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<cite>Scene of the Crime (Le Lieu du Crime)</cite>
Next screening, 12:00pm

Scene of the Crime (Le Lieu du Crime)

directed by André Téchiné in French starring Nicolas Giraudi, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux

30 Anniversary – Digital Restoration
Thomas is fourteen and perhaps because not much happens in his remote village in southwestern France, he likes to tell tales. But then one day, something really does happen to him, something that upsets his life and the lives of everyone around him. The lives of his grandparents. The life of his father Maurice. The life of Martin, a stranger and fugitive he meets one day. The life of Alice, the companion of the two brothers, attached to them by childhood love, an attachment she will break only in death. The life of Lili, his mother, above all. Lili loves Thomas more than anything, but she has never done anything she should have done. Dissatisfaction is brewing in her like the storm that hits the village that day; she was only waiting for a flash like Martin to leave everything behind and go off to follow her destiny.

<cite>Life, Animated</cite>
Next screening, 1:30pm

Life, Animated

directed by Roger Ross Williams in English starring Owen Susking, Ron Suskind, Gilbert Gottfried

*Sundance Film Festival Award Winner — Director: U.S. Documentary *

From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

“A radiant, uplifting story...” —The Hollywood Reporter

<cite>Seasons (Les Saisons)</cite>
Next screening, 2:00pm

Seasons (Les Saisons)

directed by Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud in French

After traveling the world alongside migrating birds and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground, the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Winter had gone on for 80,000 years when, in a relatively short period of time the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later than man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then making inroads in the forest as settled agriculturalists, and later more dramatically via industry and warfare. Seasons, with its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.

<cite>Tickled</cite>
Next screening, 3:30pm

Tickled

directed by David Farrier, Dylan Reeve in English

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.” —Esquire

<cite>Come What May (En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait)</cite>
Next screening, 4:15pm

Come What May (En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait)

directed by Christian Carion in French starring August Diehl, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner

May 1940: German forces roll into France. Led by their reluctant mayor (Olivier Gourmet), the inhabitants of a small Northern French village are forced to flee along with millions of others throughout the country. The villagers take with them a German child whose father (August Diehl) opposed the Nazi regime and has been jailed for lying about his nationality. The father escapes into the fog of war in search of his son, accompanied by a Scottish soldier (Matthew Rhys, star of FX’s The Americans), who is trying to get back to England. With a transporting score by Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone and lush cinematography by Pierre Cottereau, Come What May celebrates everyday acts of resilience and heroism ordinary people carry out in the face of life-altering historical events.

<cite>Down by Love (Eperdument)</cite>
Next screening, 6:45pm

Down by Love (Eperdument)

directed by Pierre Godeau in French starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, Guillaume Gallienne, Stéphanie Cléau

Adéle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) sizzles in this story of a young inmate who falls for her married prison director (Guillaume Gallienne, Yves Saint Laurent). The film is based on true events that occurred in a Versailles prison in 2011, causing a national scandal.

<cite>Wiener-Dog</cite>
Next screening, 7:30pm

Wiener-Dog

directed by Todd Solondz in English starring Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts, Zosia Mamet, Julie Delpy

From the director of Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness

Welcome to the doghouse: the latest hilariously biting comedy from Todd Solondz is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes.

“A relentlessly clever little film.” —Screen International

<cite>News From Planet Mars (Des Nouvelles de la planete Mars)</cite>
Next screening, 9:00pm

News From Planet Mars (Des Nouvelles de la planete Mars)

directed by Dominik Moll in French starring François Damiens, Vincent Macaigne, Veerle Baetens

Philippe Mars wants to please everyone. He wants to be a good father, a friendly ex-husband, a helpful colleague and an understanding brother. Unfortunately, his little world goes out of its planned orbit. His son becomes a hardcore vegetarian, his daughter a compulsive swot, whilst his sister exhibits giant paintings of their naked parents. At the office he must face the rampages of his mentally unstable colleague Jerôme who one night turns up at his door with a young woman in tow who has just been released from a clinic.

