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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Christmas Joy

Rated:  G

Genres: Family, Romance

Starring: Danielle Panabaker and Matt Long 

Synopsis: Based on the book of the same name written by Nancy Naigle, Joy is a corporate market researcher, gunning for a promotion within her firm. Just as her company's CEO is taking notice, Joy finds out her Aunt Ruby has broken her ankle and will be undergoing surgery. Despite the less than opportune timing, Joy makes her way back home to Crystal Falls, NC to be with her Aunt. Stars seem to be aligned as Joy sees her former crush, Ben Andrews, while at the hospital. At first, Joy is focused solely on helping her Aunt heal; even taking over her position as chair of the local Cookie Crawl competition. Eventually, she begins to let Ben in and remembers there's no place like home for the holidays. The pair work together on the Cookie Crawl to make the event a success.

Review:  Not altogether unexpected but lovely and definitely full of Christmas spirit. It’s a movie about love, of course, friendship, family, and priorities. A fun watch. 

Scoring: 3

 

A Christmas Kiss
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Elisabeth Röhm, Brendan Fehr, and Laura Breckinridge 
Synopsis: After a spontaneous kiss, a struggling designer ends up falling in love with her demanding boss's boyfriend as she decorates his home for a Christmas party.
Review:  Watching the good guys win is always fun, especially when the bad guy is so bad. I enjoyed watching Wendy and Adam’s adventures as they realize their feelings for each other. Wendy’s friends add another layer to the story. The Christmas touches are delightful. 
Scoring: 4
A Christmas Kiss II
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Elisabeth Harnois, Adam Mayfield, Jonathan Bennett, and Elisabeth Röhm
Synopsis: Jenna didn't expect to be swept off her feet, but when a handsome stranger encounters her in the elevator and notices the mistletoe hanging above them, sparks fly as he leans in for a kiss. There's just one problem: this man is Cooper Montgomery, a playboy who happens to be part owner of the company for which Jenna works.
Review:  This movie is a little corny but it has some charming unexpected moments with the expected happy ending. I like that it has strong women, good friends, and people who try to do the right thing but are fallible like us. 
Scoring: 3
Christmas Land
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Nikki Deloach, Luke Macfarlane, Maureen McCormick, Cynthia Gibb, and Richard Karn 
Synopsis: After inheriting a Christmas tree farm, a woman's plans to sell it change when she falls in love with the townspeople and meets a charming lawyer named Tucker.
Review:  I wish I was Jules and lived at Christmas Land. It’s a magical place. I love watching this movie and the dynamics between the characters. Of course there’s a good guy and a bad guy and a community of lovely people. 
Scoring: 4
 
Christmas List
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Alicia Witt and Gabriel Hogan
Synopsis: Isobel Gray plans a storybook Christmas with her boyfriend, including a snow-covered cottage in the Northwest, and a carefully composed bucket list of classic holiday traditions. But when the boyfriend goes AWOL, the list proves challenging and a tempting new romance turns her life upside down. Will Isobel have a White Christmas ending under the mistletoe?
Review:  It’s fun watching Isobel participate in all the Christmas traditions she missed out on as a child. It’s like seeing the magic as a child sees it and I loved experiencing it with her. 
Scoring: 4
 
The Christmas List 
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Mimi Rogers, Rob Stewart, and Marla Maples
Synopsis: Perfume saleslady Melody Parris feels like her life is in neutral. Her stick-in-the mud boyfriend won't commit and she gets passed over for a promotion at the store where she works. She decides to make a Christmas list. After it's deposited in Santa's mailbox at the store, she starts getting everything she wanted, but it doesn't always turn out as she expected.
Review:  One of my absolute favorites. The premise is a little cheesy but the characters and Melody’s evolution as her wishes came true are so amazing. It makes me happy. You’ll enjoy disliking Marla Maples. Fun to watch. 
Scoring: 5
 

Christmas Lodge

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Erin Karpluk and Michael Shanks

Synopsis: Mary Tobin has wonderful memories of family gatherings at the Christmas Lodge. When she arrives for a weekend vacation, she quickly realizes that the lodge that she loves has fallen into serious disrepair. With a lack of funds and a looming deadline, she not only restores the Christmas lodge's charm but finds love along the way.

Review: There are a few slow moments but hang in there. Mary’s passion for the lodge and the people in her life is truly heartwarming. It’s an original plot that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Lost And Found

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Dianne Ladd, Tiya Sircar, And Terence Kelly

Synopsis: An event planner mistakenly throws out her grandmother's Christmas ornaments, and the person who finds the ornaments leads her on a scavenger hunt to retrieve them, helping her to find the magic of Christmas again along the way.

Review:  This movie was delightful. The plot was a new one and it was done so well. Ladd was wonderful and the scavenger hunt incorporated so many Christmas traditions. It’s one I look forward to watching again. 

Scoring: 4

 

Christmas Made To Order

Rated: G

Genres: Family, Romance

Starring: Alexa PenaVega and Jonathan Bennett

Synopsis: An architect hires a professional coordinator to help him host his family for Christmas. 

