Christmas In Angel Falls (2017)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Religion, Romance
Starring: Rachel Boston, Paul Greene, and Beau Bridges
Synopsis: Gabby is a guardian angel who breaks the rules by interfering too much in people’s lives. Gabby is sent to Angel Falls to revive the town's forgotten Christmas spirit.  While she works to bring back Christmas spirit to the town, with Jack’s help, she falls in love. The rule is angels can’t be in relationships with humans.
Review: Gabby’s spirit is contagious and makes watching joyful. She’s a reminder that we should all spread Christmas spirit freely.
Scoring: 4
Christmas in Boston (2005)
Rated: G
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Marla Sokoloff, Patrick J. Adams, Lindy Booth, and Jonathan Cherry
Synopsis: Gina and Seth have been pen pals for 13 years and now will have the chance to meet. Both used their best friends' pictures to send to each other and now will let their friends meet.
Review: Beneath all the funny antics is a very sweet love story. I got a little impatient waiting for them to reveal who they really were but I still enjoyed it.
Scoring: 3
Christmas In Canaan (2009)
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Billy Ray Cyrus and Emily Tennant
Synopsis: DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between the two, DJ's father and Rodney's grandmother come up with a clever solution that brings the boys closer than either of them would like. Living in Canaan, Texas in the 1960s does not make it easy for a black boy and a white boy to forge a friendship. It is only amid the magic of an unforgettable Christmas that DJ and Rodney discover a land of milk and honey where hope and love make all the difference.
Review: A stirring look at racial relations and friendship. We get to see it from different perspectives. The relationships are the best part of the movie. The pace is very slow but there are special moments that are worth waiting for.
Scoring: 2

Christmas in Compton (2012)

Rated: PG-13

Genres: Comedy, Family

Starring: Keith David, Eric Roberts and Sheryl Lee Ralph

Synopsis: Big Earl, the owner of a Christmas tree lot in Compton, California runs into some trouble when his son Derrick crosses the line to prove to his father that he is a success.

Review: There are parts of the plot that are quite far-fetched but I like the overall message of the value of community.  It’s not the highest quality film I’ve seen and it felt a little long.  I did enjoy it, though.  As with many movies, the little girl was a highlight.

Scoring: 3

Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, And Reginald Gardiner
Synopsis: A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.
Review: Movies like this one are classics for a reason. I enjoy watching the characters maneuver around difficult and awkward situations with humor. Light-hearted and a love story make for a charming combination.
Scoring: 5

Christmas In Connecticut (1992)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Dylan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson, and Tony Curtis

Synopsis: Elizabeth is the star of a successful cooking show and author of several cookbooks. Alexander, her manager, sees a heroic forest ranger named Jefferson on the television news, saying he has lost his cabin in a fire and wishes he could get a home-cooked Christmas dinner. Alexander arranges for Elizabeth to do a special live show on Christmas, where she will cook a Christmas dinner for Jefferson. In reality, Elizabeth can't cook and trying to keep Jefferson and the viewing public from finding out may be a little difficult, especially on a live show.

Review:  As with many remakes, the original is so much better. The original is more of a love story with humor and this is slapstick. It’s funny and silly but it doesn't take itself seriously and is still entertaining.

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas In Conway (2013)
Rated: PG
Genres: Dramas, Romance
Starring: Mary Louise Parker, Andy Garcia, Mandy Moore, and Cheri Oteri
Synopsis: A man builds a Ferris wheel in his backyard for his ailing wife as a reminder of the night he proposed, but a neighborhood grinch is on a mission to see the plans don’t get off the ground.
Review: I found this movie extremely depressing and lacking in Christmas. The only good point is the ferris wheel getting done. The whole rest of the movie is difficult to enjoy, even on an emotional drama level. If you are looking for a heavy and sad subject matter, you may enjoy it.
Scoring: 1
Christmas In Evergreen (2017)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Ashley Williams, Teddy Sears, Holly Robinson Peete, and Barbara Niven
Synopsis: Allie plans to leave her small town to movie in with her boyfriend after a long-distance relationship. Ryan, a widower, and his daughter Zoe are planning a Christmas cruise. Winter weather prevents all three from making their flights. While together in Evergreen and with the help of a magical snow globe, love ensues.
Review: It’s near impossible to not feel the joy of this movie. We get to watch as magic, or fate, works to guide everyone. Only the magic snow globe knows for sure. Delightful story in a quaint small town where Christmas is celebrated fully, both the traditions and the spirit.
Scoring: 4

