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Midnight Sun – Review

Midnight Sun – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 31 minutes

Midnight Sun
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Katie has spent the day sleeping and the night awake.  She has a rare disorder called Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP).  The UV light, even the smallest amount, can trigger a reaction that can kill her.  When she was 5, little girls called her a vampire because she stayed inside with tinted windows.  However, Morgan wasn’t afraid and become her best friend.  There is one thing Katie looks forward too.  That is Charlie.  A boy in the neighborhood the goes past her house every day.  She has the biggest crush on him but resolves to see him from afar.  After graduation, Katie begs her father to let her go out one night and play her guitar at the train station.  He melts at his daughter’s request and she is out the door.   While at the train station, she catches Charlie’s ear.  He introduces himself.  She pretends not to know him, freaks out, and runs.  Leaving her songbook behind.  The next morning she begs Morgan to get her book.  Morgan finds the book and Charlie.  She sets up a plan for Katie to meet the crush of her life.

While it has the same premise as Everything, Everything, it is not the same movie.  This illness is real and it can kill.  Katie is not presented as resentful or hateful because of her disorder.  On the contrary.  She accepts her limitations and works within them.  She dreams of being out in the daytime but settles to spend her time at night.  This gives the viewer more compassion for her, her family, and her illness.  This is a great drama/love story for teens at full price.  Everyone else, matinee.  And Patrick Schwarzenegger is a star in the making.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Stupid tree – Katie

You couldn’t last 2 hours – Morgan

It’s all my fault – Charlie

I can lift weights – Jack

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Love, Simon – Review

Love, Simon – Budget of $17 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

Love, Simon
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Simon has a normal life with a smart mother, strong father, and culinary enthusiasts sister. He spends the majority of his time with his friends Abby, Leah, and Nick. He has known Leah and Nick since they were all 5-years old. And while he only met Abby months ago, he feels like he has known her forever. With so much love and support around him, he still doesn’t feel comfortable telling anyone he is gay.  One day, Leah calls him to check out a blog post.  In the post, a kid calling himself Blue admits he is in the closet.  Blue feels like he is on a Ferris Wheel going up and down keeping this secret inside.  Simon makes an email account and writes Blue back.  Simon calls himself Jacques.  The two correspond for days.  But when Simon leaves his emails open on a school computer, his classmate Martin screenshots them.  Martin threatens to out Simon unless he helps him get with Abby.  Now he is playing with his friends’ emotions and secrets, just to keep his secret and keep Blue in his life.

Based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, this extremely funny, romantic, and mysterious movie isn’t about ‘coming of age’ (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Simon isn’t a brat, spoiled, or coming from a bad situation. He is a great kid with a good home and a large secret. He isn’t coming of age or discovering himself. He knows who he is but he just hasn’t told anyone else. Simon discovers how much the people around him love him and that everyone has a secret. This movie will bring tears to your eyes as Simon finds his love story.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Well, maybe not that gay – Simon

I am figuratively dying – Abby

Are you her barista now – Leah

What’s the deal with Abby and Martin – Nick

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I Can Only Imagine – Review

I Can Only Imagine – Budget of $7 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

I Can Only Imagine
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Bart Millard sits in a recording studio being asked about the inspiration for a song he wrote.  With his bandmates Mercy Me, shipping out CDs to local radio stations, Bart recalls his past.  It started as a young boy who loved music, especially Amy Grant (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  His father was an abusive alcoholic while is mother was fearfully complicit.  One day, his mother drove him to Camp Glorieta and he meets Shannon.  Bart was asked to journal during is camping experience and he wrote that camp was the best week of his life.  However, when he gets back home, his mother is gone and his father’s drinking binges are worse.  So to make his father happy he played football.  Until he injured his feet and couldn’t play ever again.  So as he was rehabilitating, the only club activity open was Glee Club.  It’s there a teacher heard a voice, that will sell millions of records across the globe.