Review:  There are lots of Christmas and family traditions to enjoy, fun characters, and beautiful scenery. It’s a little too sweet and everything resolves in an unrealistically simple manner but it’s a relaxing watch. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Magic
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Religion, Romance
Starring: Lindy Booth and Paul McGillion
Synopsis: Carrie Blackford lives for her successful career as an event planner in New York City, but her life changes in an instant after a nasty car accident in a snowstorm. Carrie regains consciousness in Central Park with an older man.  Henry is Carrie's spirit guide and is there to help her "pass over" to Heaven. But before Carrie can move on, she must fulfill one last task on Earth - a type of Angel Duty. She must help guide a widowed, young restaurant owner, Scott Walker, whose restaurant is failing. Carrie befriends Scott and his 8-year-old daughter, who, of course, knows she’s an angel. Carrie falls for both Scott and his daughter but how will the universe handle this?
Review:  This movie is a little corny, especially the end. I didn’t expect it to end the way it did which was a nice surprise.  As expected the little girl is the center of the story. It's chock full of sweet moments that make it fun to see.
Scoring: 3
Christmas Mail 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Ashley Scott, A.J. Buckley, Vanessa Evigan, and Lochlyn Munro
Synopsis: Matt's, a postman, boss grows suspicious of new hire Kristi, a "Santa Writer", whose job is responding to letters addressed to the North Pole. The boss recruits him to spy on her and report back with any unusual findings. But the more time Matt spends observing Kristi, the harder he starts to fall for her until he's hopelessly in love. Later, when Kristi uncovers the clandestine plot, she quits her job and disappears without a trace. Meanwhile, Matt searches high and low for her, to no avail. But when Kristi learns that Matt had no choice if he wanted to keep his job, it's only a matter of time before fate brings them back together.
Review:  Very adorable movie. Lochlyn Munro makes a good villain and the other characters are so enjoyable. A girl who was orphaned and is being raised by her uncle has the potential to make the movie dark and sad but they manage to keep it light.  The magic and joyous nature of Kristi will lift your spirits.  It's corny at times but still fun. 
Scoring: 3
A Christmas Melody
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Starring: Mariah Carey, Brennan Elliott, Lacey Chabert, Kathy Najimy, and Fina Strazza
Synopsis: A single mother moves back to her hometown with her young daughter. Having a hard time adjusting, the daughter seeks help from her music teacher to write a song for the Christmas variety show. 
Review:  Lacey Chabert, as Kristin, is delightful as always. The best part of the movie is watching Fina Strazza as Chabert’s daughter Emily. The music is wonderful and the relationships between all the characters makes this a good one to catch. 
Scoring: 4

A Christmas Memory (1997)

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Patty Duke, Piper Laurie, and Eric Lloyd

Synopsis: A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried. Buddy brings life to the house and develops a close friendship with one of the older, simpler ladies, Sook. Buddy and Sook undertake many adventures together, including the baking of 31 fruit-cakes which they give as Christmas presents, even mailing them to President and Mrs. Roosevelt and Jean Harlowe! Just before Christmas, one of the older cousins begins to wonder if it is best for Buddy to be living with them...

Review:  A sweet tale of unconditional love and friendship. It’s very moving and makes you feel all the emotions you want to feel at Christmas. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Miracle

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Religion

Starring: Aaron Pearl

Synopsis: Due to a road closure, eight strangers must take refuge in an abandoned church during a storm. They learn how to manage through various dilemmas by working together.

Review:  There are so many life situations faced by the eight that many people will find relatable. It’s an endearing and moving story. 

Scoring: 3

 

A Christmas Miracle (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Family, Romance

Starring: Barry Bostwick, Brooks Darnell, and Tamera Mowry-Housley

Synopsis: Ever-optimistic single mom Emma Sanderson is looking for a Christmas miracle to write about for the lifestyle magazine at which she has landed a temporary job. While following her lead on the story, Emma discovers unexpected romance with a supportive colleague and takes it upon herself to bring about a Christmas miracle for a lonely street musician.

Review: One of the best parts of this movie is Emma herself.  Her Christmas spirit, optimism, and seeing the positive in situations and people is contagious.  Her relationships with her son and her coworker Marcus are so sweet.  The only negative was that everything, throughout the movie, resolved too easily.  I left the movie feeling a little lighter and happier.  What more could you want?

Scoring: 3

A Christmas Movie Christmas

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Brant Daugherty, Lana McKissack, Ryan Merriman,  and Kimberly Daugherty

Synopsis: Following a Christmas wish, Eve and her sister Lacy get magically transported into a Christmas movie.

Review: This movie is going on my list of all-time favorites.  Obviously, as the Christmas Movie Queen, I would naturally love a movie about living in a Christmas movie.  Still, it was sweet, funny, moving, and still had a happy ending.  It kept the humor by including every movie cliché and making fun of it without making fun of loving the clichés.  I kept wondering how the sisters would end up happy when they left the Christmas movie but the magic continued.  Don’t miss this one.

Scoring: 5

A Christmas Mystery
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Esmé Bianca, Ryan Bittle, and John Ratzenberger 
Synopsis: When a reporter discovers that her late mother had been receiving Christmas cards from a secret admirer, she decides to track him down. In the process, she'll discover a family secret more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
Review:  This movie was lacking in every department, from script to casting to direction. It’s not horrible to watch but it’s not enjoyable either. It just falls flat.
Scoring: 1
Christmas Next Door
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Jesse Metcalf and Fiona Gubelmann
Synopsis: Eric Randall, an author of bachelor lifestyle books, is left in charge of his young niece and nephew for the holidays. Unsure of himself, Eric turns to his neighbor, April, a lover of all things Christmas, for help. 
Review:  The movie is interesting but a little slow. There are lots of Christmas traditions that April and the children participate in.  I enjoyed watching Eric and April, with the help of the kids, transform their lives for the better. 
Scoring: 3
The Christmas Note
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Leah Gibson
Synopsis: Having just moved back to her hometown without her serviceman husband but with her young son, Gretchen finds her life in disarray as Christmas approaches. She discovers new purpose when she helps to deliver a message to her neighbor, Melissa, which makes her an ally in the quest to find the neighbor's sibling she never knew she had. The women become bonded not only by the search, but by the understanding that being there for each other means they're no longer alone. This friendship becomes the greatest Christmas gift of their lives.
Review:  I experienced a roller coaster of emotions. There are sad moments but so many happy ones. Both Melissa and Gretchen’s stories are interesting and moving. You’ll be happy for sharing their journey with them. 
Scoring: 4
Christmas On Chestnut Street 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Kristen Dalton, Robert Moloney, and Garry Chalk 
Synopsis: A store decides to start a contest to sell off 60,000 Christmas lights, ordered by accident. The competition soon causes unrest among the locals, but the store's owner, Diane, wants to keep what has become a very profitable competition going, at all costs and sets up her own display at employee Lou’s house. 
Review:  It’s a corny story but I can’t help but love it. The craziness of competition with the neighbors is fun. Lou’s father’s Alzheimer’s adds a relatable touch that keeps it grounded. In the end we see the true meaning of Christmas minus all the trappings.
Scoring: 4
 

