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Frank Zappa, Tickled, Some Like It Hot, French Film Festival, and more!
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Coming up, another week of Tickled, the new documentary that must be seen to be believed. What begins as a lighthearted look into the online world of “competitive endurance tickling” videos soon gives way to something more sinister, in one of the most intriguing thrillers to hit the big screen in years.

Opening Friday, Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is an intimate encounter with the iconoclastic composer and musician. Rated 91% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, Slash Film calls this documentary “Fiercely intelligent. Brutally honest.”

Also opening Friday, the first-ever U.S. Theatrical release of Belladonna of Sadness, in a new 4K Restoration! One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery. Only four screenings!

Our Marilyn Monroe Matinee Series begins this weekend with the raucous comedy Some Like It Hot on 35MM. Ranked the Funniest Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute, Jack Lemmon & Tony Curtis are on the run from the mob and resort to desperate measures to save their skin—dressing in drag and joining Marilyn’s all-girl jazz band! “Nobody’s Perfect”, but this movie might be! See it Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am.

This Friday & Saturday at Midnight, Meryl Streep & Goldie Hawn star in Robert Zemeckis’ dark camp comedy Death Becomes Her. Featuring ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special effects, used for the most malicious purposes.

It’s summertime, have you been by to grab a drink in the Music Box Lounge And Garden? Did you know that the Lounge & Garden are available for private events, and we’d love to host your party/reception/summertime get-together/box social/etc? If you’re interested & would like more information, please e-mail Drake@MusicBoxTheatre.com.

Next Wednesday at 7:30pm, join 93XRT & Goose Island Brewing celebrate LCD Soundsystem’s first Chicago show performance in 5 years by showing their pulse-pounding concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits!

Coming up in the next few weeks, check out the schedule for The 2016 Chicago French Film Festival (July 22nd-28th) and our Coen Brothers Retrospective (July 8th-14th), coinciding the new digital restoration of their debut film Blood Simple. And don’t forget to check out our complete July/August 2016 Film Calendar, for more films & events coming to Chicago this summer!

See you at the movies

Tuesday, June 28th – Monday, July 4th, 2016

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A film by David Farrier, Dylan Reeve


Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.”

“Boasts a humorously titillating entry hook that soon gives way to an engrossing conspiracy-thriller.”

After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity.

Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole.


Tue, Jun 28 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Jun 29 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Jun 30 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Fri, Jul 1 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Jul 2 1:45pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Jul 3 1:45pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Jul 4 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm
Tue, Jul 5 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Jul 6 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Jul 7 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm

Eat That Question - Frank Zappa In His Own Words

A film by Thorsten Schütte starring Frank Zappa


An intimate encounter with the iconoclastic composer and musician. Rare archival footage reveals a provocative 20th century musical genius whose worldview reverberates into the present day and beyond.

“Commemorates one of the rock era’s most idiosyncratic star musicians”

“Fiercely intelligent. Brutally honest.”
–Slash Film

Born in 1940, FRANK ZAPPA – self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer and independent thinker -first transcribed his avant-garde, Varèse-influenced compositions onto paper at fourteen. He only began to write lyrics in his early twenties. Nevertheless, upon the ’66 release of his debut album, FREAK OUT! (with THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION), he swiftly became the most quotable voice of dissent in popular music.

A subtle, skillful montage constructed solely from historic footage, Eat That Question is an energetic celebration of this outspoken maestro. Zappa died far too early, in 1993, of cancer. How important then, that such unforgettable Zappa interviews and performances across three decades have been painstakingly gathered by director Thorsten Schütte from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create this unique 90 minute feature documentary.

Following Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death at 52, Eat That Question-Frank Zappa in His Own Words seats us right up front from the start; close enough to Zappa to read the flickering emotions in his eyes.


Fri, Jul 1 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:50pm
Sat, Jul 2 11:30am · 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:50pm
Sun, Jul 3 11:30am · 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:50pm
Mon, Jul 4 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm
Tue, Jul 5 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:50pm
Wed, Jul 6 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:50pm
Thu, Jul 7 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:50pm

Belladonna of Sadness

A film by Eiichi Yamamoto starring Aiko Nagayama, Tatsuya Nakadai


New 4K Restoration!

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism.

“A bewitching masterpiece”
New York Times

“Belladonna of Sadness is a major re-discovery”
AV Club

The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (“ASTRO BOY” and “KIMBA THE WHITE LION”), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s RAN) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive and not for the easily offended, Belladonna is fueled by a mindblowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s FANTASTIC PLANET and Ralph Bakshi’s WIZARDS as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell.


Fri, Jul 1 midnight
Sat, Jul 2 2:00pm · midnight
Sun, Jul 3 2:00pm

Some Like It Hot

A film by Billy Wilder starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis


“Nobody’s perfect,” but Billy Wilder’s boundary-breaking comedy just may be. On the run from the mob, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis join Marilyn Monroe’s all-girl band — dressed in drag. Ranked as The Funniest American Film of All Time by the American Film Institute.


Sat, Jul 2 11:30am
Sun, Jul 3 11:30am

Best Visual Effects, Academy Awards
Academy Awards


Death Becomes Her

A film by Robert Zemeckis starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis


“Diabolically Inventive”
Chicago Tribune

A macabre camp blockbuster! Oscar-winning actresses Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn star with Bruce Willis in Robert Zemeckis’ outrageously entertaining comedy about greed, vanity, sex, immortality, life…and death.

