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Freeform Holiday Movies December 2018

Dig out your favorite Christmas sweaters and get ready for some serious holiday magic because Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas lineup is finally here!

Check out the schedule below to see all the best holiday content from Freeform, and while you’re waiting for December to roll around, don’t forget to watch Kickoff to Christmas.

Click here to view November movies.

Saturday, December 1

• 7am/6c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
• 9:05am/8:05c Home Alone 3
• 11:10am/10:10c I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
• 1:15pm/12:15c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 3:20pm/2:20c Christmas with the Kranks
• 5:25pm/4:25c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 7:35pm/6:35c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size

Sunday, December 2

• 7am/6c Home Alone 3
• 9am/8c Eight Crazy Nights
• 11am/10c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 1:05pm/12:05c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 2:35pm/1:35c Life-Size
• 4:40pm/3:40c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 6:20pm/5:20c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 9pm/8c Life-Size 2 (Network Television Premiere)
• 11pm/10c The Holiday

Monday, December 3

• 7am/6c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 8:30am/7:30c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 9am/8c The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
• 11am/10c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
• 12pm/11c The Truth About Christmas
• 2:10pm/1:10c The Holiday
• 5:25pm/4:25c Life-Size 2
• 7:25pm/6:25c The Santa Clause
• 9:30pm/8:30c Pop Up Santa Holiday Special (Freeform Premiere)
• 12am/11c The Family Stone

Tuesday, December 4

• 7am/6c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
• 8am/7c Pop Up Santa Holiday Special 
• 11:30am/10:30c Love the Coopers
• 2:05pm/1:05c The Family Stone 
• 4:10pm/3:10c This Christmas (Freeform Premiere)
• 6:50pm/5:50c The Santa Clause
• 8:55pm/7:55c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 12am/11c Home Alone 3

Wednesday, December 5

• 7am/6c I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
• 9am/8c Mickey’s Christmas Carol 
• 11am/10c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
• 12pm/11c Home Alone 3
• 2pm/1c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 4:05pm/3:05c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 5:10pm/4:10c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 6:50pm/5:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 8:55pm/7:55c Christmas with the Kranks
• 12am/11c I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

Thursday, December 6

• 7am/6c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
• 7:30am/6:30c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
• 12pm/11c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 
• 2:05pm/1:05c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 3:10pm/2:10c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 4:50pm/3:50c Christmas with the Kranks
• 6:55pm/5:55c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 
• 8:55pm/7:55c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2 
• 12am/11c Call Me Claus

Friday, December 7

• 7:30am/6:30c Jingle All the Way 2
• 11am/10c Call Me Claus
• 1:10pm/12:10c Unaccompanied Minors
• 3:15pm/2:15c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 
• 5:15pm/4:15c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2
• 7:20pm/6:20c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3
• 9:50pm/8:50c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 11:55pm/10:55c A Belle for Christmas (Freeform Premiere)

Saturday, December 8

• 7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
• 7:30am/6:30c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 8am/7c A Belle for Christmas
• 10:10am/9:10c Unaccompanied Minors 
• 12:15pm/11:15c Deck the Halls
• 2:20pm/1:20c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 4:25pm/3:25c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 5:30pm/4:30c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3
• 8pm/7c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic (Freeform Premiere)
• 9pm/8c The Santa Clause
• 11pm/10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 1am/12c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic

Sunday, December 9

• 7am/6c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 7:30am/6:30c Deck the Halls
• 9:30am/8:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 10:35am/9:35c Life-Size
• 12:40pm/11:40c Life-Size 2 
• 2:45pm/1:45c Christmas with the Kranks
• 4:50pm/3:50c The Santa Clause
• 6:55pm/5:55c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 9pm/8c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:35pm/10:35c Love the Coopers

Monday, December 10

• 7am/6c This Christmas
• 11am/10c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
• 12pm/11c Love the Coopers
• 2:35pm/1:35c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 
• 4:40pm/3:40c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 6:20pm/5:20c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 9pm/8c No Sleep ‘Til Christmas (Network Television Premiere)
• 12am/11c Holiday in Handcuffs

Tuesday, December 11

• 7am/6c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 7:30am/6:30c Unaccompanied Minors
• 11am/10c Pop Up Santa Holiday Special
• 12:35pm/11:35c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 2:40pm/1:40c The Nightmare Before Christmas 
• 4:20pm/3:20c Jingle All the Way 2
• 6:25pm/5:25c Ice Age: Continental Drift
• 8:30pm/7:30c Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo
• 12am/11c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Wednesday, December 12

• 7am/6c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
• 11:30am/10:30c Jingle All the Way 2
• 1:30pm/12:30c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 3pm/2c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 4:30pm/3:30c Ice Age: Continental Drift
• 6:30pm/5:30c Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo
• 9pm/8c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 12am/11c Call Me Claus

Thursday, December 13

• 7am/6c Call Me Claus
• 11am/10c No Sleep ‘Til Christmas
• 1:05pm/12:05c This Christmas
• 3:40pm/2:40c Holiday in Handcuffs
• 5:45pm/4:45c The Holiday
• 8:55pm/7:55c The Santa Clause
• 12am/11c Deck the Halls

Friday, December 14

• 7am/6c The Family Stone
• 11am/10c Angels Sing
• 1:05pm/12:05c The Mistle-tones
• 3:10pm/2:10c Christmas with the Kranks
• 5:15pm/4:15c Deck the Halls
• 7:20pm/6:20c The Santa Clause
• 9:25pm/8:25c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 11:30pm/10:30c The Family Stone

Saturday, December 15

• 7am/6c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
• 7:30am/6:30c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 9am/8c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 10:30am/9:30c Christmas with the Kranks
• 12:35pm/11:35c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 2:40pm/1:40c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story
• 4:40pm/3:40c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2
• 6:45pm/5:45c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3
• 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size 2

Sunday, December 16

• 7am/6c A Belle for Christmas
• 9am/8c Jingle All the Way 2
• 11am/10c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 12pm/11c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story
• 2pm/1c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2
• 4:05pm/3:05c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3
• 6:35pm/5:35c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 9:15pm/8:15c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
•11:20pm/10:20c A Miracle on Christmas Lake (Freeform Premiere)

Monday, December 17

• 7am/6c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
• 9am/8c Angels Sing
• 11am/10c Call Me Claus
• 1pm/12c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 3:05pm/2:05c Deck the Halls
• 5:10pm/4:10c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 7:15pm/6:15c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 8:55pm/7:55c Paddington
• 12am/11c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

Tuesday, December 18

• 7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
• 7:30am/6:30c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
• 8am/7c Call Me Claus
• 10am/9c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 11:35am/10:35c Paddington
• 1:35pm/12:35c Christmas with the Kranks
• 3:40pm/2:40c The Truth About Christmas
• 5:45pm/4:45c The Holiday
• 8:55pm/7:55c The Santa Clause
• 12am/11c 12 Dates of Christmas

Wednesday, December 19

• 7am/6c Snow
• 9am/8c Snow 2: Brain Freeze
• 11am/10c The Family Stone
• 1pm/12c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
• 2pm/1c The Holiday
• 5:05pm/4:05c The Santa Clause 
• 7:10pm/6:10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 9:15pm/8:15c Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles
• 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size

