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Tradition can be like a Fiddler on the Roof. And if that film had opened on Dec. 25, it would have become another great Christmas Day pastime: going to the movies. My people have been doing it for years. There’s nothing like a tub of popcorn and a Hollywood blockbuster to keep yourself from contemplating how the commercialism of the day of Your Lord’s birth has bored the matzo out of us Jews. This year isn’t different from any other, and several major movie studios are releasing their Oscar contenders. My money is on Jackie Brown, Quentin Tarantino’s follow-up to the masterpiece that rearranged the style of late-’90s cinema. A little mindless pulp and circumstance to keep me entertained. What, like the third day of Hanukkah is any different from the other seven? Pam Grier is Jackie Brown at area theaters; see Showtimes for venues. (Tina Plottel)