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<cite>Sunset Song</cite>

Sunset Song

directed by Terence Davies in English starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie

Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living auteur.

“4 STARS. One of the great director Terence Davies' best films.” —RogerEbert.com

<cite>Weiner</cite>

Weiner

directed by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg in English

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

<cite>Stranger Than Paradise</cite>
Next screening, 7:00pm

Stranger Than Paradise [35mm]

directed by Jim Jarmusch in English

Presented by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Stranger Than Paradise is an odd, low-key comedy about trio of misfits—an everyday guy, his Hungarian female cousin, and his geeky best friend—who decide to take a road trip across the United States on the spur of the moment. Over the course of their voyage, they have both good and bad luck, meet a number of bizarre and interesting characters, and are frequently bored.

Jonathan Rosenbaum, former film critic for the Chicago Reader (1987-2008), maintains a web site archiving most of his work at jonathanrosenbaum.net.

Special Events

The National Society of Film Critics Presents

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Tue 31 May – Tue 14 Jun

The National Society of Film Critics Presents

The Music Box Theatre presents a new unique screening series in collaboration with The National Society of Film Critics to celebrate the venerated group’s 50th Anniversary and its representatives based in Chicago. Participating members Michael Phillips (The Chicago Tribune) and J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader) and Jonathan Rosenbaum (formerly of Chicago Reader) will present three of their favorite Best Film winners from the Society’s long history over a three-week series, each screened on 35mm and followed by a post-film discussion.

The National Society of Film Critics is made up of the leading film critics in the United States whose purpose is to promote the mutual interests of film criticism and filmmaking.

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents <cite>The Harder They Come</cite>

Wed 1 Jun

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents The Harder They Come

directed by Perry Henzell in English starring Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw

Rock critics Jim DeRogotis and Greg Kot, the hosts of Sound Opinions from WBEZ, host a special screening of The Harder They Come, starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Advance tickets are available at SoundOpinions.org.

“Timeless and universal...nothing short of amazing” —Los Angeles Times

Grindhouse Film Festival

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Fri 3  – Sun 5 Jun

Grindhouse Film Festival

Presented by Dan Halsted

All films presented in 35MM!

Silent Shakespeare

Mon 6 Jun

Silent Shakespeare

Part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago!

Presented by Chicago Humanities Festival & Chicago Shakespeare Theater

The Stratford Festival Presents

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Sat 14 May – Tue 21 Jun

The Stratford Festival Presents

The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. Since the revolutionary first season, more than 26 million theatregoers from around the world have visited the Stratford Festival. Now partnering with SpectiCast, the acclaimed repertory theatre presents three exciting plays captured live in September 2015. Working with renowned Producer and Director Barry Avrich, and his exceptional team at Melbar Entertainment, the plays are captured using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound experience remaining faithful to the stage version of the production.

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents Stop Making Sense

Wed 8 Jun

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents Stop Making Sense

directed by Jonathan Demme starring The Talking Heads

Join 93XRT & Goose Island Brewing for the “Music In Motion” Film Series!

XRT’s Terri Hemmert will help kick off the series by hosting a special showing of Stop Making Sense on June 8th at the Music Box Theatre!

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David

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Sat 11 Jun

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David [35mm]

directed by Henry King starring Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis

35MM Print!

Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry, Tol’able David is a heart-wrenching drama from director Henry King. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation.

Cinema Slapdown

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Wed 15 Jun – Wed 10 Aug

Cinema Slapdown

Starting its tenth year, Columbia College Chicago’s Cinema Slapdown is a unique screening series that has achieved cult status. A wildly entertaining hybrid of film discussion, knockdown, drag out debate and audience interaction, Cinema Slapdown believes that all films can be passionately argued.

Iggy Pop Live in Basel

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Thu 16 Jun

Iggy Pop Live in Basel

in English starring Iggy Pop, Kevin Armstrong, Seamus Beaghen, Ben Ellis, Mat Hector

Two Screenings Only!

Raiders! Double Feature

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Sun 19 Jun

Raiders! Double Feature

An opening weekend Double Feature of the new documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made and Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. Featuring an in-person Q&A with Chris Strompolos (Indiana Jones himself!)

