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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights...”
~ James 1:17

Friday, October 22, 2021

THIS WEEKEND: GAC Family's First New Movie Premiere! Hallmark's Christmas Movies Begin! Plus, an UPtv Rom-Com and Charlie Brown in the Pumpkin Patch! *SEE HERE:




Celebrate Autumn and Christmas!

CHRISTMAS MOVIE ALERT: The Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries have finally released their complete 2021 Christmas movie line-up!


This is an extra busy weekend for new movie premieres - GAC Family is premiering their First Ever NEW Movie this Saturday night with Jessica Lowndes and Chad Michael Murray, the Hallmark Channel & Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will now have Christmas movies, old and new - 24/7, and UPtv will premiere a new rom-com starring Jocelyn Hudon! Plus, don't forget good old Charlie Brown!

See all the details below...


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Friday, October 22, 2021:

It's the first Hallmark Channel *Countdown to Christmas* movie of the holiday season with Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres in...



Story: Olivia (McKellar) is Connecticut’s resident expert on evergreens who, just days before the holiday, agrees to help Jack (Ayres), a fourth-generation Christmas tree farmer in Avon. A mysterious illness has befallen their firs, causing them to die out and threatening his family’s 100-year business. As Olivia tries to get to the root of the problem and extends her stay in town, she and Jack spend more time together and feelings begin to develop.

Friday, October 22, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


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Saturday, October 23, 2021:

*This movie has been available to watch through various streaming sources; however, this is it's first premiere on cable TV in the U.S.

See the GAC Family cable premiere with Cindy Busby and Kevin McGarry in...

Autumn Stables



I interviewed Cindy Busby back in 2018 for her Hallmark movie, Royal Hearts, and we briefly discussed Autumn Stables at the time. You can see that interview - here.

Story: Autumn decides to sell her upstate New York horse ranch to Jake, who vows to make very few changes. When he begins to make huge renovations, two begin bicker. As they gradually begin to find common ground, they slowly start falling in love.

Autumn Stables airs
Saturday, October 23, 2021
at 6pm/5c. on GAC Family



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Saturday, October 23, 2021:

It's the first GAC Family movie premiere with Jessica Lowndes and Chad Michael Murray in...



Story: In "An Autumn Romance," when Seattle-based librarian Taylor Harris (Lowndes) suddenly loses her job, she travels to Montana to visit her brother Craig (Andres) and his wife Christine (Ogunsuyi) and quickly finds herself immersed in her brother's effort to save the Graff Hotel, which has been purchased by tech tycoon Joel Sheenan (Murray) and his associate, Ray Dixon (Brown). The town of Forest Ridge, Montana is split on Joel's decision to turn the once quaint hotel into an upscale property for tourists. To protect the hotel's charm and her brother's place of employment, Taylor goes on a search to find a significant historical event that will qualify the hotel for landmark status and prevent the City Council from issuing permits for its renovation. With the clock ticking, Taylor seizes on a photograph that has the potential to verify the property's historical value while also providing an invaluable piece of personal history to the hotel's new owner.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on GAC Family



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Saturday, October 23, 2021:

Countdown to Christmas continues on the Hallmark Channel with...




Leading up to Christmas, marketing executive, Lauren (Kim), is visited by the ghosts of four ex-boyfriends. She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate (Ablack).

Saturday, October 23, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Saturday, October 23, 2021

It's Hallmark's first Miracles of Christmas movie for the holiday season with...




Story: Concert violinist Beth (Hemmens) tutors the daughter of reclusive Country music star Sean (Macfarlane) to prep her for the holiday concert. They are joined through the connective power of music.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
at 10pm/9c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries



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Sunday, October 24, 2021:

Welcome back all three of The Peanuts Gang holiday specials for the season, starting with...
 



In the 1966 animated special “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” The PEANUTS gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
at 7:30pm EST. on PBS
(Please check your local PBS listings for the exact air time.)



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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Will Jocelyn Hudon and Jake Foy tie the knot in UPtv's all new rom-com...




Story: Just three days out from their wedding day, Jess and Max are ready to call it quits from the out-of-control planning. They visit Billie, the owner of a wedding donation company, specializing in donating leftover wedding elements to those in need. However Max’s brother Charlie will stop at nothing to keep them together, he enlists the help of Billie to ensure this meant-to-be couple gets hitched once and for all.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv



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Sunday, October 24, 2021:

It's a comedy / mystery with Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas movie...




Story: Tanya (Mowry-Housely) is a police detective who is reluctantly partnered with fellow detective Ryan (Campbell) to solve a recent string of heists taking place during high-profile holiday parties around town. They go undercover as newlyweds Tasha and Rupert, moving into the vacant house next to Mr. Miller (Pantoliano), the jovial chair of the community’s Christmas committee…and the prime suspect in the case. As Tanya and Ryan partake in the neighborhood’s holiday happenings to keep up appearances and crack the case, they get swept up in Christmas. Before they know it, their cover story as a couple in love starts to become reality.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


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Well, here we go... off into the Holiday Season!