Christmas On Division Street

Rated: PG

Genre: Drama

Starring: Fred Savage and Hume Cronyn

Synopsis: A boy moves to Philadelphia where he’s taught by a homeless drifter. 

Review:  It’s hard to put what makes this movie so special into words. It’s a feeling you get. While I don’t advise young children becoming friends with strangers, the friendship between these two is heartwarming. The movie reminds us that people who are homeless are exactly that. People. People in need of a home and kindness. Keep your tissues handy for this tear-jerker. 

Scoring: 4

Christmas On Holly Lane

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Sarah Lancaster, Karen Holness, and Gina Holden

Synopsis: Three childhood friends, Sarah, Riley and Cat, with fond memories of Christmas at Sarah's house, come together as adults to save Sarah's home in the hopes of having many more beautiful Christmases together.

Review: The synopsis doesn’t begin to cover every situation and circumstance in the movie. I did know how it would end but there were some twists along the way. It’s a charming story of recovering from past and present pain in order to have a better future. I hope there’s a sequel. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas On Honeysuckle Lane

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Laura Leighton, and Alicia Witt

Synopsis: Emma returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the house they grew up in. After their parents' recent passing, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane.

Review:  This movie was quite surprising. Rather than a typical love story it was siblings sharing Christmas and Emma solving a mystery. It's hard to explain without spoilers just know I thought it was really charming. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas On The Bayou
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Edward Asner, Markie Post, and Randy Travis
Synopsis: A divorced workaholic executive goes back to her home town to spend Christmas with her son and mother. Through a rekindled romance and a small miracle, she discovers where her heart truly belongs.
Review:  An interesting look at a different culture and its Christmas traditions. I also liked seeing a mother and son reconnect and prove you can go home again. 
Scoring: 3

Christmas On The Coast

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Julie Ann Emery, Burgess Jenkins, and Bonnie Bedelia 

Synopsis: Hard-hearted New York novelist Dru Cassadine...known for her holiday romance stories (even though she is antilove and anti-Christmas)...is desperate to get her mojo back after a string of flops (and a not-so-subtle threat by her publisher that he'll drop her if she has another failure). She decides that a change of scenery might get her creative juices flowing and heads south for the winter, landing in a place known as Harbor Pointe. She doesn't quite get what she came for. She gets much more.

Review:  There’s something about this movie that takes what could’ve been a lovely story and makes it very hum drum. I don’t know if it’s the casting, directing, or all the lulls in the story but I was bored. I didn’t particularly care what happened I just wanted it to end.

Scoring: 1

 

Christmas Oranges
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Edward Hermann and Nancy Stafford 
Synopsis: Experience the journey of Rose, an orphan who teaches the meaning of hope to all those around her. Share a slice of Christmas sweetened with friendship in this poignant story based on a classic holiday tale.
Review:  When I watched this I walked away with the feeling that we need to remember to appreciate what we have. The children are interesting characters but the story is slow moving. I think it's a good movie for children to watch to see how much they really have.  Not just materially but family and love.
Scoring: 3

The Christmas Ornament 

Rated:  G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Kellie Martin and Cameron Mathison 

Synopsis: A widow plans to give Christmas festivities a miss, as they bring back too many memories of her late husband.

Review:  A very moving and sweet film. Kathy’s dealing with letting her husband go and moving forward with her life with the love and support of others is touching. I appreciated that they handled such a heavy subject with many positive and inspirational moments. 

Scoring: 4

 

The Christmas Pact

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Kyla Pratt and Jasmine Guy

Synopsis: As childhood friends and neighbors, Sadie and Ben planted a scrawny Christmas tree and promised to always keep the spirit of Christmas alive in their hearts. 

Review:  The story is interesting but Pratt’s disingenuous performance distracts from the tale. It’s good but had the potential to be much better. 

Scoring: 3

 

The Christmas Pageant 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Melissa Gilbert, Robert Mailhouse, Edward Herrmann, and Kate Flannery
Synopsis: A rural small-town counts itself lucky when famous, temporarily unemployed, director Vera Parks is hired, actually by secret admirer Jack Harmon, to direct their annual Christmas 'pageant' play. It's an uphill battle against amateurism and traditionalist conservatives, but townsfolk -among whom unsuspected talent is discovered- and Vera end up bonding, just when she gets a dream offer to direct a recluse star's come-back.
Review:  The movie has many endearing moments. The townsfolk are a varied and special group of people. Jack’s daughter playing matchmaker is very sweet. Vera’s personal changes are predictable, the movie sometimes feels a little slow, but it is still an enjoyable movie. 
Scoring: 3
The Christmas Parade
Rated: PG
Genres:  Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: AnnaLynne McCord, Jefferson Brown, and Drew Scott
Synopsis: Hailee Anderson, the famous talk show host, is preparing for the holiday season by working; she's planning her very important TV show, her Christmas special. Already a scrooge, Hailee is even more miserable when she finds out, on air, that her real-estate fiancée Jason is cheating on her. To clear her head, she goes on a drive and ends up in Carver Bend, Connecticut, unfortunately crashing through a local judge's fence. Forced to do community service, she helps out her rescuer Logan by building a float for the town's annual Christmas parade to help save the town's youth art center. While Hailee bonds with the locals, the art center kids, and grows closer to Logan, she re-learns why the holidays are important. 
Review:  While a sweet movie, seeing someone heal and bounce back while discovering the magic of Christmas is a little predictable and corny. The children are the bright spots.  They are a good reminder of the kindness children so often possess.  The way the story progresses, you’ll find yourself rooting for the art center more than Hailee. 
Scoring: 3

Christmas Pen Pals

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Niall Matter, Sarah Drew, and Michael Gross

Synopsis: Following an unexpected breakup week’s before Christmas, a tech wiz heads back to her hometown for the holidays. She signs up for an anonymous pen pal service and becomes enchanted by each beautifully written letter she receives. 

