There are only so many times you can watch "It's a Wonderful Life" before the holiday cheer cools and you start to feel as though you're becoming George Bailey yourself -- the pre-Clarence Bailey, not the happy one. Likewise, "Halloween's" haunting little theme worked the first few decades, but today's jaded audiences have grown more comfortable -- probably too comfortable -- with Michael Myers and his spooky theme song. For those with deep pockets, a movie theater outing is the perfect escape from the family, with just about any film having the potential to be the next must-see holiday classic -- like Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" (with Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz, pictured) or "The Muppets." But assuming you're not a dangerous loner, that trip to the cineplex could cost you plenty. So what's a movie buff to do when the old classics have worn thin and economic times are tight? It turns out that the bargain bin is the ideal place to look for the next great DVD holiday classic. To aid in the sifting, we've presented alternative classics for every major holiday. Enjoy!
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