THIS CHRISTMAS un(HOLY) list

by bigsofty | created - 28 Nov 2010 | updated - 28 Nov 2010 | Public

...these are films you would not expect your film lovers to like or would not find on sale in a christmas section of Walmart.

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1. Rent (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.0
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53 Metascore

This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Rapp

Votes: 44,242 | Gross: $29.08M

2. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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67 Metascore

A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 207,739 | Gross: $65.21M

3. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 71,352 | Gross: $60.33M

4. Grindhouse (2007)

R | 191 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

7.6
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77 Metascore

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.

Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie | Stars: Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Danny Trejo, Zoë Bell

Votes: 163,844 | Gross: $25.03M

5. Reindeer Games (2000)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.7
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37 Metascore

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, James Frain

Votes: 33,582 | Gross: $23.36M

6. This Christmas (2007)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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63 Metascore

A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II | Stars: Regina King, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba

Votes: 7,252 | Gross: $49.12M

7. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene

Votes: 322,231 | Gross: $100.01M

8. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.6
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49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 122,173 | Gross: $71.32M

9. Four Brothers (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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49 Metascore

When their adopted mother is gunned down in a store robbery the 'four brothers' investigated the murder for themselves & look for the killers but not all is what it seems.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 118,673 | Gross: $74.49M

10. Dreamcatcher (2003)

R | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.5
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35 Metascore

Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis

Votes: 81,071 | Gross: $33.72M