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~ James 1:17

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Hallmark's *Christmas in July* is Here in June!



June 25th marks 6 months until Christmas Day! What a wonderful way to honor this day - with the start of Christmas in July on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

On Thursday, catch "Project Christmas Wish" on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Then, starting Friday, June 25th, Christmas movies will air around-the-clock beginning with "Christmas in Angel Falls" at 6am/5c.


Christmas highlights airing on Friday include... 
"Christmas in Angel Falls"
"Holiday for Heroes"
"A Homecoming for the Holidays" 
"A Little Christmas Charm" 
"Cranberry Christmas"
"Meet Me At Christmas" 
"A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas" 
and more!


Plus, "Write Before Christmas," with special clips of "It's a Wonderful Life," airs on the Hallmark Channel Friday night!

Oh my goodness, I just love that we are getting Christmas 24/7 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries for these two weeks! It's a little taste of the holiday season - the most wonderful time of the year!

Joyous Christmas Blessings to You All 
and To All a Good Day and Night! Net


My Christmas DVD Movie Picks:
(click below for details)



New Hallmark Movie Filming for Fall 2021 Premiere - with Tom Everett Scott, MΓ­a Maestro, and Ella Ballentine! See Here:


Tom Everett Scott image credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Steven Ackerman / MΓ­a Maestro image credit: Aria Isadora / Ella Ballentine image credit: Denise Grant Photography

ET online is reporting: "Tom Everett Scott and MΓ­a Maestro will star in Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, adapted from the 2017 novel by best-selling author Phaedra Patrick, for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Ella Ballentine also co-stars."

According to the article, the story follows "Benedict Stone (Scott) and his wife, Elena (Maestro), who have separated after 10 years of unsuccessfully trying for a baby. Benedict wants Elena back, but Elena needs space. So when Benedict’s teenage niece, Gemma (Ballentine), mysteriously arrives on his doorstep, his life is turned upside down, except she might be the change that he desperately needs to improve himself and to get a second chance at life with Elena."

Hallmark viewers may recall Tom Everett Scott starred in a previous Hallmark movie in 2017, "Christmas Connection." Ella Ballentine has also starred on the Hallmark Channel in a Christmas movie, "Baby's First Christmas." (Side Note #1: Ella was actually one of my first interviews for this Christmas movie - back in 2012!)

In addition to these familiar Hallmark actors, Peter Benson ("Aurora Teagarden Mysteries") will be directing this film. At this point, we can anticipate this movie to premiere in the Fall. I think it's great Peter is directing, but I love him in front of the camera, too. It was nice to see him recently in the lead role in "Seasoned with Love" with his real-life wife, Julia Benson. (Side Note #2: For those interested, an encore airing of "Seasoned with Love" is currently scheduled to air Wednesday, July 21st, at 1pm/12c on BYUtv.)

As for Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, I am not familiar with the novel this film is based upon; however, I think the story sounds like an interesting scenario for a Hallmark movie. Please share your thoughts in comments below.

Blessings! Net



Tuesday, June 22, 2021

AND THE WINNER IS... The *IT'S A WONDERFUL MOVIE* TV AWARDS WINNERS REVEALED for FAVORITE TV MOVIE, MYSTERY, and CHRISTMAS! 🌟 #ItsAWonderfulMovie #TVMovieAwards See Here πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰




The 11th Annual
*It's a Wonderful Movie* Awards
RESULTS are HERE
for TV Movies from 2020!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated by voting in the *IT'S A WONDERFUL MOVIE* TV AWARDS. Plus, a very special THANK YOU to those of You who shared my polls on social media with your friends. I'm so grateful for your incredible enthusiasm and support!

What a blessing it is, year after year, to share family-friendly TV movies with all of you! I hope you enjoy seeing the results for the three movie categories below...


*NOTE: All the Winners below are highlighted in Yellow!


