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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Call Me Claus
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Victor Garber, Taylor Negron, and Ali Wentworth
Synopsis: Facing mandatory retirement after 200 years, Santa Claus asks a television producer to replace him
Review:  While the idea of getting a new Santa every 200 years is a little disconcerting, the idea of a woman replacing him is even more against what we’ve long been told. Watching Whoopi Goldberg as a woman who doesn’t like Christmas become Santa is interesting. A fun movie. 
Scoring: 3
Cancel Christmas
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Judd Nelson and Natalie Brown
Synopsis: Santa Claus discovers children have become too greedy and must prove otherwise before his favorite holiday is canceled. Santa's mission is to teach two incorrigible children the importance of charity.
Review:  While I didn’t care for Judd Nelson as Santa or the odd elf with him, I loved how the children came together to help the disabled child. The overall plot of canceling Christmas wasn’t done well for me but the children’s journeys were worth it. 
Scoring: 2
A Carol Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Tori Spelling, Dinah Manoff, William Shatner, and Gary Coleman
Synopsis: An ego-maniacal TV talk show host is determined to destroy the festive fun in the studio.
Review:  In this take on A Christmas Carol, we see Carol visited by three spirits who show her the error of her ways. This movie is light and humorous and has an original take on the characters. Of course you know how it goes, bad person turns good, but having William Shatner and Gary Coleman as ghosts adds humor. A fun watch. 
Scoring: 3
The Case For Christmas
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Dean Cain
Synopsis: A lawyer finds himself defending Santa Claus in the biggest trial in history.
Review:  Yet another watered down version of Miracle on 34th Street. This time Santa is being sued for disappointing children and being represented by a widower with a young daughter. It’s not horrible but it’s far from a must see. You won't find any big surprises.
Scoring: 2
Catch A Christmas Star
Rated: G
Genres: Family, Romance
Starring: Shannon Elizabeth and Steve Byers
Synopsis: With the help of his two precocious kids, a widower reconnects with his high school sweetheart, who just happens to be one of the biggest pop stars on the planet.
Review:  I like the story but the casting wasn’t the best. Shannon Elizabeth in this role made me uncomfortable. She came off as disingenuous. The ending was very corny. Again the children were the highlight. 
Scoring: 2
 

A Chance Of Snow

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama

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. 

Scoring: 1

 

Chandler Christmas Getaway

Rated: PG

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. 

Scoring: 3

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Rated: G

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. 

Scoring: 5

 

Charming Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Julie Benz, David Sutcliffe, 
Synopsis: Meredith Rossman is the heiress of Rossman's Department store. The business is her entire life.  But when she is roped into playing Mrs. Claus at Rossman's, her life takes some unexpected turns. Through the help of the suit and the charming store Santa, Nick, Meredith rekindles her love of Christmas, the store, their employees and possibly even begins a new love with Nick.  
Review:  I enjoyed watching Nick help Meredith change from a profit-focused business machine to a family-oriented person. Sweet movie. 
Scoring: 4
Chasing Christmas 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Tom Arnold, Andrea Roth, and Leslie Jordan
Synopsis: In a world where the holidays are run by the efficient Bureau of Yuletide Affairs, a bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a "mission" and leave his "target" stranded in 1965.
Review:  This is a very silly but extremely engaging movie. I loved it. Even though it’s a version of the Christmas Carol it’s quite original. Seeing Tom Arnold’s character learn about himself while stuck in the past is interesting.  The actors play their parts so well and the time travel aspect is like a personal flashback.
Scoring: 4

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Rated: NR

Genre: Comedy

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.

Scoring: 2

A Cinderella Christmas
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Emma Rigby, Peter Porte, and Mindy Cohn
Synopsis: Angie works hard to run her uncle's events business while her cousin Candace takes the credit. When Angie takes a night off to have fun at the Christmasquerade Ball, the mask and gown allow her to let loose, and she quickly catches the eye of Nicholas, a wealthy local bachelor. But then Angie has to go before revealing her identity, leaving Nicholas searching for his mystery woman in this modern take on the classic fairytale.
Review:  

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.