Review:  This movie is more about finding a soulmate than it is Christmas. It’s still an original and enchanting movie. No spoilers but it’s a happy ending for all. 

Scoring: 4

 

Christmas Perfection

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Caitlin Thompson

Synopsis: As a kid, Darcy had no control over her family's holidays and thus, has grown up to be a Christmas control freak - so much so that she loses sight of what the holidays actually mean. Suddenly, she finds herself magically transported into her idea of the perfect Christmas Village and learns that 'perfection' isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Review:  This is sort of like Groundhog Day and the Wizard of Oz meshed. The main idea is one that’s overused but it’s done so well in this movie it feels fresh and new. Truly enjoyable. My favorite part was random Christmas words coming out when she tried to curse.

Scoring: 4

 

A Christmas Prince

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Rose McIver and Ben Lamb

Synopsis: When a reporter goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, she gets tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love - but will she be able to keep up her lie?

Review:  This movie was the hit of 2017. There were articles about people watching it over and over again. Because of this, I went into it with high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed. Yes, there’s lots of girl marries a prince movies but this one is special and one I’ll watch again. 

Scoring: 4

 

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Rose McIver and Ben Lamb

Synopsis: A year after helping Richard get to the throne, Amber is about to become his wife. But is she really made to be queen?

Review:  This had the same feeling as the original and it was as predictable. That being said, I enjoyed it. It delivers the American commoner marrying into the royal family of some small European nation love story as promised. It could’ve done without the over the top stereotype of a New Yorker dad and the ridiculous wedding planner. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Princess 
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Nicole Muñoz
Synopsis: Against the backdrop of Christmas in Southern California comes Christmas Princess, a heart-warming story inspired by true events about one brave high school girl who overcomes her difficult past to become one of the elite princesses in the world-renowned royal court of the Tournament of Rose Parade presented by Honda.
Review:  While the main plot of the movie is a girl who works for and becomes a Rose Princess with Christmas only as a backdrop, the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it so much more engaging. An endearing story about working hard, learning to believe in yourself, and never giving up. 
Scoring: 3
 

The Christmas Project

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family

Starring: Jacob Buster

Synopsis: A writer looks back on his memorable 1986 Christmas, dealing with brothers, bullies, first love, pregnancy and family "elving."

Review:  A sad attempt to recreate A Christmas story including Mom, younger brother, and grouchy dad. It might have been a decent movie if the imitation wasn’t so blatant. 

Scoring: 1

 

A Christmas Proposal
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Nicole Eggert, David O’Donnell, Tom Arnold, David Deluise, and Sarah Thompson
Synopsis: Two lawyers dueling over a proposal to turn a quaint mountain town into a ski resort discover they are former childhood sweethearts. Lisa is fighting to protect the hamlet; big city attorney Rick represents the developer who wants to plow it under. But when a car accident forces Rick to stick around, the small town, and his former beloved, begin to work their magic on him.
Review:  I found this movie to be awkward and a little boring.  It was missing heart. In addition, it was another movie taking place at Christmas and not really about Christmas. 
Scoring: 2

Christmas Reservations

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Markie Post, Ted McGinley, and Michael Gross

Synopsis: An event coordinator is reunited with her college sweetheart and his two children.

Review: The movie is filled with interesting characters as well as the multiple meaning of the word reservations.  The characters are likable with some funny situations.  I wish they didn’t gloss over the Christmas aspects as much as they did and the character of Kay was way too over the top.  Other than that, it’s a typical nice movie.  I enjoyed watching it but it’s not one I’ll watch over and over again.

Scoring: 3

A Christmas Reunion
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Denise Richards, Patrick Muldoon, Jake Busey, and Catherine Hicks
Synopsis: A Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt's hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack. Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.
Review:  Aunt Linda uses her bakery as a way to get Amy and Jack back together.  As expected, Amy is torn between her life and the bakery. There aren’t many surprises but it’s as sweet as their baked goods. The movie is cute but a little slow. 
Scoring: 3
 

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Kim Shaw and Kevin McGarry

Synopsis: Belinda is forced to team up with her ex-boyfriend for the town’s annual Christmas Scavenger Hunt.

Review: I felt like there were too many stories going on simultaneously so they didn’t get far enough into any one.  It has the expected and happy ending we all know and love.  It did make me want to do a scavenger hunt so it got the joy of that adventure across.  It’s a sweet love story and includes the value of community and reaching out to those who are alone during the holidays.

