Film pick: Gremlins

Slowly but surely, Joe Dante's Gremlins (1984) is becoming a holiday classic alongside It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and Bad Santa. A dotty inventor goes Christmas shopping for his son and buys an adorable creature in Chinatown. But when the operating instructions are violated, what was once cute becomes very dicey indeed. An allegory of child rearing? A satire about the worst car manufactured in America? In any case, it's black comic, kooky fun, and it's screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline | December 17-18 @ midnight | $9.75 |

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