Why is the floor wet, Margo? Find out when CALS Ron Robinson Theater shows CHRISTMAS VACATION tonight

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, PG-13)The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in the third and most successful entry in the Vacation film series. (Plus it features the song stylings of the one and only Mavis Staples.)  All the fun is on the big screen at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater tonight.

This time America’s most dedicated dad, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever” — but life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on the Griswold family fire.

Joining Chase in this holiday romp are Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, and Miriam Flynn from the previous Vacation movies. Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki take their part in the revolving door of actors playing the Griswold kids.  New to the family in this edition are E. G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, John Randolph and Diane Ladd playing Ellen’s and Clark’s parents. Film veterans William Hickey and Mae Questel lend their talents as other relatives. Nicholas Guest and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are the annoyed neighbors next door while Brian Doyle-Murray plays Clark’s boss who would give Scrooge a run for his money.

Fun fact: Chris Columbus started working on HOME ALONE after he left this project because he could not get along with Chase.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!

CHINATOWN screened tonight at Ron Robinson Theater as part of Arkansas Times Film Series

chinatownRoman Polanski’s 1974 film classic Chinatown will be shown tonight at the Ron Robinson Theater as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series. This is presented in conjunction with the Little Rock Film Festival.

Here is how the Arkansas Times describes the film:

The quintessential L.A. noir and the best role of Jack Nicholson’s career, the movie was named the greatest film of all time in a 2010 critics poll by The Guardian. Roger Ebert called it a “tour de force” and “not only a great entertainment, but something more, something I would have thought almost impossible.” An atmospheric, totally engrossing mystery involving water and sexual dysfunction, this is rare opportunity to see the classic on the big screen.

The screening will begin at 7pm (January 15). Tickets are $5.

In addition to a starring turn by Nicholson, the film features searing performances by Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Darrell Zwerling and Diane Ladd. Nominated for eleven Oscars, it won the Best Original Screenplay for Robert Towne’s haunting tale.

2nd Friday Cinema at Old State House – Burt Reynolds in WHITE LIGHTNING

OSH White LightFor this month’s Second Friday Cinema, the Old State House Museum will present a screening of White Lightning. The screening begins at 5:30 pm.

Released in 1973, “White Lightning” stars Burt Reynolds as Bobby “Gator” McKlusky, a moonshiner serving time in an Arkansas prison. When his brother is murdered, Gator agrees to go undercover with the feds in order to expose a corrupt lawman.

Joining Reynolds in the cast are Jennifer Billingsly, Ned Beatty, Louise Latham, Diane Ladd, Bo Hopkins, Dabbs Greer and Matt Clark.  A six year old Laura Dern made her uncredited screen debut playing Ladd’s daughter. She got the job through nepotism since she really is Ladd’s daughter.

Ben Fry, General Manager of KLRE/KUAR and coordinator of the film minor at UALR, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.