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Cutie And The Boxer! Good Ol’ Freda! Pink Panther!
Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, Cutie and the Boxer is a candid New York story that explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. The Boston Herald calls it “The most wonderful, paint-splattered love story I’ve seen…”

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her. In Good Ol’ Freda, she tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. With the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the band that changed the world of music.

Our midnight films this weekend include the cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Purchase advance tickets now), Tommy Wiseau’s unfathomable The Room (Purchase advance tickets now), and the thrilling Hong Kong action flick Ip Man: Final Fight.

Our weekend matinees include special 50th anniversary screenings of the charming crime comedy The Pink Panther, featuring Peter Sellers in his Hollywood breakthrough performance and the iconic score by Henry Mancini. We also have additional screenings of the eye-opening documentary The Act of Killing.

Next Thursday, join us for The Book Cellar presents Alice McDermott, featuring a reading from the National Book Award recipient as she launches her new book Someone (Purchase advance tickets now). We also have daily screenings of the delightful French comedy Populaire and weekend screenings of the thrilling documentary Blackfish.

Also, next weekend, don’t miss our special screenings of Computer Chess, featuring Q&As with director Andrew Bujalski, producer Alex Lipschultz, cast members, and more! Advance tickets on sale now.

See you at the movies

Thursday, September 19th – Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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Cutie and the Boxer

A film by Zachary Heinzerling starring Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara


A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko.

“The most wonderful, paint-splattered love story I’ve seen...”
–James Verniere, Boston Herald

“A movie that makes you feel less like a spectator than a guest, a friend welcomed into the home of an odd and fascinating couple.”
–A.O. Scott, New York Times

As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame, but met with little commercial success after he moved to New York City in 1969, seeking international recognition. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio—abandoning her education to become the wife and assistant to an unruly, alcoholic husband.

Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art—a series of drawings entitled “Cutie,” depicting her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.


Good Ol’ Freda

A film by Ryan White starring Freda Kelly, Paul McCartney, John Lennon


Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her.

History notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band’s circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles’ devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history.

In Good Ol’ Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music.


The Pink Panther

A film by Blake Edwards starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner


From the first bars of Henry Mancini’s sultry score, The Pink Panther glitters with beauty, wit and glamour. And, of course, with diamonds!

The hapless, conceited investigator Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is hot on the trail of the mysterious Phantom (David Niven), the world’s most daring jewel thief whose identity and features are completely unknown. Thieving right under Clouseau’s nose, The Phantom schemes to steal the rare “Pink Panther” gem in this absolutely hilarious farce. 50th Anniversary Screening!


Ip Man: Final Fight

A film by Herman Yau starring Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Gillian Chung, Jordan Chan


In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more. What began as simple challenges from rival kung fu schools soon finds him drawn into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honor, Ip Man has no choice but to fight – one last time.


The Act of Killing

A film by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn starring Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara


Nominated for Best Documentary – Feature Length

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade ... it is unprecedented in the history of cinema.”
–Werner Herzog

“Never before has anyone made a documentary like ??The Act of Killing?? … essential and enraging, it is a film that begs to be seen.”

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love.

The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”


The Book Cellar presents Alice McDermott

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The Music Box Theatre and The Book Cellar present National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott.

Join us for an evening with National Book Award recipient Alice McDermott as we launch her new book Someone. An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age—come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

Books will be provided at the event by The Book Cellar.


Thu, Sep 26 7:30pm


A film by Regis Roinsard starring Deborah Francois, Romain Duris


21-year-old Rose (Deborah Francois) longs for a new life away from her grouchy widower father and the mechanic to whom she is engaged. So so she travels to Lisieux to find a job. Once there she meets the charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard (Romain Duris), who’s looking for a secretary. The interview is a disaster but Rose reveals a special gift — she can type at extraordinary speed and, unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition!

A young, small-town office worker is catapulted to instant fame when her talent at the keyboard makes her a contender for the title “Fastest Typist in the World” in POPULAIRE, a delightful French homage to the playful romantic comedies of the 1950s.

Shy and awkward Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) dreams of being a secretary, but in Normandy in 1958, life beyond the confines of wife and mother seems impossible. Determined to succeed on her own terms, Rose leaves her quaint village for the nearby town of Lisieux, where her nimble two-fingered typing prompts local insurance agent Louis Échard (Romain Duris) to hire her as his assistant.

Disorganized, clumsy and absent-minded, Rose proves to be a disaster as secretary, but a savant as a typist, even just pecking away with two fingers. The fiercely competitive Louis insists that she enter in a speed-typing contest if she wants to keep her job. Installing himself as her coach, he relentlessly drives her toward becoming the fastest typist in France—perhaps even the world!

But as the timid small town girl becomes a world-class contender under Louis’ tutelage, Rose realizes what she really wants and goes for it with the same verve and energy she brings to the keyboard. An effervescent comedy about a little-known, real-life sport, POPULAIRE evokes a period that became a turning point in the working lives of women around the world with the sly humor, vibrant color and spirited music of the era.



A film by Gabriela Cowperthwaite starring Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg


Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides – a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly – and unpredictably – able to turn on them at a moment’s notice.

“Haunting. The movie unfolds like a thriller. It’s a metaphor for the ages.”
–David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“A gripping mindbender. May be the scariest movie around.”
–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who – unlike any orca in the wild – has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what went wrong?

Shocking footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control.


Computer Chess with Special Guests!

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Music Box Theatre welcomes the filmmakers and local stars of the new ’80s-set comedy Computer Chess for the film’s opening weekend in Chicago. Writer-director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha), local stars Gordon Kindlmann and Anne Dodge, Chicago-born producer Alex Lipschultz and special guests will introduce and conduct post-show discussions on Friday and Saturday. Ray Pride, film editor of Newcity, facilitates post-screening Q&As Friday and Saturday, Sept 27 and 28, 7:15 p.m. at Music Box Theatre.

Computer Chess – an official selection of the 2013 South By Southwest and Sundance film festivals – is “an artificially intelligent comedy” about computer chess programmers set in an Austin hotel over one weekend in the ’80s during a tournament for chess software programmers. The film transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs.

Gordon Kindlmann, who makes his acting debut as Professor Tom Schoesser in Computer Chess, is a real-life assistant professor in the Computation Institute and the Computer Science Department at the University of Chicago. He lives not far from the Music Box with his wife Anne Dodge, a documentarian (66 Motels) and urban planner, who also plays his wife in the movie.

Chicago-born producer Alex Lipschultz, currently executive producer of Richard Linklater’s Hulu series “Up to Speed,” will also join the conversation.

Bujalski also wrote and directed the films Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation and Beeswax, which all appeared on New York Times critics’ “Top Ten of the Year” lists. Funny Ha Ha was also identified by A.O. Scott as one of the Ten Most Influential Films of the ’00s. The Boston Globe describes him as “unerringly polite and somewhat disheveled.”

Computer Chess

A film by Andrew Bujalski starring Patrick Riester, Wiley Wiggins, Myles Paige


An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

“Presenting itself as a sort of found-footage movie for geeks, this amusing and thoughtful oddity by writer-director-editor Andrew Bujalski is upfront in form but more stealth in content and intent.”
–Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“This profound, peculiar work of genius, this half-comic portrait of the present in embryo within the past, reverberates with hidden meanings and a questing intelligence.”
–Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.


Fri, Sep 27 7:15pm

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