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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hallmark Channel & Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Announce: "New Year New Movies" for January, 2022 - SEE HERE:




PRESS RELEASE - CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS:

Hallmark Channel Announces
"New Year New Movies"
For 2022 In The Month Of January

Five All-New Movies Debut
as Part of the Network's
January Programming Event on Hallmark Channel

An All-New Movie Premieres on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries


STUDIO CITY, Calif., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Year kicks off with Hallmark Channel's – New Year New Movies! – starting January 1st, every Saturday will celebrate fresh starts and new beginnings. As part of the TV event, Hallmark Channel unveils five movie premieres: "The Perfect Pairing," "Wedding Veil," "Love is Trending," "Butlers in Love," and "Romancing the Birthday Girl." On Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, an all-new movie premiere with "North to Home."


SEE MOVIE REVIEWS BELOW...

PREMIERING ON HALLMARK CHANNEL:


'WHERE YOUR HEART BELONGS'
Previously titled: 'LOVE IS TRENDING'

All-New Hallmark Original
Saturday, January 1 (8 p.m. ET/PT)




Starring: Jen Lilley, Christopher Russell

Mackenzie Sullivan is a New York-based marketing executive struggling to keep her clients. When she returns home to a rural maple farm to help her best friend plan her wedding in just two weeks, Mackenzie learns the hard way that the love and support of family and true friends means more than she'd imagined.

Movie Reviews:

"I watched Where Your Heart Belongs and enjoyed the last part of this movie. There were no bad vibes for me. Completely family friendly! The movie was missing something in the first half but I am not sure what it was. Jen and Christopher worked well together. My only complaint is the difference in height! Why put a tall man with a short woman? Makes it awkward when dancing or kissing. Jen looks so beautiful in this movie." ~kitkat

"WHERE YOUR HEART BELONGS Family friendly. This was pretty cute. Nothing too special, but it was entertaining. Jen Lilley is one of my favorites because she can act so effortlessly that you don’t even think she is acting. I enjoyed watching Mac and Olivia in this. Their friendship seemed genuine and gave me all the nostalgic feels of me and my high school besties. I think I kind of liked watching the friendship more than the romance aspect. Those matching t-shirts made me smile πŸ˜ƒ. A couple things… Mac’s flamboyant assistant was incredibly annoying and overly pushy to me, especially in the beginning. It was kind of painful to watch Mac sort of “sabotage” her best friend’s wedding with her own business agenda, thanks to her assistant’s meddling. Overall, Jen Lilley and Chris Russell pairing was pretty solid. Chemistry could be better but they do look cute together. ~CH Mom

"I figured that since this was 1 of Jen's movies, that I'd just record and watch before reading any spoilers, plus it was the 1st new movie of the year, figured it'd be safe. The movie starts off great, but then a couple of minutes in, right next to the sign above the place where Mac and her friend are eating, I saw what looked to be the rainbow flag. Yes, the flag that promotes the community that doesn't support Christian Values! It was just for a few seconds, but I swear I saw it! After that, I got so distracted, and a bit disgusted, that I just turned off the movie 10 or 13 minutes in. So, as for if that was the only woke thing in the movie, I don't know. Though, I think another 1 of Mac's friends was sounding a bit gay like. Or it was just my paranoia. Sigh. Just goes to show that even if the movie has a familiar star and looks cute from the previews, depending on what network it airs on, it doesn't 100% mean that it'll be completely woke free. Something that was proven a bit too many times over the holiday season with Hallmark, unfortunately. Here's hoping The Wedding Veil trilogy avoids this garbage." -Maria

"So just to clarify since I mentioned “family friendly”…. I have just read Maria’s review and I totally missed the rainbow flag, my apologies. Many many times they are sneaking in these values not so blatantly. So frustrating. I do also get that feeling about the flamboyant assistant of Mac. He did seem very gay-like (so obvious Hallmark wanted to make us think that he was), but I’m pretty sure it was just implied, not mentioned. In other words, if you’re watching this with the whole family or young children, I’m thinking they probably would be oblivious to it, although it definitely does not justify this was wrong of Hallmark to do so." ~CH Mom

"Where Your Heart Belongs was not a favorite of mine. Jen's character was a bit selfish. She played the part well, though. I loved A Royally Wrapped Christmas. I definitely feel that there is competition between GAC and Hallmark." ~Namegirl





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'THE WEDDING VEIL' (WT)
All-New Hallmark Original
Saturday, January 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT)




Starring: Lacey Chabert, Kevin McGarry, Autumn Reeser, Alison Sweeney

The first installment of an enchanting new trilogy starring three of Hallmark's most beloved leading ladies as longtime college friends who discover a mysterious, antique veil fabled to unite its bearer with her true love. After discovering a long-lost painting, museum curator Avery and successful, new board member Peter investigate the artwork's origins as they plan a charity fundraiser to unveil its restoration.

