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Alternative Christmas movie recommendations

Merry Christmas ladies and gentlemen and happy holidays! With today being December 25th and a lot of folks gathering with family and friends around the fireplace, I though it made perfect sense to mention some options for what to watch, aside from the standard holiday options. Sure, there’s plenty of old standbys, but I’m sure you’ve all seen them dozens of times before, so I’m here with a handful of lists to share with you, in the hopes that you might discover something new to enjoy during the Christmas season. I even made sure to post this in the wee hours of the morning (after midnight, essentially) so you can have this as a guide no matter what time you wake up. Consider it a public service and my gift to you the reader!

Below you’ll find three different lists, offering up a total of 30 things that you could watch with your friends and family, either at home or in theaters right now. List number one is alternate Christmas films to swap out the classics for. List number two is 2015 releases currently in theaters that you should be seeing (one or two of them are even holiday themed). List number three is simply earlier 2015 releases that you can watch in the comfort of your own home. There should be something for everyone here, so no excuses if you can’t find something to watch today. I’ve certainly done my part to help out. It’s my pleasure, believe me, but still. Anyway, on with the lists of recommendations…

Here now are ten older films that some may not realize are Christmas movies but function as great alternative picks to the classics you’ve seen a million times before:

10. Die Hard 2
9. Batman Returns
8. Gremlins
7. In Bruges
6. Eyes Wide Shut
5. Bad Santa
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
2. Die Hard
1. Love Actually

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Here now are the ten best things to race out and see in theaters right now as your Christmas Day excursion to the cinema:

10. Krampus
9. Joy
8. The Night Before
7. Where to Invade Next
6. Youth
5. The Big Short
4. The Hateful Eight
3. Creed
2. Spotlight
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Here now are just ten strong releases from earlier on in 2015 that are available right now either on Blu-Ray/DVD or On Demand for your viewing pleasure:

10. Heaven Knows What
9. Beasts of No Nation
8. Time Out of Mind
7. The Stanford Prison Experiment
6. Slow West
5. The End of the Tour
4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
3. It Follows
2. Trainwreck
1. The Martian

Happy holidays once again and Merry Christmas to all you readers out there, wherever you may be!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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