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Shocking documentary Tickled, The Untouchables on 70MM, Twin Peaks at Midnight, & more!
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Happy Wednesday, Music Boxers

Opening on Friday, the controversial documentary Tickled begins with journalist David Farrier investigating a mysterious tickling competition online. However, what starts out as a lighthearted curiosity soon gives way to something much more dark and sinister. Rated 91% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, the Village Voice calls Tickled “A deeply felt crime thriller you have to see to believe.”

Our Brian De Palma Retrospective concludes with a pair of acclaimed crime stories. Tonight, a rare screening of The Untouchables on 70MM, at 7:30pm. Shot in Chicago, with an Oscar-winning performance from Sean Connery, a David Mamet script, an Ennio Morricone score, and a truly scary Robert De Niro, De Palma has never had better support. The retrospective ends on Thursday with Carlito’s Way, De Palma & Al Pacino’s only collaboration after Scarface.

Before the series returns to TV, check out the prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, this Friday & Saturday at 11:30pm. Our 35mm screenings will be introduced by local musician and Music Box projectionist Daniel Knox, presenting clips, interviews, and rare footage before the David Lynch’s film starts at Midnight. The first 70 patrons for each show will receive an official Twin Peaks trading card. Whoever gets the Laura card each night wins a special Twin Peaks-related prize.

Also opening Friday, the tense supernatural South Korean thriller The Wailing. An officer investigates a mysterious disappearance that has caused a small village to descend into violence & hysteria, in a 100% Fresh rated-film that Examiner calls “Riveting, brilliantly written, impeccably acted, and masterfully filmed…. Without a doubt one of the year’s best films.”

Our matinees this weekend include an encore presentation of National Theatre Live’s One Man, Two Guvnors on Saturday at 11:30am, starring a pre-Carpool Karaoke James Corden in a Tony Award-winning performance. On Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, Fritz Lang’s M, a harrowing masterwork starring Peter Lorre, concludes our Foreign Masterpieces matinee series.

It’s summertime, have you been by to grab a drink in the Music Box Lounge And Garden? Did you know that the Lounge & Garden are available for private events, and we’d love to host your party/reception/summertime get-together/box social/etc? If you’re interested & would like more information, please e-mail Drake@MusicBoxTheatre.com.

Also this week, more screenings of the hilarious & compelling political documentary Weiner, and our new Trivia Night on Mondays in the Music Box Lounge. Finally, you only have a few more chances to see the cinefile-approved documentaries De Palma and Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, the last day for both movies is Thursday, June 23rd.

Tuesday, June 21st – Monday, June 27th, 2016

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A film by David Farrier, Dylan Reeve


Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.”

“Boasts a humorously titillating entry hook that soon gives way to an engrossing conspiracy-thriller.”

After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity.

Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole.


Fri, Jun 24 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Jun 25 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Jun 26 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Jun 27 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Jun 28 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Jun 29 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Jun 30 2:30pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:40pm
Fri, Jul 1 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Jul 2 1:45pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Jul 3 1:45pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Jul 4 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm
Tue, Jul 5 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Jul 6 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Jul 7 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 9:45pm

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

A film by David Lynch starring Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick


Local musician and Music Box projectionist Daniel Knox will introduce the film both nights at 11:30pm and present clips, interviews, and rare footage before the film. The first 70 patrons for each show will receive an official Twin Peaks trading card. Whoever gets the Laura card each night wins a special Twin Peaks related prize.

This enigmatic and fascinating movie furthers the mystery of Laura Palmer, serving as both an ending and a beginning to David Lynch’s hit series. Chronicling the last week of Laura Palmer’s life, the film introduces us to Special Agent Chester Desmond (Chris Isaak), a young FBI agent who disappears while investigating a murder near Twin Peaks a year prior to Palmer’s mysterious death. While this film definitely answers some questions from the abruptly-cancelled TV series, it raises far, far more.


Fri, Jun 24 midnight
Sat, Jun 25 midnight

Sean Connery, Best Supporting Actor, Academy Awards
Academy Awards


The Untouchables

A film by Brian De Palma starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro


Presented on 70MM!

Federal agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) fights crime and corruption during Prohibition in Chicago. Unable to take down legendary crime boss Al Capone (Robert De Niro) on his own, Ness recruits an elite group of lawmen who won’t be swayed by bribes or fear, including Sean Connery, who won his only Oscar for his performance as Irish-American cop Jimmy Malone.

