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Christmas comes early with Music Box's weekend lineup

Chicagoans can celebrate Christmas in July when Happy Christmas opens this weekend. Shot by local filmmaker Joe Swanberg in the city’s Lincoln Square area, the movie stars Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, and Lena Dunham. On July 25, the Chicago Reader and Revolution Brewing will co-present a special opening night event at Music Box Theatre. In between the 7 p.m. screening, there will be beer samples at 6 p.m. and a live Q&A with Swanberg after the film. Tickets are $10 for all screenings of this film which runs through August 31.

In keeping with the winter theme, Music Box will show the sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer throughout the week. Tickets are $10. Plus, Meet Me In St. Louis which features Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is this weekend's matinee movie. Tickets are $8.

Also at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, National Theatre Live returns with an encore broadcast of Mark Haddon’s black comedy The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time directed by Marianne Elliott. Tickets are $18 at

At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, Filmspotting celebrates its 500th episode with a live taping hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen, with special guests. For details, visit

The opening date for Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur starring Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric has changed from July 25 as initially reported and will now open on Friday, August 15. Tickets are $10.

All presentations take place at Music Box Theatre on 3733 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago. For more information on these screenings and special events, visit

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