, every patron gets a complimentary goodie bag, and don’t forget about our pre-show costume contest. Tickets on sale now.

Tron was a revelation when it was released in 1982, filled with never before seen special effects. Jeff Bridges is awesome as Kevin Flynn, a hacker sucked into a computer in order to fight in digital gladiatorial games. See the bright lights and fights this weekend at midnight, in full 70mm! Tickets on sale now.

Looking for something a little more irreverent? How about the tale of King Arthur, as told by the lads of Monty Python, in the madcap Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Featuring wall-to-wall hilarity, from the Black Knight to a killer rabbit to the mighty Tim, plus new twisted animations from Terry Gilliam.

Next week, we have no shortage of special events. On Tuesday, Sound Opinions joins us to present the Chicago favorite The Blues Brothers. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as two brothers just out of prison who are on a mission. . . from God. Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will be on hand for the screening. Tickets on sale now.

On Wednesday, it’s the latest installment of National Theatre Live, with their presentation of Timon of Athens. The National Theatre’s acclaimed contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s strange fable is set against a backdrop of modern-day London where money is power, making the oft-overlooked play more relevant and compelling than ever before. Tickets on sale now.

And on Thursday, kick off the holiday season with the homegrown film Scrooge & Marley, a heartfelt, modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Join us for the opening night gala, featuring the cast, directors, writers, and others behind this new independent movie shot in Chicago. Tickets on sale now.

Have a great Thanksgiving (We’ll be open if you want to swing by!), and we’ll see you at the movies

Tuesday, November 20th – Monday, November 26th, 2012

 
 

The Sound of Music

A film by Robert Wise starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

 

This classic film, one of the most beloved of all time, is back at the Music Box for the whole family to sing along to. Maria (Julie Andrews) joins the von Trapp family as a governess in Austria, right before the Nazi occupation. She teaches the von Trapp children music, while also falling in love with the Captain von Trapp.

A story about love, music, joy, and fighting for what is right, The Sound of Music is a film for all ages.

The lyrics will appear on screen for anyone who doesn’t know all the words to “The Sound of Music,” “Do-Re-Me,” and of course, “My Favorite Things.”

 


Fri, Nov 23 3:00pm · 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 24 10:30am · 3:00pm · 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 25 10:30am · 3:00pm
Sat, Mar 30 2:00pm
Fri, Nov 29 4:00pm · 8:30pm
Sat, Nov 30 11:30am · 4:00pm · 8:30pm
Sun, Dec 1 11:30am · 4:00pm
Fri, Nov 28 4:00pm · 8:30pm
Sat, Nov 29 11:30am · 4:00pm · 8:30pm
Sun, Nov 30 11:30am · 4:00pm
Sat, Dec 6 11:30am
Sun, Dec 7 11:30am
 
 
 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

A film by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

 

King Arthur and his knights search for the Holy Grail.

In this 1975 film from the British comedy group Monty Python, the gallant King Arthur gallops off, on foot, to recruit bold knights to help him in his quest for the Holy Grail. Along the way, they encounter such horrific obstacles as the dreaded Black Knight, a richly-accented French castle guard, the legendary cowardice of brave Sir Robin, a voracious Killer Bunny and the mighty Tim. This print is remastered to the highest definition ever.

 


Sun, Nov 25 7:30pm
Mon, Nov 26 4:00pm · 6:30pm · 8:30pm
Tue, Nov 27 4:00pm
Wed, Nov 28 4:00pm
Thu, Nov 29 8:30pm
 
 
 

This Must Be the Place

A film by Paolo Sorrentino starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch

 

A bored, retired rock star sets out to find the man responsible for his father’s humiliation, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S.

Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses ‘Goth’ and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn’t on speaking terms, brings him back to New York where he discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey across America to finish what his late father started.

 


Wed, Nov 21 3:40pm · 6:00pm · 8:40pm
Thu, Nov 22 3:40pm · 6:00pm
Fri, Nov 23 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:40pm
Sat, Nov 24 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:40pm
Sun, Nov 25 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:40pm
Mon, Nov 26 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:40pm
Tue, Nov 27 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:40pm
Wed, Nov 28 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:40pm
Thu, Nov 29 3:30pm · 6:00pm
Fri, Nov 30 6:20pm
Sat, Dec 1 2:05pm · 6:20pm
Sun, Dec 2 2:05pm · 6:20pm
Mon, Dec 3 6:20pm
Tue, Dec 4 6:20pm
Wed, Dec 5 4:00pm · 8:30pm
Thu, Dec 6 4:00pm
Fri, Dec 7 midnight
Sat, Dec 8 midnight
 
 
 

Tron

A film by Steven Lisberger starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, and David Warner

 

Sometimes when you’re the first to do something, you’re also the last. Taking a huge gamble on the use of CGI and other cutting edge special effects techniques, Disney and director Steve Lisberger’s sci-fi computer fantasy became a bit of a dud upon release. But it remains to this day a unique vision of a computer’s inner landscape that even its sequel couldn’t replicate quite the same way. As for the story, who doesn’t love what is essentially a 90-minute prison-break action flick starring Jeff Bridges? Oh, and did we mention the prison they’re trying to escape is the inside of a computer?! Celebrate the 30th anniversary with us!

 


Fri, Nov 23 midnight
Sat, Nov 24 midnight
Sat, Jul 19 2:00pm
Sun, Jul 20 9:00pm
 
 
 

Sound Opinions presents: Blues Brothers

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Join Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special screening of John Landis’ classic Blues Brothers.

Starring comedy greats John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, this is a story of two brothers on a mission…from God. Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

This screening is presented by Sound Opinions. Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions—the world’s only rock and roll talk show.

Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation. For over a decade they were dedicated competitors at Chicago’s two daily newspapers—Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at theChicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for WBEZ.org and teaches criticism at Columbia College.

Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun.

The Blues Brothers

A film by John Landis starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

 

They’re on a mission from God.

Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi star as Elwood and Jake Blues in this Chicago favorite. Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Presented by Sound Opinions.

 


Tue, Nov 27 6:30pm
 
 
 

Chasing Ice

A film by Jeff Orlowski starring James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson and Adam LeWinter

 

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality.

It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.


“Chasing Ice’s raison d’etre is easily the stunning EIS photography of glaciers receding worldwide.”
–Justin Chang, Variety

“Chasing Ice conveys the visual richness of Balog’s work, where an astounding variety of shape, color, and translucency makes ice seem like a worthy object for a career, even if its disappearance weren’t so closely linked to humanity’s fate.”
–John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

 


Wed, Nov 21 6:20pm
Thu, Nov 22 6:20pm
Sat, Nov 24 10:30am
Sun, Nov 25 10:30am
Fri, Nov 30 4:30pm
Sat, Dec 1 10:30am · 4:30pm
Sun, Dec 2 10:30am · 4:30pm
Mon, Dec 3 4:30pm
Tue, Dec 4 4:30pm
Sat, Dec 8 10:30am
Sun, Dec 9 10:30am
 
 
 

Scrooge and Marley

A film by Richard Knight, Jr. and Peter Neville starring David Pevsner, Tim Kazurinsky, Rusty Schwimmer, Bruce Vilanch, Megan Cavanagh, Richard Ganoung, David Moretti, Ronnie Kroell, JoJo Baby, Becca Kaufman, and Narrated by Judith Light

 

Scrooge & Marley is a heartfelt, modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – a holiday movie for all of us.

Scrooge & Marley is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Recounted from a gay sensibility, this reimagining of the classic story delves into the background of Ben Scrooge, the rich skinflint who hates the holidays, distrusts love and makes life miserable for everyone in the gay community over which he presides from his base, a music cabaret named Screws. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge (David Pevsner) is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley (Tim Kazurinsky), who wants to free him from his same bitter fate that awaits in purgatory. Scrooge is next visited by three ghosts – past, present and future – who endeavor to lead him back to love.

Returning to the 1970s days of his teen years by the saucy Ghost of Christmas Past (Ronnie Kroell), Scrooge bitterly recalls being kicked out of his home at the holidays for being gay, meeting the young rogue Jacob Marley, the fabulous disco impresario Fezziwig (Bruce Vilanch), and the luckless love of his life, Bill, whose love Scrooge eventually destroys in his pursuit of wealth. The jolly Ghost of Christmas Present (Megan Cavanagh) next whisks Scrooge on a joyous, music filled tour of current holiday sights, including a visit to a lively party hosted by Scrooge’s niece Freda (Rusty Schwimmer) and her expectant partner Mary. An eye-opening stop at the home of Scrooge’s long suffering assistant Bob Cratchit (David Moretti), who with his partner Drew is parent to five children including Tiny Tim, leads to the dreaded appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Future (JoJo Baby) whose vision of Scrooge’s terrible destiny leads to his belated redemption and a heartwarming and surprising concluding twist on Dickens’ tale.

Like the traditional, story driven holiday classics that inspired it, Scrooge & Marley is enacted with heart, comedy and music, and the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion. Shot entirely in Chicago, the movie is based on an original script by Ellen Stoneking, Knight and Timothy Imse and is narrated by Tony award winner Judith Light (Ugly Betty, Saving Grace). It features original songs by Lisa McQueen and Knight, who directed along with Peter Neville. Tracy Baim (Hannah Free) and David Strzepek (Jamie & Jesse Are Not Together, Foodgasm) are the film’s producers.

 


Thu, Nov 29 6:00pm
Fri, Nov 30 1:30pm
Sat, Dec 1 11:00am
Sun, Dec 2 11:00am
Mon, Dec 3 1:30pm
Tue, Dec 4 1:30pm
Wed, Dec 5 6:30pm
Thu, Dec 6 1:30pm
Sun, Dec 8 2:15pm
 
 
 

Timon of Athens

A film by Nicholas Hytner starring Simon Russell Beale, Paul Dodds, and Nick Sampson

 

Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.


“A perfect parable for our times in Nicholas Hytner’s exhilarating production featuring a compelling central performance by Simon Russell Beale.”
The Guardian

“Hytner’s limpid, exhilarating show about financial corruption hits a real and raw nerve.”
–John Lahr, New Yorker

The National Theatre’s acclaimed contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s strange fable, set against a backdrop of modern-day London where money is power, has enjoyed a sell-out run at the theatre.

Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts and ostentatious host, Timon of Athens suddenly finds his coffers empty. When he calls for upon his friends for help, they hang him out to dry. So begins Shakespeare’s strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin.

Simon Russell Beale, who has been described by the Independent as ‘the greatest stage actor of his generation,’ takes the title role in Nicholas Hytner’s (Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors) bold production, which makes Timon of Athens more relevant and compelling than ever before.

 


Wed, Nov 28 6:00pm
 
 
 

Miami Connection

A film by Y.K. Kim, Woo-sang Park starring Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch and Joseph Diamand

 

The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sounds have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit “Against the Ninja,” Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sounds can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”…and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!

 


Fri, Nov 23 midnight
Sat, Nov 24 midnight
Fri, Nov 30 midnight
Sat, Dec 1 midnight
Fri, Jan 25 midnight
Sat, Jan 26 midnight
 

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