Die Hard

This 1988 action flick, which made a big screen star of Bruce Willis, is also very much a Christmas movie. Here, Willis plays a cop whose wife ... oh, forget it, you know the plot. Bruce battles the baddies in a big Los Angeles office tower; bullets and glass fly all over the place; and he and terrorist Alan Rickman basically have an acting contest to see which thespian can toe over the line into hetero-camp without the audience noticing. His TV apprentice years on Moonlighting made Willis a master of the softly delivered wisecrack, and here he added muscle to his résumé. Die Hard is dumb to its core and irresistible for that reason. (It screens as part of SIFF's "Back to the '80s!" series.) In the post-Schwarzenegger pantheon of action heroes, only Willis could make a line like "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker" almost sound clever. (R) BRIAN MILLER

Tue., April 3, 7 p.m., 2012

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