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Kumiko The Treasure Hunter! Algren: The Movie! It Follows!
Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this weekend, the darkly comedic odyssey Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, starring Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim)! Newcity calls it “Gorgeously shot, sweetly paced”. Purchase advance tickets for Friday at 7:30pm, for your chance to win a great Kumiko Prize Pack, featuring a Gold USB Drive, the film’s soundtrack (on cassette!), and more, and stick around afterwards for a film discussion with the Chicago Film Critics Association.

This weekend, we’re celebrating the birthday of Nelson Algren with Algren: The Movie, the absorbing documentary of Chicago’s foremost poet of addicts, prostitutes and hoodlums. Birthday celebrations will commence in the Music Box Lounge immediately following the Saturday 2pm screening, with director Michael Caplan. The Chicago Tribune calls it “Stylishly made — captures the humor and energy of Algren’s social life and his writing…”.

Also playing this week, the horror film guaranteed to get under your skin, It Follows! Everybody’s talking about it, but don’t let anyone give away the secrets!

This weekend, our Marx Brothers matinee series concludes with the uproarious A Day At The Races, and we have encore screenings of the powerful and inspiring documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.

Our midnights this Friday & Saturday include the hair-raising 80s horror The Beyond and the hit vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows.

On Wednesday at 7pm, The High Fidelity Film Series presents Solaris, director Andrei Tarkovsky’s groundbreakingly original science-fiction classic. This event is free to High Fidelity and Cinema/Chicago members but does require an advanced RSVP. RSVP here.

And finally, don’t forget to get your tickets for The Wizard of Oz on Easter weekend, featuring a preshow costume contest and the timeless film on the big screen.

See you at the movies

Thursday, March 26th – Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Fantasia International Film Festival, Best Director,

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

A film by David Zellner starring Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard


A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map leading to the location of a large case of money.

“One of the best films to ever premiere at Sundance.”

“Odd, mystical, strikingly original...”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it — and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.


Fri, Mar 27 2:30pm · 4:40pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Mar 28 4:40pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Mar 29 4:40pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Mar 30 4:40pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Mar 31 4:40pm · 7:30pm
Wed, Apr 1 4:40pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Apr 2 4:40pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm

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, Mar 26 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Mar 27 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Mar 28 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Mar 29 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Mar 30 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Mar 31 5:00pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Apr 1 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Apr 2 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm

Algren: The Movie

A film by Michael Caplan


Chicago’s foremost poet of addicts, prostitutes and hoodlums, Nelson Algren is renowned for capturing society’s underbelly in several acclaimed books (The Man With the Golden Arm, Walk on the Wild Side).

“..Stylishly made — it captures the humor and energy of Algren’s social life and his writing…”
Chicago Tribune

“Incisive and engaging…ALGREN engrossed audiences…riveting…an absorbing blend of interviews, voiceovers and, most compellingly, a trove of Art Shay photographs…[a] stand-up documentary.”
The Hollywood Reporter

In this absorbing and snappily-edited portrait of the prickly author, Chicago filmmaker Michael Caplan creates a rich, visual mosaic that echoes Algren’s gritty universe. With thousands of evocative photographs, and interviews with Algren fans (John Sayles, Billy Corgan), the film charts the writer’s complicated life, including his combustible love-hate relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and the Windy City itself.


Sat, Mar 28 2:00pm
Sun, Mar 29 2:00pm
Mon, Mar 30 7:30pm

Easter Weekend with The Wizard of Oz

After you’ve hunted your Easter Eggs and had your brunch, come to the Music Box to see the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz! Featuring preshow singing and costume contest!

The Wizard of Oz

A film by Victor Fleming starring Judy Garland


A Kansas farm girl travels to the magical land of Oz where she must fight a wicked witch to escape, with the help of a tin man, a cowardly lion and her little dog, Toto. There’s no place like home in this quintessential childhood fantasy, released by MGM in 1939.


Sat, Apr 4 1:30pm
Sun, Apr 5 1:30pm

Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, Toronto International Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival

What We Do in the Shadows

A film by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh


Some interviews with some vampires. From the guys who brought you Boy and Flight of the Conchords.

“Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy.”
–Empire Magazine

Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) — three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles, like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood.

Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane. Like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.


Thu, Mar 26 9:50pm
Fri, Mar 27 midnight
Sat, Mar 28 midnight

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

A film by Mary Dore starring Rita Mae Brown, Susan Brownmiller, Kate Millet


She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. She’s Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

“A great political success story. VISIONARY and HEROIC.”
New Yorker

“Bristling with the energy and insight of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century. INCISIVE. NIMBLE. Sharply edited.”
Los Angeles Times

She’s Beautiful does not try to romanticize the early movement, but dramatizes it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory. The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry captures the spirit of the time —- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

That story still resonates today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, as the film shows present-day activists creating their generation’s own version of feminism. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights.


Thu, Mar 26 5:30pm
Sat, Mar 28 12:30pm
Sun, Mar 29 12:30pm

The Beyond

A film by Lucio Fulci starring Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck and Cinzia Monreale


A remote and cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to Hell, becomes a yawning malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, chunkblowing chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. The Beyond is a towering achievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror!


Fri, Mar 27 midnight
Sat, Mar 28 midnight

A Day at the Races

A film by Sam Wood starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx


The Marxes wreak havoc at a sanatorium, where wealthy hypochondriac Margaret Dumont is the leading patient; often uproarious comedy features some of the trio’s funniest set pieces. The last great Marx Brothers film!


Sat, Mar 28 11:30am
Sun, Mar 29 11:30am

The High Fidelity Film Series: Solaris

WBEZ and the Chicago International Film Festival are proud to screen SOLARIS (1972) as the second film in our High Fidelity Film Series exploring science and film! Open to WBEZ and Cinema/Chicago members only


This event is free to High Fidelity and Cinema/Chicago members but does require an advanced RSVP. Seating will be first come, first served, and it is not guaranteed. This event may be overbooked to ensure a full house. Please arrive 20-30 minutes before the screening starts. RSVP Here


Josh Larsen is has been the co-host of Filmspotting since January 2012. Before that, Larsen spent 11 years as a film critic for Chicago-based Sun-Times Media. Josh writes about movies at LarsenOnFilm and is editor of the faith and culture magazine Think Christian. You can follow him on Twitter @LarsenOnFilm.

Jesse Soodalter, M.D. is an artist, and Chief Fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago. Her visual art incorporates found objects, exploring how the chaotic processes of time impose individual, aesthetically-charged identity on what were once undifferentiated commodities. Her research focuses on individual and societal thinking about death, particularly how biomedical discourse colludes with social inhibition to constrain deep engagement with mortality. She is the founder and director of the Living Mortal Project, supported by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. Through interview-based research, a collaborative interdisciplinary workshop series, an art exhibition, and a new medical school elective, the Living Mortal Project explores the ways humans negotiate mortality, with the goal of facilitating conversations about death and the end of life.

Clinically her interests are in sickle cell disease, multiple myeloma, and palliative medicine. She participated in PalFest 2013, and spent time in Summer 2013 volunteering in Hematology at Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem.


A film by Andrei Tarkovsky starring Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis


After receiving confusing messages from the scientists stationed outside of the remote planet Solaris, physiologist and cosmonaut Kris Kelvin is sent to the station to evaluate the situation. Upon arrival, Kelvin discovers the one scientist dead and the other two distant and secretive. What follows is an intense examination of our relationship with loss, love, legacy and mortality. Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s groundbreakingly original science-fiction classic tests the understanding of our place in this universe and our perception of who we are as a human race.


Tue, Mar 31 7:00pm

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