I'm excited to see the launch of new Christmas movies with You, Me & The Christmas Trees, but I haven't quite decided which of the other Christmas movies I'm going to watch, yet; however, I am definitely re-watching Autumn Stables (I've seen it through streaming) and the premiere of An Autumn Romance on GAC Family. Then, on Sunday night, for me it's all about - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Plus, I'm looking forward to seeing Jocelyn Hudon (When Hope Calls) in Eat, Drink, & Be Married on UPtv!

Please Note: I have NOT pre-screened these NEW movies mentioned above. If YOU happen to watch any of the new movies over the weekend and want to share a review, please stop back by and leave a comment. I know everyone here would be grateful to know any information you are willing to share. You can always sign your name or use anonymous, whatever you like.


Have a Wonderful Weekend, Everyone!

Joyous Christmas Blessings! Net




SHINING HIS LIGHT:

Jesus said, “I have come into the world as light,
so that whoever believes in me
may not remain in darkness.”
~John 12:46



67 comments:

  1. It will be an interesting weekend! And I must say I am very grateful for anyone that watches a movie and comes back to share their thoughts. So helpful!

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    1. As far as “You, Me and Christmas Trees” I would give it a 5 out of 10. Most of the positive goes for scenery. Very predictable about whole story line. Not a lot of debth to really get into. I usually rate a movie on if I would want to watch it again and here there is not a lot to go back to. Just my opinion. Be interested in seeing others.

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    2. Thank you, JoCo! Good to hear your thoughts on the movie. I wasn't home when it was on last night, but I have it recorded to watch soon.

      I will be posting your review to the new 2021 Christmas Movie Review page - coming soon!

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    3. What did you think of Boyfriends of Christmas Past?

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    4. I watched Autumn Romance Saturday. Really felt and looked like fall. Really liked story line and characters had a good chemistry. Family friendly for sure. Especially liked the surprise at the end. Had the feeling of some of the older HMM Christmas endings. Just curious about historical reference as to actual event or just creative license.

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  2. So excited!! New Christmas movies and Charlie Brown all in one weekend? It's too much joy to handle.

    Have any of you seen this? https://tinyurl.com/2ra36raj Tell me this wouldn't be the greatest Christmas vacation EVER. I love the New York City destination. I have always wanted to go to NYC after they light the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Having a hotel room like this would be amazing. Like staying in a Hallmark Christmas movie. Check out the videos and 360 degree views.

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    1. Jim! Oh my goodness! I recently heard about this, but I hadn't checked it out. I'm so glad you shared that link. What a cool experience that would be to stay in one of these Hallmark Christmas rooms. Wonder how they change it up between guests and I wonder how much it costs???

      It's interesting how the different cities have different themes and looks and yet, they all looked inviting to me! Love the snowflakes projected on the ceiling and the personal tree lighting ceremony switch! So cool! :)

      Thank you, again, for sharing this! While it would be fun for a day, there's no place like home for Christmas, right?

      Enjoy the movies & Charlie Brown!!! :)

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    2. Net, at the bottom of the home page there from the link I gave it mentions two and three night stays at $295 a night.

      Definitely no place like home for Christmas but say December 7th in NYC standing in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree with your special loved one holding hands, just after ice skating there also, before heading back to your Hallmark Christmas Movie Hotel room, it sounds magical. I have never been to NYC during Thanksgiving parade or Christmas time. Maybe one year. A guy can dream.

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  3. GAC Family Christmas, Hallmark Christmas could have pick up these Christmas movies this year or until next year

    Christmas in Trinket Town (holiday movie starring Jesse Hutch and Vanessa Lengies; directed by Bill Corcoran; written by Courtney McAllister; An online consultant hired to discover why one toy story in a chain is outperforming the rest finds herself charmed by the manager; filmed in Hamilton, Ont.)

    The Picture of Christmas (holiday movie directed by David I. Strasser and written by Jessica L Randall; starring Chelsea Hobbs, Giles Panton, Mila Jones, LaTonya Williams, Brendan Taylor, Matt Hamilton and Erin Boyes; A woman inherits her grandmother’s Christmas Tree farm and heads for a visit intending to sell, but is instead roped into planning the town’s annual Christmas tree festival; filmed in Vancouv

    A Christmas to Savor (holiday movie starring Britt Irvin, Zach Roerig, Bethany Brown, BJ Harrison and Lyall Woznesensky; directed by Jessica Harmon; written by Sean Fine; A chef gets a cooking getaway as a gift from her BFF who wants to rejuvenate her holiday menu and Christmas spirit; filmed in Kelowna, B.C.)

