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The Christmas Candle (2013)

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From bestselling author, Max Lucado, comes The Christmas Candle, a timeless holiday film for the entire family. Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen. (c) Official Facebook

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Cast

Hans Matheson
as David Richmond
Samantha Barks
as Emily Barstow
Lesley Manville
as Bea Haddington
James Cosmo
as Herbert Hopewell
Sylvester McCoy
as Edward Haddington
John Hannah
as William Barstow
Barbara Flynn
as Lady Camdon
Susan Boyle
as Eleanor Hopewell
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Essentially a daytime TV movie; out of place in cinemas, but right at home on a wet Wednesday afternoon.

December 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A real Christmas miracle would cause every copy of this film to spontaneously burst into flames.

December 12, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Indigestible Christmas stodge.

December 9, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The kind of vaguely distasteful Yuletide concoction that viewers normally find playing on cable channels that they don't even realize that they have.

November 25, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Melds the intriguing with the hokey in a variation on the standard template of a nonbeliever who changes his outlook amid a holiday miracle.

November 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Although at times it seems to be building emotional momentum, by the end it falls flat -- tripped by its conflicting ambitions, overload of metaphoric events, and lack of powerful catharsis.

November 22, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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