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Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! 30th Anniversary! Concussion!
 
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers,

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.

The Music Box 30th Anniversary continues this week, with screenings of The Freshman, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, the premiere of the small town documentary Medora, and more! Purchase advance tickets to these special events now.

Concussion is a poignant sexual examination of Abby, a forty-something, married, wealthy, lesbian housewife who, after suffering a blow to the head from her son’s baseball, confronts a mounting desire for something different. Palpably sensual and deliciously contained, Concussion is a keen observation of the complicated contours of midlife crisis.

Next week we’ve got wall-to-wall special events! On Tuesday, Greg Sestero presents The Disaster Artist, the new book that takes you behind-the-scenes of The Room, arguably the worst movie ever made (Tickets on sale now).

On Wednesday, it’s a double dose of Disney cheer, with double feature of that other classic Julie Andrews musical Mary Poppins, followed by a sneak preview of the new film Saving Mr. Banks. This is a free event, but you must RSVP to be admitted.

On Thursday, in anticipation of our premiere of the Japanese’s Madoka Magica 3, we’re screening parts 1 & 2! Catch up with the series before you see the latest installment (Which just added another screening on December 9th!). Purchase advance tickets now.

We also have midnight screenings of the quintessential coming-of-age tale Stand By Me and the psychological genre-bender The Visitor, and weekend matinees of the thoughtful drama Museum Hours.

See you at the movies

Wednesday, November 27th – Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

 
 

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! 2013

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This Thanksgiving weekend, give thanks for some of your “favorite things!”

Fun for the whole family! The classic film with on-screen lyrics so that everyone can sing along. Fun Packs included! Costume Contest!

This fun-filled tradition includes a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along!

The fun actually starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, who also takes the audience through their complimentary Magic Moments Pack containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film.

Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their tailoring skills.

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 29 4:00pm
 
 
 

Concussion

A film by Stacie Passon starring Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky

 

Concussion is a poignant sexual examination of Abby, a forty-something, married, wealthy, lesbian housewife who, after suffering a blow to the head from her son’s baseball, confronts a mounting desire for something different. She takes on a new project and purchases a pied-à-terre in Manhattan. Walking around the city streets reminds Abby what it feels like to be sexy, and with pent-up libido shakes off its inhibitions. Her newfound desire turn out not to be a take-home item, so Abby begins a double life as a high-end escort. Palpably sensual and deliciously contained, Concussion is a keen observation of the complicated contours of midlife crisis.

 


Fri, Nov 29 3:40pm · 5:40pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm · midnight
Sat, Nov 30 1:40pm · 3:40pm · 5:40pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Dec 1 1:40pm · 3:40pm · 5:40pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Dec 2 5:40pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Dec 3 5:40pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Dec 4 5:40pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Dec 5 5:40pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
 
 
 

Stand By Me

A film by Rob Reiner starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell and Corey Feldman

 

Bask in the eighties goodness for a moment: Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jerry O’Connell in one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made. The aforementioned teen boys go searching for a dead body rumored to exist in the woods near their Pacific Northwest hometown.

Facing bullies and leeches, the young lads learn the true meaning of friendship and loyalty and that, but the true lesson they learn is to never eat blueberry pie again.

 


Fri, Nov 29 midnight
Sat, Nov 30 midnight
 
 
 

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.

 


Sat, Nov 30 11:30am
Sun, Dec 1 11:30am
Sat, Dec 7 11:30am
Sun, Dec 8 11:30am
 
 
 

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(!!!).

 


Sat, Nov 30 midnight
Fri, Dec 6 midnight
 
 
 

Disney Sneak Peek Double Feature

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The Music Box Theatre and Walt Disney Pictures are proud to present a special double feature screening of the classic film Mary Poppins, followed by a special advance screening of Disney’s new film, Saving Mr. Banks.

5:30pm – Mary Poppins
8:00pm – Saving Mr. Banks

Mary Poppins

A film by Robert Stevenson starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

 

A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker’s unhappy family.

Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke star in this musical Disney classic! The movie combines a diverting story, songs, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her extraordinary magical powers before flying off again. Winner of 5 Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews!

Saving Mr. Banks

A film by John Lee Hancock starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

 

Inspired by true events, Saving Mr. Banks is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen – and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.

 


Wed, Dec 4 5:30pm
 
 
 

Chicago Premiere of Medora

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We are proud to welcome the new documentary Medora to the Music Box for its Chicago premiere.

On a grand scale, it’s a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, “Once we lose these small towns, we can’t get them back.”

Medora

A film by Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart

 

Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.

Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive factory, and a thriving middle class. The factories have since closed, crippling Medora’s economy and dwindling the population to 500 people.

Medora follows the Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing the players’ stories both on and off the court. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.

 


Thu, Dec 5 7:00pm
 

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