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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Hats Off To Christmas!
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Haylie Duff and Antonio Cupo
Synopsis: Mia, the loyal and hard-working manager of her small town's Christmas hat shop, is blindsided when her boss of over ten years asks her to train his son, Nick, for a vacant upper-management position that Mia had been coveting. While training Nick is frustrating to Mia, his interest in her son’s life may be the miracle she’s been waiting for. 
Review:  I love this movie. Yes, it can be overly sweet at times, but I adored the characters and the plot.  I especially liked that the son was in a wheelchair. I know that sounds weird but you don’t often see people with special needs in movies and I think that’s important. Mia's devotion to her son and the company she works for are inspiring and she does it all with a smile.
Scoring: 4

The Heart Of Christmas 

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Religion

Starring: Candace Cameron Bure and George Newbern

Synopsis: The Locke family are devastated when they learn their 2-year-old son, Dax, has leukemia.

Review:  I appreciate that this is based on a true story and that’s the only reason I felt the emotions of it. It was poorly acted except for Bure and Newbern. It’s very dark and sad because of the story but it’s an example of priorities and people supporting each other. It also seemed very slow. I believe people will love it or hate it. 

Scoring: 2

 

Hearts of Christmas
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Emilie Ullerup, Kristoffer Polaha, and Sharon Lawrence
Synopsis: When a beloved neonatal intensive care unit supervisor is forced to take early retirement, her young colleague, Jenny, decides to turn the upcoming staff Christmas party into a surprise celebration for her. But the plan is complicated by the hospital's new CFO who's been tasked to cut costs.
Review:  The setting of the NICU provides such a loving and warm feeling. Matt being brought in to fix the hospital’s finances seemed easy until he could put faces to the numbers. Jenny’s work to save Alice’s job and her budding relationship with Matt are heartwarming. A charming movie with an ending that had me reaching for the tissues.
Scoring: 4
 