Thursday, December 20

• 7am/6c Pop Up Santa Holiday Special
• 8:30am/7:30c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 10am/9c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 11:30am/10:30c Life-Size
• 1:30pm/12:30c Life-Size 2
• 3:30pm/2:30c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 5:35pm/4:35c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 6:40pm/5:40c Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles
• 9:20pm/8:20c Ice Age: Continental Drift
• 11:25pm/10:25c Life-Size 2
• 1:30am/12:30c Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Friday, December 21

• 7am/6c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 8:30am/7:30c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 10am/9c The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special (Freeform Premiere)
• 10:30am/9:30c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 11am/10c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
• 11:30am/10:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 12:30pm/11:30c Love the Coopers
• 3pm/2c Ice Age: Continental Drift
• 5:05pm/4:05c The Santa Clause 
• 7:10pm/6:10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:55pm/10:55c No Sleep ‘Til Christmas

Saturday, December 22

• 7am/6c A Miracle on Christmas Lake
• 9:40am/8:40c The Santa Clause
• 11:50am/10:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 1:55pm/12:55c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot
• 2:25pm/1:25c Disney’s Prep & Landing
• 2:55pm/1:55c Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
• 3:25pm/2:25c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 5:05pm/4:05c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 7:45pm/6:45c The Santa Clause
• 9:50pm/8:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 11:55pm/10:55c Christmas with the Kranks

Sunday, December 23

• 7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
• 7:30am/6:30c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
• 9:40am/8:40c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 11:45am/10:45c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot
• 12:15pm/11:15c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 1:20pm/12:20c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 3pm/2c Christmas with the Kranks
• 5:05pm/4:05c The Santa Clause
• 7:10pm/6:10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size 2

Monday, December 24

• 7:30am/6:30c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 11am/10c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas 
• 12:30pm/11:30c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 2:05pm/1:05c Jingle All the Way 2
• 4:10pm/3:10c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 6:15pm/5:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 8:55pm/7:55c The Santa Clause
• 12am/11c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, December 25

• 7am/6c Disney’s Prep & Landing
• 7:30am/6:30c Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 
• 8am/7c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 11am/10c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 12:40pm/11:40c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 2:40pm/1:40c Christmas with the Kranks 
• 4:45pm/3:45c The Santa Clause
• 6:50pm/5:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 8:55pm/7:55c Disney’s The Lion King (1994) 
• 12am/11c Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

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November 18

Avatar picks unique names for four planned sequels

Avatar is a 20th Century Fox property, which means that it will soon be a Disney property. Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox already were collaborating with Disney as part of building a very real version of the movies as a totally immersive land at Walt Disney World.

There are at least four new Avatar films in the works. Lightstorm entertainment is filming multiple titles simultaneously to save costs. Now we’re learning the rumored titles for the next four Avatar movies. They’re pretty unique:

Avatar: The Way of Water
Avatar: The Seed Bearer
Avatar: The Tulkun Rider
Avatar: The Quest for Eywa

I think you can tell James Cameron is interested in telling some pretty unique stories from his world of Pandora. He’s spent years building up a mythology worthy of the box office numbers his initial Avatar film generated. Now he wants to tell the most interesting stories he can from that galaxy.

Cameron has, with the help of Disney’s Imagineers, already built some of that mythology into Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Hint Cameron has said the first sequel takes place largely in and around the ocean on Pandora.

Before Pandora – The World of Avatar opened, I think it was an open question if there were fans of Avatar like there were for Star Wars or Star Trek. Turns out there are plenty of them. They dress like Na’vi, learn to speak the language, collect memorabilia, and talk about what might be next for the franchise. In that way they’re very similar to Disney fans and will fit right in to the family.

We recently learned that a new logo for the Avatar movies will finally ditch the hated Papyrus font. Thanks for listening to your fans James!

Of the four new Avatar movies, The Way of Water is up first and will swim into theaters December 18, 2020.

Freeform Kickoff to Christmas Movies 2018


We have the lineup for Freeform’s Kickoff to Christmas movies for 2018. Check out their lineup for November below.

Freeform Kickoff to Christmas Movies 2018

Check your local carrier for channels and options.

Thursday, November 1

  • 5pm/4c Christmas with the Kranks
  • 7:10pm/6:10c The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 8:50pm/7:50c Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out
  • 12am/11c Snowglobe

Friday, November 2

  • 2:30pm/1:30c Christmas with the Kranks
  • 4:40pm/3:40c The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 6:20pm/5:20c Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out
  • 8:30pm/7:30c Disney’s Frozen
  • 12am/11c 12 Dates of Christmas

Saturday, November 3

  • 7am/6c Titanic (1997)
  • 11:30am/10:30c 12 Dates of Christmas
  • 1:35pm/12:35c The Holiday
  • 4:50pm/3:50c Disney’s Frozen
  • 7:20pm/6:20c Pitch Perfect
  • Freeform Premiere 10pm/9c Life-Size
  • 12am/11c Snow

Sunday, November 4

  • 7am/6c Sixteen Candles
  • 9:05am/8:05c Snow
  • 11:10am/10:10c The Holiday
  • 2:25pm/1:25c Life-Size
  • 4:30pm/3:30c Pitch Perfect
  • 7:10pm/6:10c Just Go With It
  • 9:50pm/8:50c Maleficent
  • 11:55pm/10:55c Sixteen Candles

Monday, November 5

  • 4pm/3c Just Go With It
  • 6:30pm/5:30c Maleficent
  • 8:30pm/7:30c Jumanji (1995)
  • 12am/11c Billy Madison

Tuesday, November 6

  • 3:30pm/2:30c Billy Madison
  • 5:30pm/4:30c Jumanji (1995)
  • 8pm/7c Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Freeform Premiere 12am/11c Angels Sing

Wednesday, November 7

  • 3:30pm/2:30c Angels Sing
  • 5:30pm/4:30c Mrs. Doubtfire
  • 8:30pm/7:30c Sweet Home Alabama
  • 12am/11c The Family Stone

Thursday, November 8

  • 3:30pm/2:30c The Family Stone
  • 6pm/5c Sweet Home Alabama
  • Freeform Premiere 8:30pm/7:30c Love the Coopers
  • 12am/11c Babe

Friday, November 9

  • 1pm/12c Babe
  • 3:05pm/2:05c Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
  • Freeform Premiere 5:10pm/4:10c Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • Freeform Premiere 7:15pm/6:15c Storks
  • 9:20pm/8:20c The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 12am/11c Beethoven

Saturday, November 10

  • 7am/6c Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
  • 9:10am/8:10c Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • 11:15am/10:15c Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • 1:20pm/12:20c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
  • 3:25pm/2:25c Storks
  • 5:30pm/4:30c Disney’s Meet the Robinsons
  • 7:35pm/6:35c The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Freeform Premiere 11:55pm/10:55c Call Me Claus

