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Disney's A Christmas Carol Movie Poster Image
age 9+
3-D adaptation of classic holiday tale may scare young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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The Search for Santa Paws Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Kids will love Santa's puppy, but watch out for sad moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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MasterChef TV Poster Image
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age 14+
Ramsay brings usual edge to amateur cooking competition.
Network: Fox
(2010)
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Julie & Julia Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Tempting Meryl Streep dramedy is OK but may bore kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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A Christmas Story Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1983)
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Cake Boss TV Poster Image
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age 14+
Reality show about family business mixes sweet and sour.
Network: TLC
(2009)
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Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Stepbrothers' hijinks are jolly -- just not very realistic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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No Reservations Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Bland-but-sweet dramedy more for adult palates.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Ratatouille Movie Poster Image
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age 6+
Cute rat tale has some peril and potentially scary moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Cooking Mama: Cook Off Game Poster Image
age 8+
A clever but flawed cooking sim for the Wii.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2007)
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The Polar Express Movie Poster Image
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age 6+
Book-based treat is full of adventure and positive messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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Elf Movie Poster Image
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Elf
age 7+
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Poster Image
age 5+
A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1992)
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The Santa Clause Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Heartwarming holiday tale has some potty humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Hocus Pocus Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Rollicking Halloween fun for tweens and up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Movie Poster Image
age 15+
Funny comedy about a holiday travel nightmare has profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Live-action take on classic has some crude, scary moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 7+
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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A Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 3+
The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1965)
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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Movie Poster Image
age 10+
Sequel takes slapstick shenanigans to NYC.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1992)
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