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Listen Up Philip with Jason Schwartzman! Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Jason Schwartzman visits the Music Box on Friday to kick off opening weekend of the acclaimed new film Listen Up Philip, starring Schwartzman as a frustrated author awaiting the publication of his second novel! Co-presented by the AV Club, Schwartzman will host screenings Friday at 6pm & 8:30pm, each followed by a Q&A. The showings are almost sold out, so buy your tickets now!

Starting Friday, celebrate Halloween with The Rocky Horror Picture Show! The Music Box is the ONLY place you can catch this cult classic on the big screen, complete with prop bags and a live shadowcast performance by the always entertaining Midnight Madness. This year, we’ve stretched the campy fun to 5 screenings, more than ever before! Put on your best pair of fishnets and purchase advance tickets now, these screenings will sell out!

We also have another week of screenings the inspiring musical documentary Keep On Keepin’ On and the intense The Green Prince, and weekend midnight screenings of the original slasher flick Halloween.

On Saturday and Sunday morning, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival visits the Music Box! Check out their full schedule now.

On Thursday, Oct 30th, we’re proud to host screenings with the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, he largest showcase of internationally award-winning Israeli features, docs, shorts and series in the Midwest. Check out their full schedule and purchase tickets now.

See you at the movies

Thursday, October 23rd – Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


Listen Up Philip

A film by Alex Ross Perry starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter


Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel.

“I can’t think of a recent movie that stages with as much joy and wonder the sense of living a life that becomes, directly or obliquely, in action or in idea, the stuff of art.”
–Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Jason Schwartzman shines...”

Philip feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.


Fri, Oct 24 6:00pm · 8:30pm
Sat, Oct 25 1:45pm · 4:00pm · 6:15pm · 8:30pm
Sun, Oct 26 1:45pm · 4:00pm · 6:15pm · 8:30pm
Mon, Oct 27 4:00pm · 6:15pm · 8:30pm
Tue, Oct 28 4:00pm · 6:15pm · 8:30pm
Wed, Oct 29 4:00pm · 6:15pm · 8:30pm
Thu, Oct 30 4:00pm · 6:15pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween 2014

Friday 24 October - Saturday 1 November 2014


Happy Halloween 2014! Join us as we do the Time Warp again! The film is screened with a cast of actors provided by Midnight Madness who ensure that what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit
The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing. Midnight Madness sells participation kits at The Music Box for $3. The performers do not get paid for performing at any venue, and 100% of the proceeds from kit sales go back to cast costumes, props, promotions, etc.

What’s in the bag?
Balloon, Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Rubber Glove, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, Party Hat, Sponge, Paper Plates, Cards, Instructions, Bag.


Fri, Oct 24   The Rocky Horror Picture Show   11:59pm
Sat, Oct 25   The Rocky Horror Picture Show   midnight
Thu, Oct 30   The Rocky Horror Picture Show   10:30pm
Fri, Oct 31   The Rocky Horror Picture Show   midnight
Sat, Nov 1   The Rocky Horror Picture Show   midnight

Al Hicks, Best New Documentary Director, Toronto International Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival

Keep On Keepin’ On

A film by Al Hicks


In Keep On Keepin’ On a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, who suffers terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89.

In Keep On Keepin’ On, a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, who suffers terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89. Over the course of filming, Terry begins to lose his sight as an unlikely bond begins to take hold.
When Justin is invited to compete in an elite international competition, Clark’s health takes a turn for the worse. As clocks tick, we are suddenly witness to two friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives.
Terry, now 93, was Quincy Jones’ first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. He is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the ‘60s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC – on The Tonight Show.
The film is by first-time director Al Hicks and producers Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre’ Pesmen (The Cove and Chasing Ice).


Thu, Oct 23 7:15pm
Fri, Oct 24 7:00pm
Sat, Oct 25 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Oct 26 2:00pm · 7:00pm
Mon, Oct 27 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Oct 28 7:00pm
Wed, Oct 29 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Thu, Oct 30 4:30pm

The Green Prince

A film by Nadav Schirman starring Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak


“Terrific. As gripping as any high-concept Hollywood thriller.”
–Xan Brooks, The Guardian

“A crowd-pleaser. Beautifully humanistic. Extraordinarily satisfying.”
–Anthony Kaufman, indieWIRE

Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman’s The Green Prince retraces the details of a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him.

Through exclusive first-hand testimony, dramatic action sequences, and rare archival footage, decades of secrets come to light in this unflinching exploration of a profound spiritual transformation and the transcendent bonds of friendship. The Green Prince will challenge much of what you know about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Thu, Oct 23 5:00pm · 9:50pm
Fri, Oct 24 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Oct 25 2:00pm · 7:00pm
Sun, Oct 26 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Oct 27 7:00pm
Tue, Oct 28 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Oct 29 7:00pm


A film by John Carpenter starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance


Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode.


Fri, Oct 24 midnight
Sat, Oct 25 midnight

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Tuesday 21 October 2014 -


Purchase advance tickets online

The CFIC, the largest showcase of internationally award-winning Israeli features, docs, shorts and series in the Midwest, makes its debut at the Music Box consecutive Thursdays, October 30th and November 6th.

The Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (CFIC) is an annual October film festival with several outreach events throughout the year. Its mission is to share a love and appreciation of Israeli culture with the Jewish community and the community at large. Screenings take place at various venues in Chicago—in 2014, at the historic Music Box Theatre—and in the northern suburb of Northbrook IL, at the AMC Northbrook Court.

Shown are Israel’s most current, internationally award-winning feature films, documentaries, shorts and TV shows, with guest appearances by Israeli filmmakers, film scholars, film critics and other film experts.

The CFIC is quickly evolving as a catalyst for multicultural dialogue as many of the same racial, ethnic, religious and social groups represented in Israel and in Israeli films also reside locally.


Thu, Oct 30   Turn Left at the End of the World   7:00pm
  The Secrets   9:30pm
Thu, Nov 6   Cupcakes   7:00pm
  Zero Motivation   9:30pm

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