Christmas movie releases are hitting high gear this week. Check out the abundance below, including our pick of the week:
Holiday Double Feature: The Christmas Card and All I Want for Christmas
A Christmas Wedding
Emily (Sarah Paulson, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) and Ben (Eric Mabius, Ugly Betty) met on Christmas day two years ago and now plan to marry on this Christmas day which is only a month away. When Emily, who has always dreamt of a perfect wedding, gets called away for work it is up to Ben to deal with all the plans. Misunderstandings and problems arise as procrastinator Ben gets sucked into the world of bridal shows and seating charts, while perfectionist Emily tries to keep tabs from afar but sees her perfect day spinning out of control. When a freak storm threatens to strand Emily, she realizes nothing else matters but making it home to Ben for their Christmas Wedding. – Amazon
Lifetime Double Feature: His and Her Christmas / Will You Merry Me?
HIS & HER CHRISTMAS
Tom (David Sutcliffe, Private Practice) and Liz (Dina Meyer, Birds of Prey) are journalists who work at rival papers in the same city. Tom’s employer, the biggest paper in town, is trying to buy the small paper that Liz works for. In an effort to save her newspaper, Liz creates a Christmas column that is an instant hit. The bigger paper responds by assigning Tom to write a rival Christmas column. A chance meeting between the two journalists turns into a public disaster, but is also love at first sight.
WILL YOU MERRY ME?
Rebecca (Vikki Krinsky, Wild Card) and Henry (Tommy Lioutas, The Best Years) are from very different backgrounds. As Thanksgiving approaches, Henry finally pops the question. Rebecca says yes, and the two could not be happier. The road to happiness has some potholes, as first they must meet each other’s families. Not only must they go through the natural anxiety-filled process of meeting the in-laws, but also go through the stress of immersing each other into two very different families, with very different holiday traditions. – Amazon
Dr. Seuss Holiday on the Loose
Fun is on the Loose with 3 Dr. Seuss Holiday Classics!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: “Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.” And every family likes How the Grinch Stole Christmas! a lot! This joyous, heart-tickling holiday event based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved book and featuring the voice of Boris Karloff has delighted all ages since its 1966 debut. Can the Grinch steal the town’s holiday spirit by stealing their holiday treats? Or does Christmas… perhaps…mean a little bit more? The answers to those questions unfold charmingly under Chuck Jones’ pitch-perfect direction.
The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat: What happens when the mischievous Grinch decides to wreak havoc on the world, but the happy and ever-so-delightful Cat in the Hat stands in his way? The result is a triumphant story of an unlikely hero who uses a little caring and compassion to help save the world from an unfriendly and unbeautiful future. Watch and see if the Cat in the Hat can go from a peaceful picnic in the shade to helping the frightfully mean Grinch turn a new leaf.
Halloween is Grinch Night: The sinister Grinch who stole Whoville’s Christmas is back to declare Halloween as “Grinch Night”! While the Whos are caught in a horrible storm of Sour-Sweet Wind, the Grinch and his trusty pooch Max, take this opportunity to terrorize the little town. Unfortunately for him he is surprised by a young boy whose unexpected courage prevents the Grinch from unleashing his awful horrors onto their tranquil town. Grinch Night will never be the same! – Amazon
Lifetime Double Feature: Holiday Switch and Home by Christmas
HOME BY CHRISTMAS
Julia Bedford (Linda Hamilton, The Terminator) is a dedicated homemaker living in a modestly affluent neighborhood with her successful husband and sixteen-year-old daughter. When she and her husband divorce she has a hard time making ends meet for her and her daughter to the point where they end up homeless. Ultimately, she meets a woman who helps her gain her self respect and a new home for the holidays.