Heaven Sent 
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Religion
Starring: Christian Kane, Marley Shelton, Ryan McPartlin, and Mallory James Mahoney
Synopsis: Marie, a businesswoman, says a prayer that her husband, Billy, find the strength to let go of their marriage.  Billy, says a prayer that Marie find the strength to hold on.  Their answer comes in the form of a 8-year-old runaway from heaven who works to rekindle Marie and Billy's romance that has faded following a heart-wrenching loss.  She uses all her skill and charm to try to heal their broken hearts and help them save their marriage.
Review:  There aren’t enough adjectives to describe how special this movie is. It left me feeling happy, melancholy, just so emotional. Little Taylor will steal your heart. I didn't see the ending coming and it simultaneously brought a smile and tears.  This is a must see.
Scoring: 5
A Heavenly Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Religion, Romance
Starring: Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack, Shirley MacLaine, Jaeda Lily Miller, and Robert Moloney 
Synopsis: Upon her untimely death, a workaholic, who never put much value into the joys of Christmas, finds herself recruited to be a Christmas Angel -- and is assigned a hard luck case that she accidentally falls in love with.
Review:  I was disappointed given the star-studded cast. It moved so slowly. It had a nice ending and it’s an okay story but it’s missing something. Even the little girl couldn't make it shine.
Scoring: 2
Help For The Holidays
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Summer Glau and Eva LaRue
Synopsis: Parents hire a nanny to care for their two children while they’re busy with their Christmas store. Christine is an elf who wonders about the world. Santa sends Christine to be the nanny and bring back Christmas spirit to the family. 
Review:  It’s so much fun seeing the world through the eyes of an elf who surprisingly had very little knowledge of how people live.  Seeing her develop a relationship with the children’s uncle as the parents slowly reevaluate priorities is a darling storyline. Waiting to see how she could possibly get her happy ending is what kept me invested. Summer Glau's acting makes this movie extra sweet. 
Scoring: 4
His And Her Christmas 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Dina Meyer, David Sutcliffe, and April Telek
Synopsis: Tom is a writer for the San Francisco Sun newspaper and they’re considering producing a TV show starring him. Liz is a writer for a small town paper.  The Sun bought the paper Liz writes for. They can either keep Liz’s paper or do Tom’s show. To boost readership, Liz starts a column about the meaning of Christmas. Tom rebuts with his own column about practicality at Christmas. Their columns become a personal battle as their friends think there’s more love than hate going on. 
Review:  It’s fun seeing the characters Liz and Tom go back and forth between sentimental and practical then finally meeting in the middle. Their competing articles debate the traditions and sentiments of Christmas which keep the holiday spirit going through the movie.  The support cast add flavor.  Sweet and entertaining. 
Scoring: 3
Hitched For The Holidays
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Joey Lawrence, Emily Hampshire, Marilu Henner
Synopsis: An attractive pair agrees to be each other's supposed significant other throughout the holidays to keep their meddling families at bay.
Review:  Learning about Rob and Julie helps you understand and relate to them. We learn slowly about how their pasts and families have affected them. We get to see them learn to understand themselves. Their families are a little over the top but that adds the humor.  Rob's family celebrates Christmas and Julie's celebrates Hanukkah.  The things that happen because of that difference illuminate that we are all people regardless of how we celebrate.  The movie has funny and moving moments. 
Scoring: 3
The Holiday
Rated: PG-13
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell, and John Krasinksi
Synopsis: Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
Review:  Amanda and Iris switch homes to escape.  Instead, Amanda meets Graham, and Iris meets Miles.  An endearing love story that keeps you smiling and laughing. It even brought a few tears. We see two women with broken hearts heal and learn to live and love again. One of my favorite parts is Graham's little girls.  I don't think they could be any sweeter or more adorable.  The other is the relationship between Iris and Arthur.  That's something really special.  His words of wisdom, like, you should be the leading lady of your life not the best friend, ring true for all women.  I highly recommend this movie.  I've seen it countless times.
Scoring: 4
Holiday Affair  (1949)
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh
Synopsis: A young widow is romanced by a sales clerk whom she inadvertently got fired which her suitor isn’t happy about but her son is. 
Review:  Another yearly must see in our house. Connie, a war widow with a young son, has to pick between predictable and safe or adventure. Very interesting to see how she gets to the answer.  I think most women can relate to the nice guy vs. bad boy situation.  Little Timmy is precocious and guides his mom in ways his little heart doesn't yet understand.
Scoring: 4

Holiday Affair (1996)

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Cynthia Gibb and David James Elliott

Synopsis: A remake of the original where a widow with a young son is wooed by a man while dating another. 

Review:  If you’ve seen the original this may disappoint you. However, it is still a sweet and romantic film. The story just doesn’t translate as well over time. 

Scoring: 3

 

Holiday Baggage

Rated:  PG

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Cheryl Ladd and Barry Bostwick

Synopsis: Pediatrician by day, single mom by night, Sarah invites her estranged husband, Pete, back to their suburban home for the holidays on one condition: he must reconcile with their daughters before she agrees to finalize a trial separation with divorce.

Review:  Filled with lots of family drama, the dynamics are interesting but not surprising. People do and say what you expect them to. The family is dealing with their emotional baggage as we watch.  It’s okay but not one to watch twice.

Scoring: 2

 

Holiday Break Up

Rated: TV-14

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Manon Mathews, Shawn Roe, and Katie Leclerc

Synopsis: A young couple breaks up and faces the prospect of the holidays turning into one long pity party. Their solution: pretend they're still together.

Review:  This is one to miss. It’s not the worst movie I’ve seen but it’s boring and poorly done. The actors are okay. I didn’t enjoy sitting through it. 

Scoring: 1

The Holiday Calendar

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Kat Graham, Ron Cephas Jones, and Quincy Brown

Synopsis: A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?

