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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The Magic Christmas Tree

Rated: G

Genres: Family, Fantasy

Starring: Chris Kroeson

Synopsis: A boy is given a ring by an old witch. He uses the ring along with a magic Christmas tree which grants him 3 wishes.

Review:  This movie is definitely amateur.  It’s poorly shot, poorly acted, and so boring.  Kids most likely won’t even sit through it.  It was excruciating to sit through.

Scoring: 1

The Magic Snowflake

Rated: NR

Genres: Animation, Fantasy

Starring: Nathan Simony

Synopsis: A young boy named Nicholas is about to become the next Santa Claus, but must first avoid a crisis that's threatening the magic of Christmas before he can succeed in his new role.

Review: First of all, I don’t get why movies show numerous Santas. He is supposed to be immortal never mind being replaced by a child. One of the Santas is kooky. Nicholas has to find out why he’s growing up too quickly in order to save Christmas. I found it to be bizarre and boring. Children may like it.

Scoring: 2

 

Magic Stocking
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Bridget Regan and Victor Webster
Synopsis: A young widow's daughter was given a tattered old Christmas stocking at a holiday craft sale, but her mother is skeptical of its magic when it seems to create small trinkets on its own.
Review:  An emotional tale with lighthearted and sad moments. The relationships of all the characters and their viewpoints are relatable and special. Seeing the Grandmother date again provides some funny moments.  Perfect if you want to believe in magic.
Scoring: 3
Magical Christmas Ornaments
Rated: TV-14
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Brendan Penny, and Tim Matheson
Synopsis: Marie, a book editor, has lost her Christmas spirit and her mom tries to restore it by sending her Christmas ornaments from her childhood and a coincidental blessing follows each one.  She meets her handsome new neighbor just as her boss assigns her to edit the book her ex wrote.
Review:  This movie has a somewhat original plot.  The magic in the story is palpable and the children make it even more special. The romance is just a bonus. I couldn't wait to see what was in store after she received each ornament. After watching you may just believe in magic.
Scoring: 3

A Majestic Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Jerrika Hinton and Christian Vincent

Synopsis: Nell, an architect, is sent to her home town to turn the community playhouse into a multiplex. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now have to end after a long and historic tradition to the town.  Connor, the new owner of the theater, has ideas that clash with Nell's. Since Connor hasn't had much experience celebrating Christmas, Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course in Christmas during the town's Twelve Day Festival, that he might just change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.

Review:  While the plot is different, it isn’t enough to make it interesting. The movie isn’t bad, it’s just blah. Even the town traditions feel lacking. 

Scoring: 2

 

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Dan Stevens

Synopsis: The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Review:  As I’m not an expert on Dickens, I can’t speak to the historical accuracy of this film. I will say it was visually quite dark and uninteresting. It was very slow for me. Because we know the tale so well you know what to expect and at times, they make his creativity curious but other times it’s odd. 

Scoring: 2

 

The Man Who Saved Christmas 

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Jason Alexander

Synopsis: A.C. Gilbert figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name.

Review:  The fact that it’s based on a true story adds an interesting dimension to the movie. Other than that, it fell a little flat. It’s a good story but the production needed some oomph. 

Scoring: 2

 

Mandie And The Forgotten Christmas 

Rated: G

Genre: Drama

Starring: Kelly Washington 

Synopsis: This takes place in December, 1900 Miss Heathwood's Boarding School for Girls. Thrust into the chaotic and unfamiliar world of a boarding school at Christmas, Mandie finds herself hounded by new rules and regulations at every turn. Unable to grasp the finer points of high society, she constantly falls into trouble. While visiting the school's forbidden attic, Mandie stumbles upon a mystery from which she is warned to flee. Seeking the truth will require Mandie to lie, but it just might provide the key that unlocks the memories of a long-forgotten Christmas.

Review:  Full disclosure, I didn’t see the other Mandie movies before watching this so I don't know any of the back story. It’s a bit slow at times and has some historical inaccuracies but children and tweens will probably like it more than adults. 

Scoring: 2

The March Sisters At Christmas  
Rated: TV-14
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Amy Berman, Justin Bruening, Mark Famiglietti, and John Shea
Synopsis: To keep the family home from being sold, 4 very modern March sisters tackle home improvement on their own. But their romantic entanglements involving the boy next door, an old flame and a new acquaintance become a distraction.
Review:  It has the sappiness of the original story with characters full of spirit and differences. It’s appealing but missing some of the complexities of the original. 
Scoring: 3
Married By Christmas 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Jess Macallan and James Eckhouse
Synopsis: Carrie is a high-level executive who has worked hard for years in the family business. When her sister announces her engagement, their parents share a twist from their grandmother’s will. The first sister married inherits the company. Carrie must find herself a husband before Christmas or lose the company she’s worked so hard for.
Review:  I enjoyed watching it but there are so many moments where I ask myself why something is happening. There’s a lot of antagonism and relationship difficulties. It can make it awkward to watch.  If you’re like me you will watch to see how it ends. The way Carrie's sister is so willing to take the company away after all of Carrie's work made me feel very disappointed throughout the movie.  I didn't like how it ended.  It didn't feel like a happy ending.  Despite all this, I would still watch it again.
Scoring: 2
Marry Me At Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Rachel Skarsten, Trevor Donovan, and Emily Tennant
Synopsis: Bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug is hired to plan a last-minute Christmas wedding. What Madeline didn't expect was to be swept off her feet by the bride's gorgeous brother, movie star Jonny Blake. Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. Madeline finds the real Jonny even more captivating than her celebrity crush. Will the action star be brave enough to take on the role of a lifetime?
Review:  A delightful movie that moves at the perfect pace. I enjoyed how kind and understanding Madeline was. Johnny learning about priorities through his sister and Madeline is interesting. A first-rate experience. 
Scoring: 4
 

Marry Me For Christmas 

Rated:  G

Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance

Starring: Malinda Williams, Brad James, Jason Weaver, and Carl Payne

Synopsis: To appease her family during the holidays, a single woman pretends to be engaged to her employee.

Review:  I really like the Chandler family and their traditions. This movie through a couple of surprises at me but overall, it’s a sweet story that kept me engaged.  

Scoring: 3

Marrying Father Christmas 

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Wendie Malik, Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, and Jim Thornburn

Synopsis: In the third installment to the Father Christmas trilogy, Miranda and Ian finally look to tie the knot, but more complications are always on the horizon, putting their happily ever after in jeopardy.

Review:  They’ve managed to keep the same feeling and tone as the other movies in the series. This one can stand alone if you haven’t seen the others but it’s more meaningful if you see them all. This is my favorite of the three. 

Scoring: 3

Mary Christmas 

Rated: G

Starring: Tom Bosley, Cynthia Gibb, and John Schneider 

Synopsis: When a nine year old girl writes a letter to Santa Claus asking for a mommy, a television station news director gets wind of it and assigns a hard-bitten reporter to get the story. With the help of a male nanny, the reporter learns learns that at Christmas, wishes can still be granted.

Review:  I honestly went into this movie with no expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. The addition of an Angel, in the guise of a song and dance man, who leads the characters on their journey was truly touching. All the characters are likable and the movie kept a brisk but comfortable pace. I recommend checking this one out. It would be a good family movie. There’s even a beautiful surprise ending I never saw coming. 

Scoring: 4

Matchmaker Santa
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Florence Henderson, John Ratzenberger, and Robert Pine
Synopsis: As a little girl, Melanie wished to find her own Prince Charming, just like her parents found true love. Now an adult, Melanie is running her own bakery and dating a handsome CEO, Justin. Although things seem perfect when Justin asks Melanie to spend the holidays together at his beautiful lake house upstate, and meet his mother, Melanie finds herself spending more time with Justin's best friend and loyal assistant, Dean, who just might be harboring a secret crush on her. When complications arise that throw Melanie and Dean together over the holiday, will the two realize they're meant to be?
Review:  If you’re a strong believer in fate, this is the movie for you. If you believe in Santa and magic, you’ll really love it. Fate keeps Justin with an old girlfriend and Melanie with Dean. It’s a delightful journey. The town and their traditions make it really special.  
Scoring: 4

Meet Me In St. Louis

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical

Starring: Judy Garland

Synopsis: In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Review:  I’m not sure why this is classified as a Christmas movie but I’ll review it for those who believe it is. You can’t go wrong with Garland. Getting a glimpse of American life in the early 1900s was a bonus. It's a good classic movie but if you're looking for Christmas it won't deliver.

Scoring: 4

 

Meet The Santas
Rated: G
Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard, and Marietta Hartley
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis: Because she is marrying the man who assumed the mantle of Santa Claus last December 26, Beth's postponed wedding has to be rescheduled for Christmas Eve. Overwhelmed by selling the house she and her son share, and the prospect of the duties of Mrs. Claus, she has to call on her estranged socialite Grinch of a mother to arrange the wedding. Of course, her mom has never met the fiancé nor his family, and has no inkling of his secret. This is a sequel to 2004's Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus.
Review:  This movie could stand alone but it has deeper meaning if you watch the first movie before this one.  I liked following the adventures and frustrations of all the characters as they work through so many obstacles. Beth’s relationship with her mother is the low point but I didn’t mind as the rest was entertaining. The Santa magic is special. 
Scoring: 3
 

Memories Of Christmas 

Rated: G

Genre: Drama

Starring: Christina Milan and Garry Chalk

Synopsis: When Noelle inherits her mother’s house, she finds out that for the past few years her aging mother had been hiring professionals to decorate it for Christmas. Noelle tells the decorator that the deal is off, but he refuses to take no for an answer. 

Review:  This movie offers the feel-good Christmas you expect. There aren’t really surprises (I knew the end by 10 minutes in) but it offers a warm Christmas feeling and a relaxing experience. 

Scoring: 3

 

Merry & Bright

Rated: G

Genre: Romance

Starring: Jodie Sweetin and Andrew Walker

Synopsis: Cate, CEO of the Merry and Bright Candy Cane Company, meets Gabe, who works for Empire Corporate Recovery, which has been hired to  find ways to make the company more profitable. As Cate and Gabe begin to work together, they find ways to elevate the business and find that they have more in common than savvy business sense.

Review: Sweetin and Walker are delightful as always.  The movie doesn’t offer many surprises but it offers a good love story and some funny side stories.  I especially liked that it gave us a solid ending.  I wasn’t that surprised at how she chose to expand the company, as I was wanting to yell it to her from the beginning, but I was worried she wouldn’t get there.  It’s a nice sweet movie.

Scoring: 3

Merry Christmas, Baby!

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Malinda Williams and Karon Riley

Synopsis: Marci throws herself into preparing for Christmas and building her new event-planning business. But when the business gets off to a rocky start and members of her family face their own hardships, Marci steps up to help everyone have a good holiday.

Review:  The fourth movie in the series continues the Chandler family adventures. It has the same feel and meaning behind it as the first three. It would be better enjoyed if you watch the whole series in order.  It's worth it.

Scoring: 3

A Merry Christmas Match

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Ashley Newbrough and Kyle Dean Massey

Synopsis: Corey who works in her mom's antique shop, puts on a Christmas pageant in honor of her late father. When a man named Ryder visits her store, she wonders if she should have left town to follow her dream of becoming a theater director.

Review: This movie has so many special aspects to it.  You know it will have a happy ending but there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing how it will happen.  The characters are varied and interesting.  I was completely invested in the story from the beginning.  Could it use a little spice?  Sure, but that might ruin what’s great about it.

Scoring: 4

Merry Ex-mas

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Kristy Swanson, Dean Cain, Lochlyn Munro, and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe

Synopsis: During a blizzard at Christmas, a man becomes snowbound with ex-wife, her wealthy suitor, his former mother-in-law, and his daughter.

Review:  Just no. It’s so negative and awkward and just uncomfortable to watch. It’s the opposite of what a feel-good movie is. 

Scoring: 1

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas 

Rated: PG-13

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Candace Bergen, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Oliver Platt, and Robin Williams

Synopsis: Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Review:  First, this is NOT for children. Second, it’s hysterical. I haven’t laughed out loud that many times during a movie for a long time. It has its moments where you’re waiting for something to happen but they’re worth sitting through. 

Scoring: 4

 

Merry In-Laws

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Starring: George Wendt, Shelley Long, and Lucas Bryant

Synopsis: A recently engaged woman plans a get-together so her parents can meet her fiancé's family. It turns out that his parents are Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Review:  At times too at odds with itself, like the Clauses vs. non-believing parents, but Long and Wendt are fantastic. They make the movie special. You’ll want them for your family. 

Scoring: 3

Merry Kissmas
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Karissa Lee Staples, Brant Daugherty, and David O’Donnell
Synopsis: Unwinding her relationship from a controlling choreographer, Kayla happens to take an elevator ride with lonesome caterer Dustin. The elevator stalls, and spontaneously, magical kisses follow. Soon the choreographer makes nice, and Dustin retreats. Kayla becomes confused as to which man to love.
Review:  I found this movie to be so-so. It’s very predictable and David O’Donnell’s bad accent (and his character’s bad behavior) make it even worse. I liked it enough to sit through it but I won’t be watching it again. 
Scoring: 1
 
Merry Matrimony
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Jessica Lowndes and Christopher Russell
Synopsis: An ad exec for a fashion magazine lands her dream assignment to organize the perfect Christmas wedding. Just one thing. The photographer she's been partnered with is her ex-boyfriend. She's got to bring her A game, while working through unresolved feelings.
Review:  A sweet romance about the one that got away and what happens if he’s back. We get to watch as they plan a beautiful dream Christmas wedding. 
Scoring: 3
 

Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse

Rated: G

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Starring: N/A

Synopsis: Mickey and all his friends hold their own Christmas party at the House of Mouse, after being snowed in.

Review:  This is a movie for younger children who still enjoy the simplicity  of Mickey Mouse stories.  They’ll enjoy the various characters who appear at the party.  When they get snowed in Mickey decides to entertain everyone with videos of short stories.  This is one I think will bore most adults.

Scoring: 3

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family

Starring: Kelsey Grammer

Synopsis: A Christmas themed, three-part anthology-style video. The first part, "Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas", is essentially a retelling of Groundhog Day (1993), with Huey, Dewey, and Louie reliving Christmas ad infinitum. Next is "A Very Goofy Christmas", in which Goofy tries to overcome his son's skepticism about Santa Claus. Finally, "Mickey & Minnie's Gift Of The Magi" recreate the classic tale of ironic Christmas selflessness. 

Review: This is a movie for young children.  The stories are good but not told in a way to be of much interest for adults.  There are good topics for family conversations.

Scoring: 3

Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family

Starring: N/A

Synopsis: In this sequel to Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas, Mickey and friends gather again to discover the true joys of Christmas.

Review: Like the first movie, this is best for young children.  Older children and adults may not enjoy it as much.  The stories have a silliness that appeals to the younger Mickey fans.

Scoring: 3

Midnight Clear

Rated: PG-13

Genre: Drama

Starring: Stephen Baldwin

Synopsis: The lives of an unemployed divorcee, his suicidal mother, and a couple, intersect during Christmastime. 

Review:  This movie is so dark and dreary. Unfortunately, it’s also horribly slow and boring. It was painful to have to sit through. 

Scoring: 1

 

A Midnight Kiss

Rated: G

Genres: Romance

Starring: Adelaide Kade and Carlos PenaVega 

Synopsis: With only one week to prepare, party planners land the biggest job in their company’s history; a New Year’s Eve party for a tech entrepreneur. 

Review:  Hallmark had this as a Christmas movie and the beginning of the movie is at Christmastime but most of it is about planning the party. It’s a sweet romcom that’s different than the typical one. Even though you know the kiss is coming it’s still moving. 

Scoring: 3

Mingle All The Way

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Jen Lilley, Lindsay Wagner, and April Telek

Synopsis: "Mingle All the Way" is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly, founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app, and meets another busy professional, Jeff. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.

Review:  This is very much like Hitched For The Holidays. Just add an app and make the people a little more Christmas movie-ish instead of every day relatable. It did have all the wonderful aspects of a Hallmark Christmas love story with a modern-day technology twist.

Scoring: 3

 

Miracle At Christmas: Ebbie’s Story AKA Ebbie 
Rated: NR
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Susan Lucci and Wendy Crewson 
Synopsis: In this updated retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," ruthless business-woman and shopping store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge is taught the true spirit of Christmas by three Spirits who visit her.
Review:  A very interesting and modern take on the classic. If you can get past believing Susan Lucci as a teenager, you’ll like this story.  The store employees being the Christmas ghosts is a nice touch.  The ghosts are so over-the-top  it's really fun.
Scoring: 4
Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood
Synopsis: Doris Walker, a no-nonsense Macy's executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires Kris Kringle who insists that he's the real Santa Claus. But he has many skeptics like Doris and her six-year-old daughter, Susan. So, Kris goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus?
Review:  I love this movie.  Besides seeing the difference in how movies were done back then, it shows a strong single mother and a daughter who wants desperately to believe. The movie is not as sentimental to me as the remake but just as lovely. 
Scoring: 5

The Miracle on 34th Street (1955)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Macdonald Carey

Synopsis: One Kris Kringle, a department-store Santa Claus, causes quite a commotion by suggesting customers go to a rival store for their purchases. But this is nothing to the stir he causes by announcing that he is not merely a make-believe St. Nick, but the real McCoy.

Review:  This is pretty much exactly the same as the 1947 movie but shorter and missing the magic of the other movies. It’s like a Cliff’s Notes version of the story. The actors aren’t bad it’s just missing the parts of the story that allow you to feel Christmas and the beauty of their relationships. 

Scoring: 2

Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, and Mara Wilson
Synopsis: A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in.
Review:  I love this movie as much, if not more, than the original. They’ve made it current while preserving the story’s essence. Susan’s way of speaking as an adult is precious. When Santa is on trial and they show “I Believe” signs I always tear up. This is something special. 
Scoring: 5

A Miracle On Christmas Lake

Rated: TV-14

Genres: Family, Fantasy, Religion

Starring: Will Sasso, Kristian Wang, and Siobhan Williams

Synopsis: A teenager heads to the pond where he and his best friend, now deceased, used to play hockey together. He’s shocked to discover a magical, perfectly groomed rink, which only appears at night in his presence. 

Review:  The story unfolds slowly, sometimes too slowly, but with drama and feeling. I was really invested in the story and the characters.  Children most likely won’t be able to follow the story but teens will. It’s a beautiful story about recovering from loss and finding Christmas joy again. 

Scoring: 3

 

Miss Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Brooke D’Orsay and Marc Blucas
Synopsis: The tree finder for Chicago's renowned Radcliff Tree lighting is left desperate to find the perfect tree. A letter from a boy promising his tree is perfect for the ceremony sends her to a small town where she learns that his dad is not willing to part with the tree.
Review:  Sweet love story about a family’s love for their mother as well as Holly and Sam’s budding romance. Predictable but a feel-good movie. 
Scoring: 3
 

Miss Me This Christmas

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Erica Ash

Synopsis: Before finalizing their divorce on Christmas Day, Regina returns to the Chesterton Hotel where Franklin and she were originally married, only to meet an eccentric millionaire whose affection towards her forces Regina to come to grips with the choice she's facing.

Review: I thought this movie was dreadful.  The plot, the acting, everything was bad.  There are so many moments where I couldn’t believe what was happening.  The fighting and drama feel manufactured.  Skip this one.

Scoring: 1

The Mistletoe Inn
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Alicia Witt and David Alpay
Synopsis: Kim, an aspiring romance novelist, finds herself dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, Garth. She decides to take a leap and signs up for a romance writing retreat at a quaint Vermont Inn shortly before Christmas. Shortly after Kim's arrival she meets Zeke, who ends up being her assignment partner and worse yet, the ex-boyfriend is also at the retreat. 
Review:  This movie isn’t bad but it’s not great.  It’s slow and expected.  Zeke’s lying to Kim and her ex-boyfriend make the movie awkward. It was okay to watch but I wouldn’t watch it again. 
Scoring: 2
Mistletoe Over Manhattan
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Tricia Helfer and Greg Bryk
Synopsis: Lucy and Joe, who are getting a divorce, get the surprise visit of Mrs. Claus in disguise. Mrs. Claus is on a mission to find the true spirit of Christmas that can inspire Santa Claus. Both Lucy and Joe are consumed by their professional commitments. Lucy's interest in her boss, Parker, makes things more complicated. Can Mrs. Claus accomplish her mission, and spread the joy of Christmas?
Review:  This is a sweet movie focused on the relationships of Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as Lucy and Joe. Watching Lucy and Joe decide whether or not to divorce is sad but I loved the ending. 
Scoring: 3

The Mistletoe Promise

Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Jaime King, Luke MacFarlane, and Lochlyn Munro
Synopsis: Two strangers, who don't enjoy Christmas, meet and to avoid being lonely during the holidays make a pact to deal with holiday events together. But as they get to know each other they are able to begin enjoying Christmas. They soon realize that their contract may lead them down a road that neither expected resulting in questionable feelings.
Review:  It’s hard not to love a movie where the good guys win. I enjoyed watching Elise and Nicholas go through the farce of a relationship while traversing the pitfalls of personal and professional problems. The best part, of course, was waiting for them to realize the farce had become real. Spoiler: They learn to love each other, themselves, and Christmas. 
Scoring: 4
 

The Mistletoe Secret

Rated: G

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Kelly Pickler and Tyler Hynes

Synopsis: Aria hopes being selected for Sterling Masters' Big Holiday Adventure will save Christmas in Midway.  Little does she know that Alex Bartlett i the voice behind Sterling Masters.

Review: This movie is chock filled with Christmas spirit and tradition.  Add in a myth about a bad prince and a knight in shining armor with characters who fill that role and you have a love triangle.  We have a bad guy to dislike but not to the point it ruins the movie and a good guy who is interesting and you want to root for him the whole time.  This small town knows Christmas and I’d love to have a Christmas like they do. 

Scoring: 4

The Mistle-Tones
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
Starring: Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tori Spelling
Synopsis: Holly, is all set to audition for the newly vacated spot in a legendary local Christmas group which was founded by her late mother years ago. Shocked and upset when the slot goes to the barely talented best friend of the group's leader, Marci, Holly sets out to create her own musical group, The Mistle-Tones. After challenging their rivals to a sing-off on Christmas Eve, Holly finds herself on a journey to the real meaning of Christmas with some new friends and a new love thrown in for good measure.
Review:  I really want to like this movie more but it’s just kind of blah.  Spelling makes a good villain.  The group of misfits in Holly's group are so lovable and they show true acceptance for people as they are.  There are a few interesting moments and it’s okay but not a must see. 
Scoring: 2

Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith

Rated: PG

Genre: Drama

Starring: Bradley Whitford, Laurence Fishburne, and Martin Landau

Synopsis: Cleric Henry Covington and Rabbi Albert Lewis profoundly affect the life of write Mitch Albom.

Review: First of all, this isn’t a Christmas movie.  I’m not sure why Hallmark includes it in their Christmas line up.  It is a very deep and meaningful movie about faith and a person’s ability to change.  It also really emphasizes human connection and how others affect us.  It’s a great movie, just not a Christmas one.

Scoring: 3

Mixed Nuts
Rated: PG-13
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson, Adam Sandler, Robert Klein, Anthony LaPaglia, Juliette Lewis, Rob Reiner, and Liev Schreiber
Synopsis: Christmas Eve in Venice Beach, California. A serial strangler is on the loose. A crisis hotline, staffed by three inept counselors, faces eviction. Each of the three is lovelorn. They and their non-profit program need a miracle. Their paths cross those of Gracie and Felix, penniless lovers who are fighting with each other and are about to become parents; Chris, an unhappy man in drag; Louie, their loopy song-writing neighbor; a man walking his dogs; a veterinarian; and, their landlord. A Christmas tree, an elevator, a fruit cake, and a pistol also figure in this night before Christmas. Are any miracles in the offing?
Review:  One of the funniest movies. This is an annual must see for me. The zany cast of characters and all their predicaments keep me laughing.  Just when you think you've seen it all, there's another hysterical moment.  This one is funny no matter what time of year.
Scoring: 5

A Mom For Christmas 

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Olivia Newton-John and Doris Roberts

Synopsis: A young girl who wants a mom for the Christmas holidays gets her wish when a department store mannequin comes to life.

Review:  There’s something moving about a little girl wanting a mom to fill that void. It’s a little too sweet but it’s sentimental and it's a good family film. 

Scoring: 3

 

Monster & Me AKA Santa & Me

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Athena Baumeister

Synopsis: A mean and spoiled 13-year-old girl is turned into a "monster" by Santa. She must get a real present from a real friend by Christmas or she'll stay a monster.

Review:  By monster, they mean “ugly”.  Santa, in a departure from the traditional looking Santa, makes Rubie’s outsides match her insides.  Rubie learns what true friends are when her popular group wants nothing to do with her when she isn’t pretty anymore.  It has a good message about treating everyone with kindness and respect.  I think it would be valuable to watch as a family and discuss.

Scoring: 3

Moonlight And Mistletoe 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Tom Arnold, Candace Cameron Bure, and Barbara Niven
Synopsis: In 'Saint' Nick Crosby's old-fashioned year-round Christmas village Santaville, working as an elf on Christmas preparations all year killed his daughter Holly's seasonal spirit. So, she moved out, feeling neglected since her mother's death, to become a Boston toy firm's hardest-working sales executive. When Nick has a bad injury, she returns to help out and finds Santaville outdated and near bankruptcy despite much generous help, especially from shy Peter. She tries to save it, counting on a plan proposed by charming financial advisor Ben Richards.
Review:  This movie is sweet and enjoyable. We get to see Holly get her Christmas spirit back. New, old, and changing relationships keep me involved. A reminder of the importance of family and friends. I'd love to live in Santaville.
Scoring: 4
The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler, and Warren Christie
Synopsis: A snowbound stranger brightens the holidays for a retired police officer and his niece. 
Review:  I really like this movie. An opposites attract theme. The relationships between the characters are fun to watch. Henry Winkler is especially wonderful. 
Scoring: 4

Mr. Miracle 

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Religion

Starring: Britt Irvin and Rob Morrow 

Synopsis: A Guardian Angel, posing as an English teacher, helps a young woman find her way before Christmas.

Review:  I was so disappointed. I thought it would be as good as the Mrs. Miracle movies. Unfortunately, Rob Morrow plays a new angel but rather than appearing to be excited experiencing things for the first time he comes off as unintelligent with some issues. Sadly, the story seems good and would’ve made a good movie if the angel wasn’t so distracting. 

Scoring: 1

Mr. St. Nick
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Elaine Hendrix, Ana Ortiz, and Wallace Shawn
Synopsis: King Nicholas XX is ready to retire and pass the throne to his son, Nick St Nicholas. But Nick is a no-show, preferring his lavish seaside lifestyle and his sexy girlfriend. Only a miracle can save Christmas.
Review:  Interesting take on Santa. Fun to see his son be fallible like the rest of us.  His struggle between wanting independence and family obligations is something we can relate to. Cool tropical setting. Enjoyable. 
Scoring: 3
Mrs. Santa Claus 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Starring: Angela Lansbury
Synopsis: Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's Lower East Side of the early 1900s.
Review:  While I enjoyed seeing the cultural aspects of the movie, I found it boring. Children may enjoy it more. 
Scoring: 1

Ms. Scrooge 

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, and Michael Beach

Synopsis: A retelling of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

Review:  I adore Tyson and Helmond but I found this movie to be so boring. I appreciate their making Scrooge a female but that’s about it. It’s difficult to sit through. 

Scoring: 1

My Christmas Dream
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Danica McKellar, David Haydn-Jones, and Deidre Hall
Synopsis: An ambitious store manager of a renowned retail flagship store must enlist the help of a struggling, single-father handyman to help her realize her dream of managing the company's first international store.
Review:  Christina isn’t just successful, she’s well meaning. I liked seeing her slowly evolve and decide between ambition and love. The backdrop of the store and the little boy make it more interesting. Darling story. 
Scoring: 3

My Christmas Inn

Rated: G

Genre: Romance

Starring: Tia Mowry-Hardricy and Rob Mayes

Synopsis: With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property she meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson. Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for.

Review:  While the plot is typical for a Christmas movie, the actors make it their own. You know how it will end but not how it will get there. Jen’s journey is worth sharing. The town and its Christmas traditions make me want to live there. Overall, it’s a sweet movie and I enjoyed it. 

Scoring: 3

 

My Christmas Love
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Meredith Hagner, Bobby Campo, Megan Park, Aaron O’Connell, and Gregory Harrison
Synopsis: My Christmas Love is about a hopeless romantic, who can't ever seem to give a guy a real chance, that is until she starts receiving each of the "12 Days of Christmas" as gifts, anonymously, at her door. It's a fun mystery that she tries to solve with her core group (including her sister, who's about to have a Christmas wedding) to see if there's a suitor on the other end to finally live up to her expectations.
Review:  This movie has the requisite happy ending but it’s an awkward trip to get there. Even though most of the characters are likable, Cynthia’s self-absorption and behavior makes her difficult to root for.
Scoring: 2
 
My Christmas Prince 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Alexis Knapp and Callum Alexander
Synopsis: Samantha, a teacher, returns to her hometown for Christmas, where she is joined by her boyfriend, Alex. When she learns Alex is destined for the throne of Madelvia, she must decide if she loves Alex enough to stop teaching and become a royal.
Review:  While the plot is one I’ve seen in many movies, it’s still a nice movie. It’s expected but still sweet. If you can handle another commoner falling for a man she didn’t know was a Prince you’ll enjoy it. 
Scoring: 3

My Dog’s Christmas Miracle

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Cynthia Gibb and Greg Evigan

Synopsis: Cinnamon, a spoiled Maltese puppy, loves to have Madeline to herself. When Madeline meets the man of her dreams, Kevin, and his son Jordan, Cinnamon doesn’t like sharing Madeline’s attention. Cinnamon works hard to break them up and get Madeline’s full attention again. 

Review:  I didn’t enjoy this movie.  It’s boring and just bad. I think they are searching for new ways to feature dogs but usually the dogs are the most likable characters not the ones causing problems. 

Scoring: 1

 

My One Christmas Wish
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama
Starring: Amber Riley
Synopsis: Feeling alone during the holidays, a college student places an ad to find a family to spend time with her on Christmas.
Review:  An intriguing and emotional look into the lives of teens in foster care and the lives of adults who age out of foster care. It also shows that family is all around us and not just those we are related to. 
Scoring: 3

My Santa 

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Samaire Armstrong, Matthew Lawrence, and Julie Brown

Synopsis: Single mom Jen, lost the Christmas spirit when her ex-husband Paul walked out on her six years ago on Christmas Eve, when their son Eric was only one-year-old. Despite her disdain for Christmas, she seems also to be falling under the spell of Chris, the mysterious man who is the shopping center Santa Claus. What Jen is unaware of, but what Eric truly believes, is that Chris is really Kris Kringle Jr. Chris, who believes Jen is the one, has to try and get her to believe in Christmas again all before the stroke of midnight on Christmas morning. 

Review:  I enjoyed this movie. It’s similar to Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus and just as adorable. The plot is simple but the movie is full of Christmas magic. 

Scoring: 3