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Joy to the World

posted by Nell Minow

George Bailey’s Christmas: It’s A Wonderful Life Closing Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear: Josh Groban

posted by Nell Minow

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

posted by Nell Minow

The whole family will enjoy this beautiful version of Dylan Thomas’ classic memory about his family Christmases in Wales.

George Clooney and the Cast of Downton Abbey

posted by Nell Minow

You don’t have to be a fan of “Downton Abbey” (or “Mr. Selfridge”) to love this hilarious spoof, with guest appearances by Jeremy Piven, George Clooney and the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley.

After You’ve Watched White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and A Christmas Story…..

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Christmas classic movies and watch as many as I can every year.  But there are many great Christmas films that don’t get mentioned as often and I like to remind families that these are worth making time […]

Docudrama about Handel’s Messiah on BYUtv November 27, 2014

posted by Nell Minow

BYUtv has produced a new docudrama, Handel’s Messiah, premiering November 27, 2014, about the world’s most popular and renowned choral work by one of the leading composers of the Baroque era, George Frideric Handel. The docudrama, narrated by Emmy® and Golden […]

Merry Christmas 2013!

posted by Nell Minow

Pentatonix: Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Christmas Movies: My Naughty/Nice List

posted by Nell Minow

There are a lot of Christmas movies.  Try to avoid the terrible ones.  Don’t forget to make time for the classics.  My favorites include: Any version of “A Christmas Carol,” but especially the 1951 version with Alistair Sim And the […]

Contest: The Naughty List

posted by Nell Minow

Even Santa’s elves sometimes find themselves on the naughty list.  In this very cute animated DVD, elf brothers named Winter (Sean Astin) and Snowflake (Drake Bell) have a hard time following the rules of the North Pole.  When they accidentally […]

Ten Christmas Movies That Don’t Feature the Grinch, Tiny Tim, Bing Crosby, Lassoing the Moon, or a Dog Eating the Turkey

posted by Nell Minow

It is wonderful to share holiday classics like “A Christmas Carol,” “White Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas Story,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and family favorites should be a family tradition.  But make some time for some […]

Kevin Bacon Tells You How to Give Two Gifts With One Purchase

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Bacon’s adorable parody commercial has a lot of heart — and a great idea.   You can support local businesses and your own favorite charities.  Shift Your Shopping For Good involves hundreds of local, independent businesses, including dozens with […]

Interview: Antonio Vargas of “Silver Bells”

posted by Nell Minow

Antonio Vargas plays an angel-like character who changes the life of a type-A father in Silver Bells.  He talked to me about how he broke into show business  and singing in the airport with his co-star and fellow 70’s television icon […]

Interview: Bruce Boxleitner of “Silver Bells”

posted by Nell Minow

Bruce Boxleitner stars in Silver Bells, premiering on UP TV tomorrow, Sunday, December 1st at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm ET.  It is the story of a Type A, very competitive dad who wants everything his family does to be the best, including Christmas. […]

Contest: DreamWorks Holiday Collection With Shrek, Po, Madagascar, and Dragons!

posted by Nell Minow

All your favorite DreamWorks animation characters are included in the fabulous Dreamworks Holiday Collection, and I have two to give away! * Shrek the Halls (2007) – Shrek promises Fiona a special Christmas surprise, but as usual, Donkey gets involved, […]

Cute Clip from “The Naughty List”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to present a clip from the cute new holiday film, The Naughty List. Two young elves, Winter and Snowflake, have a hard time following the rules and are prone to sneaking off for some good elf playtime. But […]

Justin Bieber Sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

posted by Nell Minow

From “Arthur Christmas:”

Andrea Bocelli Sings Adeste Fideles

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas! “The Holly and the Ivy”

posted by Nell Minow

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone who grew up in Chicago in the 50’s knows and loves this one:

Merry Christmas! Vanessa Williams Sings “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Mary Had a Baby”

posted by Nell Minow

Vulture’s Top Ten Muppet Christmas Moments

posted by Nell Minow

Bravo to New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog for their impeccable selection of 10 classic Muppet Christmas moments.

Contest: VeggieTales Ultimate Christmas Collection

posted by Nell Minow

I have a bunch of great holiday treats to give away!  We’ll get things off to a great start with the VeggieTales and their Ultimate Christmas Collection.  All of the Veggies delightful Christmas DVDs are combined in one terrific package. […]

Last Ounce of Courage

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements, some war images, and brief smoking
Movie Release Date:September 12, 2012
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements, some war images, and brief smoking
Movie Release Date: September 12, 2012

It is truly disappointing that a film that is intended to be in favor of “peace and joy and love,” faith, freedom and Christmas is instead about being a bully and being a phony. Last Ounce of Courage is the story […]

Hark the Herald Angels Sing — Greg Peterson x 4

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas from Kukla, Fran, and Ollie

posted by Nell Minow

Gospel Christmas Medley with Jennifer Hudson

posted by Nell Minow

The Island of Misfit Toys

posted by Nell Minow

A classic moment from one of the best-loved holiday treats, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Cheers to all of the misfit toys out there! The very touching story behind the Rudolph song and its creator, Bob May, was told by […]

Twelve Christmas Movies That Don’t Feature Tiny Tim, Linus, Bing Crosby, the Grinch, Clarence the Angel, or a Leg Lamp

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Christmas classic movies and watch as many as I can every year.  But there are many great Christmas films that don’t get mentioned as often and I like to remind families that these are worth making time […]

Joy to the World

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful BeBe and CeCe Winans sing “Joy to the World.”

