In our not so humble opinion, Bill Murray is undoubtedly the greatest comedic actor of the late 20th century. No other man alive is able to combine unlikable but hilarious traits with humanity and redemption as he did in films like Scrooged. The comedic take on the Dickens story follows a heartless television executive (Murray) as he cruelly forces his staff to work on Christmas Eve to produce a live holiday special. True to form, he's visited by three spirits, including Carol Kane, who, to her credit, has never not said she wasn't some sort of forest pixie, as she appears to be in Scrooged. Watching the cynical Murray quip his way through the journey is a joy, but the real payoff comes when he finally realizes not only the real meaning of Christmas but the value of family and friends.
Thu., Dec. 20, 7 p.m., 2012

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