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).


HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
2004, Warner Bros., 141 min, USA/UK, Dir: Alfonso Cuaron

In their third year at Hogwarts, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron and Hermione not only face the usual teen struggles with their transition into adolescence, but they are threatened by the sinister Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who has just escaped from Azkaban Prison. Wonderful performances by Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, plus franchise newcomers David Thewlis, Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon.


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