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Christmas Movie Fun In Toronto

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:12

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore has his Santa sack full of films! He has a whole slew of ways for you to catch your favorite holiday flicks on the big screen.

Starting with something new coming to theatres just in time for the holidays. Thin pickings on actual Christmas themed films, but there is this:

Another take on the classic stage and screen classic; Annie. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz and Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis. Annie is a foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom. But she sees her life change when New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks takes her in as a campaign stunt. There looks to be enough hipped up writing and updated storyline, that it might just work.

Over to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema: This is the home for great documentaries most of the time, but the Bloor is doing something nice with: Bloor Holiday Classics: The cinema will be celebrating the holidays with your favourite seasonal films. It all begins on 20th – and it’s free!

On the 20th, plan on “White Christmas” at noon, the Irving Berlin classic staring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Followed by this one:

The story of the white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus, and his eventual authenticity trial. Miracle on 34th Street screens at 4:45pm on Saturday December 20th at the Bloor.

Other films part of the series: A Christmas Story, Elf, Christmas Vacation, & Love Actually.

For members, you can get tickets online. Tickets for non-members are available for pick up at the Bloor box office, but you might phone ahead. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available. The Bloor will be accepting donations to The Stop Community Food Centre (healthy food item or monetary donation).

Over at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festivities get underway this Saturday with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire starring in the holiday musical that actually introduced “White Christmas” into the American Songbook as we know it today, Holiday Inn will screen at 12:30pm this Saturday December 13th.

On Sunday, it may be the king of all Christmas films:

Scrooge is by far the best-loved telling of the Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol, and at TIFF, witness the 1951 edition on the big screen. Alastair Sim’s performance will likely never be matched. That’s this Sunday at 1pm at Bell Lightbox.

Other screenings at TIFF include Scrooged, Elf, and the ever popular “Sing Along” Sound of Music starting on Christmas Day and running through the 28th for details


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