Cinema: Santa's Mixed Bag of Celluloid

Cheap thrills, giddy giggles, damaged goods

Hollywood, the shotgun marriage of art and industry, is never more schizophrenic than at Christmas. With its few "serious" movies (Yentl, Silkwood, Terms of Endearment), Tinseltown acts as pious as a tot on Santa's knee, straining to prove that it has been a model of decorum all year long, daring to ask for a big shiny Oscar. But with its "entertainment"pictures, Hollywood yearns to play Kriss Kringle, filling every Christmas stocking with a cheap thrill or a giddy giggle. So slapdash are these entertainments that the industry looks...

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