Scoring: 3

The Christmas Secret (2000) AKA Flight Of The Reindeer
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Richard Thomas, Beau Bridges, and Maria Pitillo
Synopsis: Jerry alienates his family and puts his job in danger with his obsession of proving that reindeer fly. While trying to prove this, Jerry crashes his plane and ends up at the North Pole. 
Review:  Jerry putting his job and his family on the line in order to prove reindeer fly makes him someone you don't like very much.  I found this beginning part a little boring, maybe because of Jerry's behavior, but once we get to the North Pole it’s magical. This is my favorite North Pole I’ve seen. Seeing Jerry and his family realize how much they mean to each other is special. I loved the message of believing and putting others first. 
Scoring: 3
The Christmas Secret (2014)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Bethany Joy Lenz, John Reardon, Jaeda Lilly Miller, and Greyston Holt
Synopsis: Christine Eisley's life is coming undone. She's been fired from her job, evicted from her home and her ex-husband is taking her to court for custody of their children. To make matters worse, she's misplaced a very special family heirloom, a star-shaped locket handed down from her father, who disappeared from her life when she was a young girl. But things seem to be looking a little brighter for Christine when she lands a new job working with a gregarious bakery owner and a holiday romance begins to blossom with Jason, the handsome grandson of a sweet couple who own a popular local store. As she uncovers a long-standing family secret, Christine's luck might be starting to turn, bringing her good fortune and true love just in time for Christmas.
Review:  I love how this movie unfolded. I was truly invested in the characters and the story. It’s enjoyable to see how lives intersect in unexpected ways. 
Scoring: 3
The Christmas Shepherd
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Teri Polo and Martin Cummins
Synopsis: Sally is heartbroken when her dog runs away during a thunderstorm. When she learns he was found by Mark, a widower, she travels to Boston to get him. Sally and Mark are given the best Christmas gift of their lives when they fall in love. 
Review:   Sally losing her husband in combat and her son being in the armed forces reminds us of the sacrifices military families make. I love that message. You see how Buddy, the German Shepherd, is her only tie to her husband. Buddy and Emma become the reason Sally and Mark keep seeing each other. This is a lovely story about letting down walls and being open to others.
Scoring: 4
The Christmas Shoes
Rated: G
Genres: Drama
Starring: Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Synopsis: Two separate stories mesh - in the first, a young music teacher, Maggie Andrews, begins dying of a heart condition and her son Nathan tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for her before she dies. In the second, lawyer Robert Layton and his wife Kate are slowly drifting apart and the matter comes to a head during Christmas when Kate takes over for Maggie for the school choir and declines a job in Robert's firm. When Robert's mother passes away, he begins to reconsider things and his and Nathan's paths cross on Christmas Eve as Nathan tries to raise the money for the shoes and Robert tries to get a present for his daughter.
Review:  While dramatic and moving, it lacked something. I felt detached from most of the characters. It is a heavy subject matter so that may have played a role in my feelings. If you like very serious dramas you may enjoy this.
Scoring: 2

A Christmas Snow

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Religion

Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart

Synopsis: A woman refuses to celebrate Christmas, because of her father abandoning his family during the holiday.

Review:  It looks cheaply made and some of the acting is poor but if you hang in for the ending you’ll really feel the message and spirit of this movie. It’s worth it. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Solo

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Kelli Williams and Jonathan Scarfe

Synopsis: Two single parents stumble into the possibility of love for Christmas, only to discover that their daughters are embroiled in a nasty rivalry at school. When the rivalry gets out of control, can hope and healing lead everyone to a peaceful and merry Christmas?

Review:   It’s hard to make a viewer feel empathy for the mean girl but they did it, to a point. With one teen struggling with her mother moving away and the other with her father’s death, they’re easy to relate to for someone who has suffered a loss. Even with that there’s a lightness and an ease to it. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Song
Rated: NR
Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance
Starring: Natasha Henstridge and Gabriel Hogan
Synopsis: Romance blossoms between two music teachers who compete for the same job.
Review:  Somewhat expected plot with fairly plain and boring characters. It’s nice that they come together in the end but it’s not an exciting trip to get there. 
Scoring: 2
The Christmas Spirit
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Nicollette Sheridan, Olympia Dukakis, and Bart Johnson
Synopsis: Charlotte, a journalist, and Daniel, a real estate developer, are in a car accident and both end up in comas but their spirits are awake. As spirits they try to get the town’s development vote to go each of their ways. 
Review:  The movie is a little slow but still interesting enough to watch. Of course it has a happy ending. The addition of Charlotte’s brother being away in the armed forces and her family adds a nice layer. Charlotte's relationship with the townspeople and her family are inspiring.
Scoring: 2
 

Christmas Stallion

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti and Siân MacLean

Synopsis: Sixteen year old Gwen Davies adores the horses she and her grandfather have raised on the beautiful Welsh Mountains. However, when her grandfather dies her uncle must either sell the farm to a greedy land developer, or allow Gwen to keep the farm, opening the wounds of his tragic past in the process.

Review:  This movie appears quite amateurish. MacLean does a great job but Travanti was poor casting. The story starts so slowly I never quite got interested. 

Scoring: 2

 

 

A Christmas Star

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan

Synopsis: Born under the Christmas Star, Noelle believes she has the gift to perform miracles.  So when conniving developer McKerrod threatens her peaceful life she and her friends determine to use this gift to thwart his plans and save their village.

Review:  It’s a cute movie but it’s a little silly and far-fetched. Like bodyguards being afraid of children who have whistles. I liked the inclusion of a child with special needs. The best part is the children who are the stars. It’s a nice family film. 

Scoring: 3

 

A Christmas Story
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, and Darrin McGavin
Synopsis: Ralphie, a young boy growing up, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ol' Santa Claus himself.
Review:  What can I say about a classic that hasn’t already been said. With the idealistic dreamer child, the younger brother, a classic mom, and a grouchy dad who actually loves his family and wants to make them happy.  The best time of year is when this movie plays for 24 hours. With classic lines like, “you’ll shoot your eye out” and "fra-gee-lay" I love it more each time I see it. 
Scoring: 5

A Christmas Story 2

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family

Starring: Daniel Stern

Synopsis: Five years later, Ralphie has his eyes fixed on a car but trouble is sure to follow.

