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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, NOIR CITY: CHICAGO returns to the Music Box, co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation! Focusing on the years immediately following WWII, this year’s NOIR CITY: CHICAGO festival features classic noir films from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Britain, as well as a sampling of homegrown Hollywood rarities. The 17 films reveal that the cinematic movement known as Noir spanned the globe, and its style, sexiness and cynicism crossed all borders. All festival tickets can be used as double feature tickets, giving you two films for the price of one, just like the good old days! Check out the Full Schedule and purchase Advance Tickets now!

Plus, when you come to Noir City, you can pick up a copy of our Fall calendar, featuring dozens of films and special events through the end of November that you can only find at the Music Box!

Continuing this week is The One I Love, the romance with a mysterious twist starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. The RedEye gives the film 3.5 stars and calls it, “insightful, strange and engrossing.”

Celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary with our midnight screenings of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which takes the adventures of the Dark Knight’s beloved 90s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series to the big screen, presented in 35mm! Easily one of the best movies to ever feature Caped Crusader.

On Saturday & Sunday, catch Bob Fosse’s magnificent film adaptation of the smash musical Cabaret. Featuring Liza Minnelli in her iconic role, this Academy Award-winning tale of passion and politics is not to be missed.

Also this weekend, catch our midnight screenings of the blockbuster Lucy, featuring Scarlett Johansson in full-“Action Hero” mode, and our matinee presentations of Monty Python: Live (Mostly), the acclaimed reunion show of the legendary comedy group.

See you at the movies

Wednesday, August 27th – Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014



Friday 29 August - Thursday 4 September 2014


Purchase advance tickets online

The 6th edition of the Music Box’s annual film noir festival is going international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories and style are a specifically American phenomenon.

Focusing on the years immediately following World War II, this year’s NOIR CITY festival features classic noir films from France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Britain, as well as a sampling of homegrown Hollywood rarities. The 14 films in the series reveal that the cinematic movement known as Noir spanned the globe, and its style, sexiness, and cynicism crossed all international borders. The Foundation, co-presenters of the festival with the Music Box, will also be presenting its latest 35mm film restoration, Too Late for Tears (1949), starring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea, which Muller declares “the best unknown American film noir of the classic era.” Also screening will be a newly struck 35mm print of the tough-as-nails Roadblock, starring noir favorite Charles McGraw. “Our desire to expand the scope of the NOIR CITY festival has resulted in our most ambitious program ever,” said Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller. “Its overall impact will, I suspect, change many people’s long-standing preconceptions about film noir.”


Fri, Aug 29   Too Late for Tears   7:00pm
  Roadblock   9:00pm
Sat, Aug 30   Death of a Cyclist   2:00pm
  Born to Be Bad   4:30pm
  Ossessione   7:00pm
  Death of a Cyclist   9:30pm
Sun, Aug 31   Pépé Le Moko   2:00pm
  Quai des orfèvres   4:30pm
  Rififi   7:00pm
  Two Men in Manhattan   9:30pm
Mon, Sep 1   Caged   3:00pm
  Tension   5:00pm
  Caged   7:00pm
  Tension   9:00pm
Tue, Sep 2   One Way Street   5:00pm
  Hardly a Criminal   7:00pm
  One Way Street   9:00pm
Wed, Sep 3   Drunken Angel   5:00pm
  Stray Dog   7:00pm
  Drunken Angel   9:30pm
Thu, Sep 4   M   5:00pm
  The Black Vampire   7:00pm
  M   9:00pm

The One I Love

A film by Charlie McDowell starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson


An intriguing comedy with Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss.

“Charlie McDowell makes an incredibly assured directorial debut with this smart crowd-pleaser, featuring spectacular performances from Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.”

The anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, The One I Love is a highly original tale that continues to showcase McDowell’s keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice.

On the brink of separation, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.


Wed, Aug 27 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Aug 28 5:30pm · 9:40pm
Fri, Aug 29 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Aug 30 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Aug 31 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Sep 1 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Sep 2 5:30pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Sep 3 5:30pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Sep 4 5:30pm · 7:40pm · 9:40pm


A film by Bob Fosse starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem


Bob Fosse’s superb realization of the tribulations of a nightclub entertainer in Weimar-era Berlin during the rise of the Nazi Party is by far one of the best musicals on screen. Liza Minnelli earned herself decades of admiration for her role as Sally Bowles, an American singer in Berlin who falls in love with bi-sexual Brian (Michael York). They both are seduced by playboy Maximilian von Heune who lavishes the members of the Kit Kat Club with gifts and favors.


Sat, Aug 30 11:30am
Sun, Aug 31 11:30am

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

A film by Eric Randomski & Bruce W. Timm starring Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner


In the big-screen adaptation of the beloved 90s cartoon BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, everyone’s favorite schizophrenic billionaire crime fighter is investigating the murders of several prominent gangsters. Meanwhile, his ex-fiancée (the one that got away!) is back in town. Between all this and Batman being framed for murder by new villain/vigilante The Phantasm, Bruce is having a hell of a week. Sliding in and out of long-dormant memories, MASK OF THE PHANTASM has a powerful emotional core, resonating more deeply than any of the live-action Batman adaptations before or since. Celebrating 75 years of Batman!


Fri, Aug 29 midnight
Sat, Aug 30 midnight

Monty Python Live (Mostly)

A film by Monty Python starring John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin


One down, five to go.

For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year. Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) will play in cinemas around the globe.

At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.

Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionised comedy. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014.


Sat, Aug 30 11:30am
Sun, Aug 31 11:30am


A film by Luc Besson starring Scarlett Johansson, Min-sik Choi, Morgan Freeman


Luc Besson’s latest high-concept smasher stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who, through a series of quasi-explained events, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Drugs, man. They like expand your mind.


Fri, Aug 29 midnight
Sat, Aug 30 midnight

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