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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!)

MOVIES



TOP 10 MOVIES FOR THE WEEKEND OF NOV. 23, 2018
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet - $55,700,000
2. Creed 2 - $35,293,000
3. Dr. Seuss' The Grinch - $30,210,000
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald - $29,650,000
5. Bohemian Rhapsody - $13,855,000
6. Instant Family - $12,500,000
7. Robin Hood - $9,125,000
8. Widows - $7,955,000
9. Green Book - $5,443,000
10. A Star is Born - $3,005,000
(From comScore, Inc.)




The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Based on the book of the same name by John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in Its Walls begins with 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) being sent to live with his uncle after the death of his parents. Jonathan Barnavelt (Jack Black) is Lewis’ only living relative and one Lewis doesn’t remember ever meeting. Jonathan lives in a old rundown house that the neighbors believe is haunted. The outside is decorated with jack o lanterns (even though it’s not Halloween) and horseshoes. Inside the house however is actually quite nice. Lewis is surprised to see that it is decorated with a rather large collection of clocks. Read More >>>



First Man

In 2016, director Damien Chazelle set out to create a modern musical movie that paid tribute to the classic ones who came before it in La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. That film won six Academy Awards. This weekend, his epic Neil Armstrong picture, First Man opens in theaters and also stars Gosling in yet another winning performance. Based on the book by James R. Hansen and written by Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post) First Man aims to show the struggles and costs associated when dealing with one of the most dangerous missions on earth and in the heavens with much of it from Armstrong’s point of view … and a lot of close-ups. Read More >>>

Little Women
In case you are unaware, this is a story about the March family. Papa March (Bart Johnson) is off to war while Mama March, or Marmee (Lea Thompson) is at home raising their four daughters without him. The family doesn’t have a lot of money, so the girls make up their own fun by telling stories and creating their own club in the attic of their home. Jo (Aimee Lynne Johnson and Sarah Davenport) is the oldest, headstrong daughter who knows in her heart that she will one day become a famous author. As the oldest, she feel entitled to boss around her younger siblings: Meg (Melanie Stone) who wants nothing more than to get married and have children, Beth (Reese Oliveira and Allie Jennings) who doesn’t know what’s she wants out of life and just wants to enjoy her time with her sisters and Amy (played by Jane Susan Miller, Elise Jones and Taylor Murphy) wants to become a famous artist. Read More >>>

Johnny English Strikes Again

There are two kinds of people in the world: those you like Rowan Atkinson and those you do not. If you are the later, there is no sense reading any further as it will nearly impossible to convince you to go see Johnny English Strikes Again. Though Atkinson has been featured in a number of films (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Rat Race, The Lion King) he still isn’t well-known to American audiences except for those who have seen the British star’s other character, Mr. Bean on PBS. The two characters are completely different, but the humor of the two franchises are similar in tone complete with pratfalls and embarrassing situations. Atkinson is the equivalent of The Three Stooges or Laurel and Hardy rolled into one. Despite how simple that seems, it takes a really good comic to be able to pull off that kind of humor. Regardless how silly or dumb a scene might be, this likable actor makes the experience enjoyable instead of painful. If that isn’t your thing, this isn’t for you. Read More>>>

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
Honestly, I didn’t know how Illumination was going to pull this one off. For years we enjoyed Chuck Jones’ 1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Then in 2000, Universal came out with the brilliant idea of creating a live action version of the story starring Jim Carrey, and at times, the Ron Howard-directed film was brilliant, but probably would have made for a better short. A little Carrey can go a long way and though the film meant well, it was too full of pratfalls and chaos that it didn’t leave enough room for any heart. Eighteen years later Universal is trying it again, only this time going back to the animated route. And guess what? It’s fantastic. Read More >>>

