The 12 best Christmas movies on Apple TV+, Disney+, Paramount+, and Peacock – TechHive
Continuing our lists of Christmas season selections from the top streaming services, this week, we select picks—new and old, respectful and irreverent—from Apple TV+, Disney+, Paramount+, and Peacock.
Our list has a little something for everyone, from a maniacal decorator to an ugly-sweater-wearer, from a slasher to a con artist, from a Scrooge to a superhero.
And don’t miss our top picks of holiday films now streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!
Beautiful Something Left Behind (Paramount+)
MTV Documentary Films
Nolan is one of the children dealing with the loss of a parent in the documentary Beautiful Something Left Behind.
Katrine Philp’s unique, moving documentary Beautiful Something Left Behind (2021) explores a topic that many would rather not explore. The film focuses on a Morristown, New Jersey organization called Good Grief, which is dedicated to helping kids whose parents or other family members have died. Only kids between the ages of 5 and 10 are actually interviewed on camera, and it’s powerful stuff when one child, 8-year-old Nicky, begins to knot his brow and weep while making a little bracelet. Counselors and other children comfort him, letting him know that it’s OK to cry. (It “makes your eyes clean” another child offers.)
Kids are also encouraged to play in a strange little sandbox that contains a small graveyard with headstones. (“He’s dead!” proclaims one child, playing smash-up with toy cars.) One bittersweet segment of the film takes place over Christmas as new guardians try to make a happy season for the sorrowful children. This is an unforgettable experience.
Better Watch Out (Peacock)
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Luke (Levi Miller) and babysitter, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) face a deadly holiday night in Better Watch Out.
Just when it seemed as if nothing more could be done in the subgenre of Christmas horror films, Chris Peckover’s clever, fun Better Watch Out (2017) displays enough bright ideas to earn it a surprising “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 12-year-old Luke (Levi Miller) is in love with his pretty 17-year-old babysitter, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge). When his parents (Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton) go out for the evening, Luke sets out trying to win Ashley’s heart, which includes popping a bottle of champagne, snuggling while watching scary movies, and protecting her from a masked intruder.
The movie starts with an …….