Movies for Winter

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With winter just around the corner, it’s time to visit and revisit some holiday classics as well as some unexpected recommendations from your resident movie guy!

“Elf”

In the spirit of Christmas movies past, this lighthearted romp not only has all the great Will Ferrell gags you’ve come to expect by now, but also includes young Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”) as the cute department store worker Ferrell plays opposite to.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Both very dark and heartwarming, this perennial classic perfectly captures the spirit of curling up with the family and popping in that old DVD or even VHS you dug up.

“American Beauty”

In the first of several unconventional holiday movie choices, this drama is chilly on the surface but warm beneath the story’s layers and serves up some big, conceptually challenging emotional ideas. (Fair warning: awkward to watch with your family)

“Die Hard”

While not exactly in the traditional holiday spirit, this movie takes place on Christmas Day so it counts! Full of rollicking action and featuring a classic Grinchy performance by Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) as the villain.

“Scream”

Missed watching a horror movie from the October season? Check out this incredibly fun, satirical, 90’s romp that plays like an R-rated Scooby-Doo episode with a masked killer, a high school, and  suspects to boot. It likely won’t traumatize you like more serious horror movies, so this could work for your Christmas morning flick.

“Groundhog Day”

Does it take place in February? Technically. It is an annual classic at any household, with a snow-covered smalltown plotline? Exactly. Full of charming moments and great characters.

“The Princess Bride”

A family watch that’s endlessly quotable? Check. Totally charming, enchanting, swashbuckling, and probably  reminiscent of your childhood memories? Double check.

“The Shape of Water”

Like an adult fairytale with “Beauty and the Beast” parables galore, revisit last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture to prepare for this year’s quickly oncoming 2019 Oscar season.

 

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