Movie Reviews:

"Happy to report The Wedding Veil is family friendly! Good movie! Lacy and Kevin were good together. Lacy is always good, but this was some of Kevin's best work in my opinion!" ~Joyce in Carolina

"THE WEDDING VEIL Family friendly. I enjoyed this one very much! I mean, with Lacey, Autumn and Ali, plus Kevin McGarry.. what more could we want? I really liked the art theme, the friendship, and the cute banters between the leads. Lacey looked lovely too in all those pretty dresses. The setting (museum/garden) was beautiful too. This was a wonderful watch!" ~CH Mom

"The Wedding Veil was family friendly. I was really enjoying it until Kevin threw in a truly terrible "Boston" accent part way through that made me cringe and it really stood out when nobody else from "Boston" used any accent at all. This will be a single watch for me based on that alone and the cast was made up of some of my favorites. Hoping for a better part 2 and 3." ~Anonymous

"I wanted to love The Wedding Veil, but I liked it (this installment anyway). I am a Bostonian and found Kevin McGarry's accent awful--like nails on a chalk board to me--Bostonians do not sound like that!! Advice to Kevin--next time, lose the accent. His mother did not have an accent nor did Lacey and it is better to keep it that way. Looking forward to the next two installments, but I wished that HM just used the month of February for this trilogy. Now must wait for Autumn (my personal favorite)." ~ Savvy Girl

"I loved the first of the trilogy of the Wedding Veil. It was very interesting. Can't wait to see the next two, then the Wedding Veil Unveiled and The Wedding Veil Legacy. Know they will all be enjoyable." ~ Bonnie English

"I just watched North to Home, and I am happy to report it is family friendly. It may not be right for younger kids, however, since the main storyline involves the death of the sisters' biological parents when they were children. I thought the movie was beautiful and the acting by all the ladies was fantastic. The themes of reconciliation and forgiveness were powerful, and I cried several times! The male actors weren't as good, and I felt little to no chemistry between any of the couples. However, this didn't bother me too much because the story was really about the sisters. I even felt a subtle pro life message in the oldest sister's storyline. Overall, this was a great movie!" ~melnewlife

"Kevin McGarry's Boston accent was great without being over-the-top! Okay. I'm picky. I was a bit disappointed at Avery's and Peter's exchange of vows which only lasted several seconds. The writers chose to omit holy with matrimony. There was no exchange of rings. I guess I'll keep the DVRd recording because I like both actors." ~Namegirl

"The Wedding Veil is family friendly. (review may contain spoilers) It’s based on the books called; “The Wedding Veil Wishes: There Goes the Bride”, by Lori Wilde. The Wedding Veil Trilogy starts with 3 actresses; Lacey Chabert, Autumn Reeser, & Alison Sweeney in open credits as they approach as special appearance in each movies. 3 college friends named Avery Morrison, Emma, & Tracy reunite in different cities every year to go antiquing & they find an enchanted, antique lace wedding veil with a heart & embroidery letter A with a legend—it is said that whoever possesses the veil will find their true love in San Francisco. They discover an extraordinary, antique lace wedding veil with a legend—it is said that whoever possesses the veil will find their true love. 3 friends agree to purchase the veil together & pass it along to each other to test whether or not the legend is true. Avery, an art curator, is the first to take possession and very soon after meets a handsome stranger named Peter. They spend a carefree day together at a local museum, they share some uncanny coincidences that have Avery wondering if it’s fate. I couldn’t stop laughing out loud because of Peter’s Boston accent is hilarious & Peter as Michael Copeland: When I think I’m out but they put him back in! Avery & Peter live in Boston. After discovering a long-lost painting, museum curator Avery & a new board member Peter investigate the artwork's origins as they plan to unveil it at a gala. When a misunderstanding leads Peter & Avery go their separate ways just as their romance is getting started. He gives her the cold–shoulder, Avery resolves to put him out of her mind…only for him to show up at her job back in Boston?Sonya introduces Avery to Peter when he behinds her. It turns out that Peter is from a very well–known wealthy philanthropic family & the newest board member & has just taken a seat on the museum’s board at the museum where she works. When Peter & Avery are uncover a long–lost painting from a 19th century Italian famous master painter & they’re asking Frederick about it & then have to work together on a gala to unveil the masterpiece, Peter works closely with Avery on a special gala to unveil its restoration? As the project brings them closer & they start to clear the air, they find the coincidences they share just might be the veil, working its magic. As they grow closer together, it seems the veil is working its magic. Avery talks with her friend; Emma about Peter by saying he’s nice, so funny, witty, charming, & very attractive. Peter introduces Avery to his Mom; Grace. Peter & Avery get married at the end of the movie. Even Lacey says Kevin is so funny & charismatic. Some guys have Boston accent but the ladies didn’t." ~Anonymous

