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We Are What We Are! Buster Keaton’s The General! Chicago Comedy Pilots!
Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

In Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family. The New York Post calls it “a first-rate example of good storytelling and well-timed – while not excessive – gore”.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns with Buster Keaton’s The General, one of the most brilliantly conceived and executed comedies, silent or not. The film will be accompanied by Dennis Scott on the Music Box organ, and seeing Keaton’s famous train sequence on the big screen is an unforgettable thrill! Purchase advance tickets now.

On Sunday, National Theatre Live presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of deceit and jealousy, Othello. Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester takes the title role, with director Nicholas Hytner (One Man, Two Guvnors). Purchase advance tickets now.

In the teen horror film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, A good girl who becomes the object of everyone’s affection is invited to a party. While the festivities rage on, an uninvited guest crashes the party with deadly repercussions. Screening daily.

On Tuesday, we’re proud to host the NYTVF Official Chicago Comedy Pilot Selections. Six independently-made Chicago comedy TV pilots were officially selected to screen at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Come and see them on the big screen before they are possibly developed for the little screen. Purchase advance tickets now.

This weekend, we have midnight screenings of Wes Anderson’s dysfunctional family comedy The Royal Tenenbaums and the Director’s Cut of the Bruce Campbell gorefest Mindwarp, and matinee screenings of the Music Box Films release The Silence, based on the acclaimed novel. We also have daily screenings of the French drama You Will Be My Son.

And finally, we’re about a week away from the Music Box of Horrors, our 26 hour marathon of horror films and entertainment, featuring rare screenings, genre classics, special guests and surprises. Check out our full schedule and purchase advance tickets now.

See you at the movies

Thursday, October 10th – Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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We Are What We Are

A film by Jim Mickle starring Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Kelly McGillis


A story about a family ritual that must remain a secret at any cost.

“A refreshingly mature genre entry that plants queasy dread and unleashes a good dose of scares, tempering its gruesome bloodshed by wrapping it in serious-mindedness.”
–David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason.

Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family.

As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

A film by Jonathan Levine starring Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able


A good girl who becomes the object of everyone’s affection is invited to a party…

In this classic teen horror film, a group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane (Amber Heard), a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch managed by the sexy ranch-hand Garth (Anson Mount). While the festivities rage on, an uninvited guest crashes the party with deadly repercussions.


The General

A film by Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender


Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton’s The General is one of the most brilliantly conceived and executed comedies, silent or not. Rejected by the Confederate army as unfit and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marian Mack), young Johnnie Gray (Keaton) sets out to single-handedly win the war with the help of his cherished locomotive.

What follows is the most cleverly choreographed comedy ever recorded on celluloid. Johnnie wages war against hijackers, an errant cannon, and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails – exploiting the comic potential of Keaton’s favorite film prop: the train. Insisting on accuracy in every detail, Keaton created a remarkably authentic historical epic, replete with hundreds of costumed extras, full-scale sets, and the breathtaking plunge of an actual locomotive from a burning bridge into a river.


Chicago Comedy Pilot Selections

Purchase advance tickets online

Six independently-made Chicago comedy TV pilots were officially selected to screen at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Come and see them on the big screen before they are possibly developed for the little screen.

NYTVF 2013 Official Chicago Comedy Pilot Selections


Six independently-made Chicago comedy TV pilots were officially selected to screen at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Come and see them on the big screen before they are possibly developed for the little screen.

The pilots screening are:

The Date of the Month Club
Directed by Ben Fast
Created by Blythe Haaga and Ben Fast
Run Time: 5 min
Date of the Month Club is about a highly capable young woman, Emma, seemingly incapable of finding a mate. Done with the perils of online dating, she starts the Date of the Month Club, a personal pledge to go on one date each month with someone new, set up by her friends and family. But even if her friends think it’s a match made in heaven, it’s usually the date from hell.

Exquisite Corpse
Directed by Peyton Brown, Brian Hurwitz, and Tyler Smith
Created by Claymore (Peyton Brown, Brian Hurwitz, Josh Segovia, and Tyler Smith)
Run Time: 22 min
Welcome to this new and twisted world with absurd characters and unexplainable situations, where each scene organically flows into the next. Delving into topics as varied as bar ownership, killer eagles, misogynist weathermen, and perfect lovers, this series aims to bring an absurd, dark, cinematic sketch comedy to an unsuspecting world.

