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~ James 1:17

Friday, December 4, 2020

🔔Ring in 2021🔔 with NEW YEAR NEW MOVIES on the Hallmark Channel! ⛷❄SEE HERE:




Taking a Shot at Love

Premieres: Saturday, January 2 9pm/8c


Starring: Alexa PenaVega and Luke Macfarlane

Story-line: Jenna, a former professional dancer, uses ballet to help a hockey player get back on the ice.


"Taking a Shot at Love" in depth story-line: Jenna (PenaVega) is a former professional dancer who now teaches ballet to children in her Connecticut town. Jenna’s sports agent cousin convinces her to take on his NHL client Ryan “Coop” Cooper (Macfarlane), a star player for the NY Rangers, who has been nursing the same injury that sidelined Jenna’s dance career years before. At first, Coop doesn’t embrace the balletas-therapy plan but ultimately agrees to it as it’s his best chance to get back out on the ice and do what he loves. Likewise, Jenna isn’t sold on her cousin’s proposal but her dance school is struggling and the money from this job would allow her to continue to follow her passion and spread her love of dance. So, Ryan takes up temporary residence in the cozy guest house on her farm and the two get to work. After a bumpy start, Ryan begins to listen to her instruction and when he fully buys in, begins to make progress in his recovery. As Jenna and Ryan spend more time together outside of ballet class – taking in the local Winterfest Arts Fair, enjoying game night with her neighbors and best friends during a power outage on a snowy night – it’s clear there’s a growing attraction between them. But when it’s time for Ryan to go back to New York and lace up his skates again it’s a bittersweet return. Jenna and Ryan must each consider the paths they want to take and just maybe, love will find its way.


Reviews:

"family friendly... cute movie. I liked the tone it had and the chemistry between the leads was great!" ~ Misty

"We loved it! Definitely family friendly. Alexa and Luke are two of our Hallmark favorites." ~ Namegirl

"Taking a Shot at Love – This movie is a perfect balance of hockey and ballet. I enjoyed the story of Jenna and Ryan – getting to know one another… Jenna teaching Ryan the techniques of ballet to help him overcome his injury and Ryan encouraging Jenna to follow her dreams. The in-depth storyline Hallmark gave above - really gives a terrific guide to the story. I particularly loved the scene where an ice storm hit late one night and the power goes out. Ryan walks over to Jenna’s home from the guest house and Jenna’s neighbors come over to play games and then go on home – wearing their special ice shoes. Ryan doesn’t have these shoes, so Jenna convinces him to stay the night – fearing ironically this hockey star might reinjure himself if he fell on the ice. So… Jenna and Ryan camp out in the living room on separate couches near the fire. It’s a cozy, warm scene – that shows how far Jenna and Ryan have come in their friendship/relationship. Family Friendly. Sweet movie." ~Net


"Oh, and I also finally got around to watching Taking a Shot at Love and loved, loved that one, just as so many others on here did." ~~Jane




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A New Year’s Resolution

Premieres: Saturday, January 9 9pm/8c

Starring: Aimee Teegarden and Michael Rady

Story-line: When a morning show producer makes a New Year's resolution to say yes more, she crosses paths with a confirmed Yes man who just might hold the key to her biggest story and to her heart.

"A New Year’s Resolution" in depth story-line: Local Milwaukee morning show producer Kelly Leone (Teegarden) makes a New Year’s resolution that she cannot say no to any social invitation for a full month. When she reluctantly agrees to become the subject of her show’s month-long on-air experiment about the resolution, Kelly really goes outside her comfort zone and participates in all kinds of activities and events she would normally decline. The one thing she never counted on, however, is the possibility of falling in love with charismatic businessman Tom Malone (Rady).

Reviews:

"A New Year’s Resolution was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!! I definitely will be adding this movie to my DVD collection. The entire cast and crew, EXCELLENT WORK!!!" ~ Anonymous

"A New Year’s Resloution is family friendy" ~Anonymous

"I loved "A New Year's Resolution". Michael Rady made that movie perfect! Michael is a great actor. He enjoys his work!" ~kitkat

"A New Year's Resolution" is one of the best Hallmark movies ever, in my opinion. It is far and above the usual same old, same old fare. The whole look and feel and writing of it are very high quality. Aimee Teegarden is impossibly adorable, and even Michael Rady has some pep in his step, (for once.)" :) ~Amy G.

