Christmas celebrations are already in full swing at homes in and around Chicago. But not everybody marks the holiday. If you’re Jewish or Muslim or just prefer to skip it – there is another, time-honored way to enjoy the night before Christmas: head out to see a movie.
The two big, brand new releases are "Les Misérables," the film version of Victor Hugo's epic historic novel (which has undergone epic adaptations, for film, television and most famously Broadway), and "Django Unchained," the latest ultra-violence from Quentin Tarantino.
Christmas-time viewing is also a good opportunity to catch up any of the big films that might end up in the "best picture" category at the Academy Awards (which will be announced January 10th).
Adam Kempenaar co-hosts WBEZ’s Filmspotting. He called Stephen Spielberg's "Lincoln" "essential viewing, especially for the performance of Daniel Day Lewis." But he also recommends "Skyfall."
"I’m not a big Bond guy," Kempenaar said. "But that was one of my favorite Bond films, well, frankly ever."
Just don’t expect to see Kempenaar in the seat next to you. When I asked if he ever goes to the movies at Christmas he laughed and exclaimed "Never!" For Kempnaar the Christmas holiday is "not about watching movies, it’s about finally taking a break."
Happy holidays to you, wherever you end up this year!