"The Wedding Veil. Finally got around to watching this, and it was very lovely! :) Felt so good to finally watch a clean new movie Hallmark! Here's hoping the next 2 are just as clean!" -Maria

"Just watched the first Wedding Veil movie on the streaming site and thought it was delightful. Lacey and Kevin had great chemistry and the 3 best friends was so sweet. The only thing that bothered me was the mention of fate(which was quite offen). But overall, I really enjoyed it and can't wait the watch the other two films. Lacey looked so cute and feminine in all of those dresses. I was glad I watched it after your post Net." ~Abigail




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'THE PERFECT PAIRING'
All-New Hallmark Original
Saturday, January 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT)




Starring: Nazneen Contractor, Brennan Elliott

Influential and anonymous food and wine critic Christina finds herself at a winery she panned in the past. She hopes to leave before anyone finds out who she is, but she instead slips on ice and hits her head. The Hollingbrook family, led by single father Michael graciously takes Christina in while she recovers and tries to jog her memory. In the process, Christina helps the Hollingbrooks prepare for their annual wine tapping party, which includes Michael's risky passion project, ice wine.


Movie Reviews:

"The Perfect Pairing is okay, though. I do have 1 major objection: In the scene where Christina is getting her luggage at the train station, there's a split second scene of a man walking by wearing a mask. It's 1 thing of Hallmark to try to sneak in bits of woke-ism, but bits of fear mongering in movies that are clearly supposed to be free of that? Just as bad." -Maria

"The Perfect Pairing is family friendly. A food & wine critic named Christina Joy “Chrissy” Osbourne who goes by her initials to remain anonymous as CJ Osbourne heads out of the city to a winter wine festival. When she arrives at the train station, there is a mix up that has her land at the very winery when she recently gave a scathing review, Hollingbrook Winery after she bumps her head & ends up losing her memory at Hollingbrook: Vineyard & Winery family owned & operated? Christina falls for a single Father & winemaker named Michael “Mike” Hollingbrook. Michael doesn't realize who she as he gives her a tour & before her cover is blown when she goes by her middle name Joy, she slips on the ice & hits her head, causing amnesia. Christina stays at at Hollingbrook: Vineyard & Winery family owned & operated. Michael brings Hollingbrook Winery brochures to the hotel or motel. The Hollingbrook family makes Ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine in ice wine room. Eleanor Parks recognizes Christina Osbourne as CJ Osbourne when Chrissy regains her memories. Joy tells Diane that she regains her memories by saying her real name Christina Osbourne but Joy is her middle name as in Christina Joy Osbourne. Diane figures it out that Christina is CJ Osbourne. Kevin shows up to look for his girlfriend named Christina Osbourne under CJ Osbourne. Michael doesn’t even know CJ Osbourne was a woman. Christina, Brittany & Diane bake desserts. The Hollingbrook Family has ice wine tasting room but It’s a surprise when Christina, Brittany, & Diane bring desserts with ice wine bottles when Eleanor Parks arrives at Hollingbrook Winery. Christina tasted Hollingbrook Winery’s Merlot in which Michael is smiling." ~Anonymous



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DON'T FORGET I LOVE YOU
Previously titled: 'ROMANCING THE BIRTHDAY GIRL'

All-New Hallmark Original
Saturday, January 22 (8 p.m. ET/PT)




Starring: Emilie Ullerup, Clayton James

On her birthday, Taylor opens a time capsule left by her deceased mother, which contains six envelopes. In each one is a challenge to complete, challenges that her mother - aware of Taylor's many anxieties that hold her back - knew would expand her horizons and give her the push she needs in life and to help open her mind, and heart, to the possibility of love.
Movie Reviews:

"Don't Forget I Love You is family friendly and a little different from the usual formula. While it has some comic aspects it deals with real like fears or phobias. Chemistry was good between the leads and Emillie Ullerup was great as always." ~Joyce in Carolina

"Don't Forget I Love You. This is a very cozy movie. And it's also very clean! So this is very good for just simply relaxing and enjoying a clean Hallmark movie." -Maria

