My mom and I have a fun Christmas tradition that basically started as a joke (as many things do with us). We decided Christmas afternoon since it was just the two of us, we’d head out for Chinese food and a movie, several years later, we keep up the tradition. In recent years, the Mandarin has actually been busy, we thought last year was only because of the ice storm but this year the Durham Mandarins were packed, we know to make reservations for next year.

My rules for Christmas movies we see is they have to be light-hearted. I don’t want to see something sad, or scary on Christmas. I just want to have a good laugh and see a fun movie. We were struggling to find a movie that fit the bill this year and then we found Night at the Museum 3. I loved the first two, I may have seen the second one in IMAX… on opening weekend… Oh… and I may have gone to the Natural History Museum in New York to see the exhibits (spolier alert: they aren’t really like the movie). I had actually forgotten that they made a third movie, I remember people talking about it when Robin Williams died but it didn’t feel like it was heavily promoted, unlike some other movies that came out around Christmas.

Sometimes, once you get to the third movie in a series the story line is really thin. I thought the story was great (you know, for a kids movie about museum creatures coming to life). This story introduces a few new characters like Rebel Wilson as a British security guard and another museum exhibit played by Ben Stiller. It was sad to watch the movie¬†with Robin Williams, it was his final live-action movie he appeared in before his death. The movie was also dedicated to Mickey Rooney who died this past year and it was his final movie as well. Robin Williams was in the entire movie, it didn’t need to be edited because of his death but a spin-off had to be cancelled because it featured Roosevelt. It was an excellent movie, particularly if you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy. It was my perfect Christmas movie.

Have you seen “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”?

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