Ralph Breaks the Internet
I didn’t have high hopes for Wreck-It Ralph when it came out in 2012, but I was pleasantly surprised by how the friendship between Ralph and Vanellope wasn’t overshadowed by the numerous video game jokes. Ralph wasn’t a bad guy, but he played one for the game Fix-It Felix and Vanellope had glitches in the Sugar Rush game. Both were misunderstood, but this odd couple became friends and became better people because of it, which is a lot more than many were expecting to find in the animated tale. Now the pair is back for Ralph Breaks the Internet and we pick up shortly where we left them. Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) meet up “after work” outside of their own games to jump into other games and goof around and tell silly jokes. Read More>>>

Bad Times at the El Royale
Writing a review of Bad Times at the El Royale is difficult partially because it’s a hard film to describe, partially because I don’t want to give too much away and partially because it doesn’t offer much redemption for its characters and yet, I liked it anyway. It makes you think. It has a mix of everything I like in a great movie: atmosphere, distinct characters, mystery, quirkiness, fantastic photography and a little bit of humor too. While not all of the characters are likable, they are all fascinating. Each isn’t exactly who they claim to be and because of that, you want to know about them. Every character is intriguing and every one of them is hiding some sort of secret. Read More>>>






33, The  /  45 Years  /  90 Minutes in Heaven  /  99 Homes  / 

A  A Good Day to Die Hard  /  A Hundred Foot Journey  /  Admission  /  Adrift  /  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  /  Alice Through the Looking Glass  / Amazing Spider-Man, The  /  Armstrong Lie, The  /  Avengers, The  /  Avengers: Age of Ultron, The  /  Avengers: Infinity War

Bad Times at the El Royale  /  Batkid Begins  /  Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders  /  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  /  Battleship  /  Beauty and the Beast  /  Beatriz at Dinner  /  Believe Me  /  Ben-Hur  /  Big Hero 6  /  Big Year, The  Black Nativity  /  Black or White  /  Black Panther  /  Blue Like Jazz  /  Book Thief, The  /  Bourne Legacy, The  /  Boss Baby, The   /  Boxtrolls, The  /  Boyhood  /  Brave  /  Brickumentary  /  Bully  /  Butter

C  Captain America: Civil War  /  Captain America: Winter Soldier, The  /  Captain Underpants: The First Epic movie  / Captive  /  Cars 3  /  Christmas Eve  /  Christmas With a Capital C  /  Christopher Robin  /  Chronicle  /  Cinderella  /  Code Black  /  Cold in July  /  Confessions of a Prodigal Son  /  Coco  /  Cold November  /  Commuter, The  /  Courageous  /  Crimson Peak  / 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  /  Death of Stalin, The  /  Deliver Us From Evil  /  Descendants, The  /  Despicable Me 3  /  Details, The  /  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days  Divergent  /    Dolphin Tale  /  Dr. Seuss' The Grinch  /  Dunkirk

Ender's Game  /  Exodus  /  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  /

Fight Church  /  Finding Dory  /  Finest Hours, The  /  First Man  /  Florence Foster Jenkins  /  The Founder  /  FrankenweenieFrozen  /

Geostorm  /  Gifted  /  Gimme Shelter  /  God Bless the Broken Road  /  Godzilla  /  Golden Shoes  /  Gone Girl  /  Good Dinosaur, The  Goodbye Christopher Robin  /  Gravity  /  Greatest Showman, The /  Guardians of the Galaxy  /  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  /  Guest, The  /  Guilt Trip, The 

H Hacksaw Ridge  / Hail Caesar  Heart of the Sea  /  Heaven is Real  /  Hell or High Water  /  Hello. My Name is Doris  /  Hero, The  /  Holy Rollers  /  Hotel Transylvania  /  Hotel Transylvania 2  /  House with a Clock in Its Walls, The  /  How to Train Your Dragon 2  /  Hunger Games, The  /  Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The  /  Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

Identical, The  /  In Darkness  /  Incredibles 2  /  Inside Out  /  Instant Family  /  Insurgent  /  Internship, TheIntersteller  /  Is Genesis History?  /