Sunday, November 11

  • 7am/6c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
  • 8am/7c Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • 10:10am/9:10c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
  • 12:20pm/11:20c Call Me Claus
  • 2:25pm/1:25c Disney’s Meet the Robinsons
  • 4:30pm/3:30c Deck the Halls
  • 6:35pm/5:35c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • 9:15pm/8:15c Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles
  • Network Television Premiere 11:55pm/10:55c Norm of the North

Monday, November 12

  • 11pm/10c Beethoven
  • 1pm/12c Mrs. Doubtfire
  • 4pm/3c Norm of the North
  • 6:10pm/5:10c Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles
  • Freeform Premiere 8:50pm/7:50c Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • 12am/11c Dennis the Menace (1993)

Tuesday, November 13

  • 4:30pm/3:30c Dennis the Menace (1993)
  • 6:40pm/5:40c Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • 8:50pm/7:50c Despicable Me
  • 12am/11c I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

Wednesday, November 14

  • 4:30pm/3:30c I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
  • 6:40pm/5:40c Despicable Me
  • 8:50pm/7:50c Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur
  • 12am/11c Daddy Day Care

Thursday, November 15

  • 4pm/3c Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur
  • 6pm/5c Deck the Halls
  • 8pm/7c Mrs. Doubtfire
  • 12am/11c A Cinderella Story

Friday, November 16

  • 4pm/3c Deck the Halls
  • 6pm/5c Mrs. Doubtfire
  • 9pm/8c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story
  • 12am/11c Boxtrolls

Saturday, November 17

  • 7am/6c Race for Your Life Charlie Brown
  • 8:35am/7:35c Bon Voyage Charlie Brown
  • 10:10am/9:10c Little Giants
  • 12:45pm/11:45c Christmas with the Kranks
  • 2:50pm/1:50c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story
  • 4:50pm/3:50c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2
  • 6:55pm/5:55c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3
  • 9:25pm/8:25c Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph
  • 11:30pm/10:30c Jumanji (1995)

Sunday, November 18

  • 7am/6c Little Giants
  • 9:35am/8:35c Christmas with the Kranks
  • 11:40am/10:40c Jumanji (1995)
  • 2:15pm/1:15c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2
  • 4:20pm/3:20c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3
  • 6:50pm/5:50c Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph
  • 8:55pm/7:55c Disney’s The Lion King (1994)
  • 11pm/10c Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride
  • 1am/12c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

Monday, November 19

  • 2:30pm/1:30c Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride
  • 4:30pm/3:30c Storks
  • 6:30pm/5:30c Disney’s The Lion King (1994)
  • 8:30pm/7:30c Cinderella (2015) (Live Action)
  • 12am/11c Sixteen Candles

Tuesday, November 20

  • 12pm/11c Sixteen Candles
  • 2pm/1c Titanic (1997)
  • 6:30pm/5:30c Cinderella (2015) (Live Action)
  • 9pm/8c Disney•Pixar’s Brave
  • 12am/11c Uncle Buck

Wednesday, November 21

  • 11:30am/10:30c Uncle Buck
  • 1:30pm/12:30c Mrs. Doubtfire
  • 4:30pm/3:30c Disney’s Mulan
  • 6:30pm/5:30c Disney•Pixar’s Brave
  • 8:30pm/7:30c Disney’s Zootopia
  • 12am/11c Happy Gilmore

Thursday, November 22

  • 7:30am/6:30c Happy Gilmore
  • 11am/10c Mrs. Doubtfire
  • 2pm/1c Disney’s Mulan
  • 4pm/3c Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • 6pm/5c Disney’s Zootopia
  • 8:30pm/7:30c Disney•Pixar’s Ratatouille
  • 12am/11c The Lego Movie

Friday, November 23

  • 7:30am/6:30c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
  • 11am/10c The Lego Movie
  • 1:30pm/12:30c Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • 3:30pm/2:30c Jumanji (1995)
  • 6pm/5c Disney•Pixar’s Ratatouille
  • 8:30pm/7:30c Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo
  • 12am/11c Call Me Claus

Saturday, November 24

  • 7am/6c Bon Voyage Charlie Brown
  • Freeform Premiere 8:30am/7:30c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
  • 10:30am/9:30c Jumanji (1995)
  • 1:05pm/12:05c Disney’s Tarzan
  • 3:10pm/2:10c Despicable Me
  • 5:15pm/4:15c Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo
  • Double Feature 7:45pm/6:45c The Santa Clause
  • 9:50pm/8:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size

Sunday, November 25

  • 7am/6c Yogi Bear
  • 8:35am/7:35c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
  • 10:35am/9:35c Disney’s Tarzan
  • 12:40pm/11:40c Despicable Me
  • 2:45pm/1:45c Life-Size
  • Double Feature 4:50pm/3:50c The Santa Clause
  • 6:55pm/5:55c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Network Television Premiere 9pm/8c The Truth About Christmas
  • 11pm/10c Mrs. Doubtfire

Monday, November 26

  • 12pm/11c The Truth About Christmas
  • 2:05pm/1:05c Mrs. Doubtfire
  • 5:10pm/4:10c Disney’s Meet the Robinsons
  • 7:15pm/6:15c The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Network Television Premiere 8.55pm/7:55c Paddington
  • 12am/11c Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Tuesday, 27 November

  • 1pm/12c Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  • 3pm/2c Disney’s Meet the Robinsons
  • 5:05pm/4:05c The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 6:45pm/5:45c Paddington
  • 8:50pm/7:50c Despicable Me
  • 12am/11c Eight Crazy Nights

Wednesday, November 28

  • 12pm/11c Eight Crazy Nights
  • 2pm/1c Unaccompanied Minors
  • 4:10pm/3:10c Jumanji (1995)
  • 6:40pm/5:40c Despicable Me
  • 8:50pm/7:50c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • 12am/11c Unaccompanied Minors

Thursday, November 29

  • 1pm/12c Jumanji (1995)
  • 3:30pm/2:30c The Holiday
  • 6:40pm/5:40c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • 8:50pm/7:50c The Santa Clause
  • Freeform Premiere 12am/11c Jingle All the Way 2

Friday, November 30

  • 1:30pm/12:30c The Holiday
  • 4:35pm/3:35c Christmas with the Kranks
  • Double Feature 6:40pm/5:40c The Santa Clause
  • 8:50pm/7:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • 12am/11c I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

‘Halloween’ Ultimately Slashes Itself, Jamie Lee Curtis Kicks Ass

Grade: B-
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Screenplay By: David Gordon Green, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
Rated R for horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use and nudity.
Running Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes

For fans of John Carpenter’s original Halloween from 1978, the 2018 version gave plenty of reason for excitement. Carpenter overseeing the film as an executive producer. Jamie Lee Curtis set to return as Laurie Strode. And Universal Pictures tapping a talented director in David Gordon Green (Stronger, Pineapple Express) to helm the project.

If you’re a Halloween faithful, or if you just enjoy a solid slasher flick during spooky season, you should be buying your tickets.

