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(1) Title (2) Rating (3) Genres (4) Starring (5) Synopsis (6) My Personal Review (7) Scoring 1-5

 

 

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A Wedding For Christmas

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Cristine Prosperi, William McNamara, Lesli Kay, and Vivica A. Fox

Synopsis: Hayley escapes her small town and builds a life in Los Angeles as a wedding planner. When her sister asks her to plan her wedding, Hayley returns to her childhood town and reunites with a childhood flame. 

Review:  This is definitely a B-movie. The lead isn’t the best actress. Despite that, it’s still a cute movie. It falls into the I didn’t mind seeing it once but probably won’t watch again category. 

Scoring: 2

 

Welcome To Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Eric Mabius and Jennifer Finnigan

Synopsis: A real estate developer finds romance with a charming sheriff in a small town. 

Review:  This was a truly special movie. From stop to start it had beautiful scenery, a lovely story, and amazing acting (Mabius never disappoints). The town has fun and unique Christmas traditions, like the ornament hunt. I can’t wait to watch it again. 

Scoring: 4

What I Did For Love

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Jeremy London and Doris Barton

Synopsis: Rising L.A. lawyer James White is going home for the holidays with his fiancée, Sadie Ryder, to finally meet her family in rural Pine Gap. After a bad first impression, James attempts to win over Sadie's lawyer-loathing father Karl by pretending to be a country boy. But a pair of worn jeans and a ten-gallon hat don't make a cowboy, and it's going to take more than mere posturing to charm Mr. Ryder...in fact, it just may take a miracle.

Review:  This is another movie that takes place at Christmas but doesn’t feel like a Christmas movie. It’s more about the ranch and the city boy in the country. A lot of it is expected but it’s still fun. 

Scoring: 3

 

When Angels Come To Town
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Religion, Romance
Starring: Tammy Blanchard, Peter Falk, and Kathy Segal
Synopsis: Peter Falk reprises his role as Max, an unusual angel. When he seemingly contacts the wrong family in need, his heavenly supervisor, Jo, hurries to earth to fix the “damage”. Jo will soon discover that Max’s botched good deed is actually a Godsend that helps two families. 
Review:  Like the other Max movies, this one gives a message of hope and giving to others. It’s moving and endearing. The only part I didn’t like was the casting of Blanchard because she’s so much like Judy Garland I found it distracting. 
Scoring: 4
When Calls The Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Daniel Lissing, Kavan Smith, and Jack Wagner
Synopsis: Elizabeth's fiancé, Jack, surprises her when he comes home on leave. Meanwhile, town mayor, Abigail leads the creation of Hope Valley's Christmas Parade, featuring a passionate band, led by sheriff Bill Avery. Abigail's newly adopted son, Cody, tries to make their first Christmas together special, connecting her past with their bright future. Rosemary and Lee, Hope Valley's most endearing married couple, will discover how important Christmas traditions and treasured memories are. Doctor Carson Shepherd exhibits faith and resilience when he tries to heal and inspire a guarded woman who has given up on the spirit of Christmas. And Hope Valley's disgraced former mayor, Henry Gowen, gets a second chance at redemption.
Review:  If you like the series you’ll love this Christmas movie. It encompasses all that makes Hope Valley so amazing. 
Scoring: 4

When Calls The Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene

Synopsis: When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth, who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all this Christmas season.

Review:  If you don’t watch the series you should be able to follow along. It is meant for fans of the show as it continues the story. It has the same loving and giving feeling of togetherness as the show always does. The theme of being selfless was especially poignant. 

Scoring: 3

 

While You Were Sleeping
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, and Peter Gallagher
Synopsis: A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.
Review:  This movie is so filled with love, family, humor, and yes, Christmas.  I know many consider it a romantic comedy but not a Christmas movie.  That being said, the true meaning of Christmas is conveyed throughout the story.  It's hard to say what makes it so special without ruining it but I love every minute of it.  The wacky cast of characters make it memorable.  It's one I've watched many times.
Scoring: 5

 

White Christmas 
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney
Synopsis: A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
Review:  A wonderful classic musical. A must see. Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” plus the other music is fantastic.   The love story woven throughout is beautiful.
Scoring: 5
Will You Merry Me 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Wendy Malik, Cynthia Stevenson, and Reagan Pasternak
Synopsis: Young lawyer Henry Kringle fell in love at first sight with local Rebecca Fine when competing for a New York apartment they agree to share and recently proposed. Her wealthy, modern Jewish family hoped to take her to Aspen, but she agreed to meet his folks in Madison, Wisconsin, where his father still hopes he'll continue the family law practice and takes her folks along. Despite inevitable culture clashing, the men soon get along, but the mothers start rivaling and sneakily trying to undermine the engagement, which is tested as some questions need being taken seriously, and maybe challenged by Henry's old local lover Kristy, which his parents still believe ideal.
Review:  A fun and charming movie. Two families learning to understand and appreciate other cultures and traditions. Many funny moments. 
Scoring: 4
Window Wonderland
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Chyler Leigh, Paul Campbell, Naomi Judd, Terence Kelly, and Cameron Mathison
Synopsis: A department-store window decorator learns there is a vacancy for her dream job in the run-up to Christmas, only to find a professional rival has his eye on it too.
Review:  Sloan is embarrassed that her mother works as a restroom attendant and hides it from her boyfriend. We get to experience her self-awakening as the fly by the seat of his pants Jake rubs off on her. A charming movie. 
Scoring: 4
 

Wish For Christmas 

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Religion

Starring: Joey Lawrence, Leigh-Allyn Baker, And Bill Engvall

Synopsis: A High School student makes a wish that her parents would lose their faith.

