Tonight (5/28) at CALS Ron Robinson Theater – MASH

MASH PosterAs the Vietnam War raged on, Robert Altman looked at another recent undeclared war, the Korean War. His 1970 film MASH is part of the CALS Ron Robinson Historic Cinema series.

This irreverent black comedy follows the exploits of a host of offbeat characters at a medical unit during the Korean War, including surgeons Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre who create havoc with their martini parties and practical jokes while the war rages around them. The film won an Oscar for best screenplay (for Ring Lardner, Jr.) and spawned the successful television series M*A*S*H, which ran for 11 seasons.

The movie stars Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Robert Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Tom Skerritt, Rene Auberjonois, Roger Bowen, Fred Williamson, and Michael Murphy (an Altman fixture). Gary Burghoff would be the only person to play the same role in the film and in the TV series.

Celebrate Memorial Day with Historic Cinema: MASH! Military members, veterans, and their families receive FREE admission. Cost for others is $5.  The screening starts at 7pm.

Fun and Games – HUNGER GAMES at Movies in the Park tonight

MitP10 HungerGamesThe 2012 movie The Hunger Games is next up at Movies in the Park.

Oscar winner (though not for this role) Jennifer Lawrence leads the cast.  Other major roles are played by Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Lenny Kravitz.  Central Arkansas native Wes Bentley also stars in the movie.

The film is directed by Gary Ross, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray. It is based on the novel by Ms. Collins.

Now in its 10th season, Movies in the Park is a free outdoor film series at the First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.  The move starts at dark (around 8:30).

Movies in the Park has grown to a season of eight films per year, on average, reaching audiences of up to 4,000 people. It’s a staple event in Central Arkansas. Communities from across the state, and the country, have reached out for guidance as they have tried to implement similar programs in the own communities.

Since 2008, the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has been managing Movies in the Park.