I like when movies aren't directly based on Christmas. Movies like Love, Actually, especially the Emma Thompson chapter of that movie. Movies that let you know it's Christmas, but have a completely different theme. Jingle All the Way and Christmas with the Kranks...not so good. The only Christmas movie I can think of that I LOVE with a mushy theme is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I used to watch that for the whole month of December a while back. Additionaly it had Horton Hears a Who which is also one of my favorite stories. Wickersham Brothers..arrr.
As for the movies you mentioned. Polar Express looks retarded. Especially how they chose to animate it, but make it as creepy as possible. Surviving Christmas looks alright. I saw a trailer and laughed at a few points. We'll just have to see.
I'm only here to remind Brad to take his protein pills daily.