Review:  This rip-off of “It’s A Wonderful Life” attempts to teach the message be careful what you wish for and the importance of religion. It’s so-so. If you like movies with these messages you may enjoy it. 

Scoring: 2

A Wish for Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Lacey Chabert and Paul Greene
Synopsis: Sara prefers to be on the sidelines at work until someone steals her big idea for a Christmas initiative. She makes a wish to Santa to gain the courage to stand up for herself, and he gives her 48 hours to discover how to speak her mind. 
Review:  Sara thinks she needs the wish from Santa to stand up for herself, especially with her boss Peter. When Sara and Peter have to travel to Peter’s hometown for business, they both become better people. Sara learns she has the courage she long hid and Peter learns forgiveness. Charming movie. 
Scoring: 4
Wishin and Hopin
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Annabella Sciorra, Chevy Chase, Conchara Ferrell, Meatloaf, Danny Nucci, and Cheri Oteri
Synopsis: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by award-winning author Wally Lamb. In the small town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, we go straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School with Felix Funicello, a Catholic school fifth-grader in 1964, whose claim to fame is his cousin Annette Funicello, the famous Mouseketeer and teen movie queen. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas!
Review:  Despite all the stars of the movie, I was beyond bored with it. I had to force myself to finish it. 
Scoring: 1
The Wishing Tree
Rated: NR
Genres: Drama
Starring: Jason Gedrick, Teryl Rothery, and Richard Harmon
Synopsis: A special Christmas tree decorated with handwritten wishes helps Evan and his group of orphaned students develop a connection and a sense of family.
Review:  The pace is a little slow but the kids make the movie special. A wonderful look at how we should focus on others. I found it moving. 
Scoring: 3
Wish Upon A Christmas 
Rated: PG-13
Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Larissa Olejnik, Aaron Ashmore, and Karen Holness
Synopsis: When business executive Amelia returns home to help a family-run ornament company, the employees see her as their savior who is coming in to rescue the company. They are heart-broken and shocked to learn that her plan to get the company on track involves massive layoffs. As Amelia prepares for the holiday 'trimmings', she finds herself rekindling an old romance with her high school boyfriend Jesse, who is also the company's owner. She also soon begins to see the charm of the local business - but will she be able to save it in time?
Review:  Of course I was rooting for Amelia to save the company and end up with Jesse from the beginning. It’s a darling and joyful movie. 
Scoring: 3
With Love, Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Emilie Ullerup and Aaron O’Connell
Synopsis: Melanie is a hard-working ad executive who finds herself teamed up with uptight coworker Donovan to come up with the ultimate Christmas commercial for a new cell phone. To make things more complicated, Melanie is Donovan’s secret Santa in the annual office gift exchange. To keep her identity secret, she sends Donovan emails from Santa to determine the perfect gift for him. However, her plan comes to a halt when Donovan mistakenly assumes another co-worker is his secret Santa, prompting Melanie to work to show Donovan that she's his perfect Santa.
Review:  The tension and building relationship between Melanie and Donovan is a real treat. We get to watch as she shares her love of Christmas with him. I started to wonder if they’d make it. A sweet movie. 
Scoring: 4
Wrapped Up In Christmas
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Tatyana Ali, Brendan Fehr, Kim Fields, Jackée Harris, Dan Lauria, Jasmine Guy
Synopsis: Heather's favorite time of year is Christmas but as the manager of a mall, she has to cancel the leases of under-performing stores. Ryan is helping his Aunt with her store and also fills in as the mall Santa. Ryan starts to fall for Heather and they have no idea of one another's true identity.
Review:  Lovely Christmas traditions, family, and love are at the center of this movie and I enjoyed it. 
Scoring: 3

Write Before Christmas

Rated: G

Genre: Romance

Starring: Torrey DeVitto, Chad Michael Murray, Lolita Davidovich, Grant Show, and Drew Seeley

Synopsis: Jessica send Christmas cards to five people who have greatly impacted her life.

Review: I loved this movie. It has magic all its own.  Seeing how a small act of kindness, like a Christmas card, causes ripples of Christmas spirit and love was so amazing.  Jessica’s love of Christmas is contagious.  This is one I’ll watch over and over again.

Scoring: 5

Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family 

Starring: Richard Thomas, Ed Asner, and Charles Bronson

Synopsis: While newspaper writer Church struggles with the death of his wife, he receives a "special" assignment. He must answer a little girl's question about whether Santa Claus really exists. Based on a true story.

Review:  This film gives an interesting look at turn of the century New York, especially for Irish immigrants. Their struggles but also their heart. It also shows the innocence of a child’s heart longing to believe in Santa and magic, despite poverty and hardships. A good family film. 

Scoring: 4

 

You Can’t Fight Christmas 

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance

Starring: Brely Evans

Synopsis: Edmund is all business until a cheerful decorator helps him fall in love. 

Review:  From the first scene I thought this movie was bad. I kept hoping I’d get into it and enjoy it but I couldn’t. Evans is brash and her acting is over the top. 

Scoring: 1