*IT'S A WONDERFUL MOVIE*
TV AWARDS RESULTS:


POLL #1:

Favorite TV MOVIE from 2020:


Country at Heart
Follow Your Heart
Hearts of Winter
JL Family Ranch: The Wedding Gift
Love in Store
Love in the Forecast
My Best Friend's Bouquet
Nature of Love
Sweet Autumn
A Valentine's Match
Winter in Vail
You’re Bacon Me Crazy


And the Winner
for "Favorite TV Movie" from 2020 is...

Hallmark Channel
Starring: Lacey Chabert and Tyler Hynes


image: Hallmark Crown Media



Top Three Results...
for "Favorite TV Movie" from 2020

1st Place:
Winter in Vail

2nd Place:
Sweet Autumn

3rd Place:
(this was a tie)
Country at Heart
You're Bacon Me Crazy



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POLL #2:

Favorite MYSTERY TV MOVIE from 2020:


Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Heist and Seek
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Reunited and It Feels So Deadly
A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery
Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver
Matchmaker Mysteries: A Fatal Romance
Mystery 101: An Education in Murder
Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead Over Diamonds
Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit Stage Death
Riddled with Deceit: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery
Roux the Day: A Gourmet Detective Mystery
Ruby Herring Mysteries: Prediction Murder
The Warrant


And the Winner
for "Favorite Mystery TV Movie" from 2020 is...

Hallmark Channel
Starring: Jill Wagner and Kristoffer Polaha


image: Hallmark Crown Media


Top Three Results...
for "Favorite TV Mystery" from 2020

1st Place:
Mystery 101: An Education in Murder

2nd Place:
A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

3rd Place:
(this was a tie)
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Reunited and It Feels So Deadly
Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver



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POLL #3:

Favorite CHRISTMAS TV MOVIE from 2020:


(Hallmark Channel)
Christmas in Vienna
Christmas Waltz
Cross Country Christmas
Five Star Christmas
Good Morning Christmas!
Heart of the Holidays
If I Only Had Christmas
Love, Lights, Hanukkah!
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater
One Royal Holiday
On the 12th Date of Christmas
A Timeless Christmas

(Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
The Angel Tree
The Christmas Bow
The Christmas Doctor
The Christmas Ring
Cranberry Christmas
A Glenbrooke Christmas
A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love
A Little Christmas Charm
Project Christmas Wish
Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas
Unlocking Christmas
USS Christmas

(Lifetime)
Candy Cane Christmas
Christmas on the Menu
Christmas on the Vine
Dear Christmas
Lonestar Christmas
The Santa Squad
Spotlight on Christmas
A Sugar & Spice Holiday
A Taste of Christmas
Too Close for Christmas
A Very Charming Christmas Town
A Welcome Home Christmas

(UPtv)
Christmas on the Range
Mistletoe Magic
A Ring for Christmas



And the Winner
for "Favorite Christmas TV Movie" from 2020 is...

Hallmark Channel
Starring: Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp


image: Hallmark Crown Media


The Top Ten Results...
for "Favorite Christmas TV Movie" from 2020

1st Place:
Christmas Waltz

2nd Place:
A Timeless Christmas

3rd Place:
USS Christmas

4th Place:
(this was a tie)
On the 12th Date of Christmas
Good Morning Christmas!

5th Place:
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater

6th Place:
One Royal Holiday

7th Place:
The Angel Tree

8th Place:
(this was a tie)
Christmas in Vienna
Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas

9th Place:
Five Star Christmas

10th Place:
Cranberry Christmas



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Congratulations to ALL of the

Nominees and Winners!


Thank You! Thank You! To everyone who participated in the "It's a Wonderful Movie" 2020 TV Movie Awards! I hope some of your favorites were winners.

As viewers, I know many of us are most appreciative to the various networks who regularly air these family-friendly movies on TV. It has been my joy to bring you all this poll another year and highlight this wholesome programming. I just loved seeing which movies everyone enjoyed the most and sharing that news here with everyone. Thank YOU for making this year another great success!


Blessings to you all, Net



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*Please Note: There will not be any Monetary or Physical Award given out.
This is simply our way of honoring our favorite Movies... Thank You!