"Don’t Forget I Love You is family friendly. It’s Taylor’s 30th Birthday - When Taylor is gifted with a map & finds buried time capsule in backyard with flowers so, her Dad gives her garden gloves & shovel & finds buried time capsule. (NOTE: Review may contain Spoilers!) She opens her decreased Mother’s time capsule with help her Dad that Its contain list of challenges with instructions consecutively over the course of six weeks challenge, picture, first tooth, & cards that her decreased Mother hope would help her Daughter, Taylor to find love on possibilities. In each one is a challenge to complete, challenges that her decreased Mother aware of Taylor’s many anxieties that hold her back & knew would expand her horizons and give her the push she needs in life and to help open her mind, and heart, to the possibility of love.” When Taylor meets a new neighbor named Josh & Chloe as they live across the street? Josh is teaching & coaching all ages throughout elementary to college. Taylor works at Space to Live for organizing needs with Kyle. Taylor & Josh go on the road as long as it’s challenging 6 photos poof. Josh & Taylor go to Goat Yoga just like Farmer Yuma’s Lamb Yoga from Paw Patrol. Taylor is in love with her neighbor; Josh. List of challenge when Taylor opens 6 each envelopes over course instructions for 6 each weeks: 1) Got to know someone new 2) Do something that you’re afraid of 3) Play Hooky for a day & Do Nothing or Anything 4) Join a team, that’s not too hard 5) Be Spontaneous 6) Tell someone you love them When Sara sees a box of ring on the table with iPad so is this surprise, Josh? Taylor gonna tells Josh how she feels. Taylor sees a ring that Sara holding a little black box of ring when she’s hyperventilating with paper bag. Taylor is 100% okay. Taylor’s Dad named Richard had brown envelope that contain 6 Polaroid pictures that Taylor’s Mom did. Taylor’s Grandma gifted her Daughter’s time capsule on her birthday & then Taylor’s decreased Mom gifted her Daughter named Taylor a time capsule too. Josh’s decreased Wife named Claire wants Chloe to have Mother figure if they could’ve a family. Josh & Sara are just friends because she’s Claire’s best friend. Sara thinks that Taylor loves Josh & she would do that to him too. Richard & Josh were on different paths Taylor & her Mother saying to the guys they love them when they’re didn’t even realize to be capable being loved. Taylor goes to see Josh during basketball practice that she’s in love with Josh when she hands her last challenge envelope. Josh is Taylor’s first & last challenge. Also, Josh is in Love Taylor too by saying he loves her. Taylor mentions Josh about a ring, surprise, & feel left out. It’s like water rafting & slam dunk. At the end of the movie; Taylor narrator as her affirmation when she, Josh, & Chloe go to picnic with picnic basket. Josh hands his Daughter named Chloe a iPad to pick a place unless Chloe navigates it a place for picnic. They’re in Taylor’s car & ahead to the forests." Anonymous


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'BUTLERS IN LOVE'
All-New Hallmark Original
Saturday, January 29 (8 p.m. ET/PT)




Starring: Stacey Farber, Corey Cott, Maxwell Caulfield

In a prestigious butler academy, passionate Emma and rebellious Henry train to become royal butlers where the competition is fierce and sparks fly.


Movie Reviews:

Butlers in Love is pretty good, and pretty funny. It's also clean, so no worries about anything uncomfortable. -Maria

"Butlers in Love is family friendly. Emma’ Conroy’s dream has been to become a butler when she was 10 years old while she’s watching Plumshire Mayor. When she gains entry to an elite butler academy called; “American Butler Academy”? Emma arrives in Maryland while riding in a yellow taxi with New York license plate instead of Maryland license plate at American ButlerAcademy & Emma finds herself in a world where teamwork is everything, even though she prefers to work alone. Emma believes her classmate, Henry Hawkins cops an attitude because he comes from a family of royal butlers. He acts like he doesn’t even want to be at the school. In reality, Henry doesn’t want to go into the family business of buttling. Instead, his dream is to become a chef. Charles Wiloughbt’s real British accent was refreshing. Henry is truly legacy Butler in his family business but he wants to be a chef, not a Butler. Henry trains Emma in Butler way with high tea & 5 course Dinner plus soup, cheese plate, & dessert. Emma is offer as underbutler at Kensington in Scotland & then she quits. Emma sees Henry & she stops the taxi. So, Emma as a royal Butler & Henry as a chef work at the hotel restaurant with other butlers." ~Anonymous

"I am happy to report that Butlers in Love is family friendly! I was on the fence, but I was so glad I watched, as it was family friendly, very original (I even looked up butler academies and they certainly exist!), and the leads were very sweet together. It was nice to see Maxwell Caufield, as well. Highly recommend!" ~Savvy Girl

"I am happy to report that Butlers in Love is family friendly! I was hesitant to watch it without reading a review first because with female butlers I worried there would be same sex content, but there wasn't. However, I can't say I enjoyed the movie. It was honestly boring, and the two leads in my opinion had no chemistry. At least it was clean though!" ~melnewlife



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PREMIERING ON HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES:


'NORTH TO HOME'
All-New Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original
Sunday, January 9 (9 p.m. ET/PT)




Starring: Lyndsy Fonseca, Kimberley Sustad, Erica Durance, Barbara Niven

Suzanne McBride is excited to spend her birthday with her family. It will be the first time that her three adopted daughters will be together in years. This seems like a great time for a family reunion, but the sisters are each wrestling with unique challenges that threaten to derail this special occasion. Will their bond be strong enough to survive this time together?


