Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas
You like your Christmas movies dark, funny and ironic. You not only consider Die Hard a Christmas movie—you think it’s the best one.
Gremlins (1984) Mix a Christmas story about a wacky small town with a deadly monster invasion story, and you get this slice of your childhood. It’s as fun as you remember. Just keep in mind that what earned it a PG rating back in the ’80s would likely make it PG-13 today—including a brutal reveal about the Big Guy. It’s presented as a movie party, with fun props and a festive environment. December 6 and December 7 at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Batman Returns (1992) Tim Burton once dared to ask: “What if we took everything audiences loved about Batman and added a demented, merciless, nose-biting, raised-by-penguins mutant? And make it a Christmas movie.” It’s so much fun. December 12 at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) This dark Finnish horror fantasy follows a group of miners who get more than they bargained for when they accidentally capture Santa Claus. Cue the attack by undead reindeer and monstrous elves. Leave the kids at home for this one. December 14 at the Moxie.
All I Want for Christmas is You
You like Christmas movies, especially the grown-up variety—with some romance mixed in.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) One of the most charming classic romantic comedies is also a pretty great Christmas film. Jimmy Stewart and Maureen Sullivan play two pen pals who fall for each other, not realizing that they already know each other in real life—and hate each other’s guts. Fun, smart script and direction by Ernst Lubitsch. December 3 at the Moxie.
The Holiday (2006) Mom-com queen Nancy Meyers gives us not one, but two (!) charming couples and two incredible houses. Escapist fun at its best with a stellar cast including Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black and Eli Wallach. Brunch screenings December 3 and December 4 at the Alamo Drafthouse.
The Apartment (1960) One of the smartest scripts from G.O.A.T. screenwriter Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Some Like it Hot), this Best Picture winner is romantic, funny and cynical. Despite soul-crushing jobs, sleazy bosses, workplace harassment, loneliness and depression, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine shine like Christmas lights, and we root for them to get together. Brunch screening on December 31 at the Alamo Drafthouse.
When Harry Met Sally (1989) Still funny and insightful 33 years after its premiere, this is Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron all operating at full blast. January 3 at the Alamo Drafthouse.