2015 Hallmark Movie(s) of the Year

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The final awards of the year go to the best Hallmark movies of the year.  This year they cranked out 18 new Christmas movies, and another 18 non-holiday movies.  First up, the non-holiday awards.

Winner non-holiday category: I Do, I Do, I Do

Rating 7.3

Why it won: A groundhog-day type movie, repeating her wedding day over and over until she gets it right.  This movie was hilarious, but probably unintentionally so.

Runner-up: All of My Heart

Rating 7.25

Why it didn’t win: Genuine chemistry between the two leads and the best sidekick Hallmark has produced yet, but can’t overcome the sheer absurdity and hilarity of I Do, I Do, I Do.

Honorable Mention: Love on the Air

Rating 7.15 (review here)

Why it didn’t win: It was a tough year in the non-holiday category, and this likable film didn’t have the humor to beat I Do, I Do, I Do nor the characters to best All of My Heart .

Dishonorable Mention: So You Said Yes

Rating: 5.6

Why I didn’t like it: Kelly Martin plays a sanctimonious, arrogant, hypocrite, who thinks she knows it all, but is wrong almost every time.

Now for the Christmas Category, brought to you by Folgers fake-coffee.  Every movie this year had a warehouse-sized Folgers canister prominently displayed on the counter (sometimes with a random close-up of the “coffee.”)

Winner Holiday Category: On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

Rating: 7.15

Why it won: A logical and believable film (a rarity for Hallmark) with a solid enjoyable cast.  It represented Christmas well.  Review here.

Runner-up: 12 Gifts of Christmas

Rating: 6.74

Why it didn’t win: The conflict that arose was probably illegal.  All the characters reeked of desperation. Review here.

Honorable Mention: Crown for Christmas

Rating: 6.6

Why it didn’t win: It’s exactly like all the other princess movies.  Review here.

Dishonorable Mention: Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge

Rating: NA

Why I didn’t like it: The logic was missing.  A couple has a miscarriage, so they decide to move to Tennessee from North Carolina to start a bookstore.  I imagine the book explained this decision a whole lot better than the movie.  It would be an injustice to dimensional space to describe the lead characters as flat.  Their personalities were null.  For a large portion of the movie, there was no conflict, perhaps because they decided to stretch this movie into two movies, to be continued in 2016 – seriously?  We have to wait a whole year to find out what happens?  I don’t care that much to wait.  No review, no rating until the

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