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MOVIES: 25 Days of Christmas Films

MOVIES: 25 Days of Christmas Films

Macaulay Culkin stars in the John Hughes classic "Home Alone." Photo: WENN

Countdown to Christmas with these festive movies. Check back each weekday for a new holiday recommendation.

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December 6th: Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually

Love Actually | 137 min | R
Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Billy Nighy, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightly, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman

This movie has more British stars than The Harry Potter series! Don’t let that mislead you into watching this film with the whole family, it’s pretty raunchy. At times more naughty than nice, Love Actually is still a heartwarming story about the triumphs and challenges of love and life’s adventures along the way. Settle in and prepared yourself for an amazing soundtrack.

Catch it on TV: Thursday, December 12th and Friday, December 13th on AMC
Streaming on Netflix: Yes


December 7th: Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins

Gremlins | 106 min | PG/PG-13*
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman

“Gremlins” is a classic tale of responsibility and a Christmas gift gone very wrong. When Billy’s dad buys an adorable Mogwai creature from a mysterious store in Chinatown he pays little attention to the shopkeeper’s warning: Keep it out of bright light, don’t get it wet, and NEVER feed it after midnight. Guess how long it takes before things go wrong!

*Warning: This movie was originally rated PG, but that’s an early 80’s rating, so it’s still kind of terrifying.

Streaming on Netflix: No


December 8th: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

FILE - In this file image originally provided by United Feature Syndicate Inc. VIA ABC TV, Charlie Brown and Linus appear in a scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," a television special based on the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. Charles Schulz' comic-strip and cartoon characters will star in their own animated film scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 25, 2015.

Photo: AP Photo/ABC/1965 United Feature Syndicate Inc./File

A Charlie Brown Chrismtas | 25 min | TV G
Starring: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Tracy Stratford, Kathy Steinberg, Bill Melendez

Rediscover the true meaning of Christmas with that help of Charlie Brown and a sad little fir tree. After the gang focuses too much on the commercial side of the holiday a few heartwarming speeches from Charlie brown (and a classic monologue from Linus) set them right. This made-for-TV special is the perfect holiday movie for little kids (and it’s only 25 minutes!)

Catch it on TV: Thursday, December 19th on ABC
Streaming on Netflix: No


December 9th: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Meet Me In St Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis | 113 min | Unrated
Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Aston, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake

A family of seven (with four daughters) living in St. Louis in 1904. When the father decides to move the family to New York the children are devastated that they will have to leave their friends and miss the World’s Fair. The climax of the film takes place at a fancy ball on Christmas Eve before Judy Garland sings her now famous “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Streaming on Netflix: No


December 10th: Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone

Home Alone | 103 min | PG
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Caterine O’Hara

8-year-old Kevin McCallister is left behind when his family goes to Paris for the holidays, but he’s not really alone. Two bungling burglars have their eye on his home and it’s his job to defend it. Kevin learns some lessons about grown-up responsibilities and not taking things for granted before setting off some cringe-worthy booby-traps you’ll never forget.

Catch it on TV: Tuesday, December 10th on AMC
Streaming on Netflix: No

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