CLICK HERE to Purchase Double Feature Tickets

George Watsky: How To Ruin Everything

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Thu 23 Jun

George Watsky: How To Ruin Everything

Presented by The Book Cellar

Award-winning poet and musician George Watsky visits the Music Box to present his debut essay collection HOW TO RUIN EVERYTHING. Featuring a Q&A and Book Signing.

NT Live 2016

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Sat 25 Jun

NT Live 2016

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The Music Box has partnered with the National Theatre of London to bring some of the best in British theatre to Chicago. Filmed in London, these productions feature some of the finest actors, directors, and writers working today, in breathtaking interpretations of the classics and groundbreaking new works.

Upcoming Presentations
One Man, Two Guvnors – Sat, June 25th at 11:30am

Sneak Preview of DON’T THINK TWICE with Mike Birbiglia in person!

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Thu 14 Jul

Sneak Preview of DON’T THINK TWICE with Mike Birbiglia in person!

directed by Mike Birbiglia in English starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard

Writer, director and actor Mike Birbiglia visits the Music Box for a special advance screening of his new film Don’t Think Twice, followed by an audience Q&A.

“Genuinely Sharp, Funny, and Bracingly Honest.” —Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Noir City: Chicago 8

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Fri 19  – Thu 25 Aug

Noir City: Chicago 8

Noir City: Chicago returns to the Music Box for the 8th great year, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics!

Dog Film Festival
Sun 11 Sep

Dog Film Festival

The World’s First Film Festival entirely for, by and about dogs and their people!

Music Box of Horrors 2016
Sat 15  – Sun 16 Oct

Music Box of Horrors 2016

The Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon of frightening flicks is one of the highlights of our year, a day of scares & surprises where only the strong survive.

Up Next

<cite>Sunset Song</cite>

Tickets

opens Fri 3 Jun

Sunset Song

directed by Terence Davies in English starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie

Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living auteur.

“4 STARS. One of the great director Terence Davies' best films.” —RogerEbert.com

<cite>Weiner</cite>

Tickets

opens Fri 3 Jun

Weiner

directed by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg in English

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

Grindhouse Film Festival

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Fri 3  – Sun 5 Jun

Grindhouse Film Festival

Presented by Dan Halsted

All films presented in 35MM!

<cite>Green Room</cite>

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opens Sun 5 Jun

Green Room

directed by Jeremy Saulnier in English starring Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat

From the director of Blue Ruin

Green Room is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.

“Delivers maximum shock and awe...” —Fangoria

The Stratford Festival Presents

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Sat 14 May – Tue 21 Jun

The Stratford Festival Presents

The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. Since the revolutionary first season, more than 26 million theatregoers from around the world have visited the Stratford Festival. Now partnering with SpectiCast, the acclaimed repertory theatre presents three exciting plays captured live in September 2015. Working with renowned Producer and Director Barry Avrich, and his exceptional team at Melbar Entertainment, the plays are captured using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound experience remaining faithful to the stage version of the production.

The National Society of Film Critics Presents

Tickets

Tue 31 May – Tue 14 Jun

The National Society of Film Critics Presents

The Music Box Theatre presents a new unique screening series in collaboration with The National Society of Film Critics to celebrate the venerated group’s 50th Anniversary and its representatives based in Chicago. Participating members Michael Phillips (The Chicago Tribune) and J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader) and Jonathan Rosenbaum (formerly of Chicago Reader) will present three of their favorite Best Film winners from the Society’s long history over a three-week series, each screened on 35mm and followed by a post-film discussion.

The National Society of Film Critics is made up of the leading film critics in the United States whose purpose is to promote the mutual interests of film criticism and filmmaking.

<cite>The Red Shoes</cite>

Tickets

opens Thu 9 Jun

The Red Shoes [35mm]

directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger in English starring Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook

A glorious Technicolor epic that influenced generations of filmmakers, artists, and aspiring ballerinas, The Red Shoes intricately weaves backstage life with the thrill of performance. A young ballerina (Moira Shearer) is torn between two forces: the composer who loves her (Marius Goring), and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer (Anton Walbrook).

“The movie that plays in my heart.” —Martin Scorsese

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