Jonathan Melville: Not Xmas till you see Kermit

Michael Caine. Pic: Comp
Michael Caine. Pic: Comp
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In case you missed the telltale signs, Christmas is less than a week away, a time to eat, drink and see some festive films at the cinema.

Perhaps the best known Christmas movie is 1946’s It’s A Wonderful Life, that heartwarming tale of attempted suicide that tugs at the heartstrings. Over 60 years since it was made, this one still stands up to repeated viewings and it’s worth tracking down at cinemas including Cineworld and Filmhouse this week.

A film I watch every December without fail is 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol, featuring Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine as Scrooge. For me it’s the finest adaptation of the story, with Caine offering up a moving performance as the miserly Ebenezer. It’s on at cinemas including the Cameo, Cineworld and Filmhouse.

Another festive favourite is the first Die Hard from 1986, which takes place at Christmas at Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. The series never improved on this outing, with Bruce Willis outstanding as Everyman cop, John McClane - see it on the big screen at Vue Omni and Ocean Terminal from Friday.

Other random screenings of Christmas classics include Cary Grant in 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife at the Cameo on Saturday and Filmhouse from next Wednesday; Jim Carrey in 2009’s computer animated A Christmas Carol tonight at the Cineworld; 1939’s The Wizard of Oz at Filmhouse from Sunday as well as chance to see 1954’s White Christmas and the Raymond Briggs Trilogy at the Lothian Road cinema.

If you’d rather stay indoors to watch a film, the TV schedules are showing The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Finding Nemo alongside Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Megamind - take your pick!

@jon_melville

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