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Computer Chess! Blue Caprice! Scott Pilgrim!
 
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Set over t 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. The Chicago Reader gives this intelligent comedy 4 Stars! And, on Friday & Saturday evening, we’ll be joined by director Andrew Bujalski, producer Alex Lipschultz and more for Q&As following the screenings. Advance tickets for this special event on sale now.

Inspired by true events of the two Beltway sniper perpetrators — whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America — Blue Caprice documents the mechanisms that lead its subjects to embrace physical violence. The Hollywood Reporter calls this Isaiah Washington thriller “Riveting”!

Our midnights this weekend include Edgar Wright’s video game-inspired quest for love Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Joe Swanberg’s ode to friendship and Chicago beer, Drinking Buddies (Also playing Sat& Sun at noon). Our matinee is Nicholas Ray’s feminist western Johnny Guitar, starring Joan Crawford in one of her most powerful performances.

Join us tonight for a special event with National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott, presented by The Book Cellar. Ms. McDermott will be on hand to discuss her work, her latest book, Someone, and hold a post-discussion book-signing. Purchase advance tickets now.

And finally, the full schedule has been announced for Docs at the Box, our weeklong series showcasing some of the most outstanding recent documentaries. Advance tickets on sale now!

See you at the movies

Thursday, September 26th – Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

 
 

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 2:30pm · 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Sep 28 2:30pm · 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Sep 29 2:30pm · 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Sep 30 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Oct 1 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Oct 2 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Oct 3 5:15pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Oct 5 11:30am
Sun, Oct 6 11:30am
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

Blue Caprice

A film by Alexandre Moors starring Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Tim Blake Nelson

 

Inspired by true events, Blue Caprice investigates the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks from the point of view of the two perpetrators.


“Riveting… A masterfully controlled thriller driven by the intense mesmerizing performances of Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond.”
–David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Blue Caprice is a chillingly plausible and responsibly handled attempt to dramatize the disturbing bond between the two men behind the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.”
–Justin Chang, Variety

Inspired by true events of the two Beltway sniper perpetrators — whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America — and marked by captivating performances by Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond, lyrical camerawork, and a unique and bold structure, Blue Caprice documents the mechanisms that lead its subjects to embrace physical violence.

Blue Caprice paints a riveting portrait of 21st-century America and a haunting depiction of two cold-blooded killers that endures long after the lights come up.

 


Fri, Sep 27 2:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Sat, Sep 28 2:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Sun, Sep 29 2:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Mon, Sep 30 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Tue, Oct 1 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Wed, Oct 2 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Thu, Oct 3 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
 
 
 

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

A film by Edgar Wright starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin

 

Scott Pilgrim just met the girl of his dreams…literally. But in order for them to date, he must defeat her 7 evil exes — a rogues’ gallery — including an infamous skateboarder, a vegan rock star and fearsome identical twins! Edgar Wright’s insanely creative adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book positively leaps from the screen in giddy celebration of love and rock’n’roll. A rare breed of modern cinema that absolutely must be seen on the big screen!

 


Fri, Sep 27 midnight
Sat, Sep 28 midnight
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

Johnny Guitar

A film by Nicholas Ray starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge

 

An off-kilter but intriguingly sensational western about a saloon-madam Vienna (Joan Crawford) who learns that her wealth and power can’t buy everything as a town full of jealous landowners try to overrun her property. The eponymous male (Sterling Hayden) of Ray’s western gender and genre-bender is the film’s object of desire; a trophy cowboy returned, feuded over by the two women who wear the pants in this wild west town: Joan Crawford and the sexually frustrated rancher Emma McCall (Mercedes McCambridge).

Relentlessly feminist, Johnny Guitar examines the costs of a woman’s independent action through lurid, violent exaggeration.

 
 
 

Drinking Buddies

A film by Joe Swanberg starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston

 

Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years, Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend Chris. But you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.

 


Fri, Sep 27 midnight
Sat, Sep 28 12:00pm · midnight
Sun, Sep 29 12:00pm
 

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