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Holiday Movies

Where and when to catch classic Christmas films on the big screen.

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Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life.  

A Pink Christmas
Cobble Hill Cinemas, Dec. 1, 4 p.m.
This 1978 animated adaptation of O. Henry’s short story "The Cop and the Anthem" finds the Pink Panther roaming New York City in search of a Christmas dinner, working as a department-store Santa, and nearly getting jailed along the way.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Landmark Sunshine Cinema, Dec. 5 and 6, midnight
Midnight screenings are more of a Halloween staple, but Tim Burton’s slightly twisted take on a Christmas tale straddles both holidays. Jack the walking skeleton tries to introduce the holiday spirit to his Halloween-obsessed town, with wildly disastrous results.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Cobble Hill Cinemas, Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
The Big Movies for Little Kids series also screens this 1966 animated TV special of Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch. With narration by Boris Karloff and animation by Chuck Jones.

Black Christmas
Landmark Sunshine Cinema, Dec. 19 and 20, midnight
If you’re feeling schmaltz overkill from too many warm and fuzzy holiday movies, this underground-favorite 1974 Christmas horror film—in which a mystery killer begins attacking members at a sorority holiday party— may be your antidote.

It’s a Wonderful Life
Brooklyn Lyceum, Dec. 20, 8 p.m.
Frank Capra’s ultimate holiday movie may have a special meaning for some this year, considering its message of banding together through tough economic times (including housing and bank crises) and its harsh portrayal of greedy executives.


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