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The Secret of Roan Inish

For St. Patrick’s Day, I recommend “The Secret of Roan Inish.” This uplifting family-friendly film captures a slice of the history, geography, and magic of the Emerald Isle. A delight for everyone, not just for kids.

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Roman Holiday

This Valentine’s Day I recommend the classic romcom, “Roman Holiday,” starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. The movie “made the whole world fall in love with Audrey Hepburn and half the world want to run out and buy a Vespa scooter.” It is intelligent, restrained, and innocent—“a relic of a vanished civilization” that some of us still cherish.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

For this holiday season I recommend ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas,’ which tells the story of how Charles Dickens came to write ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The movie avoids a mere rehash of the beloved book, but incorporates many of its best elements.

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Glengarry Glen Ross

For Labor Day viewing I recommend this movie adaptation of the Pulitzer prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross. One critic says: “Clearly some of the best work that the likes of Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, and even the great Jack Lemmon, have ever done.”

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The movie adaptation of the award-winning Broadway show, "1776." Delightful songs, engaging acting, inspiring story. As one top critic says, “Every American should watch this once a year.”

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Memorial Day

A grandfather reluctantly tells his grandson about his service in WWII. The grandson later becomes a soldier himself, serving in the Middle East, and reflects back on his grandfather’s words and experiences. This movie is a balanced and respectful treatment of military service appropriate for Memorial Day viewing.

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The Sunset Limited

Easter is about life and death, faith and doubt, hope and despair. For Easter and Holy Week viewing, I suggest this thought-provoking movie superbly performed by two truly great actors, Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones.

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For Valentine’s Day viewing, I suggest this romantic drama based on the real-life love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham.

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Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)

A Christmas movie that captures the best sentiments surrounding the holiday. Based on the unofficial Christmas truce that took place on the Western Front during WWI.

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