"Now I know why the New Yrs movie with Michael Rady and Aimee Teagarden was held back a year--not a movie that I cared for." ~Anonymous

"A New Year’s Resolution. Really liked it. Kind of refreshing. Not sure if it’s a keeper, but it’s worth a watch. Loved the board game café, what a great idea, a perfect spot for a date or get together. Family friendly (unless you want to avoid due to the next bit of info). Somewhere on this site someone mentioned an objection to this movie because of a scene with “levitation”. I am not a fan of anything “magic”, but that scene was a very quick blip in the movie and was no different than watching a magician at the fair or on tv. The lead actress’s character takes on a challenge to go outside of her comfort zone and say “yes” to any and all challenges. If I recall correctly, she has a fear of things like magicians, so, naturally, someone challenges her and she has to assist a magician on live television. The magician does an illusion that makes it appear she is sitting on thin air. The whole scene is very brief and not a highlight of the movie." ~Jane






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Two for the Win

Premieres: Saturday, January 16 9pm/8c

Starring: Charlotte Sullivan and Trevor Donovan

Story-line: A world champion ski racer and local ski instructor find romance on the slopes as he returns home and prepares for the biggest race of his life.


Reviews:

"For me, the best Hallmark movies are the ones made with real snow. Living in the south, we don't have snow often. Loved "Two For The Win"! Have watched this 3 times! My favorite of the new movies. Trevor Donovan has a sweet personality." ~kitkat

"Two for the Win" was enjoyable. Trevor Donovan is easily one of Hallmark's best guy actors, I think. I didn't care for his dad or for the leading lady (or her horrifically dyed hair) during the first half of the movie, but they all got nicer and straightened out for the second half. All the skiing scenes helped keep my husband awake, which is good." ~Amy G.


Amy, I've been noticing some really bad dye jobs this year, too! What is up with that?!?! If I can make it to my hair salon (in a covid-crazy, super-lockdown state!), surely these actors and actresses can find a professional hair stylist to color their hair??? Agree with your points about the leading lady and the dad. I ended up liking this movie, even with the bad hair." :) ~~Jane





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A Winter Getaway

(Previous Title: Love in the Alps)



Premieres: Saturday, January 23 9pm/8c

Starring: Nazneen Contractor and Brooks Darnell

Story-line: When an average guy is gifted a luxury trip, he is mistaken as a millionaire. But then, sparks fly with the lovely concierge. Will she feel the same way about him when she learns the truth?



Review:

"A Winter Getaway. I really liked this movie and enjoyed a vicarious winter getaway to such a beautiful place. The lead actor and actress were good and it was nice to see some new faces on Hallmark. The dialogue was sometimes drowned out by too-loud music, not sure what was up with that. Family friendly." ~~Jane


"A Winter Getaway To use a familiar forum phrase - it wasn't terrible but for me it was quite dull. I didn't really feel a lot of chemistry between the leads and although they were much of an age I thought the heroine looked considerably older than the hero. It's hard too to believe that an experienced concierge or staff at a top class hotel wouldn't immediately realise that someone was not used to the lifestyle he was living in. The scenery was a plus and I enjoyed the curling and dog-mushing, a couple of nice new touches from Hallmark. Don't know what was happening at the end - just about able to hear the denouement conversation against the overloud background music - the Hallmark technology department are bound to have been aware of this and one wonders why they wouldn't have fixed this before airing it? Just okay to watch but not for the rewatch pile." ~Anonymous





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Snowkissed



Premieres: Saturday, January 30 9pm/8c

Starring: Jen Lilley and Chris McNally

Story-line: A travel-averse journalist chases her dream assignment where she unwillingly finds herself mentoring a handsome B&B owner who wants to be a tour guide.


Reviews:

"Now there is no doubt. Jen and Kevin are much better in "A Winter Love Story" than Jen and Chris in "Snowkissed". I love both guys so that had nothing to do with it. This movie I will not keep on my DVR. It is family friendly, but I did not like the vibes I got from the guy playing Chris's partner. Strange! Did anyone else feel this or am I weird?" ~kitkat

"Snowkissed is adorable." ~Denise

"I loved Snowkissed. I didn't have any qualms about this movie. Am I missing something blatant in this movie? "Business partner" was stressed. I didn't feel or see anything creepy going on. All four main actors played their parts well. Chris showed Noah's vulnerability toward the end when Kate left. He looked like he was losing half of his heart when she left for Manhattan. I liked his acting. At the gondola ride mountain top: paraphrased, Noah says he thinks that she is right about not wanting more, "especially when everything you ever wanted is standing right in front of you." ~Namegirl

"Had a hard time getting past the first 45 minutes of Snow Kissed. Chris seemed to be tense and not his usual acting ability. Jen was over kill in her character, but that did improve and well as Chris's acting as the movie progressed. I did get the vibes from Chris and his business partner that "kitkat" mentioned in her review. It was very uncomfortable. I might would watch it again, not sure at this point. Hallmark is not making the quality movies they once were. The mystery series as usually much better." ~Joyce

