CW staffers pick their favorite holiday movies sure to bring cheer


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Erich Hilkert, Lifestyles Film Columnist

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: My favorite holiday movie is "It's a Wonderful Life." I'm a fan of director Frank Capra and an even bigger fan of Jimmy Stewart. No one else could capture a man at the end of his rope and completely joyful in the same way as Stewart.

‘Die Hard’: Best movie that takes place during the holidays? "Die Hard," with Bruce Willis saving Los Angeles from German terrorists on Christmas Day. Who needs Santa Claus?

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Ashley Chaffin, Assistant Lifestyles Editor

‘Miracle on 34th Street’: The one movie I can remember watching with my mom every holiday season is “Miracle on 34th Street,” the 1994 remake of the 1947 classic with the actress from “Matilda.” The feel-good quality of the movie, mixed with the memories of watching it while eating Christmas cookies, always puts this movie at the top of my must-watch list for the holidays.

‘Elf’: I’ve never met someone who doesn’t love the movie “Elf” and therefore don’t see the need to explain it. When TBS plays “Elf” in the middle of July, I always stop to watch no matter what I’m doing. I haven’t gotten through a December since the movie came out that I haven’t watched “Elf” at least five times.

Stephanie Brumfield, Lifestyles Editor

‘The Holiday’: I watch this movie every year. To me, there’s nothing better than a feel-good romantic comedy about two women travelling the world to find themselves during the holiday season.

‘Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas’: The animated version of “the Grinch” is the ultimate classic Christmas movie. I love it when books come to life on the big screen, especially books as creative as this one. Seriously, who lives in a snowflake?

Readers’ Choice:

@kristindware: White Christmas! Class Christmas musical featuring the great Bing Crosby

@hnlightsey: A Christmas Story is a classic with my family!

@RachLeop: national lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! Duh

@thedew35: Gremlins. Nothing better than a Christmas time worrying about them at midnight.

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