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  • Call Me Claus

    Call Me Claus

    ★★★½

    Though mostly derivative of other, considerably better, Christmas movies, there's an unending charm in watching curmudgeonly TV producer Whoopi Goldberg's heart melted by the consummate magic of Christmas. Though this may be an ordinary, mundane Christmas flick, the beauty in watching Goldberg's conversion from moody to merry is truly heartwarming.

    Nigel Hawthorne (in his final performance; the film premiered just three weeks or so before his death from a heart attack) delivers sincerely the most brilliant Santa Claus I've ever seen - aside from Richard Attenborough in the dazzling Les Mayfield remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

  • Father Frost

    Father Frost

    ★★

    (English dub)

    Well, that was one hell of an oddity.

    Father Frost can be best described as one marvellously weird 60s Soviet musical Christmas movie, with narcissistic heroes being turned into bears and snarling Baba-Yagas and overfilled eyebrows and a wild, wacky time is certainly to be had. It definitely entertained.

    However, I did find it to be a little overlong (even with its short running time) and even sometimes, flat-out boring (despite its renown for its hilarious inadequacies), with…

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    I adore the medium of film. The fact that anything can happen, in any place, any time period, excites me in a way nothing else can. Of course, there's the stinkers of the movie world, but for every unfortunate event playing out on screen, there's two or three prodigious ones. However, the film world may be dandy and fresh, but there's one thing that has always got on my nerves.

    Whenever a child star portrays a lead character in a…

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★★

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    This is the greatest film I've ever seen. Singin' in the Rain may be insurmountably good, but even with its great musical numbers and the unbeatable Jean Hagen, it still hasn't left a mark on me like Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) has. Almost an hour after seeing it, I'm still respiring for air, thanks to its exhilarating nature,…