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 Nashville Christmas Carol (2020)
Genres: Drama, Romance, Musical
Starring: Jessy Shram, Wes Brown, and Wynonna Judd
Synopsis: Vivienne is a workaholic TV producer in charge of a country music Christmas special. She is on the verge of accepting a job in LA and her childhood sweetheart has returned. This prompts the ghost of her recently deceased mentor to warn her of the dark future her current path is taking her to.
Review: A nice story about stripping away all the things we do to avoid our feelings. There aren’t lots of surprises but it’s sweet. Lots of Christmas and music in this movie. The way they handled the Christmas future ghost was a new twist. This will be extra fun for country music fans.
A Nasty Piece of Work (2018)
Starring: Molly Hagan, Natalie Hall, Kyle Howard, Dustin Milligan, Julian Sands, and Angela Sarafyan
Synopsis: The boss of a private equity company invites a couple of his employees over to a Christmas party that turns out to be an intense competition for a promotion.
Review: This is apparently part of a series called Into The Dark but I’ve never seen it. At first I thought this story was amusing. Then is just became monotonous and boring. I was waiting for it to end. The actors did an amazing job. It’s just sad that they were given this script. It also had a really dumb ending.
The Nativity Story (2006)
Genres: Drama, Religion
Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes
Synopsis: A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
Review: It’s hard to tell this story and make it seem authentic and realistic but they achieved it. It’s done in a way that’s sensitive to the religious content.
Nature Cat: A Nature Carol (2019)
Genres: Animation, Fantasy, Musical
Synopsis: Nature Cat is visited by the Nature Past, Present, and Future.
Review: Despite being geared for younger children, I found it enjoyable. It is a little silly which is perfect for little ones. I liked that the theme was the true meaning of Christmas rather than less is more. I also liked that rather than ghosts, he was visited by friends in spirit form.
Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Sweater (2020)
Genres: Family, Romance
Starring: Ashley Williams and Niall Matter
Synopsis: Maggie, a single mom, is facing Christmas alone until Lucas become an unexpected house guest.
Review: While this has the feel of Hallmark romances, it’s got a lot of originality and some extra heart. The children are so amazing and add that spirit and fun. Matter and Williams are amazing as always. It’s human and relatable, all the way to the end when Lucas goes back outside to get his suitcase. One I’ll watch many times.
A New Christmas (2019)
Starring: Prashantt Guptha and Grace Wacuka
Synopsis: A woman visiting New York City at Christmas helps a grieving man rediscover the magic of the holidays.
Review: This movie would be better if KB was likable. From the beginning he is horrible to his wife and was cheating on her. I also don’t like how the story flips back and forth and throws in too many concepts about culture. It lacks focus. I like Kioni, though. This movie has won a lot of awards and acclaim so you may want to check it out.
New Year’s Kiss (2019)
Starring: Erin Karpluk and Robin Dunne
Synopsis: A creative director swears off dating in ordr to focus on a major Christmas ad campaign
Review: I like the story and Karpluk and Dunne do a fantastic job. Add in a mysterious Santa for rom-com magic. The story tends to skip around where they need to focus and really delve into the characters and the music is horrible. There’s very little Christmas in it and the title doesn’t fit the movie. If you can get past that, it really is a fun movie.
A New York Christmas Wedding (2020)
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Chris Noth and Nia Fairweather
Synopsis: As her Christmas Eve wedding draws near, Jennifer is visited by an angel and shown what could have been if she hadn't denied her true feelings for her childhood best friend.
Review: This movie lacked focus. Was it about a woman seeing her life if she made different choices, was it about handling your future in laws, was it about accepting your sexuality, was it about coping with death, or was it about how the churches handle gay marriage? It was so scattered it didn’t allow for the viewer to become emotionally involved. Sadly, the ending was the best part. It had purpose and emotion. You just have to sit through the rest to get to it.
The Night Before (2015)
Genres: Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, and Anthony Mackie
Synopsis: On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Review: This movie can be summed up in two words, Seth Rogan. It’s got the same feeling as all his other buddy films. It’s goofy and a little odd. If you like Rogan's movies you’ll enjoy it.
The Night Before Christmas (1994)
Genres: Animation, Fantasy
Starring: Cam Clarke
Synopsis: A young orphan boy and his cat discover the true spirit of Christmas.
Review: A very sweet movie. The mouse is very funny. When they start with “’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a,” they cut to the mouse stirring his pudding on the stove. Lots of little touches like that to provide humor that even adults will like.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (2010)
Genres: Animation, Fantasy
Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, and Catherine O’Hara
Synopsis: Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Review: Another Tim Burton movie that’s so bizarre you’ll either love it or hate it. It’s half Halloween and half Christmas. It’s become an annual tradition for many but might be frightening to very young children.
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas (1993)
Genres: Family, Fantasy
Starring: Jennifer Beals and Rick Roberts
Synopsis: When Santa sets off on his Christmas duties a day early, he crashes into the Fox family's house, ends up with amnesia, and loses his magic sack of presents. He needs help! But the Fox family are a modern and broken family. Can they help him?
Review: This movie seems to be a watered-down version of other Christmas movies. It’s okay but I didn’t really enjoy it.
The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Jaclyn Smith and Art Carney
Synopsis: A mother and her three children find themselves on a journey to the North Pole where they are asked to intervene in her husband’s oil rigging company before the company’s dynamiting destroys the North Pole.
Review: You have to go into this remembering it was a made for TV movie and it’s from 1984 so it’s much simpler than a movie made for the theater. I’m not sure young children will understand the concept of oil rigs and dynamiting to get through the ice to the oil but they may not care. They get to see Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, and the North Pole. Santa even answers the questions they have about how he does his job. It’s a sweet story for families.