'best Man Holiday' Unwraps Too Many Plots
It doesn't work, and the scattered montage leads to a cluttered movie. Only a few charming tidbits are nestled snugly in this over-stuffed Christmas stocking. Merriment and light mayhem during a long Christmas weekend house party at a stately mansion are overshadowed by the melodramatic treatment of terminal disease. The setting is like the American equivalent of Downton Abbey, and the intrigue and gossip could rival the BBC show. TRAILERS: Coming soon to theaters HOLIDAY MOVIE CALENDAR: November The estate is inhabited by football star Lance Sullivan (Chestnut), his wife Mia (Monica Calhoun) and their four young children. Lance and Mia are hosting seven college pals for a few days of what is meant to be luxurious relaxation and yuletide celebration. But amid the tree trimming and dinner parties, secrets are exposed, old wounds reopen and pummeling ensues. It's mystifying why people portrayed as intelligent, successful, attractive and good-hearted have to descend into catfights and brawling worthy of the worst reality TV.<br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/11/14/the-best-man-holiday-review/2941335/

Holiday Fund 2013 kickoff at Venus de Milo raises $2,000

The Salvation Army will give away hams and all the fixings for a dinner to 1,800 low-income families just before Christmas. At Citizens for Citizens, families are signing up for Operation Christmas, which will provide toys and gifts to children ages 12 and younger. We expect to have 3,000 children registered to receive gifts, said Chrystal Arpa, one of the program organizers at Citizens for Citizens. Families have until Dec.<br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.wickedlocal.com/swansea/news/x529850507/Holiday-Fund-2013-kickoff-at-Venus-de-Milo-raises-2-000

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