‘Bad Santa 2,’ ‘Almost Christmas’ and comedies to cut through the prestige pallor

The end of the year is generally thought of as Hollywood’s time to set aside the fluff of summer and trot out its awards-worthy show ponies. But, along with the sober-minded and artistically ambitious dramas, there are always a few comedic stocking-stuffers in the mix. 

Nostalgic memories of classics like...