Review:  This is sadly disappointing. It tries to capture the magic of the first one but does it with moments trying to be funny that fall flat and repeating the most memorable moments from the first movie. One to skip. 

Scoring: 1

 

A Christmas Story Documentary: Road Trip for Ralphie

Rated: NR

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Jordie Schwatz

Synopsis: During an adventure spanning two years and two countries, two mega-fans of "A Christmas Story" set out to discover all the film's shooting locations and memorabilia.

Review:  As a huge fan of the movie, I was looking forward to this behind the scenes look.  I was so disappointed.  I don’t know if it’s how amateurish it was or how they made it so boring.  It seemed to be more about them than the movie.  If you’re a huge fan of the movie you may want to try it but I had to force myself to sit through it.

Scoring: 1

A Christmas Story Live!

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family, Musical

Starring: Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Matthew Broderick, Ken Jeong, David Alan Grier, and Jane Krakowski

Synopsis: A live broadcast of the Broadway hit "A Christmas Story: The Musical" in which Ralphie wishes for nothing more than a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.

Review:  Not nearly as good as the movie but not bad for live. The biggest flaw is Broderick as the narrator. Instead of just hearing his voice, we see him walking around. It distracts from the story. 

Scoring: 2

 

A Christmas Switch

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Jackie Seidel and Ashley Wood

Synopsis: When singer Audrey and record executive Julia collide at the mall, they wake up in each other's lives the next morning. As Christmas looms, the two women must figure out how to help each other and switch back to their original selves.

Review:  A twist on Freaky Friday, we have the perfectionist wealthy business woman detached from her family and a poor woman with a messy life who’s overly attached to her family switch bodies. Shock surprise, they learn their lessons and switch back in time for Christmas. It’s far from a new story but it’s an okay movie. The little girl steals her scenes. 

Scoring: 2

 

The Christmas Switch

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Brian Krause and Natasha Henstridge

Synopsis: Through Eddie's wit and guile, he gives Sam that last night and finally finds the real meaning of Christmas the gambler's way.

Review: This movie had the potential to be a really good story. Unfortunately, the way it was done leaves a lot to be desired. They took what could've been a heartfelt story and made it ho hum. I didn't even care what happened to the characters at the end. It wouldn't hurt to see it once but that's it.

Scoring: 3

The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

Rated: G

Genres: Family, Fantasy

Starring: Paul Tripp

Synopsis: Santa has to get a job as Santa to earn money to pay his overdue rent bill

Review:  My biggest problem with this movie is it stripping the magic away. How can someone else own the North Pole and charge rent?  How can the all-knowing Santa get stuck owing rent and facing possible eviction?  I don’t want to see Santa as human. He’s immortal and magic. I don’t want to see the North Pole as real estate but rather a magical wonderland. The music is okay but I’d pass on this one. 

Scoring: 1

 

A Christmas to Remember 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Mira Sorvino, Cameron Mathison, and Steve Bacic
Synopsis: A TV personality drives to a small town mountain retreat. On her way, a blizzard veers her off the road and she crashes. When she awakens, she has complete amnesia, and a friendly passerby takes her in. Jennifer is a stressed out TV chef, the Martha Stewart type, who needs to relax and reset her priorities. John is the widower who is just going through the motions of life since losing his wife.
Review:  Seeing Jennifer discover her true self and what truly matters to her as John learns to love again is lovely. It sounds like very heavy subject matters but the movie is light and family-friendly.
Scoring: 4
Christmas Town
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Nicole de Boer, Patrick Muldoon, and Garry Chalk
Synopsis: A week before Christmas, Liz McCann (and her young son Mason) visit her estranged father, who strangely lives in a town decked out for the holidays and full of Christmas spirit. Strange events immediately occur when they arrive, challenging everything Liz had once believed in.
Review:  The spirit of Christmas is throughout this movie. The non-believer mother with the son, and father, pushing her to open her mind and believe. I love all the little touches and occurrences that hint at Santa magic. 
Scoring: 4
Christmas Trade
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: William Baldwin, Denise Richards, and Tom Arnold
Synopsis: A career-oriented single father and his 11-year-old son are forced to see their worlds through each other's eyes when some Christmas magic switches their bodies. The pair find themselves growing closer as they scramble to figure out the secret of the magic that caused their predicament in time for Christmas.
Review:  Another Freaky Friday rip-off. The only difference is it takes place at Christmas. It’s not bad but it’s one I’d only watch once. I did enjoy the evolution of the relationship between the father and son. The highlight for me was the work party planned by the son.
Scoring: 2
The Christmas Train 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover, and Joan Cusack
Synopsis: A writer takes a four day trip on a train hoping to get ideas for a book he's writing in memory of his father. His true love happens to be on the train writing a script. They bond with different people along the way. It's obvious the two are still in love.
Review:  The movie was a little better the second time I saw it. It’s feels super slow. While it has an interesting group of characters, it just seems to have too many moments where you’re waiting for something to happen. 
Scoring: 2
A Christmas Tree Miracle
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Religion
Starring: Kevin Sizemore and Anne Whelan
Synopsis: A warm-hearted Christmas tale to remind us that in the holiday season, the best gifts in life are the simple ones, and that miracles do happen, if you believe.
Review:  This movie truly embodies the meaning of faith and the Christmas spirit. The beginning is okay but as it goes on it gets better. The kindness of a stranger and learning the true value of things and people are clearly, but gently, expressed.
Scoring: 3
 
Christmas Truce 
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama
Starring: Craig Olejnik and Ali Liebert
Synopsis: An American soldier and a Belgian woman fall in love during a brief holiday truce amid the Battle of the Bulge. When fighting resumes, they promise to reunite on the first Christmas after the war ends if they're both alive.
Review:  I like the backdrop of the difficulties of war and how Christmas brought out people’s humanity. The love story had me rooting for them. Knowing it’s based on a true story, albeit with some changes, makes it so much more special. 
Scoring: 3
 

Christmas Twister AKA F6 Twister

Rated: PG

Genres: Adventure, Drama

Starring: Casper Van Dien, Victoria Pratt, and Richard Burgi

Synopsis: On Christmas Day the Texas area to the South West of Forth Worth is struck by a massive storm system sprouting several severe tornadoes.