<cite>The Brand New Testament  (Le tout nouveau testament)</cite>
Next screening, Mon 25 Jul, 4:45pm

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)

directed by Jaco Van Dormael in French starring Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve

The Brand New Testament is an off-the-wall fantasy that sees God (Benoît Poelvoorde) as a curmudgeon from Brussels whose spiteful excesses are only restrained by the actions of his plucky 10-year-old daughter, Ea (the much acclaimed Pili Groyne).

Ea, on the advice of her brother JC, hacks her father’s computer and sends everyone on Earth a text message with the date God has planned for their demise. Pursued by her wrathful father, Ea flees to Earth, enlisting bored wife Martine (Catherine Deneuve) as one of her disciples. Meanwhile, after God decides to leave his apartment for the first time he becomes trapped in the outside world, powerless and alone.

“Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good.” —The Hollywood Reporter

Trivial Filmmaker in the Music Box Lounge
Next screening, Mon 25 Jul, 8:00pm

Trivial Filmmaker in the Music Box Lounge

Chicago’s film industry trivia night about the art and craft of making movies.

8pm Monday Nights at the Music Box Lounge starting June 13th.

<cite>Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (une historie d’amour moderne)</cite>
Next screening, Wed 27 Jul, 7:30pm

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (une historie d’amour moderne)

directed by Eva Husson in French starring Finnegan Oldfield, Marilyn Lima, Lorenzo Lefèbvre

A heat wave isn’t the only thing in full swing in this steamy drama about rich kids in the coastal town of Biarritz stripping down and shaking off that mid-summer ennui. Young George (Marilyn Lima, think adolescent Bardot painted by Botticelli) unexpectedly falls for Alex after he coaxes her into a casual encounter. When the feelings aren’t reciprocated, George tries to remind him what he’s missing by instigating a game of truth or dare with enough dare in it to put a glint in the eye of a porn impresario. Aided by some selfies and the internet, word spreads, and what began as an attempt to spark a little jealously explodes into a furious wildfire of sexual discovery. George, Alex, and their growing circle of libertine teens are now determined to find their limits, consequences be damned.

<cite>Paris, Love, Cut (Arnaud fait son 2e film)</cite>
Next screening, Wed 27 Jul, 9:30pm

Paris, Love, Cut (Arnaud fait son 2e film)

directed by Arnaud Viard in French starring Arnaud Viard, Irène Jacob, Louise Coldefy

Arnaud is a movie director and the typical Parisian guy: charming, distracted, unsettled. As he struggles to convince bankers and producers to invest in his sophomore movie, his fiancée asks him to commit more to their relationship. At the exact same moment he falls in love for Gabrielle, a young and ambitious actress. And at the same time his mother passes away, leading to a turning point in Arnaud’s life.

Pitched somewhere between the sardonic humor of Woody Allen and the wry tenderness of Nanni Moretti, Arnaud Viard’s new film uses comedy and romance to depict a man’s crusade to understand his very personal feelings about love and life.

<cite>Phantom Boy</cite>
Next screening, Thu 28 Jul, 5:15pm

Phantom Boy

directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol in French starring Edouard Baer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Audrey Tautou

Sneak Preview!
The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award®-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York. Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.

Opens at the Music Box Theatre on Friday, August 12th.

“Delightful! Visually striking and surprisingly moving!” —RogerEbert.com

<cite>Les Cowboys</cite>
Next screening, Thu 28 Jul, 9:30pm

Les Cowboys

directed by Thomas Bidegain in French starring François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, John C. Reilly

A vast prairie, a country and western gathering somewhere in the east of France. Alain is a central figure in this community. He’s dancing with his daughter Kelly, 16, as his wife and their young son, Kid, watch from the sidelines. But on this day, Kelly disappears, and the family falls apart. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even though it costs him everything and takes him to some far-off places. Dark unsettling places, where his sole support is Kid, who sacrifices his youth to accompany his father on this seemingly endless quest. An inventive, dramatic update of The Searchers set amid France’s rarely explored modern cowboy subculture.

Special Events

The 2016 Chicago French Film Festival

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Fri 22  – Thu 28 Jul

The 2016 Chicago French Film Festival

Vive le cinema!

The 6th annual Chicago French Film Festival comes to the Music Box Theatre, July 22nd – July 28th 2016, celebrating the best in recent French cinema.

