Only a grinch has a problem with Christmas movies—we've got our idea of the 50 best ones, and when you wander upon It's a Wonderful Life on TV, we defy you not to watch for a while (and privately wipe away your tears). But honestly, some of them are more fun than others. Will Ferrell in tights? More entertaining than, say, The Polar Express. You know this.
Happily, Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema knows it too. Their "Nitehawk Saves Xmas" series is already underway. The titles unspooling over the next two weeks are the kind of holiday movies that redeem the genre: thick slices of comfort food, a little bad for you. Don't miss this weekend's Silent Night, Deadly Night (Fri 18, Sat 19 midnight), in which Santa comes down the chimney with an ax. (We won't begrudge you that much if you opt for Saturday and Sunday brunch screenings of Steven Spielberg's decidedly more gentle Hook.)
The following weekend, opt for the sick comedy Gremlins (don't feed them after midnight but feed yourself: Nitehawk's Fri 25 and Sat 26 screenings start at the witching hour and they serve a full dinner menu). Or basic out with your basics and do 11:15am brunch screenings with Love Actually on Sat 26 and Sun 27. While you cry over Hugh Grant, others will be laughing in the theater next door at National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (same days, also brunch).
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