JINGLE ALL THE WAY
1996, 20th Century Fox, 89 min, USA, Dir: Brian Levant

Every year brings a hot new toy that every kid wants for the holidays, and in this family comedy hit, it’s Turbo Man. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad play rival dads desperate to give their sons the sold-out action figure for Christmas, running afoul of cops, counterfeiters and parades along the way. Costars Phil Hartman, Robert Conrad, Rita Wilson and Jim Belushi help supply laughs (as well as some gentle jabs at the commercialization of the season).


NOW AND THEN
1995, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Lesli Linka Glatter

During a pivotal 1970 summer, four friends (Gaby Hoffmann, Thora Birch, Christina Ricci and Ashleigh Aston Moore) make a pact to always be there for one another; 20 years later, as one is about to become a mother, they reunite and reminisce. Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson play the girls as adults in this poignant coming-of-age tale, which features a great period soundtrack and the coolest treehouse since STAND BY ME.


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