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Perfect World Pictures (Beijing), Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions,

Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie Usher, DC Young Fly

Walter (Danny Glover) is the father of a big family who are all grown-up and moved away, and he’s suffering the loss of his wife and it’s 5 days until Christmas. Walter has asked everyone to come together and his only wish is for the whole family to get together for 5 days without it all blowing up. Of course that’s a lot to ask of this bunch, and though Walter’s obsessed with getting his wife’s Sweet Potato Pie just right, the rest of the gang from Aunt May (Mo’nique) all the way down to the grandchildren are all about to kill each other. This is a typical dysfunctional family survives Christmas films.

Almost Christmas is certainly a well covered topic, with the frustrated Dad trying to keep his kids from tearing each other apart story line, but due to the excellent acting from Glover and Mo’Nique through JB Smoove, Gabriel Union, and right on down the line, the talent helps to make the story come alive. There are some hysterical moments that are really well done including one of the best dining room table bits that I’ve ever seen. This film is not going to be classic enough to gain cult status, but it’s really pretty well done and though it does jump from sad to silly and back quite fast, still it’s a highly enjoyable film and one that makes us feel good because our families are not near as bad as this clan. Or are they? That’s something you’ll be wondering about as you enjoy this charming Christmas Movie.

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Broad Green Pictures, Ingenious Media, Miramax,

Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Ryan Hansen, Jenny Zigrino, Jeff Skowron, Mike Starr

Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) is back as the drunken no good oaf who’s as broke as always. He’s followed around by Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly) who was just a troubled kid in the original movie, but now is a 21 year old loser who won’t leave Soke alone for a second. To further torment him, his mother shows up, Sunny Soke (Kathy Bates) with a plan to crack a safe and rip off a charity event which will make Willie go back to playing Santa one more time. But perhaps the last straw is that he’s going to need the help of his “elf” partner Marcus (Tony Cox) who would really like to kill Soke instead of helping him, although a 2 million dollar payoff helps convince him. The plan is complex, and of course nothing goes right as everyone crashes through this EXTRA raunchy sequel to Bad Santa.

This film doesn’t quite hit the bulls-eye as it is much dirtier and nastier than the first one. This one really goes into the gutter. But that’s what you would expect from Willie Soke from his first film. Is it really possible that is was all the way back in 2003 when we got that Christmas Classic of Disgusting Material? Well, one look at a grown up Thurman will convince you that many years have passed. With a lot of smut, even more silliness and stupidity, over acting galore, and a suite of really goofy characters. Somehow it keeps you entertained and when it’s over, though you might want to hit the shower to wash off the crud, you’ll find that it was kind of funny after all. This crew makes us feel better about ourselves because no matter how badly we screw up, we can never be as bad as this bunch. If you like seeing Moe hit Curly with a sledge hammer, or love to rubber neck when there’s a bad accident on the freeway, and if you don’t mind a constant stream of extremely bad language, you’ll find yourself chucking all the way through. Kathy Bates is exceptional in her role as Willie’s Mom. It’s gross, it’s stupid, and dog gone it, it’s funny.

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** A Cinderella Christmas

MarVista Entertainment,

Emma Rigby, Peter Porte, Sarah Stouffer, Michael Dempsey, Lesley-Anne Down


Two cousins, Angie (Emma Rigby) and Candace (Sarah Stouffer) live together with Sarah’s father Otto (Michael Dempsey) Angie’s parents were killed when they were little, and Otto took Angie in and treated her like his own daughter. But Candace is a little brat who loves to pull the wool over her father’s eyes, while bribing or tricking Angie into doing all her work. Otto owns a special event catering company, which the girls run, but Angie does everything while Sarah takes all the credit. Her father thinks she’s the brains and brawn of the company. When the biggest even of they year with the town’s most eligible batchelor, Nikolaus Karmichael (Peter Porte) Candace and Angie try to book the gig, but Nikolaus only has eyes for Candace. But when Candace is not able to attend the party which is a masquerade ball, Angie goes in her place, and naturally Nikolaus falls in love with her, but when she suddenly leaves, he tries to find her everywhere, but Candace manages to work her way into the engagement while keeping Angie out of the picture.