Review:  A beautiful love story that emphasizes friendship, family, and being true to yourself. The way the items in the calendar correspond to things that happen add magic to the story.  It’s sweet and meaningful. 

Scoring: 4

 

A Holiday Engagement 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Jordan Bridges, Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long, and Haylie Duff
Synopsis: A woman hires a man to pose as her fiancé when she returns home for the holidays. 
Review:  Hillary hiring a fiancé has disaster written all over it which we know from the beginning. Especially because he's an actor who twirls a sign in front of a store in costume.  We also know how it will end. The joy of this movie is all the awkward and funny situations that ensue to get to that ending. The evolution of family relationships happens in a relatable way. 
Scoring: 4

Holiday for Heroes

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Melissa Clare Egan and Marc Blucas

Synopsis: A woman and a soldier exchange letters for a year before their worlds collide.

Review: This movie is about so much more than the synopsis suggests.  It looks at being deployed from the soldier and the family points of view.  It shows the importance of community and how together we can do so much more than we can alone.  And it’s a reminder to remember those deployed and to share the magic and meaning of Christmas all year.  Yet, it manages to do it in a sweet subtle way that doesn’t make the movie feel dark.  The romance was just a part of all of this.  The acting, scenery, and everything was great.  I’m watching again.

Scoring: 4

Holiday Heist (2011) 
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Vivica A. Fox, and Chris Kattan
Synopsis: A group of college students stay at school over Christmas to work at a special exhibit in the college's fine art gallery. The students have little in common.  They decide to hold a Christmas Eve dinner in the gallery and stumble into a trio of bumbling thugs planning a Holiday Heist of the exhibit. As the students are held hostage, they are forced to learn about themselves and each other, the spirit of Christmas, and work together foil the thieves. The night ends up being a Christmas Eve these new friends will never forget!
Review:  This movie is proof that not every Lacey Chabert movie is a hit. It’s, well, just plain stupid. Like Home Alone but with adults. Save your time. 
Scoring: 1
 
Holiday In Handcuffs 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Markie Post
Synopsis: Would-be painter Trudie loses her waitress job and boyfriend Nick on Christmas Eve - her only shot not to feel like her family's black sheep. To replace the ideal son-in-law with even hunkier dream-prince, David, she kidnaps him at gunpoint to attend the family holidays in a secluded luxurious log cabin. David decides to play the perfect catch to make her undoing worse. Before the police rescue him, he and the family realize they adore each other, the others all prove imperfect, and David and Trudy reassess their relationship after getting to know each other.
Review:  This is a fun movie.  It shows the average family and their issues magnified with a comical lens. Each character adds new humor and emotion to the movie. So many funny, meaningful, and unexpected moments. Very enjoyable. 
Scoring: 3

Holiday In The Wild

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis

Synopsis: Jilted by her husband on the eve of embarking on an African safari, a woman travels to the continent alone where she meets an elephant conservationist.

Review: While this does partly take place during Christmas, it’s not a true Christmas movie.  However, it’s a wonderful movie.  The elephants are so sweet, the acting is wonderful, and the story unfolds at a perfect pace.  The only real minus for me was the lack of back story between Kate and her husband.  Why did they break-up and how was it resolved? 

Scoring: 3

Holiday Inn

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance

Starring: Bing Crosby and Fred Estaire

Synopsis: At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a dancer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Review:  A wonderful musical with songs and dances for each holiday. Christmas is, of course, only one of them but worth it to hear Crosby sing “White Christmas”. I also find the cultural differences between films today and back then an interesting history lesson. 

Scoring: 5

 

Holiday Joy

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy

Starring: Bailee Madison and French Stewart

Synopsis: A shy high school student's Christmas wish comes true, only it isn't exactly as wonderful as she'd hoped.

Review:  Joy is envious of her neighbor’s family and being popular. Following an accident she wakes up as a member of their family and popular at school. It’s your typical “learn the grass isn’t greener” story but told from a teen point of view. Not syrupy or sweet but filled with funny, tender, and relatable moments. That being said, younger audiences will probably enjoy it more. 

