christmas movies

Nutcracker

NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?    Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T. A. Hoffmann, this coming-of-age movie adaptation feels partially familiar, yet also new and wacky.   It feels like a sugary cupcake that is beautifully decorated, but mostly fluff with no nutritional value. Very young girls may enjoy it.  Most everyone else will be bored or disappointed. IS IT ANY GOOD?   C+ Not ...[Read More]

grinch

The Grinch Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Based on the book by Dr. Suess, in this adaptation the Grinch lives a happily solitary life in his mountain home with his dog Max, wreaking passive aggressive havoc on the people of Whoville. When Christmas comes once again and the holiday cheer becomes too much for him to handle, he concocts a plan to take Christmas away for good. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) A s ...[Read More]

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS Family Movie Review

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Rejected by publishers following the failure of his last three books, Charles Dickens sets out to write and self-publish a book that will revive his career in time for Christmas. Written and published in only 6 weeks, this movie tells the story of the creation of one of Dicken’s most popular books: A Christmas Carol. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) With the countless ...[Read More]

THE STAR Family Movie Review

THE STAR Family Movie Review

By Rachel Wagner It’s always tricky when a studio takes on a religious story. They can go mainstream and risk alienating faith-based viewers, or they can make the film overtly religious and turn off the more secular fans. This Christmas season, Sony Animation has taken on that challenge with their new movie, The Star. Unfortunately, the film gets caught up in the hijinks of an animal road trip mov ...[Read More]

Overlooked Gem: JOYEUX NOEL (2006)

Overlooked Gem: JOYEUX NOEL (2006)

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) It's Christmas Eve on the battlefront. Both sides have seen heavy casualties and soul-numbing violence. Amidst the cold and despair, someone starts singing “Silent Night.” Their comrades join in and, to their shock, so do their enemies in their foreign tongue. As hostilities cease for the night, enemies become friends as soldiers bond ...[Read More]

11 Christ-Centered Christmas Movies

11 Christ-Centered Christmas Movies

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Few holiday traditions are as time-honored as grabbing some hot cocoa, lighting a fire, and cuddling up in front of a Christmas movie. While films like White Christmas, Elf, A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story have rightfully earned their place as annually-watched classics, none of them focus specifically on Jesus Ch ...[Read More]

CHRISTMAS ORANGES Family Movie Review

CHRISTMAS ORANGES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) The famous tale of kindness among lonely children at an orphanage is brought to life in Christmas Oranges, the most accomplished film yet from director John Lyde. It has some terrific performances, from the gruff Scrooge-like headmaster played by Edward Herrmann (Redemption, Intolerable Cruelty) to the warmth displayed by Nancy Stafford (Matlock,C ...[Read More]

arthur christmas

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) ARTHUR CHRISTMAS REVIEW (GRADE: A-) If given the chance, this latest film from Aardman Studios (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit, the underrated Flushed Away) will be a new Christmas classic. Arthur Christmas combines a wicked sense of humor with a warm heart, a balance nicely brought to life by the vocal talents of some of Britain's finest actors. ...[Read More]