Each movie listed includes:
(1) Title (2) Rating (3) Genres (4) Starring (5) Synopsis (6) My Personal Review (7) Scoring 1-5
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A Chance Of Snow
Starring: JoBeth Williams and Charles Durning
Synopsis: After signing her divorce papers, a woman heads out to the Minnesota airport with her sister and daughters for a flight to her mother's home. At the airport, her sportswriter husband shows up to catch a flight to Miami to visit his father. When a blizzard hits, the two suddenly find they have time to re-evaluate their relationship with assistance from an older couple.
Review: I found this movie to be tedious. I got halfway through and still didn’t care about the characters. I found it to be extremely slow and it had typical expected situations. It takes place on Christmas Eve and they mention Christmas but that’s about it.
Chandler Christmas Getaway
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family
Starring: Malinda Williams and Karon Riley
Synopsis: The Chandlers pack up and head to a cabin for maximum holiday fun. With old feuds, new feuds, and a heap of holiday stress, the Chandler family must pull together to make this the best Christmas ever.
Review: This next episode in the Chandler family series delivers the same joy, family issues, and Christmas spirit as all the rest. I recommend watching the series in order to truly get the feelings and messages.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Genres: Animation, Drama, Family, Religion
Starring: Bill Melendez
Synopsis: Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Review: Technically this would count as a special instead of a movie but it’s on so many Christmas movie lists I’m including it. I should say that I’m a huge Peanuts fan so that may impact my review. I love it! The gang is up to their usual antics and we have such classic moments as Linus giving his speech and the Charlie Brown tree.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Starring: Ruth Jones
Synopsis: Based on the book by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas where he recollects his past Christmases.
Review: I found this movie reminiscent of A Christmas Story except unlike it, this one was hard to watch. I don’t know what part was worse; the accents, the gentleness of the narrator’s voice which beckons sleep, or the Welsh expressions I didn’t understand. It has a sweet enough story that many may enjoy. You may want to give it a try.
As corny as this watered-down version of Cinderella is, I still liked it. We know the Cinderella story so we know how it’s going to go but that doesn’t take away from the experience.
A Country Christmas
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Joey Lauren Adams
Synopsis: When Santa Claus loses his magical powers and becomes stranded in their barn, two children from a small farming community help him save Christmas before it's too late.
Review: This is a sweet story. The children even take on the mayor. When they find out their mother’s cancer is back, they face doubts about Christmas magic. I won’t ruin the ending but you can guess. This would be a good family movie.
Country Christmas Album
Genres: Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
Starring: Hannah Barefoot and Evan Gamble
Synopsis: A country music starlet and an ex-teen heartthrob fall in love while recording an album.
Review: I believe the two main faults here are (1) they didn’t take the time to let us know and care about the characters at the beginning, and (2) there was too much time spent on music and not enough on the people. It just felt disjointed. That being said, music lovers and musicians may forgive them their faults.
A Country Christmas Story
Genres: Drama, Family, Musical
Starring: Dolly Parton, Megyn Price, Brian McKnight, and Mary Kay Place
Synopsis: A teenage chorister from a small Appalachian town dreams of becoming a country music star.
Review: While Grace’s determination and love for music is a beautiful story, her mother’s bitterness and anger are handled in a way that takes away from the story rather than adding to it. I enjoyed most of it but rooting for Grace was the best part.