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  • Scrooged

    Scrooged

    ★★★★★

    TOP 5 ICONIC CHRISTMAS CHARACTERS

    5. Jesus Christ, "the reason for the season"
    4. Kevin McAllister, a dangerous child
    3. Krampus, some kind of fearsome demon
    2. Santa Claus, bringer of Yuletide cheer
    1. Carol Kane, ultraviolent ghost-fairy

  • One Magic Christmas

    One Magic Christmas

    ★★★

    I had this recommended to me when I was seeking out lesser-known Christmas movies last week, but the recommendation came with a disclaimer:

    Just keep in mind that it has a happy ending, so you don't reach for a length of rope and the nearest rickety stool.

    To be fair, the Walt Disney logo at the start of the film probably works on the same level. This was never going to go FULLY bleak, but it is surprisingly willing to…

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  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes

    ★★★★

    Murder, betrayal and corruption in Atlantic City! There's a lot of cliches here, but the energetic direction and performances carry it through with style... Nicolas Cage hits a nice mid-point between his wildest roles and the more subtle ones, as a corrupt-yet-loveable cop investigating a murder during a boxing match. Stan Shaw, as the defeated boxer, is particularly great - the deflated pride and pain in his eyes as he talks about losing his heavyweight belt feel really genuine, an…

  • Addams Family Values

    Addams Family Values

    ★★★★★

    Morticia: I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just... I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.

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