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Chicago Critics Film Festival! Dior And I! Mother’s Day with Mamma Mia!
Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Chicago Critics Film Festival is here! A grand week of Chicago premieres, curated by the Chicago Film Critics Association. The festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers, and is the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival.

The festival kicks off on Friday with Digging For Fire, with Chicago director Joe Swanberg in attendance. Other great screenings include Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected with Cobie Smulders, the touching documentary Batkid Begins, the behind-the-scenes look Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, and Patrick Brice’s revealing comedy The Overnight. The festival wraps up on Thursday with Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.

Tickets to all these premiere screenings and much more are on sale now!

Also this week, additional screenings of hit fashion documentary Dior And I, the Nick Kroll comedy Adult Beginners, and late night screenings of horror sensation It Follows.

If you enjoyed our presentation of Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning Sense and Sensibility, be sure to catch The Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s acclaimed new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel. Music Box fans receive a special discount on tickets, read below to find out how!

And don’t forget to get your tickets for our upcoming films and events, including opening night of Welcome To Me, our Mother’s Day celebration with Mamma Mia, and midnight screenings of the outrageous animal adventure Roar!

See you at the movies

Thursday, April 30th – Wednesday, May 6th, 2015


Chicago Critics Film Festival 2015

Friday 1 – Thursday 7 May 2015


Purchase advance tickets online

The 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival will be a grand week of Chicago premieres!

Created by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers. The CCFF is the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival. The festival lineup features works from around the globe and offers viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy.

Learn more about the Chicago Critics Film Festival by visiting: chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com.


Fri, May 1   Digging For Fire   7:00pm
  Raiders!   9:30pm
  Restoration (and the Midnight Insanity Collection)   midnight
Sat, May 2   Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet   12:00pm
  The New Girlfriend   2:00pm
  Results   4:15pm
  Unexpected   7:00pm
  Call Me Lucky   9:30pm
  Goodnight Mommy   midnight
Sun, May 3   Shorts Program #1   1:00pm
  Slow West   3:00pm
  People, Places, Things   5:00pm
  Batkid Begins   7:30pm
  The Keeping Room   10:00pm
Mon, May 4   Shorts Program #2   5:00pm
  Quitters   7:00pm
  Heaven Knows What   9:00pm
Tue, May 5   Blind   5:00pm
  Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon   7:00pm
  The Connection   9:30pm
Wed, May 6   The Second Mother   5:00pm
  The End Of The Tour   7:30pm
  Night Owls   10:00pm
Thu, May 7   The Overnight   6:00pm
  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl   8:30pm

Dior and I

A film by Frederic Tcheng starring Raf Simons


Enter the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior.

“A brilliant film- I loved it”
–Harper’s Bazaar

“Simply the best movie about fashion ”
–Elle Magazine

Enter the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, this colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical.


Thu, Apr 30 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Fri, May 1 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sat, May 2 1:30pm · 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Sun, May 3 1:30pm · 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Mon, May 4 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Tue, May 5 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Wed, May 6 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Thu, May 7 5:30pm · 7:30pm

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Sense and Sensibility

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents this special screening of Ang Lee’s 1995 film Sense and Sensibility.

Film and Theater intersect in this special presentation of Sense and Sensibility. Join the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Music Box Theatre to see Jane Austin’s 1811 novel on the big screen.



It Follows

A film by David Robert Mitchell starring Maika Monroe


After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her.

“Tender, remarkably ingenious and scalp-pricklingly scary...”
Daily Telegraph

For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.


Thu, Apr 30 9:45pm
Fri, May 1 midnight
Sat, May 2 9:30pm · midnight
Sun, May 3 9:30pm
Mon, May 4 9:30pm
Tue, May 5 9:30pm
Wed, May 6 9:30pm
Thu, May 7 9:30pm

Adult Beginners

A film by Ross Katz starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale


Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale star in this witty comedy.

“A warmly appealing dramedy ”

“Heartfelt, hilarious and holistic ”
–The Playlist

A young and narcissistic entrepreneur (Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Byrne), brother-in-law (Cannavale) and 3-year-old nephew in his suburban childhood home — only to become their nanny. ADULT BEGINNERS is a comedy about priorities, growing up and beginning again…as an adult.


Thu, Apr 30 5:20pm · 7:30pm
Sat, May 2 11:30am
Sun, May 3 11:30am

Mother’s Day With Mamma Mia!

Come dressed in your best 1970’s garb ready for a celebratory fashion show before Mamma Mia! Celebrate Mother’s Day with ABBA! Live pre-show featuring your host Dick O’Day! 70’s fashion contest!

Mamma Mia!

A film by Phyllida Lloyd starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried


The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group ABBA.

On the idyllic Greek isle of Kalokairi, single mom Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) goes into a tizzy when her bride-to-be daughter (Amanda Seyfried), in a bid to learn her father’s identity, invites three of Donna’s ex-lovers to the wedding. Buoyed by the tunes of ABBA, this effervescent yarn — a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) — also stars Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård as the trio of potential dads.


Sun, May 10 12:00pm

Welcome To Me Opening Night, with Director Shira Piven

Director Shira Piven and Joan Cusack visit the Music Box for the opening night premiere of Shira’s new film Welcome To Me, followed by a Q&A. Co-presented by Piven Theatre Workshop.

Welcome To Me

A film by Shira Piven starring Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh


Shira Piven, Joyce Piven and Joan Cusack confirmed for a live Q+A

“Strange and startlingly inspired... breezily bonkers...”

“Kristin Wiig fans rejoice... an uproarious comedy”
–The Playlist

What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets. Also starring James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Linda Cardellini, and Wes Bentley.


Fri, May 8 7:00pm · 9:45pm


A film by Noel Marshall starring Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Noel Marshall


No animals were harmed in the making of this movie, but 70 members of the cast and crew were! An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren and step-daughter Melanie Griffith) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between two lions erupts and threatens their very lives.


Fri, May 8 midnight
Sat, May 9 midnight

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