Scoring: 2

 

Holiday Road Trip
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Ashley Scott, Patrick Muldoon, Shelley Long, and George Hamilton
Synopsis: Two feuding pet shop employees fall for each other while escorting a celebrity dog on a Christmas promotional tour.
Review:  This movie is corny. Stereotypical rich, not playing by the rules, son of the CEO, and a hard working employee, who always follows the rules, in a camper with a dog for a trip. That being said, it’s still entertaining. I liked it much more than I expected to. 
Scoring: 3
 

Holiday Spin

Rated: NR

Genre: Drama

Starring: Ralph Macchio

Synopsis: On Thanksgiving Eve, Blake’s Mother is killed in a car accident and Ruben is there announcing he is his father and is taking him back to Miami. At 17, Blake cannot live on his own and has no choice but to go with the man who abandoned him as a baby. Ruben owns a dance studio where he lives with his wife, Emily. Ruben is counting on his student winning a dance competition to save his failing dance studio. 

Review:  This movie is just so-so to me. If you’re a big dance fan you may enjoy it more. The relationships are the most interesting part of the movie but Christmas is just a backdrop. 

Scoring: 2

 

Holiday Switch 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Nicole Eggert and Bret Anthony
Synopsis: Paula and her family are struggling with bills a week before Christmas. She falls down a laundry chute which leads her to another life in which her husband is her wealthy ex-boyfriend. Paula soon realizes she wants nothing more for Christmas than to return to her former life.
Review:  A be careful what you wish for/what if I had taken the other road tale. I found this movie to be delightful.  We see Paula learn that Christmas spirit is about valuing people not money.  Her family, while poor, is so rich in so many ways.
Scoring: 4

A Holiday To Remember 

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Family, Religion, Romance

Starring: Connie Selleca, Rue McClanahan, and Randy Travis

Synopsis: Carolyn is leaving the big city with her daughter Jordi for her childhood village, deep in the forest. She meets her former fiancé, whom she left at the altar years ago. She also finds a lost boy who she wants to adopt, but Jordi is not too keen on the idea.

Review:  This is a very sweet story. Between the love story of Carolyn and Clay and Carolyn and little William I don’t know which is more moving. It’s gently told and unfolds at the right pace.  

Scoring: 3

 

Holiday Wishes

Rated:  PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Amber Benson

Synopsis: Danni, a girl looking for her sister, Britney, a spoiled teen, and Rachel, a foster child, make wishes at a Christmas dance and two of them switch bodies. When Danni discovers what has happened, she must figure out how to switch the girls back.

Review:  I enjoyed seeing such diverse personalities and lifestyles examine what they have and what they don’t. The messages of appreciation and what makes a family are relevant and meaningful. 

Scoring: 3

 

Holidaze 
Rated: TV-14
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison
Synopsis: Melody, high-powered corporate workaholic for a retail conglomerate, is  sent to her sleepy hometown to convince the reluctant townspeople to allow them to build a new discount store. Now, forced to reconnect with her family and her childhood sweetheart Carter, her task is not so simple, as all are vehemently opposed to everything Melody's company stands for. Desperate to get out of town and back to her real life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left home and is married to Carter.  Once determined to leave her small-town life behind, Melody must make sense of her new life and decide if you truly can go home again.
Review:  Fairly typical for the what if I went left instead of right story. The bonus is the added storyline of Melody having to decide between her job and her town.  While the overall theme isn't original,  the way the movie is written makes it feel like its own story rather than just another of the same.  The connection and chemistry between Garth and Mathison make this worth watching.
Scoring: 3
Holly’s Holiday 
Rated: TV-14
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Claire Coffee and Ryan McPartlin
Synopsis: NYC ad exec Holly Maddux dreams of the perfect life, the perfect job, and of course, the perfect man to sweep her off her feet. When she wakes up one day to find the "perfect man" awaiting her, who is nothing more than a mannequin come to life, she must decides if "perfect" is the perfect fit for her.
Review:  The premise seems silly but it’s actually interesting to see Holly find the flaws with her ideal man and find perfection in her flawed one.  
Scoring: 3

