Archive for December, 2015

Chesler/Perlmutter Productions,

Brooke Nevin, Robin Dunne, Dani Kind, Geri Hall, Alan C. Peterson, Greg Hovanessian,Tess Degenstein, Don Allison, Scott Cavalheiro, Eva Greig, Daniel Kash



Maggie (Brooke Nevin) is an assistant at her college radio station where the DJ is Mitch O’Grady (Robin Dunne). When she misses her ride home for Christmas Mitch gives her a ride, but the storm is so bad they can’t get through so since Mitch loves Christmas so much and Maggie is so sad, he decides to stop and provide her the best Christmas ever with a toboggan ride and all. After Christmas, Mitch does not return and Maggie doesn’t know what happened to him, but later he turns up on the radio in her home town. Maggie is a reporter and a writer for the newspaper, but Mitch really has completely lost the Christmas spirit, so Maggie sets on a plan to send him one gift anonymously every day for 12 days in order to help him regain his love of Christmas.

Well, finally a little Christmas film with a new twist. We’ve seen someone searching for a missing person, or someone trying to get home for the holidays, but in this film Mitch is the one who has no idea who his anonymous gift giver is. He is intrigues by who keeps sending him the gifts, and enjoys opening each one and reading the note on the air. In the end, of course, we’ll eventually find out what happened to Mitch to turn him so sour on the holidays and the two start a budding romance for the new year. This was a very light and fun Christmas film without a lot of action and drama. It’s enjoyable and kind of fun to just relax and watch. You won’t burn out too many brain cells trying to follow this film, and it’s a great little film to watch while fixing dinner or wrapping presents, or as a sound track to any number of other holiday activities. Not a bad film after all.

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** A Christmas Melody

Brad Krevoy Television, Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA), New Line Cinema,

Lacey Chabert, Mariah Carey, Brennan Elliott, Fina Strazza, Kathy Najimy, Kevin Chamberlin, Tifani Ahren Davis, Raelle Wilson, Katie Eichler, Alexa Glaser, Torie Wiggins, William Willet, Jim Gloyd


Kristen Parson (Lacey Chabert) and her daughter Emily (Fina Strazza) have moved back home to the town where Kristen’s family was from. Things are tough and Emily’s having a hard time making friends at her new school. But one of her best is music teacher Danny Collier (Brennan Elliott) who agrees to let her try out for the Christmas Pageant regardless of the fact that auditions are closed, much to the chagrin of Melissa Anderson (Mariah Carey) a very strong willed stage mom who insists her daughter is the star of the play. When Emily and Danny put together a new song for Emily to sing, music brings the whole town back to the real meaning of Christmas and fills the town with love.

This was advertised as a Mariah Carey film, but it’s not. It’s a Lacey Chabert film, and that’s just fine because Lacey kills on these Christmas films and always has. Mariah has a small part, but it’s kind of funny and really the whol purspose of this film was to introduce Mariah’s new Christmas song for 2015 “Oh, Santa”

This is not a huge film, but it does have some big guns behind it like New line Cinema who I normally don’t see on a TV Christmas film, but it’s filled with Christmas cheer and Fina Strazza is awesome! I enjoyed this film and I am glad I got a chance to see it.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday December 29, 2015

  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Heist
  • Hitman: Agent 47
  • Jenny’s Wedding
  • The Perfect Guy
  • A Walk in the Woods

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Davis Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Moving Picture Company (MPC),

Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Charles Dance

Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) has a dream of proving his theory that life can be created. Meanwhile Igor (Daniel Radcliff) has a bad hunchback and has resorted to performing in a sort of freak sideshow. Dr. Frankenstein sees how badly Igor is being treated and helps him escape and cures his hunchback turning Igor into a respected citizen, and has him become his assistant to help him prove that his theory is possible. This is a whole new look at the story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein focusing on Igor’s story.

This is truly Daniel Radcliff’s movie. I am glad he took on the part. He has really nailed the part, and it’s not a very easy role. As the good doctor loses his sanity more and more and more, Igor is standing beside him trying protect him from destroying himself. There’s a lot of action and excitement in the story, but a bit of romance as Igor seeks after the pretty girl on the trapeze that he always longed for. Daniel Radcliff pours his whole soul into the movie, but sadly that’s not enough to rescue the story. The film just didn’t catch on, and I can understand why. James McAvoy was a little too unhinged and way out there. It was just a little too chaotic. But I enjoyed the film and was glad I took time out to go see it. I don’t think everyone will like this, but if a period piece with a lot of character development put into it is your thing, please give this a try. It wasn’t a bad film at all. It was just a little out there for some folks.

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** Christmas Land

Hybrid, Mayor Entertainment,

Nikki Deloach, Luke Macfarlane, Maureen McCormick, Cynthia Gibb, Richard Karn, Chonda Pierce, Jason-Shane Scott, Annette Wright, Wes Wright, Michael Flynn, Robert Hobbs, Jarrod Phillips, Don Hudson, Malinda Money, Shayla McCaffrey


Jules (Nikki Deloach) is a successful marketer in New York City, but she has fond memories of her childhood Christmases spent with Aunt Glenda (Maureen McCormick) at a Christmas Tree farm and attraction called Christmas Land. But Aunt Glenda has passed, and she left the entire operation to her niece Jules. Jules and her boyfriend think that it would be an easy way to make some money to go and claim the property. But the local lawyer who is probating the will is named Tucker Barnes (Luke MacFarlane), and he’s charming and handsome. But he’s hinted to the folks in the town that Jules is coming to reopen Christmas Land and all the shops, stores, and restaurants associated with it. But naturally the charm and beauty of Christmas Land as well as the charm and beauty of Tucker is making it hard for her to turn the property over and go back to the city.

This is a charming little Christmas tale. The setting is really beautiful, and the hometown folks are very fun to watch. This is a Hallmark film, so it’s good quality with some good performances. This is not the most outstanding of the new batch of Christmas films, but it’s cute enough. The trouble is that they are really running out of clever new ideas for Christmas stories so the rework the same scenarios over and over. This is understandable as there are hundred and hundreds of these movies and a demand for new ones this year. I have to say I enjoyed this little film and I felt like this was a nice last minute new film to catch before the big day. I would like to visit Christmas Land. Anytime.

Here is the home page for Hallmark’s Christmas Town.

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