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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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A Nanny for Christmas (2010)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, and Cynthia Gibb
Synopsis: A career woman cares for the children of a Beverly Hills executive during the holidays. 
Review:  it’s hard to describe without spoilers but the connections between characters is different and fresh. Despite that the plot is a little predictable but enjoyable. The children are special and steal their scenes. 
Scoring: 3

A Nashville Christmas Carol (2020)

Rated: G

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.

Scoring: 3

A Nasty Piece of Work (2018)

Rated: TV-MA

Genre: Drama

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.

Scoring: 1

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Rated: PG-13
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Doris Roberts, Diane Ladd, Randy Quaid, Bryan Doyle-Murray, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Synopsis: It's Christmastime and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
Review:  Typical Griswold hijinks. If you like the series and the silliness you’ll love this movie. The surprises never cease. 
Scoring: 3
The National Tree (2009)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Evan Williams, and Kari Matchett
Synopsis: A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.
Review:  The most interesting part to watch was the relationships and how they changed over the course of their road trip. The movie was a little slow, even for a drama, but glad I saw it. 
Scoring: 2
Nativity! (2009)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Starring: Martin Freeman and Marc Wootten
Synopsis: This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens is charged with producing the school's nativity play. Competing against the posh rival school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is - they haven't spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr. Poppy fueling his 'little white lie', Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens' only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody's Christmas wishes come true.
Review:  Such a fun movie. Mr. Poppy is crazy fun and the children are too cute. If you like slapstick comedy and adorable children you’ll enjoy this. 
Scoring: 3
Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger! (2012)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Starring: David Tennant and Marc Wootten
Synopsis: This sequel to the popular British comedy sees a new teacher take over. When he enters his school in the National 'Song for Christmas' Competition, he and his pregnant wife, and the schoolchildren, embark on an epic road trip that ends up with a birth and a donkey, where he must embrace his fears and become a hero.
Review:  As much fun as the first movie. More slapstick humor and charming children. It’s a little more far-fetched and sillier than the original but still good family fun. You have to love Mr. Poppy.
Scoring: 3

The Nativity Story (2006)

Rated: PG

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. 

Scoring: 4

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol (2019)

Rated: G

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.

Scoring: 3

Naughty & Nice (2014)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Haylie Duff, Tilky Jones, and Maureen McCormick
Synopsis: Cynical radio host, Pepper, is banished from L.A. to rural Colorado. He is assigned to co-host with "love doctor", Sandra, a hopeless romantic.  They have an on-air spat that gets them off on the wrong foot. Their antagonistic relationship gets the whole town talking.
Review:  Amusing and endearing look at how people bridge their differences. Their radio show has many funny moments. It sounds like a silly premise but it works. 
Scoring: 3
 
Naughty Or Nice (2012)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Hilarie Burton, Meredith Baxter, and Michael Gross
Synopsis: Holiday humbug Krissy Kringle receives a special delivery intended for Santa Claus, the Naughty or Nice book he left behind while visiting a child, and uses the power of the book to expose the naughty deeds of those around her, but soon finds that her newfound power isn't always so nice.
Review:  Another be careful what you wish for cautionary tale. We learn that we never know the whole story and we shouldn't be so quick to judge.  Delightful trip to watch Krissy learn to use her powers for good while catching the Christmas spirit. 
Scoring: 3

Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Sweater (2020)

Rated: G

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. 

Scoring: 4

A New Christmas (2019)

Rated: PG

Genre: Drama

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.

Scoring: 1

A New Husband For Christmas (2020)

Rated: PG-13

Genres: Comedy, Religion

Starring: Iona Anderson, Braxton Angle, and Krista Banks

Synopsis: Stan and Kelly Stevenson seem to be more committed to growing apart rather than growing together.  Their friends are caught in the middle of divorce conversations during one of the most joyous seasons of the year.

Review: Another horrible low budget, bad script horrific acting, it’s painful to try to sit through movie.  It’s so bad I can’t begin to explain it.  If I didn’t feel I had to sit through the whole thing in order to write this I would’ve stopped five or ten minutes in.

Scoring: 1

New Year’s Kiss (2019)

Rated: NR

Genre: Romance

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.

Scoring: 3

A New York Christmas Wedding (2020)

Rated: TV-MA

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. 

Scoring: 2

The Night Before (2015)

Rated: R

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. 

Scoring: 3

The Night Before Christmas (1994)

Rated: NR

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.

Scoring: 2

The Nightmare Before Christmas (2010)

Rated: PG

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. 

Scoring: 3

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas (1993)

Rated: PG

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. 

Scoring: 2

The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)

Rated: NR

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.

Scoring: 3

The Nine Lives of Christmas (2014)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kimberly Sustad, and Gregory Harrison
Synopsis: After a stray cat adopts Zachary, he meets Marliee and realizes the single life is not as fulfilling as he thought it was.
Review:  You typically see children bringing people together. Here we get to see cats, and a little fate, bring them together. I liked watching their relationship with its stops and starts. The crew at the fire station are entertaining. Truly delightful. 
Scoring: 4