Elf (2003, dir. Jon Favreau)

One of Santas’s elves discovers he’s human; he journeys to New York to find his father. Generally solid Christmas comedy which keeps its single joke going for a good hour before a plot is hastily bundled in (the usual “save Christmas” one).

The Greatest Showman (2017, dir. Michael Gracey)

A musical about showman PT Barnum. That rarest of things these days – an original live-action movie musical. You’ll either love it or hate it, that’s for sure. Good-looking and well made, but goes for the simple and easy trick every time. Eyes and teeth!

Miracle on 34th Street (1994, dir. Les Mayfield)

A department store Santa may just be the real thing. Saccharine remake of the 1947 original. Okay if you’re indulgent, and there’s strength in depth in the casting (JT Walsh!) but this is no classic.

Coco (2017, dir. Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina)

A boy desperate to become a musician finds himself trapped in the afterlife. Sprightly quest narrative drawing on Mexican folklore; superficial similarity to The Book of Life dampens its impact, though this is a decent Pixar effort in its own right.

Early Man (2018, dir. Nick Park)

A peaceful tribe of cave-dwellers must play football against a Bronze Age crack squad to win back their home. Lovingly-made and beautifully-detailed, this stop-motion flick from Aardman is undemanding fun, even if it’s light on jokes compared to their earlier films.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018, dir. Ron Howard)

Whether needed or not, this origin story is an enjoyable romp through the Star Wars backlot. Solid action and decent performances from Ehrenreich and Glover as Han and Lando, and ably supported by Harrelson, Newton and Bettany. Good popcorn fodder. 😀

Want another opinion? Here’s Eamonn’s opinion.

101 Dalmations II: Patch’s London Adventure (2003, dir. Jim Kammerud & Brian Smith)

Cruella de Vil attempts again to steal and kill the puppies; one dog stands alone. OK straight-to-DVD sequel, heavy on London cliches, slapstick, and cutesy pooches. No classic, certainly, but inoffensive fun nevertheless.