The best Christmas films set a generally non-Christmastime story in the holiday season, play off the holiday energy and motif, and culminate with a slightly Christmassy motif. The Ref is such a film.
It's seems like Kevin Spacey is in just about every movie I've been watching these past few weeks. I've started to garner an appreciation for him. He's good in The Ref; the up-tight chemistry between his character and his wife (played by Judy Davis) is what makes this film so much fun to watch. This is one I will come back to watch in future Decembers.