The 2018 Halloween offers many of the same qualities that made the original a hit: A simple premise, camera techniques that are designed for suspense and a strong performance from its lead. Taking place many years ahead in the timeline, Laurie Strode is living in secure isolation. We’re keyed in to the details that led to her distancing herself from her family. Her fight for survival with infamous murderer Michael Meyers years ago has heavily impacted her life. She rigorously trained her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) to be prepared in case she found herself in a similar scenario. The intense preparation isolated Karen, who would end up being taken away by Child Protective Services. As an adult, Karen now has her own daughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), and while they are both still connected to Laurie, their relationships with her are rocky at best. To them, she’s just crazy old Grandma Laurie.

But one of the greatest aspects of the film – and one that perhaps didn’t get all of the attention it deserved – is its own view of Laurie. To the film, she’s a survivor. She’s someone who experienced a traumatic event years ago whose current behavior is unusual, yes, but not irrational. Halloween makes an effort to deconstruct how people view victims of trauma, showing Laurie to be very reasonable in her actions and fears while others see her as crazy. Her focus, however, is doing whatever it takes to ensure that her daughter and granddaughter survive when Michael Meyers escapes yet another psychiatric hospital. You’d think they’d keep a closer eye on this dude.

Nevertheless, we must have a movie, so Michael’s gotta break free once again. Once he’s let loose in the suburbs of the fictional Haddonfield, Illinois, it’s not long before the killing spree begins. And with brutality. From there, we’re pretty much going through the motions. People are stabbed, stalked, slammed repeatedly against walls…whatever gets the job done for our returning serial killer psychopath. Green does an excellent job of setting up the scares in suspenseful ways. We get shots through windows and reflective surfaces to make us feel like we aren’t entirely sure that what we’re seeing is right in front of us, or if the threat lurks elsewhere. Green also does a better job of covering Michael Meyers’ lack of spatial logic, which was corny at best in 1978 and would certainly look silly in a 2018 movie.

The second act essentially follows the murder-stalk-murder pattern, and the screenplay, written by Green, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, offers a surprising amount of laughs to be had along the way. You get the sense that perhaps Halloween just wants to be a lighthearted slasher thrill-fest, which for me, didn’t jell smoothly with the more serious-leaning themes about trauma and survival discussed earlier. It may have been a much stronger film had it maintained that tone throughout.

Regardless, Green and his team occupy a well-paced hour and 40 minutes with satisfying frights and a killer third act that sees three generations of women uniting against their tormentor. Jamie Lee Curtis kicks ass, and Halloween proves itself a franchise worth revisiting.

‘A Star Is Born’ Love Story Rock Epic

Soaring into Theatres: October 5, 2018
Running Time: 2 hour and 16 minutes
Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse
Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters
Produced & Directed by Bradley Cooper
Grade: A++

“Hey, I just want to take another look at you” Jackson Maine

 I experienced A Star is Born in a Dolby Theatre before the October 5 release. It might be categorized as a musical drama category, but it is at its core a love story and a rock epic.

I can’t stop thinking about this film. In his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper delivers a career-best performance as Jackson Maine, a rock superstar with a substance abuse problem.  His portrayal of Jackson is raw and poignant. The film opens with Jackson on stage singing “Black Eyes”.  Maine’s band, Promise of the Real, is led by Lukas Nelson (Willie’s son). I never knew that Bradley Cooper was such a talented guitarist. He easily masters the guitar and vocals with skill. I truly felt like I was on stage experiencing this amazing performance and not watching it in a theatre.

Before Sam Elliott appeared on screen as Jackson’s older brother Bobby, I was thinking how much like him Cooper sounded.  It was like he was channeling that deep and resonant voice.

The next scene shows Jackson with a nearly empty bottle of booze.  He wants more so he directs his driver, Wolfe, to pull over when he spots a bar.  He staggers inside and orders a drink.  He is so far gone that he does not realize or care that it is a drag bar – until he hears Ally.  She is the only woman allowed to sing on the queens’ stage.  Her performance wakes Jackson out of his drunken stupor. He is clearly entranced with her. The next few scenes are sweet and charming as they get to know each other sitting in a parking lot of the Super A Foods.

“How you say it is the stuff of angels” Jackson

As dawn goes down to day, Jackson flies off to the next show, but not before begging Ally to join him.  She refuses, but does not stop thinking about him.  Ally’s dad Lorenzo informs her that Jackson’s driver Wolfe is outside their house, waiting to take her to the concert.  She tells him no and heads to work.  As she walks in with her friend Ramon, her supervisor yells at her for being late.  That was a pivotal moment for Ally. She had enough. She grabbed her bag and Ramon and they jumped in the car and headed to the airport where a private jet was waiting to whisk them off to the show.

The moment Jackson starts singing Shallows blew me away.  I heard it before when I watched the trailer, but feeling it surround me in the dark was something totally different.  Seeing Cooper and Gaga together on stage as Jackson and Ally was electrifying.  This film is a masterpiece that will transcend the generations.  Cooper and Gaga are brilliant and their sound is amazing. I can’t stop hearing their soulful message of love over and over in my head.

As Jackson grapples with his addiction and tinnitus, Ally is discovered by music producer Rez. As her star continues to rise, his falls, but their love holds them together.

Principal photography began in April 2017 at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California.  Director of photography Matthew Libatique (Black Swan, Venom and Iron Man) also filmed at Glastonbury and Stagecoach.  He did a remarkable job with the cinematography.  He captured the tender moments between the stars and really showcased their talents.

This film is so full of heart.  It makes you want to be in love and to be loved like Jackson loves Ally and Ally loves Jackson.

I just can’t say enough about Bradley Cooper’s extraordinary talent, not only as an actor and musician, but as a writer and director.  This film is bound to be a favorite this awards season.  Cooper’s reinvention of A Star Is Born soars and is sure to be triumphant at the box office.  It will appeal to adult audiences of all ages. ~ A.S. MacLeod

“I will always remember us this way”

Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine
Lady Gaga as Ally
Sam Elliot as Bobby Maine
Dave Chappelle as Noodles
Anthony Ramos as Ramon
Bonnie Somerville as Sally Cummings
Andrew Dice Clay as Lorenzo
Rafi Gavron as Rez
Michael Harney as Wolfe

Kevin Hart delivers in ‘Night School’

Release Date: September 28, 2018
Running Time: 1 hour and 51 minutes
Grade B-
Rated PG-13
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee

“You are one big mixed drink of learning opportunities”

Teddy Walker drops out of Piedmont High School in his senior year due to his inability to take tests. Due to his intense charisma, he does well in life as a salesman at Joe’s BBQ City. So well that Joe tells Teddy that he plans on giving the store to him when he retires. Somehow he convinces his girlfriend, Lisa, that he has more financial security than he really does. So with the impending promotion, he gathers the nerve to propose to her, but he inadvertantly sets Joe’s BBQ City on fire. As a result, Joe takes the insurance money and proceeds to his retirement leaving Teddy unemployed. Teddy’s friend, Marvin, tells him that he would love to have Teddy’s sales skills as a financial analyst in his firm, but his boss won’t let him hire a high school drop-out.

