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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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.
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. 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.
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 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 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 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.