Die Hard

As author Alonso Duralde reminds us in his new Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, this 1988 action flick, which made a big screen star of Bruce Willis, is also very much a Christmas movie. Here, Willis plays a cop whose wife ... oh, forget it, you know the plot. Bruce battles the baddies in a big Los Angeles office tower; bullets and glass fly all over the place; and he and terrorist Alan Rickman basically have an acting contest to see which thespian can toe over the line into hetero-camp without the audience noticing. His TV apprentice years on Moonlighting made Willis a master of the softly delivered wisecrack, and here he added muscle to his résumé. Die Hard is dumb to its core and irresistible for that reason. In the post-Schwarzenegger pantheon of action heroes, only Willis could make a line like “Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker” almost sound clever. (R) BRIAN MILLER

Dec. 3-4, 7 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 5, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 6-8, 9:30 p.m., 2010

 
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