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Movie Review: A Kiss Before Christmas (2021)

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Synopsis: Twenty years after a chance encounter in an elevator led to Ethan discovering the love of his life, Joyce, the married father of two adopted teenagers has grown frustrated with his dead-end job and never having enough money. After telling a train station Santa he wished he had taken a different elevator 20 years earlier, Ethan falls asleep at the train station and wakes up in an alternate universe where he is wealthy, but also single and childless. He then learns he has until Christmas to figure out how to get back to his normal life or he will both be stuck in his new life and forget his previous life completely. Who's in it? The movie stars James Denton , Terri Hatcher , Marilu Henner , Rod Wilson and John B. Lowe. Review: I came across this movie over the weekend and, since I didn't have time to watch it at the time, added it to my library to watch later. My wife and I did that last night and, overall, thought it was an enjoyable holiday film. OK, full disclosu

Movie Review: Annie Claus is Coming to Town (2011)

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Synopsis: After spending her full life in the North Pole helping her father, Santa, run his toy workshop, Annie is given the opportunity to take a sabbatical to randomly-chosen Los Angeles. She has until Christmas to decide if she wants to remain in California or return to the North Pole and eventually take over when her father retires. However, one of Santa's elves, who has aspirations to be the next Santa, tries to put the odds in his favor by paying an actor to steal Annie's heart. Who's in it? The movie stars Maria Thayer , Sam Page , Ryan Bittle , Vivica A. Fox and Nay Nay Kirby . Review: I came across this movie yesterday morning and added it to my library. Since we had a little time before bed last night, my wife and I wound up watching it and ended up enjoying it a lot more than expected. There are a couple things that really stood out for me when watching this film. One of them had to be Annie (Thayer) herself. She was such a likable character and, while she ha

Movie Review: The Nine Kittens of Christmas (2021)

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Synopsis: After establishing a successful veterinary practice with her boyfriend in Miami, Marilee flies home to Oregon for the first time in five years so she can spend Christmas with her sister's family. However, when her boyfriend finds a reason not to travel with her, leading to their breakup, she starts the holiday on a sour note. Fortunately, she finds a distraction by helping her former boyfriend, Zachary, find homes for nine kittens abandoned at the firehouse. The movie is also known as Nine Lives of the Holidays. Who's in it? The movie stars Brandon Routh , Kimberly Sustad , Gregory Harrison , Stephanie Bennett and Linden McMillan . Review: My wife came across this movie over the weekend and added it to our library. I knew it was a sequel to another film we had not seen yet but, since it had kittens and we were both in the need for some cuteness last night, we ended up watching it. The kittens, as expected, were adorable. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie really

Movie Review: Next Stop, Christmas (2021)

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Synopsis : Angie, a successful New York surgeon, has only one regret in her life, not saying yes when her now-famous former boyfriend, Tyler, proposed to her 10 years earlier. While taking a commuter train home, Angie falls asleep and wakes up in 2011, just in time to celebrate what she says was her last happy Christmas with Tyler and her family. Only things aren't quite as joyful as she remembers and she must figure out how to set things right by Christmas Eve in order to return to the present time. Who's in it? The movie stars Lyndsy Fonseca , Chandler Massey , Lea Thompson , Eric Freeman and Christopher Lloyd . Review: I came across this movie this past weekend and, while I didn't have time to watch it right away, made sure to add it to my library for later because I thought it sounded interesting. As it turns out, the movie exceeded my expectations. When we first started watching this, my wife and I thought it would have a plot similar to It's a Wonderful Life , w

Movie Review: Making Spirits Bright (2021)

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Synopsis : Hoping to revive their failing holiday decorating businesses, two feuding families enter a local decorating contest. As insults fly between the two family patriarchs (former business partners), their kids begin to become romantically involved and try to find a way to resolve the long-time war. They see an opportunity to do this by convincing their dads to team up to win the competition together. Who's in it? The movie stars Taylor Cole , Carlo Marks , Sarah Surh , John Cassini and Garry Chalk . Review: My wife and I saw a preview for this movie during our Hallmark binge this past weekend and quickly added it to our list of films to watch. Unfortunately, while it looked decent in the preview, it really wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. There are a number of problems with this film. One of the big ones is it is extremely predictable, both with the romance between Grace (Cole) and Tony (Marks) and the overall plot in general. Basically, it was one of those

Movie Review: The Christmas Contest (2021)

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Synopsis: Years after their breakup, Lara and Ben find themselves competing against each other in a televised Christmas competition. While they both want to win the $50,000 prize for their respective charities, renewed feelings may force them to choose between winning and a shot at getting back together. Who's in it? The movie stars Candace Cameron Bure , John Brotherton , Barbara Niven , BJ Harrison and Keenan Tracey . Review: My wife and I saw this movie advertised multiple times while binge watching Hallmark movies over the weekend. It looked interesting so we made sure to set aside time to watch it when it aired last night. Unfortunately, I just didn't like this one as much as I thought I would. I'll start out by saying I think the idea was a good one (though I feel like it's been done before) and had quite a bit of potential. However, the film just never really lives up to that potential, at least in my opinion. One of the things that hurt this movie was it was

Movie Review: Christmas at Castle Hart (2021)

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Synopsis: After being fired from their waitress gig, sisters Brooke and Margot Bennett travel to Ireland in search of their deceased father's relatives. While touring the estate of an Irish earl, Aiden Hart, Margot convinces Brooke to pretend to be a successful event planner so they get the opportunity to organize an elaborate castle party. They are successful but Brooke begins to have second thoughts when she starts to fall for the earl. Who's in it? The movie stars Lacey Chabert , Ali Hardiman , Stuart Townsend , Kate O'Toole and Breffni Holahan . Review: My wife and I saw this movie advertised multiple times while watching other Hallmark movies this weekend and, mostly because we both like Lacey Chabert, we made a point of watching it when it first aired. Unfortunately, while Chabert lived up to expectations, this movie really didn't. If there is one word to describe this movie, it would be "predictable." Everything from Brooke's (Chabert) budding re