Movie Reviews:

"Watched North to Home last night. I enjoyed the emotion that it showed and it felt like the Hallmark of old. It deals with real life situations, especially ones that family’s face when distance and time separated are involved. Good cast and good chemistry. Will definitely watch again." ~JoCo

"I just watched North to Home, and I am happy to report it is family friendly. It may not be right for younger kids, however, since the main storyline involves the death of the sisters' biological parents when they were children. I thought the movie was beautiful and the acting by all the ladies was fantastic. The themes of reconciliation and forgiveness were powerful, and I cried several times! The male actors weren't as good, and I felt little to no chemistry between any of the couples. However, this didn't bother me too much because the story was really about the sisters. I even felt a subtle pro life message in the oldest sister's storyline. Overall, this was a great movie!" ~melnewlife

"North to home was family friendly!! It was very good and not as dramatic as I initially thought. Very heartwarming and definitely a tearjerker in parts. Cast was great and had amazing chemistry! Overall was very impressed with this weekends movies on hallmark!" ~Daniel Frye

"North to Home is family friendly & it’s based on the book called; “The Christmas Sisters”, by Susan Morgan. (Note: This review may contain Spoilers!) It’s emotional scenes to make you cry. Think your family has issues? Get a load of the secrets & resentments the McBrides are holding. Suzanne McBride is looking forward to celebrate her birthday with her 3 adopted Daughters: The McBride Sisters; Workaholic Hannah, Stay-at-Home Mom, Beth, & the youngest ones, Posy takes over her family restaurant are reuniting for the first time in years as family reunion. Posy’s life as a mountain climber when Posy is with Maxie the rescue dog to find hikers. She’s falling for a handsome new neighbor named Luke. Beth & posy watch family home video about their real parents & themselves when they were young ages. These issues threaten to undo Suzanne’s best-laid plans for her birthday party — and it doesn’t help that the family has “hidden resentments,” Happy 30 x 2 Susanne’s birthday cake. Hannah starts recognize Luke Whittaker the travel writer whose he’s staying at Guesthouse when she got a phone call from the accident about months ago so, also, Beth got a phone call too. Nobody rents a guesthouse to impose family stories to his. Even, Luke’s real last name is Palmer as in Luke Palmer. Suzanne mentions Luke’s parents’ named Cheryl & Brett Palmer. THE MCBRIDE SISTERS BOND TOGETHER TO DISCUSSION WHILE They’re DRINKING AT COLIN’S place to resolve the issues. Hannah’s pregnant, Beth’s was job offer for skin care. When Beth asks her Sister; Posy about Luke? Those ladies have flashbacks when The McBride Sisters read the book together “The Velveteen Rabbit” Book by Margery Williams and Suzanne & Stewart McBride with The McBride Sisters’ real parents on the snowy mountains. The McBride Sisters with Melly & Ruby to read the books. Posy, Beth, & Hannah’s real parents are with Suzanne & Stewart while Luke’s parents named Cheryl & Brett Palmer chose to go up there in the mountains until there’s avalanche in Denali since Posey, Hannah, & Beth’s real parents passed away. Suzanne & Stewart McBride adopted their 3 Daughters for Suzanne’s memorable birthday. Luke made a career writing travel guides that related to climbing but he decided that he wanted to shift gears & write about something different so, he sets out to write a survival book, not just for climbers that survived accidents, but for the people that were left behind by climbers that weren’t so lucky. After all, the research that he have done about that day, nothing points to anything other than a random act of nature. If there’s always signs. His parents chose to go up there that day as climbers, they know there are always risks but it seems to him like the best way to honor his parents is for Suzanne & Stewart to forgive themselves. Luke starts to pack them up. Posy has a chance to talk with Luke. Luke’s intention was to research the accident for the book, but everything changed including the mountains, Posy’s family. Luke lost his parents. Posy wanna go to Switzerland with Luke who she wants go on the adventures as Mountain climber on mountain peaks. The family & Luke celebrate Suzanne’s birthday is to open birthday gifts." ~Anonymous

"NORTH TO HOME Family friendly. This one was a tearjerker for sure! It was not as intense as I anticipated (from the trailer/preview), but it was still very emotional and touching. Loved the dynamic between the 3 sisters. It was realistic, because not all siblings are lovey-dovey like portrayed in most Hallmark movies. These sisters had issues and they were coming together for Mom's birthday and had no choice to face it. This was most definitely more family centric, than romance. I'm loving all these movies with multiple Hallmark actresses together like this one and Wedding Veil." ~CH Mom





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Hopefully, there will be some good ones coming in the new year. With Hallmark announcing this news early, I expect we will start to see promotions for these movies throughout December. It's nice to see some familiar faces, and I hope the movies will be family-friendly, too! Stay tuned!

