Hallmark Knocks It Out of the Park With "Five More Minutes"

Five More Minutes Plot Summary A woman's Christmas wish is answered in unexpected ways when her late grandfather's journal turns up and reveals an untold romance.  Starring :  Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn-Jones Image:  Crown Media Five More Minutes Achieves the Hallmark Gold Standard Hallmark was once synonymous with good storytelling and clean movies you could immerse yourself in to escape the cares and stresses of this world. When Wonya Lucas took over as Crown Media CEO, fans noticed an immediate an unwelcome shift.  As if we aren't confronted with politics at every turn already, Hallmark began weaving political talking points into their movies, such as feminine empowerment, racial diversity, homosexuality, and social "justice" issues.  Hallmark is no longer a safe space where you can let down your guard.  If you possess conservative values, you must now filter the movies and ignore the agenda behind the scripts or change the channel when the usual wokeness

Grab These NEW Hallmark Christmas Movie Releases on Amazon!

Feed Your Hallmark Addiction

Hallmark gives us a booster shot of Christmas cheer in July, and if we DVR enough of these holiday favorites, we might stretch out the enjoyment until new Christmas movies premiere in October.

We ration DVR space to our family during November and December because we not only need space for the new movies, we need to record all of our old favorites, too!

Hallmark movies are our catnip.

Then comes January--Hallmark pulls the plug.

We are addicted by this point and craving a hit, but Hallmark only teases us with two Christmas movies per week until summer.   

Thankfully, there's a solution.  We must build our own DVD libraries so we aren't beholden to Hallmark's mercy!

Get the Latest Hallmark Releases On Amazon

Here is a list of the seven January and February 2020 Hallmark Christmas DVD Releases.  Three of these movies originally aired in 2018, and four debuted in 2019.

A Shoe Addict's Christmas   

Have you ever seen Candace Cameron Bure in a Hallmark movie that isn't awesome?  

In this one, she gets locked inside the department store for which she works.  While she's there, she receives a visit from a guardian angel who gives her a glimpse into her past, present, and future.  

Divine intervention helps her find her way to her destiny.

This movie is filled with so many wise nuggets, like these:
  • When we lose faith, we need to find it again.
  • Our choices all lead to different possibilities.
  • You have to decide what difference in the world you want to make.
  • Nothing worth having comes without risk.
If you are at a crossroads in life, this movie will give you courage to take a leap of faith!


Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe

Lacey Chabert is my favorite, and like you, I adore all her movies.  She works hard to bring heart and soul into all the characters she plays. 

Darcy (Chabert) is experiencing tension with the other partners in her firm.  She heads to Ohio for Christmas and winds up helping her mom plan a charity auction.  Long story short, she falls in the love with the caterer of the event (Brendon Penny).

Another Hallmark plot we've seen a million times, but it's still a keeper!


Time For Me To Come Home For Christmas

Any country music fans out there?  You don't have to be to appreciate this movie, based on a Blake Shelton song.

Starring Megan Park and Josh Henderson, this plot line is also familiar:  two people end up traveling together unexpectedly.  He is seeking inspiration, and she's trying to save the family business.

Do you think they fall in love and everything works out in the end?  Of course!  No need for a spoiler alert because we know every Hallmark movie is a sure thing when it comes to a happy ending!

Jill Wagner plays a single mom who dreams of being an interior designer.  She steps out of her comfort zone for a chance to prove herself by decorating the estate of a local businessmen.  The catch is, she only has four weeks to complete the project, and Nick (Matthew Davis) is distant and often inaccessible.

Check out my blog post on this movie where we talk about being too busy and assess our career paths.


Write Before Christmas

Starring Torrey Devitto and Chad Michael Murray, this movie is about recognizing people who impact our lives the most.  They need to hear it!

Jessica sends Christmas cards with heart-felt notes to five people who have played a key role in her life:  her aunt, her brother, a pop star, her music teacher, and her BFF.

I analyze this movie in my blog post, so be sure to take a peek!

I know some of you out there are crazy about Chad Michael Murray!

Candy canes are the focus of this "sweet" story, and it stars Jodie Sweetin and Andrew Walker.

Cate is the CEO of her grandmother's Merry & Bright candy cane company, and she balks when Gabe comes to town from a corporate recovery firm to help her make the company more profitable.

Cate pages through her grandmother's old cookbooks and agrees to diversify by adding candy cane flavors that bring year-round enjoyment. 

Do you know where the candy cane capital of the world is?  Read the blog post to find out!   


Christmas Scavenger Hunt

The plot of this fun movie is a little different.  It centers around a town scavenger hunt that raises money for charity.  The clues are fun, and the contestants have to send pictures to home base every time a riddle is solved.  

The most hilarious part of this movie is that the selfie you watch being taken is completely different from the one that pops up for us viewers.

Kevin McGarry shines in this movie, but in my humble opinion, Kim Shaw does not fit the ideal profile for a Hallmark leading lady.  I hope we will see less of her....or none at all.

Read more of my random thoughts on this movie and take a trivia quiz in the blog post.  


Some Of These Movies Are Books!

Books offer a lot more details and insights than a movie can capture.  If you want to start a reading bucket list for spring break or summer vacation, here are the available titles from the movies listed above:

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