A Christmas Tail (2014)
Genres: Family, Romance
Starring: Antonio Cupo and Chandra West
Synopsis: Two single parents fall in love while fighting over a puppy to give to their children for Christmas.
Review: While this movie takes place at Christmas and the occasional decoration is in view, it’s not really about Christmas. This is primarily a movie about two single adults developing a relationship. It’s a sweet story that’s well acted. The dog is really funny and keeps the movie light and keeps the pace going.
The Christmas Temp (2019)
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Sara Canning and Robin Dunne
Synopsis: An out of work artist discovers a special Christmas temp agency that matches her with a handful of festive jobs, but falls into a creative rut while juggling holiday preparations and feelings for the agency’s HR manager.
Review: This is a fun movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The relationships are playful and loving. I enjoyed how they poked at little fun at how pretentious some in the art world can be. Of course, it’s a happy ending, but there was lots of fun getting there. It’s more focused on art than Christmas but there’s enough talk of it and the feeling of it to get the point across.
The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966)
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.
Christmas Time (2017)
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Maclain Nelson, Jake Van Wagoner, and Clare Niederpruem
Synopsis: Two estranged brothers try to reconnect at Christmas but there's something that one of them can't get past...the other thinks he's a time traveler.
Review: I wouldn’t have children watch this even though it’s PG. It’s a little odd. Maybe very odd. By the end I couldn’t figure out if he really was a time traveler. It’s funny, it’s moving, and I loved the brothers reminiscing. It ends with to be continued so I guess we will see.
A Christmas To Remember (2019)
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Robin Givens
Synopsis: Two families that hated each other for years are forced to spend Christmas together.
Review: I did not enjoy this movie. I think a main problem is there are so many characters and they don’t take the time to really let you get to know or care about any of them, even the parents who are the center of the film. It’s just a bunch of people working out a lifetime of family issues.
A Christmas Too Many (2007)
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Mickey Rooney, Andrew Keegan, Sam McMurray, Marla Maples, and Gary Coleman
Synopsis: A Hollywood legend invites her not-so-normal family home for the holidays.
Review: This movie is just so, I don’t know, I guess I’d say ridiculous. Each character is almost like a caricature of a stereotype. I didn’t find it funny at all. The dad not wanting to give up his annual hunting for dinner, even though they’re in Malibu, so he’s outside hunting guinea pigs that got loose. I could go on, but why bother. Skip this one.
Christmas Town (2019)
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Tim Rozon, Beth Broderick
Synopsis: Lauren Gabriel leaves everything behind in Boston to embark on a new chapter in her life and career. But an unforeseen detour to the charming town of Grandon Falls has her discover unexpected new chapters - of the heart and of family - helping her to embrace, once again, the magic of Christmas.
Review: Once again a Bure movie is filled with magic. From the name of it you know it’s filled with Christmas. The addition of the angel tree topper, Dylan, and all her father’s letters, make it so very moving and special. Don’t miss it.
Christmas Train Spectacular (2010)
Synopsis: Five amazing Christmas train displays, all with sparkling lights, glistening snow, trains zipping around Christmas villages - and marvelous stories that will tug at your heart, train buff or not.
Review: This is definitely a great documentary for train enthusiast. I appreciated the stories and the connection between trains and Christmas. It did get boring for me after a while, especially when naming trains or using technical terms, but if you like trains you’ll like it.
Christmas Twister AKA F6 Twister (2012)
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.
Christmas Under The Stars (2019)
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.
Christmas Unleashed (2019)
Starring: Vanessa Lachey and Christopher Russell
Synopsis: A missing dog leads exes Becca and Max on a search that brings back fond memories of Christmas pasts that they spent together.
Review: I found the flashback format refreshing and not at all confusing. It helps the story slowly unfold. I just wish they had let us know the characters a little more individually before sharing their story as a couple. They glossed over some details that could’ve brought more heart to it but it was enjoyable.