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What We Do In The Shadows! Chicago Irish Film Festival! Docs at the Box!
Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

From the guys who brought you Flight of the Conchords comes What We Do In The Shadows, opening Friday at the Music Box. Jermaine Clement stars in the hilarious vampire mockumentary, destined to become a cult classic. The RedEye calls it, “Delightfully batty. . . A lot of fun”.

On Saturday at 7:30pm, the Chicago Irish Film Festival comes to the Music Box! Don’t miss their opening night presentation, the Midwest Premier of the new comedy Poison Pen, with filmmakers in attendance. Purchase advance tickets now.

Song of the Sea, the charming animated Irish folktale from the director of The Secret of the Kells, continues this week. This delightful film blends legend and magic to create an adventure the whole family can enjoy!

Our Get Real documentary series kicks off this Tuesday at 7:30pm, with the critically acclaimed Algren: The Movie. Director Michael Caplan will be on hand to discuss his look into the life of Chicago’s foremost poet of addicts, prostitutes and hoodlums, Nelson Algren. Tickets on sale now.

At midnight this weekend, Salma Hayek kicks some serious ass as a one-woman army in Everly. We also have more screenings of hit anime The Last – Naruto the Movie.

Our Marx Brothers Matinee series continues with Horse Feathers, unleashing Groucho & Co on the distinguished campus of Huxley College for a little bit of academic anarchy.

See you at the movies

Thursday, February 26th – Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


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.


Fri, Feb 27 1:20pm · 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:45pm · 10:00pm
Sat, Feb 28 1:20pm · 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:45pm · 10:00pm
Sun, Mar 1 1:20pm · 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:45pm · 10:00pm
Mon, Mar 2 5:20pm · 7:45pm · 10:00pm
Tue, Mar 3 5:20pm · 7:45pm · 10:00pm
Wed, Mar 4 5:20pm · 7:45pm · 10:00pm
Thu, Mar 5 5:20pm · 7:45pm · 10:00pm
Fri, Mar 6 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Sat, Mar 7 1:05pm · 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Sun, Mar 8 1:05pm · 3:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Mon, Mar 9 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Tue, Mar 10 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Wed, Mar 11 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm
Thu, Mar 12 5:00pm · 7:30pm · 10:00pm

Poison Pen

A film by Steven Benedict, Lorna Fitzsimons, Jennifer Shortall starring Lochlann Ó Mearáin, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Paul Ronan, Lauryn Canny, Aaron Heffernan, Mary Murray


A fun romp through the world of celebrity gossip scripted by Eion Colfer (author of the Artimis Fowl fantasy series).

Filmmakers in person!

When high-brow author PC Molloy is forced to write for April Devereaux’s gossip magazine Poison Pen, he not only gets caught up in a world of stars and their secrets, he’s also in danger of becoming a celebrity himself! Soon the spotlight is turning on Molloy as he struggles to keep his own secrets off the front page. And will he find the right words when he finds himself falling for his boss?

Poison Pen will be preceded by the short film*??The Struggle of Libations??. Director Erin Mullally is scheduled to appear! This is the story of a man who undertakes a nighttime odyssey across Dublin while questioning his only meaningful relationship… the one he maintains with his loyal post-work pint.


Sat, Feb 28 7:30pm

Song of the Sea

A film by Tomm Moore starring Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan


From the Academy Award-nominated director of The Secret of the Kells.

“A blissfully beautiful journey into Irish folklore...”

“Director Tomm Moore applies his dazzling hand-drawn style to another tale inspired by Irish legend […] cementing his place as a protector of not only Celtic culture, but of classic toon forms as well.”

Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.


Thu, Feb 26 5:00pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Feb 27 1:45pm · 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Feb 28 11:30am · 1:45pm · 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Mar 1 1:45pm · 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Mar 2 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Mar 3 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Mar 4 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Mar 5 3:45pm · 5:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Mar 6 3:00pm
Sat, Mar 7 12:00pm
Mon, Mar 9 3:00pm
Tue, Mar 10 3:00pm
Wed, Mar 11 3:00pm
Thu, Mar 12 3:00pm

Algren: The Movie

A film by Michael Caplan


“..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

Director Michael Caplan in person!

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). 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.


Tue, Mar 3 7:30pm

The Last - Naruto the Movie

A film by Tsuneo Kobayashi starring Junko Takeuchi, Chie Nakamura, Showtaro Morikubo


The Moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done it will disintegrate, showering the Earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the Earth?

The final chapter of Naruto’s story unfolds.


Fri, Feb 27 midnight
Sat, Feb 28 midnight
Sun, Mar 1 11:30am
Fri, Mar 6 midnight
Sat, Mar 7 midnight


A film by Joe Lynch starring Salma Hayek


Salma Hayek takes no prisoners in this action-packed thriller as a femme fatale unleashing the ultimate vengeance against a sadistic mob boss and his army of assassins. Hayek dominates the screen as our titular heroine with an intense physical performance that makes one wonder why she isn’t cast as a lead in more action movies. A stylishly pulpy action film with a massive body count and a whole lot of black humor!


Fri, Feb 27 midnight
Sat, Feb 28 midnight

Horse Feathers

A film by Norman McLeod starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx


Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) takes over as president of Huxley College in order to help his son Frank (Zeppo) graduate, as he has been attending Huxley for twelve years. Beefing up the school’s football team to beat Darwin U., Professor Wagstaff hires Chico and Harpo as his dubious ringers. But remember, you can’t come in here unless you say “swordfish.”


Sat, Feb 28 11:30am
Sun, Mar 1 11:30am

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