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Maddie Harris, Grace Kang, Executive Lifestyle Editor, Copy Editor

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Finding a good movie to match the season can be challenging. Below are three movies to enjoy with some hot cocoa and a fuzzy blanket. Each movie has its own summary and review.

Snowpiercer

Summary:

“Snowpiercer” is set in a dystopian society where the Earth is frozen due to a previous attempt to stop global warming. Humanity’s few survivors resort to living on a nonstop train divided by social classes. While passengers in the front of the train live luxuriously, those in the back live in the slums of the end cattle car. After 17 years of discrimination, lower-class passengers plan a rebellion to take over the engine room. They journey up to the front of the train, encountering a choice that could end humanity.

Review:

“Snowpiercer” seamlessly meshes action, humor and surprise. It is rated R for violence, language and drug-related content, so we advise watching with someone to cling onto during the graphic scenes.

Switchmas

Summary:

“Switchmas” is a family-comedy about Ira, a Jewish boy who dreams of celebrating Christmas. When his parents send him to sunny Florida for the holidays, he switches plane tickets with a boy headed to Christmastown, Washington. Here, Ira is inspired to write and direct his own Christmas musical called “Christmas Is For Everyone.” Encountering challenges along the way, Ira realizes that no place is perfect and learns the true meaning of the holidays.

Review:

Although a bit cheesy and unrealistic at times, “Switchmas” highlights the message of embracing one’s own culture — a concept rarely discussed in holiday movies. We give the movie two thumbs up.

Miracle on 34th Street

Summary:

“Miracle on 34th Street” opens with Kris Kringle, a jolly old man with a snowy beard. He fills in for the Santa character in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, resulting in him getting hired as the main Santa of the Cole’s Department Store. When Kringle claims that he is the real Santa Claus, six-year-old Susan and her mother, Cole’s special events director, must decide if Kringle is telling the truth. With a competing store willing to do anything to run Cole’s into bankruptcy, Susan and her mother learn to believe beyond what they can see.

Review:

This beautifully made movie took us back to our childhood days of believing in holiday magic. We have only one thing left to say: Santa Claus is real.