Holiday Season Streaming

Get ready ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again! Department stores are littered with wobbly inflatable snowmen and creepy gingerbread cookies dancing in unison, Mariah Carey’s song, “All I Want for Christmas,” is seemingly playing everywhere on a loop, and our contemptuous taste buds have gotten bombarded with a barrage of everything pumpkin spice.

If there ever was a time for some holiday spirit, it’s this year! While 2020 has filled us with an unprecedented amount of unease and uncertainty, there is nothing that can dilute the festive joy that the holiday season brings. One of those joys is picking up the family and heading to the movie theater. While cinemas across the country are slowly starting to open back up, it’s a safe bet that most families will be huddling around their television sets this holiday season. Here are some films, both old and new to stream with your loved ones.

Enola Holmes (2020) – Netflix
This tale about Sherlock Holmes’s younger sister Enola (a magnificent Millie Bobbie Brown) trying to find her missing mother while out sleuthing like her famous big brother is a fantastic and twisty whodunit that smartly combines our witty heroine’s thirst for crime solving with advocating for women’s rights.

Mulan (2020) – Disney +
This live action remake of the 1998 Disney classic tells the tale of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to battle invaders in China. While the film is sometimes cold and antiseptic, Mulan is also a visual marvel that approaches its gender barrier subject matter with aplomb. The perfect film to stream with the family.

Love Actually (2003) – Apple TV
This classic take on love during the holidays tells nine different stories that intertwine and somehow come together at the end. Think Pulp Fiction for romantics. I dare you not to smile. Love Actually is one of my favorite holiday films of all time.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – On Demand
After a depressed George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to Earth to grant George’s wish while giving him a glimpse of the lives he’s changed and impacted. It’s A Wonderful Life is required viewing around the holidays and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

By SCOTT PETERSON | @CineSportsTalk