Christmas In Evergreen: Letters To Santa (2018)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Jill Wagner, Mark Deklin, Holly Robinson Peete, Ashley Williams and Barbara Niven

Synopsis: Lisa's trip home to Evergreen for the holidays finds her shepherding an effort to save the town's beloved general store, fulfilling the wishes of a Christmas past and finding a romance full of Christmas magic.

Review:  I actually liked this better than the first Evergreen movie. There’s something special about this movie. It’s got love, friendship, family, healing, and magic. I loved everything about it. 

Scoring: 4

 

Christmas In Evergreen: Tidings of Joy (2019)

Rated: G

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance 

Starring: Paul Greene, Maggie Lawson, Barbara Niven, Holly Robinson-Peete, Jill Wagner, and Ashley Williams

Synopsis: A skeptical writer shows up in Evergreen to get the scoop on the town's famed passion for Christmas during a search for a long-lost time capsule.

Review: I admit I was skeptical that the third Evergreen movie could live up to the first two. It was the best yet. All the Christmas traditions, scenery, and joy are there like the first two. The addition of the time capsule kept me riveted to the TV. The relationships between all the town people are heartwarming. This is one to watch. 

Scoring: 4

Christmas In Hollywood (2014)

Rated: NR

Genres: Family, Fantasy

Starring: Jiang Zi Long

Synopsis: Charlie, a young boy from China travels all the way from Shanghai to find his father’s restaurant in Hollywood is in trouble. He must convince 3 people to believe in the Spirit of Christmas in order to save his family's dream.

Review: I understand that Long is a child actor but he’s a horrible actor which makes his character hard to warm up to.  His uncle speaking as a pirate was grating.  Believing in Christmas and magic is great but this is not the vehicle for conveying the message in a good way.  The not so subtle nod to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is as over the top as the rest of the film.

Scoring: 1

Christmas In Homestead (2016)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Taylor Cole, Michael Rady, and Brooklyn Rae Silzer
Synopsis: One of the most famous actresses in the world heads to the Christmas-obsessed town of Homestead, Iowa, to shoot a holiday-themed movie. She is thrown for a loop when a romance brews between her and local inn keeper and single dad, Matt. As she gets a taste of small-town life, she discovers the true meaning of Christmas. 
Review:  The small town and its residents are charming. The story is okay but it seems to drag. As with many movies, it’s the child who steals the scenes and kept me interested. 
Scoring: 2

Christmas in Louisiana (2019)

Rated: PG

Genres: Family, Romance

Starring: Jana Kramer, Barry Bostwick, Dee Wallace, Moira Kelly, and Brian McNamara

Synopsis: A woman returns home to celebrate the anniversary of the town’s Sugarcane Christmas Festival.

Review: The movie is fairly upbeat and filled with Christmas.  I just had trouble buying into the premise.  Senior year a boy breaks up with a girl in front of the whole town, she holds a grudge for 15 years, then all is forgiven in a day and they’re celebrating the festival together.  It took away from what the movie could’ve been.  Even with that, the movie is still wonderful.  Old love, new love, and rediscovered love all together wrapped in Christmas. 

Scoring: 3

Christmas In Love (2018)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Brooke D’Orsay and Daniel Lissing 

Synopsis: Ellie works at a local bakery but her love is crafting. Nick, the new CEO, arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.

