Hollywood Holiday Habits: Big Games, Small Gifts and Other Joys

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Image Andy Garcia Credit Jordan Strauss/Invision, by means of Associated Press.< a href =" http://www.nytimes.com/movies/person/1548584/Andy-Garcia?inline=nyt-per" title= "" > Andy Garcia, ‘Passengers’ and’ Real Memoirs of an International Assassin’ As a lucky member of the Academy of Movement Picture Arts and Sciences, that is the time of year that we try to capture up on all of the different films that we hear good things about. My family is matured now, so they remain in various cities, but we try to invest Christmas together. We have a screening room, and we light a fire and have dinner and watch a film every night. Bring your pajamas.< figure data-media-action=" modal" itemprop=" associatedMedia" itemscope="" itemid=" https://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/11/06/arts/06hoLIDAYFAVES1/06hoLIDAYFAVES1-master180.jpg" itemtype=" http://schema.org/ImageObject" aria-label



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J. A. Bayona, director of “A Beast Calls.”

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J. A. Bayona, director of ‘A Monster Calls’

I commemorate Christmas in Spain, where my family lives, and we sit down to supper with 20 [to] 30 people. [We also] go to the movies. We generally select a motion picture everybody can see, and it’s constantly a big argument, aiming to get 10 or more individuals to agree. I keep in mind when I was a kid, the very first film I saw was “Superman,” and my parents took me during Christmas. This year, I think for sure we wish to see the “Star Wars” film.

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Carla Gugino

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Joe Schmelzer for The New York Times.

My partner [the writer and director Sebastian Gutierrez] is from South America, and so Christmas Eve is our huge celebration. While cooking and [drinking] wine and opening presents each hour, we see “Raiders of the Lost Ark”– even if it’s one of the best movies ever made. I love Karen Allen’s efficiency so much. You’re on fire with your cooking when that motion picture is playing. And in the ultimate Christmas spirit, “Raiders” has to do with Jewish artifacts that are going to beat evil. So it’s suitable to the day.

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