Based on the song I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me, this is a funny movie about hope and forgiveness (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). As a kid, Bart hides his abuse from everyone around him. As an adult, that abusive past is holding him back from opening up to people off and on stage. Even the band’s manager Brick notices that he shuts himself off during the middle of a performance. Only forgiveness can bring this song to light. And that forgiveness comes had the hardest moment for himself and Arthur. It’s this forgiveness that really reaches the audience.  This is an experience for the whole family to enjoy at the matinee.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Dreams don’t pay the bills – Arthur

I just don’t like being alone – Bart

It’s totally safe. Well, except for that one kid – Shannon

You can and you will. There will be no discussion about it – Mrs. Fincher

She’s the smart one – Brick

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#MommysLittleAngel, #FixerUpperMystery, and more – TV Reviews

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Mommy’s Little Angel – Review

Mommy’s Little Angel – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Mommy's Little Angel

Katie has gone through so much in her short life.  Her mom Shawna has an addiction to pills and her abusive father Darren spent 3 years in prison for beating Shawna.  And late one night, Darren comes banging on their door looking for Katie.  So Shawna leaves town to live with her cousin Nikki.  In a few moments, Katie is in love with Nikki’s home but fears her mother will be a problem.  However, that problem is short-lived when her mother apparently commits suicide.  Katie quickly transitions to calling Nikki “mommy” and Nikki is happy to start adoption proceedings.  Katie makes up her mind that Darren, Nikki’s new baby, nor Nikki’s husband Luke will stand in the way of being the only child in a happy family.

Nothing is creepier than a cute kid on a warpath.  And what makes little Katie even creepier is that she knows she does bad things but wants to be good.  Seeing what this sweet-faced girl is capable of will send a shiver up your spine.  She will use a car, knife, and a flight of stairs to become a good girl.  As everyone tries to warn Nikki, you want to yell at the screen.  But don’t worry, it won’t take long for her to see Katie is a Problem Child to the 10th degree (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I wanna live with Nikki forever. And no one can stop me – Katie

I just don’t think she’s comprehended it yet – Nikki

Where are they – Shawna

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Mistress Hunter – Review

Mistress Hunter – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Mistress Hunter

Jackie is getting small hints that her husband Carl is cheating.  So, on a hunch, she follows him when he leaves work for an unscheduled lunch break.  Jackie sees Carl arrive at a motel, kiss a woman, then go inside the room.  She is heartbroken and furious.  She goes straight to her friends to vent.  While telling her story, her friend Valerie tells her about a sub-urban legend called the Mistress Hunter.  Jackie is skeptical about hiring her but changes her mind after a fight with Carl.  Jackie goes to a sketchy warehouse and meets the Mistress Hunter.  Even though she hates the moniker, Hanna loves to make cheating spouses squirm.  She offers Jackie 2 choices:

  1. Turn the cheating couple’s life into hell causing them to break up while collecting evidence for a divorce
  2. Break up the couple and push him back into Jackie’s arms

Jackie is only interested in option 1.  Hanna tells Jackie that in order for their plan to work, she would need to help.  Hanna doesn’t want to do anything illegal so she will need Jackie’s help.  Otherwise, the two women will never see or speak to each other again.  Everything seems to go as plan until 2 people turn up dead leaving Jackie the #1 suspect.