Blessings Today and in the New Year, Net


42 comments:

  1. It’s Wedding Veil Wishes, not Wedding Veil

    It’s based on Lori Wilde

    There’s only 6 books of Wedding Veil Wishes by Lori Wilde

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    1. Maybe they will change it, but that's the current working title direct from Hallmark press release.

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  2. What movies that you looking forward seeing in January on Hallmark Channel?

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    1. Chris, I'm looking forward to seeing "Love is Trending." I just love Jen Lilley and she and Christopher Russell worked together before - so this should be a fun one! :)

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    2. I can't agree more, Net! Jen always plays a sweet, upbeat spirited character.😍 Loved her in USS Christmas!! Love everything she's in.

      Christopher normally plays a more relaxed role, but kind and thoughtful. So I can see them going well together. They say opposites attract, right!?

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  3. This, of course, is nothing against you Net. You know how much I love what you do for us but this is one post from Hallmark that I hate every year. It always comes in around this time or soon afterward and it is always the first sign of the Christmas season coming to an end. Every year at this time this post about the January movies means we actually have the gall to think beyond Christmas and into that deep dark painful emptiness of January...haha. Jimmy no likey.

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    1. Yes, Jim... Oh, the audacity of them to make this announcement! We've barely digested our Thanksgiving leftovers and now this!!! How dare they? haha!

      We'll just have to put this in the back of our minds and enjoy every day leading up to Christmas!!!

      Then, when the new year comes... and the world turns it off, we will shine our light and hold Christmas in our hearts all year!!!

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  4. Looks like a mixed bynch for me.

    Great to see Kevin McGarry back but don't know Stacey Farber nor Corey Cott so don't know what to expect but the subject matter looks a bit dry.

    Love I sTrending with Jen Killey and Christopher Russell has been out there for a while.

    Interesting to see they're giving Clayton James a lead role - Florence

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    1. Agree, Florence... these stories do seem very different. It used to be that Winterfest gave us movies with a wintery feel and none of these seem to really have that, except maybe, 'THE PERFECT PAIRING,' which mentions Christina (Nazneen Contractor) slipping on the ice and hitting her head.

      I was also pleasantly surprised to see Clayton James in a lead role on Hallmark. Course, we've seen him on Lifetime and BYU, but I believe this is his first starring role for Hallmark.

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    2. Not to be negative...but what happened to Winterfest. I LOVED the sort of continuation of Christmas, the winter theming. Maybe it is costs :( Some of my favorite non-Christmas Hallmark movies were those winter ones (A Winter Princess, Winter in Vail, Winter Love Story w/ JL & A Royal Winter...they always made sure a few favorite "regulars" had a Winter movie each year.

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    3. Clayton James portrayed as Kevin Townsend in WCTH: Season 6 - He’s a blacksmith

      I don’t see him in WCTH: Season 7 & 8

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    4. Clayton James was in When Calls the Heart, Wedding Planner Mystery, & The Sweetest Hearts

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    5. Axelskater, I miss Winterfest, too! I loved that title and the way they incorporated Winter stories in the month of January. Looks like they won't be doing that any more.

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  5. A lot of these movies look blahhhhhhh. I have very high hopes for North to Home, but I thought i heard about it having same sex characters, i could be wrong. It is Ali Liebert filming called Three Sisters. But the cast looks so good with Lyndsy Fonseca and Erica Durrance. The other movies are all movies filmed last year just waiting to be played. Other than Butlers in love that is recent. I wonder if they are going away from Mysteries on HMM. I am not sure that is a good idea cause their non mystery movies didnt do well this year. The POstables did, but many others were ratings tank. There seemed to be a sharp drop in the ratings once the mysteries were over. I always say I just wish the mystery movie included something other than murder. Like theft, missing persons, why does it always have to be murder? I did intend to watch those non mysteries, but after seeing the commercial for benedict stone, i just couldnt watch cause the young actress drove me insane. One Summer looked like a depressing mess. And the vows we keep looked boring bad and woke.

    Do hope i am wrong about the sisters movie, but with Kimberly S in it, and Ali Liebert directing, I am pretty sure i know what will be "inclusive" in it.

    Sabrina

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    1. Sabrina ~ Oh my goodness - that's exactly my thoughts on NORTH TO HOME - it is surely going to include something. I'm one of those who isn't quite into the drama type sad movies. I do like the mysteries best, but like you said, why can't some NOT be about murder. There's all sorts of other mystery possibilities. Anyway, Benedict Stone actually surprised me at being very interesting and Ella Ballentine was very likeable in the movie. I was drawn into her character more in the movie, than I was from their preview. The Vows We Keep was rather slow; I remember the B story kept me more interested in the movie than the romance, which was pretty low key. I still have One Summer on the DVR.

