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Best Ever Christmas Movies Perfect for The Holiday Season

If it was up to of us, Christmas would be an all-year-round thing, half of the year because it was nearing, the other half of the year because it’s just been. There is that place where the ground is always covered in snow, it is here where Christmas never ends, and you get to snack and watch one great film after the next, allowing you to fill up on Christmas cheer. So if you need a bit of feel good, here are the best holiday-themed films:

Love Actually


The star-studded ensemble romantic comedy of Richard Curtis combines nine interweaved tales examining the intricacies of an emotion that connects all: love. Among the line-up of interesting characters surveyed is Hugh Grant as David, the truly handsome recently elected British prime minister who falls for Martine McCutcheon, a junior staffer. Laura Linney is Sarah, whose life is problematic due to her devotion to her mentally ill brother and then there is Alan Rickman portraying Harry, a wedded man attracted to his gorgeous new secretary.

A Christmas Tale


Arnaud Desplechin the French auteur crafts a spellbinding, straggling portrait of the reconciliation and togetherness of a dysfunctional family. This drama is all about the reuniting of a family at Christmas, and it is also at this time they learn about the leukaemia of their grandmother played by Catherine Deneuve. Her request to the family is to see if anyone including grandchildren are eligible as bone marrow donors. It causes quite a bit of friction in the family, mainly between her son Henri played by Mathieu Amalric and her daughter played by Anne Consigny. With all the trauma and drama, it also recalls the traumatic loss the family suffered when they lost their brother Joseph.

The Nightmare Before Christmas


The Nightmare Before Christmas is a malevolent and dark stop-motion fable produced by Tim Burton. It is based on the journey of Jack Skellingting who travels from Halloween Town to the less frightening town of Christmas. Viewers get to follow the catastrophic adventure of Skellinton in Halloween Town, where the pumpkin king is bored by the repeated routine of giving people in the real world a freight. The warm spirits and bright colours of Christmas-Town gives Jack Skellington a new lease on life, he wants this awesome town under his control, and he starts plotting straight away, he even kidnaps Santa and steps into his role. But it takes only a short while before Jack realises that all his planning is of no use in the amazing town of Christmas.

Apart from the three movies discussed above, we also strongly suggest films such as Home Alone, where a young member of the family is left behind by mistake. Instead of being bored over the Christmas period he becomes the security system and the burglars simply don’t stand a chance against his brilliant mind and plans.

The Happytime Murders Review

In the history of the friendly Muppet empire by Jim Henson, there’s always been a dark streak. This streak is not only exhibited within the Muppet franchise but is also showcased in movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. While fans treated these movies as family-friendly material, Jim Henson considered them as vehicles to portray stories in all genres. His son Brain is now unfettered by the Muppet name as he breathes life into The Happytime Murders movie as a fuzzy and fast R-rated romp.

The Happytime Murders Story


In a world where human and puppet live side by side, Bill Barretta (Phil Philipps) is a former disgraced cop who makes a living as a private eye. By taking a case that seems like a simplistic ransom play, he soon finds himself in the middle of a murder string which is connected to the Happytime Gang children’s television show. It’s going to take tough fluff to solve this case along with discipline to reunite with his former estranged partner to successfully crack the mystery behind The Happytime Murders.

While The Happytime Murders story is actually rather basic, writers Dee Austin Robertson and Todd Berger, fortunately, remembered to include a story. So while fans will enjoy a simplistic mystery plot, with several personal beats that stem from the detective noir genre, its structure is basic enough that it doesn’t break down under its true purpose. This purpose is essentially a skeletal story where loads of puppet gags hang from and when its time for jokes to fly, the film allows them to play out in full force. Furthermore, there are loads of gags, in true Muppet fashion, that parody everything from Basic Instinct to cop dramas which pay homage to every influence with a tongue planted in the cheek of this puppet-loving movie.

A Fresh Dose of Unexpected Things

There’s plenty of unexpected things that you wouldn’t expect from the puppets in The Happytime Murders. However, for those that followed the post-Muppet career of director Brain Henson will know that it is his bread and butter. Even though the movie is rather raunchy, certainly earning the R-rating, it never gives the impression that its just throwing in content for the sake of mischief without a purpose. All the jokes work perfectly in the move as they create a world where muppets are far more human than ever before. It’s also refreshing that the movie is only an hour and 30 minutes in length which allows a vicious pace of story and gags to blur past in quite an entertaining manner without getting repetitive or stale.

The most impressive thing about The Happytime Murders is certainly the way in which it commits to the premise through the human cast performances and on the page. Melissa McCarthy is basically game for anything which further sells the extreme behaviour which is coupled with felt creatures. Fans will instantly believe that a world between puppets and humans can actually work and that’s a true testament to the on-screen performances by the actors and the puppets that are always present.

