Hallmark holiday hell

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Christmas at Dollywood"

Published Dec. 26, 2019

Matt's latest venture into Hallmark holiday movie hell takes him to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where he finds Winnie Cooper, an excess of Christmas decorations on one house's lawn and Dollywood - but not a lot of Dolly Parton.

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Merry & Bright"

Published Nov. 11, 2019

This Hallmark Christmas movie stars Jodie Sweetin from "Full House," a human composite of every "Bachelor" contestant and candy canes. A whole lot of candy canes. But most important: There's a puppy!

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses"

Published Nov. 6, 2019

For a column titled "Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell," I must say that the first movie of the season was not that hellish! (Put that pull quote on the poster!) Maybe more like purgatory or limbo or the first circle of hell where you get merely tickled on the foot with a feather - but that's not too bad!

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe"

Published Dec. 5, 2018

With more than 40 new movies to crank out, it's no surprise Hallmark would turn to one of the most famous literary romances for guidance. And so the Hallmark Channel turned to its bookshelf, eagerly pulled out "Pride & Prejudice" ... and threw it right out the window.

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "The Princess Switch"

Published Nov. 28, 2018

Not content to merely take over Hollywood, Netflix has now firmly set its sights on also replacing the Hallmark Channel with holiday fluff like "The Princess Switch." But can it hold a candle to Hallmark?

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Christmas at Graceland"

Published Nov. 23, 2018

"Christmas at Graceland" may be bad, but it's bad with flavor and a personality. By the end of December when I'm done writing about these movies, I bet I'll still remember this one - and pretty warmly, too.

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Road to Christmas"

Published Nov. 12, 2018

In our first trip into Hallmark Holiday Hell this year, "Road to Christmas" is exactly as charming and nice as you would expect from a movie written by a man named Zac Hug.

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Royal New Year's Eve"

Published Jan. 3, 2018

My final trip into Hallmark hell is "Royal New Year's Eve," the story of a lowly magazine assistant falling in love with a prince and ... wait, did I just get tricked into watching Netflix's "A Christmas Prince" again?!

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "A Christmas Prince"

Published Dec. 25, 2017

What if the most popular Hallmark holiday movie of the Christmas season ... wasn't on the Hallmark Channel? Can Netflix's "A Christmas Prince" outdo the festive film network at its own game?

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Christmas in Evergreen"

Published Dec. 22, 2017

Can my latest trek into Hallmark holiday movies keep my spirit burning like chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Or would "Christmas in Evergreen" ruthlessly kill it like that time I tried to cook the turkey for Christmas dinner?

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Switched for Christmas"

Published Dec. 15, 2017

What better way to keep my high from "The Christmas Train" going than "Switched for Christmas," a Hallmark holiday movie starring not just one Candace Cameron Bure but TWO Candace Cameron Bures?!

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "The Christmas Train"

Published Dec. 6, 2017

Any misplaced enthusiasm I had for this column was dashed by "Finding Santa" last week. But let's see what "The Christmas Train" has to offer. Hold on, Dermot Mulroney, Joan Cusack and Danny Glover?! This almost looks like a real movie!