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Review | Top 5 Christmas movies to binge this weekend

Here are the best five movies to watch after the stress of finals is over and all you have to think about is wrapping presents
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In the movie “The Polar Express,” the main character and his friends as Santa prepares to take off and deliver presents. Movies like “The Polar Express” have become childhood staples for many at MCHS

During the holiday season, snuggling up with a blanket and a movie is perfect. Many watch Christmas movies with family and friends to spread the holiday cheer. Here are The Messenger’s top five movies to watch this Christmas.


5. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

“The Grinch” is a classic, childhood favorite.This film has a few different versions, including two animated ones and a live-action version. The movie starring Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has mixed reviews, but many think the live-action film is comical.

The movie is an oddly heart-warming story about Cindy, a little girl who helps the one and only Grinch, a lonely and cold man, find a family during the holiday season. During the film you will feel a spectrum of emotions for each character. Seeing the Grinch’s changes and growth throughout the movie makes the warm and fuzzy feelings rise. The film is very funny, but has moments of seriousness and vulnerability.


4.“Home Alone”

“Home Alone” is a great comic to watch with family. Writer John Hughes made this movie amazing for the people who do not want to watch movies with romance or sentimental sap. If you are looking to watch a witty kid defeat two dumb robbers, this is the movie for you.

Macaulay Culkin plays the lead role as Kevin McCallister, an eight year old child whose family forgot him while going on Christmas vacation. During the film, Kevin overcomes many unknowns and pulls a variety of pranks to outsmart a pair of idiotic burglars.


3.“A Christmas Story”

Ralphie, played by Peter Billingsley, is a young boy who wants nothing more than to receive a Red Ryder B.B. gun for Christmas. He spends countless hours trying to convince his parents to buy him one for Christmas. 

This movie is perfect for the holiday season, with Ralphie facing the many ups and downs of childhood emotions, and sarcastic moments of the family’s dynamic. Everyone should give this movie a watch this Christmas Season.


2.“The Santa Clause”

In The Santa Clause,” Tim Allen plays a father who ‘accidentally kills’ Santa. While navigating the struggle of co-parenting his child Charlie, he has to work out the logistics of taking place as the new Santa. Charlie is always there by his fathers side, even when nobody else believes in him.

This movie has many cute moments between Charlie and his father. They learn together and grow together to understand each other. Though the film has many sensitive moments between the characters, it has countless chucklesome scenes.


1. “The Polar Express”

This film is a family favorite, with its witty characters and tear-jerker moments. This movie is all about the Christmas spirit and keeping that spirit alive within you. The story-line is heart-warming and the plot is phenomenal. 

This story follows a boy who does not believe in the spirit of Christmas. He embarks on a marvelous journey to the North pole, meets new friends, becomes a brave soul, and restores his belief in Christmas. 

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