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Just a reminder that there is no better time than Christmas to give the gift of quality cinema. Why throw your money away on gift cards to mulitplexes whose staff can't differentiate between a focus knob and a mylar? What kind of presents are The Sitter, Chipwrecked, or more alleged feminist discourse from Diablo Cody? That's like saying, "Scrooge you!"

Support your local film festivals and art theatres. Asian, Black, Latino, Gay, German, Italian, Jewish, Christian, Inuit, Landmark, The Gaslamp, you name it and there's an outlet suited to fit every taste and culture in this town.

The San Diego Latino Film Festival sells its festival pass for only $180.00, out the door. That's a $1,250 value and you get preferential treatment aka no long lines to stand in. $150.00 buys you and all-access pass to the San Diego Asian Film Festival, which provides front-of-line access to every film program, panel, and most special events.

Landmark Theatres and Reading Cinemas both offer gift cards. The Landmark cards are rechargable and this year, Reading will give you a free pass to any of its theatres with the purchase of $50.00 in gift cards.

And while you're sitting in a theatre next week waiting for the lights to fade, make sure you have a copy of the December 22 issue of The Reader that features the time-killing Lickona/Marks Christmas movies cover story.

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