Best Holiday Movies on PeacockTV 

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The Peacock holiday programming has something for everyone, from new originals to classic holiday movies to themed episodes of fan-favorite sitcoms.

Fatman (2020)

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Mel Gibson portrays the hard-drinking — and presumably genuine — Chris Cringle, who vents his rage on Christmas-themed cans in this odd Christmas cult favorite. His government help check is disturbingly low this year—he is paid based on the number of presents provided, and more and more kids are on the naughty list these days—and his workshop is at risk of going down. Meanwhile, a cruel little rich boy (Chance Hurstfield) employs a hitman (Walton Goggins) to terminate Cringle’s life; the hitman is only too happy to obey, having never received any gifts as a youngster himself.

Fatman (2020), directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, is an odd item, presumably built up of old pieces that don’t appear to fit together—until they do. It’s a weird blend of violent brutality and real festive enthusiasm that sort of works. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, as the tough Mrs. Cringle, is an important part of why it works.

Ratings: 5.9/10 IMDb 

44% Rotten Tomatoes 

Director:  Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms


How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000)

Classics are classics for a reason, and this endlessly re-watchable 1966 Chuck Jones animated film is certainly one. How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is a beautifully animated film starring the ultimate antihero that is ideal for new members of the family and those in need of a reminder of the benefits of giving. If you don’t know, The Grinch is a furry green guy whose desire to ruin Christmas led him to discover how much people adore the holiday. If you’ve begun to perceive Christmas just for its buy!buy!buy! side, rather than its warmer side (and we’ve all been there), it’s time to see the original Grinch (and disregard Jim Carrey’s live action rendition). Casey, Henry T.

Ratings: 6.2/10 IMDb 

49% Rotten Tomatoes 

Director: Ron Howard 

The Family Stone (2005)

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To paraphrase Marie Kondo: I’m really looking forward to seeing The Family Stone since I enjoy a good mess. Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rachel McAdams lead an all-star cast in the dramedy. When eldest son Everett (Dylan McDermott) comes home his girlfriend (Parker) for Christmas, Keaton, the matriarch of a vast clan, is very unwelcome. Tense lunches, miscommunications, passive-aggressive bullying, and slapstick antics ensue. And partner switching. The lighthearted moments give way to a serious discovery that will leave you in tears and serve as a lesson to appreciate your loved ones while you still can. Kelly Woo’s

Ratings: 6.3/10 IMDb 

52% Rotten Tomatoes 

Director:  Thomas Bezucha 

Back to the Future (1985)

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The classic Back to the Future trilogy is back on Peacock, but we prefer the virtually faultless presentation of the first film. Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly, an average adolescent whose best buddy is a local crazy scientist named Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Marty is mistakenly sent to 1955, when his parents, Lorraine (Lea Thompson) and George (Crispin Glover), barely knew each other, after Doc exhibits his functional time machine. Unfortunately for Marty, Lorraine’s attraction to him may endanger his own life before he can return to the future.

Ratings: 8.5/10 IMDb 

96% Rotten Tomatoes 

Director: Robert Zemeckis

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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“You’ve heard of him.” The third Jason Bourne film is possibly the greatest in the series. Jason (Matt Damon) resumes his pursuit of information about his actual identity and his efforts to expose the CIA’s black ops organization, Operation Treadstone, in The Bourne Ultimatum. While Jason has an ally in the shape of his previous contact, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), the powers that be want him dead before he can reveal their secrets. Regrettably, betting against Jason Bourne is usually a lousy idea. And anyone attempting to murder Jason irritates him.

Ratings: 8/10 IMDb 

92% Rotten Tomatoes 

Director:  Paul Greengrass

Cast away (2000)

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The only thing Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) has to play off of for the entirety of Cast Away is a volleyball he named Wilson. But Chuck’s loneliness is so intense that it’s easy to see why he becomes so devoted to Wilson. Chuck is in a relationship with Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt) at the start of the film when he is killed in an aircraft disaster. Chuck is surviving on a barren island with little supplies and a decreasing feeling of optimism. Even if Chuck manages to escape the island, will he ever be able to restore the life he left behind?

Ratings: 7.8/10 IMDb 

89% Rotten Tomatoes 

Director: Robert Zemeckis 

Die Hard (1988)

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“Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” is a question that arises every year, and I believe it’s past time to lay it to rest. It’s a film set during the Christmas season, hence it’s a Christmas film. Put it on your yearly calendar and give your family vacation from uplifting nonsense. If you haven’t seen it, Die Hard stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, an NYPD detective who finds himself on Christmas Eve in a Los Angeles office building overrun with terrorists. McClane transforms into a reluctant one-man army, even walking across the shattered glass to save the captives, including his ex-wife. Alan Rickman, the late, brilliant actor, co-stars as the charming villain Hans Gruber. Marshall —

Ratings: 8.2/10 IMDb 

94% Rotten Tomatoes

Director:  John McTiernana

Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey

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Downton Abbey’s first Christmas special concludes with a wonderful moment between Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Matthew (Dan Stevens), which fans have been anticipating for two seasons. But, before that, the special begins with a despondent Mary trapped in an engagement to Sir Richard Carlisle. Because Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) is on trial for murder, the upstairs aristocracy and downstairs servants are equally depressed. Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) pushes his daughter to find genuine happiness as a result of the event, and Mary jumps at the chance to be with the man she loves. Kelly Woo’s

Ratings: 9.3/10 IMDb  

Director:  Brian Percival

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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Michel Gondry turned Charlie Kaufman’s script, a narrative of passion and regret, into one of the finest films of the 2000s. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are stunning as a separated couple who have vowed to obliterate their memories of their romance. Would you cut out a pivotal period in your life because the grief was too painful? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a work of art.

Ratings: 8.3/10 IMDb 

92% Rotten Tomatoes 

Director:  Michel Gondry 

The Office: Christmas Party

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With seven festive episodes in all, The Office made a specialty of them, but season two’s Christmas Party narrowly edges out season three’s A Benihana Christmas as the funniest. The narrative centers on the Dunder-Mifflin Secret Santa, but it’s actually about Michael’s ham-fisted attempt to get his own way and the impact it has on the rest of the team (as it usually is). There are several memorable lines, some interesting developments in the Jim’n’Pam narrative, and one of the finest endings of any Office episode. Purchase 15 bottles of alcohol and an iPod and relax. – McLaren, Marc

Ratings: 9/10 IMDb 

81% Rotten Tomatoes 

Better Watch Out (2016)

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Chris Peckover’s witty, humorous Better Watch Out (2017) exhibits enough beautiful concepts to earn it an unexpected “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just when it seemed like nothing more could be done in the subgenre of Christmas horror flicks. Luke (Levi Miller), 12, is head over heels in love with Ashley, his attractive 17-year-old babysitter (Olivia DeJonge). When his parents (Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton) leave for the evening, Luke sets out to win Ashley’s heart by popping a bottle of champagne, cuddling while watching horror movies and saving her from a disguised intruder.

The film begins with an almost absurd quantity of cheerful Christmas lights and decorations (Warburton is especially proud of his flashy holiday tie) and a humorous opening sentence. Everything darkens slowly as—ahem—other hues begin to dominate the film’s palette. It all takes place in a world where horror movies exist, so the characters are wiser as a consequence, but it also delivers a nasty spin on an old Home Alone staple and a few unexpected story twists.

Ratings: 6.5/10 IMDb 

89% Rotten Tomatoes 

Director: Chris Peckover