The Celtic Women Sing Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

O Holy Night by Josh Groban

posted by Nell Minow

The Worst Christmas Movies

posted by Nell Minow

We’ve spent a lot of time on the best movies of the season, but like those families whose traditions include an ugly Christmas sweater competition, I want to take a moment to discuss the way that Christmas seems to inspire […]

Twelve More Great Christmas Movies Without Santa, Tiny Tim, or A Message from Ovaltine

posted by Nell Minow

I love the classics, but if you’ve seen them all and want to try something new, take a look at these holiday gems: Desk Set Before smart phones and Google, there were people like the character played by Katherine Hepburn […]

The Night Before Christmas…and More Classic Holiday Tales

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:2010
A
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: 2010

My very favorite DVD series for families has a wonderful holiday treat: The Night Before Christmas…and More Classic Holiday Tales. Twelve beloved family classics come to life, including the Christmas stories “The Night Before Christmas,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” […]

The Gift Wrapper

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted that this charming film is available again this year. Enjoy!

Free on Amazon: Timeless Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Amazon is making free for download this collection of Christmas music, including Neil Sedaka, Michael McDonald, and the Irish Tenors. Enjoy!

Christmas Movie Quote Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone knows “God bless us, everyone!” and “You’ll shoot your eye out!” But can you name the classics from these quotes? 1. “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.” 2. “I washed my hair with adult formula shampoo […]

Twelve Great Christmas Movies That Don’t Feature Clarence the Angel, Bing Crosby, Tiny Tim, or a Leg Lamp

posted by Nell Minow

Reprising from 2007: I love It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and A Christmas Story as much as anyone. I love the bittersweet struggles of George Bailey and never get tired of seeing him try to resist falling in love […]

Where is Santa?

posted by Nell Minow

NORAD is tracking Santa tonight as the reindeer pull his sleigh — and you can, too, via Google maps!

Must be Santa from Bob Dylan

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, that Bob Dylan — it’s on his new Christmas In the Heart.

Slate’s Tribute to the Worst Christmas Television Specials

posted by Nell Minow

Han Solo hugs Chewbacca? Fat Albert meets a baby in a sort of urban manger? He-Man learns about Christmas from two annoying little kids? But bad Christmas specials can inspire good responses. This is a classic from Tom Shales of […]

Is Target the New Scrooge?

posted by Nell Minow

Is anyone as bothered by the Target Christmas commercials as I am? They have a series of commercials reflecting tighter economic times by emphasizing their low prices. Great, I’m on board with that. But these commercials would be sour and […]

Christmas Movie Quiz #2

posted by Nell Minow

The first Christmas movie quiz was so much fun I’ve got another one — a little harder this time! 1. Which movie based on a classic book stars a one-time Star Trek captain? 2. In which Christmas classic do children […]

Quiz: Christmas Movies

posted by Nell Minow

How many of these Christmas movie questions can you answer? 1. Two successful male performers have to step in for a sister act to perform one of their signature songs. 2. There are many versions of the Dickens classic “A […]

The Gift Wrapper

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted that this charming film is available again this year. Enjoy!

Giveaway: Curious George!

posted by Nell Minow

The adorable monkey whose inquiring personality frequently requires rescue by the man in the yellow hat has a new DVD for the holidays, in stores already: Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas It is a charming story to relieve some […]

Carol of the Bells — Soul Children of Chicago

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas!

Jen Chaney’s Top Holiday Television Episodes

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post’s always-delightful Jen Chaney wrote about her favorite television series holiday episodes from “Seinfeld” and “South Park” to “Moonlighting” and “The O.C.” Be sure to take a look as the column includes some great clips. I remember the […]

A Very Beatles Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

The Beatles used to send out special Christmas greetings to their fan club members: And they released “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” in 1968: Former Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon each created Christmas songs that have become seasonal favorites.

Two More Neglected Christmas Classics

posted by Nell Minow

We’re No Angels (the original with Humphrey Bogart, not the remake with Sean Penn) is an off-beat Christmas story about three escaped convicts who end up solving the problems of a middle-class French family with the help of a pet […]

Christmas Specials and Jewish Children

posted by Nell Minow

December is a long month for Jewish parents. From the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve, America is completely saturated with Christmas and it can be very difficult to explain to small children why Santa seems to come to […]

This Christmas

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for comic sexual content and some violence
Movie Release Date:November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:November 11, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for comic sexual content and some violence
Movie Release Date: November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008

As much a tradition as indigestible fruitcake and the dogs barking “Jingle Bells,” every Christmas season brings us at least one new family holiday angst-fest, stuffed with secrets, accusations, forgiveness, food, and laughter. The best of them give us the […]

Holiday Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

I love Kris Rasmussen’s list of favorite holiday movie moments from Idol Chatter. Some of my favorites are included and I was especially happy to see one most people overlook, the Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn movie “Holiday:” Made by the same […]

Remember the Night

posted by Nell Minow

Preston Sturges wrote and directed some of Hollywood’s greatest comedies, specializing in wickedly sharp satires like “The Lady Eve” and “Miracle of Morgan’s Creek.” But the first of his screenplays to be produced was this bittersweet Christmas romance about a […]

Fred Claus

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:November 9, 2007
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: November 9, 2007

The predictable work and family and romantic complications ensue, but they are dragged out and overplotted as an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) comes in for some bah-humbug moments, threatening to outsource the entire operation. The movie could have used an […]

Vote for Your Favorite Holiday Movie

posted by Nell Minow

New York’s Paley Center for Media is asking visitors to select their favorites from a list of classic Christmas television specials. The top five vote-getters will be screened at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles between December […]

Video: Straight No Chaser Rocks Christmas Carols

posted by Nell Minow

The Holiday

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2007

Amanda (Cameron Diaz) has a successful business cutting up new Hollywood releases into three-minute trailers that make the films look as enticing as possible. Writer-director Nancy Meyers essentially cuts up classic romantic comedies and reassembles them for modern consumption. The […]

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