By Nate Jackson, Times staff writer For some, the diminishing role of Christmas films over the past decade has been tough to watch. Or, in most cases, not watch. At the end of 2010, it appeared Hollywood was no longer eager to spin classic Noel narratives in new directions. However, this year, Hollywood appeared to get back in the holiday spirit with a couple of high-spirited Christmas offerings. Each year over the past decade has seen at least one Christmas-themed film that somehow set the season's tone -- either through its success or failure at the box office. Though some Dr. Seuss purists had their reservations about a slick Hollywood rendition of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," many moviegoers were pleasantly surprised by the fantastical slapstick and storytelling in Ron Howard's version starring Jim Carrey as the pea-green creature who hates Christmas. Piling on the big-budget gloss and a sturdy ensemble of Whos including Molly Shannon and Jeffrey Tambor, the film garnered more than $260 million in the U.S. and Canada and more than $345 million worldwide.
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