Review:  Truly cheesy. If you want an enjoyable Christmas movie this isn’t for you. If you want a so-so tornado movie you’ll like it. 

Scoring: 1

Christmas Under The Stars

Rated: G

Genres: Romance

Starring: Autumn Reeser and Jesse Metcalf

Synopsis: Nick takes a gig at a tree lot, where he meets Julie and her son, Matt.

Review: This movie really took me by surprise.  I wasn’t expecting any chemistry between Reeser and Metcalf but they worked.  The little boy was as wonderful as the children always are.  The part that really got me was the character of Clem.  He was so kind and loving, he really made the movie complete and magical.  I didn’t need tissues but I came close.  This movie is so moving and filled with Christmas spirit.  All the trees didn’t hurt either.  Don’t miss this one.

Scoring: 4

Christmas Under Wraps
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, David O’Donnell, Robert Pine, and Brian Doyle-Murray
Synopsis: When a doctor doesn't get the position she wanted, she ends up moving to a remote Alaskan town. She unexpectedly ends up finding love, happiness and discovers that the small town is hiding a big holiday secret.
Review:  Like all Candace Cameron Bure Hallmark movies, this one is wonderful. (Spoiler alert) I love that they never tell if it’s the real North Pole and Santa. Seeing her go back and forth between what she’s always expected and what she never knew she wanted keeps you guessing. All the characters are so likable. 
Scoring: 5
A Christmas Visitor
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Religion
Starring: William Devane, Meredith Baxter, Reagan Pasternak, Dean McDermott, and Aaron Ashmore
Synopsis: Grieving over a son’s death in the Gulf War, the family meets a stranger who rekindles the holiday spirit. 
Review:  While there is sadness around the loss of a child and the possible illness of another, this movie conveys hope and love. The addition of their magical visitor had me reaching for the tissues. It’s very moving and uplifting. 
Scoring: 4
A Christmas Wedding 
Rated: PG
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Eric Mabius, Dean Cain, and Reagan Pasternak
Synopsis: Emily and Ben met on Christmas day now plan to marry on this Christmas day almost two years later. Then Emily must attend work, and leaves the wedding plans up to Ben. Problems arise when procrastinator Ben tries to deal with bridesmaids dresses and dyed shoes, while perfectionist Emily is out of her mind with worry that her perfect day will be anything but. However, when a snow storm threatens to strand Emily at her work, she realizes that the only thing that matters is making it home to be with Ben and their Christmas wedding.
Review:  To me this movie seems very slow and a bit boring. Watching the groom flounder as he tries to plan the wedding and seeing the bride trying to get home isn’t enough to save the movie. 
Scoring: 2

A Christmas Wedding Date 

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Marla Sokoloff, Chris Carmack, Catherine Hicks, George Wendt, Vanessa Evigan, and David Deluise

Synopsis: After being fired, Rebecca goes back to her old home town to attend her friend's wedding on Christmas Eve and visit her mother. But when she tries to return home she finds she must relive Christmas Eve over and over until she gets it right.

Review:  Another movie based on Groundhog Day. It’s interesting  to see Rebecca learn about what’s important and find happiness but some of the repeated activities get tiresome.  

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Wedding Planner

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Jocelyn Hudon, Stephen Huszar, Kelly Rutherford, and Joey Fatone

Synopsis: Wedding planner, Kelsey Wilson, is about to have her big break: planning her beloved cousin's lavish and exclusive wedding. Everything is going smoothly until Connor McClane, a devilishly handsome private investigator, shows up and turns Kelsey's world upside-down. Hired by a secret source, Connor quickly disrupts the upcoming nuptials. 

Review:  I really enjoyed it. It’s a true romantic comedy. It’s not really about planning a wedding, rather it’s about the people and the situations. I laughed, I was moved, and I was engrossed in the story.  They even managed a surprise at the end. I loved it muchly (you’ll get that if you watch it.)

Scoring: 4

 

A Christmas Wedding Tail
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Jennie Garth, Nikki Cox, Brad Rowe, David O’Donnell, Catherine Hicks, and Tom Arnold
Synopsis: It's love at first sight when Rusty the Labrador and Cheri the Poodle meet one day while jogging in the park. Even better- their owners fall in love too! But love is more complicated for the people, Susan and Jake, who marry and attempt to join together their large family of five children. With kids fighting and a household in complete chaos, it's up to the dogs to keep the family together.
Review:  Very sweet story about two families attempting to blend with the help of their dogs. I liked the realism of the children’s issues as well as the parents’ trepidations. It was done in a way that wasn’t too serious and made me smile. Parents and children in blended families will relate to this story.
Scoring: 4

The Christmas Wife

Rated: NR

Genre: Drama

Starring: Jason Robards and Julie Harris

Synopsis: A widower not wanting to face his first Christmas alone responds to an ad for "social introductions".

Review:  This isn’t a feel-good love story. It addresses loss, grieving, and life. It’s definitely not for children. If you’re up for a drama you’ll like it. 

