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All I wanted for Christmas

Recent Christmas films have been exercises in seasonal cynicism. Christopher Tookey says he would happily swap this year's two releases for Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life"

All i really wanted for Christmas was a decent film but both the big seasonal movies this year are more accurately described as anti-Christmas films; and they seem to be part of a trend.

In his new alleged comedy, Jingle All The Way, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a workaholic businessman belatedly trying to buy his way back into his son’s affections by finding him an elusive action doll on Christmas Eve. Far from being a bringer of goodwill, Schwarzenegger seems throughout to be suffering from a kind of pedestrian road rage. He assaults shop assistants, Santas, elves and a reindeer, destroys…

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