Staff Picks: Music Box Films Edition

Sat, Jan 5th, 2019 to Sun, Feb 10th, 2019

Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30am

For over 10 years, Music Box Films, the Chicago-based distributor of foreign & independent films, has been dedicated to providing audiences with diverse, exciting and intelligent cinema from around the world. Now, the folks behind the Music Box Theatre’s sister company take over our Matinees to share the films they love!

For more on Music Box Films, visit MusicBoxFilms.com

Movies & Showtimes for
Staff Picks: Music Box Films Edition

Sat, Jan 5th
Diva

11:30AM
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Sun, Jan 6th
Diva

11:30AM
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Sat, Jan 12th
MacGruber

11:30AM
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Sun, Jan 13th
MacGruber

11:30AM
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Sat, Jan 19th
Inside Llewyn Davis

11:30AM
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Sun, Jan 20th
Inside Llewyn Davis

11:30AM
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Sat, Jan 26th
Design for Living

11:30AM
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Sun, Jan 27th
Design for Living

11:30AM
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Sat, Feb 2nd
Eve's Bayou

11:30AM
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Sun, Feb 3rd
Eve's Bayou

11:30AM
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Sun, Feb 10th
The Way We Were

11:30AM
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Design for Living

A FILM BY: Ernst Lubitsch
WRITTEN BY: Ben Hecht, Noël Coward (Based on the play by)
STARRING: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins

***Saturday, 1/26 11:30am Screening - Free for Music Box Members***

Picked by Kat, Marketing & Publicity Manager

Gary Cooper, Fredric March, and Miriam Hopkins play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult “gentleman’s agree­ment” in this continental pre-Code comedy, freely adapted by Ben Hecht from a play by Noël Coward and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. A risqué relationship story and a witty take on creative pursuits, the film concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable—or unwilling—to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March) she meets on a train en route to the City of Light. DESIGN FOR LIVING is Lubitsch at his sexiest, an entertainment at once debonair and racy, featuring three stars at the height of their allure.

Kat says: Lubitsch is high among my favorite directors, and I figured this was a great opportunity to see one of his lesser-revived films on the big screen, a subversive (especially for its time) romantic comedy about a love triangle. I especially enjoy anything he made with Miriam Hopkins, my favorite actress from that period.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1933
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: 35mm

Diva

A FILM BY: Jean-Jacques Beineix
WRITTEN BY: Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean Van Hamme
STARRING: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu

Picked by Lisa, Home Entertainment Sales

Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.

Lisa says: DIVA is the French art-house thriller this Indiana girl needed back in the 1980’s. The New Wave visual style, the chase scenes on the streets of Paris, the passion for music and the multiculturalism were unlike anything I had ever seen before. DIVA has stuck with me after all of these years as one of the films that helped to open my eyes to a world outside the mall.

In English, French & Italian with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1981
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 123 mins
Format: 35mm

Eve's Bayou

A FILM BY: Kasi Lemmons
WRITTEN BY: Kasi Lemmons
STARRING: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield, Samuel L. Jackson

Picked by Quinton, Distribution & Non-theatrical Engagement Coordinator

Louis Batiste (Samuel L. Jackson) is a popular physician in 1960s Louisiana who has a beautiful wife (Lynn Whitfield), a loving family and a weakness for women. While his wife ignores his infidelities, his youngest daughter Eve is crushed when she catches her dad in a compromising situation. Her subsequent revelations tear the family apart in Kasi Lemmons' powerful film, which won Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Quinton says: EVE’S BAYOU is such an indulgent film. The cast--gorgeous and well-casted--includes Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan and the legendary Diahann Carroll. The dramatic performances by the children in the film, specifically Jurnee Smollett as Eve and Meagan Good as Eve’s older sister, are also mesmerizing. The film’s 1960s rural Louisiana setting is a character in and of itself, with its alluring sophistication and mysticism, and it poetically complements the plot centered on family secrets and tradition just as absorbing as those storied, murky swamps. You won’t be disappointed.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1997
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 109 mins
Format: 35mm

Inside Llewyn Davis

A FILM BY: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
WRITTEN BY: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
STARRING: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Adam Driver

Picked by Becky, Marketing & Communications Manager

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making.

Becky says: "If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it's a folk song." Oscar Isaac is Llewyn Davis, a struggling folk singer in 1961 Greenwich Village who we follow in a dream-like journey from New York to Chicago and back. Also starring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, John Goodman, and a cat named Ulysses, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is a darkly funny look at an artist's struggle and is one of the Coen Brothers’ best.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2013
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: DCP

MacGruber

A FILM BY: Jorma Taccone
WRITTEN BY: Jorma Taccone, Will Forte, John Solomon
STARRING: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer

Picked by Lindsey, Material & Delivery Coordinator

Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings the clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MACGRUBER.

Lindsey says: After a ten year drought, a new comedy joined the illustrious group of “Films Based on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE sketches”. Will Forte and a pre-BRIDESMAIDS Kristen Wiig star in this glorious homage to ‘80’s excess. This perfect film lost money, closed after 3 weeks in theaters AND was ranked by Parade magazine as the #2 biggest box office flop of 2010.  But most importantly, it contains the greatest sex scene in film history.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2010
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: DCP

The Way We Were

A FILM BY: Sydney Pollack
WRITTEN BY: Arthur Laurents
STARRING: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

Picked by Dianne, Bookkeeper

Set against the politicalism of pre-WWII and later McCarthyism, a diametrically opposed couple come together only to find that genuine friendship and physical attraction is not enough to overcome fundamental societal beliefs. The collapse of their relationship comes in tandem with her determination to speak to the House Un-American Acitvities Committee.

Dianne says: 

In 2004, there was a Barbra Streisand mini-festival scheduled at the Music Box that had to be cancelled. So when I was offered the chance to pick a film - I went to Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford! If you need to clear your head with a good cry, this is the movie! Though they have very different personalities, they fall in love. There is love, passion, rowing, sailing, rich friends, poor friends (James Woods!), politics and in the end, love wasn’t enough to keep them together. If you are not crying when she brushes the hair off his forehead, you are dead!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1973
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 118 mins
Format: DCP

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