Moana (2016)

Ron Clements and John Musker helm Moana, the 56th entry in the Disney animated feature pantheon (probably) and a vibrant showcase of what the House of Mouse does well. The story is one of those by-committee jobs, but there’s a beating heart within that takes popular filmmaking and classic folklore into account.

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Jack Frost (1997)

Given the catastrophic acid bath that has been 2016, it may be hard for some to get into the holiday spirit. 1997’s Jack Frost may be just the ticket, with its derision and weirdness and general disregard for Christmas cheer.

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The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Tim Allen dons the red and white suit again for The Santa Clause 2, the 2002 sequel to the 1994 original. This outing is directed by Michael Lembeck from a busy by-committee screenplay. It is filled to the brim with stuff and often suffers under the burden of its multiple plots, especially when the movie […]

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The Santa Clause (1994)

John Pasquin directs The Santa Clause, a Christmas movie that from Disney that sits just on the edge of true curiosity. This 1994 film sprouted two sequels and plunked Tim Allen and his Home Improvement trappings in the driver’s seat, but it’s really more interesting to consider from an adult perspective.

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Fred Claus (2007)

Those with an aversion to schmaltz should steer well clear of Fred Claus, a 2007 Christmas movie so loaded with unstable sweetness it’s nearly unbearable. On the other hand, there’s somewhat of a remarkable quality to the David Dobkin comedy that suggests magic in the David Fogelman and Jessie Nelson screenplay and several surprises from […]

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Four Christmases (2008)

One of the more objectionable modern Christmas movies is the 2008 endeavour Four Christmases. This Yuletide rom-com is directed by Seth Gordon from a screenplay Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson, Jon Lucas, and Scott Moore. It is a vehicle for the homespun services of stars Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn and it has a lot […]

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Santa with Muscles (1996)

Directed by John Murlowski from a screenplay by Jonathan Bond, Fred Mata and Dorrie Krum Raymond, Santa with Muscles has the honour of landing in the bottom rated movies over at IMDb and is often found on many a “worst movies” list. That assessment seems a little excessive, especially considering the context of such a […]

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Ghostbusters (2016)

A jumbled but entertaining effort, the 2016 incarnation of Ghostbusters luckily has enough juice in the proton pack to overcome the overblown trappings of Paul Feig’s approach. The director also wrote the screenplay with Katie Dippold, who wrote Feig’s The Heat in 2013.

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Central Intelligence (2016)

Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Central Intelligence is an entertaining trifle, a happy-go-lucky spy comedy that generates tremendous chemistry from its actors and doesn’t do too much heavy-lifting. The screenplay by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen isn’t revolutionary in the slightest, but it does contain just enough retro fluff to overcome its over-plotted tendencies.

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Krampus (2015)

For one reason or another, the merging of horror and the Christmas season seems a perfect fit. In Krampus, director Michael Dougherty creates a familiar moral fable out of the titular figure of Alpine folklore and the results are underwhelming.

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Ava’s Possessions (2015)

Jordan Galland’s Ava’s Possessions is a colourful and creative romp, but it’s also burdened to the point of self-destruction. The 2015 horror comedy is strengthened by a high-spirited aesthetic and imaginative cinematography by Adrian Peng Correia, plus it features an enjoyable set of performances.

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