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Rad Santa --to find him, look to Mexico. In 1959. I am not here to disapprove of your favorite Santa, no matter how dysfunctional he may be. I like Billy Bob Thornton as much as the next red-blooded American hater. When he uses the F-word in front of children, my heart grows three sizes. But if you think about it, the past few decades have given filmgoers a drunk-tank full of Santa Clauses, disproportionately weird in character. More often than not, they’re blanks (1985’s Santa Claus: The Movie, 2004’s The Polar Express) or just befuddled and out of it (2011’s Arthur Christmas, which admittedly, also featured a young, go-getter junior executive Santa with a big heart and tons of Christmas spirit – it’s complicated).  They’re pissed...

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