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Nothing Like the Holidays (review)

Surely the concept of ‘family’ is one of the laziest bits of shorthand Hollywood films use as a shortcut for bypassing all the necessary drama that should otherwise be transporting a character from Point A to Point B over the course of a well-told story.

my week at the movies: ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still,’ ‘Doubt,’ ‘Nothing Like the Holidays,’ ‘Yes Man,’ ‘What Doesn’t Kill You,’ ‘Delgo,’ ‘The Tale of Despereaux,’ ‘Valkyrie’ (and on stage, ‘Equus’)

I mentioned in comments here how December for film critics is so insanely busy it feels like there’s no time to sleep. A week like this is what makes me feel this way. Today’s not so bad, as far as being jam-packed with screenings goes, except that today my first screening was at 10am, and … more…

trailer break: ‘Nothing Like the Holidays’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer… It’s every ain’t-my-family-crazy-at-Christmas movie you’ve ever seen, except this crazy-family-that’s-just-like-every-other-family is Hispanic. This is what we call progress. Nothing Like the Holidays opens wide December 12.