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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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Signed, Sealed, Delivered For Christmas (2014)
Rated: NR
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Religion
Starring: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Geoff Gustafson, Crystal Lowe, Rob Estes, April Telek, and Marion Ross
Synopsis: When the beloved quartet of postal detectives discover an urgent letter written to God, they delay their own travel plans to help a little girl who's mother's life hangs in the balance on Christmas Eve. With guidance from a mysterious post office volunteer, Jordan, and Oliver's former Sunday School teacher, the Postables are surprised to discover they've been a part of more than one miracle on this Christmas Eve.
Review:  Even if you aren’t familiar with the series or other movies, you’ll enjoy this. I know some may think it’s sappy but I adore the characters and how they spread love and kindness, and in this case Christmas spirit. 
Scoring: 3
 

Silent Night  (2002)

Rated: PG

Genre: Drama 

Starring: Linda Hamilton

Synopsis: Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and then three German soldiers, she successfully convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences for one evening and share a Christmas dinner.

Review:  If you enjoy history this one is for you. It’s a wonderful drama about the magic of Christmas bringing peace and kindness. Hamilton is great. 

Scoring: 5

Silver Bells (2005)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 
Starring: Anne Heche, Tate Donovan, and Margo Martindale
Synopsis: Widower Christopher 'Christy' Byrne makes his preteen son Danny and daughter Bridget help out on the family tree farm. His year's highlight is selling their Christmas trees in New York. When Danny is sixteen, he runs away there to pursue his own dream, photography. Museum employee Catherine O'Mara securely helps him with assignments and study facilities. Christy and friendly cop Rip keep looking for Danny. But when contact is finally made, Christy still hasn't learned his lesson and Danny pays another cruel price.
Review:  This movie is moving and sentimental. It explores the relationships between parents and children as well as others around them. Learning to meet in the middle is a lovely message and the journey there is a special one. 
Scoring: 3
 
Silver Bells (2013)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Religion
Starring: Bruce Boxleitner
Synopsis: Sportscaster Bruce Dalt is a man basically full of himself with nothing to curb his competitive and ceaseless go-for-the-gold attitude. A mishap during his son's basketball game lands him in court where he is ordered to do community service. Now he's a reluctant bell-ringer for the Salvation Army. Major Melvin Lowell of the Salvation Army, knowing of God's love, guides his actions, hoping he'll come to recognize the charity of Christmas beyond just coins gathered in a collection pot.
Review:  This truly communicates the Christian meaning of Christmas, love, giving, and sacrifice. 
Scoring: 3
 
Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004)
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance 
Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard, and Thomas Calabro 
Synopsis: Nick's plan to let fate bring his wife to him must be altered, because he must replace his father as Santa Claus on December 26. Ernst, the right-hand man to several generations of Santas, generates a list of potential mates. Nick dutifully sets off to meet them, but fate may have a candidate after all.
Review:  A delightful journey to belief and faith. Lighthearted and fun. Steve Guttenberg makes a lovable Santa. 
Scoring: 3

Sleigh Bells Ring (2016)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 

Starring: Erin Cahill and David Alpay

Synopsis: A busy single mother begins organizing her city's Christmas parade. While prop hunting, she finds a beautiful sleigh that seems to have a mind of its own, and it begins nudging her back to an old flame.

Review:  What makes this movie special is the subtle nudge to Christmas magic and Santa. Yes, we have exes reuniting, an amazing kid, a beautiful town, and the required happy ending. But we also have a fun time on the ride. The movie keeps a gentle pace and is a relaxing watch. 

Scoring: 3

Small Gifts (1994)

Rated: PG

Genre: Drama

Starring: Jessica Steen

Synopsis: Nora and Evan are a young married couple who find their finances are in serious trouble as Christmas draws near in this new take on O. Henry's classic story "Gift of the Maji".

Review: The beginning of the movie felt like it took forever.  The acting seemed so-so and the story blah.  I’m so glad I stuck with it.  I ended up caring about the characters.  This isn’t your typical, I know everything will be okay movie.  I won’t spoil the ending but I will say it wasn’t good.  It felt like they skipped from one scene to another with no explanation.

Scoring: 2

Small Town Christmas (2018)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 

Starring: Ashley Newbrough and Kristoffer Polaha 

Synopsis: Nell’s last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to Springdale, the hometown of Emmett, a young man she met when both were young coy editors at a New York publishing company. 

Review:  This movie mixes the usual ingredients; a company wanting to take over a small town, a single parent to a niece whose parents died, and a long-lost love. Utterly predictable and utterly delightful. Despite the lack of story originality, they manage to create a town and characters that capture the Christmas magic. 

Scoring: 3

 

Small Town Santa (2014)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy 

Starring: Dean Cain, Christine Lakin, and Sophie Boleyn

Synopsis: On the eve of Christmas, Sheriff Rick Langston has lost his holiday spirit. But when he arrests a home intruder claiming to be Santa Claus, his world gets turned upside-down ! With the help of Lucy, the new girl in town, Santa helps show Rick that even when you feel that all is lost, love is all around you.

Review:  The movie borders on silly but it’s still fun to watch. Lots of Santa magic. I found it enjoyable. 

