Director – David S. Cass Sr.
Year – 2012
Score – 4.33 (10)
It’s Christmas so time for Hallmark. Not much else you can say other than it’s a typical seasonal romance.
As a little girl, Melanie Hogan (Lacey Chabert) wished to find her own Prince Charming, just like her parents found true love. Now an adult, Melanie is running her own bakery and dating a handsome CEO, Justin (Thad Luckinbill). Although things seem perfect when Justin asks Melanie to spend the holidays with him at his beautiful lake house upstate and meet his mother, Melanie finds herself spending more time with Justin’s best friend and loyal assistant Dean (Adam Mayfield), who might have secret crush on her. When complications arise that throw Melanie and Dean together over the holiday, will the two realize they’re meant to be?
Starting her career at a young age, she has played in a number of commercials, films, and television series. She is best known for her regular role as Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000–2003) and recurring roles as Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl (2007–2012), and Nona Mecklenberg in The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1994–1996), and for her role as Harriet M. Welsch in Harriet the Spy (1996).
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Jack Diamond slotted home in the final minute of stoppage-time to seal progress for the League Two side.
Luke Armstrong had earlier given them the lead just before the break, only for Ellis Harrison to immediately equalise.
Danny Cowley made four changes from the side that dramatically won at Gillingham in the league the previous week.
Michael Jacobs was rewarded for his late Priestfield winner with a start, while Harrison, Miguel Azeez and Sean Raggett also returned.
George Hirst and Joe Morrell both missed out with a non-Covid related illness, while there were four academy players among the nine substitutes.
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of promotion-winning manager Frank Burrows, who passed away recently at the age of 77.
An open first half saw both sides launch plenty of quick attacks, although there was not much to work either keeper.
Mark Oxley’s best moment between the Harrogate sticks came in the opening stages, as Marcus Harness forced a smart save after Jacobs’ run had been halted.
The forward had already nodded wide from a Mahlon Romeo cross, while a Shaun Williams corner just evaded the head of Raggett at the far post.
Pompey were passing the ball around nicely and one such passage of play ended with Romeo drilling the ball narrowly wide.
Harness also went close with an effort that was deflected behind, following some good work involving Harrison, Jacobs and Azeez.
And another precise corner from Williams then picked out Azeez, whose shot grazed the top of the net.
But Harrogate were causing problems of their own and it was not completely against the run of play when they took the lead just before the break.
A pass from Williams was intercepted and the ball worked to Armstrong, who neatly bent the ball around Gavin Bazunu’s grasp and into the net.
But the visitors’ lead lasted a matter of moment, as HARRISON was alert when a Jacobs run was halted and slotted into the net.
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Raggett had to make a key block once the action restarted after Diamond beat Kieron Freeman in the centre of the pitch and charged towards goal.
There was a change of personnel and system just before the hour mark, with Freeman making way for Lee Brown and the Blues utilising a back four.
Harrison soon had a chance to score when he met a deep Williams free-kick, but could only guide his header into Oxley’s arms.
That was the striker’s final piece of action, though, as he was immediately replaced up front by Curtis.
Pompey were almost made to pay for some slack defending on 69 minutes, as Lloyd Kerry was allowed time to pick up a loose ball before seeing his shot deflected behind off Connor Ogilvie.
Cowley’s final throw of the dice was an attacking one, as Hackett was brought off for a fit-again John Marquis.
But it was Harrogate who almost scored seconds later, as Armstrong diverted a George Thomson effort inches past the post.
Referee Simon Mather was not endearing himself to the Fratton faithful with a couple of strange decisions, including showing a yellow card to Ogilvie for a clean tackle.
The Blues tried to apply plenty of pressure as the contest entered its closing stages and committed men forward.
But they were almost caught out on the break, with Armstrong’s effort blocked by Brown and Alex Pattison hitting the loose ball wastefully wide.
Raggett then got a foot to Diamond’s shot, affording Bazunu a simple save as Harrogate again countered quickly.
It looked as though the sides would be heading to Wetherby Road for a replay, only for Lewis Page to square the ball for a stretching Diamond to convert right at the death.
The result saw Pompey’s nine-match unbeaten run come to an end, while Harrogate can look forward to a spot in the third round for the first time.
Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Freeman (Brown 57), Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Azeez, Williams, Hackett (Marquis 75); Jacobs; Harness, Harrison (Curtis 60)
Goals: Harrison 45+1
Booked: Azeez, Williams, Ogilvie
Subs not used: Bass, Hughes, Jewitt-White, Payce, Gassan, Gifford
Harrogate Town (4-2-3-1): Oxley; Sheron, Burrell, Hall, Page; Falkingham (c), Kerry; Thomson, Pattison, Diamond; Armstrong
Goals: Armstrong 44
Booked: Kerry, Burrell, Pattison, Hall
Subs not used: Cracknell, Power, Orsi, Muldoon
Referee: Simon Mather
Attendance: 7,857 (121 away fans)
Director – Bradford May
Year – 2012
Score – 3.93 (10)
Wasn’t the film I expected and I had the wrong actress as well. Even for Hallmark this is saccharine.
