There are two kinds of people: those who have a favorite holiday movie and those on the naughty list for being straight-up liars. Even the most heartless film critic has a favorite, whether it's Jimmy Stewart saving the town in It's a Wonderful Life or Bruce Willis shimmying through the air ducts in Die Hard, because the variety is endless. This week's big-screen line-up is your chance to come out of the ornament storage closet and live your truth.
Start with the classics. The Eureka Theater shows Christmas in Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. ($5). It's Barbara Stanwyck as a phony of a food writer trying to fake a Pioneer Woman lifestyle for her editor (Sydney Greenstreet) and a returning vet (Dennis Morgan).
On Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. you can push aside all your conflicted feelings about the rebooted series and relax into the familiarity of The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) with Michael Caine as Scrooge at the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($5).
Do you need an excuse to hit the grand, old Winema Theater? How about pizza and a B movie? On Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m., you can take the family for dinner, music by Winema Winds and a showing of Santa Conquers the Martians (dinner $5, $3 kids under 6; movie $5, $3 kids 6-16, free to kids 5 and under). The title kind of says it all.
Maybe next year you can stop pretending you've never seen Love, Actually.