A week before Christmas, Paula (Nicole Eggert, Baywatch) finds herself struggling with bills and life with her blue-collar husband Gary (Bret Anthony, The Capture of the Green River Killer) and her two daughters. When Nick, her wealthy high school boyfriend returns to town, Paula wonders if she took the wrong date to the prom. What would her life have been like if she stayed with Nick? When Paula wishes she could see what her life would have been like if she’d made the other choice, she finds herself magically transported through her washer/dryer to a parallel life where she is Nick’s wife. At first, this new life seems the answer to her dreams, but she soon realizes that the grass is not always greener. When she sees Gary and her kids living a happy life, she wishes for just one Christmas gift: to have back the life she didn’t appreciate. – Amazon
Britney (Britt McKillip, Dead Like Me), a rich, spoiled child, and Rachel (Katie Keating, Caprica), an orphan, switch bodies after a visiting Santa Claus at the mall. Each girl wakes up as the other – Britney is in the orphanage, and Rachel is at Britney’s family’s mansion. With the magical intervention of a professional party planner, Britney learns to live without her wealth, and Rachel teaches Britney’s unloving family the true meaning of Christmas. – Amazon
Under the Mistletoe
Susan Bell (Jaime Ray Newman, Drop Dead Diva) has devoted her life to helping others while rarely thinking about helping herself. This year the tables will turn when a local radio station takes over her love life after an innocent call from her eight year old son. Whether she likes it or not, Susan is under the mistletoe. – Amazon
A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride
A twenty-something wedding planner (Joanna Garcia, Reba) disapproves of her forty-something widowed mother’s (Helen Shaver, The Color of Money) whirlwind romance. Her mother has been a devoted single parent, but now she wants to create a fulfilling new life for herself. Unable to stop the wedding, the daughter decides to take control of it. It takes comedic disasters and emotional confessions before the daughter discovers that letting go works both ways. – Amazon
Holiday Double Feature: One Christmas and A Christmas Memory
Holiday Double Feature: All I Want for Christmas and A Granpa for Christmas
Holiday Double Feature: Christmas in Canaan and All I Want for Christmas
Christmas Flick Pick of the Week: Gift of the Magi
With the holidays just around the corner, struggling newlyweds Jim and Della Young are challenged to get each other the perfect gift. Determined to make each their respective wishes come true, they make a secret sacrifice. But a series of misunderstandings soon undermine their respective schemes, and fate itself will play a hand in their loving design.-Amazon
We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas
Celtic Angels at Christmas
CELTIC ANGELS AT CHRISTMAS showcases six uniquely talented Celtic Angels Gillian Boucher, Stephanie Hardy, Kendra MacGillivray, Sabra MacGillivray, Maggie MacInnes and Patricia Murray performing Christmas music with Celtic style. The setting for these intimate performances is an elegant world of winter white. Gillian Boucher is a remarkable fiddler known across the globe as one of the strongest bearers of Cape Breton music and culture. Also from Cape Breton, vocalist Stephanie Hardy is the latest artist to emerge from the vibrant East Coast music scene. Fiddler Kendra MacGillivray plays the music of her Scottish ancestors with energy and passion. Canada s leading ambassador of Celtic dancing, Sabra MacGillivray, shows off her champion style and introduces a fun group of young wee angel step dancers. Scottish artist Maggie MacInnes, a master of the clarsach (Celtic harp) performs heartrending traditional Scottish hymns in Gaelic. Patricia Murray, Prince Edward Island s leading Celtic singer, absolutely glows in magnetic performances of the carols she has chosen for the show. – Amazon
Lifetime Double Feature: Christmas in Paradise and Deck the Halls
CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE
Two bereaved families take a holiday vacation to an exotic Caribbean island to escape the memories of Christmas past. Dan Cassidy s (Colin Ferguson, Eureka) wife has left him and his teen daughters for another man. Dana Shaw (Charlotte Ross, Glee) recently suffered the death of her husband, leaving her alone with their two teen sons. The parents and kids develop bonds on a cruise ship and their stay at a beach resort. When Dan’s ex-wife shows up to reclaim her family, what promised to be a happy Christmas turns emotionally complicated as each character has to sort out their feelings and choose their own path.
DECK THE HALLS
Holly (Gabrielle Carteris, Beverly Hills, 90210) returns to her hometown with her eight-year old son, Ben, to work for her father’s toy business. Soon after, Ben watches a man (Steve Bacic, Big Love) move in next door with a sleigh, red suit, and lots of Christmas goodies. Ben begins to believe that their new neighbor is Santa Claus, and devises a plan to set up his mom with Santa Claus. – Amazon
Peter, Paul and Mary: The Holiday Concert
Lifetime Double Feature: The Road to Christmas and Recipe for the Perfect Christmas
THE ROAD TO CHRISTMAS
Claire Larabee (Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing) has it all: loving friends, a successful career as a top fashion photographer, and a handsome multimillionaire fiancé. A few days before Christmas, a huge snowstorm prevents Claire from making it to her wedding in Aspen so she hitches a ride with single dad Wes (Clark Gregg, Iron Man) and his daughter to get there. Wes and Claire initially hate each other, but on eve of her wedding, Claire is forced to ask herself a surprising question: is Wes, a man who is seemingly wrong for her in every possible way, really Mr. Right?
RECIPE FOR A PERFECT CHRISTMAS
J.J. (Carly Pope, Popular), a 24 year-old cute but bookish magazine writer, finally gets her shot at the coveted food critic’s job. That very same day, however, her vivacious but estranged mother (Christine Baranski, The Good Wife) shows up on her doorstep. Desperate to get mom out of her hair so she can write, J.J. makes a deal with the likeable owner (Bobby Cannavale, Will & Grace) of a struggling restaurant: take her mother out on some dates in exchange for a possible review. Problem is, J.J. ends up falling hard for the restaurant owner and gets hit with a case of writers block. In the end, as Christmas arrives, J.J. realizes that her mother is just as vulnerable and insecure as she is, and that love and family are worth risking everything for. – Amazon
Holiday Favorites with Barney
A String of Holiday Classics Set
A Year Without Santa Claus, A Christmas Story and Jack Frost
Well, that wraps up a super busy week in Christmas DVDs. We hope you enjoy and have a safe and Merry week!