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Movies for the Less Joyful

Dec 17, 2010 12:09 PM | 0 comments

I’ve never been a fan of the holiday season. The shopping, the crowds, the bright lights—it’s all way too much for someone that enjoys low-maintenance celebrations. So, I’m always pleased when I come across a movie that takes an “alternative” view of my least favorite time of the year. Here are some of my choices for what to watch in the coming weeks if you’re anything like me.



Stories intertwine as a broke cashier, an English guy and soap opera actors all have serious (and hilarious) brushes with the law in L.A. and Vegas. And it’s all during Christmas! 



A retelling of Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray as an executive with a heart as cold as the holiday weather.


Pieces of April

Admittedly this movie takes place during Thanksgiving, but it’s a great nod to how tough the holidays can be, as an outcast daughter struggles to reconnect with her family.


Batman Returns

As Gotham City celebrates the holidays, the Caped Crusader has to fend off the villainous actions of Catwoman (played by an awesome Michelle Pfeiffer) and the Penguin.


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Nothing goes right as a family tries to celebrate Christmas under one roof. Watch out for the flying squirrel!

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