      The only movie that really looks good to me in January is Love is Trending - love Jen Lilley!

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    2. I am looking forward to Kevin Mcgarry too. I recently saw Autumn Stables on GAC FAMILY, and it was so good. Kevin was so good with Cindy Busby. I haven't always been a big fan of Mcgarry, but after Autumn Stables, I am. I am sure it has to do with Heartland, I was such a fan of Lou and Peter and Mitch was the interloper. But seeing him in Autumn Stables, I saw him in a new light.

      Love is Trending will be cute with Jen Lilley. Christie Wil Wolf has 2 movies in this list, she did the Time Capsule movie too, well it is now Romancing the Birthday Girl. But both are Christie wil wolf movies.

      sabrina

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    3. Agree entirely with Sabrina - much as I love Sam Page, One Summer was a mess and a depressing film to watch.

      As Net says The Vows We Keep was so slow and for me there was little chemistry beween the leads - Florence

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    4. Every Time a Bell Rings with Erin Cahill and Ali Leibert has a similar premise. Perhaps that's the one you're thinking of? In it Ali's character was interested in another woman. And sadly Wes Brown was seriously underutilized.

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  6. I wish Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott could have been paired together, but both of their films look good.

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  7. Thank you for the update Net, I will try & watch them all, though I am disappointed that Winterfest is no more. This year we had the title change, but the movies were all Winter themed, which I find the perfect transition from Christmas into the new year (winter and fall movies being my favourite after Christmas), I can't help but wonder if the new head of hallmark seems to be phasing out Seasonal themed movies (there was no fall themes in the Fall Harvest movies), disappointing. I'll continue watching, but I see good things ahead with GAC, where as you mentioned in another post, Danica Mckellar, will be staring in a Winter themed movie this January.

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  8. According to Danica McKellar on Instagram the new movies start on January 8, 2022 on GAC Family

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  9. The Wedding Veil book isn’t Lori Wilde’s books but her books are Wedding Veil. Wishes Series - Hallmark confused someone else’s books


    The Wedding Veil
    By Kristy Woodson Harvey

    The New York Times bestselling author of Under the Southern Sky and the Peachtree Bluff series brings “her signature wit, charm, and heart” (Woman’s World) to this sweeping new novel following four women across generations, bound by a beautiful wedding veil and a connection to the famous Vanderbilt family.

    Four women. One family heirloom. A secret connection that will change their lives—and history as they know it.

    Present Day: Julia Baxter’s wedding veil, bequeathed to her great-grandmother by a mysterious woman on a train in the 1930s, has passed through generations of her family as a symbol of a happy marriage. But on the morning of her wedding day, something tells her that even the veil’s good luck isn’t enough to make her marriage last forever. Overwhelmed and panicked, she escapes to the Virgin Islands to clear her head. Meanwhile, her grandmother Babs is also feeling shaken. Still grieving the death of her beloved husband, she decides to move out of the house they once shared and into a retirement community. Though she hopes it’s a new beginning, she does not expect to run into an old flame, dredging up the same complicated emotions she felt a lifetime ago.

    1914: Socialite Edith Vanderbilt is struggling to manage the luxurious Biltmore Estate after the untimely death of her cherished husband. With 250 rooms to oversee and an entire village dependent on her family to stay afloat, Edith is determined to uphold the Vanderbilt legacy—and prepare her free-spirited daughter Cornelia to inherit it—in spite of her family’s deteriorating financial situation. But Cornelia has dreams of her own. Asheville, North Carolina has always been her safe haven away from the prying eyes of the press, but as she explores more of the rapidly changing world around her, she’s torn between upholding tradition and pursuing the exciting future that lies beyond Biltmore’s gilded gates.

    In the vein of Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman and Jennifer Robson’s The Gown, The Wedding Veilbrings to vivid life a group of remarkable women forging their own paths—and explores the mystery of a national heirloom lost to time.

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  10. Will Candace Cameron Bure star in a Hallmark Channel movie besides Christmas movies?

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    1. Chris, Candace previously announced she would be doing a Hallmark movie called The Kite, plus she has a new Aurora Teagarden movie, too.

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    2. Will there be another Crossword Mysteries movie on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries?

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  11. I don't get Hallmark. I am looking forward to A Perfect Pairing, although I don't like wine movies. LOL But, this storyline seems pretty good.

    Thank goodness Danica's GAC movie will be winter themed!

    Misty

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    1. Misty, it’s actually ice wines

      Ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing for a more concentrated grape juice to develop. The grapes' must is then pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet juice. With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards.