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  4. Thanks, Net! That GAC one was called Tycoon'sKissand I saw some of it on YouTube. It was family friendly from what I recall.

    Misty

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    1. Misty, Great to hear! I look forward to watching now! Thank you! :)

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  5. There are too many movies to watch this weekend. I will record Hallmark movies until I read reviews. Just can not trust them anymore.

    Watched Accidentally Engaged with Brant Daughtery on GAC last night, even though I had seen it on UP. Those two networks must be sharing movies.

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  6. And...we're off! The Christmas movie season officially begins! :)
    I am going to go with You, Me & the Christmas Trees for my Christmas movie, but I probably won't watch the others this weekend since I also want to catch An Autumn Romance and Eat, Drink and Be Married. And I feel like Hallmark is showing their "Greatest Hits" this weekend since so many great classics are being shown! Ahh, who needs sleep, right?

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    1. Marik25, An Autumn Romance will air twice & also Christmas movies on GAC Family @ 8PM ET/5pm PT & 10pm ET/7pm PT

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  7. The Santa Stakeout is like movies:: Richard Dreyfuss & Emilio Estevez’s movies: Stakeout & Stakeout Again

    It’s about Detectives are on Stakeout


    Detective Ryan & Tanya are undercover as newlywed couple - those 2 areunder the mistletoe.

    This movie so funny πŸ˜†

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  8. What movies are you looking forward seeing this weekend?

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  9. I'm looking forward to the movies this weekend.

    denise

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  10. Happy to report to viewers, You, Me, And The Christmas Trees is family-friendly. Love Danica but do not enjoy watching Benjamin Ayers in anything. Someone else with Danica would have been more enjoyable. I won't voice an opinion until I watch it again. I was on edge the whole time since I took a chance watching it without a review first.

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    1. kitkat, Thank you so much for sharing that You, Me, And The Christmas Trees is family-friendly! Others may not get it, but I understand your feelings completely. Bless you!

      It's nice to hear it was a good start off to the Countdown to Christmas! And... I look forward to seeing the Wonder Years reunion in it.

      I will be posting your review to the new 2021 Christmas Movie Review page - coming soon!

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  11. Recording Autumn Stables to watch later. Can't miss Kevin McGarry!

    I am watching An Autumn Romance tonight and Charlie Brown tomorrow night. What a glorious weekend!

    Net, I love your Christmas lights! Makes me smile!

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  12. As others have reported You, Me And the Christmas Trees is family friendly. Like Kitkat said, I was on the edge, so afraid it would suddenly appear out of no where!! Story line is different for sure, but not one that I will watch over and over. The story line is a little slow and not the best chemistry between the leads. But as is always Hallmark style, a happy ending.

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    1. Joyce, Thank you for sharing this happy news! I'll be posting your review to the main Christmas Movie Review page once I get it up and running! Stay tuned! :)

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  13. You, Me, & the Christmas Trees

    Olivia “Livvy” Arden work as Chief Evergreen Horticulturist & arborist at UCONN & has a lab as a chemist & her scientific projects. She agrees to help Jack, a fourth-generation Christmas tree farmer in Avon at Connors Christmas Tree Farm. A mysterious illness has befallen their firs are dying out and ruining his business, causing them to die out & threatening his family’s 100-year business. People in town that they called Olivia; Christmas Tree Whisper. Jack’s Sister; Lisa has Bed & Breakfast in Avon. After calling off Olivia’s Christmas wedding six months earlier that she has boxes of mistletoes & other stuffs in front of her office at UCONN & her fiancΓ©’s name is Justin, Olivia isn’t eager to head home for the holidays so, she agrees to make a detour and stop at Jack’s Christmas Trees Farm to examine the trees. Olivia unable to figure out how Christmas Trees what’s cause but Olivia is determined to get to the root of the problem & extends her stay to run advanced tests. With time to kill while she waits for test results by thinking to make a nutrition for trees & makes sure if its work but later on it’s working. Olivia joins Jack, his family, & friends at the holiday festivities around town & finds their traditions a welcome change to the reserved holidays she grew up with. As they spend more time together, they begin to fall for each other & Jack helps Olivia reconnect to Christmas, her parents & herself. Jack, Olivia, & other Avon Residents make Christmas cocktails at Christmas Craft Fair unless Elliott & his Wife; Kelly. Olivia makes cider, bourbon, cinnamon, lime, herb, & a few pine needle in mixology. Olivia is a winner & she called it’s Evergreen (looks like Hard Cider). Olivia knew that Dwayne is up to something & she won’t let him win. Olivia’s parents arrive in town in Avon, CT. In the end of the movie, Olivia tenacity pays off & she’s not only devises a way to preserve Jack’s Christmas trees but she discovers the shocking truth about why Jack’s firs were fizzling because of Dwayne & his cronies using Herbicide: weed & grass killer overnight. Olivia puts nutrition for Christmas tree just before Christmas lighting in the night. Olivia pours herself into her work in an effort to uncover the reason behind Jack’s dying trees. She uncovers a new Christmas mystery & the connection that Jack’s trees sabotaged by a rival farmer named Dwayne $ his cronies. Mayor Maguire called out Dwayne; when Olivia tells him that Dwayne using weed killer looks like Christmas Tree dying unless she shows proven by taking a selfie about weed & grass kill whose sabotaged the trees all of those years.. Officer Miles has Dwayne arrested. Jack, Olivia, & the Avon Residents are at Christmas lighting.Olivia’s parents; Sid & Ellen arrive for Christmas lighting & has cider. She introduced Jack to her parents. Mayor Maguire asks Jack & Olivia to lit up the tree unless Jack & Elliott Mom; Peggy tells him that Jack & Olivia are busy. As Elliott & his Mom; Peggy walk Mayor Maguire backward. Mayor wilt lit up the Christmas tree. As Jack & Olivia kiss on the other side of the tree.