Sara Vancamp (‘Eva LaRue’) is a busy mom with no Christmas spirit. Christine (Summer Glau), an elf from Santa’s village who wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole, comes to the real world to help the VanCamp family, mom Sara (La Rue), dad Scott (Gauthier), and their two kids, re-discover Christmas spirit.
Director – Scott Smith
Year – 2018
Score – 6.18 (10)
Rarely do Hallmark let you down and they certainly don’t with this one.
Bookstore owner Mary Cartwright (Rachael Leigh Cook) is struggling to make ends meet in order to keep her bookstore open. Adam Clayborn (Niall Matter) is a hockey player who got booted from his third game due to a disagreement with the referee causing his hockey team’s manager/ex-girlfriend Erica Parker (Tammy Gillis) to suspend him from the upcoming hockey games until further notice.
Mary is given the opportunity to turn her fortunes round in the form of an image makeover, but must work with Adam Clayborn in return under the supervision of public relations worker Janet Dunleavy (Sandy Sidhu) who has connections with Erica. Can the two overcome their animosity, and mutual attraction, to improve both their images?
Director – Donovan Marsh
Year – 2018
Score – 6.40 (10)
An enjoyable military action thriller even with some almost laughable physics defying manoeuvres from a submarine.
The U.S. Los Angeles class submarine USS Tampa Bay vanishes while shadowing the Russian Akula-class submarine Konek in the Arctic. Rear Admiral John Fisk (Common) sends the Virginia-class submarine USS Arkansas, under the command of newly promoted and unorthodox Commander Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) to investigate.
At the same time, a Navy SEAL team under the command of Lieutenant Bill Beaman (Toby Stephens) is sent in to discreetly observe the Russian naval base in Polyarny, Murmansk Oblast, but their mission is swiftly complicated when Martinelli (Zane Holtz), the team’s new designated marksman recruit, is injured during the HALO drop. When they arrive at the naval base, they witness defense minister, Admiral of the Fleet Dmitriy Durov (Mikhail Gorevoy), conducting a coup d’état and taking Russian President Nikolai Zakarin (Alexander Dyachenko) prisoner, and swiftly realize that Durov intends to trigger a war. Their location is almost discovered by the Russians during a radio intercept check, but the SEALS manage to hide away undetected. Martinelli is shot in the leg by a Russian officer firing blindly into their hiding location, forcing the team to leave him behind.
Meanwhile, Arkansas discovers the destroyed Tampa Bay, and also finds the sunken Russian submarine Konek damaged in a manner that suggests internal sabotage rather than external attack. They are attacked by another Russian Akula submarine, Volkov, that has been hiding under an iceberg, but Glass is able to destroy the ambusher and rescue Russian survivors from Konek, including its commanding officer, Captain 2nd rank Sergei Andropov (Michael Nyqvist).
Back at base, the U.S. government learns about the coup. Admiral Charles Donnegan (Gary Oldman) recommends preparing for war, while Fisk suggests that Arkansas be sent to rendezvous with Beaman’s team after they have rescued Zakarin. Glass manages to convince the reluctant Andropov to help, and with Andropov’s knowledge of the minefield around the base, Glass navigates Arkansas near the base undetected. Meanwhile, Beaman’s team rescue Russian Presidential Security Service Agent Oleg (Yuri Kolokolnikov), who was previously shot by Durov’s men when he tried to stop Durov from holding Zakarin hostage. Together they infiltrate the base and succeed in retrieving President Zakarin, but lose Oleg, and two teammates, Devin Hall (Michael Trucco) and Matt Johnstone (Ryan McPartlin), in the process. With Martinelli providing sniper cover fire, Beaman delivers the injured president to Arkansas’s deep-submergence rescue vehicle, then goes back alone for Martinelli, saving him just before he was about to be executed.
As U.S. and Russian fleets face off for battle, Arkansas sustains further damage when they are attacked by Andropov’s old ship, RFS Yevchenko—a heavily armed destroyer now commanded by Captain Vlade Sutrev (Ilia Volok), a member of Durov’s conspiracy—but Andropov is able to communicate a message affirming that President Zakarin is aboard the submarine. When Durov orders his forces at the base to fire missiles at the surfaced Arkansas, Glass refuses to take action, recognizing that firing back at the Russians could start the war he is trying to stop. In the last seconds, Andropov’s old crewmates defy orders and destroy the incoming missiles with the close-in weapon system before they can strike Arkansas, and subsequently destroy Durov’s naval base headquarters with their missiles. With the war averted, Glass docks Arkansas to the Russian naval base to return Zakarin and Andropov’s surviving crew to their country. Arkansas picks up Beaman and Martinelli, and travels back to the U.S. with a Russian Navy escort.
She began her career as a child actress playing one of the lead characters, Babe, on the Nickelodeon comedy television series Game Shakers, which aired from 2015 to 2019. She then went on to portray Marisol Fuentes on the Netflix comedy television series Mr. Iglesias, and to play Mim in the 2020 Netflix film The Sleepover.
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