Christopher Robin Delivers an Oscar-Worthy Performance

Jim Cummings should certainly receive an Oscar nomination for his incredible work in the brand-new Christopher Robin movie. As both Tigger and Winnie the Pooh, the 65-year-old voice actor provided such an affable, rumpled, and sweet life to the thoughtful bear that it actually breaks your heart. The performance delivered by Jim Cummings understands something far more keenly than the film surrounding it. He manages to tap into the veins of melancholy and humour that is pitched at a perfect frequency which will speak to both adult and child alike. His portray of Pooh is an accidental philosopher and agreeable nuisance, offering nonsensical adages in a deliberate, friendly murmur ringed slightly with sadness. You actually want to gently yank Winnie the Pooh from the screen and take him home with you.

Marc Forster as Director

For the most part, Christopher Robin is a fantastic movie that shouldn’t be missed. It’s beautifully directed by none other than Marc Forster, which might seem strange at first until you recall that, in addition to successfully directing Machine Gun Preacher, World War Z, and James Bond, he also directed Finding Neverland. He brings a welcoming art to the Christopher Robin story, borrowing from Spike Jonze, Terrence Malick, Joe Wright, and Ewan McGregor to give the movie a whimsical, elegant glow. Pooh, along with his animal friends, are magnificently subtle features of animation that are textured so carefully that you’ll almost smell the woodsy, cosy mustiness of their fur.

Human Co-Stars

The human co-stars are quite charming too. There’s loads of talking at one stage to absolutely nothing when acting in a film like this one, but Ewan McGregor, certainly capable of such silliness and such stiffness, sells the re-awakening of Christopher Robin quite superbly. He strikes emotional and playful chords that will be accessible to children without adults thinking its cloying. Evelyn, the wife of Christopher, portrayed by Hayley Atwell, further brightens the film with her appearance. She is not featured a lot in the film, but once she appears, she is certainly noteworthy.

The Storyline in Christopher Robin

A sentimental pull is what the movie is all about. You might initially expect an August family movie that will win you over with a bittersweet tale of childhood and the need to grow up. This is present in the movie’s opening where a montage of Christopher’s life is portrayed, but as the movie continues, it starts to reduce itself to something based on not allowing work to get in the way of what truly matters in life. The script, written by Allison Schroeder, Tom McCarthy, and Alex Ross Perry, provides real wisdom about childhood and appreciating the moment you are in.
For a huge Disney movie in summer, the new Christopher Robin is splendidly restrained and quaint. Although it doesn’t follow its own advice by letting the lessons and themes develop more organically instead of guiding the film down a too-familiar family trope, it is undeniable that this is an outstanding movie that shouldn’t be missed.

Escape to a Magical World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Wizardry and Witchcraft magically transport movie fans back to Hogwarts School, the place everyone knows has where Harry, Ron and Hermione were taught, just by viewing the exterior of the school during the trailers made fans ecstatic. The audience already knows Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne, as the magizoologist was introduced in the first film as he travelled to America from England in 1926 to meet up with magical types and Muggles. It’s near the end that the dark wizard emerges as Gellert Grindelwald is taken into custody.

Harry Potter fans get yet another opportunity to dive back into the world of magic, and this time it’s the sequel to the 2016 box office hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Moviegoers get to see Dumbledore at a much younger age in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a film which trailer was revealed during the 2018 Comin-Con. J.K. Rowling revealed that there would be five Fantastic Beasts films in which the second introduces Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard.

Albus Dumbledore’s Earlier Life

Albus Dumbledore is introduced at a much earlier stage of his life as he enlists Scamander to stop Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards in order to rule over the worlds non-magical beings. Jude Law is cast in the role of Dumbledore, while the film is set in 1927 and takes fans on a magical trip to Paris and England. While the original film made well over $234 million in 2016, its sequel is set to beat all records when it is released in November 2018.

J.K. Rowling revealed as far back as 2007 that she meant for Dumbledore to be gay, in a relationship with Grindelwald, yet in the sequel, the intense relationship more focusses on the young men falling in love with each other’s ideology and ideas. Dumbledore is far from what fans might expect, he is young and inspiring Hogwarts teacher, he is a rebel and a maverick and very witty, far from the elderly statesman he is in Harry Potter films.

Many scenes in the trailer got fans euphoric, yet one really stood out, and that is when the Ministry of Magic officials can be seen apparating, its most unusual as in the novels Granger keeps reminding others that disapparating and apparating is never allowed on the grounds of Hogwarts. Could the sequel reveal why such a rule was enforced in the first place or is there another reason for the appearances out of nowhere? Find out how the fat of one will or can change the future of all when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released in Australia on the 15th of November and in the UK and US on the 16th of November 2018.