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  14. You, Me, & the Christmas Trees

    Jason Hervey is always portrayed a jerk lately like his character; Wayne Arnold in Wonder Years. His character is Dwayne Colson in You, Me, & the Christmas Trees

    Danica McKellar & Jason Harvey reunited in You, Me, & the Christmas Trees since they worked together in The Wonder Years in 1980s. The Wonder Years took a place in 1960s

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  15. I enjoyed You, Me, And The Christmas Trees. I liked how science was brought into the movie. It is family friendly.

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    1. Mary - Thank you so much for sharing! So good to hear you enjoyed it! :)

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  16. I think that Boyfriends Christmas Past is terrible.

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    1. Chris, I appreciate you letting us know your take. I think many agreed with you.

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  17. So we saw You, Me & The Christmas Trees and it was family friendly but didn’t feel that excited about it. It was good but the story or the chemistry felt off. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it! But my girls liked it so I was happy about that.

    We also started watching Boyfriends of Christmas Past and within 5 minutes I could tell it wasn’t going to be family friendly. We didn’t watch past those minutes because in the opening scene I could see that there was an alternative lifestyle couple. But it didn’t feel like a huge loss because the premise and the commercials didn’t really draw me in anyway. We only started watching it because my oldest daughter was interested but we changed the channel and just found AFV which made up for having to skip it! I could be wrong because it wasn’t explicitly shown but we changed it pretty quick but it did look like they were snuggling. Someone who watched further might find that I was wrong but I didn’t want to take the chances of continuing to watch it with my kids in the room!

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    1. Sarah S., From what I am hearing your instincts were spot on. Glad you turned the station when you did.

      I would have to agree with you - as the commercials for this movie did not interest me either - so it didn't feel like a big loss, after all.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I bet you all got some big laughs out of AFV, anyway.

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    2. I deleted "Boyfriends" after the first couple minutes. Not enough time in my life for this stuff.
      By the way, what is AFV??
      ~~Jane

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    3. Jane, I agree! I'm doing more and more of that this year, too.

      AFV - is America's Funniest Home Videos.

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  18. Boyfriends of Christmas Past content warning - There is a gay couple sprinkled throughout. The movie started out very stilted and they didn't play well off each other but I would like to see the lead actor again.

    Kay

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    1. Kay, I so appreciate you sharing this news with us. It's unfortunate we have to do this, but I'm grateful that you stopped in to inform the rest of us before watching - bless you!

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  19. An Autumn Romance is based on the book by Jane Porter’s The Tycoon’s Kiss. Taylor Harris is a librarian & Historian goes visit her older Brother; Craig Harris & his family in Fair Ridge, Montana. This movie melt my heart about Taylor finds old fashioned photographs in the folder in the bedroom at the Graff Hotel. Taylor & her Brother; Craig manage to save Hotel. There’s a picture of chambermaid is actually Mary Catherine & Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt with a people at the Graff Hotel. Taylor’s Friend texted Taylor what she found. Taylor needs to hurry just before the meeting starts at the library room & print them out & into laptop for research about Historical Graff Hotel. Taylor’s presentation about Graff Hotel is a historical landmark on her laptop to TV at the meeting. Joel looks surprised by Taylor’s discovery. Joel mentioned his ancestors were his Great Great Grandparents named Timothy & Mary Catherine Shannahan. Taylor's Brother is being cordial to Joel.


    A woman heads to a small town to see her brother and tries to save a small, historic hotel from developers, but she soon realizes that the man she's falling for is behind the development plans for the Hotel. Joel tells Taylor that he never had a picture of his Great Great Grandma until now & he had his Grandfather’s picture on the wall. Gruff Hotel is an official landmark. Taylor & Joel dance together at Graff Hotel for Fall Harvest Ball. There’s pictures of Joel’s Grandparents, Joel & Taylor, & letters on the wall at the Graff Hotel.

