Three clas­sic must-watch Christ­mas movies

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - ON SCREEN -

Love Ac­tu­ally [2003] For the ro­man­tics, Love Ac­tu­ally must be a Christ­mas sta­ple, the one-stop Yule­tide yarn with a love story for every­one’s tastes. There’s the un­re­quited love story, the love story that tran­scends lan­guage bar­ri­ers, the slightly in­ap­pro­pri­ate work­place love story (two of them in fact)… all serv­ing to re­mind us all that, in­deed, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas, love is, ac­tu­ally, all around. Die Hard [1988] Even ac­tion fans feel fes­tive, and treat­ing your­self to some clas­sic Bruce Wil­lis as bare­foot, gun-tot­ing, hun­gover NYPD cop John McClane fac­ing off against Alan Rick­man’s bad-guy Hans Gru­ber is the least you de­serve un­der the tree this Christ­mas. The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas [1993] We have Tim Bur­ton’s pow­er­house imag­i­na­tion and pen­chant for stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion to thank for this lit­tle gem, as he mixes Hal­loween and fes­tive spir­its for the per­fect cult Christ­mas cock­tail. The story of Jack Skelling­ton the Pump­kin King, leader of Hal­loween Town, and his mis­sion to find out what makes Christ­mas Town tick re­ally is a Bur­ton clas­sic; miss it at your peril this Yule.

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