"Seems that many are comparing Snowkissed with the Jen Lilley/ Kevin McGarry movie A Winter Love Story - now it was one of the best Hallmark movies last year so it was always going to be hard for Snowkissed to equal it. Having said that I'm really surprised by all the negative comments Snowkissed has been receiving. When I saw the New Year's list this was the one that caught my eye as I like Jen Lilley and I was so excited to see the return of Chris McNally. However after reading the reviews I wasn't expecting a lot from it. There was a movie last Christmas from Lifetime which involved a veterinary surgeon and one of your contributors picked up on vibes between the two partners. Strangely both my husband and myself also got these although it seemed to more the partner than the hero himself - he seemed to want to touch him a lot. However neither of us picked up anything untoward between the two guys in Snowkissed - they were simply two partners in a business venture who had a great bond of friendship. I think both Jen and Chris played their parts well - Jen portraying someone who was way out of her comfort zone, I liked the chemistry between the two and the plot was quite interesting. Unusually for Hallmark the ending was pretty good too - I particularly liked the way each showed their vulnerability yet determination. Now it may very well be that the low expectations made this seem better than it was but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If I was rating it I would give it a 7.5 out of 10." ~Anonymous

"Snowkissed. It was okay. Not a keeper, for me. The lead actor’s business partner – seemed too awkward or stiff – not sure if it was the actor or the way his character was written. Beautiful scenery. Family friendly." ~Jane




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I'm thrilled we are finally going to be able to see "A New Year's Resolution" starring Aimee Teegarden and Michael Rady in January! Yay! I know many of us have been waiting and hoping a whole year to see it. That should be fun to have a New Years themed movie in the new year - with holiday décor and Christmassy lights!

Check out reviews above to see which movies are family friendly.


Joyous Blessings! Net

34 comments:

  1. What a wonderful early Christmas present!

    We finally get to see the Aimee Teegarden/ Michael Rady A New Year's Resolution and I am so excited to at long last see the return of Chris McNally!

    Thank you, Hallmark.

    However I am disappointed that it seems like there'll be no new move from the Sunday before Christmas until the New Year.

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    1. Yeah, that is disappointing.

      Misty

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    2. I agree, Anonymous. It will be good to see McNally in another movie.

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  2. A New Year’s Resolutions

    New Years Eve Party
    Winter Olympics - curling 🥌

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  3. Charlotte Sullivan Is same actress from Harriet the Spy & New Ghostwriter?

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  4. I hope Hallmark will make a sequel to A New Year’s Resolution is New Year’s Resloutions with different or same Hallmark actors or actresses

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  5. Oh no!!! Not the Winterfest movies already!

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  6. Michael Rady on the schedule again. Yippee!!!!!!! So happy!

    Looking forward to Jen Lilley and Chris McNally too. Also Trevor Donovan's movie.

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  7. Net, thanks for letting us know which movies are family friendly once you are able to. I started watching The Christmas House and deleted the recording I had made. The PC "woke" agenda has invaded Hallmark
    movies! Merry Christmas season to you, Net, and your family! We appreciate what you do! Ken

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  8. For sure glad Michael's is FINALLY airing. Seems a good fit for the New Year. :)

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  9. Yes! I am among those who have been hoping that A New Year's Resolution would be shown this year, since it was promoted and then inexplicably cancelled last year!

    On a separate matter, does anyone know why Hallmark is not showing Maggie's Christmas Miracle at all this season?! It's one of my favorites from 2017, and I am bummed that it is not being shown (at least according to my cable guide). Such a heartfelt movie...

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    1. Mark 25, I found dates for the movie you're looking for on Hallmark's schedule online! (now mind you, they typically change their schedule a lot, especially the farther away a showing is - so these could change, too!)

      Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle is currently set to air:
      (Times are EST)

      *Thursday December 10 8:00 AM

      *Tuesday December 15 10:00 PM

      *Sunday December 27 12:00 PM

      My cable guide doesn't let me search movies very far in advance, either - typically not beyond 4 days or so. Yours may be just like mine. I have DirecTV, by the way.

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    2. Hey Net - My goof...I was looking under "M" for Maggie instead of "K" for Karen. I forgot about its full title! Thanks so much for your help!

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    3. You can goggle Maggie’s Christmas

      This one on West Coast

      Channel
      Thu, 12/10
      5 AM
      Hallmark Movie Channel
      Thu, 12/10
      8 AM
      Hallmark Movie Channel
      Tue, 12/15
      7 PM
      Hallmark Movie Channel
      Tue, 12/15
      10 PM
      Hallmark Movie Channel

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  10. My favorite Winter fest Hallmark movie is Winter in Vail. But I do like Winter Love Story,A Winter Princess and Love on Iceland.

