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Home Alone (1990)

November 18 & 21 | Rated PG

The smash comedy starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is mad at his family and wishes they would disappear. When they accidentally leave for Christmas vacation without him, he gets his wish (“Yes!”). But he nds being “home alone” isn’t all fun and games (well, maybe it is) when two bungling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) force him to defend his house. (“You guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?”)


A Christmas Story (1983)

November 25 & 28 | Rated PG

We double-dog-dare you not to love this heart- warming comedy from author Jean Shepherd. Nine- year old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas: a “Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Ri e.” But no one else seems to think it’s a good idea (“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”). Darren McGavin plays Ralphie’s dad (“the Old Man”), whose taste in lamps is somewhat unusual. (“Aaah! ‘Fra-GEE-lee!’ It must be Italian!”)

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

December 2 & 5 | Rated PG

A funny, touching, romantic favorite about the true meaning of Christmas. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) is a popular department store Santa who claims he really is Santa Claus! His boss (Maureen O’Hara) is skeptical, as is her 8-year-old daughter (Natalie Wood). When Kris’s sanity is challenged, it falls to O’Hara’s neighbor (John Payne) to defend him. (“It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love...”)


Elf (2003)

December 9 & 12 | Rated PG

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!”)

Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation (1989)

December 16 & 19 | Rated PG-13

The third in the popular vacation series finds Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) determined to 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?”)

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

December 23 & 24 | Rated PG

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.”)

Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)

December 30 & January 2 | Rated PG

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 Los Angeles 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?”)



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