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Monday, January 31, 2022

UPtv MARCH 2022 TV Movie Premieres ๐Ÿ’ฎ SEE HERE:





UPtv will be airing NEW romantic comedy premieres in March, all with a wedding theme. Look for these movie titles: A Bridesmaid in Love, A Honeymoon to Remember and The Wedding Fix.

See details on the new March movie premieres below...



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A Bridesmaid in Love

Original Air Date: March 6, 2022

Starring: Tori Anderson and Sean Poague



Story-line via UPtv: Recently single professional bridesmaid and writer Cate James is excited to help her best friend Maxine with her wedding day and is happily surprised to bump into Maxine’s handsome brother Matt, who’s in town for his sister’s wedding. Just as the perfect pair get close, old flames come back into the picture confusing Cate even more – will Cate follow her heart?

Movie Review:

๐Ÿ’ฎ "A Bridesmaid in Love is very sweet!" -Maria

๐Ÿ’ฎ "A Bridesmaid in Love was such a good movie! I love the stories when friends from high school never admit they like the other, but then realize it years later. It was sweet to see Cate and Matt have this attraction, but neither knew how to take the next step. It did give me a little vibe of 27 Dresses, but this was way more wholesome and family-friendly. This movie is a keeper for me! ~Net

๐Ÿ’ฎ "A Bridesmaid In Love This is a case of a movie being so much better the second time around. I thoroughly enjoyed Tori Anderson in You May Kiss The Bridesmaid and in some ways this was quite a similar plot on a "wedding planner" theme, so maybe originally we just watched it too soon after the first movie. On seeing it again at the weekend I have to admit I thought it was pretty good. Catey who had just broken up with her boyfriend got roped in with Matt - a childhood friend she'd had a crush on, to help organise his sister's wedding. There were all the usual plot devices including Cate's boyfriend repenting the break-up and making a play to win her back with a proposal which Matt witnesses but misses the ending and thinks he's lost his second chance. I thought Tori Anderson and Sean Pogue went well together and it was nice to see the pair gradually realise that the attrraction had been there all along from their childhood days. We'll watch this again at some stage." - Florence's rating 7.



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A Honeymoon to Remember

Original Air Date: March 13, 2022

Starring: Rebecca Dalton, Edward Ruttle, Brendan Taylor, Ryan Cowier


Story-line via UPtv: When a devastated Ava’s fiancรฉ leaves her at the altar, she’s determined to enjoy her honeymoon without him. Time away in a beautiful setting helps her figure out what she truly wants from a partner, but when her fiancรฉ shows up unannounced, she’s more confused than ever… Can Ava forgive the man who broke her heart?

Movie Review:

๐Ÿ’ฎ "Finally got around to A Honeymoon to Remember, it's pretty good!" -Maria
๐Ÿ’ฎ "A Honeymoon to Remember is family-friendly, an okay watch. The lead girl and bride-to-be, Ava, is a bit stuck on herself, a complete control freak. She has her whole life practically mapped out, which makes the groom-to-be freak out and call off the wedding. Overall, family-friendly, but some people do wear swim apparel around the pool. ~Net

๐Ÿ’ฎ "A Honeymoon To Remember With reviews you get those who have a down on the lead actors and and those who support them, friends etc. These usually cancel out so I was intrigued on seeing the reviews for this movie on IMDb when the vast majority totally panned it. Well, I make my own mind up but in this case I can report this movie isn't so bad it's good, it's quite simply awful. Ava (Rebecca Dalton) gets dumped by her fiance at the altar and decides to go on the honeymoon booking with her sister It turns out she is a total control freak, everything planned to the last minute, the future laid out in detail including what children she will have and their names (yes really!) She's childish, self-obsessed and manipulative although I would concede that she is not actually malicious nor abusive. Seriously, she needs professional help. While on this "honeymoon" she meets one of the resort workers but then her ex-fiancรฉ, Brett (Edward Ruttle) has a change of heart and comes racing after her to try and put things right - the mind boggles. So we have the rivalry between the two suitors, hard to understand because both should be running as hard as they could in the opposite direction. Ava never changes her character at all, she makes Brett grovel and apologise, never a hint that there is any blame attached to her at all and no whiff of an apology. At the start the sister did roll her eyes but then she totally backed Ava. I don't understand how the producers ever thought there was merit to this movie - the leads were obviously playing a part for I have seen Rebecca Dalton and Edward Ruttle in other roles and they're fine actors. This was a train-wreck but there was one little ray of sunshine. The widowed sister Bonnie met up with a widower John - he was just an overweight, ordinary guy but their low-key, normal romance did bring a little relief into the overall proceedings. I'm actually rating it a 3 - a couple of points for Bonnie and John. A Honeymoon To Remember? - this is one movie you will totally want to forget" - Florence



