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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

Heartburn

THEY THOUGHT IT WAS LOVE. IT WAS REALLY HEARTBURN. New York City food writer Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep) and columnist Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) fall in love and start a family… but she soon learns that he’s back to his old womanizing ways. Nora Ephron based the novel on her own experiences with Carl Bernstein, … Continue reading Heartburn

The Nightmare Before Christmas

A GHOULISH TALE WITH WICKED HUMOR & STUNNING ANIMATION. Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, discovers a portal to Christmas Town and tries to introduce this new holiday to his people… who misunderstand completely. Ten years after originating as a project for Tim Burton when he was working for Disney, this charming and ghoulish … Continue reading The Nightmare Before Christmas

Frankenweenie

When young Victor Frankenstein loses his best friend, Sparky the dog, in an accident, he successfully brings the animal back to life in a thunderstorm. Tim Burton’s remake of the 1984 short that got him fired from Disney is a fast-paced stop-motion adventure in 3D that has the balls to also be in black-and-white. An … Continue reading Frankenweenie

Temple Grandin

WHAT MADE HER DIFFERENT MADE HER EXCEPTIONAL. The story about the real-life Temple Grandin is more remarkable than this TV movie, but the filmmakers do their best to illustrate Grandin’s autism and how it made her view her surroundings, always thinking in pictures, which ultimately helped her become an innovator in the cattle industry and … Continue reading Temple Grandin

Beetle Juice

THE NAME IN LAUGHTER FROM THE HEREAFTER. The recently deceased Maitlands (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) find it difficult to scare off an unpleasant family that’s moved into their house; maybe a ghost that exorcises people is the answer? Director Tim Burton’s second film became his breakthrough and his knack for mixing up comedy with darker stuff … Continue reading Beetle Juice

Where the Wild Things Are

THERE’S ONE IN ALL OF US.  Lonely 9-year-old Max (Max Records) runs away from home and ends up in a place far away where the wild things are… and they declare Max their king. An adaptation of the beloved children’s story that takes itself seriously and comes very close to capturing (and reminding older audiences … Continue reading Where the Wild Things Are

Monster House

THREE KIDS. ONE HOUSE. IT’S ALIVE! Old man Nebbercracker makes sure every kid in the neighborhood stays scared of his house… but there is a monstrous reason for it. Co-executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis and their body of work must have been a source of inspiration for the director in his vivid, adventurous … Continue reading Monster House

Over the Hedge

GET OVER IT. RJ, a raccoon, helps a group of foragers steal food from suburban households, but he fails to tell his new buddies that he needs the food to appease an angry bear. Considering how many similar animated comedies about wisecracking, perky animals there are, it’s quite a surprise to learn just how good … Continue reading Over the Hedge

For Your Consideration

As veteran actors Marilyn Hack and Victor Alan Miller (Catherine O’Hara, Harry Shearer) are working on a movie together, they learn that their performances are generating Oscar buzz for the first time ever in their careers. Another mockumentary from director Christopher Guest, who probably objects to that term since he and co-writer Eugene Levy clearly have … Continue reading For Your Consideration

Surviving Christmas

SHARE THE WARMTH. Successful but lonely ad executive Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) suffers a crisis and pays the family that currently lives in his childhood home to spend Christmas with him. A bizarre plot to be sure, although it does highlight the desperation lonely people might feel at Christmas. Affleck’s part cries out for a … Continue reading Surviving Christmas