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films to stream for the festive season (UK)

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What’s festive and available to stream on Netflix and blinkbox.

Netflix

grownups only

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Blackadder’s Christmas Carol: anyone with an ounce of sentiment will be thoroughly appalled by this gleeful, entirely mean-spirited savaging of Dickens; a welcome dose of cynicism in the sugarplum season [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas: bittersweet, down-to-earth drama about the familial upheaval that the supposedly happy holidays bring; a gem from filmmaker Ed Burns [my review] [at Netflix]
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Scrooged: a witty satire on television, with Bill Murray exuded his usual combination of smarm, insouciance, and demented charm as an 80s greed-is-good Scrooge [my review] [at Netflix]

blinkbox

grownups only

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Bad Santa: Billy Bob Thornton is a bitter, drunken, misanthropic, sex-addicted department-store Santa/thief in the meanest, curmudgeonliest, blackest holiday movie ever [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Die Hard: the 80s classic created the genre of the action comedy, and still has not been topped; its Christmas setting is a wicked bonus joke [at blinkbox]
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Edward Scissorhands: where does snow come from? Tim Burton’s modern fairy tale is a a dark and disturbing parable of loneliness and nonconformity [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Family Stone: smart, insightful flick about the tyranny a tight-knit loving family exudes when circling wagons to protect one of its own at holiday time [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Joyeux Noël: devastating film about the “Christmas truce” of 1914 that saw French, British, and German soldiers leave their trenches to celebrate the holiday together [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Love Actually: Richard Curtis’ delightful romantic roundrobin, with a fantastic all-star cast and a generous flavoring of Christmas spirit [my review] [at blinkbox]

for the whole family

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Arthur Christmas: even Santa’s highly militarized present-delivery force needs reminding of the Christmas spirit; a fantastic movie in all respects: wickedly funny, honestly sweet, and very very poignant [my review] [at blinkbox]
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A Christmas Story: middle-American 1940s nostalgia is a big pile of wonderful [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Home Alone: kiddie slapstick at its finest as little Macaulay Culkin battles Christmas burglars [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Miracle on 34th Street: what if Santa were real? would it be crazy to believe in him? [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Nightmare Before Christmas: Halloween honcho Jack Skellington takes over Christmas; musical comedy ensues [my review] [at blinkbox]

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