Mark Laurence...Christmas Movies

Looking for a good family Christmas movie this holiday season? The movie theatres have a couple of entries, but your best bet might be to stay home and make sure you’re paid up on your Netflix subscription!

At the movies, “The Peanuts Movie” http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/thepeanutsmovie/ is a solid #2 and heading over $100 million at the box office, so you can tell there’s an audience for good family movies. The question I have is, why aren’t there more of them? “The Good Dinosaur” http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/thegooddinosaur/ looks like a winner, and in a couple of weeks there’s the latest Chipmunks sequel, “The Road Chip” http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/alvinandthechipmunkstheroadchip/. But that’s about it for family movies through the holidays.

If you don’t have kids in the minivan, “The Night Before” http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/thenightbefore/ is just an okay entry into the R-rated Christmas comedy genre. “Sisters” http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/sisters/ looks like more fun to me. I did not love “Love the Coopers” http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/lovethecoopers/ one bit, but I’m looking forward to “Daddy’s Home http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/daddyshome/ on Christmas. I don’t know what to say about “Krampus” http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/krampus/. Horror movies just don’t have the holiday spirit for me.

You could have the most fun staying home this Christmas season. Look at all the Christmas classics on Netflix streaming http://screencrush.com/new-netflix-instant-releases-december-2015/ : “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” “Love Actually,” “Scrooged,” “Bad Santa,” and “The Muppet Christmas Carol” are all streaming right now. And coming soon to Netflix streaming, “ Christmas Star” is new this year on December 2, “A Very (Bill) Murray Christmas” is a Netflix original starting December 4, and 2 Christmas movies top it off on December 20: “The Magic Snowflake” and “Santa’s Apprentice.”
The big networks, Hulu, and a lot of the cable networks will be trying their best to lock you and your family to the TV this Christmas season, and it looks like they’ll have a good chance of winning.

Of course, there’s the new Star Wars sequel which will be huge, that’s not exactly a holiday family film, is it? My question is, why doesn’t Hollywood do more to get your family out to the big screens?