Flashback Cinema

Elf
December 9 & 12
Elf(2018)
Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, an elf who is, well, different from the other elves. When Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) informs Buddy that he was adopted, he sets out to find his real father (James Caan). This surprise hit comedy became a modern Christmas classic, thanks to Ferrell’s endearing performance as Buddy (“Son of a nutcracker!”), whose childlike Christmas spirit softens the most cynical of hearts. (“Santa, HERE? I know him, I know him!”)
2003
Rated PG

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
December 16 & 19
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation(2018)
The third in the popular vacation series finds Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) determined to a have a “good old-fashioned family Christmas.’’ But Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and a house full of wacky relatives don’t make it easy. Chase and Quaid are joined by fellow Saturday Night Live alumni Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brian Doyle-Murray. Beverly D’Angelo is Clark’s always supportive wife, Ellen. (“We checked every bulb, didn’t we?”)
1989
Rated PG-13

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
December 23 & 24
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)(2018)
Frank Capra’s classic is a cherished Christmas tradition for countless families. Building & loan owner George Bailey (James Stewart) is all that stands between the good people of Bedford Falls and the wicked miser Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). When misfortune strikes on Christmas Eve, George realizes, with the help of an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers), that he truly has a “wonderful life.” ("No man is a failure who has friends.”)
1946
Rated PG

Die Hard
December 30 & January 2
Die Hard(2018)
Is it a Christmas movie or isn’t it? Who cares? It’s one of the best action thrillers ever. Bruce Willis is New York cop John McClane, in LA during Christmas to visit his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). When the skyscraper in which Holly works is taken over by a murderous gang it falls to McClane to save the day. Alan Rickman is superbly sinister as the chief villain. (“Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?”)
1988
Rated R

Aliens
January 6 & 9
Aliens(2019)
Written and directed by James Cameron, this sequel to the 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien is considered by many to be that rarity: a sequel that is a worthy successor to the original. Special effects wizard Stan Winston won an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects, which included the creation of the Alien “Queen,” one of the scariest movie creatures ever. Nominated for 7 Oscars® including Best Actress, Sigourney Weaver. ("So who’s laying these eggs?”) Rated R

Gone With the Wind (1939)
January 13 & 16
Gone With the Wind (1939)(2019)
This epic love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War received 10 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel). Vivien Leigh won Best Actress for her classic portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara, who goes from carefree southern belle (“Fiddle-dee-dee!”) to indomitable heroine (“Tomorrow…is another day!”). Clark Gable plays Rhett Butler, the charming rogue who pursues her. (“Frankly, my dear…”) Rated G