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  20. So very glad to hear that You, Me, & Christmas Trees is family-friendly! Not that either of the stars are my favorite, but it is a relief that the first movie was clean! So many were disappointed last year when Danica’s was not watchable. Of course, it is always disappointing when they include such trash in any movie, but you expect the main stars to have a good movie. When they don’t its somehow worse than if it was a lesser known star.

    Autumn Romance (aka Colors of Love) was good! It wasn’t too much of a fall movie, but the leaves were actually real! At least in the scene where she drives her car off the road. I especially enjoyed it because I am a history buff and that part of the story line was so different and intriguing. The perfect twist to an otherwise normal movie plot. The mixed couple was a bit strange, but I’d give this family-friendly movie a watch!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these movies. It's good that both You, Me, & Christmas Trees and An Autumn Romance are family-friendly. :)

      I also watched An Autumn Romance and the farm and lovely country setting was beautiful; plus, I also thought the history portion was fascinating, as well. That storyline turned an ordinary rom-com into something far more interesting.

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  21. An Autumn Romance was fun to watch. Loved seeing Jessica Lowndes and Chad Michael Murray together. I do love history along with surprises. This movie proved to be so much more interesting than I expected. I am looking forward to their Christmas movie! The mixed couple appeared to be added for no apparent reason, plus there isn't a lot of scenes with the two of them.

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    1. kitkat, Glad to hear you enjoyed "An Autumn Romance." I agree, CMM and Jessica do work so well together. I thought it was very smart that they announced their Christmas movie together during one of the commercial breaks. I'm looking forward to it, too, and everything else on GAC Family!!! :)

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  22. Hi Net! First of all, I've been following you for a while now, thank you SO much for always standing firm in our beliefs and not being afraid to share God's amazing love. I love that I have a spot to come where i know your reviews have morals and values, like mine. thank you!!

    So...I watched Boyfriends of Christmas Past yesterday. (and like I said I've never commented here before, but wanted to share now) I really enjoyed both of the leads, they were pretty good together, and the story was a really fun idea! (I'm a big Christmas Carol fan) I wish I could say I will watch this again, but that is sadly not the case. There was a same-sex couple that popped up maybe three times, they played no part in the movie whatsoever, so I dont even know why they had to keep showing this same couple. It felt really forced to have them there. Very sad. Especially since it seemed like they stuck them in this movie to solely say they have another movie with representation.
    *minor spoiler to plot of movie ahead* Another issue I had with it, about halfway through the movie, Lauren,(the lead) is in the past with one of her boyfriends, and the reason they break up is because the boyfriend asks her to move in with him. Marriage is not talked about or considered one time during this part of the movie. They obviously don't move in together because she breaks up with him so nothing actually happened. But the movie still made her out as being the wrong one because she wasnt ready to take the next step in their relationship. They made it clear that moving in together should come before marriage. At that point I was already upset to see the first red flag, and this didn't make it any better lol

    It breaks my heart to see the way Hallmark's morals have dropped so low. oh well, all we can do is pray, and hopefully I can help someone else out that has no interest in watching what is becoming more and more the regular hallmark Christmas movie. Also, sorry for such a long comment!

    Sincerely,
    - A Fellow Brother In Christ -

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    1. A Fellow Brother In Christ - How wonderful to hear from you - for the first time! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comment and hearing that you are also like-minded in your morals and values.

      It was also wonderful to get your perspective on the movie Boyfriends of Christmas Past (the new Saturday premiere). I had some hesitation after viewing the commercial, so I did not record or watch. I felt that the way relationships would be displayed might be more worldly and cavalier, and it seems that's exactly what it was. So sad.

      If only more of Hallmark movies could be like the "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" series!

      I am grateful you shared your thoughts with us on this. Thank you and bless you! :)

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    2. I thought that Boyfriends of Christmas Past was terrible I thought that Boyfriends of Christmas Past is as bad as Nashville Christmas Carol.

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    3. Net, I agree completely, 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' would be a perfect example for Hallmark to follow! You are actually the reason my family and I found Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Thank you!! We had heard of it before, but never watched it, then I found your blog a couple years back and saw how much you loved it, we instantly fell in love with every minute of it too!! We were counting down the days with everyone else waiting for the wedding last weekend, and it did not dissapoint! To put it mildly, it was perfect!

      Also, I didn't plan on watching another movie this weekend, but after I picked the wrong two to begin with lol I needed something better, and I saw someone here say Christmas in my Heart was friendly! It was so nice not having to keep my guard up while watching, for me it wasn't a classic. What Amy Lama said is really what I thought of the movie too lol but it was clean!! So that alone made for an enjoyable night, even if the movie wasn't beyond amazing, it was still heartwarming and Christmas-y!

      -A Fellow Brother in Christ-

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    4. -A Fellow Brother in Christ- I am so honored that I was able to introduce you and your family to the 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' series! That means so much to me! I'm so glad you let me know.