A Special Opening Night Reception will be held in the Music Box Lounge & Garden for Festival Passholders. Get your pass today & join us for the festivities!

Trivial Filmmaker in the Music Box Lounge

Mon 25 Jul

Trivial Filmmaker in the Music Box Lounge

Chicago’s film industry trivia night about the art and craft of making movies.

8pm Monday Nights at the Music Box Lounge starting June 13th.

[REDACTED] in the Music Box Lounge

Tue 26 Jul

[REDACTED] in the Music Box Lounge

Meet [REDACTED]: a series where funny people decimate a movie that they (and you) love. They’ll make you laugh. They’ll make you cry. They’ll help you win your kid back.

Don’t Think Twice - Opening Weekend with Ira Glass in person!

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Sat 30  – Sun 31 Jul

Don’t Think Twice - Opening Weekend with Ira Glass in person!

Producer Ira Glass (Host of NPR’s This American Life) returns to the Music Box for opening weekend of his new film Don’t Think Twice, written, directed by, and starring Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me). Featuring an audience Q&A.

Mr. Glass will appear at 4 screenings on Saturday, July 30th, as well as the 2pm screening on Sunday, July 31st.

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

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Wed 3 Aug – Thu 8 Sep

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

They say tragedy plus time equals comedy, but what does comedy plus time equal? Chicago film/entertainment writer Mark Caro will put supposedly timeless comedy to the test each week and then lead a post-screening discussion so we can all deliver the verdict: “Is It Still Funny?”

<cite>The Bad News Bears</cite>: 40th Anniversary

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Mon 8 Aug

The Bad News Bears: 40th Anniversary [35mm]

directed by Michael Ritchie in English starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Hayley

Author Dan Epstein, author of the acclaimed books Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76, and Big Hair and Plastic Grass: Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s, hosts a special screening celebrating the ultimate underdogs, The Bad News Bears.

Co-hosted by Nick Digilio, Movie Critic on WGN Radio

“Surprisingly, improbably, The Bad News Bears is [1976]'s funniest movie.” —TIME

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.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema: <cite>The Docks of New York</cite>

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Sat 13 Aug

Second Saturday Silent Cinema: The Docks of New York [35mm]

directed by Josef Von Sternbeg starring George Bancroft, Betty Compson

Josef von Sternberg’s blue-collar romance on the big screen. Featuring a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

“Exceptionally good motion picture entertainment.” —New York Times

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!

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

Wed 28 Sep

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

directed by Sam Jones in English starring Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Leroy Bach

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

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco documents the band while they working on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

“An exciting and involving rock music doc, a smart and satisfying look inside that tumultuous world.” —Los Angeles Times

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.

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents The Last Waltz

Wed 16 Nov

XRT/Goose Island Music in Motion Film Series presents The Last Waltz

directed by Martin Scorsese in English starring The Band, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris

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

We’re capping off this year’s series by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Band’s classic performance at Winterland Ballrooom on Thanksgiving Day in 1976!

“The greatest rock concert movie ever made — and maybe the best rock movie, period.” —Chicago Tribune

Up Next

<cite>Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil)</cite>

opens Fri 29 Jul

Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil)

directed by Michel Gondry in French starring Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Audrey Tautou

Sneak Preview!
Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline, a likeminded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France. This charming adventure from Michel Gondry (Mood Indigo, Be Kind Rewind) has been called his “most satisfying movie since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” reminding us how friendships can help us reach our true potential. Also starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code).

Opens at the Music Box Theatre on Friday, July 29th.

“An honest impression of youth” —Variety

<cite>Don’t Think Twice</cite>

opens Fri 29 Jul

Don’t Think Twice

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

Opens July 29th at the Music Box
Opening Weekend – The American Life’s Ira Glass in person!
Tickets for Opening Weekend will be on sale soon

“Genuinely sharp, funny, and bracingly honest.” —Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

Tickets

Wed 3 Aug – Thu 8 Sep

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

They say tragedy plus time equals comedy, but what does comedy plus time equal? Chicago film/entertainment writer Mark Caro will put supposedly timeless comedy to the test each week and then lead a post-screening discussion so we can all deliver the verdict: “Is It Still Funny?”

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