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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.
Disillusioned with the materialism of Christmas, Santa escapes as far from the North Pole as possible—to New Zealand! When his rocket sleigh crashes and sinks in the waters off an idyllic holiday beach, he is found washed up by Sam (8) and his sister Molly (12) and their newly separated parents. The family discovers who Santa really is and must unite to rescue him from the local authorities and convince Santa to return to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve.
Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The off-kilter world of Dr. Seuss comes to life on the big screen as director Ron Howard tells the tale of a curmudgeonly recluse whose heart is two sizes too small. The Grinch resides in his cave high atop Mt. Crumpit with his dog Max, and plenty of castor oil and sour milk for sustenance. Annoyed by the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the Grinch conspires to deprive the Whos of their favorite holiday, but comes to learn that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys.
Little House on the Prairie: A Merry Ingalls Christmas
Celebrate the holidays with two classic ‘Llittle House’ specials, restored and remastered for superior picture and sound. In ‘Christmas at Plum Creek,’ the members of the Ingalls family share a heartwarming first Christmas in their new home, and Laura makes a personal sacrifice that captures the meaning of the holidays. In ‘A Christmas They Never Forget,’ the family waits out a snowstorm by remembering favorite Christmases from the past.
In this clever, crazy family adventure starring comedy legend Ed Asner, Danny and his brainy buddies launch an ‘X-Files’-style investigation to discover the truth about Santa. But they have no clue that St. Nick (Asner) is real-and he’s making toys right in their hometown! As Danny’s flirty mom gets wrapped up with Santa’s social-media director (Patrick Muldoon, Starship Troopers), Danny and his gang of secret sleuths unravel the funny, festive truth that’s out there.
The Christmas Project
Even with Christmas around the corner, for the Buckley boys, payback almost always wins out over brotherly love. That is, until the four brothers join forces against a common adversary—the Hagbarts, the meanest bullies at their middle school. But now Mom has decided that the Buckley family is going to “Elf” the Hagbarts this year for Christmas. Eleven-year-old Matthew can hardly stand it: By day, the Hagbarts torture the Buckley brothers into submission, and by night, the Buckleys secretly deliver Christmas treats and gifts to their sworn enemies. Soon the war of wits escalates into an incredible scheme designed to get the ultimate revenge on the Hagbarts. But now that Matthew has been learning that he’s supposed to do good to those who hate him, what will he do when a little push becomes a great big shove? “The Christmas Project” is a heartwarming comedy the whole family will love.
A Christmas Carol (1938)
In one haunted evening, embittered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who has soured on the world and his fellowman, learns the true spirit of Christmas from three ghostly visitors. After moving visions of long-dead happiness, of past and present remorse and a fearful glimpse into the future, Scrooge receives the chance to change his life for the better on Christmas morning.
Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer
Elliot, a small but determined horse, travels to the North Pole to compete for a spot alongside the famous reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh. Against all odds, Elliot and his friend Hazel the goat set out to prove that no dream is too big.
Journey to Christmas
A documentary series following the journey of five diverse people as they experience the Holy Land for the first time. Their goal? To discover the meaning of Christmas. Guided by a local scholar and other experts, viewers will see the Christmas story unfold through the eyes of each member on this pilgrimage as they search for answers to their questions about the Nativity account.
Max Lucado’s The Christmas Candle
The Christmas Candle is a timeless holiday film for the entire family. Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candle maker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights the Christmas Candle will receive a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister from London arrives in Gladbury the villagers discover a new formula for miracles; good deeds and acts of kindness. Now with a skeptic in the pulpit the fiery candle maker Edward Haddington (Sylvester McCoy) must fight to preserve his family’s legacy. When the Christmas Candle goes missing the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.
Mary of Nazareth
Mary of Nazareth is an epic motion picture on the life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. Shot in High Definition, it was filmed in Europe with outstanding cinematography, a strong cast, and a majestic music score. Actress Alissa Jung gives a beautiful, compelling and inspired portrayal of Mary. The film vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah, as well as her compassionate humanity and concern for others, and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another. The movie underscores her special role in God’s plan for our redemption, her unique relationship with Christ, and the tremendous suffering that she endured in union with his passion and death, as well as her serene joy at his Resurrection.
The Chosen: The Story of the First Christmas
The Chosen tells the story of the first Christmas through the eyes of a shepherd whose life of suffering and rejection changes when he and his fellow shepherds receive a miraculous revelation. Simon, a disabled shepherd, struggles to keep pace with his counterparts, yet he diligently seeks to understand the ancient prophecies about the promised Messiah who will bring healing and hope to his people. Simon’s weakness makes him a pariah among his fellow Israelites, especially the leader of the synagogue who is disgusted by his imperfection. Simon seems doomed to a life of pain and struggle as an outsider until a miraculous revelation allows him to to be part of the greatest moment in history.
One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa’s bag of toys… Raised as an elf, Buddy grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf–and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world–in New York City. Buddy finds his workaholic father…who’s on Santa’s “naughty” list, a new mother and a 10-year-old brother who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or elves. Here, now, Buddy discovers his destiny…to save Christmas for New York and the world!
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