Make any occasion extra-meaningful by huddling with loved ones around the flick that fits your fete.
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day (1989, Facets, unrated)
Hung over? Henry Jaglom’s musings on modern relationships might help.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis (1970, PBS, unrated)
With journalistic flair, this documentary by Joseph Mankiewicz and Sidney Lumet tracks the civil rights pioneer from 1955 to his death.
Super Bowl Sunday
Black Sunday (1977, Paramount, R)
Terrorists try to detonate an explosive blimp over a Miami stadium. Yeah, right. As if the Dolphins could make it to the Super Bowl.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940, Turner, unrated)
You loved him in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But this movie, from the Pulitzer-winning play, portrays the Honest Abe.
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967, FoxVideo, unrated)
Solitary and sad? Roger Corman’s gangland pic has enough blood and misery to make your life look great.
First Family (1980, Warner, R)
Bob Newhart has never done a funnier movie. Then again, after this, he didn’t do too many.
George Washington Slept Here (1942, MGM/UA, unrated)
Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan buy a run-down home beset by more local simpletons than the White House.
Ash Wednesday (1973, Facets, R)
Liz Taylor seeks youth at the plastic surgeon’s. No, it’s not a documentary.
St. Patrick’s Day
Leprechaun (1993, Vidmark, R)
Jennifer Aniston runs afoul of an evil elf who’s only out for gold (Donald Trump?).
April Fools’ Day
April Fool’s Day (1986, Paramount, R)
Preppies get duped by a murderous hostess. Couldn’t she have used a joy buzzer?
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949, MGM/UA, unrated)
Bat packers Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra moonlight as vaudevillians. And you thought Darryl Strawberry had some sick habits.
Income Tax Day
A Taxing Woman (1987, Fox Lorber, unrated)
Once you’ve filed your 1040, relax with this comedy about a tax collector.
Jesus of Nazareth (1977, LIVE, unrated)
This miniseries — featuring Ernest Borgnine in sandals! — stays fairly faithful to the gospel truth.
Exodus (1960, MGM/UA, unrated)
Though Paul Newman may be Hollywood’s cover-boy idea of a Zionist leader, his performance sparks this drama.
Easter Parade (1948, MGM/UA, unrated)
Fred Astaire and Judy Garland leave vaudeville, are reborn on Broadway, and end up promenading on Fifth Avenue.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945, FoxVideo, unrated)
A green Brooklyn colleen struggles to grow beyond her humble roots.
The Late Great Planet Earth (1979, Video Treasures, unrated)
After this apocalyptic predictor with Orson Welles (as himself, not as earth), you’ll want to hug a tree.