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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

LET THE MYSTERY UNFOLD.  After the death of her mother, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) ends up in a magical world where she learns that not everything is what it seems… This 3D reimagining and combination of the 1816 story and the 1892 Petipa/Tchaikovsky ballet looks gorgeous, but the stunning technical details can’t conceal the fact that … Continue reading The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Fanny and Alexander: Dark Christmas

Ingmar Bergman would have been 100 years old next year, so in his honor Stockholm’s leading department store dedicated their annual Christmas window display to Fanny and Alexander. I can certainly see why; the opulent portrait of turn-of-the-century bourgeois Christmas festivities has captured the imagination of anyone who’s ever seen the film. In Sweden, ”a … Continue reading Fanny and Alexander: Dark Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas

Christmas is coming, and the three Chicago moms (Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell) face an additional challenge – a visit from their mothers. A quickly assembled sequel likely to satisfy fans of the first movie, even though there’s no real story, just scenes illustrating the many problems between three sets of mothers and two … Continue reading A Bad Moms Christmas

Miracle on 34th Street

EXPERIENCE THE MIRACLE.  A remake of the 1947 Christmas classic where a department store event director (Elizabeth Perkins) hires a friendly, helpful old man (Richard Attenborough) to be Santa… but then he turns out to actually believe in the myth. The film tries to update the story a little bit, but still goes for an … Continue reading Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

Macy’s event director Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) hires Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) as a santa, first for the Thanksgiving Day Parade and then at the Macy’s store… but it turns out that Kringle actually believes that he’s Santa. A perennial Christmas classic, a cute story about a jolly, elder man who is a real believer … Continue reading Miracle on 34th Street

Eyes Wide Shut

After attending a Christmas party that results in an argument with his wife (Nicole Kidman), New York doctor Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) leaves their apartment and is ultimately tempted to go to a mysterious engagement at a country mansion… Stanley Kubrick’s last movie became his biggest commercial hit because of the leads’ star charisma and … Continue reading Eyes Wide Shut