DVD Picks from Amazon:

Monday, June 21, 2021

It's Amazon's Prime Day + Walmart's Deals for Days - See Here: πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰


image: Amazon

When I was a little girl, I always loved when my Momma would take us to town - to the sidewalk sales in the summer. Sure it was hot, but I loved to see all the stores bring out their clothes and other items outside to sell. Nowadays, everyone seems to shop online - so these online savings are a sort of modern day version of the sidewalk sale.


Both Amazon and Walmart are offering great savings, so I wanted to be sure and share this info with all of you...

Please note: prices fluctuate throughout the day during Amazon's Prime Days - June 21 and June 22 - so you'll have to keep a check on the items you're looking at for the best deal.





If you're not a Prime member, click on this banner to start your free 30 day trial...




In addition to Amazon, you can also check out Walmart's Deals for Days - June 20 through June 23 - to see their Big Summer Savings!





Hope you find some great deals!

Happy Shopping, Everyone! Net


Friday, June 18, 2021

Catch Some Great NEW MOVIES FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND & More... SEE HERE:


fishing image via: Pixabay


Here's a highlight of what's new this weekend + movies/shows that honor fathers on this Father's Day Weekend....


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Saturday, June 19, 2021:

Take a trip to Paris in the new Summer Nights movie...






Storyline: Event planner Victoria (Jansen) can’t wait to attend –- and plan –- her best friend’s wedding in Paris. But when she finds out her ex is bringing a date, Victoria reconnects with her French childhood pen pal (Sasse).

Her Pen Pal premieres
Saturday, June 19, 2021
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel




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Sunday, June 20, 2021:

Celebrate Fathers, Dads, Daddies, Pa's, and Grandpas on this Father's Day with the...

Little House on the Prairie
PA-THER'S DAY MARATHON



Pa-ther's Day Marathon
SUNDAY STARTING AT 9 AM ET on UPtv!




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Sunday, June 20, 2021:

Movies/Shows that honor Daddy's on Father's Day...


TCM:

Judge Hardy and Son (1939) - 12pm
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) - 1:45pm
Life with Father (1947) - 4pm
Father of the Bride (1950) - 6:15 pm


Hallmark Drama:

The Waltons Marathon All Day!




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Sunday, June 20, 2021:

It's another western adventure with...

Wild West Chronicles



“Stagecoach Mary”

Details via INSP: When Mother Amadeus takes ill, former slave Mary Fields travels west to nurse the nun back to health; Mary becomes a fearless mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, protecting the mail from bandits and earning the nickname Stagecoach Mary.


Wild West Chronicles airs
Sunday, JUNE 20, 2021
at 5:30PM ET. on INSP



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Sunday, June 20, 2021:

An all new mystery takes place in Malta with Hallmark's...





Storyline via Hallmark: A travel writer witnesses a murder at a hotel in Malta and becomes ensnared in a web of intrigue and espionage as she tries to find the killer before the killer finds her.

To Catch a Spy premieres
Sunday, June 20, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries



I hope you all have a nice, relaxing weekend. Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful Fathers that visit here. I will be spending the day with my precious, hardworking Daddy (love him so much!) and my entire family - honoring all the Fathers. We eat delicious food, prepared by the ladies, and typically, we play games and enjoy good conversation. We are expecting very hot weather and possible rainstorms throughout day, so we'll probably be indoors. Hope your weather is pleasant.

Even though my father enjoys a good Hallmark movie, I'll be recording the new movies to watch sometime later. Hope you all can catch something good over the weekend. I always look forward to seeing TCM's classic movies that honor fathers, especially the Andy Hardy movies! For those of you who have Fathers who enjoy old westerns, you'll want to be sure to tune in to the Wild West Chronicles on INSP. And, how cute is the PA-ther's Day Little House on the Prairie Marathon on UPtv, and I just love a marathon of The Waltons on Hallmark Drama - so many good family-friendly options!


Blessings to you all, Net




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SHINING HIS LIGHT:

"Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation."