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The Wedding Fix

Original Air Date: March 20, 2022

Starring: Andrea Brooks, Beverley Elliott, Patch May


Story-line via UPtv: Reeling from a break-up, professional over-planner Gwen pitches in to help put the finishing touches on her best friend’s wedding. But when she’s teamed up with best man Josh, a free-spirited nature guide, she finds that pulling together this wedding might not be as easy as she thought.

Movie Review:

๐ŸŒž "The Wedding Fix is lighthearted, family friendly and refreshing, like sunshine on a cloudy day! I enjoyed the chemistry between the leads, Gwen (Andrea Brooks, “When Calls the Heart”) and Josh (Patch May, “Gingerbread Miracle”). As the maid of honor, Gwen (an over-planner), is tasked to work with Josh, the best man (surprise, he’s a free spirit!), to save her best friend’s wedding. Of course, opposites attract! The mix of their opposite personalities plays well on screen; there seems to be an instant spark between the two, even when she mistakes him in the beginning for someone else. Besides all the wedding planning, there’s star-gazing, fishing, and maybe, even some rock climbing, if Josh can talk Gwen into giving it a try! Overall, it’s a delightful, feel good movie. The wedding issue at the end was a bit anticlimactic, but thankfully, Gwen was there to fix it!!! My suggestion… fix yourself a comfy spot for The Wedding Fix, relax and enjoy this sweet UPtv romantic comedy!" ~Net

๐ŸŒž "Net, your review on The Wedding Fix was spot on. I really enjoyed this movie. Andrea Brooks is the perfect choice to play the lead. Andrea seems to be more relaxed, plus the flow was so natural. An enjoyable couple of hours for me!" ~kitkat

๐ŸŒž "The Wedding Fix was very lovely! 100% recommend." -Maria



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UPtv is airing an encore movie presentation of the movie, Overcomer, on this Sunday night...

Overcomer

Original Air Date on UPtv: October 15, 2021

Special Encore Air Date on UPtv: March 27, 2022

Starring: Alex Kendrick, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cameron Arnett, Shari Rigby



Story-line via UPtv: A high-school basketball coach volunteers to coach a troubled teen in long-distance running.

Movie Reviews:

๐ŸŒž "Even though I don’t get UP Network, I am happy to see another Kendrick Christian movie airing on TV. The storyline, and more importantly, the message of “Overcomer” are absolutely wonderful." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŒž "Overcomer was in theaters. It’s a really good movie. Have Kleenex handy. Family friendly." ~Mary

๐ŸŒž "I have a copy of the DVD "Overcomer"This is a very uplifting sports story about Faith. How the troubled teen overcomes adversity. Family Friendly." ~Jersey Joe

๐ŸŒž "Overcomer is a FANTASTIC movie! I would highly recommend it to everyone. (Having said that, it is a Christian movie so that might bother some people...but probably not many that come to your website.)" ~Karen

๐ŸŒž "Another vote for Overcomer!" ~Meara

๐ŸŒž "I too loved the movie Overcomer but would just add that it does have some weightier themes with the father (drug use and abandoning his child). Still an excellent movie but I would not say "family friendly" for younger audiences." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŒž "I totally concur regarding the weightier themes and what was noted about the “family friendly” status. I wrote one of the comments but forgot to mention that important item so thank you." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŒž "I loved Overcomer. Great movie how God turned a man's life completely around. Went and saw the new version of Courageous. It was everything I hoped the first one would be. Highly recommend it." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŒž "Wow! I love this movie! Overcomer is fantastic! I didn't think a movie about cross country would appeal to me, but it was way more than that. Overcomer is a wonderful instrument in telling each of us who we are - we are a child of God, loved, and chosen! There were wonderful heartfelt moments in the movie that moved me to tears and great comedy, too! I love the coach's tight-knit family. Overcomer is a winner for me, a wonderful, inspirational film!" ~Net




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My Take on the New Movies...