This is a Christmas themed Cinderella story that is just like it sounds by the title. But surprisingly this was a pretty good movie. Emma Rigby did an excellent job as Cinderella, and tired of being taken advantage of, but afraid to speak up for herself is how she plays it. She is very good. Sarah Stouffer on the other hand is a perfectly spoiled brat and she pulls that off in the most annoyingly accurate possible. She is really good. Actually all of the characters are well cast, and their lines are very well written. I didn’t think I could watch another Cinderella knock off, but this one was actually pretty good. Naturally you have to now in advance how it will end up, as all Cinderella stories do, but the journey is well worth it for the interesting events along the way. Really a pleasure to watch, and I recomment this film as one of the best of ION Television’s 2016 premiers. Try to see this when you can!

Here is the web page for this ION Television Premier film.

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** So This is Christmas

Foster Entertainment,

Eric Roberts, Lexi Ainsworth, Titus Makin Jr, Vivica A. Fox, Bryan Massey



Ashley (Lexi Ainsworth) is a teenager living in a messed up family. Her Dad is trying to keep over her, but Ashley is hanging out with a really troubled girl, and headed down the wrong path. Meanwhile, Jason (Titus Makin Jr.) also lives with them and his Mother Sharon (Vivica A Fox) sees no wrong in her athlete son who is really hanging out with some bad people, taking drugs and committing all kinds of crimes to support his habit. But when her Dad hires a handyman Mac (Bryan Massey), he takes an interest in Ashley and talks her into writing a Christmas Play and directing it at a kid’s shelter, things start to turn around.

This is a touching and heartwarming story with a lot of depth. The characters are very well developed and there are not a lot of members of the cast, so we get to learn a lot about each of them. It’s very complex and twisted with a long tale of failure and redemption. This movie has a religious feel to it, without any preaching. The issues are deep and the story digs into it very well. This is a Christmas themed movie, but not really a Christmas story. Warning: It does get very intense in the last half hour! Bad choices have consequences, and it’s hard to back out after you have been down the wrong road for a while. This is an intense movie with a lot of problems. Redemption is a hard long road, but this is a really good movie. Give it a chance, but there is no Santa Claus in this one!

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** My Christmas Love

Curiously Strong Productions, MarVista Entertainment

Meredith Hagner, Bobby Campo, Aaron O’Connell, Megan Park, Gregory Harrison


Cynthia (Meredith Hagner) is a hopeless romantic. Her relationships never last because she’s looking for a guy who will do romantic things for her like her parents. Since Mom died, she’s more intent on finding the perfect romantic guy. She’s gone home to be with her Dad and her sister who is planning a Christmas wedding. But Cynthia is planning a working vacation as she brings along her close friend of many years, and her illustrator (she’s a writer) Liam (Bobby Campo) to help her. But someone begins sending unsigned presents based on the 12 Days of Christmas starting with a partridge in a pear tree. Cynthia is intent on find out which of her former boyfriends is doing this major romantic thing, and as the days pass by she gets more and more frustrated trying to find out who is sending these to her. In the end, she finds out, and we’re as surprised as she is when she finally solves who the sender is, but in the process she is able to learn that it’s not someone who is doing something romantic for you, it’s finding the person you want to do romantic things for. But it just may be too little too late.

One of our final Hallmark 2016 premier movies, and this is an interesting story. The 12 gifts on their own is really clever, and it’s hard to wait until the next day to see how they’re going to do the next one. Very well performed, and it’s a interesting script, so it’s not easy to get carried away in the story and it makes the two hours fly by. All in all, this is a very well done script and it’s an enjoyable holiday film to see.

Here is the web page for this Hallmark Channel film.

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