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    1. Chris, I like "Winter Love Story" and "A Winter Princess," too; plus, I love "Winter Castle" and "Amazing Winter Romance!"

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  11. I saw this on Hallmarks site and was like no Winterfest already. it looks like they have quite a few movies. I am sure they will have plenty of time to turn them into having same sex couples as side characters. Its like Hallmark has to put same sex couples in every single movie to make up for all the movies that didn't have. So I don't have high hopes for these movies.

    why on earth isn't the New Years movie the 1st weekend? Maybe it is more about new years resolutions than new years.

    The Trevor Donovan movie looks good, I know he has been filming and he is so much fun on social media, his sweet puppies too. The rest look blah like same old same old.

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    1. Sabrina, I was surprised, too, they didn't launch "A New Year’s Resolution" on the first weekend of the year. It's surely edited and ready to go. New Years Day - January 1, 2021 is the Friday before that first weekend, so it would've been nice to have a New Years themed movie the next day. Oh well... at least we finally get to see it, right?

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    2. Yes at least we get to see it. I only hope they didn't edit it to include same sex couples. Its funny that they barely ever play A Bride for Christmas or only in the middle of the night, I thought for sure they would start promoting that more now with the new Lifetime, I mean Hallmark channel.

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  12. A long await finally -,A New Year’s Resloution

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  13. I saw promo trailer of Taking a Shot at Love

    Jenna is a ballet instructor
    Ryan is a hockey player

    Jenna teaches Ryan a ballet just before he’ll get back from the ice from his injury

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  14. Love, Lights, Hanukkah

    Wow, what truth! The menorah is the symbol of Hanukkah. Its the miracle of light over darkness, good over evil. We might each be a single light but together we are a powerful voice. From Love, Lights, Hanukkah! (Hallmark movie)

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  15. I was super excited for the Jen and Chris one and then I saw the Luke and Alexa one YES! and Nazneen is back for Winterfest! It’s gonna be a treat! Can’t wait

    Oh snap, Charlotte Sullivan is coming to Hallmark! Nice! I liked her in Mr. Write, one of my fave Pixl movies. :-)

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  16. Jenna, a former professional dancer, uses ballet to help a hockey player get back on the ice.”

    Jenna (PenaVega) is a former professional dancer who now teaches ballet to children in her Connecticut town. Jenna’s sports agent cousin convinces her to take on his NHL client Ryan “Coop” Cooper (Macfarlane), a star player for the NY Rangers, who has been nursing the same injury that sidelined Jenna’s dance career years before. At first, Coop doesn’t embrace the ballet-as-therapy plan but ultimately agrees to it as it’s his best chance to get back out on the ice and do what he loves. Likewise, Jenna isn’t sold on her cousin’s proposal but her dance school is struggling and the money from this job would allow her to continue to follow her passion and spread her love of dance. So, Ryan takes up temporary residence in the cozy guest house on her farm and the two get to work. After a bumpy start, Ryan begins to listen to her instruction and when he fully buys in, begins to make progress in his recovery. As Jenna and Ryan spend more time together outside of ballet class – taking in the local Winterfest Arts Fair, enjoying game night with her neighbors and best friends during a power outage on a snowy night – it’s clear there’s a growing attraction between them. But when it’s time for Ryan to go back to New York and lace up his skates again it’s a bittersweet return. Jenna and Ryan must each consider the paths they want to take and just maybe, love will find its way.
    ‘A New Year’s Resolution’ Premieres January 9

    Airing Saturday, January 9 at 9 p.m. Eastern, A New Year’s Resolution stars Aimee Teegarden and Michael Rady.


    The description reads: “When a morning show producer makes a New Year’s resolution to say yes more, she crosses paths with a confirmed Yes man who just might hold the key to her biggest story and to her heart.”

    ‘Two for the Win’ Premieres January 16



    Two for the Win premieres on Saturday, January 16 at 9 p.m. Eastern. The movie stars Trevor Donovan and Charlotte Sullivan.

    The description reads: “A world champion ski racer and local ski instructor find romance on the slopes as he returns home and prepares for the biggest race of his life.”
    Donovan recently shared on his Instagram: “emember that ski movie I was filming in Ottawa?… well I can now tell you it’s a #winterfest movie airing January 16th. Can’t wait for you to see it.”

    ‘Love in the Alps’ Premieres January 23

    Love in the Alps premieres on Saturday, January 23 at 9 p.m. Eastern. The movie stars Nazneen Contractor and Brooks Darnell.

