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Jacob Latimore stars as Langston, a grumpy Baltimore teen whose cash-strapped single mom (Jennifer Hudson) sends him to New York City to spend Christmas with his estranged grandparents – the Reverend …
Have you ever gotten sucked into one of those films sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints where the acting is kind of terrible and over the top, the writing is both simplistic …
I am not a huge fan of movies with subtitles.  It's the process of reading along as I watch that I dread, but if you tell me I can see a Christmas movie about an evil Santa unearthed during an archaeo…
It seems like there was a moment of head scratching when The Polar Express tanked. It was as though all the CG wizards and Hollywood bigwigs just couldn't believe that no one wanted to look at their b…
Eddie (Joseph Phillips) is a sweet fifteen year old boy whose world is turned on its ear when his mother is hit by a car and severely injured right in front of him. It's a traumatic event to say the l…
The story resumes with teaching assistant Mr. Poppy (Mark Wootton) somewhat inexplicably in charge of Mr. Madden's class. (You'll remember that Mr. Madden married his sweetie and moved to the States a…
Every single Christmas, schools and churches throughout the Western world put on a Nativity play.  You can expect sloppily-costumed tots singing sincerely, flubbing lines, and generally bungling their…
I'm never sure whether I should admit that I totally didn't get a children's movie. It either means I'm simple and have no attention span, or it's a red flag that the movie is kind of a convoluted sti…
I tried to consider Home Alone: The Holiday Heist from a kid's perspective. Would I have liked this movie if I were seeing it for the first time as a nine or ten year old? I don't think so. For starte…
I'm not the sort of person who expects every Christmas movie to be jolly and upbeat, but All is Bright is just about the dreariest bit of cinema to wrap it's dirty paws around any holiday ever, and I'…
Despite the fact that I flat-out couldn’t finish The Polar Express and have no idea how it ends, I feel like Night Train would make a perfect sequel.  It’s a creepy, Christmasy tale set entirely on a …
After a quiet evening spent making Christmas cards, Sister Theresa (voiced by Angela Lansbury) glances out the window and sees a young boy standing under a tree as it is struck by lightning. Not quite…