Virtual Cinema with the Music Box

Sun, Apr 5th, 2020 to Thu, Aug 27th, 2020

While the Music Box doors have reopened, we’re also 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, 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:

Amulet

A FILM BY: Romola Garai
WRITTEN BY: Romola Garai
STARRING: Alec Secareanu, Carla Juri, Imelda Staunton

CLICK HERE to Watch AMULET Now. Part of all proceeds will support the Music Box Theatre as we reopen.

(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 Visit This Help Site and you will be assisted shortly.)

AMULET, written and directed by Romola Garai, explores the story of Tomaz, an ex soldier from an unnamed foreign conflict, living in strained circumstances in London. Haunted by his past, he is offered a place to stay in a decaying, claustrophobic house, inhabited by an enigmatic young woman and her dying mother. As he starts to fall for his new companion, Tomaz cannot ignore his suspicion that something insidious might also be living alongside them."

Builds to some nutso body horror and a strong sense of mythology that announces Garai's arrival as a filmmaker to watch.” — Indiewire

“Smart and stylish, with fun detours into lurid excess.” — Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
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 | 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

Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine

A FILM BY: Scott Crawford
WRITTEN BY: Scott Crawford, Jaan Uhelszki
STARRING: Jeff Ament, Lester Bangs, Alice Cooper

CLICK HERE to Watch CREEM: AMERICA'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL MAGAZINE Now. Part of all proceeds will support the Music Box Theatre as we reopen.

(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 Visit This Help Site and you will be assisted shortly.)

Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, thefilm explores CREEM Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clownprince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, CREEM: AMERICA'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL MAGAZINE remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.

“Vintage rock fans will be in (cough) high heaven.” — Variety

“Enthusiastic, irreverent to the point of rude and delivered in clips and quips edited into rat-a-tat-tat bursts, a documentary that mimics its subject to a T.” — Movie Nation

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 75 mins
Format: Digital

The Fight

A FILM BY: ELYSE STEINBERG, JOSH KRIEGMAN, ELI DESPRES

CLICK HERE to Watch THE FIGHT Now. Part of all proceeds will support the Music Box Theatre as we reopen.

(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 Visit This Help Site and you will be assisted shortly.)

Only days after the 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump, furious Americans gathered at airports across the country in protest of the Muslim ban. But it was the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union, waging the fight in federal court, that turned the tide, staying the executive order on grounds of unconstitutionality. The ACLU has never granted access to its offices, even as its battles—on the fronts of abortion rights, immigration rights, LGBT rights and voting rights—have become more timely and momentous than ever.

With THE FIGHT, access has finally been granted to the filmmaking team of Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, makers of 2016's award-winning Weiner. Rousing, inspiring and slyly humorous, their latest documentary follows four seismically important cases and a handful of magnetic attorneys. These lawyers may not know how to charge a cell phone or operate a stand-up desk but have persuaded Supreme Court Justices, beating back serious encroachments upon our freedoms. An antidote to endless news cycles filled with tweet tantrums, THE FIGHT inspires with the story of front-line warriors in the battle for the American soul.

“A gorgeous, enraging, and uplifting film.” — MSNBC

“Often succeeds because of the strength of its access and the honesty of its subjects.” — IndieWire

“Frankly, it’s nice to see David beating Goliath on the big screen.” — Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: Digital

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

A FILM BY: Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni
WRITTEN BY: Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni
STARRING: Gordon Lightfoot

CLICK HERE to Watch GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND. Part of all proceeds will support the Music Box Theatre as we reopen.

(This virtual cinema screening is being hosted by an outside distributor, Greenwich Entertainment, not the Music Box Theatre. If you encounter technical issues or have questions, please Visit This Help Site and you will be assisted shortly.)

An exploration of the career, music, andinfluence of legendary Canadian musical icon Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access tothe artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubledtroubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon who has sold over 10 millionalbums and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards.

“One of his country’s greatest singer-songwriters.” — The Globe and Mail

“Entertaining and entirely legend-affirming.” — The Star

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: Digital

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

A FILM BY: Gero von Boehm
STARRING: Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones, Anna Wintour, Claudia Schiffer

CLICK HERE to Watch HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFULProceeds will help support the Music Box Theatre as we reopen. 

