It's inevitable: Someone's going to make you watch It's a Wonderful Life again this year. And possibly Home Alone.
But remember, there are antidotes to the annual dose of saccharine and schmaltz: Home for the Holidays tops my Web editor's list of favored remedies.
Mostly, these are films that, though they're not "holiday movies" per se, feature some pretty timeless scenes set at the holidays.
And as with Home for the Holidays, many of them — including this year's Four Christmases, Nothing Like the Holidays and A Christmas Tale — involve some pretty serious family dysfunction. Because let's face it, that's a holiday tradition as venerable as the tinsel and the trimmings, right?
Herewith, a few personal favorites, old and new, in no particular order: