‘A Very Murray Christmas’
Bill Murray has nothing left to prove, except that he does. This October he did the unthinkable: he was actually actively annoying in a movie, namely the supremely misjudged “Rock the Kasbah.” A semi-tongue-in-cheek Christmas special, with him warbling through X-mas songs with the likes of Miley Cyrus and George Clooney, doesn’t sound much better. But that very dodginess is part of what makes “A Very Murray Christmas” oddly charming. Murray has been riding the sadsack part of his shtick since “Rushmore,” but “Christmas” returns to his how-committed-is-he routine. As he plows through a diverse batch of numbers — from holiday standards to a Todd Rundgren sing-a-long — he’s perched somewhere between sarcasm and sincerity, no less because his only real musical bona fide is his classic, “Star Wars” theme-crooning lounge singer on “SNL.” Oh, and it’s been directed by Sofia Coppola, who adds an extra layer of formal weirdness to what does and doesn’t work as straight-up holiday cheer.