As I was looking through all the intriguing new movies coming to UPtv in March above, each one was giving me vibes from previous films I've seen. See if you get the same feeling...


First, "A Bridesmaid in Love," starring Tori Anderson (who many of us love in Hallmark's "Return to Christmas Creek"), is giving me the feel of Katherine Heigl in "27 Dresses," especially with all the pictures in colorful bridesmaid dresses above. (Please note: "27 Dresses" is PG-13 due to language and adult dialogue/situations.)

The plot details UP gives us for "A Bridesmaid in Love" says that Tori's character is a professional bridesmaid, who is helping to plan her best friend's wedding; in "27 Dresses" Katherine's character is also a professional bridesmaid/maid of honor, who is helping to plan her sister's big day. Hopefully, "Bridesmaid in Love" will be a fun, family-friendly version!



The second movie, "A Honeymoon to Remember," makes me think of two previous movies I've seen, where a jilted bride enjoys her honeymoon without the groom. It reminded me first of an old Van Johnson and Esther Williams classic movie, "Thrill of a Romance," that I've watched on TCM. In this movie, the bride (Esther Williams) is abandoned before her honeymoon and she meets the handsome, Van Johnson.

Another movie that has a similar storyline is the Lifetime movie, "Honeymoon with Mom," starring Virginia Williams and Shelley Long. It is a rather cute film, and mostly family-friendly, but probably best for ages 13+ ...due to some minor adult dialogue/situations. Virginia's character is left at the altar and she reluctantly decides to enjoy her expensive beach honeymoon with her mom (Shelley Long), who brings lots of delightful comedy to the movie. Hopefully, this UPtv movie, "A Honeymoon to Remember," will be just as cute!





In the third movie, "The Wedding Fix," starring Andrea Brooks ("When Calls the Heart"), professional over-planner Gwen is tasked with her best friend’s wedding, along with the free-spirited best man, Josh. This made me think instantly of 3 Hallmark movies where the more serious, ultra-organized leading woman is paired with a laid-back leading man to help plan a wedding: "Perfect Match" (Danica McKellar and Paul Greene), "My Favorite Wedding" (Maggie Lawson and again, Paul Greene), and "Destination Wedding" (Alexa PenaVega and Jeremy Guilbaut). Interestingly enough, Andrea Brooks portrays the role of the bride in "Destination Wedding." Does this story or any of the others, make you think of other movies?

Please note: If you'd like to post a review on whether a film is family-friendly, please share in comments.



Which one of these new movies looks interesting to you? Be sure to share your pick (or picks) in comments below...


Happy movie watching! Net


29 comments:

  1. I guess I'm an HD snob in that because UP isn't in HD on Directv, I tend to not watch that channel. So many of their movies look so good, though!

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    1. I'm the same, Amy G. You may want to try FrndlyTV streaming app, if you have access to apps. They carry both GAC Family and UPTV in HD. There is a free trial, I believe, to see if you like it.

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    2. Thanks, M Smith for the tip. I did make an exception on watching UPTV for the show "Bringing Up Bates," I will admit. I am so sad that it has been cancelled, and also "Counting On."

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    3. Amy G,

      I always enjoyed watching watching the Bates family, too, on UPtv! I was looking forward to seeing Nathan and Katie's weddings this season. All the pictures looked so lovely. I'm hoping someone else will pick it up or maybe, UPtv, will eventually add it to their streaming service. If you hear anything, please let me know and I'll do the same! :)

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  2. There were several movies which I was hoping would air on UPtv during March but none of these were on my list.

    With the break for Easter there are a lot of movies with familiar names out there which we probably won't get to see.

    The reason Bridesmaid In Love wasn't is because I've already seen it - and I can confirm it's family friendly and Tori Anderson is always worth watching.

