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A Sistah's Take on Film & Entertainment – December 2020


A Monthly review on all things film,

television, webinars, streaming, performing arts and entertainment.



Happy Holidays!



“Happy Holidays”

Wishing everyone a safe, fun, and jolly holiday.

Checkout these friendly film and streaming suggestions.


Family Fun Movies

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)


2 hours 2 minutes

Musical/Fantasy

PG Rating • Netflix


Director: David E. Talbert

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad

Decades after his apprentice betrays him, a once joyful toy maker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter appears on his doorstep.






Little Drummer Boy

(1968)


25 minutes

Short/Animation

G Rating • Peacock


Directors: Arthur Rankin, Jr.• Jules Bass

Starring: Greer Garson, Paul Frees


The Little Drummer Boy is a stop-motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, based on the song of the same name. It was first televised December 19, 1968, on NBC, and was followed by a sequel in 1976.












Merry Little Christmas Wedding

(2020)


1 hour 30 minutes

Holiday/Romance

TV-PG Rating • Hulu & Lifetime


Director: Sharon Lewis

Starring: Kelly Rowland, Debbie Morgan


Lifetime's first-ever Christmas sequel! Follow Jacquie as she and Tyler try to plan their perfect destination Christmas wedding. Naturally, Jacquie's plans go awry when her boisterous family intervenes in her planning and her snooty wedding planner quits in protest. While nothing goes as initially planned, Jacquie and Tyler get a Christmas wedding more memorable than they could have ever dreamed.





Feliz NaviDAD

(2020)


1 hour 28 minutes

Holiday/Romance

TV-PG Rating • Hulu & Lifetime


Director: Melissa Joan Hart

Starring: Mario Lopez,

AnnaLynne McCord


A single father finds romance with a musician when his daughter and sister play matchmakers during the holidays.











The Nativity Story

(2006)


1 hour 41 minutes

Drama/Historical

PG Rating • Amazon Prime


Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes,

Oscar Isaac


Betrothed to much-older Joseph (Oscar Isaac), Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) must remain a maiden for one year, but she subsequently receives a visit from the angel Gabriel, who tells her of her destiny. When Joseph and now-heavily pregnant Mary journey to Bethlehem for the Roman census, they face a threat from King Herod, whose obsession with an ancient prophecy endangers soon-to-be-born Jesus.



The Princess Switch

(2018)


1 hour 42 minutes

Comedy/Romance

TV-PG Rating • Netflix


Director: Michael Rohl

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar


One week before Christmas, a duchess switches places with an ordinary woman from Chicago, who looks exactly like her, and they each fall in love with each other's beaus.








The Princess Switch: Switch Again

(2020)


1 hour 38 minutes

Comedy/Romance

TV-PG Rating • Netflix


Director: Michael Rohl

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Ben Lamb


When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it's up to her double, Princess Stacy, to get these star-crossed lovers back together.








The Preacher's Wife

(1996)


2 hours 4 minutes

Comedy/Fantasy

PG Rating • OWN On-Demand


Director: Penny Marshall

Starring: Whitney Houston,

Denzel Washington


A cleric begins to doubt himself and is visited by an angel. The heavenly emissary is supposed to help the good reverend over his midlife crisis, but he is distracted by the cleric's lovely young wife. A remake with gospel music of the `The Bishop's Wife'.




New Episodic Shows to Checkout:

Treadstone (Season 1)

(2019)


10 Episodes • 44 minutes

Action

TV-MA Rating • Peacock & Hulu


Director: Tim Kring

Starring: Brian J. Smith, Michelle Forbes


From the world of Jason Bourne, "Treadstone" is an action-packed thriller set amidst the black ops program Operation Treadstone. exploring both the origins of the infamous covert program, as well as connecting to present-day special ops, "Treadstone" follows the action across the globe -- from D.C. to Berlin to Paris and beyond. "Treadstone" turns its recruits around the world into nearly superhuman assassins using a secret behavior-modification protocol, creating sleeper agents who are mysteriously "awakening" to resume their dangerous missions.



Lovecraft Country (Season 1)

(2020)


10 Episodes • 1 hour

Drama/Fantasy/Horror

TV-MA Rating • HBO Max


Director: Misha Green

Starring: Jurnee Smollett,

Jonathan Majors


Based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.


Lovecraft Country is executive produced by showrunner Misha Green along with J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange, Daniel Sackheim, and David Knoller.




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