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Now that those goody-goody holiday bills of It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story have lain down all snug in their beds, it's time for a real holiday party: Gremlins, gore & Bill Murray. For an even creepier Christmas, the Cinefamily presents "Mondo Xmas", collecting Christmas Evil (John Waters' favorite holiday film), its writer/director Lewis Jackson, a series of outtakes screening for the first (and last) time, aborted animations, quirky commercials & all sorts of odds & sods. The New Beverly's got more seasonal slashing on tap with New Year's Evil, their midnight movie this Saturday. It's got punk rockers, creepy phone calls and it's unavailable on DVD. Sold.

Equally rare, and disproportionately classier, are the Paul Newman obscurities & classics billed at the Egyptian. Golden-age curmudgeon W.C. Fields lights up the screen across town at the Aero, and if your New Year's party has dinosaurs, alien virii, or Peter Sellers, you'll know you've gone to heaven too. If you'd rather pay tribute to a living legend, the Arclight has Dustin Hoffman in-person for his latest, Last Chance Harvey. It probably doesn't have avian lawyers, schizophrenic DA's or giant bunnies, but no movie's perfect.

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Full list appears after the jump. See you at the movies!

All Week
Che (2008) (Nuart Theatre) (Full Roadshow Version) (exclusive engagement)
Waltz With Bashir (2008) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre & Town Center 5) (exclusive engagement)

Thursday 12/25
42nd Street (1933) / Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) (New Beverly Cinema) (through Saturday 12/27/08)
Adam Resurrected (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (LAST DAY)
Gomorrah (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (LAST DAY)
Mondo Xmas (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
My Name Is Bruce (2008) (Nuart Theatre) (LAST DAY)

Friday 12/26
42nd Street (1933) / Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) (New Beverly Cinema) (through Saturday 12/27/08)
Army Of Darkness (1993) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Chat (2009) / Holdomar: Ukraine's Genocide of 1932-1933 (2008) (2:30PM)
* Treasures Of The Copper Scroll (2008) / Behind The Lens (2008) / Propel (2008) / The Train (2008) (5:00PM)
* Orphans Of Apollo (2008) / In The Name Of The Son (2007) / Unhinged (2008) (7:30PM)
* The Agony Of The Ganges (2008) / Sam And Zoe (2007) / School Of Thought (2008) (10:00PM)
Cool Hand Luke (1967) / WUSA (1970) (The Egyptian Theatre) (Paul Newman Tribute Weekend)
Gremlins (1984) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Old Fashioned Way (1934) / You're Telling Me! (1934) (Aero Theatre) (Screwball Comedy Holidays: W.C. Fields)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (New Beverly Cinema) (Midnight Movie)

Saturday 12/27
42nd Street (1933) / Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) (New Beverly Cinema) (LAST DAY)
Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Dismal (2007) (2:30PM)
* Fields Of Demeter (2007) / In The Wind (2008) / X-Treme Weekend (2008) (5:00PM)
* Contract Killers (2008) / Wonderkammer (2008) (7:30PM)
* In My Living Room (2008) / Annulment (2008) / Running With The Boys (2007) / Survival Value (2008) (10:00PM)
Idiot's Delight (1939) (Starlight Studio) (Hollywood Dreams Made Real: Irving Thalberg & The Rise Of MGM)
My Man Godfrey (1936) / His Girl Friday (1940) (Aero Theatre) (Screwball Comedy Holidays)
New Year's Evil (1980) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Nuart Theatre) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show)
The Room (2003) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Midnight Show)
Slap Shot (1977) / Harper (1966) (The Egyptian Theatre) (Paul Newman Tribute Weekend)

Sunday 12/28
Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Print (2008) / Freedom's Gate (2008) / Who's Wagging Who (2008) (2:30PM)
* Torn From The Flag (2007) / Found (2008) (5:00PM)
* Bricktown (2007) / Promise (2008) (7:30PM)
* Creative Nature (2008) / We Are Croissan'wich (2008) (10:00PM)
Jurassic Park (1993) / The Andromeda Strain (1971) (New Beverly Cinema) (through Tuesday 12/30/08)
Last Chance Harvey (2008) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (5PM: Q&A with Dustin Hoffman)
The Miracle Of Morgan's Creek (1944) / The Lady Eve (1941) (Aero Theatre) (Preston Sturges Double Feature)
The Party (1968) (The Bay Theatre)
Scrooged (1988) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
The Verdict (1982) / Sometimes A Great Notion (1971) (The Egyptian Theatre) (Paul Newman Tribute Weekend)

Monday 12/29
Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Shorts Program: Black (2008) / Interpersonalities (2008) / Operation: Manor Assault (2008) / Rare Chicken Rescue (2008) / Rendezvous (2008) (2:30PM)
* Defying Gravity (2007) / Superglue (2008) (5:00PM)
* Waiting For My Real Life (2008) / The Nth Sector (2008) (7:30PM)
* Jinx Sister (2008) / The Art Of Getting Over It (2008) (10:00PM)
Jurassic Park (1993) / The Andromeda Strain (1971) (New Beverly Cinema) (through Tuesday 12/30/08)
The Party (1968) (The Bay Theatre)
Scrooged (1988) (Arclight Hollywood)

Tuesday 12/30
Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Favorite Son (2008) / Dirt (2008) (2:30PM)
* Witt's Daughter (2008) / L.A. Wedding Eve (2006) / The Miracle (2007) (5:00PM)
* Sounds (2008) / Traveling In Circles (2008) (7:30PM)
* Jesus In India (2007) / Twilight (2008) (10:00PM)
Jurassic Park (1993) / The Andromeda Strain (1971) (LAST DAY)
Scrooged (1988) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)

Wednesday 12/31
Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Daddy Goes Ptarmigan Hunting (2008) / It's Just Business (2008) (12:00PM)
* Jackson (2008) / Clean Off (2008) (2:30PM)
* The Girl Who Cried Flowers (2008) (5:00PM)
The Old Town Music Hall's New Year's Party (Old Time Music Hall)

That's all for this week. Love it or Netflix it.

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Compiled by Ed Robins