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit  / Jeff Who Lives at Home  /  Jobs  /  John Carter  /  Johnny English Reborn  /  Johnny English Strikes Again  /  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island  /  Joyful Noise  /  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  /  Jungle Book, The  / Jurassic Park 3D  /  Jurassic World  /  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  /  Justice League

K  Kelly and Cal  /  Kidnap

L  LEGO Batman Movie   /   LEGO Movie, The  /  Les Miserables  /  Life, Animated  /  Little Hope Was Arson  /  Little Rascals  /  Little Women  /  Lorax, The  /

Machine Gun Preacher  /  Maleficent  / Man on a Ledge  /  Man of Steel  /  Man Who Invented Christmas, The  /  Mansome  /  Marriage Retreat  /  McFarland, USA  /  Me Again  /  Meg, The  Mighty Macs, The  /  Million Dollar Arm  /  Minions  /  Miracles From Heaven  /  Mirror Mirror  /  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol  /  Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation  /  Mission Impossible: Fallout  /  Monuments Men  /  Moms Night Out  /  Monsters University  / Mother India  /  Mother's Day  /  Mummy, The  /  Muppets, The  /  Muppets Most Wanted  /  Murder on the Orient Express

Need for Speed  /  Night at the Museum 3  /  Now You See Me  /  Now You See Me 2

Ocean's 8  /  October Baby  /  Oculus  /  Odd Life of Timothy Green  /  Only the Brave  /  Oz, The Great and Powerful  

P  Paranorman  /  Passengers  /  Patterns of Evidence: Exodus  /  Peanuts Movie, The  /  People Like Us  /  Pete's Dragon  /  Pirates! Band of Misfits, The  Pixels  /  Pope Francis: A Man of His Word  /  Post, The  /  Prisoners  /  Private Life  /  Pursuit of Happyness  /  Puss in Boots  /  Puzzle

Q  Quartet  /  Queen of Katwe  /

Ralph Breaks the Internet  / Raven, The  /  Real Steel  /  RED 2  /  Resurrection of Gavin Stone, The  /  Rise of the Guardians  /  Robocop  /  Rock of Ages /  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  /

S  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen  /  Saving Mr. Banks  /  Saving Winston  /  Secret Life of Pets, The  /  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows  /  Shot  /  Skyscraper  /  Spectre  /  Spider-Man 2  /  Spy  /  Stanford Prison Experiment, The  /  Star Trek Into Darkness  /  Star Wars: The Force Awakens  /  Star Wars: The Last Jedi  /  Step Up Revolution  /  Stonehearst Asylum  /  Suicide Squad

Tag  /  Taken 2  /  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  /  Thor: Ragnarok  /  Tower Heist  /  Transcendence  /  Trouble With the Curve

U

V

W  War for the Planet of the Apes  /  What to Expect When You Are Expecting  /  What We Do In The Shadows  /  When the Game Stands Tall  /  Why Him?  /  Wonder Woman  /  Woman in Black  /  Woodlawn  /   Words, The  /  Wreck-It Ralph 

Y





Ant-Man and The Wasp
Available on digital on October 2nd and DVD and Blu-ray on October 16In Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices, as both the Super Hero Ant-Man and a father, in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission to rescue Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp, all while attempting to serve house arrest, assist fast talking-Luis and the X-con Security crew, and thwart the efforts of a new adversary called Ghost and her ally Bill Foster.

Incredibles 2
Available on digital on October 23 and DVD and Blu-ray on November 6While we’ve been waiting 14 years to see what has happened to the Parr family at the end of The Incredibles, the sequel, Incredibles 2, picks up immediately after the events of the 2004 movie. If you remember, Dash had just completed his first track meet and no-longer-shy Violet was asked out on a date from a fellow schoolmate. But the “normal” family life is short-lived as the Underminer wreaks havoc on the town and it’s back to work for the Parrs. Mr. and Mrs. Incredible  task Violet and Dash with babysitting Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) while the husband and wife go to work. Read my review >>>


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