A Christmas Story Christmas

A Christmas Story Christmas

Directed by Clay Katis

(2022, Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment/Wild West Picture Show Productions/Toberoff ProductionsRotten Eggs Productions)

It’s been almost 40 years since Ralphie and the Hohman, Indiana gang have been on the screen albeit now on a streaming service (HBO Max). Something none of us in 1983 could have imagined.

Except for Ralphie, it’s now 1973 and he’s living in Chicago with his wife and two young children while attempting to become a published writer.

Ralphie and his family return to his hometown for Christmas where he meets up with his old pals Flick and Schwartz while his kids battle the next generation of the Farkus neighborhood bullies.

What could have been a schmaltzy, cheap cash-in on nostalgia, is actually a really sweet and endearing story hitting all the right emotional points, humor, and plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the original film.

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An American Pickle

An American Pickle

Directed by Brandon Trost

(2020, Point Grey Pictures/Gravitational Productions/Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) (in association with)/Warner Bros. Pictures/Warner Max)

HBO Max’s first big movie, “An American Pickle” starring Seth Rogan is as humorous as it is touching.

The story of Herschel Greenbaum, who is a worker in a pickle factory it the late 1800’s, who gets transported to modern day New York City by falling into the brine and is preserved for 100 years.

He then meets his only living relative, Ben, also played by Seth Rogan, who is the same age as Herschel, who shows him around the modern world as he pursues his own career in web development.

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