December is a great month for movies, provided you enjoy one of the following three types of film: gargantuan blockbusters (your Hobbits, your Moses), Oscar bait (hello, “The Imitation Game”) and holiday insanity.
Holiday fever has spread beyond the multiplex to the world of repertory screenings, and this week is loaded with classics.
Amherst’s Screening Room Cinema Cafe has screened “It’s a Wonderful Life” annually in recent years, and this year offers up the gloriously depressing story of George Bailey at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, 19, 20, 21 and 23. Another it-wouldn’t-be-the-holidays-without-it flick is “A Christmas Carol”; it screens at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
Far less wonderful, in my opinion, is “Scrooged,” a film loved by many. It’s not one of my faves, but it is Bill Murray. Catch it at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, followed at 8:45 p.m. by cult classic “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.”
See the full Screening Room schedule here.
For something a bit more … well, truly classic, the Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport continues its “Movie Musical Tuesdays” series with “White Christmas” at 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16. For more info, visit the theater's website.
And on Dec. 15, a free family film to be announced is on tap at the Julia Boyer Reinstein Library on Losson Road in Cheekwtowaga. The film kicks off at 6:30 p.m.; call 668-4991 to register.