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February 28, 2020

While I was at the periodontist’s office this week—yep, it’s that old punch line: my teeth are great, but the gums have got to go—my dentist was admiring my pocketbook. She liked the design, an illustrated look of London, complete with the famous red telephone booths,...

December 21, 2019

My 12th, and final, pick for the 12 Films of Christmas was directed by legendary Frank Capra, but it’s not the one you might think. In 1947, Capra helmed “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which was Jimmy Stewart’s big comeback role after World War II. My selection is an earlier...

December 21, 2019

My 11th pick for the 12 Films of Christmas is a sprawling love story that can give you a migraine if you try to connect all its dots. “Love Actually” (sometimes styled “Love, Actually”) debuted in 2003. Its opening date in the U.S. was November 14, and it bowed to the...

December 21, 2019

I don’t think I’m going out on a Christmas-tree limb when I say that Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” is the most influential source material for holiday interpretations. The Dickens novella has everything that a fan of literature and an enthusiast for the Yuletid...

December 21, 2019

My 10th selection for the 12 Films of Christmas is one that might, at first, seem like a head-scratcher. I’m sure there are people doing a double take and looking to see if, perhaps, I meant Halloween. I can’t blame them. Traditionally, “Bell, Book and Candle” is broug...

December 20, 2019

The eighth pick for the 12 Films of Christmas is a family favorite from 2003. “Elf,” which stars Will Ferrell as the title character, is a massive holiday hit. When it was released 16 years ago, I imagine the studio hoped it would succeed based on Ferrell’s popularity...

December 19, 2019

The seventh selection for my 12 Films of Christmas countdown—and like they say on every reality competition show, “in no particular order”—is 1952’s “O. Henry’s Full House.” To be fair, perhaps I should say 20% or 40% of this anthology movie is my Christmas pick. But t...

December 18, 2019

The sixth entry of my 12 Days of Christmas marathon is “All Is Bright,” a 2013 dramedy from Phil Morrison. Morrison achieved much acclaim back in 2005 for “Junebug,” a movie that he directed and was honored with an Oscar nod for Amy Adams. This quirky “fish out of wate...

December 17, 2019

For my fifth movie selection for the 12 Films of Christmas, I’m showcasing “A Christmas Story.” It debuted in 1983, but didn’t enjoy box-office success. Feel-good family films about Christmas were not in favor at this time, so the movie languished in theaters. Its revi...

December 16, 2019

My fourth selection for the 12 Films of Christmas is a 2006 rom-com “The Holiday.” I don’t ordinarily like movies that fall into this category; my quota for liking “meet cute” storylines is pretty filled to the brim. However, this Nancy Meyers–helmed comedy surprised m...

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