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Don’t Disappoint the Governess 

Wednesday, Dec 24 2008
This holiday season, the hills are alive with the sound of Nazis. A real-life eye-patched patriot (Tom Cruise) executes a failed hit on Hitler in Valkyrie, while a closeted former SS guard (Kate Winslet) enjoys a postwar fling with a high school boy in The Reader. Defiance decamps with a legion of Jews (led by Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber) fighting and dodging Nazis and Ukrainians in the forests of Belorussia, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas ponders the Holocaust from the POV of the young son of camp commandant David Thewlis. As festive and buoyant as these pictures are, they don’t hold a Luger to the four-hour marathon Sing-a-Long Sound of Music. Camp counselors Laurie Bushman and Joe Collins conduct the harmonious proceedings, including a costume contest at every show -- dress up as your favorite von Trapp or nun. Deemed the best picture of 1965, or so sayeth Oscar, The Sound of Music puts the ho ho ho back in lederhosen.
Dec. 26-30, 7 p.m.; Dec. 27-28, 1 p.m., 2008

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