Arts & Culture

Out-of-the-box holiday screen fare at The Grand Cinema

Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) in animated film “Arthur Christmas.”
Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) in animated film “Arthur Christmas.” Courtesy

If you’re sick of “Star Wars” and “The Peanuts Movie,” the Grand Cinema combines its Click Family Flick, Weird Elephant series and one-off screenings to create an unusual holiday film lineup.

Here’s what’s on the schedule:

“Arthur Christmas”: 10 a.m. Saturday, free (doors open 9:30 a.m.). Rated PG. This animated comedy reveals the mystery of Santa’s Christmas magic on a night when the jolly saint accidentally misplaces a young girl.

“Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”: 6:45 p.m. Saturday. R. This 2010 dark comic gem from Finland will definitely have you believing in Santa Claus (a nasty, violent one). It’s now an annual tradition at The Grand.

“Life of Brian”: 9:09 p.m. Dec. 25 and 26, R. Hey, it’s about Jesus. Only he’s not a cute baby in this 1979 Monty Python classic that pokes gentle fun at religious zealots — he’s a side character as the hapless Brian gets mistaken for the real Messiah and ends up on a cross whistling that catchy tune (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”).

“The Winter’s Tale”: 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14. NR. This 3 1/2-hour film of Shakespeare’s comedy-romance was shot live at London’s Garrick Theater by the Kenneth Branagh Theater Company Live. It stars Judy Dench and Kenneth Branagh, and kicks off a full series of screened theater plays at The Grand in 2016.

The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. Tickets $8 matinee, $10 general (discount for students, senior, military and Grand members). 253-593-4474,

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti