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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A Miser Brothers’ Christmas (2008)
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Mickey Rooney
Synopsis: Santa Claus and the mischievous brothers Heat Miser and Snow Miser are the targets of yuletide treachery.
Review: I love the Miser Brothers, Heat Miser and Snow Miser. I really love their song. The character of North Wind was done in such an annoying way he actually takes away from the story. I didn’t enjoy this as much as I expected to but for me it’s worth it to see the Miser Brothers and get the nostalgia from The Year Without A Santa Claus.
Miss Me This Christmas (2017)
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.
Mistletoe & Menorahs (2019)
Starring: Jake Epstein and Kelley Jakle
Synopsis: A determined toy company executive must learn about Hanukkah in a hurry in order to land a big account.
Review: I loved it! They started each day with an advent calendar to let us know what day it was and track the time left to the holiday. The two people teaching each other about their traditions and show such respect to other cultures was done well. There was a sense of fun and friendship. Check this one out.
Mistletoe Magic (2020)
Genres: Family, Romance
Starring: Jessica Sippos and Stephen Huszar
Synopsis: When Harper realizes that she accidentally donated her family’s beloved magic mistletoe to a charity, she enlists the help of thrift store owner and old friend Luke to help her retrieve it.
Review: Magic is a good title for this film. It’s sweet yet lighthearted. Seeing them search for the mistletoe meant seeing touches of Christmas all around town. Huszar does an excellent job as Luke. He brings depth to the movie and the romantic tension. It’s a pleasurable watch.
The Mistletoe Promise (2016)
The Mistletoe Secret (2019)
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.
Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith (2011)
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.
A Mom For Christmas (1990)
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.
Monster & Me AKA Santa & Me (2013)
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.
Mr. Christmas (2005)
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Jace McLean and Jen Celene Little
Synopsis: In 1941, a young father can't afford to buy his 5-year-old daughter the bicycle she expects Santa Claus to bring her for Christmas.
Review: The film quality looks like it’s a home video but don’t let that stop you. I enjoyed all the props and costumes for the era. Everyone brings their characters to life. I won’t spoil it but there is a happy ending. There are references to Pearl Harbor and WWII so you may have to explain that to young children but the references are so brief they may not even notice.
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)
Genres: Animation, Fantasy
Starring: Jim Backus
Synopsis: Mr. Magoo plays Ebenezer Scrooge and learns the meaning of Christmas.
Review: If you’re familiar with Mr. Magoo, you may find this lacking some of the silliness he is known for. It’s a fairly classic retelling of the story. A good version for kids or families.
Mr. Miracle (2014)
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.
Ms. Scrooge (1997)
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.
Mule-Tide Christmas (2014)
Genres: Animation, Fantasy
Starring: Steve Vernon
Synopsis: Santa’s trusty mule goes after a goblin who wants to ruin Christmas.
Review: This was a sweet movie. A boy who wants to help Santa lets the king of the imps loose and must help capture him. Meanwhile, the imp is creating chaos in town. There are good messages in here for children, such as counting on friends for help and owning up to your mistakes. This is one I believe children will love and adults will enjoy watching.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Starring: Michael Caine
Synopsis: Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends play Dickens characters as Scrooge meets the characters of Christmas past, present, and future.
Review: I enjoy the Muppets but I’m not one of the people who loves them. I did love them in this movie. It takes the story of The Christmas Carol and adds a little humor and great music. This would be a wonderful way to introduce the story to children and adult will enjoy it as well.
My Best Friend’s Christmas (2019)
Starring: Breanne Parhiala, Colton Little and Tanner Novlan
Synopsis: When a woman returns home to find her ex in a relationship, she enlists her best friend to act as her fake boyfriend.
Review: This is a really cute movie. It’s a take on My Best Friend’s Wedding. The acting is sometimes a little blah, especially Ashley’s whispery voice. Other than that, the story is really cute if not predictable. I was invested enough that I was rooting for Liam.
My Christmas Inn (2018)
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.
My Dad Is Scrooge (2014)
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Charles Shaughnessy
Synopsis: A Christmas Carol turns into "A Christmas Corral" as the animals of Woodsley Farm help Oliver shock his Dad into embracing the holiday spirit.
Review: I am not typically a fan of talking animal movies as they are often super silly. This one, however, was thoroughly entertaining. Children will love it and it’s a good family movie. It’s a take on the Christmas Carol but it’s lighthearted enough for even the youngest children.
My Dog’s Christmas Miracle (2011)
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.
My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas (2005)
Genres: Animation, Fantasy
Starring: Chiara Zanni
Synopsis: When Minty breaks a magic candy cane, she must make it right by going to the north pole so that Christmas can come to Ponyville. But is the magic of Christmas in Ponyville already?
Review: I had heard of My Little Pony but didn’t really know anything about them. I found this to be a tolerable but not enjoyable movie. Young children may enjoy it but I think it’s best for children who are already fans. Adults can sit through it. Yes, there are some where that isn’t the case. I wouldn’t recommend it to adults who aren’t fans of the franchise.
My Santa (2013)
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.
My Sweet Holiday AKA Chocolate Covered Christmas (2020)
Starring: Malone Thomas, Jason Burkey, and Alexandra Ficken
Synopsis: A holiday romance blossoms between a woman and the man who bought her parent’s chocolate store.
Review: This movie starts out very slowly due in large part to the amount of time focused on the ingredients and mixing them. Eventually the characters develop more and the story picks up. It’s a nice romance but it has one too many misunderstandings and miscommunications.