Cinema: A Season Of Flash And Greed

Two Christmas movies Tweak an '80s devil

"What do you think the devil is going to look like if he's around? . . . He will be attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and . . . he will just bit by little bit lower standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance. Just a tiny bit. And he will talk about all of us really being salesmen. And he'll get all the great women."

-- Aaron Altman in Broadcast News

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