Scoring: 3

 

A Christmas Wish
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Religion, Romance
Starring: Kristy Swanson, Tess Harper, K.C. Clyde, and Edward Hermann 
Synopsis: The owner of a diner helps a homeless woman and her children during the holidays. 
Review:  Another annual must see for me. This is the story of a mother who will do anything for her children. She has true moral character and is inspiring. The children add a special dimension to the movie. The support of the town is moving. A strong Christian message. 
Scoring: 5

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Wishes

Rated: G

Genres: Family, Romance

Starring: Jill Wagner, Matthew Davis and Donna Mills

Synopsis: Weeks before Christmas, Abbey is hired to decorate the estate of businessman Nick. But to do her job well, she must figure out how to break down the wall between her and Nick, all while keeping the holiday spirit alive.

Review: This movie has all the pieces of a wonderful romance.  It has a love triangle, an adorable child, a single mom, and making life choices.  It’s sweet with a good ending.  If you like romance, this is for you.

Scoring: 3

Christmas With A Capital C

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Ted McGinley and Daniel Baldwin

Synopsis: An attorney returns to his small home town in Alaska and quickly rocks the boat by getting an injunction against the nativity display tradition and attacking Christmas.

Review:  Another examination of Christian vs secular Christmas but it wasn't done well. The constant fighting and back and forth makes it awful to watch and it’s way too preachy. 

Scoring: 1

 

Christmas With A Prince

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Kaitlyn Leeb and Nick Hounslow

Synopsis: A busy doctor reluctantly agrees to allow an injured prince to convalescence secretly in her pediatric ward. 

Review:  This is not a movie about Christmas.  Rather, it’s one that takes place at Christmas. However, it’s darling. The children are precious and have so much personality. The love story almost seems secondary to the story of the children. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas With A Prince: Becoming Royal

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring:  Kaitlynn Leeb, Nick Hounslow, and Charles Shaughnessy

Synopsis: Dr, Tasha is off to St. Savarre to spend Christmas with Prince Alex.  He proposes and they immediately being making plans.  Princess Miranda, unhappy about the news, concocts a plan to halt the nuptials.

Review: As with the first movie, Christmas is merely the time of year it’s taking place.  There are no Christmas traditions.  Unlike the first movie, it isn’t filled with adorable children.  The love story picks up where the first movie left off but this would work as a stand-alone.  It’s a decent story but it felt a little superficial.  The evilness of Miranda felt the most real.  Still, if you like a simple and easy romance, you’ll like it.

Scoring: 3

Christmas With A View

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Kaitlyn Leeb, Scott Cavalheiro, Patrick Duffy, and Vivica A. Fox

Synopsis: Secret aspirations between a failed restaurateur and a celebrity chef threaten their blossoming Christmas romance.

Review:  A little syrupy with more than a few slow moments but overall, it’s a nice story. The leads have good chemistry and acted well together. 

Scoring: 3

Christmas With Holly
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Sean Faris, Eloise Mumford
Synopsis: Mark Nagle leaves his job and home in Seattle when his orphaned niece Holly (six), who stopped communicating since her mother's death, isn't allowed to pass to the next grade. He moves back in with his single brothers Alex and Scott. Also new to the island town is Maggie Conway, who bought a toy shop and needs her sister Kate's support plus interns after firing the experienced manager to try a child-oriented concept. Holly and her toy store help bring Mark and Maggie together. 
Review:  Such a sweet story. Watching the differing personalities of the brothers as they care for Holly and how Maggie brings Holly out of her shell is lovely. 
Scoring: 4
Christmas With The Andersons  
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family
Starring: George Stults, Christy Carlson Romano, and Julie Brown
Synopsis: Mike and Caroline Anderson have always gone all out with parties and gifts for Christmas with their 10-year-old twins Brendan and Julia. But when Michael loses his job just before the holidays, it looks like Christmas is canceled -- until they receive a visit from wacky Aunt Katie, who helps them realize they can still pull off Christmas with no money, and rediscover what's most important.
Review:  At first the movie didn’t really have my attention. Rich people treating people as if they’re beneath them is very expected. They got my attention when the family hit hard times and had to come together as a family celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. 
Scoring: 3
Christmas With The Kranks
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Cheech Marin, Jake Busey, Julie Gonzalo, Caroline Rhea, Felicity Huffman, 
Synopsis: With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.
Review:  This isn’t a favorite of mine because of the amount of animosity.  The beginning feels more like an anti-Christmas movie.  Everyone helping out at the end made up for it, a little. 
Scoring: 2
Christmas With Tucker
Rated: NR
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: James Brolin, Gage Munroe, and Jodie Bissett
Synopsis: A young boy learns to be a man after the death of his father and forms a special bond with a dog.
Review:  There are many places where this movie drags but seeing the relationship between Tucker and George as well as how good George is to his grandparents make it worth it. 
Scoring: 3

A Christmas Without Snow

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Musical

Starring: Michael Learned, John Houseman, and James Cromwell

Synopsis: A divorced woman moves to San Francisco from Omaha after her divorce. Leaving her young son with his grandmother while trying to build her life again, she joins the choir of a local church. A tough, curmudgeonly, perfectionist choirmaster, is hired and attempts to whip the choir into shape for a Christmas concert. The choir group overcomes issues including ageism, racism, teen angst, small group divas, middle-aged relationships, single parenthood, the plight of struggling low income churches, and replacing the old with the new.

Review:  While I found the movie to be quite slow, I’m glad I stuck with it. The story, shown in 1980, still rings true today. There are so many situations that make the movie relatable.

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Wonderland

Rated: G

Genres: Family, Romance

Starring: Emily Osment and Ryan Rottman

Synopsis: Heidi, an artist, left her small town to make it in New York but became a gallery curator. When she goes home to care for her niece and nephew, she must work with her ex to plan the high school dance. Then Heidi must decide which life to choose. 

Review:  An endearing story that has all the emotions of a Hallmark movie but a story that is fresh. The actors and scenery are wonderful. I truly enjoyed it. 

Scoring: 4