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Staff Holiday Movie Picks

La’Donna Bryer

 

Best Man Holiday (2013) – Best Man Holiday is a romantic drama that brings friends together after 15 years of being apart. Though much has changed in their lives, the friends and viewers will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to be reignited.

 

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Last Holiday (2006)- When saleswoman Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) discovers she has a terminal illness she does the only thing there is to do: reflects on her life and withdraws her life savings to travel to Europe and live like a millionaire. Upbeat and passionate, Georgia charms everybody she meets, including renowned Chef Didier (Gérard Depardieu). Things get complicated when longtime crush Sean Matthews (LL Cool J) enters her new life.

 

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Meghan Henoumont

 

Magic Christmas Tree (1964): Remember the Christmas story your parents told you about the boy who hit his head, hallucinated for months, saved a cat named Lucifer, and befriended the creepiest talking tree of all time? If not grab a hot mug of cocoa and gather around the T.V. with the ones you love for a steaming slice of holiday weird.

 

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Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972): Santa crashes on a beach in Florida and the local kids/farm animals can’t get his sled out! Is Christmas ruined for everyone? That, and many other questions are never answered, as Santa decides to tell the story of Thumbelina instead. If you’re more excited by the idea of a surreal Christmas versus the Traditional variety this movie is for you.

 

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Jeff Boudreaux

 

The Shop around the Corner (1940) – Frequent film team Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan work together in a small luggage shop in Budapest. They can’t stand the sight of one another, yet have fallen in love through a series of anonymous letters. Sounds familiar? It was remade in 1998 as “You’ve Got Mail,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (frequent co-stars as well). This original has it all: comedy, romance, and heart-warming drama. Oh, and the best part of the film is set on Christmas Eve. If you’re in the mood for a true classic, look no further than this amazing gem from Director Ernst Lubitsch (“Ninotchka,” “Heaven Can Wait”) and the MGM Dream Factory.

 

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Christmas in Connecticut (1945) – Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck plays Elizabeth Lane, a homemaking advice columnist who lives in a one bedroom apartment and doesn’t actually know the first thing about cooking. Dennis Morgan plays a Naval sailor, rescued from a lifeboat during World War II. What better publicity for the magazine than to invite the sailor to Lane’s “house” for Christmas dinner? A terrific “screwball” comedy of false pretenses, inconveniences, and finding romance in the unlikeliest of circumstances, “Christmas in Connecticut” is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and place you right in the mood for some holiday cheer!

 

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – Who doesn’t love this movie? Wait a minute. You mean you’ve never seen it?! Well, are you in for a treat! There’s a reason this perennial favorite is synonymous with Christmas – it personifies “good will toward men.” George Bailey (James Stewart) sacrificed his dreams of seeing the world to spend his life helping others in his small hometown. When he loses everything, he figures he’s worth more dead than alive. Attempting to throw away God’s greatest gift – life – he gets an unexpected visit from Clarence (Henry Travers), his guardian angel, who shows George what life would be like if he had never been born. By the end of this movie, there won’t be a dry eye in the house! Just remember, “No man is a failure who has friends.” Directed by the legendary Frank Capra (“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “It Happened One Night”).

 

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Susan Hague

 

Although “Trading Places,” starring Dan Akroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis and Eddie Murphy, is not your traditional holiday movie, it has its moments. Most memorable Christmas scene? The office Christmas party with Dan Akroyd as a drunk and disgruntled Santa at his former workplace. It’s worth seeing again just for that.

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