~Psalm 68:4-5

Thursday, June 17, 2021

LIFETIME GREENLIGHTS REIMAGINED HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN MOVIE SERIES STARRING:


Photo of Jill Scott (by Dion Farrell) and Barry Watson (by Justine Yeung)
on the set of Highway to Heaven


JILL SCOTT AND BARRY WATSON

STARTING FALL 2021


LIFETIME PRESS RELEASE ---

Based on Michael Landon’s Classic Drama Series Watched by Millions

Movies Produced by Propagate and Rain Productions for Lifetime

Los Angeles, CA (June 17, 2021) - Lifetime is offering an inspiring new take on a beloved classic with the greenlight of the event movie series Highway to Heaven starring Grammy® winner Jill Scott (First Wives Club), who also Executive Produces, as the new angel Angela who comes down to Earth to help people in crisis. It also stars Barry Watson (The Loudest Voice) as Junior High School principal Bruce to whom Angela reveals her true identity. In cooperation with Cindy Landon and the Michael Landon Estate, the wheel of movies are inspired by the highly-rated 80s drama that ran over 100 episodes between 1984 – 1989. With a constant theme throughout of love and kindness, the reboot aims to inspire hope and community as it addresses contemporary social and emotional issues, this time with a female angel as the anchor of the movie series.

This marks a reunion for Lifetime and Jill Scott, who previously starred in the Emmy® nominated Flint centered on the water crisis, the all-African American reboot of Steel Magnolias and Sins of the Mother. Barry Watson also returns to Lifetime for his first non-holiday movie role for network, having previously starred in A Very Nutty Christmas and The Santa Con.

The original Highway to Heaven was appointment viewing for millions and in a time when we need those messages of hope the most, we are excited to bring back the iconic series in a new way," said Tanya Lopez, Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming, Lifetime & LMN. “Having worked with Jill previously for some of Lifetime's most celebrated movies, we know she is the perfect actor to bring her passion and brilliance to this role. I just love her…Jill amplifies everything she touches in ways that make her pop off the screen. And the addition of Barry was just icing on the cake. I believe we have assembled a dynamic new duo with both Jill and Barry at the helm.”

Lifetime’s Highway to Heaven follows Angela (Jill Scott), an angel sent back to Earth by God, to help others in need. In the premiere movie, Angela assumes the role of a temporary school counselor and finds herself working alongside the principal Bruce (Barry Watson) as she intervenes in the lives of a troubled student Cody (Ben Daon, The Astronauts) and his father Jeff (Robert Moloney, Riverdale/You Me Her) after the tragic loss of Cody's mother, Melissa (Ashley Ross, A Series of Unfortunate Events). As Angela seemingly works miracles with Cody and Jeff, Bruce is in disbelief when he learns of the divine nature of Angela's work.

The first movie installment of the Highway to Heaven series is produced by Rain Productions and Propagate for Lifetime. Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken executive produce for Rain Productions; Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Gregory Lipstone and Rodney Ferrell executive produce from Propagate; Howard Braunstein is executive producer; Jill Scott and Shawn Gee also executive produce. Stacey K. Black directs from an original script by executive producer/writer Cathryn Humphris and award-winning playwright Angelica ChΓ©ri. Cindy Landon and Wayne Lepoff are executive producing on behalf of Michael Landon’s estate.


JILL SCOTT BIO

Jill Scott is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, critically acclaimed actor and multimedia entrepreneur. She released her much anticipated debut record, "Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1," in July 2000, which became a double platinum album that earned Scott several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. Later she went on to have the #1 album in the country with "The Light of The Sun" and performed at The White House. Never limited to music, Scott is a true multimedia brand across audio, books, TV and film. She currently plays the role of "Hazel" in BET+’s The First Wives Club, and is the host of J.ill the Podcast. A consummate writer at heart, she penned The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, a compilation of poems that instantly became a New York Times bestseller. She is the founder of Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation that supports minority students pursuing college degrees. Follow her on social media at @MissJillScott. Jill Scott is represented by UTA and Maverick.