Review:  I know this includes a small town and a bakery as so many Christmas movies seem to but this one is different. It’s layered and moves at a steady pace. It’s full of Christmas tradition and small-town charm. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas In Mississippi  (2017)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Jana Kramer, Wes Brown, Faith Ford, Barry Bostwick, Richard Karn, and Gary Grubbs

Synopsis: Photographer Holly returns to her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi for Christmas. The town is resurrecting their traditional holiday light show for the first time since a terrible hurricane struck five years earlier. Holly volunteers to pitch in, but soon has second thoughts when she discovers the festival is run by her high school sweetheart, Mike. With the help of her match-making mom, Caroline and Mr. Kriss, the kind man who will play Santa in the town's celebration, Holly begins to fall in love with her hometown, and Mike, all over again.

Review:  I found the storyline about the hurricane to be distracting and overkill. Other than that, I really liked it. Kramer and a Brown had strong chemistry, the story slowly unfolds, and it weaves in Christmas magic. 

 Scoring: 3

 

Christmas In Montana (2019)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Kellie Martin and Colin Ferguson

Synopsis: Before the holidays, Sara goes to Montana to help resistant Travis save his ranch.  

Review: This movie was a heartfelt Drama with real emotion yet it didn’t feel dark. It didn’t get too much into the ranching and was more about the relationships. The main characters were learning to deal with loss which is something many people can relate to. There was tons of Christmas and community. I especially loved the bonfire sing along. 

Scoring: 3

A Christmas In New York (2016)

Rated: TV-14

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Jamie Ray Newman

Synopsis: Several guests come to terms with love and its countless complications over the course of one night in an upscale Manhattan hotel.

Review: The stories were interesting and diverse but poorly done. This was a true missed storytelling opportunity. The majority of the movie is depressing and moves like molasses. Very hard to sit through. 

Scoring: 1

Christmas in New York (2005)

Rated: G

Genres: Animated, Fantasy

Starring: Stefano Crescentini

Synopsis: A jungle boy of the fifth oracle travels to New York, with his talking dogs Winner and Fox, to find Father Christmas (Santa Claus) and helps many people along the way.

Review: I like animated movies but this was just painful to sit through.  The voice overs were horrible.  They even had humans making the animal noises, and badly.  The lack of story didn’t help. 

Scoring: 1

Christmas In Palm Springs (2014)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Dina Meyer, Patrick Muldoon, Ian Ziering, and Bill Cobbs
Synopsis: Jessica has a big presentation in Palm Springs. There are a couple of problems though: her two kids who will do anything to get mom and dad back together again - even if they have to hack mom's phone or pose as a secretary to make sure dad's in Palm Springs too. And father Joe who'll do anything to charm his way back into Jessica's life.
Review:  Fairly typical “kids getting parents back together” story. However, I enjoyed the children’s antics and the parents are so likable you want them to get back together. 
Scoring: 3
 
Christmas In Paradise (2007)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Charlotte Ross and Colin Ferguson
Synopsis: Two families disembark on a cruise to San Juan in celebration of Christmas. Dana takes her two sons on the cruise to help cope with the loss of their father. Dan takes his two daughters on the cruise to forget their absentee mother.
Review: Seeing Dan, Dana, and the children move through these troubled waters and support each other is sweet. They heal together. Despite the theme it’s a light and easy watch that’s very charming.  The woven in local traditions add a special touch.

Scoring: 3

Christmas in Paris (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Rebecca Dalton, Karl E. Landler, and Daphne Zuniga

Synopsis: Lucas, a wealthy French entrepreneur, heads to Montana for a very attractive business proposal.  While there, he meets Robin and whisks her away to Paris for a whirlwind Christmas adventure.

Review: It’s a sweet enough story but very little seems to highlight Paris.  I also found Lucas’ accent difficult to understand.  I had to use closed captioning to follow the story.  The love story is okay but the story with Lucas and his father provides the most interesting part of the story.  It’s okay but I don’t plan on watching it again.

