Mamma Mia! (2008) RT 54% / Audience 66%

DVD release: Dec 2008

Set on an idyllic Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA hit songs. Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on the island is ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Phyllida Lloyd
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Amanda Seyfried  •  Colin Firth

Merry Christmas (2005)

In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History • Music • Romance • War
DIRECTION:  Christian Carion
CAST:  Diane Kruger  •  Natalie Dessay  •  Benno Fürmann  •  Guillaume Canet

Grease (1978) RT 77% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Sep 2002

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to ...  (more)

GENRES: Romance
DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Olivia Newton-John  •  Stockard Channing  •  Jeff Conaway

Enchanted (2007) RT 93% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Mar 2008

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family • Fantasy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Kevin Lima
CAST:  Patrick Dempsey  •  Amy Adams  •  James Marsden  •  Timothy Spall

The Phantom of the Opera (2004) RT 32% / Audience 84%

DVD release: May 2005

Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Gerard Butler  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Patrick Wilson  •  Miranda Richardson

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) RT 92% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Oct 2000

Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Larry Roemer
CAST:  Burl Ives  •  Billie Mae Richards  •  Larry D. Mann  •  Stan Francis

Victor Victoria (1982) RT 96% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Apr 2000

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  James Garner  •  Robert Preston  •  Lesley Ann Warren

Singin' in the Rain (1952) RT 100% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Aug 1997

In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly  •  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Gene Kelly  •  Donald O'Connor  •  Debbie Reynolds  •  Jean Hagen

Fame (1980) RT 83% / Audience 69%

DVD release: Jun 2004

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Eddie Barth  •  Irene Cara  •  Lee Curreri  •  Laura Dean

Elf (2003) RT 84% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Nov 2004

When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family • Fantasy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Daniel Tay  •  James Caan




National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) RT 64% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Nov 1997

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  Jeremiah S. Chechik
CAST:  Chevy Chase  •  Beverly D'Angelo  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Johnny Galecki

Across the Universe (2007) RT 53% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Feb 2008

Musical based on The Beatles songbook and set in the 60s England, America, and Vietnam. The love story of Lucy and Jude is intertwined with the anti-war movement and social ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Julie Taymor
CAST:  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Jim Sturgess  •  Joe Anderson  •  Dana Fuchs

Love Actually (2003) RT 63% / Audience 72%

DVD release: Apr 2004

Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in, and out, of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  Gregor Fisher  •  Colin Firth  •  Sienna Guillory

A Christmas Story (1983) RT 89% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Sep 1999

The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Melinda Dillon  •  Darren McGavin  •  Peter Billingsley  •  Ian Petrella

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) RT 69% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Oct 2002

A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Brian Henson
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Don Austen  •  Meredith Braun  •  Ed Sanders

My Fair Lady (1964) RT 96% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Aug 2003

A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Rex Harrison  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) RT 90% / Audience 79%

DVD release: May 2000

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Horror • Music
DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Rick Moranis  •  Ellen Greene  •  Vincent Gardenia  •  Steve Martin

The Little Mermaid (1989) RT 92% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Dec 1999

This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Ron Clements  •  John Musker
CAST:  Rene Auberjonois  •  Christopher Daniel Barnes  •  Jodi Benson  •  Pat Carroll

The Santa Clause (1994) RT 75% / Audience 65%

DVD release: Oct 1998

Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. When he and his young son finish ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  John Pasquin
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Wendy Crewson  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Eric Lloyd

Beauty and the Beast (1991) RT 93% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Oct 2002

Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family • Fantasy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Paige O'Hara  •  Robby Benson  •  Richard White  •  Jerry Orbach