BARRY WATSON BIO

Barry Watson is soon to be seen starring in the CW superhero drama Naomi, based on the DC Comic. He most recently appeared opposite Russell Crowe in Showtime’s limited series The Loudest Voice, chronicling the rise and fall of former Fox News Chairman, Roger Ailes. In addition, he was the lead of the Hulu/Blumhouse Production film The Current Occupant and in Sony’s A Dog’s Way Home. Watson’s breakout role was on 7th Heaven, starring as Matt Camden for six seasons. He has also starred in ABC’s relationship drama What About Brian and the critically acclaimed ABC comedy Samantha Who, opposite Christina Applegate. He has also appeared in Murder in the First, Hart of Dixie and Gossip Girl. Watson is represented by Innovative Artists and Trademark Talent.


ABOUT PROPAGATE

Founded in 2015 by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, who pioneered the global format business in the late 1990s, Propagate has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Its recent credits include the Emmy-nominated “Hillary” that premiered at Sundance and Berlin and now streams on Hulu, the recently aired “Notre Dame: Our Lady of Paris” on ABC and “Go-Big Show” on TBS, and the upcoming American adaptation of The Eurovision Song Contest, as well as the unscripted “November 13: Attack on Paris” “Haunted” and "Prank Encounters" for Netflix, and “In Search Of” and “Kings of Pain” for the History Channel. In scripted, "Blood and Treasure" and "Broke" for CBS, “Charmed” for The CW, the recently aired election-themed puppet special on Fox, “Let’s Be Real” and the upcoming “Zorro” television series for NBC. Propagate also created and produced the podcast, “An Oral History of The Office” for Spotify. Propagate’s expanding portfolio of companies includes Electus (“You vs. Wild”, “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Fashion Star”), Big Breakfast (“Adam Ruins Everything”, “Hot Date”), Notional (“Chopped” franchise), and talent management firms Artists First, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Select Management.


ABOUT RAIN PRODUCTIONS

Rain Productions is a full-service production company located in Los Angeles, CA. Founded by principals Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken, the company specializes in high quality programming serving a wide and diverse audience. Recent productions include “All American Stories” a 2-part Documentary series that aired on The CW; award winning movie “Escaping the Madhouse,” starring Christina Ricci and Judith Light (Lifetime); and “Stitchers” which aired on Freeform for 3 seasons. Rain Productions is a sister company to Rain Management Group which is in the artist representation business and works with Golden Globe, Emmy, NAACP Image Award, Tony, Billboard nominated/winning clients. Baruch and Wolken founded Rain in 2009.


ABOUT LIFETIME

Celebrating 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long running Stop Breast Cancer for Life now in its 25th year, Stop Violence Against Women which relaunched in 2018, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.




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I think this potentially sounds quite interesting. I've liked actor Barry Watson ever since his days on the family TV drama, 7th Heaven, where he played the son of a preacher. Barry has also starred in some fun Christmas movies on Lifetime, A Very Nutty Christmas and The Santa Con. You may also recall him from the Hallmark camp movie, Kiss at Pine Lake.

If they keep these movies in the same spirit as the original Highway to Heaven, then this may be a truly inspirational series. I'm also thinking it may have the same sort of feel as Touched by an Angel.

What do you think? Please share in comments below...

Blessings, Net


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Unlock and Find Christmas this Week! Plus, 1 WEEK until *CHRISTMAS in JULY* - in June!


The search is over - you can unlock the Christmas movies airing this week and beyond - right here! See all the details + get great reviews below...


Thursday, June 17, 2021:




Storyline: When a mysterious key and holiday riddle land on their doorsteps, Kate and Kevin embark on a Christmas adventure they'll never forget.

Encores:
Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 8pm/7c.
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries



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Friday, June 18, 2021:




Storyline: Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.”

Encores:
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 8pm/7c.
on the Hallmark Channel



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Both of these Christmas movies airing this week are family friendly.

Check out these wonderful reviews...

