Festive Flicks

Must-see movies to make your holidays merry and bright
A Christmas Story

 

Family-Friendly

Santa Clause

 

  • “The Santa Clause” (1994): Some are born great, others accidentally make Santa Claus fall off their roof and have greatness thrust upon them. Join Scott Calvin – played by Tim Allen – as he comes to terms with his newfound title as old St. Nick.
  • “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992): Experience Brian Henson’s reimagining of Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” as award-winning actor Michael Caine portrays Ebenezer Scrooge alongside Bob Cratchit played by Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear as Mr. Fozziwig and many more. 
  • “Elf” (2003): Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins this year! Watch as comedy actor Will Ferrel plays Buddy the Elf, a human man raised by Santa’s elves who travels to New York City in search for his real father, played by James Caan. 
  • Honorable Mention: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966): Dr. Suess delights even the grumpiest of grinches this year with his tale of a cave-dwelling hermit, along with his antler-wearing dog, Max, and his scheme to steal Christmas from the festive Whos of Whoville. 

 

 

Nostalgia

National Lampoon

 

  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989): The holiday season can bring an equal amount of chaos and kindness, something the Griswold family knows all too well. Relive the highlights of yesteryear as Clark and Ellen Griswold, along with their two kids, Juliette and Rusty, host one of the zaniest Christmases this side of the nuthouse.
  • Home Alone” (1990): Ever wish you could have the holidays all to yourself? If so, you’re probably Kevin McCallister – a child left alone on Christmas to deal with the infamous Wet Bandits after his family accidentally leaves him for a holiday trip to France. 
  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965): Gifts are great, but that’s not the meaning of Christmas. Join Charlie Brown and the cavalcade of characters, including Snoopy, Sally Brown and others as they embark on a quest to find the true meaning of winter season. 
  • Honorable Mention: “A Christmas Story” (1983): You’re never too old to shoot your eye out with a Red Ryder BB gun, at least not according to Ralphie Parker – a young boy in the 1940s in search for the perfect Christmas gift. With friendly hijinks, frantic family dynamics and an unforgettable bunny suit, all that will be left to say is “Oh fudge…”

 

 

Unconventional

Gremlins

 

  • “Trading Places” (1983): At the end of the day, a snobbish investor and a fast-talking con artist are the same thing. Want to bet on it? Then you’ll be like Dan Akyroyd and Eddie Murphy amid their high-end antics in this holiday retelling of Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper.” 
  • “Krampus” (2015): Think your family Christmas can be a bit much? Try having an Austro-Bavarian folklore demon unexpectedly visit. See actors Adam Scott, Toni Collette and others in this Christmas comedy-horror as the family attempts to relinquish themselves from an unwelcome spirit of the holidays.
  • “Gremlins” (1984): Eating after midnight is bad for your health in more ways than one this year. Watch as a boy accepts a gift from his father – an adorable furball named Gizmo – with the added caveat of three explicit rules which are inevitably broken into a fun-filled movie of madness and hilarity. 

 

Honorable Mention: “Die Hard” (1988): Holiday parties are often regarded as a real drag, but not for NYPD officer John McClane. See this powerhouse performance by Bruce Willis as McClane and Alan Rickman in his timeless portrayal of Hans Gruber, a German terrorist, holding the Nakatomi Plaza hostage during their annual Christmas party.

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