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Judy Garland sings this bittersweet classic to Margaret O’Brien as they prepare for what they think will be their last Christmas in the home they love.

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol has some of the best movie songs of all time, from “Funny Girl’s” composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. This is one of my favorites, with Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit.

Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie. And this scene, featured in my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments, is one of my favorites. Writer Rodrick Thorp saw the movie, “The Towering Inferno,” and that night he dreamed of a man […]

Number 4 in my series of great Christmas movie moments is one of our family favorites, from the wonderful master of claymation, Will Vinton. That expression of disgust followed by helplessness is hilarious. It’s on Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas.

This is my favorite scene in a movie that is just about everyone’s favorite at this time of year: It’s a Wonderful Life. George tries to pretend that he doesn’t love Mary and almost fools even himself. But when they […]

The one movie I make sure to watch every year at Christmas is the Alastair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol.” The final scene always brings me to tears.

“The Best Years of Our Lives” is about returning WWII veterans, very appropriate for Veteran’s Day. It is one of my favorite films, and this scene is one of my 101 Must-See Movie Moments. Here is what I wrote about […]

Pajama factory workers celebrate Labor Day in this musical number from “The Pajama Game” with Doris Day, John Raitt, and Carol Haney.

My friend and fellow critic Michael Mirasol has shared another of his brilliantly edited supercuts of movie moments, and this is one of his best. There’s nothing the movies do better than chases!

Before “Inside Out,” there was another animated film that explored emotions and psychological and cognitive development. Based on the pioneering work of psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, animators John and Faith Hubley created “Everybody Rides the Carousel,” with segments illustrating Erikson’s stages […]

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