      And... wonderful to get your take on "Christmas in my Heart," too!

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  23. Boyfriends of Christmas Past

    Tyler said to Lauren can change her ways before it too late - she finds out soon enough

    Lauren’s ex-boyfriends:
    Tyler Mirsky was 15 years old
    Jake - College Boyfriend
    Henry
    Logan

    Nate said to Lauren that he is in love with Lauren. Lauren don’t feel the same way, Nate can’t let Lauren can’t hook off tonight. He deserves better than that

    Nate feels prioritize our friendship, no matter what he’s busy he is.

    Lauren have no idea what Nate talking about. It’s obvious what she has been doing. Nate thinks Lauren putting up walls left & right

    Lauren’s ex-boyfriends said she hasn’t learn about her past relationship with them & best friend; Nate since they breakup before Christmas.

    Lauren asks Tyler by saying she needed to change her ways before too late. Too late for what?

    Lauren’s 4 ex-boyfriends took Lauren to the future (Christmas is yet to come) to place of Mariano’s Restaurant

    Lauren pushed Nate away

    Lauren found out Nate proposes to Lily as his best friend when he asks her to marry when she says yes but Lauren is Nate’s best friend

    Lauren said this can’t be happening. Her ex-boyfriends trying to tell Lauren that Nate & Lily get engaged. They haven’t been on a date yet.

    Lauren said How Nate engaged to Lily when he’s in love with her so Tyler said Lauren said Nate wasn’t right for her. Nate & Lauren were just friends & Lauren didn’t want risk hurting Nate. Lauren said Nate had terrible taste in movies.

    Lauren asks them what meant they said before too late?

    Lauren changes her mind that
    Nate can’t marry Lily unless she goes to community center to see Nate there.

    When Lauren realizes Nate is always be there for her? No matter what. She wants to be there for Nate, too but she can’t lose her best friend & also, her love of her life.

    Lauren’s Dad said Nate is a keeper.

    Nate proposes to Lauren he is lucky to have her as his best friend & he wants to spend his life with when he asks her to marry him & she says yes.

    Lauren sees her 4 ex-boyfriends outside in the snow & they disappeared in thin air.

    Lauren’s 4 Ghosts of her Ex-Boyfriends of Christmas Past

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  24. An Autumn Romance was a great start to original movies on GAC Family. I enjoyed the history part and the family relationships. Chad Michael Murray is definitely becoming a family movie staple. ~ Jennifer R

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    1. Jennifer R, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed An Autumn Romance, too! I, too, thought it was a wonderful launch for GAC Family! What a blessing it is to have this alternative.

      Thank you, honey, for sharing with us!

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  25. The Santa Stakeout is so funny. I couldn’t stop laughing πŸ˜‚ in between 2 Police Detectives Tanya Morris & Ryan Anderson s with wildly different approaches to pretty much everything. They’re reluctantly partnered on a case involving a rash of robberies taking place during high-profile holiday parties around town. undercover as newlyweds Tasha & Rupert, moving into the vacant house next to Mr. Francis Miller to crack the case. They become swept up by Christmas, begin to see each other in a new light & start to fall in love. Ryan, Tanya, & Police Officer Talbot dress as elves & bellhop at Christmas committee to eyeing an ornament.

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    1. Good to hear you enjoyed the comedy parts... I hear it is very funny! :)

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  26. "Autumn Romance" was family friendly and quite enjoyable in spite of the done-to-death plot. Chad Michael Murray made it worth watching. He was excellent, as always, and though Jessica Lowndes isn't one of my favorites, I felt they had good chemistry. The movie kept me engaged throughout.

    "Christmas in My Heart" was my pick of Christmas movie to watch, since I always enjoy Luke Macfarlane and any movies that have a music theme. I'm happy to report it's family friendly. I enjoyed the story a lot. It had some deeper elements to it that I always appreciate about movies on HMM. The little girl was very cute and a good actor. I would watch it again, but it's not going to be a top favorite because I felt like the leads lacked chemistry and their characters needed to have more scenes together. And as much as I like Luke Macfarlane, I'm afraid he's not a singer!

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    1. Amy Lama, So wonderful to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed both of these movies over the weekend. You are the first to review "Christmas in my Heart" - very good to hear it was Family-Friendly.

      The main Christmas Movie Review page is currently a work-in-progress, but I'll be sure to have your review posted there.

      Thank you for sharing with us! Bless you! :)

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  27. The Santa Stakeout

    Tanya & Ryan go undercover as newlyweds couple Tasha & Rupert to live next door neighbor is Mr. Francis Miller’s house on their first Stakeout. They’re so funny. It’s seem like other movies: Stakeout & Shakeout Again starring Richard Dreyfuss & Emilio Estevez. I hope Hallmark will make sequels. The Santa Stakeout 2 called; “The Santa Stakeout Again. When I saw The Santa Stakeout trailer looks so funny?

