Bringing Christmas feelings to your hands and your toes once again is Love Actually, as the modern holiday classic comes to Cedar Lee's big screen next Tuesday.
The schmaltzy romantic comedy tells the tale of eight or so mostly British couples as they dive into ponds, learn to play drums, make creepy wedding videos and fly to Wisconsin, all in the name of love. First released in 2003, Love Actually is full of plot holes and extremely questionable workplace behaviors, but there's something that brings us back to this ridiculous romp every single year — Emma Thompson as a wronged housewife.
Stop it, Emma Thompson, stop it. Every freaking year you make us cry and cry. And Joni Mitchell's smoky update of her own song "Both Sides Now" playing in one of your more affecting scenes doesn't help anything (see below).
Sure, the film isn't perfect, but the acting is top shelf and its songs are the best kind of cheesy. And as one of the most entertaining holiday releases since the turn of the century, it certainly deserves a place in the Christmas film canon.
Catch the Cedar Lee film screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 5.