Filmed in Chicago, De Palma makes tremendous use of the city’s landscape and history in intricately crafted film moments, from Ness & Malone’s first meeting on the Michigan Avenue Bridge, to Capone revealing his “enthusiasms” for baseball in the Blackstone Hotel ballroom, to one of the tensest shootouts in cinema on the stairs of Union Station. And in 70MM, Chicago has never looked better!

Featuring a crackling script by David Mamet and a sweeping score by Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly).


Wed, Jun 22 7:30pm

The Wailing

A film by Hong-jin Na starring Hwang Jung-Min, Chun Woo-Hee, Kwak Do-Won


Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival

“Deliciously Entertaining. You’ll be left breathless”
The Playlist

“A dizzying and stunning accomplishment … for a good forty-minute stretch. You may have to remind yourself to breathe. THE WAILING elevates genre to an art form.”

In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals – suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers – unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.


Fri, Jun 24 4:50pm · 8:00pm · 11:15pm
Sat, Jun 25 4:50pm · 8:00pm · 11:15pm
Sun, Jun 26 1:30pm · 4:50pm · 8:00pm
Mon, Jun 27 4:50pm · 8:00pm
Tue, Jun 28 4:50pm · 8:00pm
Wed, Jun 29 4:50pm · 8:00pm
Thu, Jun 30 4:50pm · 8:00pm

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

A film by Richard Bean starring James Corden, Jemima Rooper, Oliver Chris


“Slapstick, satire and gags galore: a comedy classic hilariously updated.”
New York Times

For a limited time only, National Theatre Live’s Encore Series brings a selection of award-winning British theatre productions to your local cinema.

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the uproarious One Man, Two Guvnors was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.


Sat, Jun 25 11:30am


A film by Fritz Lang starring Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut


In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller. A psychopathic murderer of young girls terrorizes a German city causing public hysteria and intense police investigations, which in turn disrupts organized crime. The contrasting worlds of the police and the underworld are juxtaposed as they both resolve to hunt, capture, and try the murderer.


Sat, Jun 25 11:30am
Sun, Jun 26 11:30am

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Awards


A film by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg


Sexts, lies, and Carlos Danger: watch the wildest political meltdown in recent history as it unfolds.

“FIVE STARS. A gift that keeps on giving. A compelling, deep dive into a scandal.”
The Guardian

“MESMERIZING. The best documentary about a political campaign ever made.”

It’s 2013 and Anthony Weiner—still reeling from the sex scandal that ended his political career two years earlier—is back in the spotlight as he mounts an audacious comeback campaign for New York City mayor. But it’s not long before history repeats itself and new sexting allegations leave Weiner and his aides scrambling to contain the damage. Granted unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign, filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the political machine as it breaks down. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.


Wed, Jun 22 5:00pm · 9:30pm
Fri, Jun 24 2:45pm
Sun, Jun 26 11:20am
Mon, Jun 27 2:45pm
Tue, Jun 28 2:45pm
Wed, Jun 29 2:45pm
Thu, Jun 30 2:45pm

Carlito’s Way

A film by Brian De Palma starring Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller


Presented on 35MM!

A free man after years in prison, Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) intends to give up his criminal ways, but it’s not long before the ex-con is sucked back into the New York City underworld. Reconnecting with his dancer girlfriend, Gail (Penelope Ann Miller), Carlito gets entangled in the shady dealings of his friend Dave Kleinfeld (Sean Penn), who also serves as his lawyer. When Carlito and Kleinfeld run afoul of shifty gangster Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo), it sets them on a dangerous path.


Thu, Jun 23 4:30pm · 9:20pm

De Palma

A film by Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow


A new documentary about one of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma.

“A must-see for all cinephiles”
The Playlist

“A delightful, illuminating career reflection”

De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible. In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field. In the end, what emerges is a funny, honest, and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist, and an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the last 50 years of the film industry through the eyes of someone who has truly seen it all.


Tue, Jun 21 7:00pm
Wed, Jun 22 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 10:00pm
Thu, Jun 23 2:00pm · 7:00pm

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

A film by Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen


The true tale of three friends and their quest to complete a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

“Never short of entertaining, ’Raiders!’ captures the obsessive hold movies have on young people’s imaginations. ”

After Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece.

Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic.


Tue, Jun 21 4:45pm
Wed, Jun 22 2:15pm · 7:15pm
Thu, Jun 23 2:15pm · 4:45pm

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