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  28. Hi Net, it's me again, I hope you dont mind me leaving another review.

    I watched The Santa Stakeout last night. I absolutely loved Tamera Mowry-Housley and Paul Campbell together, they were hilarious and had great chemistry. I also really liked the story, it was super fun!
    BUT...Hallmark sadly couldn't resist putting their agenda in their. About forty-five minutes into the movie, Tamera's and Paul's characters are introduced to two men, they are verbally never specified as a couple, but they didn't need to, it was quite clear what they were. They are shown a handful of times in the movie, and like in Boyfriends of Christmas Past, they played no real part in the movie, except to meet their quota for Hallmark!
    I will admit, unlike Boyfriends of Christmas Past (I think I turned off a little over the hour mark in Boyfriends, whenever the couple was confirmed of my suspicions) I did finish The Santa Stakeout though. I was just enjoying the leads and the story so much. If it wasn't for the gay couple, I think this movie would've been a classic for me, I was loving it so much, but sadly after the agenda came to the party, even though I kept watching, it didn't have its Christmas magic anymore. So, needless to say, I won't be watching this one again, which is too bad because it was ALMOST very good.

    - A Fellow Brother in Christ -

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    1. - A Fellow Brother in Christ - You are welcome to review as much as you like! I already love hearing from you, and I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this movie, too. It's great to receive this detailed information - so we can all choose what to watch or what to skip.

      I will be adding your reviews to the main Christmas movie page once I have it up and running.

      Bless you for sharing with us and thank you for being a faithful follower here! :)

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    2. I agree with Net - I appreciate your two reviews! Thanks, and keep them coming, if you have time.
      ~~Jane

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  29. I missed watching The Santa Stakeout. Hope to watch it later. I do enjoy a good comedy.

    Misty

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  30. Danica McKellar Inks Multi-Picture Deal With GAC Media, Will Headline Holiday Movies Exclusively For Rebranded Network

    EXCLUSIVE: Danica McKellar, longtime star of holiday movies for Hallmark Channel, is getting into business with GAC Media. McKellar has signed a four-picture deal to star in and executive produce original films for the company’s flagship networks, GAC Family and GAC Living. For her first project, McKellar stars in and executive produces the original movie, The Winter Palace premiering in January 2022 on GAC Family.

    “Danica is a world-class talent who is among TV’s most beloved and enduring stars,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO of GAC Media. “Her combination of creativity and passion is second to none, and I am thrilled to have her join GAC’s close-knit family.”

    Danica McKellar, longtime star of holiday movies for Hallmark Channel, is getting into business with GAC Media. McKellar has signed a four-picture deal to star in and executive produce original films for the company’s flagship networks, GAC Family and GAC Living. For her first project, McKellar stars in and executive produces the original movie, The Winter Palacepremiering in January 2022 on GAC Family.

    “Danica is a world-class talent who is among TV’s most beloved and enduring stars,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO of GAC Media. “Her combination of creativity and passion is second to none, and I am thrilled to have her join GAC’s close-knit family.”



    Abbott, former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, parent of Hallmark Channel, has been bringing in established Hallmark Channel talent he worked with while running the network, and McKellar is the latest. Among the biggest draws to cable television during the holiday season, McKellar has appeared yearly in a Hallmark Channel holiday movie since 2015, most recently in You, Me and the Christmas Trees, which premiered last week on Hallmark Channel. Under the GAC Media deal, which extends through 2023, she will do rom-coms and holiday films for GAC Media exclusively.

    McKellar recently guest starred on ABC comedy Home Economics and is set as a judge on Fox’s upcoming unscripted competition series Domino Masters, set for early 2022.

    McKellar, who was first introduced to television audiences as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, is also the New York Times bestselling author of children’s books at McKellarMath.com, including Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math and, most recently, The Times Machine.

    A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, McKellar earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics while contributing original research which resulted in “The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem,” published in Britain’s Journal of Physics. McKellar has been featured on the front page of the Science section of The New York Times. She is recipient of the UCLA Award for Graduate Achievement and the Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, which includes the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. She has testified before Congress about the importance of women in math and science and was named “Person of the Week” by ABC World News for tackling math education and simultaneously breaking the stereotype of the “math nerd” with her highly entertaining and illuminating books.

    McKellar is repped by Matt Sherman Management and attorney Dave Ryan at FTSA.

    GAC Media is home to GAC Family and GAC Living, which launched on September 27. GAC Family (formerly Great American Country) features family-friendly, holiday-themed movies and series that celebrate American culture, lifestyle and heritage. GAC Living (formerly Ride TV) is the unscripted companion to GAC Family.

    https://www.yahoo.com/amphtml/entertainment/danica-mckellar-inks-multi-picture-153302966.html

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  31. I still have to watch "Christmas in My Heart." However of the four Christmas movies this weekend, the only one I could recommend as family friendly is "You, Me and the Christmas Trees."

