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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Terrific Trucks Save Christmas (2016)

Rated: TV-Y

Genre: Fantasy

Starring: Jayne Eastwood

Synopsis: The trucks are just digging holes but then Christmas is being attacked, now it's up to them to save Christmas.

Review: This is borderline mind numbing.  I think children that like trucks will really enjoy it.  It’s also got just enough silliness for them.  For adults, save yourself and skip it.

Scoring: 2

This Christmas (2007)

Rated: PG-13

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Deroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Chris Brown, and Regina King

Synopsis: A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.

Review:  This was like watching every family say the things they often think and don’t say at family gatherings. There’s some humor to lighten the drama. It’s a nice variety of character backgrounds and personalities and with a cast like this it’s executed well. 

Scoring: 3

 

This Is Christmas (2017)

Rated: NR

Genre: Drama

Starring: Chris Mulkey

Synopsis: Friends come together to do the right thing after everything becomes chaotic.

Review: First off, this isn't rated but it should be an R.  Yet another awful film.  The premise was okay but they didn’t even begin to do it justice.  The beginning had no backstory on the overwhelming number of characters.  Because of this it was hard to care.  The characters were unlikable and a mash up of people.  They went from scene to scene with no transition or apparent reason making the story, or lack thereof, too much work for something that wasn’t good.

Scoring: 1

This Is Our Christmas 

Rated: NR

Genres: Family

Starring: Aaron O’Connell, Nancy Daly, and Donna Spangler

Synopsis: In a sequel to “Beverly Hills Christmas”, a spoiled Beverly Hills teenager finds the true meaning of the holidays. A father tries to help his daughter overcome the loss of her mother while helping the failing business of a country style bakery.

Review:  Wow. Seeing O’Connell was in this movie made me think it might be an improvement on the first. Unfortunately, the bad acting and wishy-washy plot just overwhelmed it. Daly has a sometimes southern, sometimes Glinda totally stoned accent and it’s just too much. 

Scoring: 1

 

Thomas Kinkade’s The Christmas Cottage

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Peter O’Toole, Jared Padalecki, Marcia Gay Harden, Aaron Ashmore, Richard Burgi, Chris Elliott, Richard Moll, Jay Brazeau, Charlotte Rae, and Ed Asner

Synopsis: A look at the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade's painting The Christmas Cottage, and how the artist was motivated to begin his career after discovering his mother was in danger of losing their family home.

Review:  I’m aware that this is based on Kinkade’s life and I was looking forward to learning about him. However, despite the star-studded cast, I was quite bored. I found it hard to sit through. 

Scoring: 1

Three Days (2001)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Religion, Romance
Starring: Kristin Davis, Reed Diamond, and Tim Meadows
Synopsis: Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew's a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically killed just days before Christmas, an angel gives Andrew the chance to relive the last three days his wife was alive. But he can't change fate and Beth will still lose her life. However, Andrew can still discover the gift Beth needs most from him.
Review:  A movie that will have you grabbing for the tissues and hoping for a miracle. Just as enjoyable the second time even when you know the ending. 
Scoring: 3
 
The Three Gifts AKA The Christmas Gift (2009)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family
Starring: Dean Cain, Jean Louisa Kelly, and Mimi Kennedy
Synopsis: Jack Green inherited a Californian horse ranch and an all-natural toy factory in the barn. With his wife, Cherie, he accepts taking in the three 'holy terrors' from his bossy aunt Rita's orphanage during renovations, until the holidays. Resourceful Mike and his buddies, Henry and Ray, prove handfuls, but Jack proves father-potential. The trio even goes on best behavior after overhearing the couple considers adopting, but that also means rivaly, resulting in trouble for everyone.
Review:  This is a darling movie. The relationships between the boys and Jack and Cherie are sweet. It’s a reminder that not all children have a home at Christmas and that love is important to us all. 
Scoring: 4
 

The Three Wise Guys (2005)

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy

Starring: Eddie McClintock, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Judd Nelson, Tom Arnold, and Katey Sagal 

Synopsis: This Christmas movie is a comedy about the mistress of the owner a casino in Las Vegas and her boyfriend who had stolen a disc containing financial irregularities in the Casino. Murray Crown, the owner of the casino, hires three murderers to find Stella and her boyfriend and retrieve the disc.

Review:  Picture the Nativity story meets comedies about the mob. It’s corny and silly but that’s the best part of it. If you want warm and fuzzy Christmas, skip it. If you want a fun time this is for you. 

Scoring: 3

 

Three Wise Women (2010)

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Fionnula Flanagan and Amy Huberman

Synopsis: A woman set to get married on Christmas Eve must make a life-changing decision.