Family Heirloom
Directed by Steve Sullivan
Created by Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch
Run Time: 22 min
A brother and sister work together to save their family’s failing antique shop, where local Chicago patrons are as priceless as their merchandise.

Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender
Directed by Joe DeJulius
Created by Matt Kelley, Joe DeJulius, Scott Lynch, and Patrick Fee
Run Time: 15 min
An overconfident space captain, his loyal assistant, and their sassy robot travel the universe in search of grey matter with the hope to save a dying planet Earth. This search is often cut short as the crew encounters evil monsters, sexy space babes, and ghosts from their sordid past.

The Laces
Directed by Leonardo Adrian Garcia
Run Time: 20 min
The banalities of everyday life, the absurdity of existing, and one-note jokes about genitalia all receive the same care and attention, told through the unique lens of the female perspective. The Laces could be described as The Kids in The Hall or Monty Python’s Flying Circus, except with far less cross-dressing.

The Startup
Directed by Kevin Walsh
Created by John Thibodeaux and Kevin Walsh
Run Time: 22 min
After two years working under his kid-CEO brother, whose game has skyrocketed to the #1 spot in the App Store, Jason Williams is beginning to wonder: what’s next?


Tue, Oct 15 9:30pm

The Royal Tenenbaums

A film by Wes Anderson starring Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston


Ne’er-do-well Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) abandoned his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston) and their three genius children — Chas (Ben Stiller), Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Richie (Luke Wilson) — long ago, but feels now is the time to make up for all those lost years, especially now that he’s flat broke. Still Wes Anderson’s best ensemble cast, as much about the house as it is about the dysfunctional family living within.


You will be My Son (Tu seras mon fils)

A film by Gilles Legrand starring Niels Arestrup, Lorànt Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais


“The parallel dramas underline the universal theme of primal jealousy, as fathers confront the prospect of their sons superseding them.”
–Stephen Holden, New York Times

Passionate about wine and his work, Paul (Niels Arestrup) is the proprieter of his family’s prestigious estate. Disheartened by the thought that his son Martin (Laurent Deutsch) will inherit the business and by the fact that his hard-working estate manager is dying, Paul rejects his own son in favor of Philip (Nicolas Bridet), grooming him to be the rightful heir. Work, love and wine all play key roles in this fascinating family drama.


The Silence

A film by Baran bo Odar starring Peer Sommer, Timo Friedrich, Elena Lange


In his strikingly commanding debut feature The Silence, Swiss-born Baran bo Odar adapts Jan Costin Wagner’s bestselling novel with his own unmistakable signature.

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting summer heat lies over the quaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.

Mesmerizing performances by top European actors – headed by Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration, Brothers), Sebastian Blomberg (The Baader Meinhof Complex), Katrin Sass (Good Bye, Lenin!) and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon, The Edukators) – enrich this intense drama far beyond the crime genre.



A film by Steve Barnett starring Bruce Campbell, Angus Scrimm, and Marta Martin


A young woman in a post-apocolyptic world rebels against the status quo, in which everyone lives their lives in a virtual reality fantasy world of their own choosing. When Judy tells her overlord Apple IIe to fuck off, she’s unceremoniously dumped in a desert wasteland full of the skeletons of previous rebels. There she meets Bruce Campbell in primetime Evil Dead mode, who absolutely kills it as a loner survivalist battling hordes of irradiated mutants!

Once our two heroes are captured by the underground-dwelling mutants, this film really hits the juice! The mutant world looks like a GWAR music video and the Tall Man himself Angus Scrimm plays the mutant king, who sends disloyal subjects into a giant blender and then chugs the pulp out of a skull! Be sure to bring a tarp for this movie, because once the bodies start squishing, it’s like Gallagher brought out his damn Sledge-o-Matic to the party! You’ll seriously never look at beet juice the same way again. Never released theatrically, we are screening a restored Director’s Cut of this Fangoria-produced VHS gorefest!


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