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6 holiday films screening in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL and MICHAELA RITCHIE

There are many classic festive flicks screening in Calgary until Christmas, and some are free! Check out our list of movies, all of which have been previously viewed and loved by us in the past and are often part of our holiday season traditions.

Photo by Michaela Ritchie.

BUTTERMILK CINEMA

Buttermilk Fine Waffles is screening two beloved holiday films at its restaurant on December 22.

Home Alone
 First up is Home Alone, which features the adventures of a precocious and slightly unhinged 8-year-old boy (played by Macaulay Culkin) left behind by his negligent family over the holidays. At first pleased to run the house, he finds himself tasked with defending the homestead from burglers. Hilarity ensues!
• Buttermilk Fine Waffles, 330 – 17 Ave SW, buttermilkfinewaffles.com

Love Actually
The second film playing at Buttermilk Fine Waffles on December 22, Love Actually, is one of those romantic comedies many love to hate. The movie follows the lives of several people over the holidays whose lives are intertwined in various ways. There’s multiple airport sequences! An octopus costume in a school play! A prime minister who is aptly described as “single as a Pringle and ready to mingle” by Michaela Ritchie! Stalking presented as a romantic overture! All this and more!
• Buttermilk Fine Waffles, 330 – 17 Ave SW, buttermilkfinewaffles.com

CHRISTMAS IN KENSINGTON

On December 23, visit Kensington for their annual holiday celebration, which includes free coffee and hot chocolate, selfies with Santa, wagon rides and all those Christmas lights.

Die Hard
Best of all to movie lovers, the festivities include a screening of Die Hard at the Plaza Theatre. The motion picture stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, a New York cop trying to save his wife and others being held hostage by a group of robbers during a staff Christmas party. Alan Rickman starred in his first major role here as memorable and scene-stealing German villain Hans Gruber. For those who argue this isn’t a Christmas flick, it takes place during a staff Christmas party, there’s plenty of seasonal decorations and sprinkles of holiday music throughout the film.
• Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd NW, visitkensington.com 

GLOBE CINEMA HOLIDAY FILM SERIES

This is the Globe Cinema’s first holiday film series! All weekend the Globe will be serving rum and coconut egg nog (which is vegan) for only $5. Canned caesars are on special for $5 for the weekend, and they will be serving the regular bar menu (Big Rock beer and cider and various canned mixed drinks). They will also have non-alcoholic options such coffee, tea, hot chocolate and TrueBuch Kombucha.

It’s A Wonderful Life
Featuring what are perhaps James Stewart and Donna Reed’s most revered performances, this timeless story recounts the wonderful life of George Bailey (Stewart), revealed to the viewer in flashback, as the man hovers over a bridge ready to commit suicide. (Why the story is considered a heartwarming Christmas classic is beyond us!) George’s guardian angel Clarence comes to the rescue, altering the timeline of George’s life to show him that his history, through plagued with turmoil, has not really been all that bad—some might even say it’s been wonderful! Fraught with plenty of emotion and nostalgia appropriate to the season, this film leaves no dry eyes in the audience whenever it plays.
• Globe Cinema, 617 – 8 Ave SW, globecinema.ca

Edward Scissorhands 
On December 24, bring your Christmas cheer down a notch with Edward Scissorhands. This Tim Burton classic is about an artificial man with scissors for hands struggling to find love, meaning and belonging in an American suburb. The quirkiness and dark humour of this movie will keep you afloat as Edward finds himself vilified by the townspeople. Vincent Price was Edward’s maker. Edward becomes an in-demand hairstylist. We find out why it snows on Christmas. It’s the kind of holiday movie that should seen by anyone who has felt loneliness and isolation, and anyone who has felt the need to bully people different from them.
• Globe Cinema, 617 – 8 Ave SW, globecinema.ca

Mystery Movie
Show up and be surprised by Globe Cinema’s choice of a mystery movie for its holiday film series on December 24. Jordan Schinkel, Globe Cinema’s manager, tells us it’s a cheeseball comedy and a great way to wrap up the series.
• Globe Cinema, 617 – 8 Ave SW, globecinema.ca

This story has been updated on December 22 with recent screenings and additional information. 

 

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