'A Very Culty Christmas'

December 21 through 23

Formerly just a DVD-rental shop, Williamsburg's newly revamped Videology now boasts a full bar and a 45-seat microcinema. Toss back a stiff drink with its free lineup of gonzo Yuletide clas-sicks, including two killer-Santa nightmares (1980's Christmas Evil, 1984's Don't Open 'Til Christmas) and three VHS oddities: 1972's low-rent kiddie matinee Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, 1964's so-bad-it's-amazing The Magic Christmas Tree, and 1989's reindeer-shit insane Elves—which pits Dan Haggerty against Nazi demons. Videology, 308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, videology.info

'See It in 70mm!'

December 21 through January 1

Although 70mm prints were once a standard, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master was the first film since the mid '90s to be shot it. Soon-to-be-returning Voice critic Scott Foundas curates 15 classics and rarities in their stunning original format, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Jacques Tati's Playtime. In an age when screens are ubiquitously becoming more portable, experience The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Ryan's Daughter, Tron, John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn, and more in a wonderfully counterintuitive way. The Film Society of Lincoln Center, West 65th and Broadway, filmlinc.com


December 28 through January 3

Billy Wilder co-wrote the script for witty wunderkind Ernst Lubitsch's cynically sharp 1939 satire, about three comrades on a mission in Paris to sell confiscated jewels for the Russian government, only to be delayed by the seductive allure of capitalism. The headliner, however, is Greta Garbo, making her successful first foray into comedy as a stern Soviet envoy who, too, lets the champagne go to her head. Film Forum presents a new 35mm print and free glasses of bubbly to all ticketholders on New Year's Eve at the 7:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. shows. Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, filmforum.org

'New Yawk New Wave'

January 11 through 31

The Film Forum relives a long-bygone era when not just NYC was dangerous and more exciting, but so was its fiercely independent filmmaking. Largely conceived as two-for-one double features, the films in this series include anarchic '60s comedies by Robert Downey Senior (Chafed Elbows, Putney Swope), Brian De Palma's early, funny ones (Greetings and Hi, Mom!), subversive whatsits (Norman Mailer's Maidstone, William Greaves's Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 1), gritty time capsules (Lionel Rogosin's On the Bowery, Shirley Clarke's The Connection), and other countercultural must-sees from Paul Morrissey, Jonas Mekas, and Kenneth Anger. Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, filmforum.org

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