UNLOCKING CHRISTMAS:

πŸŽ„"I loved Unlocking Christmas! Taylor and Steve's previous movie The Art of Us isn't one of my top favorites, but I'm going to have to give it another watch, because they were just perfect together in this! Everything about this movie hit all the right notes for me. Except for a somewhat rushed ending, I thought the flow and pacing of the movie was spot on. The chemistry was obvious, the banter was hilarious, and the mystery/adventure was intriguing, heartwarming, and so much fun. This is a serious contender for my favorite movie of this season. Family friendly." ~ Amy Lama

πŸŽ„"I totally agree with you, Amy. I didn't care for the Art of Us but this movie was definitely a keeper. Kevin (Lund) was all but giddy when opening the "No Peeking" envelopes. This a gem of a movie! I watched my recorded version last night to make sure it recorded well and again with my sister." ~Namegirl

πŸŽ„"After USS Christmas and A Little Christmas Charm, I was underwhelmed by Unlocking Christmas. However, I did love the activities they got to do and how the clues got them to interact with the community. The romance was just so meh to me." ~ Misty

πŸŽ„"Unlocking Christmas has a lovely message, but I agree, not much of a plot, and rushed. Completely G rated. This is actually the 5th Lund and Cole pairing, granted that I haven't seen all of them, and as usual, he outshines her. She just isn't a favorite of mine, and always seems a little disinterested in her various storylines." ~Ashley

πŸŽ„"Unlocking Christmas. Cute movie. It was fun to watch them work together to unlock the clues. Overall, it was a nice movie but nothing that really grabbed me. Worth a watch, but probably not a keeper for me. Family friendly." ~~Jane

πŸŽ„"Unlocking Christmas I thoroughly enjoyed this one - great beginning and ending and while I would admit that in between it was a bit slow at times and they missed many opportunities to further the romance I some how liked the gentle pace although it was pretty obvious who was behind the mystery letters! I know there are a fair number of people who don't seem to appreciate Taylor Cole but I think she and Steve Lund make a great pairing, superb chemistry and banter. Hallmark really don't promote Steve enough although I know he is very busy appearing in two TV series. One of my personal favourites." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"I loved unlocking this Christmas mystery! The KEY to a great movie is a fun story and a sweet romance and "Unlocking Christmas" had both! This family friendly movie was such a joy to watch. I loved seeing Taylor Cole and Steve Lund together again (since "The Art of Us") and watching them go on this adventure - unraveling riddle clues. Everything about this movie is enjoyable and cute, especially the chemistry between Taylor and Steve. And, I loved his parents in this, too! Such a delightful watch - I highly recommend Unlocking Christmas!" ~Net


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ON THE 12TH DATE OF CHRISTMAS

πŸŽ„"My two "must watch" picks from the weekend were "Cranberry Christmas" (because we don't get many movies about an already married couple and the story sounded good) and "On the 12th Date of Christmas" (because Tyler Hynes is my favorite Hallmark leading man and I'm pretty much guaranteed to enjoy whatever Hallmark movie he's in). I've only had a chance to watch those two so far but just wanted to say they're both family friendly and I loved them both for the same reasons they were my "must watch" picks! Tyler Hynes was fantastic in his role, as always, and I thought he was well matched with Mallory Jansen. I loved watching their characters fall in love, enjoyed their interactions with their respective families, and thought the scavenger hunt theme was fun. "Cranberry Christmas" is wonderful, and I highly recommend it if you're someone who enjoys the deeper, richer stories on HMM. Don't get me wrong--I enjoy the fluffy romantic fantasies too, but it was refreshing to see the more realistic picture that marriage takes work and it's worth the effort. Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres did a beautiful job portraying a couple working through a rough patch and growing closer together through it. The ending made me tear up." ~ Amy Lama

πŸŽ„"On the 12th Date of Christmas. Loved it! A light, fun movie with good Christmas "feels". I liked the scavenger hunt twist for this movie. Tyler Hynes is fast becoming one of my favorite actors; his facial expressions and the way he times the delivery of his lines is perfection. And he seems to work well with whatever actress Hallmark pairs him with; he and Mallory Jansen were a lot of fun together. This one is a keeper for my dvr and possibly a purchase of the dvd in the future. Family friendly." ~~Jane