Scoring: 3

Snow (2004)
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy 
Starring:  Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, and Patrick Fabian
Synopsis: Nick Snowden is a new kind of Santa Claus. He’s handsome, single, and clueless about women. With the holiday only three days away, a reindeer rescue mission will take him on a journey to save Christmas and find his future Mrs. Claus. 
Review:  It’s a different North Pole. There are no elves. Santa lives all alone. If you can get past that you may enjoy it. The movie is a little corny but fun. The little boy is a delight. 
Scoring: 3
Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008)
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy 
Starring: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, and Patrick Fabian
Synopsis: It's three days before Christmas, and Nick Snowden forgets about spending early Christmas with his wife, Sandy due to pressure at work. After a fight, Nick walks through a magical mirror and ends up with amnesia. Now it's up to Sandy to recharge his memory and save Christmas once and for all, but Nick's old nemesis Buck Seger returns and uses Santa's amnesia to his advantage.
Review:  Not as much fun as the first but the overall feeling is the same. It’s much cheesier but we see a new aspect of Santa magic. 
Scoring: 3
Snow Bride (2013)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 
Starring: Katrina Law, Jordan Belfi, and Patricia Richardson
Synopsis: A tabloid reporter races to find juicy gossip on a prominent political family. She ends up spending the week before Christmas with the family and falls for one of the sons. 
Review:  Greta gets herself into a bit of a pickle with mistaken identity but uses it to her advantage. Luckily, she’s so kind you still want to root for her. It’s enjoyable seeing the characters work their way in and out of situations but a little slow at times. 
Scoring: 3

Snow Day (2000)

Rated: PG

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family 

Starring: Chevy Chase, Chris Elliott, and Jean Smart

Synopsis: When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed.

Review:  I’d say this is definitely for kids and teens. They’ll get the most out of the children’s hijinks and relationships. For adults it’s a little corny. 

Scoring: 2

A Snow Globe Christmas (2013)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance 
Starring: Alicia Witt, Donald Faison, Christina Milian, Art LaFleur, and Trevor Donovan
Synopsis: A cynical TV exec looks at the perfect town inside a Christmas globe and is magically transported to it. When she wakes up in a perfect snow-covered town, married to a local woodsman, she discovers it's not all just a fantasy.
Review:  Considering how great the first movie was, this sequel is extra disappointing. The casting isn’t the best and it’s missing the magic of Snowglobe. In the first movie the main character went back and forth between her real life and the snow globe. In this one she stays in the snow globe, or is it a dream. It’s enjoyable but not a must see. 
Scoring: 3
 

A Snow White Christmas (2018)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance 

Starring: Carolyn Hennesy 

Synopsis: Blanca’s dastardly stepmother tries to cheat her out of her father’s inheritance. When she wakes up with amnesia, she receives the help of seven quirky friends, the Holly Jollies, to help her figure out her life. 

Review:  Based on the synopsis, I had higher expectations for the movie. The plot is so good but some of the characters, like Zane, are so over the top it takes away from the story. If you like fairy tales, as I do, you may still like this take on Snow White. I liked it but I’m just disappointed because it could’ve been so much better. 

Scoring: 3

 

Snowbound For Christmas (2019)

Rated: PG

Genre: Romance 

Starring: Zarrin Darnell-Martin, Henderson Wade, and Scott Thompson

Synopsis: A marketing executive and her handsome boss get snowed in together at a hotel.

Review: I loved that they were the only two people at the hotel.  It was like a dream vacation.  While the emotions were superficial the characters were likable.  It even had the woman to hate and root against.  The lack of story between Diane and the drive was a missed opportunity.  The movie isn’t deep but it’s fun. 

Scoring: 2

Snowed-Inn Christmas (2017)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Romance 

Starring: Bethany Joy Lenz and Andrew Walker

Synopsis: Jenna Hudson and Kevin Jenner are polar opposites working for the same online publication in New York City. With both having nowhere they want to be for Christmas, they volunteer for a special writing assignment. After a snowstorm forces their plane to land in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana, the two are placed in a Christmas Wonderland and the focus of their story shifts to saving the historic town inn run by Carol and Christopher Winters. As the two overcome their differences, they also rediscover the magic of Christmas. But with the inn's fate in jeopardy and the return of someone from Jenna's past, Carol and Christopher lend a helping hand to bring Jenna and Kevin together.

Review:  It's a little expected with few surprises but filled with Christmas which makes it so good. I love the town and all the people. The love story is also fun to watch developing. 

Scoring: 3

Snowglobe (2007)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance 
Starring: Christina Milian, Josh Cooke, and Lorraine Bracco 
Synopsis: Angela always wanted the perfect Christmas but for her anywhere is better than home for the holidays. When she receives a snow globe as a gift, it shakes up her life and transports her to a magical world where it’s always Christmas. Now she’ll have to choose between the man of her dreams and the one she never dreamed possible. 
Review:  I love this movie. Who hasn’t wondered what it would be like if you were inside a snow globe. The magic is enjoyable to watch, as is Angela’s relationships with her family. 
Scoring: 4

Snowmance (2017)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance 

Starring: Ashley Newbrough and Jesse Hutch

Synopsis: A true romantic finally gets her chance at the love she’s always dreamed of when a little Christmas magic brings her snowman to life. 

Review:  I realize the premise sounds ridiculous but it actually works. It’s a sweet story about someone always looking for what she doesn’t have rather than what she does. 

Scoring: 3