Review: A woman’s guardian angel is trying to help her get back on track.  How?  By uniting her teenage, middle age, and older selves to guide each other.  It seems as far-fetched as it sounds and it can be really silly at points.  However, I still enjoyed it.  There’s a lot of entertainment and I found myself rooting for her.  Imagine being able to guide your younger self to a happier life.  It’s definitely a different concept and worth watching.

                                                     Scoring: 3

Throwback Holiday (2018)

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Jennifer Freeman

Synopsis: Jacqueline is living an unfulfilled life in a doomed marriage. After a chance encounter with a former classmate, she rethinks her life's choices and wishes she could go back to high school for a do-over. Like a Christmas miracle, Jacqueline awakens to find herself as a high school senior again with the ability to change everything.

Review: While it takes place during the season, there’s very little Christmas in this movie.  I think everyone has wondered, what if I could go back and do it again knowing what I know now.  While the changes she makes are predictable, it’s still fun to watch.  It’s not as good as Eve’s Christmas but it’s different enough.

Scoring: 3

Time For Me To Come Home For Christmas (2018)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Megan Park, Josh Henderson, Paul McGillion, and Eric Keenleyside

Synopsis: A businesswoman and a country music star who are strangers, are both booked on a flight to Tulsa before the holidays, but it ends up getting canceled due to a snowstorm. They decide to try to get to Tulsa together and share their secrets along the way. 

Review:  The pace is like a stroll in the park. It’s very relaxing. It’s a sweet story of two people slowly falling for each other. There are special moments, like the boy in the airport. Watch for them. 

Scoring: 3

 

Time for You to Come Home for Christmas (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Lucas Bryant and Alison Sweeney

Synopsis: When Katherine returns home after her husband passes away, she meets a veteran who is on his own holiday journey.  As Christmas nears, they learn of a bond that may be the miracle they need.

Review: This movie had so many unexpected moments.  It was emotional, yes, I needed a tissue at one point.  But there’s so much Christmas and so much joy.  It all works so well.  This one is definitely worth watching.

Scoring: 4

'Tis The Season For Love (2015)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Sarah Lancaster and Brendan Penny
Synopsis: A small town girl who moved to New York to pursue her dreams returns home for the holidays, only to realize that maybe her dreams aren't miles away, but right in her hometown.
Review:  I think we’ve all been at a crossroad in life and don’t know which way to go. That makes this movie relatable. I adored the town and their traditions. The characters and the story are enjoyable. 
Scoring: 4

To Grandmother’s House We Go (1992)

Rated: NR

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family 

Starring: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Rhea Pearlman, and Cynthia Geary

Synopsis: When the twins feel like their mom is tired of them, they take off on an exciting adventure to grandmother's house and encounter a pair of villains along the way.

Review:  It’s a typical cutesy twin adventure. Children should love it and adults may like it. I found it cute but I was over it after about ten minutes. 

Scoring: 2

Too Cool For Christmas AKA A Very Cool Christmas (2004)

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

Rated: TV-14

Starring: George Hamilton, Brooke Nevin, and Donna Mills

Synopsis: 16-year-old Lindsay decides to give Santa Claus an extreme makeover.

Review:  Yes, it’s a little corny but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I really like watching George Hamilton as Santa as he underwent his makeover. Good for lighthearted fun. 

Scoring: 3

The Town Christmas Forgot (2010)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family
Starring: Lauren Holly and Rock Roberts
Synopsis: On his way to a luxury resort for the Christmas holiday, banker Charles Benson's car breaks down, so his family gets stuck in Nowhere, Colorado, a sleepy town which seems to be dying since its mine closed. Son Nolan befriends the grumpy old former toy shopkeeper, and pushes the charmed grump to become the naturally perfect Santa in the Christmas pageant his mother helped organize despite the disheartened mayor. Charles gets stuck in the mine with the mechanic, whom he befriends, and ends up as the real Christmas benefactor.
Review:  While I am rooting for the townspeople of Nowhere, the rest of the movie is so slow and a little boring. I found it hard to sit through. 
Scoring: 1
A Town Without Christmas (2001)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Religion
Starring: Patricia Heaton, Rick Roberts, Ernie Hudson, and Peter Falk
Synopsis: A television reporter and an aspiring writer join the search for a missing boy who wrote a disturbing letter to Santa Claus. 
Review:  Peter Falk plays a guardian angel who leaves clues to guide M.J. and David to find the missing boy and each other. Very interesting turns as the story progresses. 
Scoring: 4