When a novelist loses her man to a movie star and former friend, she winds up in a psychiatric hospital. Years later, she returns home to confront the now-married couple, looking radiant. Her ex-husband’s new wife wants to know her secret, and discovers that she has been taking a mysterious drug which grants eternal life to the person who drinks it. The actress follows suit, but discovers that immortality has a price.


Fri, Jul 1 midnight
Sat, Jul 2 midnight

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents Shut Up and Play The Hits

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Join 93XRT & Goose Island Brewing for the “Music In Motion” Film Series!

We’re celebrating LCD Soundsystem’s first Chicago show performance in 5 years by showing Shut Up and Play the Hits!

The film documents the bands’ final concert before going on hiatus for several years, at Madison Square Garden in 2011. LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is followed throughout the film during the day of the concert and the morning after. The entire concert is documented, and includes performances of “Dance Yrself Clean,” ‘All My Friends,” “Someone Great,” and “North American Scum.”
Attendees must be 21+. Ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Shut Up and Play the Hits

A film by Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace starring LCD Soundsystem


The final night of LCD Soundsystem.

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly-sold-out, near-four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and Time lamenting “we may never dance again.” Shut Up and Play the Hits is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.


Wed, Jul 6 7:30pm

The 2016 Chicago French Film Festival

Friday 22 – Thursday 28 July 2016


Vive le cinema!

The 6th annual Chicago French Film Festival comes to the Music Box Theatre, July 22nd – July 28th 2016, celebrating the best in recent French cinema.

A Special Opening Night Reception will be held in the Music Box Lounge & Garden for Festival Passholders. Get your pass today & join us for the festivities!

Join the Music Box Theatre, Music Box Films and the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago for a selection of new French Cinema. This year’s festival will include Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), the bold directorial debut by Eva Husson. Set on the beaches (and in the beds) of Biarritz, France, Husson’s film explores the sexual awakenings and exploits of a group of teens, chronicling in stark realism the joys and consequences of youth’s exuberance. In The Brand New Testament, Jaco Van Dermal’s widely inventive and witty new film, we learn that not only does God exist, but he lives in Brussels and is a real jerk! His son is well-known, of course, but God also has a ten-year old daughter who has had enough of her father using humanity as his plaything.


Fri, Jul 22   The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)   7:30pm
  Paris, Love, Cut (Arnaud fait son 2e film)   10:00pm
Sat, Jul 23   Les Cowboys   12:30pm
  Phantom Boy   2:45pm
  Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil)   4:45pm
  Disorder   7:00pm
  Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (une historie d’amour moderne)   9:15pm
Sun, Jul 24   Scene of the Crime (Le Lieu du Crime)   12:00pm
  Seasons (Les Saisons)   2:00pm
  Come What May (En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait)   4:15pm
  Down by Love (Eperdument)   6:45pm
  News From Planet Mars (Des Nouvelles de la planete Mars)   9:00pm
Mon, Jul 25   The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)   4:45pm
  Come What May (En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait)   7:00pm
  Scene of the Crime (Le Lieu du Crime)   9:30pm
Tue, Jul 26   Seasons (Les Saisons)   5:15pm
  Down by Love (Eperdument)   7:15pm
  Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil)   9:30pm
Wed, Jul 27   Scene of the Crime (Le Lieu du Crime)   5:30pm
  Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (une historie d’amour moderne)   7:30pm
  Paris, Love, Cut (Arnaud fait son 2e film)   9:30pm
Thu, Jul 28   Phantom Boy   5:15pm
  News From Planet Mars (Des Nouvelles de la planete Mars)   7:15pm
  Les Cowboys   9:30pm

Coen Brothers Retrospective

Friday 8 – Thursday 14 July 2016


Over 30 years ago, the Coen Brothers breakthrough first film Blood Simple announced the arrival of an exciting new pair of voices in filmmaking, which has since yielded 20 films and an immeasurable influence on cinema and pop culture. To celebrate the new 4K digital restoration of Blood Simple, the Music Box is presenting some of our favorite films from the directors’ idiosyncratic filmography. Funny, dark, dramatic, melancholy, desperate, subversive, thoughtful? Could only be the Coens.

Select showtimes below. More screenings will be announced soon!


Fri, Jul 8   Blood Simple   7:20pm
  Fargo   9:30pm
Sat, Jul 9   Blood Simple   7:20pm
  Inside Llewyn Davis   9:30pm
Sun, Jul 10   Blood Simple   7:20pm
  Barton Fink   9:30pm
Mon, Jul 11   Blood Simple   7:20pm
  Fargo   9:30pm
Tue, Jul 12   Blood Simple   7:20pm
  The Man Who Wasn’t There   9:30pm

Blood Simple

A film by Joel Coen starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh


Stunning 4K Digital Restoration

This razor-sharp modern film noir, the first film by Joel and Ethan Coen, introduced the brothers’ inimitable black humor and eccentric sense of character, a sensibility that has helped shape the course of contemporary American cinema.

“A debut as scarifyingly assured as any since Orson Welles”

“Considerable wit, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style”
New York Times

Deep in the heart of Texas, a sleazy bar owner suspects his wife of having an affair and hires a private detective to confirm his suspicions—only to have the crosshairs turned back on himself. Playfully shot by Barry Sonnenfeld and featuring a haunting score by Carter Burwell and a cunning performance by Frances McDormand, Blood Simple was a career-launching film for this ensemble and the first articulation of the precision of style that has defined the Coens’ work ever since.


Fri, Jul 8 7:20pm
Sat, Jul 9 7:20pm
Sun, Jul 10 7:20pm
Mon, Jul 11 7:20pm
Tue, Jul 12 7:20pm

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