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REVIEW: The Hallmark Sequel "Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up" Is as Silly as the First One

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Emily and Jared are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together as a couple, and they prepare to work with their neighbors on Evergreen Lane to make this year's Christmas celebrations the best yet.  When a house on the block goes up for sale, the soon-to-be-neighbors are holiday royalty, but they are so competitive that they nearly ruin Christmas for everyone. Starring:   Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ellen Travolta, Melissa Peterman, Seth Morris, and Jennifer Aspen Image:  Hallmark Media Haul Out the Holly:  Lit Up Has a Moral When the residents of Evergreen Lane learn that their new neighbors are the Jolly Johnsons--famous holiday reality stars--they are thrilled to welcome them to the block.  Everyone assumes the Johnsons will fit right in since they share their same affinity for elf culture. Emily, Jared, and the rest of the holiday crew quickly realize that the Johnsons aren't interested in joining in on the fun--they plan to take over. Image:  Tw

Review: Hallmark's "Take Me Back for Christmas" Is One of Their BEST New Movies!

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A Christmas wish gives Renée the successful life she'd always dreamed of.  This new reality is perfect, except for one thing...she is no longer married to her husband, Aaron.  Now, Renée must race against the clock to win him back. Starring:  Vanessa Lengies and Corey Sevier Image:  Hallmark Media Take Me Back for Christmas Has Depth In many of their newer movies, Hallmark exchanges emotional depth for shallow, light-hearted romance.  While this formula produces movies that are entertaining, they lack substance. A truly great original story should inspire the viewer and move them emotionally.  Take Me Back for Christmas does both and should qualify as a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Renée (Lengies) has always dreamed of running her own business, and her husband, Aaron (Sevier), reluctantly sells insurance despite longing to be a chef.  The couple initially move to New York to follow their vision but return to the suburbs after only three months to care for Renée's mother,

Review: Here's Why Hallmark's "A Royal Christmas Crush" Is a Disappointment

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Ava accepts the opportunity of a lifetime to work at the Royal Ice Hotel which leads her to a surprise whirlwind romance with the most important guest of all, the Royal Prince himself.  Starring:  Katie Cassidy and Stephen Huszar  Image:  Hallmark Media A Royal Christmas Crush Premieres During Hallmark's 2023 Christmas in July Event   When Hallmark premieres dozens of new Christmas movies in the fourth quarter faster than Mrs. Santa cranks out sugar cookies, you expect a handful of duds.  Hallmark's business model is quantity over quality. Hallmark fans eagerly await  Christmas in July.  They adjust the air conditioner to chill the house, snuggle under a fuzzy blanket, sip hot chocolate, and get swept away with the magic of Christmas, even during the hottest month of the year. As a special treat, Hallmark premieres one or more Christmas movies each July to add a delightful twinkle to summer--and not the blinking kind from all the lightening bugs in your backyard. A lot of buzz

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