Release Date: 11/20/18; DVD
Director: Janice Dennie
Studio(s): Kente Productions
Running Time: 97 mins.
Cast: Kareef Groce (Kenton Underwood), Felicia Sails (Tiffany Young).
Story: The feature-length film is based on Janice L. Dennie’s novel, “Kenton’s Vintage Affair” part of her The Underwoods of Napa Valley book series. Kenton Underwood is protective of his family and environment in the bucolic town of Napa, California. He fights an uphill battle of balancing his personal issues, complicated love relationships, and obstacles in the competitive Napa Valley wine industry, all while striving to protect his family in the city he calls home. Unemployed chef, Briana Rutledge inherits a cottage next door to the Underwood winery. She longs for a family, but because of personal issues she fears love, so she focuses on her career and her dream of opening a restaurant. Kenton’s ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Young is a spoiled Daddy’s Girl who doesn’t care who she hurts as long as she gets what she wants. Restauranteur, Nathaniel Young, Tiffany’s father, plots to run Briana out of town because her restaurant is too close to his. Source(s): Maverick Entertainment; theunderwoodsofnapavalley.com, official site.
Release Date: 11/20/18/18 & 11/21/18; BET Her (Original Release Year: 2016)
Director: Christopher Nolen
Studio(s): Nferno Productions LLC
Cast: Jazsmin Lewis (Sunday Hughes), Trae Ireland (Bryson Hughes), Brad James (Owen Cotton), Aaron D. Spears (Langston Simms), Noree Victoria (Harmony Simms), Christopher Nolen (Chris Barber), Harry Lennix (God).
Story: For The Love of Christmas follows Bryson, a devoted husband with a strong desire to have children, and Sunday, a once loving wife, who at some point has lost touch with peace, love and the gift of giving. But when a homeless family appears on their doorstep, bearing nothing but the true meaning of love, Sunday’s heart is reacquainted with the vows that once held their marriage together. Source: Black Film.
Release Date: 12/4/18; DVD
Director: Renee Williams
Studio(s): ClassA Entertainment, Maverick Entertainment
Running Time: 77 mins.
Cast: Kris Lloyd, Michelle Sanford, Jessica Osborn, Pamela Ricardo, D.K Grissett, Mark A. Story.
Story: Dr. Augusta Weber has traveled the world over promoting her books, DVD’s and selling out public speaking events. She is a retired College Professor who is greatly admired by all. Although Dr. Weber is an advocate for being straight-forward, open and honest, she is protecting a deep, dark secret that has plagued her for years. An aggressive journalist, Ruby, is determined to denounce Dr. Weber’s character by uncovering the truth and scoring the next big story. Source: Maverick Entertainment.
Release Date: 11/24/18; The Hallmark Channel
Cast: Tatyana Ali, Dondré T. Whitfield, Dennis Haysbert, Patti LaBelle.
Story: Lucy gets the best Christmas news ever when she learns she’s made partner at her law firm. However, when her sister with special needs, Alice, passes away, Lucy must return home to learn the terms of her sister’s eccentric will.
Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York’s top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson’s Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister’s last call. Once back in Nilson’s Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice’s former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice’s eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays. Source(s): The Hallmark Chanel; IMDB.
Release Date: 11/24/18; Lifetime
Director: David Weaver
Studio(s): Lighthouse Pictures, Lifetime Network
Cast: Toni Braxton, Michael Jai White, Towanda Braxton, Gloria Reuben
Story: Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic who “humbugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart. Source(s): Lifetime; Thatgrapejuice.net.
Release Date: 11/21/18; Lifetime
Director: Peter Sullivan
Studio(s): Production Media Films, Hybrid LLC, Lifetime Network
Cast: Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Jen Taylor), Rob Mayes (Brian Anderson), Jackée Harry (Susan Taylor), Tim Reid (Perry Taylor), Erin Gray (Molly Anderson), Tanya Wright (Ellis).
Story: With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for. Source: Lifetime.
Release Date: 11/25/18; Lifetime
Director: Peter Sullivan
Studio(s): Production Media Films, Hybrid
Running Time: 66 mins.
Cast: Tatyana Ali (Belle Williams), Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Michael Hill), Loretta Devine (Emory Simons), Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tori), Tempestt Bledsoe (Jackie), Dee Wallace (Shelby), Valarie Pettiford (Faith Williams), Obba Babatundé (Charles Williams).
Story: Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet? Source(s): Lifetime; IMDB.