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!)

"Golden Shoes' Movie is 'Just Okay for Kids'

Review of the movie, "Golden Shoes"
(Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Perhaps it is my own opinion, but I think that there is a difference between family movies and children’s movies. Disney is a master for producing movies that literally every member of the family can watch and enjoy. Some moviemakers tend to think that any juvenile movie can be considered a movie for the whole family, but that just isn’t true. It’s sloppy filmmaking. Two good examples: 101 Dalmatians = family movie, Air Buddies = children’s movie. (Even Disney gets it wrong occasionally).

Now available on DVD today, Golden Shoes has good intentions and has been endorsed by Dove.org. This is due to the film's positive storylines about family, working together as a team and is altogether wholesome fare. But while film may be wholesome, that doesn’t mean that the movie is great. That might sound harsh and no one was intending for this movie to be nominated for an Oscar, but overall, the film is subpar.

Golden Shoes may appeal to children under the age of ten, but for those older, like their parents, they will have a tough time sticking through with it. At just 89 minutes in length, it feels like a half hour too long. The film’s biggest flaw? The acting ability of the children involved. Christian Koza is weak in the starring role, but he’s not alone. It appears that every child actor in this film had their lines down, but not the emotions or facial expressions. Some may think children audiences can’t tell the difference between a good child actor and a poor one, but they can. The movie intends to have some heartstring-pulling moments, but they are lost with the lack of emotion. It also tries to make up for it by turning the soundtrack music up higher in some scenes. It doesn’t work.

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