Face it. Christmas and movie marathons are as obvious a connection as Thanksgiving and weight gain. Would it even be a holiday season without a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life or a muffin top lodged across your belly that you’ll work on in January? We think not.
Either to rouse up holiday spirit or to seek emotional refuge from the cousins and uncles who've started to arrive, queue up our list of seasonal movie pics that can - hopefully - get you through the next couple of weeks.
A modern age rom-com that deals with two individuals, Sloane and Jackson, as they platonically date each other on festive occasions over the course of one year. Does this closeness eventually translate to actual romantic feelings? Starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey, this movie may not have won over the critics, but it ranks as one of the most-streamed films since its release in late October.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, this dramedy follows Margaret Delacourt who is set to become the Queen of Montenaro, after her father’s passing. The princess deals with a broken relationship from the past and a diabolical cousin who is after her crown. Shot in Scotland, the Christmas vibes are over the top gorgeous.
A Bad Moms Christmas
Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of the holidays. As if creating the perfect holiday for their families isn't hard enough, they'll have to do it while hosting and entertaining their own respective mothers - and boy, are they a handful. The film received mixed reviews for its thin story and raunchiness, but last year, an announcement was made that a sequel was in development.
Let It Snow
If you are a fan of the holiday hit Love Actually, you need to see Let it Snow. Based on the YA novel of the same name, this feel-good film centers on the stories of five separate-but-intertwined characters dealing with love, friendship and adolescence during the holiday season. Starring Jacob Batolon, Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Merced and more, Let it Snow is a fresh holiday film featuring future faces of Hollywood.
Netflix is serving up a fresh holiday flick with the classic Christmas feel. This original comedy tells the tale of Jesper: a terrible mailman who is assigned to the frozen island above the Arctic Circle where the cold-hearted inhabitants rarely exchange letters. Dejected and beaten down by his dreary position, the mailman discovers and befriends a reclusive toymaker named Klaus who turns the boring mail post into the site of magical lore with a legacy that will last forever.