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Arts and Entertainment

LAist Film Calendar 12/23-12/26: Sick Santas & Golden Globe Nominees

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Bing Crosby may have sung of a White Christmas, but the holiday brings us plenty of dark theaters. Have no fear! There are still more gems than lumps of coal!

The Aero caps off its Holiday Films series with a Santastic two-fer of Elf (which has really emerged as a new holiday tradition) and the director's cut of Bad Santa. If the latter isn't evil enough for you, Laemmle's Pasadena has morning shows of Rare Exports, a Finnish comedy that unearths the truth about Santa and his demonic minions.

The Cinefamily has a much fuzzier afternoon screening of Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas. Their evening program sports fuzzy-brained Canadian kiddie kino The Christmas Martian and another of their infamous Mondo mixtapes. Bring your own egg nog, they'll have plenty of fruit cake!

If none of that fits your holiday tradition, the Royal Theatre boasts a Fiddler on the Roof sing-a-long Christmas Eve. Chinese takeout goes great with Manischewitz! For secular magic, head back Christmas morning for The Illusionist, the Golden Globe nominated sleight of heart from French animator Sylvain Chomet (Triplets of Belleville).

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Grinchy Globe-watchers take note: Aussie crime thriller Animal Kingdom reemerges briefly in the wilds of Beverly Hills. The film's malevolent matriarch Jacki Weaver is up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The Nuart brings even more pain - and nominations - with 127 Hours, up for Best Actor, Screenplay and Score.

For some Globes of Christmas Past, take the cannoli to the New Bev for a deadly double of The Godfather (winner of Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay & Score) and The Godfather: Part II (nominated for the same - can't win 'em all!). Six hours at the cinema for $7? That's an offer you can't refuse!

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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Sunday 12/26

That's all for this week. Have you been good this year?