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** Christmas List

Kaufman/Plager Productions,

Alicia Witt, Gabriel Hogan, Peter Benson, Lina Renna, Christian Convery, Gelsea Mae, Chance Hurstfield, Trinity King


Isobel Gray (Witt) decides that spending the holidays in Hawaii like they had planned is not going to cut it. She was raised by a Mom who insisted on fake trees, tasteful decorations, and on a whim, Isobel Googles “Perfect Christmas Town” and finds a town in the Northwest that is a perfect place for her and her boyfriend to spend Christmas. But he is really busy with work and unable to go with her, but he’s planning on showing up on Christmas Eve. So she composes a Christmas Bucket List of things that she has always wanted to do for the holidays and sets to crossing the items off one by one. But finding it hard to be merry on her own, and not knowing a lot about the place, her encounter with a new guy sets off a forbidden romance, no matter how hard she resists. When her boyfriend shows up, she’s gonna have a lot of explaining to do.

This is another perfect setting for a Holiday Hallmark Premier for 2016 and Alicia Witt is one of my favorite Christmas movie actresses. She is such a goodhearted person who plays the naive wide eyed innocence girl so well. This is a fun and light holiday romance that is a step above most of them. Though other premiers are making more waves this year, this was a really nice little film that makes you realize that the holidays are not a destination, but a feeling in your heart. There is more to enjoying the season than making lists and checking them twice. Leave that for the Big Red Guy. No magical wishes or mysterious characters here, just a really sweet holiday romance that will leave you with a really good feeling.

Here is the Hallmark Channel web page for Christmas List.

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** A Puppy For Christmas

MarVista Entertainment, Brain Power Studio

Cindy Busby, Greyston Holt, Christopher Russell


Noelle (Cindy Busby) is a writer who has always wanted a puppy. Upon the urging of her friend, she decides to give her “allergic” future fiance a puppy named Buster. But things don’t go well and she finds herself with an ex-boyfriend, without an apartment or place to live, and failing drastically at her job as a writer. One of her co-workers invites her to come to his grandfather’s Christmas tree farm, to help her out. His fiance is arriving in a few days, and he’s planned an incredible week to show her the wonderful place he spent his childhood, and the wonderful sights of winter in the the country. But his fiance doesn’t show up, and he’s having a wonderful time showing Noelle around. But when Noelle’s finance has a change of heart and arrives to change his mind and propose, she has a lot to think about.

This UP TV Christmas 2016 premier film is a fun adventure with lots of fun and colorful characters. Yes, it’s a romance, naturally, but it also has a lot of interesting characters and quite a few fun times. The puppy is a little brat, but it really cute I guess. What can you say about an adorable little puppy. Things happen quickly as this film wraps up, but it has a lot of heart. This is one of the better UP movies I’ve seen this year, and is well worth the time watching it. I enjoyed it, and there have been a lot of dog Christmas movies that weren’t very good, so it’s nice that this one, though predictable of course, is a nice little film.

Here is the UPTV.COM page for this movie.

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** Christmas in Homestead

Crown Media Productions,

Taylor Cole, Michael Rady, Jeff Branson, Judd Lormand, Katrina Norman, Brooklyn Rae Silzer


One of the worlds top Movie Stars, Jessica McEllis (Taylor Cole) is traveling to the town of Homestead, Iowa, a town that is known for loving Christmas to film a Holiday Movie. Ian (Michael Rady) and his sister own the lodge where the stars are staying, and Ian is the mayor of the town. Though the townspeople are excited for the stars to come to town, Ian is concerned that the hubbub of all the stars in town will ruin their traditional Christmas. Did I mention that Ian is a single Dad, and Jessica is shockingly surprised to find out that the whole Christmas thing is not so bad after all. Though they start out butting heads pretty hard, you know it won’t be too long before sparks begin to fly!

This Hallmark Hall of Fame 2016 premier movie is on Hallmark all month. This is a pretty good film. There are about 3 stories going on, and it’s a lot of romance and Christmas spirit. Everyone finds a Happy Christmas after all. The little girl (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) is really fantastic. She was the cement that pulled this whole story together. A lot of it was a bit contrived, but what Christmas story isn’t crimped to fit inside a Christmas box? The movie turns and the happy ending comes in the very last few minutes, and at that point it’s hard to tell what is real, and what is part of the movie within the movie. Well done, Hallmark, and a very nice little holiday romance.

Here is the Hallmark page for this 2016 premier film.

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** Broadcasting Christmas

Hybrid, Mayor Entertainment,

Melissa Joan Hart, Dean Cain, Cynthia Gibb, Jackée Harry, Richard Kline, Sophie von Haselberg, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Joanna Howard, Susan Shalhoub Larkin, Ashley Santos, Krista Braun, Todd Litzinger, Joyce Cohen, Daren Kelly, Guy Olivieri


Emily Morgan (Melissa Joan Hart) is a TV News Host on the smallest station in the area. When she finds out about an opening for a new cohost for Veronika Daniels (Jackee Harry) on Rise and Shine, the top morning show, she goes right after it. But there are three other people they are looking for, including Charlie Fisher (Dean Cain) who is her ex. The four potential co-hosts take turns in the chair in the days running up to Christmas Eve when the new host is going to be announced. But the competition is fierce, and there may be some really dirty tricks in play.

This 2016 Hallmark Christmas Film is another film around the TV Business. Melissa Joan Hart and Dean Cain are very good together, but Ron Burgandy they are not! It’s a pretty decent film and is kind of fun to watch. It’s light and breezy, and has a lot of fun and romance to go around. An interesting film that is rather fun to watch. There are a few plot twists along the way to keep things moving, and these are like old friends that feel comfortable and familiar. This will be playing on Hallmark all through the season in 2016. If you get a chance to see it, you could do much worse. I enjoyed it.

Here is the Hallmark Channel page for this film.

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** A December Bride

Johnson Production Group,

Jessica Lowndes, Daniel Lissing, Beverley Breuer, Pauline Egan, Kurt Evans, Jay Hindle, Larry Hoe, Jannen Karr, Karen Kruper, Daniel Lissing, Drummond Macdougall, Keith MacKechnie, Casey Manderson, Dean Monroe McKenzie, April Telek, Brendon Zub


Layla O’Reilly (Jessica Lowndes) just got the news that her long time boyfriend and her cousin are getting married just before Christmas. She had been always dreaming of being A December Bride. To make her woe’s worse, she has to attend the wedding. Her neighbor and close friend promises to take her to the wedding as his date, but he ends up getting the flu and is unable to go, so at the last minute, Seth (Daniel Lissing) who was the one who introduced her boyfriend to her cousin, offers to step in and pretend to be her date. But as the reception unfolds, Seth gets a bit carried away and announces himself and Layla are engaged. They intend to tell the truth right after the wedding, but as the days go by, they get deeper and deeper drawn into the lie and are finding it harder and harder to get out from under the tall tale they have spun.

This is another new Hallmark 2016 premier Holiday film. This is a light and comedic romance set around the holidays. The acting is really good and the two leads are quite believable together. There are lots of disasters and the comedy is pretty good as they get deeper and deeper into the lie and are unable to get out of it without disappointing a lot of people. Furthermore, there are several side stories going on that add to the entertainment value. This is not one of the greatest of the new films this year, but it is a pretty decent effort. Certainly there is a lot of interesting thing to grab and keep your attention, and it’s a lot of fun. This film will be showing all throughout the season on Hallmark Channel and is well worth searching for.

Here is the Hallmark Channel web page for this film.

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