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By Alexandra Gordon

A Christmas Story        
Ralphie” Parker wants only one thing for Christmas — an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock. But everyone, including Santa says, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” We all know the famous pole-licking scene, and most have probably seen this film at least a dozen times. But it’s cute in a boyish way and always on. So, why not?

A Charlie Brown Christmas        
Okay, it’s not a movie. Who cares? The Peanuts rule and Linus’ Meaning of Christmas monologue is the cutest and sweetest thing ever.

Dr. Seuss –How the Grinch Stole Christmas        
Again, not a movie; but its Dr. Seuss. No matter how old we get, our love for Seuss never fades ­ even if Jim Carrey almost single-handedly ruined Grinch for good. The original animated version is the only way to go, with those classic narrations.

This is what I like to call a pity listing. A man raised as an elf (Will Ferell) goes in search of his true identity after wreaking havoc in the North Pole. Ferell is just not funny. In fact, he hasn’t been funny since “Old School.” But it¹s Christmas, the season of giving, so we¹ll give him a spot on the list.

Bad Santa        
Billy Bob Thornton is truly bad in this movie about an alcoholic mall Santa and his elf accomplice who rip off malls on Christmas Eve. The comedy is downright raunchy and in poor taste, thankfully so. You¹ll be on the floor. Keep an eye out for Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls.” In this flick she’s got a fetish for Santa.

The Family Man        
Jack Campbell (Nicholas Cage) drives a Ferrari, lives in a penthouse and works for a multinational corporation. In his mind, he’s got it made. But a mysterious bum thinks otherwise. The next thing Jack knows he wakes up in the suburbs, married to his college sweetheart Kate (Tea Leoni). He’s a father and works at a tire store. Although he balks at first, Jack learns that maybe there’s something more to life than stuff in this modern adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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