    I'll give my review of it later.

    While I'm not a big fan of Andrea Brooks, The Wedding Fix looks as if it might be quite good.

    By a strange co-incidence I had looked up A Honeymoon To Remember yesterday.

    If you thought the reviews for the last Jen Lilley movie were bad then unbelievably these were actually worse.

    In a strange way though it's made me want to see it just to judge for myself! - Florence




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  3. This movies look very good! And I love the idea of a lot of religious content airing before Easter. -Maria

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  4. Agreed on your assessment of which movies these have similar tropes with.

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  5. Two new movies featuring two new favourite actors which I hope UPtv will pick up and air later in the year (maybe post-September).

    Styled With Love - Dennis Andres (& Rachel Bles)

    Home For A Royal Heart - Dan Jeannotte (& Brittany Bristow!)

    We're still working our way through the Christmas movies but Dan's outing for Lifetime - Ghosts Of Christmas Past - is still up there near the top of our favourites list - Florence

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  6. Net, I see you've listed the self-made Trevor Donovan movie Aloha With Love for 01 May on UPtv.

    Great news, but does this mean that there is nothing between 20 March and then? - Florence

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    1. Hi Florence! I recently reached out to my contact at UPtv, and I'm awaiting word on this. I'm hoping we might see some premieres of inspirational films throughout the month and around Easter, but I'm waiting to hear.

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    2. Thanks for the reply.

      It would be a big blow if there is 6 weeks without any new Rom.Coms - Florence

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  7. Quick question: is GAC Family still going to air 2 new movies this month? Because all I see on my TV schedule for the next 2 weeks at night are Full House. -Maria

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    1. Maria, I've been wondering about this, too, so I reached out to my contacts at GAC Family, and I have some updated information on those movies - here.

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  8. Hoping UPtv will pick up:

    Get Me To The Wedding On Tine - Natalie Hall & Corey Sevier
    Dream Wedding - Rebecca Hall & Jesse Hutch
    For The Love Of Pasta - Rebecca Dalton & Marcus Rosner

    Florence

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  9. Not looking good.

    The UPtv movies for 27 Mar and 03 April are both dramas with a high-school sports theme - Florence

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    1. Florence, Good catch on the new additions to UP's schedule. "Overcomer" first appeared last fall (Oct. 15) on UPtv, so that's not new for UPtv, but "Run the Race" (a 2018 theater movie) is new to UP and it has a Hallmark star in it! Kristoffer Polaha! Anyone else reading this, seen this movie???

      I'm guessing the other April movie premieres for UP will also be inspirational type films.

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    2. On Sunday, April 10th on Palm Sunday, UPtv will be airing "The Passion of the Christ" in the 7pm time slot.

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  10. UPtv is not HD on Optimum so I am assuming it is not anywhere. GAC is not either. Neither is Hallmark Drama. I have to change the settings to Zoom to enlarge the picture for all of them.

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    1. Carol, Same for us! We have DirecTV and we only have the option of UPtv in SD (standard definition). We do, however, have the option of GAC Family in HD or SD and our Hallmark Drama is only offered in HD.

      According to UP's web-site, UPtv is offered in HD on AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS. There may be other providers who offer it, as well.

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  11. A Honeymoon to Remember seems to have originally been released last summer. On UP? Or somewhere else?

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    1. Carol, Sometimes these movies air in Canada first or through streaming sources, but I believe "A Honeymoon to Remember" may have previously aired on Lifetime last year under it's alternate title, "Under a Lover's Moon." That's why there were so many reviews out before the premiere on UPtv.

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  12. This is interesting.

    If Reel One Entertainment had sold a movie to a particular channel they used to always show this on their site.

    However some months ago they had stopped this and many of the recent movies on UPtv hadn't been advised in advance.

    There are actually quite a few outstanding movies, many of which I am still hoping UP will air.

    However they have just added a new movie - Love Under The Lemon Tree starring Maddison Bullock and Anthony Coons (could you make up two names like this if you tried?!) but they are advertising it as having been picked up by UPtv.

    Synopsis:

    When aspiring travel photographer Beck decides to enter a prestigious photography competition, she heads to sunny Serenity island. Staying at the town’s charming Lemon Tree Farm, Beck meets gruff but handsome owner Joshua, and the pair strike a deal: he’ll help her discover the town’s hidden gems if she helps with the farm’s PR. Working together is no walk in the park to begin, but sparks soon fly when they discover they have more in common than they first thought… Could love be in the air, or will one big secret ruin the fledgling romance? - Florence

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    1. Florence, That is VERY interesting. I also noticed they stopped labeling the movies for the networks awhile back. Hopefully, this means they will start doing that again. Some of the other movies that recently aired on UP don't even show this.

      "Love Under The Lemon Tree" looks like a cute one, so I'm glad UP has obtained it.

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  13. Finally got around to A Honeymoon to Remember, it's pretty good! -Maria

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    1. Maria, Good to hear! I know there are many mixed reviews out there. I shared your review above.

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  14. Looks like there is another player in the Rom.Com market.

    Reel One have a movie assigned to "TUBI" - whom I have never heard of.

    Apparently it's a new Streaming Platform similar to Netflix - Florence

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    1. Florence, I have Tubi through my Roku and all of the content on there is free to watch. You can also watch it on-line for free. They have all sorts of content, but in case anyone here is interested, here's a link to their family movies section:
      https://tubitv.com/category/family_movies

      You'll find movies from UP, INSP, and some older ones from Hallmark on there. I didn't know Reel One had movies on there, as well, but I'm not surprised since there are many, many options!

      Thank you for letting us know! :)

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  15. A Honeymoon To Remember

    With reviews you get those who have a down on the lead actors and and those who support them, friends etc.

    These usually cancel out so I was intrigued on seeing the reviews for this movie on IMDb when the vast majority totally panned it.

    Well, I make my own mind up but in this case I can report this movie isn't so bad it's good, it's quite simply awful.

    Ava (Rebecca Dalton) gets dumped by her fiance at the altar and decides to go on the honeymoon booking with her sister

    It turns out she is a total control freak, everything planned to the last minute, the future laid out in detail including what children she will have and their names (yes really!)

    She's childish, self-obsessed and manipulative although I would concede that she is not actually malicious nor abusive.

    Seriously, she needs professional help.

    While on this "honeymoon" she meets one of the resort workers but then her ex-fiance, Brett (Edward Ruttle) has a change of heart and comes racing after her to try and put things right - the mind boggles.

    So we have the rivalry between the two suitors, hard to understand because both should be running as hard as they could in the opposite direction.

    Ava never changes her character at all, she makes Brett grovel and apologise, never a hint that there is any blame attached to her at all and no whiff of an aplogy.

    At the start the sister did roll her eyes but then she totally backed Ava.

    I don't understand how the producers ever thought there was merit to this movie - the leads were obviously playing a part for I have seen Rebecca Dalton and Edward Ruttle in other roles and they're fine actors.

    This was a train-wreck but there was one little ray of sunshine.

    The widowed sister Bonnie met up with a widower John - he was just an overweight, ordinary guy but their low-key, normal romance did bring a little relief into the overall proceedings.

    I'm actually rating it a 3 - a couple of points for Bonnie and John.

    A Honeymoon To Remeber? - this is one movie you will totally want to forget - Florence

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  16. A Bridesmaid In Love

    This is a case of a movie being so much better the second time around.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Tori Anderson in You May Kiss The Bridesmaid and in some ways this was quite a similar plot on a "wedding planner" theme, so maybe originally we just watched it too soon after the first movie.

    On seeing it again at the weekend I have to admit I thought it was pretty good.

    Catey who had just broken up with her boyfriend got roped in with Matt - a childhood friend she'd had a crush on, to help organise his sister's wedding.

    There were all the usual plot devices including Cate's boyfriend repenting the break-up and making a play to win her back with a proposal which Matt witnesses but misses the ending and thinks he's lost his second chance.

    I thought Tori Anderson and Sean Pogue went well together and it was nice to see the pair gradually realise that the attrraction had been there all along from their childhood days.

    We'll watch this again at some stage.

    Florence's rating 7.

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