Category Archives: Christmas Cinema

Movies selected for viewing during the Christmas season.

White Christmas

In 1942, Bing Crosby starred in Mark Sandrich’s Holiday Inn and performed the now-classic Irving Berlin song “White Christmas”. Twelve years later, Paramount would have him star in a film named directly for that song, this time directed by Michael … Continue reading

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Rise of the Guardians

A Golden Globe Best Animated Feature nominee in 2012, a reasonably tough year, Rise of the Guardians may not have taken home the award, but it had met with success at the box office. I’d marked it down as one … Continue reading

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Santa’s Magic Toy Bag

While most of the TV specials I’ve reviewed this year have been new offerings, Santa’s Magic Toy Bag is a little bit older — though likely still new to most people. Released in 1983 on Showtime, it wasn’t seen by … Continue reading

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Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

There are a couple of things about the legacy of Elf that have surprised me in the long run. The first is that it has now been a long run; the original film was released in 2003, and I had … Continue reading

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How Murray Saved Christmas

Part of me is glad just to see that How Murray Saved Christmas even exists, just because it means another new Christmas special made this year. For a long time, it seemed like there weren’t any being made at all, … Continue reading

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Toy Story That Time Forgot

Toy Story is the film that brought Pixar to the attention of most people, and it’s Toy Story that the studio keeps going back to time and again. There have been three films released so far, each receiving a fair … Continue reading

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Fitzwilly

Delbert Mann’s Fitzwilly is a film that came to my attention last year, as one of those seasonal films that doesn’t have any obvious Christmas references in the title. The Dick Van Dyke comedy sounded like a fun film, but … Continue reading

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