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, grandcinema.com.