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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Happy Sunday Music Boxers,

As you may have noticed, we’ve had some website issues the past several days, but everything is back up and running, just in time for a week of special events and new films!

In his vivid and thought-provoking documentary Code Black, physician Ryan McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Winner of Best Documentary at Los Angeles Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The joyous documentary Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. The Chicago Sun-Times calls it, “a complex mosaic of a man and the powerful message of his legacy”.

We also have another week of screenings for two subversive romantic comedies, The One I Love starring Elizabeth Moss and Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza.

On Monday, catch All This Mayhem, an unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding brothers Tas and Ben Pappas.

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents Hector and the Search For Happiness, the uplifting new comedy starring Simon Pegg. This screening is FREE, but you must RSVP to attend.

On Wednesday, we’re presenting a one-night-only screening of Thom Andersen’s landmark documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF. Never before available on home video, the film explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown – as seen entirely though the films themselves. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gives it 4 Stars!

And on Thursday, we’re hosting Opening Night of Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, featuring a screening of the new film Boy Meets Girl at 7:30pm, following a red carpet champagne reception with director Eric Schaeffer and actress Michelle Hendley at 5:30pm. Tickets on sale now.

See you at the movies!

Thursday, September 11th – Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

 
 

Code Black

A film by Ryan McGarry starring Danny Cheng, Andrew Eads, Jamie Eng

 

Director Q&A at opening weekend screenings!

Code Black offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view of America’s troubled healthcare system.


“Riveting! Mcgarry has created something that feels personal, vital and revelatory.”
Los Angeles Times

“Electrifying, a remarkably candid and kinetic documentary about emergency medicine that could probably only have been made by an ER doctor.”
The Wall Street Journal

In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America’s busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system.

Their training ground and source of inspiration is “C-Booth,” Los Angeles County Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States.”

Code Black offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate, bringing us face to face with America’s only 24/7 safety net.

Best Documentary winner at Los Angeles Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award Winner at both Denver Starz Film Festival and Aspen FilmFest.

 


Fri, Sep 12 2:00pm · 7:00pm
Sat, Sep 13 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Sep 14 2:00pm · 7:00pm
Mon, Sep 15 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Sep 16 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Sep 17 7:00pm
Thu, Sep 18 7:00pm
Fri, Sep 19 3:25pm
Sat, Sep 20 11:30am · 3:25pm
Sun, Sep 21 3:25pm
 
 
 

Finding Fela

A film by Alex Gibney starring Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti

 

Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance.


“A soulful ‘Felabration’ of the magnetic Kuti.”
Cinevue

Fela Anikulapo created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world.

The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.

 


Fri, Sep 12 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Sep 13 2:00pm · 7:00pm
Sun, Sep 14 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Sep 15 7:00pm
Tue, Sep 16 7:00pm
Wed, Sep 17 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Thu, Sep 18 4:30pm · 9:30pm
 
 
 

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.”
Variety

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.

 


Thu, Sep 11 9:50pm
Fri, Sep 12 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Sat, Sep 13 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Sun, Sep 14 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm
Mon, Sep 15 5:00pm
Tue, Sep 16 5:00pm
Wed, Sep 17 5:00pm
 
 
 

All This Mayhem

A film by Eddie Martin starring Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas

 

All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding, brothers Tas and Ben Pappas’ intense bond and charisma take them from the pinnacle of their sport into a spiralling world of self-destruction.

All This Mayhem is the latest film from VICE Films and the makers of the award-winning documentaries Exit Through the Gift Shop and Senna.

 


Mon, Sep 15 7:00pm
 
 
 

NYFCS: Hector and the Search for Happiness

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One time only: Try the NYFCS for free!
The NYFCS regular price is $18!

Have you ever wanted to see outstanding indie movies before they’re released? Thanks to the New York Film Critics Series you can! You don’t even need to go to New York!

Seating is extremely limited. Attendees may begin lining up at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 7:00pm. All attendees must RSVP in advance. RSVP does not guarantee admission. The event is first come, first served.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

A film by Peter Chelsom starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer

 

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life.

Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom.

 


Tue, Sep 16 7:30pm
 
 
 

Los Angeles Plays Itself

A film by Thom Anderson

 


“The best documentary ever made about Los Angeles.”
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Absorbing and revelatory, this is film criticism of the highest order.”
–Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Never before available on home video, Thom Andersen’s landmark documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown—as seen entirely though the films themselves.

From its distinctive neighborhoods to its architectural homes, Los Angeles has been the backdrop to countless movies. In this dazzling work, Andersen takes viewers on a whirlwind tour through the metropolis’ real and cinematic history, investigating the myriad stories and legends that have come to define it, and meticulously, judiciously revealing the real city that lives beneath. Newly remastered, Los Angeles Plays Itself is an extraordinary documentary, unlike any that has come before or since.

 


Wed, Sep 17 7:00pm
 
 
 

Reeling32 presents: Boy Meets Girl

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This is the opening night presentation of Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival.

Boy Meets Girl is a charming indie comedy poignantly explores the difficulty of growing up in a small town, following your dreams, finding love, finding yourself, and figuring out your sexuality — all attempted with urbane wit by Ricky, played by trans actress and newcomer to watch out for, Michelle Hendley.

Prior to the screening of Boy Meets Girl, please join us at the Music Box Theatre for a red carpet champagne reception with director Eric Schaeffer and actress Michelle Hendley. At the reception starting 5:30pm hors d’ouvres from Deleece will be served, champagne and wine will be flowing, and there will be beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

The screening begins at 7:30pm.

Boy Meets Girl

A film by Eric Schaeffer starring Michelle Hendley, Michael Welch

 

Trans actress Michelle Hendley shines in her debut with this winning, adorable romantic comedy. Hendley plays Ricky, a trans girl in small town Kentucky lamenting her uneventful love life to her best friend since childhood, Robby (Michael Welch), whose love life is shallow but plentiful.

Robby playfully suggests she try dating a woman, and mere moments later Francesca (Alexandra Turshen) walks into her life, leaving her flustered and wondering if she should keep a more open mind. Complications arise, of course, when Francesca reveals that she is engaged, and that her family is not as welcoming of trans folks as she is. Ricky is reluctantly thrown into a dramatic love triangle when all she really wants is to get out of town and study fashion design in New York.

Featuring tender, unassuming acting and an achingly honest portrayal of just how painful it is growing up trans, no matter how funny and confident one may seem on the surface, Boy Meets Girl may seem a simple love story, but it is told so well, and so tenderly, that it absolutely cannot be missed.

 


Thu, Sep 18 7:30pm
 
 
 

Life After Beth

A film by Jeff Baena starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon

 


“Charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny.”
Variety

“Sometimes tender, sometimes frantic and always funny”
The Hollywood Reporter

Zach (Dabe DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). When she miraculously comes back to life, Zach and her parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) take full advantage of the opportunity to experience all the things he regretted not doing when she was alive. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite the way he remembered her, and before long, Zach’s world takes a turn for the worse.

 


Thu, Sep 11 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Sep 12 9:45pm
Sat, Sep 13 9:45pm
Sun, Sep 14 9:45pm
Mon, Sep 15 9:45pm
Thu, Sep 18 9:45pm
 

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