Every Day Is Christmas

Release Date:   11/24/18; Lifetime
Genre:   Holiday
Rating:  NR
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.

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Jean Of The Joneses

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Release Date:  10/23/16; TVOne
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  86 mins.
Director:  Stella Meghie
Studio(s):   Search Engine Films, Circle Blue Films, Pokeprod, GPA Films

Cast:  Taylour Paige, Sherri Shepherd, Erica Ash, Michelle Hurst, Mamoudou Athie, Francois Arnaud, Demore Barnes, Anna Hopkins, Gloria Reuben.

Story:  A comedy about a dysfunctional family of women who have happily sent all the men in their lives running and a daughter who’s desperate to break the tradition.  To say that twenty-something writer Jean is at a crossroads would be putting it kindly — she really doesn’t know which way she’s headed. A vista of unenticing career prospects opens before her, and her latest relationship has just unceremoniously ended. Chronically self-analyzing, she often hangs out with her two aunts, mother, and grandmother Daphne. The women constantly bicker and judge each other’s life choices, a routine that’s interrupted when the estranged patriarch of the family literally dies on their doorstep.  Ray, the paramedic who takes their 911 call, falls fast for the acerbic Jean. The feeling is more or less mutual, but their potential romance will have to take a back seat to the chaos leading up to the funeral. In a series of sometimes harsh, always-spirited discussions — fueled by a complex family history, a few drinks, and the occasional toke — the women will do their best to figure themselves out, and to understand each other.  Source:  Tribeca Film Institute; Tiff.net.

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