Music Box--Now Showing & ChiIL Live Shows Beloved Review
We had a chance to catch a sneak peek at a press screening of Beloved on the 6th. It was a true pleasure to see legendary Catherine Deneuve co-staring in mother/daughter roles with herreal-life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni. Here at ChiIL Live Shows/ ChiIL Mama we've been doing a long form series of video interviews on "How Creatives Parent and How Parents Create", so it was particularly fascinating to see life and art so intertwined. The emotional explorations across generations and the time span of 3 decades with a range of actors playing the main characters, makes for a fascinating story arc.
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Opening this Friday is Beloved, which you may remember as the Festival Centerpiece of the Chicago French Film Festival. This romantic musical drama follows a mother and daughter’s misadventures in love over three decades. Starring Catherine Deneuve!
A FILM BY CHRISTOPHE HONORE STARRING CATHERINE DENEUVE, CHIARA MASTROIANNI
Starring Catherine Deneuve and (her real-life daughter) Chiara Mastroianni, this sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama from Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris) spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter’s misadventures in love. From the ‘60s era story of Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier) and her Czech husband to the romance of Madeleine’s daughter, Vera, thirty years later and the rekindling of an affair between a re-married Madeleine (Deneuve) and her former lover Jaromil (Milos Forman). Beloved is a light-hearted but ultimately moving exploration of the changing nature of relationships.
A FILM BY MIKE BIRBIGLIA AND SETH BARRISH STARRING MIKE BIRBIGLIA, LAUREN AMBROSE AND KEVIN BARNETT
“An endearing indie feature about the day-to-day indecisions and nocturnal perambulations of a commitment-phobic New Yorker.”
“I’m going to tell you a story and it’s true… I always have to tell people that.” So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically-inspired, fictional feature debut.
We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
Based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art.
A FILM BY JONATHAN DEMME STARRING THE TALKING HEADS
The Talking Heads live on stage. Need we say more?
Director Jonathan Demme expertly crafted this unrivaled concert film from footage of three live gigs at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. The staging concept — the brainchild of Talking Heads front man David Byrne — begins with the lead vocalist striding onto an empty stage, acoustic guitar and boom box in hand. With each new tune, another band member or backup singer joins Byrne onstage, building steadily toward the smokin’ finale.
Press Pass All-Access Series: Greg Kot with David Byrne and Bettina Richards.
In his latest book since the best-selling Bicycle Diaries, David Byrne takes on the role of musical historian and anthropologist as he dissects how, exactly, music has been shaped through time and place. Ranging in scope from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages to birdsongs in San Francisco, Byrne’s How Music Works is a guided tour of the business, physics and joys of music. One of the most brilliant artists of our time, Byrne’s writing, honed from a life of musical experience, will be remembered as one of the most enlightening books on the subject in a long, long time.
Our monthly screening of this cult classic is never for the faint of heart.
Join us as we do the Time Warp again!Midnight Madness ensures that what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.
For 35 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has delighted audiences and terrified parents. The Music Box Theatre is the proud Chicago home of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every screening has a shadow-cast of the film (that’s actors acting in front of the screen during the film), and the Halloween screenings are known to sell out!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
A FILM BY JIM SHARMAN STARRING TIM CURRY, SUSAN SARANDON, RICHARD O'BRIEN, CHARLES GRAY, MEATLOAF, BARRY BOSTWICK
This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The film — a bizarre musical co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien — bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings.
A FILM BY ALFRED E. GREEN STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK, GEORGE BRENT, AND DONALD COOK
Barbara Stanwyk stars in the most notorious sex-in-the-workplace vice film made during the Pre-Code era. Arriving in the big city after a stint in a speakeasy dive to work at Gotham Trust Company, Lily (Stanwyck) starts at the bottom floor but resolves to leap to the executive suite, two floors at a time! Screening in a restored, unedited print from the Library of Congress.
A FILM BY TOMMY WISEAU STARRING TOMMY WISEAU, JULIETTE DANIELLE AND GREG SESTERO
This “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies” stars (and was directed, written and produced by) the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, and has been a cult favorite in LA for almost 6 years. “Enter The Room and leave forever changed!”
Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this quirky cult favorite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film’s central character (writer-director Tommy Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa’s materialistic mom.
Fri, Sep 14
Nominated: Bart Layton, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Awards
A FILM BY BART LAYTON STARRING ADAM O'BRIAN, FREDERIC BOURDIN AND CAREY GIBSON
A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years.
“You won’t be able to get it out of your head.”
–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Based on a true story, The Imposter is documentary filmmaking turned film noir. In 1994, a 13-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain, telling an elaborate story of kidnap and torture.
His family is overjoyed to have him back, but everything may not be as it seems. His strange accent and changes in appearance all seem to be suspicious inconsistencies, yet the family seems not to notice. It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this story takes an even stranger turn. With all of the twists of a true thriller, The Imposterchallenges our perceptions of the truth, and every new revelation leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat.
Admission for main features and midnight films is $9.25 (different prices may apply to special presentations). The first show of the day on Tuesdays through Thursdays is only $8.25. Admission for the 11:30am matinee films is $7.25. All tickets on Mondays are $5.
The Music Box Discount Cardprovides 5 admissions for $35.00 (a savings of up to $11.25; good for six months; limit two admissions per visit). Cards are available at the box office.
For showtimes, call (773) 871-6604.
The Music Box is located at 3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago 60613. Metered street parking is available on Southport Avenue. The Music Box is a short walk east from free street parking on Ashland Avenue. There is a parking lot one block north of the theatre at the Blaine School ($10).
The theater is near the Southport station on CTA's Brown Line and the 152 Addison, 9 Ashland and 80/X80 Irving Park bus routes.