Schools are off, the lights are going up and the weather outside just may be getting frightful. This can only mean one thing: It's almost Christmas. For film lovers, this weekend sees some new wide releases including Fences, Passengers, Assassin's Creed, Sing and Why Him? For those that just want to stay home and relax? Netflix has some great options for you as well.
If you are in a region where the weather is pretty frightful, or if you frankly just are not enticed by the movie options in theaters, this weekend may be the time to chill with some Netflix (yes, just chill) and get into the holiday spirit.
While Netflix, of course, has some tremendous, binge-worthy television options, the streaming service also has a plethora of solid holiday-themed movies for everyone to enjoy. Here are six of the best such films.
A Christmas classic if there ever was one, White Christmas was released in 1954 and has easily stood the test of time. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, with one of the all-time great movie soundtracks, White Christmas will have you singing along in no time.
Quickly becoming a modern Christmas classic, Love Actually might just be the perfect movie to snuggle up with a loved one and watch this weekend. Written and directed by Richard Curtis, and featuring an incredible ensemble cast that includes Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and so many more, Love Actually will certainly get you in the loving spirit.
The Santa Clause
While The Santa Clause spawned two highly forgettable sequels, the original film, starring Tim Allen, is chock-full of holiday spirit. After accidentally causing the real Santa Clause to fall from his roof, Scott Calvin inadvertently accepts the "Santa Clause" by putting on the red suit Santa left behind. But being Santa Claus is no easy task. Scott has to start training in order to take on the big role. The Santa Clause is the perfect film on Netflix to enjoy with the family this holiday season.
Miracle on 34th Street
While not quite the 1947 classic of the same name, 1994's Miracle on 34th Street is still a great Christmas film for the family. Written and produced by the legendary John Hughes, Miracle on 34th Street stars Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle, Elizabeth Perkins as Dorey Walker and Mrs. Doubtfire's Mara Wilson as Susan. It may not live up to the original, but it is still a solid choice for the holidays.
Directed and produced by Superman's Richard Donner, and starring Bill Murray as Frank Cross, Scrooged is a modern-day retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol. For both fans of Murray's comedy and Dickens' classic story, there is no better time than the holidays to enjoy Scrooged.
Just Friends may not be a Christmas classic quit yet, but it has all the makings of one. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart, this romantic comedy about being stuck in the "friend zone" is a charming, and quite funny, film to watch over the holidays. Just Friends features Reynolds at his finest, and should definitely be given consideration over Christmas.
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