This Season’s Must-See Holiday Flicks

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It’s OK to admit—you’ve officially reached your limit on A Christmas Story viewings. To be honest, even It’s A Wonderful Life is feeling tired at this point. Thankfully, a few new holiday films are rejuvenating the genre this season, and while we have nothing against Jimmy Stewart (quite the opposite, actually), we’re stoked these newbies feature the likes of Bill Murray, Ilana Glazer, Mindy Kaling and George Clooney for a little change of pace. Here, four new releases that’ll get you in the mood to hang up some holly.

Netflix
Netflix

A Very Murray Christmas

If you've ever questioned what it's like to hang with Bill Murray, here's your chance. A Very Murray Christmas was directed by Sofia Coppola, features Amy Poehler, George Clooney, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Miley Cyrus, Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Lewis, and will leave you wondering how to become the type of person Netflix pays to goof off with friends on camera.

Release date: streaming on Netflix December 4.

Watch the trailer here.

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The Night Before

Let's forget for a second that this film is about a bunch of reluctant-to-grow-up men (aka, every guy ever) and celebrate the fact that it costars Ilana Glazer, Mindy Kaling, Lizzy Caplan and Jillian Bell, who often outshine their leads. The Night Before, which centers around a 33-year-old (Seth Rogen) on his last night out pre-parenthood, is a lot of fun, but we can't help but dream of a completely female-driven version of this film (written by Kristen Wiig and Amy Schumer, preferably). After all, it's not the guy's life that drastically changes after childbirth … right?

Release date: out now.

Watch the trailer here.

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Christmas Eve

This film, which stars Jon Heder and Patrick Stewart, follows 12 strangers as a citywide power outage traps them in various elevators together on Christmas Eve. The premise feels a bit formulaic (OK, quite a bit), but a ticket to this flick may still beat watching Love, Actually for the fiftieth time.

Release date: December 4.

Watch the trailer here.

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Krampus

This horror-comedy stars Adam Scott and Toni Collette, whom we’d watch in just about anything. That said, the trailer makes the film—which centers around an ancient evil force that causes holiday icons to wreak havoc—look more scary than funny, which means it might not be for everyone.

Release date: December 4.

Watch the trailer here.