The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

A Little 'Minions' Goes a Long Way


Review of 'Minions'

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the new animated feature, Minions. Probably more than I should. It's not the best movie. The story is pretty week and you do tend to tire of the Minions' shenanigans about halfway through the film, but dang it – those little yellow guys are fun.

If you haven't been a fan of the two Despicable Me films that came before it, don't bother with Minions. However, if you are, don't expect to see the same type of movie. In fact, this movie's biggest flaw is that it tries to be like the previous films. The Minions are at their best when they are just being themselves telling their story. And like their height, they would do better in shorts rather than full-length movies.

So, here's the deal. This story is a prequel to Despicable Me 1 and 2. It begins at the evolutionary beginnings of the Minions lives and their un-ending quest to find an evil master to follow. The first five minutes or so is sort of a documentary on where these little guys came from and how they wear out their welcome over and over again only to end up holed in an ice cave craving to find another leader to follow.

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