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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Last Chance For Christmas 
Rated: PG
Genres: Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Hilarie Burton, Gabriel Hogan, and Tim Mathison 
Synopsis: Santa's stockman has to find a replacement for an injured reindeer. When he locates one, complications and love ensue.
Review:  A unique Christmas story about needing a substitute reindeer. How can they not have extras at the North Pole? Lol. The characters keep the movie moving and engaging. A charming movie. 
Scoring: 3
 

Last Vermont Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Justin Bruening and Erin Cahill

Synopsis: The Marvin sisters gather for what may be their last Christmas at their childhood home.

Review:  This story has lots of relatable family and personal issues as well as a sweet story. It also moves very slowly. It felt like I was watching it forever. I didn’t mind but I prefer something that keeps me so interested I don’t notice the time. 

Scoring: 3

Let It Snow (2013)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Jesse Hutch, and Alan Thicke
Synopsis: A self-defined Grinch, Stephanie begins her stay at Snow Valley Lodge immune to Christmas sentiment. But as the lodge's festive traditions provide the Christmas Stephanie never had growing up with her distant father, Stephanie also finds herself developing feelings for the son of the owners, Brady.  As her Christmas Eve deadline approaches, she's faced with a decision: should she transform the lodge into a new winter hot spot or embrace tradition and let it snow?
Review:  This movie is enjoyable, as all of Candace Cameron Bure’s movies are.  We have the expected change of thinking and embracing of Christmas but it’s done in a gentle way with the beautiful backdrop of nature. I particularly liked the multicultural traditions of the inn. 
Scoring: 4

Let It Snow (2019)

Rated: PG-13

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Joan Cusack

Synopsis: In a small town on Christmas Eve, a snowstorm brings together a group of young people.

Review: This may be a film for millennials and teens.  Each story is superficial and they never get too involved.  It seemed like they tried to duplicate Love Actually but missed on the story, the emotions, and Christmas.  The actors were good but the story just felt forced.  I’d skip this one.

Scoring: 1

Life-Size 2

Rated: TV-14

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Starring: Tyra Banks and Francia Raisa 

Synopsis: Grace is a hot mess in the middle of a quarter-life crisis, realizing that she is in over her head as a toy company's CEO. To make it worse, her wild-child ways are causing the company's stock to plummet.

Review:  First off I ask you to notice the rating and not show it to young children. Secondly, when it began I thought it might be one of the stupidest movies ever. Luckily, as it went on the story got better. It has a message of female empowerment. For me it’s still a one time watch. 

Scoring: 2

 

Like Father, Like Santa AKA The Christmas Takeover

Rated: NR

Genres: Family, Fantasy

Starring: Harry Hamlin

Synopsis: A ruthless toy tycoon, out to crush all of his competitors, travels to the North Pole to put an end to his biggest rival.

Review:  A bit corny, as some older made for TV movies are, but an interesting concept. I think children won’t mind the corniness and adults may enjoy it a little bit. 

Scoring: 2

 

Looks Like Christmas
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Anne Heche and Dylan Neal
Synopsis: An over-involved single mother butts heads with a single dad over the school’s annual Christmas Spectacular, an event that she feels like she owns. 
Review:  You have to get a kick out of a movie where the children are, at times, more mature than the adults. The parents butt heads but never cross the line to make you feel uncomfortable watching it. I liked seeing them evolve and find their happy ending. 
Scoring: 4
 

Love Actually 

Rated: R

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, and Keira Knightley

Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Review:  While this movie takes place at Christmas rather than being about Christmas, the messages are all about Christmas spirit. You may need a tissue for this one. It goes back and forth between tender, funny, moving, and heartwarming.   This is a classic Christmas must-see.

Scoring: 5

Love Always, Santa 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Marguerite Moreau and Mike Faiola 
Synopsis: A widow's daughter writes to Santa Claus, asking for her mother to find love again. When a struggling writer receives the letter, he finds new inspiration and the beginnings of a romance.
Review:  Lighthearted and sweet, this story is enjoyable. Of course we have a happy ending but I was happy to journey there. I liked learning about them through their letters. The townspeople add humor. 
Scoring: 3
 
Love At The Christmas Table
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Danica McKellar, Lea Thompson, and Dustin Milligan
Synopsis: Family friends Sam and Kat spend every Christmas Eve at the Children's Table. They grow up together, sharing the highs and lows of young adulthood. And at thirty, Sam realizes that Kat is the one...but he's afraid that the past will get in the way.
Review:  For me the best part of this movie is seeing the relationships develop over the years, especially Sam and Kat. It’s funny and dramatic. You root for that happy ending but they keep you guessing. 
Scoring: 4

Love The Coopers

Rated: PG-13

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, Marisa Tomei, Alan Arkin, Amanda Seyfried, Anthony Markie, And Steve Martin 

Synopsis: The intertwined stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve.

Review:  For all but the end there’s no fun in dysfunctional. It’s a realistic portrayal of individual and family flaws and strengths. It’s very dark and a little depressing but I’m glad I stuck with it. The ending is all the more meaningful because of the darkness. 

Scoring: 3

Love You Like Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Bonnie Somerville and Brennan Elliott
Synopsis: A high-powered executive reconsiders her priorities when car trouble leads her to Christmas Valley, a town in love with Christmas.  A kind widower, Kevin, runs a Christmas tree farm with his daughter. Just as his financial issues threaten to take the farm, Maddie shows up. She learns there’s more to life than work as she helps Kevin and bonds with his daughter. 
Review:   A darling story of love and Christmas spirit with characters you can’t help but like. I couldn’t help but enjoy the people at the B & B and how the town came together to support Kevin’s business. 
Scoring: 4

Love’s Christmas Journey

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Natalie Hall, JoBeth Williams, Sean Austin, and Ernest Borgnine

Synopsis: While mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, recently widowed Ellie visits her brother Aaron and his children for Christmas. Ellie does her best to enjoy the holidays, making new friends with Mrs. Thompson, a local shop keeper, and handsome admirer Deputy Strode. When Aaron travels out of town to purchase land, Ellie agrees to watch his children, but the season's festivities are threatened when Aaron goes missing.

Review:  The main part of the movie is a good story but there’s so much extra stuff that feels like filler and slows the pace. The slow parts are worth sitting through for the few good parts but maybe just once. 

Scoring: 2

Lucky Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Elizabeth Berkley and Jason Gray-Stanford
Synopsis: Holly, a single mom trying to get back on her feet, is crushed to learn her winning lottery ticket is in the glove compartment of her recently stolen car. Mike, the construction worker behind Holly's missing property, goes along with a master plan to befriend Holly. Mike unexpectedly falls in love with Holly and learns there are more important things in life than quick money in time for the holidays.
Review:  Interesting movie with good characters. Holly’s love for her son and never giving up on her dreams is nice. There’s nothing surprising but I want them to have a happy ending together. 
Scoring: 3