Home Alone

Rated: PG

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, and John Heard

Synopsis: An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Review:  Home Alone is a classic. Definitely geared towards children but also enjoyable for adults. Kevin’s creativity and antics are very funny. I wish I had half the creativity of Kevin.  Once the attempted  burglary begins each new scene is a jaw-dropping surprise.

Scoring: 4

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York 

Rated: PG

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, and John Heard

Synopsis: One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.

Review:  If you can get past the idea that parents would lose the same child twice and you liked the first movie you’ll probably like this one. They use New York well and it’s not too repetitive of the first movie. This probably is enjoyed more by younger children. 

Scoring: 2

 

Home Alone 3

Rated: PG

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: Alex D. Linz

Synopsis: Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.

Review:  While they did a good job of reinventing the original story, they didn’t capture the magic of the original. Children, and some adults, will still enjoy it but if you loved the original this may not be enough. 

Scoring: 3

 

Home Alone 4

Rated: NR

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: French Stewart and Missi Pyle

Synopsis: Amidst his parents' impending divorce, Kevin McCallister must foil his old nemesis Marv and his wife Vera's plot to kidnap a Crown Prince despite opposition from his dad Peter, Peter's fiancee Natalie, and Natalie's butler Mr. Prescott.

Review:  This attempt to return to the McAllister family is just sad. The parents are separated and dad has a girlfriend. Part of what makes the original special is the family. There’s nothing I enjoyed about this. One to skip. 

Scoring: 1

 

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

Rated: NR

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: Ed Asner, Debbie Mazar, and Malcom McDowell

Synopsis: Finn Baxter sets up booby traps to catch the ghost of his new home's former occupant, only to discover he must protect the house and his sister from three bumbling art thieves.

Review:  At least it doesn’t try to reuse the McCallister family like Home Alone 4 did and it has some entertainment value but it fails miserably at capturing the magic of the original. 

Scoring: 2

 

Home By Christmas 
Rated: TV-14
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Linda Hamilton 
Synopsis: After a well-to-do woman divorces her cheating husband, she ends up homeless through a series of mishaps.
Review:  An inspirational movie. Not just the grace with which Julie handles losing everything but the strength and determination she has to rebuild her life. The friends she counts on are special relationships. It sounds like it would be a dark and heavy drama but it isn't.  They approach homelessness with appropriate respect and seriousness but keep it focused more on the rebuilding and the positive.  A must-see movie. 
Scoring: 4
Home For Christmas Day
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Catherine Bell and Victor Webster
Synopsis: When a young woman falls in love and develops a long-distance relationship with a soldier in active duty, her protective mother tries her best to steer her daughter away from heartache. Little do they know they are about to learn important lessons of the heart and that taking chances can make this Christmas one they will cherish forever.
Review:  Beautiful lessons about learning to let go of past pain to truly live and love today. While Christmas is more of a backdrop, the heart of Christmas spirit is subtly woven throughout. We get to see the fear soldiers’ families face and the pain when they experience loss. It’s an endearing story. 
Scoring: 3
 

Home For The Holidays (2005)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Sean Young and Perry King

Synopsis: A loving aunt struggles to adopt her young relatives after their parents die in a car accident.

Review:  I liked it. It is a drama dealing with loss but it’s not done in a heavy-handed way. The characters are so likable and it’s easy to care for them and feel emotionally invested. The sheer determination of Martha and the love of the community are astounding.  You may want tissues for this one. 

Scoring: 3

 

Homegrown Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Lori Loughlin and Victor Webster

Synopsis: When forced to work together to organize a Christmas dance for the local high school, former sweethearts find themselves rediscovering what made them fall in love all those years ago. 