Scoring: 3
Come Dance With Me
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Andrew McCarthy and Michelle Nolden
Synopsis: Jack is an executive in a financial brokerage firm trying to impress the firm's president, Drew Clayton, in hopes of a promotion. However, Jack is dating Drew's daughter, Demi. Although Demi's mother Clarisse doesn't necessarily approve of Jack and would prefer her daughter to date a man within their social circle, Jack still plans on proposing. Trying to create the perfect proposal, Jack signs up for dance lessons in preparation for his proposal to Demi at her father's lavish annual Christmas Dance. But when sparks start to fly between Jack and his dance instructor, Christine, Jack will have to make some important decisions before it is too late.
Review:  This felt too expected to me. I kept waiting for some big moment but there wasn’t one. Even the dancing is monotonous.  It’s not bad, it’s just so-so. 
Scoring: 2
Comfort and Joy 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Nancy McKeon, Steven Eckholdt, and Dixie Carter
Synopsis: The life of Jane Berry was all materialist, until one Christmas Eve, she is involved in a car accident that changes her life forever. She wakes up to discover she is the mother of two, a wife and that her only job is in the house, besides her frequent volunteer work.
Review:  Another one of my favorites. While the premise is a familiar one, seeing a wealthy woman adjust to a family lacking in money but with an over abundance of love, generosity, spirit of giving, and Christmas joy, makes for a wonderful time. 
Scoring: 4
 
Coming Home For Christmas
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Danica McKellar and Neal Bledsoe
Synopsis: Lizzie Richfield is at a crossroads when she lands a job as house manager for the Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Lizzie plans one final Christmas Eve gala for the Marley family, though they seem to be a family in name only.  As Lizzie is inserted into the home and the lives of the Marley family, she finds herself drawn to one brother - even as another pursues her. Can she navigate her suddenly complicated love life while helping mend family feuds and maybe teaching all the true spirit of Christmas?
Review:  A sweet and charming movie, as all Danica McKellar’s tend to be. We see a family heal from the past and come together again with the help of the Christmas spirit. There are so many different types of characters and the ways they interact with each other, including the necessary misunderstandings, keeps the story moving and keeps the viewer interested.
Scoring: 3
A Cookie Cutter Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Erin Krakow, David Haydn-Jones, and Miranda Frigon 
Synopsis: Two schoolteachers take their rivalry to a new level, while they scramble to win a holiday baking contest and the affections of a handsome single father.
Review:  While there are some sweet moments in this movie, mostly those with the children, I found the conflict between the two teachers and their behavior towards each other very uncomfortable to watch. 
Scoring: 3

A Country Christmas

Rated: PG

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.

Scoring: 3

Country Christmas Album

Rated: PG

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. 

Scoring: 2

 

 

A Country Christmas Story

Rated:  PG

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.

Scoring: 3

 

Crazy For Christmas 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family
Starring: Andrea Roth and Howard Hesseman
Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, Shannon McManus, a struggling single mother,  is stuck driving around a wealthy and eccentric client who is giving away large sums of money with the secret hope of reuniting with his long lost daughter.
Review:  At first, I wasn’t clear on what the purpose of this movie was and where it was going. As it continued, I realized what was happening and the roles of each character in the story. The ending is quite dear. 
Scoring: 3
Crown For Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones
Synopsis: Allie Evans is a maid who just lost her job at a hotel.  She is then hired by a man named Fergus to be the governess for his boss in the European country of Winshire. Upon arrival, Allie discovers that Fergus' boss is King Maximillian and meets his daughter Theodora who had been terrorizing other authority figures since the death of her mother.
Review:  Another modern day fairy tale. While the happy ending is expected, getting there is an enjoyable time. It’s fun watching Allie’s fumbles as she adjusts to the royal protocols and as she has adventures with Theodora. It’s not terribly surprising but McKellar makes it special.
Scoring: 4