In an effort to get the job, Teddy goes to Night School to get his GED. Surrounded by fellow students who all have various reasons for getting their GEDs, Teddy still struggles with classwork. He thinks that the only way to get through the semester is to steal the mid-term test. After being caught by his teacher, Carrie, he drops out of Night School to focus on his job at Christian Chicken. Carrie agrees to let him rejoin the class as long as he takes disability tests to find out why he struggles so much. When she finds out that he has dyslexia, dyscalculi, and a processing disorder. Undaunted by the tremendous challenge, Carrie gets creative in teaching Teddy so that he can get his GED and the woman of his dreams.

Are you trying to get your GED?

Just when I thought that the Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson (Central Intelligence) duo was the best combination for comedic magic, along comes Tiffany Haddish to break the glass ceiling. I loved Tiffany Haddish in Keanu and was thrilled when I heard that she had teamed up with Kevin Hart. I walked into the screening thinking that this was going to be another one of Kevin Hart’s funny movies, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw, in addition to Tiffany Haddish, that he was surrounded by a very talented cast. Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street), Taran Killam (The Heat), Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), and Anne Winters (Sand Castles) had me laughing so hard that I thought that I might fall out of my seat. Malco’s introduction to the class was priceless along with Rajskub’s scene where she was diverting Killam’s attention during the mid-term test heist was hilarious. Rob Riggle’s humor was sprinkled thoughout making me chuckle with each scene that he was in.

The plot, although a little unbelievable, was derived by six writers, including Kevin Hart. The story itself, however far fetched, works because the cast delivers its incredibly funny lines with impeccable timing, facial expressions, and the expertise of seasoned professionals. Overall, I laughed 10 times the amount that I thought that I would and have been highly recommending the film to everyone that will listen to me. I know that I’m not alone because the audience that screened the film with me all walked out of the theater with positive things to say about their experience as well. Please give this one a chance. You may not need a GED, but I promise that you will be schooled! ~Movie Buffette

Kevin Hart as Teddy Walker
Tiffany Haddish as Carrie
Megalyn Echikunwoke as Lisa
Ben Schwartz as Marvin
Taran Killam as Stewart
Rob Riggle as Mackenzie
Romany Malco as Jaylen
Mary Lynn Rajskub as Theresa
Ann Winters as Mila
Fat Joe as Bobby
and Keith David as Gerald Walker

HHN2018: Halloween Horror Nights is Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space Scare Zone

The world’s premier Halloween event, Halloween Horror Nights, is now open at Universal Orlando Resort – with more haunted houses and scares than ever before.

With a total of 36 record-breaking nights through November 3, Halloween Horror Nights 2018 will be the most intense event in history. Cinematic greats, slasher films, cult classics and original nightmares inspired by the past will come to life as guests face 10 disturbingly-real haunted houses, five scare zones and one powerhouse live show.

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Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers Haunted House

Guests will:

  • Find themselves in the Upside Down where they will come face-to-face with the predatory Demogorgon from Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things”
  • Be transported to the suburban town of Haddonfield, Illinois where the infamous slasher Michael Myers is hungry for revenge in “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • Fend off malevolent spirits in the Freeling house as they cross into the “light” in Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s (MGM) iconic supernatural horror film “Poltergeist
  • Live by the rules or suffer the consequences as Sam – the spirit of the Halloween – readies to punish those who break the dark holiday’s traditions in Legendary Pictures’ cult classic “Trick ‘r Treat, from producer Michael Dougherty
  • Live the horrors of two terrifying films by Jason Blum – Happy Death Day and The First Purge– in “The Horrors of Blumhouse
  • Scream their way through five spine-chilling original haunted houses created by the twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team, including “Dead Exposure: Patient Zero,” “Slaughter Sinema,” “Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces,” “Seeds of Extinction” and “ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After
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Vamp 85 New Year’s Eve Scare Zone

And it doesn’t stop there. Menacing scareactors in five highly-themed scare zones will invade the streets of Universal Studios Florida, two of which are based on classic ‘80s horror icons – MGM’s“Killer Klowns from Outer Space”  and “Revenge of Chucky” – as well as three original concepts – “Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve,” “The Harvest” and “Twisted Tradition.”

Plus, Academy of Villains returns for its third consecutive year with an all-new show combining dance, acrobatics and theatrics in “Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk” – featuring a new storyline that tests humanity against technology.

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Netflix’s Sci-Fi Thriller Comes to Life at Halloween Horror Nights

For the first time ever, Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at their Halloween Horror Nights events. Each park will feature its very own maze that will give guests the chance to brave the Upside Down and encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

Guests will encounter eerily-authentic environments including the Byers’ living room adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights, Hawkins National Laboratory in the Upside Down, Will’s makeshift fort called Castle Byers and more.

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The Horrors of Blumhouse Bringing New Chapters of Frightening Films to Life from Leading Producer of Horror Jason Blum’s Blockbuster Movies

“The Horrors of Blumhouse” makes an encore performance at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, bringing leading producer of horror Jason Blum’s blockbusters to life in all-new mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 14.

Partnering with the creative minds at Blumhouse Productions (Get Out, Insidious, Split), Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will unleash a series of Blum’s most terrifying films at the nation’s most intense and immersive Halloween events.

At Universal Orlando Resort, “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze will bring guests face-to-face with the most gruesome scenes from the déjà vu thriller Happy Death Day, as well as from The First Purge, the newly-released prequel to The Purge series. In Happy Death Day, guests will be transported to the film’s college town, where they will be forced to relive the last day of a student’s life over and over again…until she breaks the murderous cycle. Then, in The First Purge, guests will run for their lives as menacing citizens from the film hunt them as part of the first barbaric government experiment where all crime is declared legal for 12 hours.

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Trick ‘r Treat

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will bring Legendary Pictures’ cult Halloween classic Trick ‘r Treat to life in all-new Halloween Horror Nights mazes that dare guests to live by the rules or suffer the consequences. Guests will meander through Mr. Kreeg’s infamous house, watch as college students viciously transform to bloodthirsty werewolves and dismember the town, and come face-to-face with Sam – an evil Halloween spirit who readies to punish rule-breakers.

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Carnival Graveyard Rust in Pieces Haunted House

Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces

As guests trespass into a dilapidated carnival, they will find a maze of decayed rides and games – and soon discover they are not alone. Horrifying guard dogs, a grotesque ‘tunnel of love’, gleefully vicious performers loaded with deadly weapons fabricated from old rides and more will stalk guests’ every move as they try their best to escape Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces.

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ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After

The twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team are bringing back a fan-favorite with a whole new twist in ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After. Guests will encounter The Wicked Witch of the West, who has seized control of the fairytale realm and is tormenting treasured storybook characters in hideous and cruel alternate storylines. As guests venture through this nightmarish bedtime story, they’ll see familiar characters now turned evil including Hansel and Gretel salivating for human flesh, a splattered Humpty Dumpty and more.

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Slaughter Sinema

Slaughter Sinema

In the haunted house, guests will enter a decrepit drive-in movie theater and jump through the screens of original storylines filled with monsters and nightmares inspired by 80s horror B-movies. They will come face-to-face with terrifying creatures with razor-sharp teeth in Midnight Snacks 2: The House Swarming; deadly werewolf bikers in Devil Dogs; a lethal barber in Barber Chop and more.