Review: While the plot unravels as expected with no real surprises and the beginning is very slow, it’s still got charm and loving relationships. The biggest downfall is it doesn’t get really interesting until the end. 

Scoring: 2

Homeless For The Holidays

Rated: G

Genre: Drama

Starring: Matt Moore

Synopsis: A smug executive enjoys the perfect life - until he loses his job, and finds himself working at a burger joint. Now he's falling behind on his bills, and if something doesn't change soon, his family could lose everything by Christmas.

Review:  A good movie has a complicated plot, beautiful sets, and talented actors. This movie has none of these.

Scoring: 1

 

Hometown Christmas

Rated: PG

Genres: Religion, Romance

Starring: Beverley Mitchell, Stephen Colletti, and Melissa Gilbert

Synopsis: A woman must work alongside her old boyfriend to resurrect their town’s live nativity

Review:  This is a feel-good Christmas movie. Everyone is happy and playful even as they keep meeting obstacles. It’s a sit back and relax film. 

Scoring: 3

 

Hometown Holiday

Rated: G

Genres: Romance

Starring: Kevin McGarry, Stephen Huszar, and Sarah Troyer 

Synopsis: Krista is starting this New Year with a new business and a resolution to be more selective with who she dates. When Krista meets Ryan Rourke, an entertainment lawyer from LA, the two really hit it off. Ryan is in her hometown to sign a local rancher turned viral signing sensation as his new client. Now with Krista also in Rust Creek, maybe there is more of a reason to stick around. Both are holding onto things from their past and are forced to make some decisions if they truly want to be together.

Review: While there are moving and well-written scenes, a lot are just slow. If you’re willing to sit through the slow parts you may enjoy it. The love story is not the best relationship in the movie but I wondered how they’d resolve it.

Scoring: 2

 

Hope At Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Family, Romance

Starring: Ryan Paevey and Scottie Thompson 

Synopsis: Sydney Ragsdale, recently divorced, decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac, who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his 'nice' list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.

Review:  A truly charming movie. I got swept up in the emotions of it. It has some very moving moments but still manages to be lighthearted. 

Scoring: 4

 

How Sarah Got Her Wings
Rated: NR
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Religion
Starring: Lindsey Gort and Derek Theler
Synopsis: Good Samaritan Sarah Fitzpatrick has a fatal accident just before Christmas, and finds herself in the lobby before the gates of Heaven. Certain that she will be let in, she is shocked to find that her name is not on the reservation list. However, she is granted the chance to return to Earth as an "angel in training" with the requirement to help a soul in need. Sarah has the 12 days before Christmas to secure her place on the list leaving her in the race for her after-life.
Review:  I found this movie sweet, and a little odd, but slow. It was okay but not one I’d rush back to rewatch. 
Scoring: 2

How The Toys Saved Christmas 

Rated: G

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Mary Tyler Moore and Tony Randall

Synopsis: When Santa's helper Granny Rose falls ill and must take off a Christmas Eve, she recruits Mr. Grimm to help deliver all the toys. What no one but the toys knows is that Mr. Grimm plans to auction off the toys to the highest bidder! The toys decide to deliver themselves, and the story follows them as they struggle to avoid the heartless Mr. Grimm and to find their true homes.

Review:  Based off the Italian folktale of La Befana, who helps Santa deliver toys. It’s different than many of the traditional Christmas classics. The toys working together sets a good tone. It’s a sweet story that children and adults will love. 

Scoring: 3

 

A Husband For Christmas 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Vivica A. Fox, Eric Roberts, Dominique Swain, Jackée Harris
Synopsis: Two co-workers agree to a loveless marriage of convenience, but as they become acquainted, an unrealized chemistry grows between them.
Review:  This is a Christmas version of Green Card. It managed to have a few surprising twists that kept me engaged. It’s a little slow but the evolving relationship is sweet. 
Scoring: 3