The Hebrew Hammer (R)

December 21, 2014

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Identified as “the baddest Hebrew this side of Tel Aviv,” Adam Goldberg takes center stage in one of the most outlandish and entertaining holiday films you’ll ever unwrap. I discovered the 2003 indy title “The Hebrew Hammer” while doing my annual search of obscure seasonal movies. The word obscure, in this case, would be a great understatement. (more…)

Christmas Cupid (TV)

December 20, 2014

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When it comes to family centric, cheesy and cheery feel good holiday movies, no one tops the Hallmark Channel; but ABC Family comes in a close second. As part of their annual 25 Days of Christmas campaign, said network released the lackluster “Christmas Cupid” in December of 2010, and while somewhat charming, the movie fails to warm the heart like many of its predecessors are able to do. (more…)

A Christmas Carol (PG)

December 19, 2014

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It would be difficult to find someone who doesn’t know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, and the three ghosts of Christmas. The classic tale, penned by the brilliant Charles Dickens nearly two centuries ago, is a staple during the holiday season and has been told and retold on film hundreds of times with different elements and angles in attempt to keep it fresh. One of the best renditions comes courtesy of the 2009 Disney release “A Christmas Carol.”

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Eight Crazy Nights (PG-13)

December 14, 2014

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Even as an animated cartoon character, Adam Sandler’s typical crude and obnoxious self manages to etch through the screen in his 2002 Hanukkah themed “Eight Crazy Nights.” Not to be confused with a typical cheer filled holiday movie, “Eight Crazy Nights” is a dour tale with barbaric humor that thoroughly earns and overtly flaunts its PG-13 rating.

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12 Dates of Christmas (TV)

December 5, 2014

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“It’s like drunk dialing without the alcohol.” Advises Kate’s best friend Miyoko, after Kate has informed her that she has just made a desperate and uninvited Christmas Eve phone call to her ex-boyfriend. Quirky banter like this, teamed with a fun and interesting story is what makes the 2011 made for TV holiday piece “12 Dates of Christmas” a delightfully warm and thoroughly enjoyable seasonal flick.

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Interstellar (PG-13)

December 4, 2014

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Christopher Nolan’s latest, is somewhat of a departure for the director. It’s his first out-and-out Science Fiction film, and has been advertised as a more emotional attempt from the typically cold and intellectual filmmaker. Starring man of the moment and recent Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, and featuring state of the art special effects filmed in IMAX, Nolan has created an entertaining and interesting film that is hampered by Nolan’s recurring flaws: pedestrian direction, stilted dialogue, and pretentiousness. (more…)

The Santa Clause (PG)

December 3, 2014

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When television stars attempt to cross the line into movies, the result can be a mixed bag of success. George Clooney successfully transitioned to the big screen from his television roots on ER, winning two Academy Awards to date and commanding top billing in powerhouse roles. On the flip side, Chevy Chase vaulted to stardom in the mid-1970s with Saturday Night Live but has since produced a plethora of deplorable movies, specifically the nearly unwatchable National Lampoon’s franchise. (more…)