Surprise screening at the Music Box: Saturday, October 22

Piggybacking off the Chicago International Film Festival's own surprise screening tonight, the Music Box (3733 N Southport Ave) will host a free, secret screening of what the press release calls "a major motion picture set to release later this year…" on Saturday 22 at 7:30pm. Unlike CIFF, however, the Music Box has given us a major clue as to what the film might be: It's rated R. That certainly narrows it down. It means the film won't be Anonymous (PG-13), In Time (PG-13), Tower Heist (PG-13), the cumbersomely titled Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 (PG-13), Hugo (PG), The Muppets (PG), Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (presumably PG-13, if it's like the others), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (ditto), The Adventures of Tintin (PG), War Horse (PG-13) or We Bought a Zoo (this is not the poster of an R-rated film).


I don't want to stoke anticipation, but Music Box Films did release the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; David Fincher's much-anticipated remake (set to open December 21) doesn't currently have a rating in the MPAA's database. Neither do Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Iron Lady or Young Adult—though that of course could change. Another one to rule out: I suspect the Music Box doesn't have the technology to show A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas in all its digital stereoscopic glory. It could be My Week with Marilyn, A Dangerous Method or We Need to Talk About Kevin, but those three recently showed at CIFF, which would probably make another splashy Chicago preview redundant. Talent will be present, and the principals of Roman Polanski's Carnage just showed up for opening night at the New York Film Festival.


Our best guesses: Bruce Robinson's The Rum Diary (my money's actually on this for tonight's festival surprise), Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (although this one is opening AFI Fest November 3, reducing the odds of an early screening), Steve McQueen's Shame (though it played a lot on the fall festival circuit already), David Gordon Green's The Sitter (meh), or Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (no encumbrances that I can think of).


Pretty much anything else on the lineup would stretch the definition of "major motion picture." Music Box: Don't be lame. Tickets are available here.


UPDATE, 5:15pm: About 20 minutes ago, Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) tweeted the following about the event: "There is something happening this Saturday in Chicago. And that's all I can tell you. Go here for tickets: bit.ly/qqVGFx." For the record, Oswalt has two movies coming out this season: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (which I'm told the Music Box can't project) and Jason Reitman's Diablo Cody–penned Young Adult.



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