Archive for November, 2012

Hallmark Channel,

Jason Gedrick, Emmalyn Estrada, Amitai Marmorstein, Richard Harmon, Teryl Rothery, Erica Cerra


The town has a “Wishing Tree” where people can make a wish and it will come true. In the town is a private school where teacher Dennis Farnsworth (Jason Gedrick) is still grieving the loss of his wife, so he agrees to stay over Christmas to babysit two excellent students who are orphaned and are forced to stay over the holidays. But a third student, spoiled rich kid Andrew Breen (Richard Harmon) also has to stay because his parents are off to Paris for the holidays. Andrew starts the holiday by smashing up the wishing tree and getting himself arrested. As the time goes by the four have to either learn to tolerate each other, or they will all be in big trouble.

This brand new Christmas film from Hallmark is a wonderful story. It is very touching and gets right to the heart of love, loss, and family. Those who are alone through the holidays can get by by helping others, finding a way to give, and helping each other and others make the time fly by. Not sappy like many holiday stories, this is very realistic and seems like the kind of story that happens every day. This is a great new addition to the Holiday specials, and one that we’ll surely watch again. I highly recommend this Christmas film.


There is no preview for this film, but this link is to the Hallmark page for this film.

 It’s a Wonderful Movie... your Guide to Family Movies

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Scarpe Diem Productions, Snapper Films Oy,

Noah Emmerich, John Turturro, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Kari Väänänen, Otto Gustavsson, Laura Birn, Mikko Kouki, Mauri Heikkilä, Saara Pakkasvirta, Eeva Soivio



This story from Finland is a tale of a young boy, Nicholas (Hannu-Pekka Björkman) who lost his parents in an accident. The town decided that no one had enough resources to adopt him, but the whole town could, and every Christmas Day he would move to a new family for the next year. He appreciated the love shown to him by the town, that he showed his appreciation by leaving presents on their doorsteps every Christmas Eve. Finally he is forced to go work for a grumpy old carpenter who put him to work in his workshop in this tale of how Santa became Santa.

This is a really charming Finnish production of the tale of Santa Claus which is very heartwarming. Available on DVD this year, this is one to look out for. The film is dubbed into English, and is pretty short, only an hour and 18 minutes, but it’s really good. The story is really engaging, and this boy, put through a lot of hardships that are not his fault, turns out to be kind and gentle. The way he deals with the hardworking gruff guy by gently working as hard as he kind is really nice. Especially when he is able to reach into the Master’s soul and touch him as well. This is really a gem of a foreign film, and one that’s very much worth searching for. It’s a very cute film.

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Noel Productions Inc.,

David Hasselhoff, Caroline Rhea, Barclay Hope, Jessica McLeod


Maya Fletcher (Caroline Rhea) is a workaholic Mom who’s trying to keep her job with a very demanding boss, and keep the family’s Christmas plans together. she hires Owen (David Hasselhoff) who is a well known Christmas Consultant who will handle all the holiday plans giving her the opportunity to focus on the job while Owen handles all the details. At first, things go very well, but gradually Maya begins to realize Owen is taking over her role as leader of the family Christmas plans and she misses the fun of the holidays.

This brand new lifetime holiday film has one big problem. Hasselhoff runs around through the first 2/3 of this film as a manic and very, very annoying little geek that is so annoying you really want to turn it off! That kills this film, unfortunately. It’s kind of sad, because the last 20 minutes of this film is not bad at all. It seems the insane Owen actually is hiding a secret, and once he comes down of his Christmas high, he’s actually a likeable guy. It’s a pretty fair concept for a holiday film, and it’s a shame that the Hoff chose to go so over the top annoying for the first hour of this film. It really ruins it. I can’t recommend this film because of that. Too bad, because there are too few new films each year, but this is a really painful one to sit through!

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Werc Werk Works, Kasdan Pictures, Likely Story,

Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, Ayelet Zurer, Sam Shepard, Lindsay Sloane, Jay Ali

Beth (Diane Keaton) is suffering from empty nest syndrome, and her doctor husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) is simply not much interested in her anymore. But driving home in the snow, her daughter notices something in the weeds on the side of the road. It turns out to be an injured dog which they nurse back to health, but after the wedding while daughter is on her honeymoon, the couple and some other friends take a vacation way up in the mountains where Freeway the dog becomes lost. They all set out to search for him, but he’s nowhere to be found, and the wedge between husband and wife is growing bigger. This is a film about a dog, but as you will see the real story is between a husband and wife who seem to have lost each other.

This is a beautiful story. The latter part of the story, up in the wilderness is extremely beautiful, and the scenery is breathtaking. It’s a fairly slow unwinding story, but the characters are fully developed bit by bit, and the lead roles are played perfectly. These are very good actors, and it’s a pleasure to get lost in the story and watch the relationship develop. All in all, this is a really nice movie, and a very well developed story. As I stated, the story is not really about Freeway the dog, but he does steal the show. This dog is also a very good actor.

I think this is a nice film for a rental, and well worth the time to watch. It has the feel of a Lifetime movie, with the budget of a Hollywood film. It’s very well done.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday November 20, 2012

  • The Expendables 2
  • The Obama Effect

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