Film critic Tony Toscano’s favorite Christmas films

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Just in time for the holidays, film critic Tony Toscano, joined Andrew Reeser, to talk about all of the best festive films…..and his top favorites.

Tony’s Top 4 Christmas Films:

1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Miracle of 34th Street has been remade at least 10 times, but the favorite is the 1947 version starring Edmond Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara and a very young Natalie Wood. 

2. A Christmas Story (1983)
Based on the book “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” by Jean Sheppard. The story of ‘Ralphie’ and his family have been seriously embedded in our Christmas traditions. “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Even 24 years after its release, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas still holds up and has even achieved cult status.

4. Home Alone (1990)
Little Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin gets stranded at home for the holidays and has to defend his house from two robbers, all the while learning the meaning of Christmas.

Toscano says there are, of course, some honorable mention Christmas films: A Muppet Christmas Carol, Family Man, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf and Scrooged with Bill Murray.

Tony also checked in with Good Things Utah Host Ali Monson, to see what her favorite holiday movies include.

1. Love Actually (2003)

Starring Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and an all star cast. 
The film follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

2. A Christmas Story (1983)

 Based on the book “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” by Jean Sheppard. The story of Ralphie and his family have been seriously embedded in our Christmas traditions. 

3. Home Alone (1993)

Little Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin gets stranded at home for the holidays and has to defend his house from two robbers, all the while learning the meaning of Christmas.

4. The Santa Clause (1994)

Tim Allen becomes Santa Clause when he inadvertently kills the jolly old elf on Christmas Eve and finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

5. Elf (2003)

 When an elf named “Buddy”(played by Will Ferrell), discovers he was adopted he goes to New York to find his real dad.
 

If you like Tony, follow him on Facebook at ‘Talking Pictures.’

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