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Holidaze movie review

Gotta get that International Job, right? Just open that Streetsville store and it’s all yours!  “International Job!”  “Streetsville!”  “Melody!” Christmas! Wait, it’s Thanksgiving? I’m sure this movie is going be about Christmas at some point… Although at the start, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!

Oh, it’s a Thanksgiving movie? It’s a Thanksgiving movie. Oh.  No wait, it’s both? Read the rest of this entry

Trading Christmas movie review

The world’s most telegraphed story ever unfolds before your eyes (very, very slowly) when you watch Trading Christmas, a movie so obvious it may break you.

Just to be clear, this movie is absolutely NOT The Holiday. Read the rest of this entry

Merry Matrimony movie review


You think they end up together by the end of the film?

So… Yeah, Merry Matrimony is not a Christmas movie. Not really. This movie could take place during any holiday and it’d still be a RomCom without the Com.  it could just as easily be called Labor Day Love and you’d barely have to change anything.

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Charming Christmas movie review


It’s all new! (Except for the story.)

It’s Charming Christmas, new for 2015! Three women! One dress! One story you’ll barely be able to remember five minutes after you’ve finished watching it!  Read the rest of this entry

12 Gifts of Christmas movie review


“She has a gift… for finding the right gift.”  Which makes, sense, because she’s a painter and he’s in advertising, so… wait, that doesn’t make any sense at all!  Such is the plight of 12 Gifts of Christmas.  (Not to be confused with A Gift Wrapped Christmas).  Read the rest of this entry

A Christmas Carol (1999) movie review


Admittedly, the design of the Spirit of Christmas Past is as weird as the Spirit of Christmas Future is cheap.

I’m sure you’ve seen A Christmas Carol before, but Patrick Stewart as Scrooge is not to be missed.  Read the rest of this entry

The Flight Before Christmas (2015) movie review


“As days go by, we’re gonna fill our house with… Christmas cheer.”

The best thing about The Flight Before Christmas is that it brings Mayim Bialik together with the parents from Family Matters… or the cop from Die Hard, however you want to think of it.   Let’s get this one over with Good, Bad and the Ugly style. Read the rest of this entry

Christmas Incorporated movie review


Welcome to Christmas Incorporated, home of the worst second act on earth.  Read the rest of this entry

Love at the Christmas Table movie review


“Love at the Christmas Table, Living it up with Winnie Cooper!”

Love at the Christmas Table is something of a rarity in made for TV Christmas movies as it’s a love story first and foremost and simply set against the backdrop of Christmas.  This movie is about Christmas in the same way Master and Commander is about the ocean.  Read the rest of this entry

Every made for TV Christmas movie is based on the same 4 movies


A movie becomes a classic for a reason; it’s no accident that movie studios keep remaking Miracle on 34th Street and A Christmas Carol.  These are stories that are insightful, engaging and just as relevant now as they were when they were new.  So we get it; telling the same story over and over is a ritual.  This is understandable, but then there’s the folks who like to take that which is old, change the wrapper and pass it off as something new.  Well, they’re not fooling us!  Here’s a quick guide to spot how every made for TV Christmas movie is a rip off of either Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Peggy Sue Got Married, or, in the case the last two, often both.  Read the rest of this entry

A Gift Wrapped Christmas movie review

a gift wrapped Christmas movie lifetime

A Gift Wrapped Christmas is the first 2015 installment from Lifetime’s never-ending made for TV Christmas movie factory (only rivaled by Hallmark).  As per usual, this movie has nothing new to offer but is at least passable entertainment.  Read the rest of this entry

Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade movie review


With a title like Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade… what could this movie be about?

Yeah, they’re not exactly burying the lead.  Read the rest of this entry

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