Virtual Cinema with the Music Box

Sun, Apr 5th, 2020 to Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020

While the Music Box doors will remain closed, we’re proud to be able to team up with our frequent partners to provide viewing-at-home options for our amazing audience! All sales will help support the Music Box during our closure, and you can watch powerful new films that would otherwise be playing on our screen.

And to create a true Music Box experience, cue up Dennis Scott on the Music Box Organ before you watch your film!

Please note, these screening links are set up & moderated by their respective film distributors, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter any issues while streaming these films, please email BoxOffice@MusicBoxTheatre, and we will connect you with their support staff.

Now available to view-at-home:

The Audition

A FILM BY: Ina Weisse
WRITTEN BY: Ina Weisse, Daphne Charizani
STARRING: Nina Hoss, Simon Abkarian, Jens Albinus

CLICK HERE to Watch THE AUDITION Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure. 

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Strand Releasing, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please Fill Out This Help Form and you will be assisted shortly.)

Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable  talent. Committed, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family – her son Jonas, whom she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband Philippe. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet. When she fails during their joint concert, the pressure mounts and she focuses all her attention on her student Alexander. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn.

In German and French with English subtitles

“Nina Hoss rises impressively to the challenge, fully inhabiting the mind and body of the flawed perfectionist at the core of THE AUDITION” – Screen International

“Consistently, anxiously engrossing… unobtrusively immaculate” – Variety

“Ina Weisse’s tightly wound portrait of a music teacher on the verge of a nervous collapse serves up another note-perfect Nina Hoss solo” – Variety

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: Digital

Beats

A FILM BY: Brian Welsh
WRITTEN BY: Keiran Hurley, Brian Welsh
STARRING: Cristian Ortega, Lorn MacDonald, Ross Mann, Gemma McElhinney, Amy Manson

CLICK HERE to Watch BEATS Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure. 

***Prerecorded Q&A with Director Brian Welsh and Executive Steven Soderbergh included with Virtual Cinema Admission | DJ Set by Carl Craig 7/2 at 3pm | 10% of all Ticket Sales will benefit Chicago music venue SmartBar.***

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by Music Box Films. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please Submit An Email and you will be assisted shortly.)

A Music Box Films Release

A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, BEATS follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.

“Terrific! A druggy, mind-blowing, eye-opening, open-air, law-defying rave” -- Variety

“Euphoric Brit grit… Infectiously enjoyable.” -- The Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: Digital

Denise Ho: Becoming the Song

A FILM BY: Sue Williams
STARRING: Denise Ho

CLICK HERE to Watch DENISE HO - BECOMING THE SONG Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure. 

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Well Go USA, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please email contact@kinonow.com and you will be assisted shortly.)

DENISE HO – BECOMING THE SONG profiles the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Drawing on unprecedented, years-long access, the film explores her remarkable journey from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken political activist, an artist who has put her life and career on the line to support the determined struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom.

Denise’s story mirrors almost perfectly the last three decades of Hong Kong's uneasy relationship with China. A top international recording artist in Hong Kong and across China and other Asian nations, the turning point in her career came during the seminal moment of change for Hong Kong, the Umbrella Movement of 2014. Her public support of students who demanded free elections and occupied central Hong Kong for nearly three months had immediate and lasting consequences: she was arrested and then blacklisted by China.

Under pressure, sponsors dropped Denise and venues refused to let her perform. The film follows Denise on the road as she tours the U.S., Canada and UK and prepares to release a new hit song, attempting to rebuild her career. But it soon became clear she is also reflecting on her life's trajectory. In June 2019, Hong Kong exploded in anti-extradition law protests with millions taking to the streets, and Denise once again faced a turning point. She has been in the streets with the tear gas and water cannons. She has tried to mediate for and protect the protesters. She has addressed the United Nations and U.S. Congress to explain the crisis and plead for international help, making it clear that Hong Kong’s struggle is a desperate fight for basic freedom and democracy around the world.

“As Beijing chips away at Hong Kong’s freedoms, the Cantopop singer has become its emblematic figure—embattled, emboldened, and unbeholden.” — The New Yorker

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 83 mins
Format: Digital

First Cow

A FILM BY: Kelly Reichardt
WRITTEN BY: Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt
STARRING: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Ewen Bremner, Scott Shepherd

***Virtual Cinema Screening Thursday, 7/9 at 7pm | Featuring a prerecorded post-film Q&A with Director Kelly Reichardt | CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets***

Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph OLD JOY in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 122 mins
Format: Digital

House of Hummingbird

A FILM BY: Bora Kim
WRITTEN BY: Bora Kim
STARRING: Ji-hu Park, Sae-byuk Kim, Seung-yeon Lee, In-gi Jeong

CLICK HERE to Watch HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD Now. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre to assist during our temporary closure. 

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Well Go USA, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please email contact@kinonow.com and you will be assisted shortly.)

HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD is a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama directed by Bora Kim and set in South Korea. Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When new teacher Young-ji arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.

The film was awarded Best International Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 by a panel that included renowned actress Angela Bassett, along with two two other awards. In addition, the movie earned Grand Prix for Best Feature Film (Generation 14+ category) at Berlinale and the Audience Award at The Busan International Film Festival.

In Korean with English subtitles

“A warm, complex, and hopeful slice of teen life.” -- The Hollywood Reporter

"A sublime coming-of-age movie that lingers on the mind and heart." -- SlashFilm 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: South Korea
Language: Korean
Run Time: 138 mins
Format: Digital

John Lewis: Good Trouble

A FILM BY: Dawn Porter

**Playing in Theatre 2 starting Friday July 3rd**

Also available to Watch-At-Home in Music Box Virtual Cinema, featuring a Bonus 20 Minute Post-Film Interview with John Lewis and Oprah. Part of all proceeds will go towards Music Box Theatre.  CLICK HERE To Watch JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE in Virtual Cinema. 

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Magnolia Pictures, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please Fill Out This Help Form and you will be assisted shortly.)

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON'S ARMY), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles John Robert Lewis' 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter's primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

“A portrait in courage that pairs the past with the present. There can be no doubt that JohnLewis is the movie star of the summer.”  — The Playlist
 
“Absolutely inspiring.” — Entertainment Weekly

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 113 mins
Format: DCP