#1 The Spirit of Christmas (2015) “A woman falls in love with a man who is somewhat unavailable.” — While the premise is a bit ridiculous (he’s a ghost, but not a ghost!), I really did enjoy this one. The romance was cute and the setting of the inn was gorgeous.
#2 Back to Christmas (Correcting Christmas) (2014) “A woman travels back one year in time to the Christmas before her broken engagement and tries to repair what went went wrong. She discovers that this is a challenging undertaking.” — Hmmm… the characters were pretty boring and I just want to punch the boyfriend every time he was on screen. Definitely not my favorite of the season.
#3 Christmas Belle (2013) “With her California hometown in the rear-view mirror, Belle heads north on business to facilitate the estate sale of a mansion. While the job is a dream, the client, Hunter Lowell, is not. But, as the two spend more time together, his icy demeanor begins to melt. Although their relationship is budding, Belle’s long-time suitor, Tony, arrives, sending mixed signals to Hunter while adding chaos to the holiday season.” — Haylie Duff isn’t my favorite actress (it always seems forced), I did enjoy the romance between the two leads. And I really really really want to live on that estate.
#4 A Christmas Kiss II (2014) “At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss with the dashing billionaire, Cooper Montgomery. Unaware of his intentions and fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist his charms, but begins to realize his affection is real as the two spend more time together.” — Amazingly, I think I enjoyed this sequel more than the first one. Much cuter and the characters weren’t as head-smackingly stupid.
#5 Holiday Engagement (2011) “Afraid to tell her family she’s been dumped, Hillary hires an actor to play her fiancé during a 4-day Thanksgiving weekend at her parents’ house.” — Not a very exciting one. I watched it but really can’t say that it was good or bad. It just was.
#6 Begin Again (2013) “A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.” — Been in my Netflix queue for awhile… An understated film, but I really enjoyed it.
#7 Carnival of Souls (1962) “After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.” — My mother’s been begging me to see this for years now. Such a weird movie… Interesting, but weird.
#8 The Last Five Years (2014) “A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.” — A bit of a mixed bag. I loved Anna Kendrick in this one and the singing was quite lovely. I could not stand the male lead. Something about him made me just want to punch him the entire movie even when the character was being sweet and sincere. So good and bad I guess…
#9 Man Up (2015) “A single woman takes the place of a stranger’s blind date, which leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.” — A refreshing take on the romantic comedy. I adore Simon Pegg and his character is a lot of fun in this movie.
#10 Daddy’s Home (2015) “Brad Whitaker is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when their biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.” — Movie night with the twins! This was laugh out loud funny. Loved it!