Among the many traditions of Christmastide in 21st Century America, few are as enjoyable as the annual Twitter slugfest over a certain action movie’s status as a member of the season’s cinematic canon. I speak, of course, of John McTiernan’s 1988 classic Die Hard. That a vociferous dispute over a Bruce Willis actioner’s right to call itself a Christmas movie should attract so many combatants is usually dismissed as a quirk of American movie fandom…

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