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Steven Spielberg's deeply emotional 'War Horse' based on novel and Broadway play is one of the best films of 2011.

by Sam Juliano

I was awakened at around 2:30 P.M. on Sunday morning by a loud crashing sound on the roof of my home.  I immediately realized that our expected visitors had arrived with several sacks of gifts and goodies for the sleeping children.  I opened the front door and offered the bearded fellow with the red and white suit some steaming hot cocoa and freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.  The spritely fellow was the coolest St. Nick I’ve ever met, as he offered up a new blu-ray of Bad Santa and The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t.  Still he admitted he was a lifelong fan of all the holiday staples, including Miracle on 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life and the 1951 A Christmas Carol, and had tens of thousands of copies to deliver before daybreak.  So after a few words he was off again, leaving me to the horizontal position until the noise of opening gifts awakened me again after 9:00 A.M.

As Wonders in the Dark moves toward 2012, the present down period will almost definitely be replaced soon enough by upcoming John Ford and Stanley Kubrick retrospectives from The Long Voyage Home’s Peter Lenihan and WitD’s Dennis Polifroni, respectively.  I am planning to post my Best Films of 2011 list a week from today, and am still undecided if I will be going with ten or twenty.

The week prior to Christmas typically included a slew of movie theatre visits and a DVD at home viewing of an essential film that will be opening in theatres on December 30.  It also included a charity concert of Christmas songs from some distinguished Broadway alumni at the Symphony Space on Broadway and 91st Street. (more…)

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