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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
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

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

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 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 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