THE FLORIDA PROJECT
2017, A24, 115 min, USA, Dir: Sean Baker

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, this deeply moving look at childhood follows 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite), over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at a budget motel managed by Bobby (a terrific Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious Moonee makes each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure. But her delicate fantasy is reliant upon the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.


A CHRISTMAS CAROL
1951, 20th Century Fox, 66 min, UK, Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst

Also known as SCROOGE, this British-made fantasy may be the definitive film version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Alastair Sim is pitch-perfect as Ebenezer Scrooge, whose miserly outlook is transformed by three spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. The fine supporting cast includes Patrick Macnee, Hermione Baddeley and Kathleen Harrison.


THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
2017, Bleecker Street Media, 104 min, Ireland/Canada, Dir: Bharat Nalluri

Based on the book by Les Standiford, this delightful film tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Mixing real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) conjures up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. With Jonathan Pryce.


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