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Wuthering Heights! Liar’s Autobiography! Slap Shot!
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we’re opening director Andrea Arnold’s excitingly fresh adaptation of the literary classic Wuthering Heights. Arnold’s film is a beautiful and evocative visual piece of storytelling that brings out the powerful emotions at the heart of Emily Brontë’s beloved novel. CraveOnline raves “ It absorbs you fully, even traps you, and you’re better off for it."

Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as ‘the dead one from Monty Python’, writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar’s Autobiography, opening tomorrow. Monty Python reunites for this take on Chapman’s bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge. A must-see for Python fans!

Get into the holiday spirit with with Scrooge & Marley, a heartfelt, modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Shot in Chicago, this homegrown film is enacted with heart, comedy and music, and the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale comes alive from a fresh perspective. Tickets on sale now.

On Thursday, join Chicago Tribune movie critic Michael Phillips and sports columnist Steve Rosenbloom as they co-host a panel discussion of the foul-mouthed 1977 Paul Newman hockey bash Slap Shot followed by a rare screening of the restored 35mm film. Tickets on sale now.

We also have more screenings of Chasing Ice, This Must Be The Place, and midnight screenings of Evil Dead 2. Kick December off right by coming to the Music Box for one of our great films!

See you at the movies

Thursday, November 29th – Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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Wuthering Heights

A film by Andrea Arnold starring Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Solomon Glave


Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights is an excitingly fresh and distinct take on the classic novel by Emily Brontë.

An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw. Living in Earnshaw’s home, Heathcliff develops a passionate relationship with the farmer’s teenage daughter, Cathy, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his son, Hindley. When Earnshaw passes away, the now-grown characters must finally confront the intense feelings and rivalries that have built up throughout their years together.

Arnold’s film is a beautiful and evocative visual piece of storytelling that brings out the powerful emotions at the heart of Brontë’s classical novel, resulting in a viscerally affecting love story. It is a sweepingly old-fashioned tale of family, class, and romance told in a bracingly modern way by one of contemporary cinema’s most gifted and unique filmmakers.


Liar’s Autobiography

A film by Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese


Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as “the dead one from Monty Python”, writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar’s Autobiography.

A Liar’s Autobiography is flawed and enigmatic, but ultimately entertaining. Much like its subject.”
–Dan Kaufman

He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles.

Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film). Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar’s Autobiography, and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman’s voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests.

Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A Liar’s Autobiography is Chapman’s own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge.

Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True, who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman “a freeloading bastard”. Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title — the most prolific corpse since Elvis.


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
Sat, Dec 6 12:00pm

Slap Shot

A film by George Roy Hill starring Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean and Strother Martin


A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.

This foul-mouthed classic follows an ex-hockey star who winds up coaching a hapless minor-league club. When the Charlestown Chiefs realize that playing dirty excites the crowd, they become a squad of goon thugs, led by the iconic Hanson brothers.


Thu, Dec 6 6:30pm
Sun, Dec 9 10:30am

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.


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.


Evil Dead 2

A film by Sam Raimi starring Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry and Dan Hicks


The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while demons continue their attack. Has it really been 25 years since this puppy came out?? Bruce Campbell hasn’t aged a bit! Say it with us: Dead by dawn! Dead by dawn!


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!!!



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