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Poltergeist Haunted House

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. All tickets and vacation packages are now on sale.

JULIET, NAKED – movie review

Release Date: August 17, 2018
Running Time: 1 hour and 38 minutes
Rated R for language
Grade: B+
Directed By: Jesse Peretz
Written by: Evgenia Peretz and Jim Taylor & Tamara Jenkins
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby

Rose Byrne as Annie
Ethan Hawke as Tucker Crowe
Chris O’Dowd as Duncan
Azhy Robertson as Jackson Crowe
Ayoola Smart as Lizzie Crowe
Denise Gough as Gina

A comic account of life’s second chances.
Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances.

Juliet, Naked is a delightful romantic comedy set in a small English seaside town. The film stars Rose Byrne (Spy, Bridesmaids), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Molly’s Game) and multiple Academy Award nominated actor Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Dead Poets Society).

Prior to screening the film, I had not viewed the trailer or read anything about it. Juliet, Naked was a joy to watch. I thought it was charming and I really enjoyed the storyline. The film is relatable because it examines the relationships between parents and children, siblings, a rocker and an ardent fan, along with friends and lovers.

Director Jesse Peretz is mostly known for his television work and a few small films. In his feature film debut, he delivers a film that explores relationships, dreams and second chances. Juliet, Naked is a gem just waiting to be enjoyed by audiences.

The opening scene with Chris O’Dowd as Duncan, the fervent fan of a reclusive musician (Ethan Hawke) who vanished in the middle of a tour is hilarious. I loved the narrative. O’Dowd is perfectly cast for this role. He nailed it. Rose Byrne was fantastic as Annie. She captures the essence of her character – a woman who for many years has been in a relationship with Duncan who appears to care more for the lost rocker than he does his own girlfriend.

Duncan is so self-absorbed in his quest to find out what happened to Crowe 20 years ago that he does not focus on his relationship with Annie. The turning point occurs with the arrival of a CD in the mail of Crowe’s last album Juliet. Duncan is overjoyed and pens a review on his blog that praises the album. Annie, who usually looks the other way, decides to take action and writes a critical review of the demo.

Her actions open a door to a friendship with the rocker himself. Ethan Hawke was superb as the rocker Tucker Crowe. He portrayed a man who was trying to make things right after years of messing them up. It was sweet to watch the friendship develop between Tucker and Annie. The addition of Azhy as Tucker’s son Jackson created a meaningful layer that added depth to the film.

Director of photography Remi Adefarasin did a wonderful job with the landscapes, close ups and use of natural light. I loved his work in Me Before You and Elizabeth and look forward to his next foray.

Juliet, Naked opens Friday, September 7 at AMC Orange Park 24, Regal Beach Boulevard 18 and Epic Village St. Augustine 16. ~ Leigh Ann Rassler

It Starts Here: 2018 Jacksonville Film Festival Films Announced

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The Jacksonville community will get to experience a variety of films September 14 and 15. The Film Festival will start with a red carpet event Friday, September 14 at 6:15 p.m. After the red carpet, JFF will start with the heartwarming documentary block, “HEART YOUR DOCS.” Following the short documentaries, JFF will screen the world premiere of Demetrius Wren’s feature film, Rehabilitation of the Hill. Mr. Wren will be in attendance for a Q&A following the 90 minute feature narrative about the cultural damages of gentrification.

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“I’m really excited to show Jacksonville this collection of films. I think this program brings the festival back with a bang,” said Tim Driscoll, Program Director of 2018 Jacksonville Film Festival.

Saturday is packed with movies! The evening starts with an opening short film followed by a feature film. There will then be a red-carpet event followed by two short film blocks — HOME & ABROAD and UTTERLY MACABRE (viewer discretion advised.) There will be a 15 minute break in between the film blocks.

“We can’t wait to present the 2018 Jacksonville Film Festival to our beautiful city. We are excited about the direction this city is taking when it comes to art and film.” said Niki Logoreci, Festival Director of 2018 Jacksonville Film Festival.

IT STARTS HERE: The mission of the Jacksonville Film Festival is to celebrate motion pictures by discovering and showcasing new talent. We aim to rejuvenate the film industry in Jacksonville by creating an atmosphere that immerses the filmmakers with their audience and community.

“The design, in concept, is the river city combined with an camera aperture. The ripples are representative of the aperture of a camera lense, distorted by and seen through the water of river. The flow emanates from the center of the ripples, acting as it’s epicenter, setting a defined starting point, ‘It All Starts Here,’” said, Dane deRiesthal, who designed the poster.



Films Start at 7:15PM


  • Peace of Heart – US – Director: Josh Hansbrough (12 minutes)

    • A non-verbal girl with Autism hasn’t communicated with her family in 18 years; but technology and society’s new perspective on her condition may change that, and the face of Autism forever.

  • Gift of Wings – US – Director: Ted Snow (8 minutes)

    • This short documentary profiles the human side of aerobatic pilots, the never-ending chase to be the best pilot you can be, and the friends you make in the process.

  • How Much I love you – US – Director: Ashley Kramer (5 minutes)

    • In a time when immigration is a highly debated topic, How Much I Love You shares the life of Polish immigrant and single mother, Diane Ostrega. Her daughter expresses how much she loves her mother by sharing her story and life lessons she instilled in her.

  • My Paintbrush Bites – US – Director: Joel Pincosy (16 minutes)

    • A man battling reclusion and a racehorse on the brink of death save each other in unexpected ways.


  • Rehabilitation of the Hill – US – Director: Demetrius Wren (90 minutes)

    • Pittsburgh’s Historic Hill District is next in line for a full scale gentrification project. Kelly Saikaly, a local Hill District Resident and activist is ready to chain herself to the construction equipment in order to stop folks from taking away her neighborhood and kicking out the residents for new upscale condos. She meets a girl, Gwen Livingston, who she feels sees it the same as she does, as they make a bond of friendship and perhaps even love. But that’s later betrayed when learns that Gwen is the daughter of the original station that is ready to buy up everything.



  • True Justice – US – Director: Scott Lowery (4 minutes)

    • What is justice? And is there such a thing as fair justice?

    • The Dirty Kind – US – Director: Vilan Trub (84 minutes)

      • Raymond, a young private investigator specializing in divorce, gets too ambitious and takes a case that involves more than just snapping pictures of cheating couples.


  • Falling South – US- Director: Lorraine Portman (39 minutes)

    • Charlotte puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from the life she has known. She has never been on her own and doesn’t know if she’ll make it as her resources are stripped away. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life.

  • Mister Biscuits – United Kingdom – Director: Tom Lavinge (8 minutes)

    • John agrees to look after his friend’s house for the weekend, but is in for a surprise when he’s introduced to her beloved pet Mister Biscuits. Hilarity ensues.

  • Domestic Policy – United Kingdom – Director: Alicia McDonald (7 minutes)

    • In 1919, a tea lady eavesdrops on a top-secret government meeting called to solve the latest, gravest problem facing the British Empire… A satirical comedy which wryly suggests that today’s obsession with female appearance was borne out of one official government meeting.