This is an incredible story.  The Mistress Hunter is a private investigator on the warpath.  It’s easy to see why someone in Jackie’s position would hire her.  But when Jackie becomes a suspect, she starts suspecting Hanna.  Figuring out the killer is a tough task for the viewer, even though the “why” becomes obvious.  It’s this reviewer’s prediction that the Mistress Hunter will become the next Dr. Foster.  Don’t miss this one.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

See, this is me engaging – Carl

Not feeling great – Jackie

Uh, I hate that name – Hanna

Tell him to go to hell – Valerie

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Deadly Deeds: A Fixer Upper Mystery – Review

Deadly Deeds: A Fixer Upper Mystery – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Deeds: A Fixer Upper Mystery

Marie asked Shannon to help with a charity project.  She wants to turn a large home into affordable apartments for low-income families.  They hope that several families can use it to get back on their feet.  Jim and his son Elliot is one of those families.  They are happy to help Shannon and a handful of volunteers fix the home.  As Shannon is handing out assignments, she hears the bank president Mr. Potter and Jim arguing.  Soon, Shannon learns Mr. Potter hates the project because it doesn’t make enough money, he doesn’t want to give handouts, and he has foreclosed on most of the people volunteering.  With no love loss, Shannon is still stunned to find Mr. Potter dead.  While he was not the most liked guy, she has to find the killer.  If she doesn’t, the project will be as dead as Mr. Potter.  But can she handle the truth even when a friend becomes a suspect?

With an unlikable victim, there are countless suspects for Shannon to investigate.  Your head will spin with possibilities.  There are multiple, yet viable, misdirects in the storyline and a surprising killer.  While the reason for the crime does fall flat, the investigation is solid and highly entertaining.  Based on the Kate Carlisle book series, there is much more to explore and be entertained by in this film series (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

What I get in return is the satisfaction of helping people – Shannon

You’re making fun of me – Mac

I always thought Shawn was kinda cute – Jennifer

The kind of man that doesn’t rely on handouts – Mr. Potter

I thought you knew. Pretend I didn’t say that – Callie

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Love, Once and Always – Review

Love, Once and Always – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love, Once and Always

Lucy has gotten good news and bad news in the same moment.  Bad news: her great-aunt Grace died, leaving her a huge estate that she has cherished ever since she was a little girl.  Good news: she is up for a promotion as Vice President of a museum in London.  She heads back to the states to sign the paperwork to transfer the property.  She is glad to be back but is jolted when she sees her ex Duncan is still living there.  His family has been taking care of the property since he was a child.  However, when he accompanies Lucy to the lawyer’s office, she is bewildered.  The lawyer tells her that Grace left 50% of the property to each of them.  She wanted them to come to a decision about the house’s future because she knew they both loved it.  Lucy can’t wait to restore it back to its glory days.  But Duncan can’t wait to turn it into a golf retreat.  Lucy is disgusted at the idea of changing it but Duncan knows they can’t afford to fix it.  These two need to make a decision before they lose everything, including each other.

With a strong, superb cast, this movie is funny in its own right.  While it does follow the Hallmark format of ex-lovers forced to work together, their path differs because the whole neighborhood is at stake.  The neighborhood knows the history of the home and their relationship.  They will do everything to keep both running strong.  Seeing them butt in is hilarious and worth the watch.  DVR and watch on a rainy day.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

The follies of youth – Lucy

How can you be so blind to the bottom line – Duncan

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#ThelmaAndLouise – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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Thelma and Lousie – Budget of $16.5 million – 2 hours and 9 minutes

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Louise is ready to head out of town to help a friend and she asks Thelma to go with her.  Without any notice to her neglectful husband Darryl, Thelma packs up her stuff and gets ready for a road trip.  One item Thelma packs is a gun; in case they run into some crazy people.  Their first night out, Thelma parties with a guy.  Louise tries to warn her the guy’s a cad but Thelma just wants to dance.  In the parking lot, the guy attempts to rape Thelma.  Louise puts a gun to his head.  They start to walk away when the guy says something that rubs Louise the wrong way.  She shoots him and they get in the car and drive off.  Thelma wants to go to the police.  However, Louise is certain that no one will believe it was self-defense. Louise decides to get some money and drive to Mexico.  After some thought, Thelma decides to go with her.  These two fugitives are on the run to freedom but a drifter, a truck driver, and a robbery stand in their way.

