Friday, December 2, 2022

A Hollywood Christmas: Movie Review





A Hollywood Christmas is another self-aware Christmas rom-com, gently poking fun at itself while paying homage to the tried-and-true formula. It opens with the movie-within-the-movie: a big city lawyer walks into a small-town girl’s struggling cupcake shop, he threatens to shut it down because he hates Christmas, and the girl teaches him the magic of Christmas and together they save her store and fall in love.   2022

Directed by: Alex Ranarivelo

Screenplay by: John Ducey

Starring: Jessika Van, Josh Swickard

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Your Christmas or Mine?: Movie Review





Too many rom-com tropes with unenjoyable characters.
A young couple Hayley and James are saying goodbye at the train station to go spend Christmas with their own families. Only they both make the same impulsive decision to get off their train, get on the other person’s train to spend Christmas together, but are now heading to each other’s families, apart. Your Christmas or Mine? is a holiday rom-com in a comedy-of-errors format.   2022

Directed by: Jim O'Hanlon

Screenplay by: Tom Parry

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Cora Kirk

Saturday, November 26, 2022

A Tale of Two Christmases: Movie Review



Limited comedy, overplayed romance and an uneven main character.

Two Christmas romances are not necessarily better than one, especially when the film wants to be this unsubtle about which one is the right one. A Tale of Two Christmases features Emma an architect in Chicago and when she over-sleeps her alarm and runs into a Santa Claus-type person in the airport, her life splits into two directions: one if she makes her flight home to Vermont for Christmas Eve, the other where she spends Christmas Eve in Chicago.   2022

Directed by: Jason Bourque

Screenplay by: Cylin Busby, Nanci Katz

Starring: Katherine Barrell, Chandler Massey, Evan Roderick, and Keith MacKechnie