Scoring: 2

Christmas In Rome (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Lacey Chabert and Sam Page

Synopsis: Angela, an American tour guide in Rome, agrees to teach a culture-shocked businessman named Oliver about the heart of Rome at Christmas.

Review: The first half of the movie is primarily learning about Rome and just a little about Christmas In Rome.  In the second half we get to the romance and relationships and a little more Christmas. It’s sweet but I wish the first half was more like the second. If you want to learn about Rome you’ll really like it. 

Scoring: 3

A Christmas In Royal Fashion (2018)

Rated: PG

Genre: Romance

Starring: Cindy Busby

Synopsis: A handsome prince hopes to convince an American fashion company to bring more business to his kingdom. He hosts a Christmas fashion show, where he meets an intriguing young assistant. 

Review:  You’ve got the prince who falls for the commoner, mistaken identity, and a sweet child in the hospital. It’s the perfect recipe for romance. Yes, it’s not full of surprises but it’s got likable characters and is an easy watch. 

Scoring: 3

 

A Christmas In Tennessee (2018)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Rachel Boston, Andrew Walker, and Caroline Rhea

Synopsis: A baker unites the people of her small mountain town to resist a real estate developer’s plan to build a ski resort. 

Review:  Boston and Walker, pros at TV Christmas movies, do their magic again. A sweet love story that’s not totally predictable and fun to watch. I especially liked the Christmas magic.  I won’t give any spoilers but there are a couple of magical visitors. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas In The Air (2017)
Rated: G
Genres: Family, Romance
Starring: Catherine Bell and Eric Close
Synopsis: Lydia, a successful professional organizer, is constantly trying to grow her business, but her ambition takes a back seat to love when she meets Robert, a frazzled widower with two young children
Review:  Lydia is very organized and Robert is very creative. I enjoyed seeing how Robert, with Lydia’s help, grew closer to his children while he inspires her. A sweet movie about family, creativity, and embracing your strengths. 
Scoring: 4
Christmas In The City (2013)
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Ashley Williams, Ashanti, and Jon Prescott
Synopsis: With the threat of having to close her father's candy store, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace travel to the big city in hopes of making extra holiday cash to save their family store. Wendy gets a job in the toy department of Wolman's, a store that even has child care for her daughter. When the store brings in a corporate fixer who begins making drastic changes, Wendy steps in to try to bring the true meaning of Christmas back. 
Review:  Wendy is a strong, vulnerable, and hopeful character. Watching her journey with her father’s store, Wolman’s store, and her daughter, allow us to see her evaluate what’s truly important. A feel-good movie. Wendy’s joy is contagious. 
Scoring: 4

Christmas In The Clouds (2001)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance

Starring: Timothy Vahle, Sam Vlahos, and Mariana Tosca

Synopsis: A classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American Nation. Shot on location at The Sundance Resort in Utah, this is the first contemporary romantic comedy to feature an almost entirely American Indian cast. The film was featured at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

Review: I’m not sure why this won awards.  Apparently, critics think it’s good.  I was halfway through and still bored.  It shouldn’t take that long to become engaged with a film.  The only part I liked was the beautiful scenery shots.  If it sounds good to you, give it a shot. 

Scoring: 1

Christmas In The Heartland (2017)

Rated: TV-MA

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Sierra McCormick, Shelley Long, Christian Kane, Brighton Sharbino, and Bo Derek

Synopsis: Teenagers Kara and Jessie strike up an unlikely friendship while sitting next to each other on a plane that's bound for the heartland. Forced to spend the holidays in the same small town with relatives that they've never met, the girls devise a plan to switch places for Christmas. Jessie soon finds herself living lavishly with Kara's wealthy grandparents, while Kara starts to bond with Jessie's fun, quirky grandmother and the most genuine, modest family that she's ever known.

