COAL OR CANDY ?: A 2022 XMAS!

The Heights’ complicated relationship with the holidays continues, with five films that perfectly sum up the end of the year traditions—good, bad, and ugly. Prepare to be moved by the wisdom of Santa Claus, shocked at the callousness of relatives, and spellbound by angels that look like Cary Grant. What better way to the spend Xmas?

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Dec. 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

A single mom, a depressed child, a drunken Santa and a city full of cynical souls, this should be the stuff of one bleak motion picture. But Miracle on 34th Street is as sweet a holiday confection as Hollywood ever produced, as a group of harried but good-hearted New Yorkers run headlong into a very real Santa Claus, who offers them hope and affection. Touching on themes of divorce, faith and even capitalism, Miracle is both candy and coal in abundance. Winner of 3 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Edmund Gwenn's Kris Kringle.

DCP courtesy Walt Disney Pictures.


EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

Dec. 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

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Johnny Depp is the eponymous hero, who is invited to live with the blandly suburban Boggs family, where the daughter, Kim (Wynona Ryder) falls in love with him. Despite his kindness and many skills, will the uptight neighbors accept Edward? Invoking Pinocchio, Frankenstein, Rebel without a Cause and a host of other cinematic sources, Burton's film is pure holiday magic.

DCP courtesy Walt Disney Pictures.


LA OTRA (THE OTHER ONE)

Dec. 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

From the golden age of Mexican cinema comes this rarely seen masterpiece. Maria and Magdalena are twin sisters (both played by Dolores Del Rio). But where Maria is modest and shy, struggling as a manicurist, Magdalena went and married a wealthy industrialist with whom Maria was once in love. when the industrialist dies, Maria is pushed to the brink, and on Christmas day she murders her twin in cold blood. But taking on her sister's life quickly proves to be a damnable task, as she finds herself plunged into a life of greed and duplicity from which she will never emerge. This stunning noir features an incredible performance by Del Rio, and has never been screened in Minnesota before.

In Spanish with English subtitles

DCP courtesy FILMOTECA - UNAM - MEXICO.


ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

Dec. 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Recently widowed Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) seems to have recovered from her husband's death. Suburban affluence, country club membership, a new television set, and a host of wealthy men are vying for her hand, to the approval of her socially-mobile children. But when Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson), a younger gardener from outside her social set, begins to win her heart and her mind, she realizes the emptiness of her existence. But as Christmas approaches, her newfound freedom causes her friends, neighbors and even children to react with barely muted horror. Christmas never felt so stark as in Sirk's masterpiece of melodramatic tension.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


THE BISHOP'S WIFE

Dec. 8, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION.

Bishop Brougham (David Niven) has a problem: he's trying to raise funds for a new cathedral, and is falling far short. His prayers are answered by an angel, Dudley (Cary Grant). But Brougham doesn't understand that this feisty angel isn't there to help get the cathedral built, but to patch up the Bishop's relationship with his wife, Julia (Loretta Young) and daughter, Debby (Karolyn Grimes), not to mention his parishioners all of whom are sick to death of the Bishop's endless fundraising. This little seen gem may prove to be your new holiday classic.

DCP - Park Circus.