Movie Reviews: What Movies to See Over the Christmas Holiday

Poptional Reading’s annual review of the newest 13 movies in theaters at Christmas (and who to watch them with)

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tinker tailor soldier spy movieTinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy photograph by Jack English

Your Uncle Who’s Addicted to the History Channel: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
I saw an early screening of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy at the Museum of the Moving Image with director Tomas Alfredson; he said that, when the BBC broadcasted its miniseries adaptation of the John le Carré novel, it was something that all of the neighborhood dads were into. I can see why it’s good material for a dad. Expect lots of slow-burning intrigue in the movie, which is about a mole-hunt in the British intelligence in the 1960s. And history buffs will dig the cool, period details. (At the director Q&A, at least two questions were dedicated to Gary Oldman’s glasses.)

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows photograph by Daniel Smith

Guy Ritchie may not have Alfredson’s knack for period authenticity, but there are certainly Victorian touches and a lot of masculine, amped-up energy in his take on Sherlock Holmes.

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Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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