    I saw "Autumn Romance" and I really enjoyed it. The book that it is based off of, however, is not family friendly. I read a portion of it and then stopped. "Autumn Romance" has a more wholesome feel and while similar to the original book, it is quite different.

    Of the two family friendly movies I saw this weekend, I'd probably watch "Autumn Romance" a second time.

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    1. Mary, Thank you for sharing these reviews! I feel the same about the movie, "An Autumn Romance."

      And, thank you for the book info. It's so disappointing when they do that. I have had that happen, as well, with a book I never anticipated would have that sort of content. Now I never buy a book - unless it's at CBD. I feel safer that way.

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  32. Review: Christmas in My Heart

    Family-friendly: Yes
    Keeper? No

    This was my Christmas movie for yesterday (the 25th). My thoughts:

    * It was family-friendly, but throughout I kept thinking how Hallmark went extra lengths to have 3 inter-racial couples integral to the movie (Sean and his deceased wife, Beth's father and his recently deceased wife, and then Sean and Beth). Also, more than once someone mentioned how difficult it was/is for people of color to have the opportunities afforded to others. And while I couldn't agree more, this seemed like a major point the writers wanted to hit home.

    * The story just kind of trudged along. It was hard for me to get wrapped up in it.

    * There was a definite lack of chemistry between the two leads. I thought Luke Macfarlane did a good job in some other Christmas movies, but here it just didn't seem like his heart was in it.

    * As mentioned elsewhere, Luke cannot sing, and his facial expressions while he attempts to sing are over-the-top.

    * And finally, for the record, the bench pictures on the poster are nowhere in the movie.

    Not a keeper for me.

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    1. Mark 25, What a wonderful, detailed review! I love hearing your perspective on this - knowing we share the same values. Good to hear this one was family friendly, in spite of being not as great as others.

      I'll be sure to share your review to the main Christmas Movie review page - coming soon!!!

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    2. I tried to watch Christmas in My Heart, I even tried to get past Luke's very bad country accent. I have to say Heather Hemmens is beautiful. She has such a pretty smile and I could watch her over and over, just not this movie.

      The child actress, i guess I am hard on the child actors/actresses sometimes, but this was not good. I will stop there.

      I changed the channel when someone brought over the Hanukkah gifts, i mean this movie couldn't be more woke.

      I stand by my feelings that Hallmark says whomever makes a movie for us must have the following:

      1--
      2--
      3--
      4--

      If one is missing, we cant put you on the network. when they review the movies, they say" #1--check, #2--check, #3--check, #4--um, the movie is great but you missed #4". Ok, we added that he is now jewish is that ok". "#4--check".

      BTW, it seems Hallmark isn't drawing the crowds in either for Countdown to christmas. 2.22, 2.03, and 2.11 are the lowest ever for HM i dont ever see another movie of theirs getting even a 3 million viewers. The Danica movie was the best and she is going to GAC and people are being nasty saying go away. well she was the one that gave the weekend the highest views. HMM movie was about where they were this time last year. I can tolerate the HMM channel so I watch that channel. I am looking forward to the Christmas Promise this weekend.

      I know people are cutting the cord, but this decline has been going on a while, the thing is when you alienate your fan base, the one that was giving you the 4 million viewers for Christmas movies and the shows, you lose those dedicated people, the ones that tweet, the ones that watch anything you put out. You get some hype for having a same sex women couple on a long time show, but those arent the people that watch, tweet, live and breathe Hallmark. You kicked those people in the teeth and said if you don't like our woke movies, then goodbye. And they said goodbye to you.

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  33. Review: You, Me & the Christmas Trees

    Family-friendly: Yes
    Keeper?: Leaning toward No

    Danica and Ben had to wait hours to see if her experiments would help save the trees...and at times I felt as if I was waiting along with them! This movie just seemed to move so slooooowly! I wish Ben Ayres would show more emotion or excitement - I think that is part of the reason why the movie dragged. Still, chemistry between the two leads wasn't totally lacking, and it was nice to see Hallmark kick off their season with a family-friendly movie! But I am hoping that The Winter Palace, Danica's first GAC movie in January, will be better.

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    1. Mark 25 - Wonderful review here! I like the way you highlight both family-friendly & keeper!

      As friends go - you're a keeper! Thank you for this and hopefully... more reviews to come! :)

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  34. I loved Cupids on Beacon Street. Different premise than a lot of movies. The actors were great! You are doing such a wonderful job with this blog! Amazing. Thank you!

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    1. Nancy, Thank you for your sweet words; I'm so glad you enjoy visiting here.

      Also, thank you for adding this review, too! :)

      I posted it here:
      https://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2021/09/cupids-on-beacon-street-byu-movie.html

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