Film Events This Weekend in Detroit

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Fri., Dec. 6, 8-10:30 p.m.
Redford Theatre 17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Two words: Randy Quaid. That’s it. That’s the blurb. No, but really, Quaid’s portrayal of Cousin Eddie, the unfiltered, trailer-dwelling, black sheep of the Griswold clan, provides some of the greatest moments in all of the National Lampoon vacation movies, but shines especially bright, er, dim, in the franchise’s Christmas entry. Per usual, the well-intentioned, potentially cursed patriarch, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), strives to give the gift of the idyllic Christmas for his family — from the comically oversized Christmas tree he insists on installing, to the ambitious light display that causes a city-wide outage, to the swimming pool he put a down payment on in anticipation of a substantial work bonus that tragically ends up being a subscription to a Jelly of the Month club. In true Griswold fashion, however, Clark and company manage to turn jelly into golden memories, but not without an explosive, relatable, work-related rant and, well, explosions.

Planetarium show: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21
Cranbrook Institute of Science 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills Greater Birmingham Area

Per the program description, this is not the laser Floyd of yesteryear. In fact, there’s not a single laser to be found. Cranbrook Institute of Science’s month-long Dark Side of the Moon planetarium engagement is more of a visual interpretation of one of the most influential records of all time. By the looks of the trailer, the planetarium show is more M.C. Escher meets the party lighting section of Spencer’s Gifts meets LSD — all of which make for a great trip into Pink Floyd’s magnum opus on depravity, human fragility, corporate greed, and mental illness. (248) 645-3200

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Sat., Dec. 7, 2 p.m.
Redford Theatre 17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$5

BLACK WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA--Brazilian Film Screening & Dialogue

Sat., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Buy Tickets$0-$10

@ Irwin House Global Art Center and Gallery, 2351 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
Antônia is a moving film which tells the story of four young women in Brazil. Blessed with musical talent, life-long friends strive to remake their lives. But sexism, racism and violence block their path and disrupt their bond. Their deep-rooted sisterhood is their greatest hope for restoration and a return to love. After the screening, Black students from Rio de Janeiro will lead a discussion. Proceeds from this event will benefit the new nonprofit Irwin House Global Art Center and Gallery. 313-312-5260‬

Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller's Timeless

Sat., Dec. 7, 5 p.m.
Royal Oak Music Theatre 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak Downtown Royal Oak


Jingle all the Way

Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Redford Theatre 17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$5

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