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December 13, 2005

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Gardner

Check out "One Magic Christmas." Sentimental at the end, but I don't care and you may not either. High points: mother as Scrooge in a great performance by Mary Steenburgen, best North Pole ever with a delightfully absent-minded Santa, and Harry Dean Stanton as a harmonica-playing Christmas angel. What's not to like?

Bryan

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089731/ ? Never even heard of it. Roger Ebert is glum about it (http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19851122/REVIEWS/511220301/1023), but I'll give it a try.

Gardner

I do respect Ebert's opinion quite a bit--he's done some great shot-by-shot workshops at the Virginia Festival of Film--but he has a few blind spots. He doesn't like the Coen Brothers, for example. Even "Raising Arizona" and "Miller's Crossing" don't do it for him. Go figure.

Ebert's critique of the movie's darkness is fair. (His one-liner on Stanton is just rimshot bait.) No, the movie isn't for all tastes, and probably it doesn't make sense on all levels, but I find it very imaginatively satisfying. I guess I'm a "One Magic Christmas" cultist. Pass the snowglobe.

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