It doesn’t take long for this movie to ramp up and deliver the goods.  The camera work while using a real car with real scenery is a change of pace in today’s CGI/green screen world.  This movie even uses the majesty of the Grand Canyon to bring peace and disruption to the same scene.  You feel like you are in the car and develop a sense of urgency as the two women are being chased.  It’s easy to see how this film inspired Kill Bill and Set It Off (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).   It’s easy to lay blame on each woman for the decisions they made but they blame themselves too.  It takes some time but they take some responsibility for what they have done.  Now it does have a lull but hang tight and pay attention.  That lull is used for character development to give the viewer a relationship with each main character.  However, the most shocking entity: this movie is still relevant today.   It’s easy to see why this movie is labeled one of the greatest road movies of all time.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

No, I’m calling from the Playboy mansion – Louise

Well it’s a good thing you’re not Regional Manager and I am – Darryl

Because I didn’t ask him – Thelma

Don’t matter. Brains will only get you so far and luck always runs out – Hal

I just came to see you baby – Jimmy

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Justice League – Review

Justice League – Budget of $300 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes

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Lately, monsters who smell fear have been appearing in Gotham.  When Bruce destroys them, they leave an image behind of 3 squares.   Batman is sure of three things.  First, these are aliens. Second, these boxes mean something.  Three, he is going to need help.  After an intense battle, Wonder Woman explains the 3 boxes are the Mother Boxes. The three boxes were left on earth and keep apart. The boxes were hidden in Themyscira, Atlantis, and somewhere on earth. But with the world more divided than ever, the boxes have woken up and called Steppenwolf.  If the boxes come together, creating the Unity, Steppenwolf will rain terror on earth.  The world fought off Steppenwolf before and won. Now, he is determined to rule the world once and for all.  Bruce knows the team is tough but it needs a true leader.  In order to get the best leader, they must bring him back.

The graphics should only be on the big screen.  Since one of the main characters and the main villain are heavily CGI’ed, it takes away from some of the fight scenes.  It’s noticeable when the actor is replaced with a computer simulation.   Since 3 of the heroes didn’t have a movie to explain their origin story, the writers were tasked with making us care about them.  They succeeded.  Cyborg’s tumultuous relationship with his father, The Flash’s painful relationship with his father, and Aquaman’s distance from Atlantis are all explained in great detail.  Knowing what drives them breathes new life into the DC Universe movie.  The storyline brings you in and keeps your attention.  The movie features heart-wrenching moments along with some good laughs.  See this in theaters and stay past the end credits for a look at the future of the Justice League.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Hope is like car keys. Easy to lose but if you dig around, you can find it – Superman

Fear. I can smell it – Batman

Does anyone know I’m alive – Cyborg

Children. I work with children – Wonder Woman

So we’re the accidents – The Flash

The water talks – Aquaman

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I, Tonya – Review

I, Tonya – Budget of $11 million – 2 hours and 1 minute

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At a “soft 4”, Tonya could outskate girls twice her age and had the awards to prove it.  It was those skills and her mother’s dogged tenacity that landed her the top-notch coach Diane.  With constant barbs from her mother, Tonya did everything to prove she was worthy of love and a gold medal.  But as she got older, she learned the cold truth about figure skating.  The judges didn’t want someone who could just skate, they wanted a ‘wholesome’ girl with the right pedigree and money to represent America.  With Tonya’s rock music, blue nails, and homemade clothes, she would never be seen as the girl next door with a good family.  However, Tonya would never let the judges stand in her way.  And when she became the 1st woman to land a triple axel in a U.S. competition, she was guaranteed a spot on the Olympic Team.  But as the pressure mounted, a death threat, retractable baton, and a lying nobody will bring Tonya’s dreams to an end.

