So you've watched “White Christmas” and “It's a Wonderful Life,” a couple of times already, and you're all set for the marathon of “A Christmas Story.” But maybe you're looking for a little different kind of Christmas movie.
Well, here's five you might not have gotten around to watching.
“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”
Robert Downey Jr. is at his best as a petty thief who finds himself embroiled in a classic film noir murder mystery set at Christmastime in L.A. Funny and frenetic, this is not a “pass the eggnog” kind of movie. There are twists and turns and great dialog. But Downey's narration is what really makes this movie. Plus hilarious cameos from Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley. Now that's truly a merry Christmas.
If you love weird, you'll love this Finnish delight. Freakish, terrifying Elves, a field of dead reindeer and a dark secret buried beneath a mountain. And all young Piiparinen wanted was to have a nice Christmas with Dad. Ho, ho, ho, indeed.
As a family prepares for Christmas, the father is found murdered in this French dark comedy. (Yes, you might have to read subtitles — get over it.) Eight women in the house are all suspects at one time or another as the mystery slowly unfolds. The movie's French title is “8 Femmes.” It might be hard to find, but it will be worth the effort.
“A Midnight Clear”
In this film set in World War II, an intelligence squad stumbles on a German platoon that wants to surrender. The enemy combatants spend Christmas together in an isolated house, giving them a respite from the war. But peace on Earth doesn't last long. It is poignant and sad and hard to shake after you've watched it.
“While You Were Sleeping”
Sandra Bullock, feeling lonely and isolated at Christmastime, poses as the fiancée of a man in a coma and finds herself drawn into his family. But before he wakes, she begins to fall for his brother. Wackiness ensues. While the movie sticks pretty close to the rom-com formula, Bullock's comic timing is so good and there is such a sweetness to the characters, it's hard to resist.