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Christmas tradition now dictates that every cinema in the land must screen It's A Wonderful Life, every year, forever after. Sure it's a great movie but, just as Jimmy Stewart is invited to imagine the world without him, perhaps we can imagine festive moviegoing without Frank Capra's well-worn perennial? Here's a glimpse of that alternative reality.

In cinemas across the UK, familiar staples of Christmas programming are sprinkled around the schedules, with old chestnuts (such as White Christmas and Miracle On 34th Street) and newer classics (Gremlins and The Muppet Christmas Carol). But it's Bruce Willis's incidentally Christmassy Die Hard that's emerging as the new seasonal favourite. London's Prince Charles (WC2) goes the extra distance with a back-to-back Die Hard trilogy tomorrow, »

- Steve Rose

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