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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Patience Stone is a mesmerizing chamber drama about a young wife left to care for her older husband, a former Mujahidin left comatose by bullet to the neck. Emboldened by his inability to speak, the woman embarks on a emotional journey of self discovery telling, revealing truths to him the she would have never dared to before. The LA Times says the film “Shines a startling, hugely affecting light on the desperate measures so many women must take to survive in the world’s most mercilessly patriarchal cultures”.

Late night all week, Brian De Palma returns to sleek, seductive territory with an erotic corporate thriller fueled by sex, ambition, envy and the murderous side of Passion. The film stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace as two rising female executives in a multinational corporation whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn literally cut-throat.

On Sunday, Music Box Theatre presents the closing night of Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. The screenings at the Music Box include Scott Stark’s mannequin-starring The Realist showing with Phil Solomon’s Grand Theft Auto-derived Empire, James Benning’s Nightfall and a sneak preview screening of Gabe Klinger’s Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater, fresh off its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Purchase advance tickets now.

Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant charm in the comedic thriller Charade, this weekend at 11:30am. The Music Box celebrates the 50th anniversary of this deliciously dark film from director Stanley Donen (Singin’ In The Rain).

Murderous mimes, robots, blood-thirsty sharks, free loving debauchery, and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies — all this and more is provided in writer-director-prophet Amos Sefer’s allegorical film, An American Hippie in Israel. Midnights this Friday and Saturday!

We also have additional daily screenings of the fearless drama The Attack, a special Saturday screening of the shocking killer whale documentary Blackfish (A movie Rolling Stone calls “May be the scariest movie around”), and matinee screenings of the startling documentary The Act Of Killing.

See you at the movies

Wednesday, September 4th – Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

 
 

The Patience Stone

A film by Atiq Rahimi starring Golfshifteh Farahani, Hamidrez Javdan, Hassina Burgan

 

The legend of The Patience Stone says that when it has absorbed all that it can handle, it explodes, causing the world to end. But for one brave Afghan woman it’s a risk she’s willing to take to unburden herself and be free.

Set in a small town somewhere in Afghanistan during the recent war, The Patience Stone is a mesmerizing chamber drama about a young wife left to care for her older husband, a former Mujahidin left comatose by bullet to the neck. Alone with her silent spouse and emboldened by his inability to speak, the woman embarks on a emotional journey of self discovery telling her husband about her childhood, her dreams, her suffering and her loneliness and revealing truths to him the she would have never dared to before.

 


Fri, Sep 6 2:00pm · 5:20pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Sep 7 2:00pm · 5:20pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Sep 8 2:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Sep 9 5:20pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Sep 10 5:20pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Sep 11 5:20pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Sep 12 5:20pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
 
 
 

Passion

A film by Brian De Palma starring Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace

 

Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of Dressed To Kill with an erotic corporate thriller fueled by sex, ambition, image, envy and the dark, murderous side of Passion.


“"Passion" is often sleek and enjoyable, dispensing titillation, suspense and a few laughs without taking itself too seriously.”
–A.O. Scott, New York Times

The film stars Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as two rising female executives in a multinational corporation whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn literally cut-throat.

 


Fri, Sep 6 9:50pm · midnight
Sat, Sep 7 9:50pm · midnight
Sun, Sep 8 9:50pm
Mon, Sep 9 9:50pm
Tue, Sep 10 9:50pm
Wed, Sep 11 9:50pm
Thu, Sep 12 9:50pm
Fri, Sep 13 midnight
Sat, Sep 14 midnight
 
 
 

The Attack

A film by Ziad Doueiri starring Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsellem

 

When a suicide bombing happens in Tel Aviv, a surgeon goes on a pursuit of the truth when his wife is accused of being the bomber.


“Surefooted and fearless even as it ventures deeper and deeper into the dark heart of one of the most defining and complex conflicts of our time.”
–Jessica Kiang, indieWIRE

An Israeli Palestinian surgeon, Amin Jaafari, lives a virtually picture perfect life in Tel Aviv. He has a loving wife, a successful career, and many Jewish friends but his entire world is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Once there, he finds himself in ever more dangerous situations and seeking answers to questions he never thought he would be asking.

 


Wed, Sep 4 5:15pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Sep 5 5:15pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Sep 6 3:20pm · 5:30pm · 7:40pm
Sat, Sep 7 3:20pm · 5:30pm · 7:40pm
Sun, Sep 8 5:30pm
Mon, Sep 9 5:30pm · 7:40pm
Tue, Sep 10 5:30pm · 7:40pm
Wed, Sep 11 5:30pm · 7:40pm
Thu, Sep 12 5:30pm · 7:40pm
Fri, Sep 13 5:10pm · 7:20pm
Sat, Sep 14 5:10pm · 7:20pm
Sun, Sep 15 5:10pm · 7:20pm
Mon, Sep 16 5:10pm · 7:20pm
Tue, Sep 17 5:10pm · 7:20pm
Wed, Sep 18 5:10pm · 7:20pm
Thu, Sep 19 5:10pm · 7:20pm
 
 
 

Charade

A film by Stanley Doren starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau

 

Director Stanley Donen goes deliciously dark for Charade, a glittering emblem of sixties style and macabre wit. 50th anniversary screening!

In this comedic thriller, a trio of crooks (Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, and James Coburn) relentlessly pursue a young American, played by Audrey Hepburn, through Paris in an attempt to recover the fortune her dead husband stole from them. The only person she can trust is Cary Grant’s suave, mysterious stranger.

 


Sat, Sep 7 11:30am
Sun, Sep 8 11:30am
 
 
 

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.”
Variety

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.”

 


Sat, Sep 7 11:30am
Sun, Sep 8 11:30am
Fri, Sep 13 9:30pm
Sat, Sep 14 11:30am · 9:30pm
Sun, Sep 15 11:30am · 9:30pm
Mon, Sep 16 9:30pm
Tue, Sep 17 9:30pm
Wed, Sep 18 9:30pm
Thu, Sep 19 9:30pm
Sat, Sep 21 11:30am
Sun, Sep 22 11:30am
Mon, Feb 17 7:15pm
Wed, Feb 19 5:30pm
 
 
 

An American Hippie in Israel

A film by Amos Sefer starring Asher Tzarfati, Shmuel Wolf, Lily Avidan

 

Murderous mimes, robots, blood-thirsty sharks, free loving debauchery, and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies — all this and more is provided in writer-director-prophet Amos Sefer’s allegorical film.

Clad in dirty jeans, beads, and a crude hand-made rabbit fur vest, we follow American “hippie” Mike as he thumbs a ride with a red-haired vixen with a groovy convertible. When threatened by suspicious mimes, Mike divines that the two should create a desert island utopia for all the like-minded wasteoids, but their Eden doesn’t last long, as someone forgot about basic necessities like food, water and shelter…

 


Fri, Sep 6 midnight
Sat, Sep 7 midnight
 
 
 

Blackfish

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.

 


Sat, Sep 7 1:30pm
Fri, Sep 13 2:10pm
Sat, Sep 14 2:10pm
Sun, Sep 15 2:10pm
Fri, Sep 20 2:00pm
Sat, Sep 21 2:00pm
Sun, Sep 22 2:00pm
 

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