πŸŽ„"Completely agree with Amy about "Cranberry Christmas" and "On the 12th Date of Christmas" -- both movies were "keepers" for me!" ~~Jane

πŸŽ„"Hynes' line delivery is great. I totally agree with you Anonymous, it's a keeper!" ~ Namegirl

πŸŽ„"On the 12th Date of Christmas: This was a cute movie. I love Tyler Hynes and Mallory Jansen was a nice surprise! She was a fresh face and the plot was engaging. It felt both upbeat and lively." ~ Anonymous

πŸŽ„"On the 12th date of Christmas- Tyler Hynes has quickly become a favorite in our family. He has good chemistry with his co stars and his line delivery has that something extra that makes a movie that much better. Mallory did a nice job, I had only seen her in villain roles before so it was a nice change. This will be a re-watch for sure." ~ Kay

πŸŽ„"On the 12th Date of Christmas I really like the unique story and the chemistry. I forgot how much I love Tyler Hines in hallmark movies and this certainly reminded me. This is my first time seeing Mallory in Hallmark but she was equally great too. When they were brainstorming for the scavenger hunt app ideas I felt really intrigued to see how it all will come together. So cute and will definitely watch it again!" ~ CH Mom

πŸŽ„"On the 12th Date of Christmas is such a clever concept! Instead of our leading guy & girl going on a Scavenger Hunt, they are the game creators - who are developing a special hunt for others to use through an app. It's fascinating to watch them develop fresh ideas and test them out along the way - taking them all over the city. Of course, each new challenge brings the two closer together. I really enjoyed this family friendly Christmas rom-com! It's always fun to see Tyler Hynes and Mallory Jansen is a great addition to the Hallmark family." ~Net

Please share your thoughts on these Christmas movies below...


You can check out more Christmas movies airing in June and July for *Christmas in July*- here!

By the way, *Christmas in July* begins NEXT WEEK on Friday, June 25th - on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

Joyous Blessings to You All,
Net








HALLMARK CHANNEL'S NEW MOVIES in JULY - Crashing Through the Snow & Love, For Real - with Pictures! SEE HERE:



It's a mix of Summer and Winter this July on the Hallmark Channel with TWO all new movie premieres, with some familiar actors from Hallmark and some new faces. See all the details below...


NEW MOVIE PREMIERES in JULY:

"CHRISTMAS IN JULY" on the Hallmark Channel:

Crashing Through the Snow

Starring: Amy Acker, Warren Christie, Brooke Nevin and Kristian Bruun





"Crashing Through the Snow" Premieres: Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 9 p.m. PT/ET.

Storyline: Maggie and Sam are crashing Christmas. When he proposes they team up against his sister's perfect Christmas, neither of them are prepared for the blended family challenges that lie ahead.




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*SUMMER* returns on the Hallmark Channel:

*NOTE: This appears to be another "Summer Nights" movie, but we'll see.


Love, For Real

Starring: Chloe Bridges, Scott Michael Foster, Corbin Bleu, Taiana Tully and Karen Malina-White




Premieres: Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 9 p.m. PT/ET.


Storyline: Hayley and her best friend Bree go on a reality dating show to publicize her fashion line, but nothing goes as planned when love, friendship, and careers are on the line.





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So... what do you think of these NEW upcoming movies for July? To be honest, I'm not sure either truly pique my interest based on their storylines. If I had to choose one over the over - the Christmas one, Crashing Through the Snow, wins based on #1 - IT'S CHRISTMAS! and #2 - I really, really like Amy Acker and Warren Christie, plus Brooke Nevin! The second movie, Love, For Real, looks like a cross between The Bachelor or Survivor. If you like those sorts of reality competitions, then this movie might appeal to you, but it's just not my thing. I would love to know your thoughts in comments below.

Please note: I obviously have not pre-screened these new movies. If you'd like to post a review on whether a film is family-friendly after they premiere, please share in comments.


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