Christmas movies to get in the holiday spirit

Last Christmas

'Last Christmas' featuring Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones and Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians releases in theatres on Nov. 8.

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, which means now is the time to start watching Christmas movies.

There are a variety of movies to choose from this season that will get everyone ready for the most wonderful time of the year. If you are interested in watching a romantic comedy, then you should go with “The Holiday," a 2006 film that Nancy Meyers wrote and directed.

The cast includes Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. Winslet and Diaz switch homes during the holiday season, and they each meet a man during the swap and fall in love. “The Holiday” has a great soundtrack and plot, is funny yet heartwarming and includes great characters.

If the ideal movie is a family film, then the right choice might be the "Home Alone" series.

"Home Alone" one and two are directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes. The cast includes Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern and Catherine O’Hara. Both films are centered around Kevin McCallister’s (Culkin) family going out of town for the holiday season, but somehow Kevin does not end up with them. In the first film. Kevin is left at home. and in the second, he gets on the wrong flight and ends up in New York. Kevin gets terrorized by the “wet bandits” (Pesci and Stern) but comes up with clever ways to get past them.

If you want to watch a movie based on a well-known Christmas book, then make sure to see "The Polar Express."

Chris Van Allsburg's classic book "The Polar Express" became a movie in 2004, and the film includes several notable celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler and Josh Hutcherson. This film is about a young boy who gets on The Polar Express on Christmas Eve and ends up on an adventure to the North Pole. Along the way, the children on board learn a lot about themselves as well as what it means to truly believe. This movie is good for the whole family.

If you are looking for an action packed holiday movie, then look no further than "Die Hard."

This film was created in 1988 and stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and several others. It is about German terrorists taking over an office Christmas party. Willis plays an NYPD officer who tries to save his wife and the others who have been taken hostage. This movie has great lines, lots of action and plenty of entertainment.

This holiday season offers some fresh-faced movies, too. New movies to look for are "Last Christmas," which is available at a local movie theater, and "Let It Snow," which is available on Netflix.

"Last Christmas" is about a woman named Kate (Emilia Clarke), who ends up becoming one of Santa’s elves. While working, she meets Tom (Henry Golding), and life quickly changes for Kate. This will be a great uplifting romantic comedy for this holiday season.

"Let It Snow" is a Netflix original. It is about a snowstorm on Christmas Eve that brings a group of high school students together. 

No matter which movie you choose for this holiday season, hopefully it's merry and bright. 

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