So, you think you know Tonya? Well, you are wrong.  This telling of Tonya’s story is more than just the “incident”.  It’s the story of a little girl who did anything and put up with everything to be loved but got abused.   However this story is interesting because you don’t feel bad for Tonya, you understand her, laugh, and respect her ups and down.  As each person is interviewed, you relive that moment with them.  During a fight, Tonya and Jeff tell their sides of the story in an interview while breaking the 4th wall during the fight.  It’s that compelling storytelling that will keep you interested.  This movie is eye-opening, funny, and raw.  A must see in the theaters.  And the best part, you will gain a new respect for the Triple Axel.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Tonya is totally American – Diana

After the triple axel, everything changed – Jeff

She’s a soft four – LoVona

Yeah, that was me – Shawn

Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Incident – Tonya

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Tomb Raider – Review

Tomb Raider – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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Lara sits in a large boardroom with her former guardian Anna and her father Richard’s attorney.  Anna has urged Lara to sign the papers to confirm her father is dead so the company and properties can be passed over to her.  Her father went missing 7 years ago but she hasn’t worked up the nerve to confirm his death, until now.  Just as she puts the pen to paper, the attorney hands her a Japanese puzzle box from her father.   She puts down the pen and starts to work on the puzzle and out pops a key with a note.  She follows the clues to a private office.  She finds a camcorder with the words ‘Play Me” posted to it.  She is intrigued to find a message from her father.  He tells her he is more than just a businessman.  He worked to discover the legends of the world.  His latest mission was to find Himiko: The Goddess of Death.  However, he feels he is being watched by a group called Trinity.  He warns her to burn all his work so no one will ever find it.  Lara’s curiosity gets the better of her and she searches for the truth.  And by the end of this adventure, Lara will gain an ally, get some trademark firepower, and come face to face with the person who shot her father.

Based on the Tomb Raider video games, this adventure story goes from 0 to 100 real quick (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It is better than you would expect and the best movie of this series.  During a chase sequence, so many bad things are happening in succession that Lara says the one thing the audience is really thinking: ‘Really?!?!’  Now there is a lull for 15 minutes to a pivotal moment but it does pick up.  The only downfall is the beginning has a lot faster pace than the end.  As they creep through the tomb and find traps, the soliloquies tend to drag for each character.  The end is only strengthened by the final fight scene.  Stay past the 1st set of end credits.  It does leave an opening for a part 2 and there is potential for a second.

I give it a 3 out of 5

Stop dancing and start fighting – Terry

You’ve been decorating – Anna

I’m sorry.  I’m just not that kind of Croft – Lara

What you got in the other boot – Lu

You shouldn’t have come here.  But I’m glad you did – bad guy

I love you – Richard

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Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time – Review

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time – Budget of $100 million – 1 hour and 49 minutes

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time
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Meg is the beloved oldest child of scientists Dr. Kate and Dr. Alex Murry.  She soaked up every ounce of knowledge they placed in front of her.  So when they adopt another child Charles Wallace, they let her know she will always be loved.  So having her father disappear for 4 years has caused Meg to acted out.  Her latest interaction with a bully has caused a rift in the household.  During a conversation about her behavior with Kate, she hears Charles Wallace talking to a woman in the living room.  Kate and Meg are stunned to see Mrs. Whatsit talking to Charles.  Mrs. Whatsis lets them all know that Meg is important and Charles is remarkable.  She expresses that the others will be there to help the children in their mission.  Kate politely asks Mrs. Whatsit to leave.  The next morning, Calvin is drawn to Meg.  Charles says Calvin was summoned because he has the diplomacy they will need later.  While walking with Calvin, Charles takes them to an abandoned house to meet Mrs. Who.   She has gone beyond language and just quotes the words of others.  They leave her and go home.  The next day Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who introduce the children to Mrs. Which.   Mrs. Which tells Meg and Charles their father is still alive.  They will have to wrinkle time to find him in another dimension.  Meg will have to become a true warrior to save her father.

