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Arts and Entertainment

LAist Film Calendar: The Andy Williams Guide to Christmas Movies

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Just what Kermit always wanted -- a Christmas ham! | Photo courtesy of Kermit On Tour via Flickr

According to Andy Williams, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Why? Scary ghost stories! On the surface, it's drier than Mormon egg-nog out there, but seen through Williams' lens, the screens are full of magic. The most wonderful film of the week may be Nightmare Before Christmas, but don't forget the ghosts in Fiddler! It's tradition! But when push comes to shove, nothing shouts red & green like the New Beverly - it's got a Muppet show, sex & violence!

Feeling Scroogey? Party like it's 1899 with Queen Victoria! Feeling Tiny & Timmy? The Horse Boy's triumph over autism will lift your spirits. Feeling nothing at all? Try Creation on for size, you monkey-lover. But let's close with the glories of screwballs from long, long ago. I wouldn't mind a bit of mistletoe and Jean Arthur, and my heart glows at the thought of the way it was meant to be: without Meg Ryan.

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

Darwin's failed attempts at liquid mistletoe lead to (r)evolutionary research. | Photo courtesy of Newmarket Films

All Week
Creation (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
A Single Man (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Young Victoria (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

Thursday 12/24
Crazy Heart (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) (sing-a-long) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)

Friday 12/25
Beetlejuice (1988) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Eggshells (1968) (drive-in midnight screening) (Steve Allen Theater)
The Horse Boy (2009) (Downtown Independent)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) / The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Mondo Christmas / Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)

Saturday 12/26
The Beaches of Agnes (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
The Horse Boy (2009) (Downtown Independent)
The More the Merrier (1943) / If Only You Could Cook (1935) (Aero Theatre)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) / The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) (New Beverly Cinema)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Singin' in the Rain (1952) / An American in Paris (1951) (Egyptian Theatre)

Sunday 12/27
The Beaches of Agnes (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Children of Paradise (1945) (New Beverly Cinema)
Creation (2009) (w/ director Jon Amiel at 4:30pm & 7:15pm screenings) (Nuart Theatre)
The Horse Boy (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Vertigo (1958) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Women (1939) / The Good Fairy (1935) (Aero Theatre)

That's all for this week. Looking forward to the Santa Claus Conquers The Martians remake starring Lil Wayne!

Compiled, as always, by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins (and family!)

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