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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, David Cronenberg’s caustic Hollywood satire Maps To The Stars opens at the Music Box! Julianne Moore, winner of Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, stars as a vain actress haunted by her past. Costarring John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, and Mia Wasikowska, director John Waters exclaims, “I love this film more than I love my own mustache”. Now THAT’S high praise!

We also have another week of the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows and the charming animated adventure Song of the Sea.

On Saturday at 7pm, the Chicago Irish Film Festival celebrates closing night with Shorts: Program 3, a diverse collection of acclaimed short films, examining Love, Lessons and Loss. Sponsored by the Consulate of Ireland.

This weekend, go back to 1995 with our midnight screenings of Clueless. Show up early to enjoy an “As If!” Punch in the Music Box lounge! We’ll also have more midnight shows of the hit anime The Last – Naruto the Movie.

Our matinees this weekend include National Theatre Live’s swashbuckling production of Treasure Island (One time only screening!), and the Marx Brothers take a madcap trip to Freedonia in Duck Soup.

On Tuesday at 7:30, our Get Real: Docs at the Box series continues with The Hand That Feeds, a rousing David & Goliath story about a small group of undocumented laborers to fight for better working conditions. Filmmakers in attendance!

See you at the movies

Thursday, March 5th – Wednesday, March 11th, 2015


Julianne Moore, Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival Awards Cannes Film Festival Awards

Nominated: Julianne Moore, Best Actress - Comedy, Golden Globes Golden Globes

Maps to the Stars

A film by David Cronenberg starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska


A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

“Hilariously funny and, dare I say it, yes, pernicious. I love this film more than I love my own mustache.”
–John Waters

“A script written in venom, Cronenberg on bullish form and a cast on full power: this is one of the best Hollywood take-downs ever mounted. ”
Total Film

Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes.


Fri, Mar 6 2:15pm · 4:45pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Mar 7 2:15pm · 4:45pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Mar 8 2:15pm · 4:45pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Mar 9 4:45pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Mar 10 4:45pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Mar 11 4:45pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Mar 12 4:45pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm

Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, Toronto International Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival

What We Do in the Shadows

A film by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh


Some interviews with some vampires. From the guys who brought you Boy and Flight of the Conchords.

“Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy.”
–Empire Magazine

Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) — three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles, like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood.

Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane. Like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.


Thu, Mar 5 5:20pm · 7:45pm · 10:00pm
Fri, Mar 6 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Sat, Mar 7 1:05pm · 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Sun, Mar 8 1:05pm · 3:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Mon, Mar 9 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Tue, Mar 10 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Wed, Mar 11 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Thu, Mar 12 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm


A film by Amy Heckerling starring Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy


Could this be the best Jane Austen adaptation ever? Fer sure! The tidy world of Cher (Alicia Silverstone in an amazing performance) — a self-styled upper-crust high school matchmaker — starts to unravel with the sudden appearance of two total Baldwins (hunks): a sexy and stylish new classmate (Justin Walker), and Cher’s square but cute “ex-stepbrother” (Paul Rudd). 20th Anniversary! As if!


Fri, Mar 6 midnight
Sat, Mar 7 midnight

Song of the Sea

A film by Tomm Moore starring Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan


From the Academy Award-nominated director of The Secret of the Kells.

“A blissfully beautiful journey into Irish folklore...”

“Director Tomm Moore applies his dazzling hand-drawn style to another tale inspired by Irish legend […] cementing his place as a protector of not only Celtic culture, but of classic toon forms as well.”

Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.


Thu, Mar 5 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Mar 6 3:00pm
Sat, Mar 7 12:00pm
Mon, Mar 9 3:00pm
Tue, Mar 10 3:00pm
Wed, Mar 11 3:00pm
Thu, Mar 12 3:00pm

Shorts Program 3


Sponsored by the Consulate of Ireland, the evening presents ten short films:

  • Academy Award nominee Boogaloo and Graham (Michael Lennox)
  • international award-winning CODA (Alan Holly)
  • The Weather Report (Paul Murray)
  • An Cat (Helen Flanagan)
  • Deadbook (Richard Scobie)
  • Inorganic (Maria-Elena Doyle)
  • Senior Infants (Diamund Hayes)
  • The Swing (Damien Dunne)
  • I Am Here (David Holmes)
  • Jackie Oh! (Patrick O’Shea)


Sat, Mar 7 7:00pm

NT Live: Treasure Island

A film by Polly Findlay starring Arthur Darvill, Patsy Ferran, Joshua James


“4 Stars. An imaginative adaptation, which keeps alive the wit and excitement of the book”
The Guardian

“4 Stars. Astonishing. An ingenious production. Technical whizzery abounds”
–Daily Mail

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

Suitable for 10 years +


Sun, Mar 8 11:30am

Audience Award, DOC NYC DOC NYC

Audience Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Hand That Feeds

A film by Robin Blotnick, Rachel Lears


Filmmakers in person!

Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López was never interested in politics, but in January 2012 he convinced a small group of his fellow undocumented laborers to fight for better working conditions. A rousing David & Goliath story, The Hand that Feeds unfolds like a well-plotted and captivating real-life Norma Rae.

Despite threats of layoffs and deportation, can Lopez and his colleagues achieve their goals? Sí se puede!

Winner, Audience Award
 at the Full Frame and DOC NYC Film Festivals. Co-presented with the Chicago Media Project.


Tue, Mar 10 7:30pm

Duck Soup

A film by Leo McCarey starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx


This classic Marx Brothers romp follows Rufus Firefly (Groucho Marx), the newly appointed leader of the penniless nation of Freedonia, just as neighboring Sylvania plans to attack. An anarchic comedy in which the gag trumps any plot or theme, the film’s greatest punch line may be that Groucho’s corrupt, lunatic dictator would play the straight man against his real-world counterparts.

With a post-World War I cynicism toward patriotism and a pre-World War II unease about democracy’s fragility, the Marx Brothers (even Zeppo!) mine comedic gold from the topics of war, nationalism, money, and politics.


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

The Last - Naruto the Movie

A film by Tsuneo Kobayashi starring Junko Takeuchi, Chie Nakamura, Showtaro Morikubo


The Moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done it will disintegrate, showering the Earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the Earth?

The final chapter of Naruto’s story unfolds.


Fri, Mar 6 midnight
Sat, Mar 7 midnight

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