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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Silent Night (2002)
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.
Silent Night (2017) (In Polish with English subtitles)
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Dawid Ogrodnik
Synopsis: Adam unexpectedly visits his family house at Christmas after a few years of working abroad. No family member knows about his secret plans and the real reasons of his visit.
Review: Although quite slow, it seemed to take forever to end, it is a universal story with something most everyone can relate to. There’s a lot of love, years of drama and hurt feelings built up, alcohol issues, domestic violence, drugs, cheating, and yet they still hope for a better future. The basic theme is you can’t choose your family and how do you deal with that. I will say that the young girl playing violin as grandpa’s house burned reminded me of Nero. Like most family issues, the movie leaves them unresolved.
Silent Night: A Song For The World (2020)
Genres: Documentary, Musical
Starring: Hugh Bonneville
Synopsis: The creation and cultural impact of the world’s most famous Christmas Carol, composed in 1818 in Salzburg.
Review: A truly beautiful explanation of how the song was created and what it has meant through history and around the world. There are also lots of versions sung by very talented singers. I really enjoyed it.
Sleigh Bells Ring (2016)
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.
Small Gifts (1994)
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.
Small Town Christmas (2018)
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.
Small Town Santa (2014)
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.
Snow Day (2000)
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.
A Snow White Christmas (2018)
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.
Snowbound For Christmas (2019)
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.
Snowed-Inn Christmas (2017)
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.
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.