  • 8328 – Canada – Director: Marc-Andre Girard (5 minutes)

    • 8328 is about an unexpected encounter between young Hugo and Raymond, to whom life has given few gifts- except a few wooden carvings.

  • 15 minute break

UTTERLY MACABRE – (viewer discretion advised)

  • We Summoned A Demon – US – Director: Chris McInroy (6 minutes)

    • They Just wanted to be cool. Instead they got a denom.

  • My Monster – US – Director: Izzy Lee (7 minutes)

    • Christmas is coming. If that’s not stressful enough, Lily has to contend with a clueless partner and an unexpected, interdimensional holiday guest who just wants two things — blood and cuddles.

  • Imitations – US – Director: Connor Dolby (5 minutes)

    • A captured man desperately needs to escape before his time runs out.

  • CELL – United Kingdom – Director: Paul Holbrook (10 minutes)

    • A cowardly deserter is captured during WWII and awakens in a strange underground cell, alongside a mysterious female prisoner. The pair are forced to take part in a cruel psychological experiment to earn their freedom, where all is not what it seems.

  • Earworm – US – Director: Tara Price

    • Oh, the things that get stuck in our heads. When a reclusive man is repeatedly woken up over the course of a night by severe headaches, accompanied by musical repetition from an unknown source, his sanity begins to swiftly unravel.

  • Lullaby – US – Director: Randy Valdes (6 minutes)
    • Gwen (Elaine del Valle) comes home after a long workday expecting to find her daughter and her mother. They’re not home but something else is and Gwen fears it has taken her daughter captive. She must fight her terrifying fear of the unknown to rescue her little girl.

  • Survivor Type – US – Director: Billy Hanson (30 minutes)

    • A disgraced surgeon stranded on a deserted island with no food and only a handful of supplies must go to great lengths to stay alive for a rescue that may never come. Based on the short story by Stephen King.

  • Great Choice – US – Director: Robin Comisar (7 minutes)

    • A woman gets trapped in a Red Lobster commercial.

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Mockumentary “Lemoncurd” one to watch on the web


An original webseries created by Jacksonville writer Laura Mauldin is cooking up some big laughs. “Lemoncurd” is a mockumentary that follows southern housewife Virginia Lemoncurd in her pursuit of her own daytime cooking show. Each episode involves Virginia Lemoncurd doing her best to share her favorite family recipes.

“So many people think that creating a show is easy. Virginia certainly does at first. Especially cooking shows, they just make everything look so idyllic and breezy,” says Mauldin. “When you actually dive into what it takes to create a show, even with our short episodes, you come across a mountain of issues and hurdles to jump. As we are experiencing these things in real life, our characters are as well. The message? This is all a lot harder than it looks.”

The pilot episode “Meatloaf” introduces audiences to the charmingly awkward Virginia, her  husband Duke played by local stage veteran Josh Waller, and the family cat Beyonce who makes a less than enthusiastic cameo. “People like a cat, Duke. It’s homey,” Virginia says after Duke warns her to quit picking up Beyonce when she’s cooking.

Tired of filming and anxious to go “hunting,” Duke hires a camera crew to step in and take over the shoot. James F. Webb III is the camera man who captures more than he bargained for in the Lemoncurd household, with behind-the scenes moments that reveal storylines and secrets.

“I think Virginia’s character speaks to anybody who has ever wanted to break out of their shell but simply didn’t know how. Virginia is restless, bored, and lonely. She sees everyone else in her life pursuing hobbies and fulfilling dreams, yet she’s stuck in this domestic monotony. She sees the need for change in her life,” remarks Mauldin.

“I’m sure a lot of our audience have experienced those points in their own lives where they can identify with that feeling. I think people like Virginia because she’s such an underdog. It makes you wanna root for her. Virginia would like to believe that her target audience is anybody who wants to make good meatloaf. In reality, her target audience are people who are getting a real kick out of seeing her try so hard.”

Mauldin was inspired by her family and her own love of cooking and cooking shows when developing the prototype for Virginia Lemoncurd. “My grandma was a good southern cook, and so is my mom, so they are definitely inspirations because I grew up watching them prepare meals for our family. The actual idea for the character of Virginia came to me several years ago,” says Mauldin.

“At the time, I was living with a couple roommates, and I would often make dinner for all of us. I made this goofy Snapchat video where I pretended to be a bored, desperate housewife with lipstick on her teeth trying to get her uninterested husband’s attention by preparing a special meal. I saved the video and showed a few people and everybody seemed to think it was really funny. I eventually showed the video to Abigail Saenz, who is currently a producer for “Lemoncurd,” and she told me I needed to write the character into a script. That’s when I decided to write this webseries pilot.”

The concept initially caught the attention of a group of local filmmakers who approached Mauldin four years ago about turning the pilot script into a series. After a couple production meetings, the team relocated for work, and the project fell by the wayside. Saenz had a copy of the script and refused to let it die. She sent the script to local filmmaker Drew Brown, who contacted Mauldin the next day about reviving the project.

“When Drew contacted me after reading the pilot script, I felt like the project had been reinvigorated. We met to speak about the project at length, and he just felt like the right director, the right guy to put my characters on camera. He totally understood the humor, and we seemed to be on the exact same page when it came to our vision for the series. I was very familiar with Drew’s work and was completely flattered that he wanted to take on my project,” she says.

“Drew approaches everything with such passion and focus, and you absolutely see that in his work. He’s an actor, director, filmmaker–he does it all–so he’s fantastic at conducting what’s going on both in front of and behind the camera. He’s also kind, patient, professional, and just an all-around brilliant human, so its a dream and a pleasure to work with him,” says Mauldin.

Mauldin wrote the part of Duke specifically for Waller. His character was originally slated to appear in just two episodes, but she ended up writing him into nearly show after his performance in the pilot episode. “Josh has been there from the beginning. His performance is so nuanced and funny; I love watching him play that part,” she says, “All the actors in our series are people that I’ve either seen perform in local productions or have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with, so I’ve definitely tailored a lot of the characters to fit their individual talents. The talent that we have working both on and off camera is so stellar. I’m gobsmacked that they all wholeheartedly agreed to be a part of this.”

With a limited budget, “Lemoncurd” relies on the support of the creative community of local filmmakers and actors. Mauldin, Brown, and Saenz meet ahead of each episode to coordinate budget, props, wardrobe, script changes, and rehearsals. They set about buying, ordering, borrowing, or sending Mauldin’s mom out for last minute provisions. “I also try to keep budget in mind when I’m writing. There’s a reason that Virginia never makes filet mignon,” says Mauldin.

With the first two episodes under their belt, the team is hoping expand their reach with a six-episode series package to showcase at film festivals and other events. The team was recently Best Tech Crew, Writing, Actress, Acting Ensemble, Directing, Best Film, and the Audience Choice at the LOL JAX Film Festival held at Sun-Ray Cinema.  

Utilizing a digital platform allows the team to create inexpensive content in snack-size portions to give audiences a taste of what they could accomplish given a bigger budget. A Go Fund Me campaign is raising funds to finish the first season with the hopes of a second season.