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    2. It’s actually ice wines

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  12. Looks like there are some good ones

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  13. Net, is this where we should go for info/reviews to see if these are family friendly? Or will there be separate posts for each movie? I liked how you had all the Christmas film reviews in one place. Thank you for doing that! I bookmarked it, and kept referring to it before deciding to watch a movie. Of course, that might be more work on your part. I appreciate you running this site. You have no idea how much it means for me as a Christian mom! There is so much media to monitor and so much evil creeping in, it can get overwhelming at times. By the way, if anyone on your site would like this kind of thing for YA and children's books, I discovered The Redeemed Reader website. Fantastic resource that I have already used to check out the content of the books my 13 year old got for Christmas!

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    1. melnewlife, Yes! If anyone shares a review for these new Hallmark movies I'll be sure to share them here.

      I used to do each movie separately, but with the increased number I thought this would be better, and I'm so glad to hear you prefer it this way.

      It has been such a blessing to have so many wonderful reviews to share over Christmas. I know everyone is busy, so the time each reviewer takes to share with others - is very much appreciated.

      Thank you for also sharing details on The Redeemed Reader website; I will definitely have to look into that. I hope others here will find it to be a great resource.

      Blessings & Happy New Year! Net

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  14. WHERE YOUR HEART BELONGS
    Family friendly. This was pretty cute. Nothing too special, but it was entertaining. Jen Lilley is one of my favorites because she can act so effortlessly that you don’t even think she is acting. I enjoyed watching Mac and Olivia in this. Their friendship seemed genuine and gave me all the nostalgic feels of me and my high school besties. I think I kind of liked watching the friendship more than the romance aspect. Those matching t-shirts made me smile πŸ˜ƒ. A couple things… Mac’s flamboyant assistant was incredibly annoying and overly pushy to me, especially in the beginning. It was kind of painful to watch Mac sort of “sabotage” her best friend’s wedding with her own business agenda, thanks to her assistant’s meddling. Overall, Jen Lilley and Chris Russell pairing was pretty solid. Chemistry could be better but they do look cute together.

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    1. CH Mom, How wonderful to receive your review! So happy to hear the first movie for '22 is family friendly and cute, especially with our fave, Jen Lilley!!!

      We had a family Christmas celebration last night; therefore, I couldn't watch, but now... I'm looking forward to watching soon! :)

      I shared your delightful review above ^! Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us!

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    2. So just to clarify since I mentioned “family friendly”…. I have just read Maria’s review and I totally missed the rainbow flag, my apologies. Many many times they are sneaking in these values not so blatantly. So frustrating. I do also get that feeling about the flamboyant assistant of Mac. He did seem very gay-like (so obvious Hallmark wanted to make us think that he was), but I’m pretty sure it was just implied, not mentioned. In other words, if you’re watching this with the whole family or young children, I’m thinking they probably would be oblivious to it, although it definitely does not justify this was wrong of Hallmark to do so.

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  15. I watched Where Your Heart Belongs and enjoyed the last part of this movie. There were no bad vibes for me. Completely family friendly! The movie was missing something in the first half but I am not sure what it was. Jen and Christopher worked well together. My only complaint is the difference in height! Why put a tall man with a short woman? Makes it awkward when dancing or kissing. Jen looks so beautiful in this movie.

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  16. The Wedding Veil.

    Finally got around to watching this, and it was very lovely! :) Felt so good to finally watch a clean new movie Hallmark! Here's hoping the next 2 are just as clean! -Maria

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  17. The Perfect Pairing is okay, though. I do have 1 major objection: In the scene where Christina is getting her luggage at the train station, there's a split second scene of a man walking by wearing a mask. It's 1 thing of Hallmark to try to sneak in bits of woke-ism, but bits of fear mongering in movies that are clearly supposed to be free of that? Just as bad. -Maria

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  18. Don't Forget I Love You.

    This is a very cozy movie. And it's also very clean! So this is very good for just simply relaxing and enjoying a clean Hallmark movie. -Maria

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    1. Maria, Thank you for sharing ALL of these wonderful reviews with us above - for the New Movies! I'm so glad to hear in your latest review, that "Don't Forget I Love You" is clean, with no issues for family viewing. That is always a blessing to know!

      I posted your review above - Thank you, again! :)

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    2. You're very welcome! -Maria

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  19. I am happy to report that Butlers in Love is family friendly! I was hesitant to watch it without reading a review first because with female butlers I worried there would be same sex content, but there wasn't. However, I can't say I enjoyed the movie. It was honestly boring, and the two leads in my opinion had no chemistry. At least it was clean though!

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    1. melnewlife, I know just what you mean! Sometimes, even though I don't love a movie, I'm still so grateful it's decent and family-friendly. Thank you for sharing with us!

      I shared your review above. ^

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