Cinema: Season's Bleedings in Tinseltown

Three Christmas movies drip red in search of box-office green


The movies are a machine that makes art. But what are we to make of films in which the machine is the main attraction? Burt Reynolds may be at the wheel of his Trans Am, Harrison Ford can maneuver his Millennium Falcon in hyperspace, Roy Scheider may occupy the cockpit of the Blue Thunder helicopter, but the hardware is the hero. It knows neither fear nor fatigue; it does the job it is programmed to do and never complains; if it is destroyed, a...

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