Based on A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) by Madeleine L’Engle, this visual masterpiece has a great message for children and teens (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It praises acknowledging your faults while having a deeper understanding and compassion for others.  As Meg’s lack-of-self makes her time wrinkle painful while Calvin and Charles love the experience.  As she becomes stronger and finds a reason to fight, Meg finds the strength she never knew she had.  While it’s not a new story, the imagery given to the author’s words makes it remarkable.  The special effects can only be experienced on the big screen, but 3D is not necessary.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

You have pretty hair – Calvin

Don’t use dad like that. It’s not fair – Kate

Your home is warm. You do a good job keeping the darkness out – Mrs. Whatsit

I love you – Meg

Let’s beat em up – Alex

Is there such a thing as the wrong size – Mrs. Which

I don’t like visitation – Happy Medium

Outkast, American – Mrs. Who

We tired her out – Calvin

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Gringo – Review

Gringo – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Harold has the typical 9 to 5 job in Chicago.  He was recommended by his friend Richard as an Operations Manager.  While he works hard, he is $20,000 in debt because he supports his wife Bonnie’s business that doesn’t make a profit.  Harold, Richard, and Elaine all go to Mexico on a business trip.  Richard and Elaine leave Harold in the dark about most of the business dealings.  For a while, to make a profit, they have worked with the Mexican cartel to sell their medical marijuana pills.  Now they want to cut off the cartel.  The cartel decides to steal the formula and the only one who can get behind the volt is Harold.  They go to find Harold but he has run off.  Not because of the cartel.  But his world is crumbling around him.  With one phone call, he learns he is losing his friend, his job, and his wife.  With his debt, he decides to fake his kidnapping for the company travel insurance.  The problem is Richard and Elaine let it lapse.  But there is another insurance policy; life insurance.  With Harold dead, Richard and Elaine will make millions.  Harold has no idea his fake kidnapping will become a real life and death situation.

There is so much going on its hard to keep it straight.  For a while it tries to be funny, then serious, then a gangster movie, and then a love story.  This movie goes in so many directions it leaves the watcher dizzy and confused.  This storyline that takes on too much at once.  At least 2 angles could have been removed and the story would still make sense.  Wait for Redbox so you can rewind and rewatch.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

You didn’t notice the guerilla – Bonnie

Do want to know what I had to eat on the flight home – Elaine

Eat your f’ing carrot – Harold

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Thoroughbreds – Review

Thoroughbreds – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Lily was paid by Amanda’s mom to tutor her and be friends.  While they were friends in the past, Amanda calls Lily out for her ‘pay-to-play’ friendship.  After seeing an interaction between Lily and her step-father Mark, Amanda can see the tension between them.  Lily finally gets real and tells Amanda she hates her step-father.  Lily has a solution: Kill Mark.  Lily cuts Amanda off because she knows Amanda killed her family’s horse.  Lily knows that killing Mark isn’t something Amanda says in just.  But after Mark tells Lily she is being sent to boarding school for being expelled and fired, Lily wants him gone.  So she calls Amanda to hear the plan to kill Mark and execute it.

So have you ever wonder what happens when a sociopath meets a psychopath? Well, wonder no more.  These two girls quickly delve into darkness when Amanda tells Lily she can’t feel emotions.  She can feel tired, hungry, and pain but she can’t feel sad, happy, or afraid.  Lily, on the other hand, can feel everything to the point she is overwhelmed with emotions.  But its a question of who is controlling who.  While it’s an interesting movie, this feels like a long Criminal Minds episode (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Wait for VOD.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

It’s only weird if you make it weird – Amanda

Some things weighing on you – Tim

Don’t drink that – Lily

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The Hurricane Heist – Review

Hurricane Heist – Budget of $35 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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ATF and Washington liaison Casey is ready to end her shift.  She needs to drop off 3 truckloads of money to a US treasury in Alabama to be shredded.  Once she gets there, she learns their generator is down due to the incoming hurricane.  She can’t leave without witnessing the shredding.  Since the phones are down, she goes into town to find Breeze.  Breeze is an ex-marine, mechanic, and partier.  Breeze has been warned by his meteorologist brother, Dr. Will that this hurricane is going to be bigger than any other hurricane before it.  Even bigger than the one that killed their father in front of them.  Breeze decides to stay in town and help Casey instead.  Driving back, Casey and Breeze don’t know that the Treasury has been taken over and the thieves are using the hurricane as cover.  They plan on stealing $600 million before it can be shredded.  However, the power is out and Casey has the codes.

