For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Even if you've seen "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946, b/w) a dozen times, it still manages to capture you in a way that lifts you up.

And if you've never seen it on the big screen, now's your chance. It's even more powerful when you don't have the distractions of home viewing.

James Stewart stars in what has been described as the pinnacle of Frank Capra's stellar directing career as George Bailey, the selfless and rather hapless hero that strives to leave the small town of Bedford Falls time and again only to be repeatedly stymied by his sense of duty and loyalty and love for those around him.

The film is very dark in places, especially when a tragic bit of chicanery by the town mogul, Henry Potter (Lionel Barrymore), causes George to give up on life and ponder suicide.


        James Stewart, Donna Reed, 'It's a Wonderful Life'

But thanks to a witty angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) George gets a chance to see what life in Bedford Falls would have been like if he'd never been born. And it's a bit of a shock.

Charming, funny, warm, heartbreaking, romantic, smart and ultimately uplifting, "It's a Wonderful Life" is guaranteed to put a tear in your eye and a bit of joy in your heart.

That it's set during Christmas just adds to the tenor of this truly wonderful film.

"It's a Wonderful Life" will be shown on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m., and on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 2 and 7 p.m., in several local Cinemark Theaters, and on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 3 p.m., and on Thursday, Dec. 25, — for free — at the Tower Theater.