This week’s Christmas Countdown Recommendations at Christian Cinema are below. Check out the Dove reviews and follow the link to watch them.
Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rashida Jones.
My Adventures with Santa
A heartfelt, fun-filled adventure that brings the magic of Christmas to the whole family. Christmas in the Nolan household isn’t what it used to be. Instead of a joyous family gathering, they are spending this holiday apart. On a last minute shopping trip with Dad, the family enters an enchanted store only to discover a dazzling snow globe with magical powers. Suddenly the Nolan family is transported through the globe to the North Pole where they are asked to help Santa save Christmas! As they come together to support Santa and the elves, their family love grows stronger and the true meaning of Christmas comes alive. Starring Barbara Eden, Denise Richards, and Patrick Muldoon.
Baby in a Manger
Child protective services officer Alison and police officer Brock are both sworn to protect children, so when a lost infant shows up in the local church’s nativity scene, they’re both on the case. The pair don’t exactly gel right away — they’re both take-charge personalities and neither of them wants to let anything get in the way of the baby’s safe return home. This leads to tension between the two officers, but also internal tension. Alison will stop at nothing to keep the baby safe, but we learn she’s having doubts about whether she’s ready for kids of her own. Brock is also passionate about the case, but seems to be holding onto a secret from his past. Between butting heads, and with a little advice from a helpful minister, the pair learn plenty about each other, themselves, family, and the complicated bond between parent and child. Can a miracle baby from a broken home bring this community together?
The Polar Express
Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a doubting boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him-THE POLAR EXPRESS. When the boy arrives at the North Pole, Santa Claus offers him any gift he desires. The boy asks only for a bell from the harness of Santa’s reindeer. But on the way home, the bell is lost. Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the Christmas tree, and when he shakes it, the bell makes the most beautiful sound he’s ever heard. His mother admires the bell, but she laments that it is broken, for, you see, only a true believer can hear the sound of the bell. Stars Tom Hanks and Nona Gaye.