    The description reads: “When an average guy is gifted a luxury trip, he is mistaken as a millionaire. But then sparks fly with the lovely concierge. Will she feel the same way about him when she learns the truth?”

    Technically, the January 2021 movies on Hallmark are now rebranded to “New Year New Movies,” according to a press release, but they are still featuring one new winter-themed movie every weekend.

    There’s always a chance that some of these movies’ dates or titles might change, but this is the lineup currently listed on The Hallmark Channel’s website.

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  17. Taking a Shot at Love

    I’m really excited for Taking a Shot at Love on Hallmark. I’m pretty sure it’s a NYR player taking ballet to heal from an injury. And it’s going to be amazing.

    A ballet dancer uses dance to help get a hockey player back on the ice after an injury.

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  18. I have enjoyed all the Hallmark movies this holiday season. Looking forward to the January movies especially Two for the Win!

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  19. A New Years resolution had levitation in it, I stoped watching it, to bad it looked like it could have been good.Why do they put that kind of junk in a movie.
    I also want to make a general comment about Hallmark movies, I like many of them but I wish they would STOP the lying. I know it often comes out in the end if it’s something big, but often there is lying here and there. Why? Just tell the truth, it would make the movies so much better. People get used to the lying, like it’s ok and it’s not. These are supposed to be family friendly. I would like to ask the people making the movies and the ones in the movies do you like being lied to. I here other people talk about the lying in the movies to ,so I know I’m not the only one, maybe we all can influence Hallmark by letting them know. Thank you for listing.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your review. Could you explain what you mean about levitation?

      I'm in agreement with you on lying in movies, as I'm also not fond of that.

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  20. I finally watched most of these. Still haven't watched Taking a Shot at Love, I'm saving that for last since I'm hoping it's the best one.

    Snowkissed. It was okay. Not a keeper, for me. The lead actor’s business partner – seemed too awkward or stiff – not sure if it was the actor or the way his character was written. Beautiful scenery. Family friendly.

    A New Year’s Resolution. Really liked it. Kind of refreshing. Not sure if it’s a keeper, but it’s worth a watch. Loved the board game café, what a great idea, a perfect spot for a date or get together. Family friendly (unless you want to avoid due to the next bit of info). Somewhere on this site someone mentioned an objection to this movie because of a scene with “levitation”. I am not a fan of anything “magic”, but that scene was a very quick blip in the movie and was no different than watching a magician at the fair or on tv. The lead actress’s character takes on a challenge to go outside of her comfort zone and say “yes” to any and all challenges. If I recall correctly, she has a fear of things like magicians, so, naturally, someone challenges her and she has to assist a magician on live television. The magician does an illusion that makes it appear she is sitting on thin air. The whole scene is very brief and not a highlight of the movie.

    A Winter Getaway. I really liked this movie and enjoyed a vicarious winter getaway to such a beautiful place. The lead actor and actress were good and it was nice to see some new faces on Hallmark. The dialogue was sometimes drowned out by too-loud music, not sure what was up with that. Family friendly.

    ~~Jane

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    1. Jane, Thank you so much for adding these reviews - especially "A Winter Getaway," since you're the first one to review it. Glad to know it's family friendly!

      I have seen "Taking a Shot at Love" and it was good (just posted a review) - so I hope you like it, too! Alexa is a favorite of mine... I think she's super sweet, and I love knowing she loves Jesus! That special part of her always shines through to me.

      So appreciate you sharing. Blessings! Net

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  21. A Winter Getaway

    To use a familiar forum phrase - it wasn't terrible but for me it was quite dull.

    I didn't really feel a lot of chemistry between the leads and although they were much of an age I thought the heroine looked considerably older than the hero.

    It's hard too to believe that an experienced concierge or staff at a top class hotel wouldn't immediately realise that someone was not used to the lifestyle he was living in.

    The scenery was a plus and I enjoyed the curling and dog-mushing, a couple of nice new touches from Hallmark.

    Don't know what was happening at the end - just about able to hear the denouement conversation against the overloud background music - the Hallmark technology department are bound to have been aware of this and one wonders why they wouldn't have fixed this before airing it?

    Just okay to watch but not for the rewatch pile.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this review. I added it above for others to see. This is the only Winter movie I have yet to see.

      I personally loved Nazneen Contractor's passion and excitement in "The Christmas Ring," so I am looking forward to, at least, seeing her again.

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  22. I would agree with you about The Christmas Ring - it was a lovely movie and there was good chemistry between Nazneen Contractor and David Alpay.

    Just didn't feel it in her role with Darnell Brooks.

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