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Movie Review: Murder at the Gallop (1963)

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Synopsis: While collecting donations for charity, Miss Jane Marple witnesses a wealth recluse's death. She believes he was murdered but the police don't agree, at least until his sister is also murdered. Believing one of the man's heirs is the killer, Marple takes a holiday at the Gallop Hotel so she can spy on the family. Who's in it? The movie stars Margaret Rutherford , Stringer Davis , Robert Morley , Flora Robson and Charles "Bud" Tingwell. Review: After seeing three of the four  Miss Marple films starring Margaret Rutherford, I was finally able to get this one in my library. Since I had yesterday afternoon off, I took the time to watch it and thought it was worth the wait. One of the things I liked about this movie was the number of potential suspects. I was able to take a fairly accurate guess about who the killer was but there were other possibilities and, since they all had both motive and opportunity, I wasn't completely sure who would be th

Movie Review: Family For Christmas (2015)

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Synopsis: Hanna Dunbar has a successful career as a broadcast journalist and was just offered her dream job in New York but a friend request from her college boyfriend, Ben, has her wondering what might have been if, instead of taking a prestigious internship several years earlier, she had chosen to stay with him. She gets the opportunity to find out after a "Christmas wish" results in her waking up in an alternate universe where she is married to Ben and is a stay-at-home mom. Who's in it? The movie stars Lacey Chabert , Tyron Leitso , Milli Wilkinson , Audrey Smallman and Brittney Wilson. Review: My wife and I continued our holiday movie marathon with this film yesterday evening. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect from it, but it turned out to be a great movie. There were a couple things I really liked about this movie. One of the main ones, as has been the case with other films we've seen this holiday season, was Lacey Chabert's performance as Hanna.

Movie Review: Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe (2018)

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Synopsis: Instead of working for her father, Darcy chose to move to New York and start her own investment business. Returning home for Christmas for the first time in two years, Darcy helps her mother organize a fundraiser for the local youth center and learns the project will require her to work with a former classmate/debate team rival who now owns a restaurant and will be catering the event. As she tries to navigate all the obstacles that continue to make holding the charity event more difficult, she also learns her business partners, unhappy with her desire to help smaller clients, are trying to force her to sell her share of the company. Who's in it? The movie stars Lacey Chabert , Brendan Penny, Sherry Miller , Art Hindle and Anna Hardwick. Review: I had dinner (spaghetti) by the time my wife got home from work and, after a couple brief interruptions, we settled down with our plates and this movie. Overall, we were happy with our choice. My wife and I are in full agreemen

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