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MarVista Entertainment, SaigeBelle Films,

Tara Holt, Sam Page, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Emily Peterson,Phillip Edward Van Lear, Stacia Crawford, Dan Brown, Sam Guinan-Nyhart


Tom (Sam Page) is the ultimate Christmas shopper. The call him Mr. Christmas. He’s approached by a friend Paul (Sam Guinan-Nyhart) who is a workaholic and really loves Jenny (Tara Holt) but doesn’t have a clue what to give her for Christmas. Tom agrees to find the perfect gift for Paul to give Jenny, but the more he digs into finding what Jenny is all about, the more Tom finds himself falling for her. One of the rules of his business is not to be personally involved, but she seems like the perfect person for him, and she is able to drag him into her world more and more until something has to break.

This is one of the early premiers that will be repeated all season in 2017. This is a very typical Hallmark Christmas Movie with the usual triangle issues. The plot is not all that complicated, and the movie really dind’t resonate a whole lot with me. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a nice movie, and the cast is really good. They speak their lines and do the best the can to make the script work, but it’s just has nothing to reach out and grab you. There are a lot of twists and turns, but it’s all in order like A, B, C, 1, 2, 3. I didn’t dislike the movie in the least, and they did a good job with it, but it’s not top of my list. Watch them struggle and really enjoy the Chicago landscape, and turn off the critical thinking part and you won’t be disappointed.

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** Miss Christmas

Crown Media,

Marc Blucas, Erin Boyes, Brooke D’Orsay, James Rha, Luke Roessler, Taylor St. Pierre


Miss Christmas Holly Kuhn (Brooke D’Orsay) is responsible for the Christmas Tree for Chicago’s Radcliff Tree Lighting. But this year an accident made the tree unusable. But she’s on a mission to find a last minute replacement. A letter from a little boy Joey (Luke Roessler) may be the perfect tree, but when she heads out to find it, she finds the little boy’s father Sam (Marc Bulcas) is dead set against it for very sentimental reasons.

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** A Christmas to Remember

Crown Media Productions, Lighthouse Pictures, Storybox Entertainment,

Mira Sorvino, Cameron Mathison, Jesse Filkow, Bailey Skodje, Elle McKinnon, Brenda Crichlow, Steve Bacic, Kevin McNulty, Wendy Abbott, John Innes, Ona Grauer, Tanya Champoux


Jennifer Wade is a high strung TV personality chef, and she’s really in need of a break. Her friend offers her a cabin in the mountains for some skiing, but a blizzard and a car crash leave her wandering in a small town with no memory of who she is and where she came from. She meets John Blake (Cameron Mathison) who takes her in and tries to help, but even with the help of the whole town, they can’t seem to solve the mystery of who she is. John is a young widower raising small kids, and Jennifer just seems to fit in. But she can’t decide anything until she finds out who she is and where she came from.

This is a really nice little holiday film, and very well acted. The setting is really beautiful, and the acting of Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison is top notch, as are the children. The town is exactly where I’d like to wake up, and it’s a heartwarming story. Why is it mostly at Christmas we love to see the small town life in the movies.But this is a really warm and touching story and one of the best of this year’s class of holiday films. Be sure to watch this one.

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** Engaging Father Christmas

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Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick, Michael Kopsa, P. Lynn Johnson, Aliyah O’Brien, Nevis Unipan,


Last year’s premier of Finding Father Christmas [Click here for Ed’s Review] brought us the story of Miranda who lost her Mother at Christmas, and spent the last film looking for her father who turned out to be a famous actor. Miranda met his family, and spent last Christmas visiting with them. It was a lovely story. A year has passed, and Engaging Father Christmas brings us right back to where we left off with Miranda spending another holiday with her secret father’s family, but the man she met last year has decided to propose to her. But a sinister plot that might reveal the name of her famous father sending scandal to the family who took her in may ruin everything unless Miranda and her fiance Ian (Niall Matter) are able to figure out who is behind the reveal of her secret, and try to stop him to protect her new found family who have been so kind to her.

Last year’s film was one of the highlights of the season and a great Christmas movie. This year’s sequel is like a welcome friend since we know the background and the characters from the previous film, and they were so likeable. This is probably not as good as the first film, and it’s a little bit contrived, to be honest, but it is nice to visit the friends from last film. Nobody is quite that upset about a star having an affair in this day and age, but it is a small town in Vermont and he is revered there. Wendie Malik reprises her role as the widowed wife of James Whitcomb, Miranda’s famous father. She is excellent and certainly very charming as the lady of the house. all in all this is a pleasant continuation of the first film. I enjoyed it very much.

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** Enchanted Christmas

Mission Pictures International, Gabriel Productions,

Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega, Randy Wayne, Chelsie Hightower, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Steve Bond, Rene Rivera, Melanie Nelson, K. Danor Gerald


Laura (Alexa PenaVega) left her home in Utah leaving behind her Father, her love of dance, and the memory of heartbreak as her husband who has died. Now working for a property management company, her boss has purchased a new hotel and assigned her to manage the upgrade project and to have it finished before Christmas Eve. To her horror, the hotel is actually the Enchanted Hotel in her hometown where she used to dance in the Christmas Program every year. So now she’s home to make amends with her Father, try to manage an impossible task, and when they lose the lead dancer in the program a few days before the program, Laura has to fill in for her. To her surprise, her ex-boyfriend is her partner. The pressure is enormous as she tries to make everyone happy but it all falls on her shoulders. Worse, her feelings for the old partner Ricardo are coming back, and it seems like the Dec 24th deadline is impossible.

So far this year it seems Hallmark has been hitting it out of the park this year. Not one clunker so far. This is a really romantic tale, though it’s filled with the details of business and grown up things like that, the heart of the movie is the romance. It’s nicely done, really simple with only a few diversions. The script is well done, and the actors do a really good job. This is a worthwhile addition to the Hallmark Christmas Movie tradition. The ending is well put together, and brings it to a fun conclusion. Catch this one if you can.

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