Review: While it’s a take on The Parent Trap meets The Prince And The Pauper, it doesn’t do either justice. I liked the beginning and seeing the girls evolve but the ending ruined it. In this day and age, it’s hard to buy a story where neither family knew what the girls looked like, their family never called to speak to them, and so on. It makes it even harder to buy into the premise.

Scoring: 1

 

Christmas In The Smokies (2015)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Religion, Romance

Starring: Sarah Lancaster and Jill Wagner

Synopsis: Clinging to the only life she's ever known, a headstrong woman (along with her loving parents) finds herself on the verge of losing her family's berry farm in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, to an impending retail expansion. Over one eventful holiday season, she tries every avenue possible to save the farm. But, when the local town leaders notify her that they will have to seize the property after the holidays, her last hope to unite the town, is to throw a Christmas concert on the farm, headlined by her former love, a ne'er-do-well country music superstar. As the day of the concert approaches, they all must learn the value of family, faith and community-before time runs out.

Review:  A sweet, if not predictable, movie. I saw the ending from the beginning but I didn’t mind. There is a religious tone so if you don’t like that I wouldn’t watch. If you want a typical and charming love/family story at Christmas, you’ll enjoy it.

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas In Vermont (2016)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Abagail Hawk, Chevy Chase, David O’Donnell, Howard Hesseman, and Morgan Fairchild
Synopsis: Riley is a rising star at a noted holding company. She is sent to Chestnut, Vermont to evaluate the assets of one of their companies, an outerwear clothing manufacturer. Everyone thinks she's there to save the company when she's really there to liquidate it.  As she embraces the small town,  she works to save the company.
Review:  I thought this was a more original story and it was truly engaging. I felt emotionally invested in what happened to the company and the town. The characters were a diverse group of personalities which added to the interest.  Endearing. 
Scoring: 4
 

Christmas in Wonderland (2007)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family

Starring: Chris Kattan, Tim Curry, and Patrick Swayze

Synopsis: Three children and their father move from Los Angeles to Edmonton, Alberta. When they go shopping at West Edmonton Mall, they find counterfeit cash, inadvertently help catch crooks, and make a discovery about Santa.

Review: This movie is really meant for children. It’s overly silly and outrageous. For adults, if you love slapstick, you may like it. The craziness should have

children in stitches. I do like the overall message of family being the most important part of Christmas.

Scoring: 2

Christmas Incorporated (2015)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Shenae Grimes-Beech and Steve Lund
Synopsis: Riley Vance is hired as personal assistant to William Young, who recently inherited his father's company. He's under pressure to close the flagship toy factory of the firm, but Riley convinces him to visit the town and evaluate the plant and people. To save the town, she must rekindle his long-dormant Christmas spirit.
Review:  This movie has the same formula of small town, someone who loves Christmas, and a Scrooge. Add in a mistaken identity, a boss and assistant with different plans, a nosy reporter, and reliving childhood memories and you have a mixture that will hold your interest and attention.  It's a fun time watching them get to the resolution. 
Scoring: 3

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Rated: NR

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, and Andie McDowell

Synopsis: Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she's forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas.

Review:  A predictable movie but still nice. We get to see a wealthy woman as she rediscovers the value rather than the price of things. In order to enjoy it you have to be able to ignore major plot holes.  It’s okay but I probably wouldn’t watch twice. 

Scoring: 2

 

Christmas Is Here Again (2007)

Rated: G

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical

Starring: Jay Leno, Ed Asner, Kathy Bates, Brad Garrett, Andy Griffith, Shirley Jones, and Norm Macdonald

Synopsis: An elf and three animals help an orphan find Santa’s toy sack. 

Review:  This movie has a Wizard of Oz type of plot with animation similar to many of the modern children’s shows and a cast of who’s who. I still didn’t enjoy it. It’s not that I thought it was bad, it was just grating. I think children and some adults will love it. It merges the religious and secular Christmases.

Scoring: 2