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Tired of the same old Christmas movies? Well, Netflix has your back. The people at Canada's largest unofficial network are certainly pushing holiday choices, but there's no fine print that says you have to give in to the holiday spirit and an abundance of terrible B-movies that may or may not feature Tim Allen in the starring role. Instead, their everyday programming is more than enough to help you kill the winter break, especially when it's packed with classics, roms, and action flicks that make things go boom. Don't believe the hype? Click on. You'll be glad you watched The Wolf Of Wall Street.
"A Good Day To Die Hard"
1988's Die Hard is probably your Dad's favourite Christmas movie since who knows what, and while it may be a souped-up modern take, A Good Day To Die Hard is a solid action-packed replacement. It's got Bruce Willis, big budget explosions, family ties, and enough offbeat, John McClane sarcasm to make you forget The Expendables series actually exists.
Fact: date nights are a yearly occurrence. Chances are, your significant other is likely going to want to curl up against a faux iPad fire and watch Love Actually for the jillionth time, and that's where you swoop in with Before Midnight. The Richard Linklater film features an incredible performance from Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day) and there's enough factoids and IMDB reviews to keep you occupied if you find yourself having a rom-dram relapse.
Is there anything better than Fargo? It takes place in snowy Minnesota and North Dakota, features incredible roles (Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi), and it's a Coen Brothers classic that's also being screened as an FX TV series. It's not as Tarantino as it could be, but if you're essentially good to go if you're a fan of Lebowski.
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Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 are on Netflix this month and they're both 80s' throwbacks that shouldn't be treated as throwaways. The 1984 predecessor however is more of a riot than you think and it fully explains why everyone's hoping Poehler and Fey get cast for the all-female reboot.
"Blood is a big expense" is the only quote you should ever need to try to convince someone to watch The Godfather with you. Going through such a process should be illegal anyway, but some aren't aware of the genius of Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino, and how explosive a film can be when all of the above are in the same mix.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom - sense a pattern here? Wes Anderson has been on fire for the past decade and The Grand Budapest Hotel only sets the bar higher given its ability to chuck you into an alternative universe. It also features an incredible cast and one that's lined with Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, and more.
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis comes off as a sensible yet facetious film that hipsters are only allowed to enjoy - with their wooden shoes and kale chips - but it's totally not what you think it is. The comedy-drama follows the trials and tribulations of a folk singer (Oscar Isaac) trying to achieve success and the everyday situations reel you in, taking your own feelings and experiences a step further only to yank on them as the film goes on.
"The Mighty Ducks"
If you're forced to pick one Disney flick this holiday season, go with The Mighty Ducks. Why? Coach Bombay, of course. The Ducks series as a whole is fantastic from beginning to end, but the patron saint original is full of memories, including "Cake Eater", Goldberg, and the legendary "triple-deke".
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Just FYI: the entire Rocky series can be currently found on Netflix. In other words, Rocky IV is a must. The world of Balboa doesn't exactly cater to every single human being, but the fourth entry is the most attractive one considering its tales of grief, vengeance, and determination. Plus, there's also Ivan Drago and a legendary screen fight that takes place on - you guessed it! - Christmas Day.
"Romeo + Juliet"
Pre-Gangs Of New York Leo isn't the most talented or the most compelling for that matter (remember The Basketball Diaries?), but Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet is a '90s classic. It retains a Shakespeare-esque dialogue and in a past-but-present way, modernizes the tale with applaud-able performances by Leo and Claire Danes. Yeah, Claire Danes - like Homeland, ugly crying Claire Danes - and unsurprisingly it's a major trip.
"Under The Skin"
Everything Scarlett Johansson has touched recently has turned into gold (Her, Don Jon, The Avengers) and Under The Skin follows suit. In Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi art thriller, ScarJo plays an alien who drives around Scotland trying to seduce men. The storyline isn't what you think, but the outcome will leave you in a state that's helped land the flick on a number of Top Ten lists this year.
"The Wolf Of Wall Street"
Leo would land on this list twice, but who are we kidding? The Wolf Of Wall Street is one of the best movies of the past decade and Leonardo DiCaprio's performance as Jordan Belfort is exceptional. Like "holy shit Leo" exceptional. Kudos should be given to Martin Scorsese however as his attention to detail and intensity is what makes Wall Street a three-hour joyride.