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retro trailer: ‘A Christmas Story’

Take a look back at an old trailer… I can’t remember ever wanting anything for Christmas as a kid anything as much as Ralphie wants that Red Rider BB gun. But I love seeing him get it, year after year. Looks like TBS will be engaging in its new annual tradition of running the film … more…

trailer break: ‘Couples Retreat’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… At first glance — and frankly, at second and third glances, too — this looks like something I’m really, really gonna hate. But it’s written by Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, who I do really like on the other side of the camera as well, generally, and … more…

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (review)

Snarky and sweet at the same time and loaded with cameos of celebs having a great time, it’s even set in the old Muppet Theater, like the show was, with the star on the door of Miss Piggy’s dressing room and Statler and Waldorf heckling from the balcony and everything. I felt 8 years old again.

A Christmas Story (review)

Maybe because A Christmas Story, based on writings by humorist Jean Shepherd, concerns itself with the universalities of childhood, at least as it existed in America in the 20th century. From the mysteries of life — like, Does a human tongue stick to a frozen flag pole? — to the ‘unthinkable disasters’ of youth that are hilarious in adult retrospect, A Christmas Story taps into the bewildered and not-so-innocent child still in all of us.