Three Holiday Movies get a quick review

Are you watching holiday movies now? They are hard to avoid. I found two new ones from 2021 and an older one of several holiday films starring Ali Liebert. Ali Liebert has an interesting history with holiday films. Check out A Gift for Christmas, A Castle for Christmas, and Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune.

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Review: Bruised, Halle Berry directs

Bruised stars Halle Berry as an MMA fighter who struggles to get her life in a good place. Halle Berry directs the film, too, her first effort at directing. She does an excellent job at acting, directing, and fighting like a champ. The film is now on Netflix.

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Review: Violet, boldly original

Violet, from writer and first time director Justine Bateman, is a unique and daring approach to storytelling. It’s an often told tale about a woman struggling with the negative voices in her head. However, the film’s style is something you haven’t seen before. The performance from Olivia Munn as Violet makes it totally believable. The film is currently available on demand from several streamers.

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Review: King Richard, a man with a plan

King Richard tells the story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams. He planned to raise tennis champions – wrote out the whole thing – before his daughters were even born. All the world knows how his plan worked. This film takes you into the story in the beginning, up to the first pro match Venus played at 14. It’s streaming on HBO Max.

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Review: Jungle Cruise, a fun fantasy

Jungle Cruise is finally free to anyone with a Disney+ subscription. So I watched it. The adventure tale was full of magic, fun, fantasy and a terrific Emily Blunt as the woman who made it all happen.

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Review: Dolly Parton: Here I Am

Dolly Parton: Here I Am is a biopic about the famous singer/songwriter herself. It uses interviews with Dolly and others to tell a story of who she is now and how she got where she is. My main impression after watching it is she is a tough, strong woman who knew from day one how to get what she wants. You can see it on Netflix.

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Review: Passing

Passing stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in a thought provoking and ambiguous dance of “wild desire.” It’s about passing for something you’re not and the emotions that come from doing that dance. It’s now available on Netflix.

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8 Christmas/holiday films reviewed right here

Over the years, Old Ain’t Dead has reviewed a few Christmas and holiday themed stories. I thought a summary of those reviews was in order for the upcoming season of festivities and movie watching. As usual, my picks favor films that star women, were directed by women, or were written by women.

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Review: The Christmas Edition, love and the news

The Christmas Edition is a holiday romance about a newspaper woman who finds her community in a small town very close to the North Pole. It is a Lifetime original, also on Prime Video.

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Review: Dream Horse, a true tale

Dream Horse is based on a true story about a race horse named Dream Alliance that was raised on a Welsh allotment by a syndicate of regular folks who knew nothing about race horses. It’s a feel good story of hope and triumph. You’ll find it on Hulu.

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