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(1) Title (2) Rating (3) Genres (4) Starring (5) Synopsis (6) My Personal Review (7) Scoring 1-5

 

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Miss Christmas (2017)
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 (2017)

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

Mistletoe & Menorahs (2019)

Rated: PG

Genre: Romance

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. 

Scoring: 4

The Mistletoe Inn (2017)
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 (2011)
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 (2016)

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 (2019)

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 (2012)
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 (2011)

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 (1994)
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 (1990)

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 (2013)

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 (2008)
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 (2008)
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 (2014)

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 (2002)
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 (1996)
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 (1997)

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

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Rated: G

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. 

Scoring: 3

My Christmas Dream (2016)
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 (2018)

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 (2016)
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 (2017)
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 (2011)

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 (2015)
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 (2013)

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