Last time we checked, going to the movies cost about as much as making one. But during this weekend's Can Film Fest at Cinema Paradiso, two canned food items or one new, unwrapped toy will get you past the ticket-taker. Which leaves you plenty of cash to spend on beer at the snack bar. (Really this funky theater, in a converted church, has plush velvet-covered seats, stained-glass windows, and a license to sell alcohol.)
The holiday classics start with Christmas in Connecticut on Friday at 7 p.m. The 1945 movie is about a famous food writer who can't really cook; she gets recipes from a neighbor. When her story unravels, she gets put under house arrest, does yoga at the prison, and then stars in her own version of The Apprentice. (Just kidding.) Linger around the theater afterward for eggnog, hot cider, and cookies. At 9 p.m., the alert level bumps to orange as the lights dim for Die Hard, the Bruce Willis thriller set on Christmas Eve 1988.
Saturday, brace for a big ol' bomb of warm and fuzzy, starting at 1 p.m. with The Bells of St. Mary's, in which Bob Hope and Ingrid Bergman play a priest and nun who engage in a friendly rivalry at a Catholic school. At 3 p.m.: Olive, the Other Reindeer, a cartoon about a dog who wants to be a reindeer, from the mind of Simpsons creator Matt Groening. At 5 p.m.: The Lemon Drop Kid, another Bob Hope flick about gangsters in 1951. At 7 p.m.: the Chevy Chase masterpiece National Lampoon Christmas Vacation. And at 9 p.m.: Scrooged, starring Bill Murray. Sunday at 1 p.m., see Home Alone; at 3 p.m., catch Meet John Doe, a 1941 film about newspaper scandal; and at 5 p.m., watch A Midnight Clear, about American and German soldiers who end up together at Christmas during WWII.