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Christmas is a time for joy and laughter while Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. As a result, movies around this time of the year focus on the themes of charity, love, and family, featuring jolly characters such as Santa Claus/ Saint Nicholas, elves, Jack Frost, and more. However, for the most part, where there’s good, evil lurks close by in the darkness. That being said, this article will focus on the top three Christmas horror movies. But first, what makes a good horror film? Well, at the top of the list is a combo. First, the movie needs…

There are many interesting, legendary Christmas stories. Telling stories has been one of the essential things to do during the holidays, and they range from stories specifically for kids to stories for the entire family to read and enjoy together. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is the top Christmas book. The book was published in London by Chapman & Hall on Dec. 19, 1843. John Leech illustrated the first edition which was sold out by Christmas Eve. The story speaks about an old, lonely, miserable man by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge. He was visited by his former business…

There’s a good reason why Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey circus was known as “the greatest show on earth,” and it’s well reflected in director Michael Gracey’s musical film, “The Greatest Showman.” The exhilarating biopic stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya. “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of visionary P. T. Barnum, his rise to stardom, and the birth of show business. After living an impoverished childhood, Barnum (Jackman) is determined to make a name for himself and his family by creating something the world has never seen, something utterly spectacular. By assembling a troupe of unique…

“Bright” is a present-day fantasy/action/crime/drama starring Will Smith (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Men in Black”) as Daryl Ward, a veteran human police officer, and Joel Edgerton (“Exodus Gods and Kings” and “The Great Gatsby”) as Nick Jakoby, an orc and a newly enlisted police officer. The Netflix premiered flick began streaming Dec. 13, 2017, and was quickly berated by film critics as it achieved a rating of 30 percent on movie aggregates Rotten Tomatoes, however, what was stifling was the audiences’ response which weighed in at 90 percent as of Dec. 16, 2017. The disparity between the two prompts…

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” the best movie ever was sent to Earth Dec. 15, 2017, directed and written by Rian Johnson. The eighth addition to the “Star Wars” family, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” sprawling, occurrence and character-pressed spectacle that continues from the ending of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and leads the series into an exciting and highly anticipated territory. The action-packed, science-fiction and fantasy film has a massive cast comprised of 71 actors such as Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Leia…

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017) will make audiences laugh beyond belief. From start to end, this 2017 standalone reboot of the 1995 classic starring the late Robin Williams was nonstop fun. “Jumanji” focused on a group of high school students, who normally, would have never even looked at each other but have all conveniently been given the same punishment for detention. The students in the film were “Fridge” (a football jock), Bethany (a self-absorbed, phone-addicted, cheerleader), and Martha (a shy, yet rebellious bookworm). Spencer, the unpopular, video game nerd was played by the Alex Wolf of the Nickelodeon special…

The anticipated second season of the original CGI animated series “TrollHunters” by DreamWorks Animation featured Anton Yelchin who played one of the main protagonists, Jim Lake Jr., who passed recently last year and explored the world of the Darklands and Jim’s fated enemy Gunmar (Clancy Brown). In the first season of “TrollHunters,” Jim and his gang fought Angor Rot (Ike Amadi), an assassin who was cursed to follow orders to whoever held his soul in the form of a ring. This ring was found by Strickler (Jonathan Hyde) who prompted him to kill the Trollhunter. A war ensued between Jim…

What is the most popular Christmas film? Is it “Elf?” Disney’s “The Santa Claus?” “A Christmas Story?” Well, none of that will be found in this list as these forgotten, yet impacting movies may have skipped the top of other Christmas movie lists because they celebrated Christmas a bit differently than traditional holiday movies. However, they have not failed in entertaining or even reminding many of the joys of the holiday season in their special ways. For this reason, the top three unconventional Christmas Movies will be listed in this article, because they deserve recognition, too. With mainly the theme…

Ever wondered how “The Creature of the Black Lagoon” would have ended if the gill man got the girl? Acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro answers that question with his wet and wild take on the classic beauty and the beast love story, “The Shape of Water.” This stunning picture stars Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, and Octavia Spencer. Set in the 1960s, the film tells the story of Elisa Esposito (Hawkins), a mute janitor who works the graveyards shift at a government research facility. Elisa finds her hum drum life taking an exciting turn when she and…

The highly acclaimed historical drama “The Crown” starring Matt Smith as Prince Phillip and Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II returns for its second season on Netflix. At the end of Season 1 in the series, Elizabeth’s sister Margaret (Vannessa Kirby) was unable to be granted permission from the Church and cabinet to marry Peter Townsend (Ben Miles) while Phillip prepped to leave for his royal tour to promote the Olympics. This situation occurs in the last few minutes of the season finale. It is foreboding because the last words that can be heard are: “Forgetting Elizabeth Windsor now–only Elizabeth…

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