“Our stratosphere goals are that it gets the attention of some reputable streaming service and gets picked up for a series, but I think we mostly just want enough money to make a second season,” says Mauldin. “We’ve used these episodes so far to introduce all these characters and showcase their lives, and now we want a place for them to grow. I sincerely hope we get the chance to make that happen. “

‘I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday’ Experience From the Jacksonville Film Festival

The Jacksonville Film Festival seems like it’s starting to make a modest comeback, screening such films as Durden Godfrey’s I am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. The film fest is largely defunct, but the non-profit under that name is looking to hold screenings throughout the year.

Durden Godfrey is a Jacksonville director, working with Jacksonville talent and shooting in Jacksonville. He’s known for his music videos and slasher type films. This film is less straightforward, more of a psychological thriller with slasher elements.

The crowd that came out was a mixed one both in dress and attitude: Bikers in evening wear, hipsters with skinny jeans and suspenders, women in full length red-carpet worthy gowns and sequins, a teen in a Harry Potter t-shirt, a few goth horror followers, ripped jeans and high heels, affable good ole’ boys in cowboy hats and boots, men in sharp black suits, men in colorful sport coats, men in dad jeans and golf shirts, and a mix of styles and people from glam to Florida casual.

Out in the reception area, folks snapped selfies for social media, a spotlight hit a cardboard cutout, projecting a shadow of a man wielding a sledgehammer. Written in blood on a splattered white sheet were the words “Who is Robert Partridge?” Even the short “red carpet” in front of the Hicks Auditorium entrance was actually white felt marked by bloody footprints and spatters.

I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday, Jacksonville Film Festival, Durden Godfrey

I don’t really want to summarize  I am Going to Kill Someone This Friday because it’s the kind of movie that’s best seen with no definite plot points known, especially since a lot of it could be open to interpretation. Sometimes it’s difficult to pin down what’s real, but that’s part of the artistry of the film. Just know that it’s psychological thriller, that the main character is a psychopath and a family man, and settle in for the ride. There’s enough depth there that I’d want to view the movie again.

The movie is intensely Jacksonville. I found myself sometimes squinting at backgrounds trying to determine cross streets. There’s striking local landmarks and Downtown skylines featured. The newspaper in the background shots was the Floridian Times Union, obvious a stand in for the real-life Florida Times Union.

Post-film, we settled in for questions, the stage filled with many members of the cast and crew.

Director Durden Godfrey, Taurean Royal (who also plays the oh-so smooth Mister Basilicus in the film), and Jared Rush (also a producer and also in the film) all share writing credit for the movie. Also up for q&a were the actors who played the Partridge family, psychopath Robert (Thomas Siedle), Georgette (Traci L. Newman) his dead-inside near-Stepford wife, and his son Bobby (Camson Alevy). Also on hand, William Bishop, director of photography/producer, and Doctor Jones who composed the score.

The mixed group of both actors and behind-the-scenes players made for some interesting Q&A. Thomas Siedle said that to play Robert he “took everything from therapy and turned it on its head” to play the psychopath, and he and actress Traci Newman even went out to dinner as their characters to research their roles. Godfrey thought the whole cast was exactly what they needed, except for an untrained dog they used for a scene or two. Even the goat, says Godfrey “was perfect.” And yes there was a goat, God rest his soul, and that goat was eaten later, though not by cast and crew. No goats or dogs were harmed in the making of the film–Godfrey made sure to stress that.

Godfrey and Bishop talked about the precise planning and shots in the film, with Godfrey saying “Nothing in this movie is an accident.”

“We want to take it outside of Jacksonville to show what can be done locally,” says Godfrey, and that they’re concentrating on building a fanbase so that they can distribute on their own terms later.

Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals” Comes to Sun-Ray Cinema in 5 Points

In the past ten years, the way we think about food in the US has changed. Today the term ‘foodie,’ need not be explained, farmer’s markets are almost passe again, and vegan options are standard at modern restaurants. Yet has the way we make food changed at all in that time?

People’s diets are sacred to them. The what, where, when, how, and who you eat is a very personal thing. The ability to choose what one puts into their body feels like fundamental aspect of free will and ability to act on one’s preferences. Yet the process to get the food from its origins to our plates (or to go bags) is increasingly complex and troubling.

In 2009 Jonathan Safran Foer released “Eating Animals” which would go on to become a New York Times bestseller and even required reading for incoming freshman at a handful of universities. This year, a documentary of the same name will be released and unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), it seems that the meat industrial complex that was the fodder of the original book is just as horrifying today.

The book and documentary are broad reaching looks at the US meat and dairy industry in an attempt to really look at what it means to eat animals. The documentary features interviews with several farmers from across the US who are involved in the meat industry and their relationship with animals, the industry, and the forces that keep meat as a dietary staple.

The film is ambitious. It touches on a dizzying amount of aspects of the meat industry, to the point that it’s easy to get lost, but inevitably always circles back to the perils of industrial farming. Throughout you see the degree to which Big Agriculture is controlling farmers across the country through high tech monitors, relentless quotas, and unreasonable contracts. At one point, it is compared to Soviet-style central planning, which seemed pretty fair after seeing how farmers have virtually no independence in their decisions over the living beings they have growing next to their homes (that’s the livestock). The role that the US Government and the Department of Agriculture plays in propping up this industry only helps this elusion and is one of the more hopeless parts of the film.  

The tender parts of the film are the interviews with the farmers and viewing their struggles. It’s there that you see how personal the work is for farmers and the degree to which this industry has made their careers practically indistinguishable from farmers just the generation before them. Beyond that, they are charming and their love for animals is so obvious that you realize that the connection between man and animal is something that is becoming increasingly precious, yet still as special.    

Animal welfare is not the centerpiece of the film, rather an element that is sprinkled throughout. Unlike many of the meat documentaries I’ve seen before, there is not the ‘bloodbath section’ where slaughterhouse footage is strategically placed for maximum emotional reaction. Rather instead of compartmentalizing animal welfare as an element to consider when eating meat, the film reminds the viewer that it is a moral question that deserves more attention than just a few minutes of gross out shots.

Eating Animals, IFC Films

The morality of eating meat is something that the novel by Safran Foer explored beautifully. I myself turned vegetarian after reading this book soon after its release in 2009. The documentary only grazes the surface of this topic and unless you went looking for it, would probably be overlooked, which seems like a missed opportunity. This is where the film could have stood out in the ‘food documentary’ genre, but instead chooses to touch on many topics. The narration by Natalie Portman which I assume is an attempt to do this, was unnecessary, distracting, and rather pretentious. Further, many of these topics are already pretty high in the mainstream consciousness, unlike when the book debuted a decade ago.

Overall, I would recommend the film for those who are curious about the food industry and/or like a well made documentary. Hardcore vegans and animal rights activists aren’t going to learn anything new, but shouldn’t be offended either. In any case, check out the film playing at Sun-Ray starting August 10 and enjoy one of the many vegan or vegetarian options from their menu. Your conscious will be better for it.

Country USA
Running Time 94 minutes
Director Christopher Dillon Quinn
Writer Christopher Dillon Quinn, Jonathan Safran Foer (book)
Producer Natalie Portman
Cast Natalie Portman (narrator)

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