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

One of the great masters of photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring the female form, and his cult status continues long after his tragic death in a Los Angeles car crash in 2004. Newton worked around the globe, from Singapore to Australia to Paris to Los Angeles, but Weimar Germany was the visual hallmark of his work. Newton's unique and striking way of depicting women has always posed the question: did he empower his subjects or treat them as sexual objects? Through candid interviews with Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Wintour, Claudia Schiffer, Marianne Faithfull, Hanna Schygulla, Nadja Auermann, and Newton's wife June (a.k.a. photographer Alice Springs), this documentary captures his legacy and seeks to answer questions about the themes at the core of his life's work – creating provocative and subversive images of women. The film also features Newton’s own home movies, archival footage (including a pointed exchange with Susan Sontag) and, of course, scores of iconic Newton photographs. The result: a wildly entertaining portrait of a controversial genius.

"An engaging and surprisingly playful documentary about the man who was arguably the most transgressive photographer to emerge from the 1960s and '70s." -- Variety

"A gossipy portrait of a charmingly naughty boy whose genius is perhaps best appreciated on a second viewing with the sound off and the eyes wide open." -- The New York Times

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: English
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: Digital

I Used to Go Here

A FILM BY: Kris Rey
WRITTEN BY: Kris Rey
STARRING: Gillian Jacobs, Jemaine Clement, Hannah Marks, Kate Micucci, Jorma Taccone, Josh Wiggins, Forrest Goodluck

Now Playing at the Music Box, and available to Watch-At-Home in the Music Box Virtual Cinema. CLICK HERE to watch I USED TO GO HERE Now in Virtual Cinema.

(If you encounter technical issues or have questions about Virtual Cinema, please Consult This Help Site and you will be assisted shortly.)

**Special Outdoor Screenings on August 14th & 15th in the Music Box Garden, featuring an In-Person Q&A with Writer-Director Kris Rey.**

Following the lackluster launch of her debut novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) receives a welcome invitation from her former professor and old crush (Jemaine Clement) to speak at her alma mater. With her book tour cancelled, and her ego deflated, Kate hopes that returning to her old college as a published author will give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into a comical regression—from misadventures with eccentric twenty-year olds to feelings of jealousy toward her former professor's new favorite student. Bittersweet emotion and awkward humor abound as Kate journeys through her past to redefine her future in this big-hearted fourth feature from writer/director Kris Rey.

"Armed with her funniest material to date and a winning performance from Gillian Jacobs, the filmmaker finds new dimensions for both her work and the millennial ennui that has always inspired it." —Indiewire

"Crackles with a determinedly awkward brand of humor... like YOUNG ADULT, but instead of acid, Rey offers warmth and hope." —The Playlist

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins
Format: DCP

John Lewis: Good Trouble

A FILM BY: Dawn Porter

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

Out Stealing Horses

A FILM BY: Hans Petter Moland
WRITTEN BY: Hans Petter Moland
STARRING: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Tobias Santelmann, Jon Ranes, Danica Curcic

CLICK HERE to Watch OUT STEALING HORSES Now. Part of all proceeds will support the Music Box Theatre as we reopen.

(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 Visit This Help Site and you will be assisted shortly.)

November 1999: 67-year-old Trond (Stellan Skarsgård), lives in self-imposed isolation and looks forward to welcoming in the new millennium alone. As winter arrives he meets one of his few neighbors, Lars (Bjørn Floberg), and realizes he knew him back in the summer of 1948. 1948 – the year Trond turned 15. The summer Trond grew up.

OUT STEALING HORSES is based on the bestselling novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson, which received several important international awards and was included in The New York Times ’10 Best Books of 2007 (Fiction)’. Petterson’s novels have been translated into more than 50 languages.

In Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles

“A hugely accomplished meditation on life, guilt and responsibility.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Effectively plays lush visual storytelling against its characters' desolate interiors.” — Variety

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Norway
Language: Norwegian
Run Time: 122 mins
Format: Digital