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

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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

Hallmark's "Christmas in Harmony" QUIZ, Plus A Look At The Cast

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Christmas in Harmony Plot Summary   Harmony is tricked into auditioning for the Holiday Chorus--directed by an ex-boyfriend.  By Christmas Eve, they could be harmonizing in the key of love. Starring :  Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Michelle Williams, and Loretta Devine Image:  Crown Media Christmas in Harmony Boasts Star-Studded Cast Ashleigh Murray (Harmony) is best known for her part as Josie in the CW's Riverdale --the lead singer of Josie and the Pussycats.  While her voice is lovely, her performance as a Hallmark leading lady is forgettable.  She doesn't possess the on-screen charisma to capture the hearts of fans.   Image:  Crown Media  Luke James (Kyle), on the other hand, is a natural.  James doesn't fit the hunk model of a leading man, but he brings other qualities to the table.  He's a three-time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, so he doesn't have to "fake it until you make it" in this movie.  He has toured with superstars, been on Broadwa

"Boyfriends of Christmas Past" Is a Fun Story Ruined by Bad Casting

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Boyfriends of Christmas Past Plot Summary Leading up to Christmas, Lauren is visited by the ghosts of four ex-boyfriends.  She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate. Starring :  Catherine Haena Kim and Raymond Ablack  Released:  2021 Image:  Crown Media Unique Twist on a Classic A Christmas Carol has been retooled countless times through the years to give a classic story a modern twist.  Sometimes, this has resulted in cringe-worthy reproductions, and other times, the viewer has been pleasantly surprised. Boyfriends of Christmas Past   is based on a novel by Edie Grace, and the story is fun.  Imagine your past loves coming back to help you with hindsight so you don't ruin another relationship. (affiliate link) Unfortunately, Hallmark ruins a delightful and creative story by basing their casting choices on affirmative action instead of talent and audience appeal.  We are left with a Skittle-studded cast that makes no sense and distracts from the st

Hallmark's "Christmas in My Heart" Is More Focused On Race Than Good Storytelling

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Christmas in My Heart Summary Violinist Beth returns home after the recent death of her mother and tutors the daughter of a reclusive country music star to prepare her for the upcoming holiday concert. This movie stars Heather Hemmens , Luke MacFarlane , and Maria Nash . Image:  Crown Media The Focus On Diversity Overshadows The Story Hallmark continues to make diversity a priority over good storytelling, which means their virtue signaling has transformed once wholesome movies into RACIST programming. Christmas in My Heart is the most racist movie Hallmark has produced to date. It's apparently taboo for two people of the same race to fall in love in a Hallmark story these days.  Beth (Hemmens) is biracial because her dad is white and her mom, now deceased, was black.  Sean (MacFarlane) is white, but his wife, also conveniently deceased, was black, and he has a black daughter. When it comes to our own relationships, this hodge-podge of diversity isn't relatable.  Real life d

Take This QUIZ On Hallmark's "You, Me & The Christmas Trees!"

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Starring:  Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres Released:  2021 (Countdown to Christmas) Summary:  An arborist falls in love with a farmer as she tries to save his trees before the town tree lighting. Image: Crown Media A Very "Pun-y" Movie! One thing Hallmark script writers do well is include playful puns in many of the movies when the scene fits.  Puns are clever and unique, and they add whimsical fun to lighten the mood. Contrast pun usage to a horribly overdone trope:  sipping hot cocoa and getting the face lathered in whipped topping.  Dr. Evil first made that funny in an Austin Powers movie several years ago; he termed it the Belgian Dip.  Hallmark copied the idea and has used it it so many times it has become obnoxious.  It's like when a small child says something funny enough to earn a belly laugh from a parent; the child will repeat the line over and over and over to garner a repeat response, until the parent explains it was only funny the first time.    Benjamin

Name That Christmas Song Quiz (With A Hallmark Movie Twist!)

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Christmas Music Sets The Tone In Hallmark Movies Just hear those sleigh bells ringing, ring-ting-tingling too..... the music plays as the opening credits to another Hallmark Christmas movie cascade across the TV screen.  The music puts us in a holly jolly mood before the first scene unfolds. Sleigh Ride is still playing in your head right now. It's impossible to listen to Christmas jingles and not tap your foot, sing along, or maybe even do a little jig around the house.  Music has the power to make a Grinch's heart grow three times bigger--even with a simple fahoo fores dahoo dores. Hallmark sprinkles the perfect amount of holiday music into every movie, and as we watch, the stress from the day melts away like Frosty in a greenhouse full of poinsettias. Let's Fuse Christmas Music Trivia With Hallmark Movies! Here's a reindeer game every Christmas lover can play, even if you have a red, shiny nose! The Christmas music quiz below contains a unique twist specially craf

"Countdown to Christmas" Hallmark Facebook Group Giveaway!

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Hallmark's Annual "Countdown to Christmas" Is Almost Here! Time is flying, and for all the Hallmark fans who were sad when  Christmas in July ended, it's hard to believe October is almost here!  Remember when Countdown to Christma s seemed so far away?   To celebrate the October 22, 2021, Christmas movie kickoff, our Facebook group is sponsoring a giveaway.   Giveaway Is Only For Our Facebook Members  If you are a member of our  Hallmark Movies-Christmas Magic  Facebook group and a legal  resident of the USA,  18 years or older, you are welcome to enter.  Here's what we are giving away: One winner will receive a  Christmas Camp novel  while the other winner will snag the  A Bramble House Christmas DVD . Christmas Camp , a  novel  by Karen Schaler, is a story about a woman who discovers the true meaning of Christmas with the help of a unique camp and a very special someone.  Hallmark turned this book into a movie starring Lily Anne Harrison and Bobby Campo. A Bram

Take This Movie QUIZ On Hallmark's "Crashing Through the Snow!"

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Starring:    Amy Acker and Warren Christie Released:  2021 Summary:  Maggie and Sam are crashing Christmas.  When he proposes that they team up against his sister's perfect Christmas, neither of them are prepared for the blended family challenges that lie ahead.  Amy Acker and Warren Christie star in Crashing Through the Snow, which premiered during Hallmark's annual Christmas in July 2021 celebration. Image: Crown Media Do Blended Families Like Maggie's Exist? We expect fairytale endings to Hallmark movies, but Crashing Through the Snow is a fairytale from start to finish. Since 50% of marriages end in divorce, then at least half of the people reading this post undoubtedly did a combination laugh-snort when Kate, the one now dating Maggie's ex-husband, invites Maggie to her family's home in Aspen to celebrate Christmas so she doesn't have to be separated from her kids.   Like that would happen!   Hallmark shows us how mature adults can move on from a divorce,

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