While Hurricane Heist was Twister meets Den of Thieves, it’s missing a twist and real punchlines (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It does offer special effects but nothing that hasn’t been seen before.  This movie is just missing the action and firepower that comes from Fast and the Furious.  There is no real connection between the characters besides football and the acting is subpar.  This movie should have gone straight to DVD or VOD.  Wait until it’s on cable.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars

I shot them all – Casey

Here, don’t forget to take your vitamins – Breeze

How did that happen – Will

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#StalkedByARealityStar and #MyDaughterWasStolen – TV Reviews

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Stalked by a Reality Star – Review

Stalked by a Reality Star – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Stalked by a Reality Star

Kendra has a standing date with her mom to watch their favorite reality dating show with their favorite star Brad.  So when her friend presents her with fake IDs and tickets for a charity bash, Kendra says no.  However, after catching her mom with a new man, Kendra is furious and leaves her mother to go to the bash.  It’s there she meets Brad face to face.  They talk and hit it off.  She agrees to go on another date.  Things start well but when Brad snaps at the wait staff and won’t take no for an answer, Kendra reveals her real age: 17.  But Brad isn’t deterred from his assault until his manager walks in the room.  Kendra tries to forget the assault.  That is until she goes to school and sees him teaching her drama class as a guest instructor.   Now Brad will stop at nothing to see her.  He goes so far as to track her phone, install cameras, and even date her mom.

Ready to be annoyed?  If so, this is the movie for you.   First, you are annoyed by Kendra naivete.  Then, you are annoyed with the manager’s lack of concern.  Next, you are annoyed with the oblivious mother.  Then you are annoyed by the police.   Finally, you are annoyed with Brad.  The end of this movie is like the relief of having an obnoxious relative leave your house.  You welcome it without hesitation.  Everyone in this movie has a huge lack of judgment and it’s too much too bare.  Even with a twist ending.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Recovering just fine. Thank you – Kendra

Aw but you hate it though – Brad

Yes, it ends with a real damn wolf – Lynn

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My Daughter was Stolen – Review

My Daughter was Stolen – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

My Daughter was Stolen

Jackie has had a nagging feeling her mother Kayla wasn’t what she seemed.  She was abusive, keep dead bodies in the house, and an alcoholic.  When Kayla falls into a drunken stooper, Jackie removes a key from her neck and open a locked door.  Inside she finds news clippings about a kidnapped girl, a search, and the parents who lost their child.  Her memories come flooding back to her 4th birthday because that’s when Kayla kidnapped her.  She leaves the house, trapping Kayla inside with a blazing fire.  She heads for the police and informs them of her real identity.  If you think you were told the whole movie, you are wrong.  You only have the first 20 minutes.  As Jackie adjust back into her life, she learns her birth parents are divorced, her step-family hates her, and her birth mother is an alcoholic.  And to make matters worse, she is seeing Kayla everywhere.

This movie picks up where others leave off.  Usually, once the child is found, it’s a happy ending.  But this one talks about the after effects of a kidnapping.  While it doesn’t get too preachy like “based on true story” movies, it just gets creepier as Jackie keeps seeing the kidnapper in the shadows.  This movie is ok but Lifetime has done better.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Um, I’m resourceful – Sadie

I don’t even know you – Alicia

I love you momma – Jackie

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Thor: Ragnarok – Review

Thor: Ragnarok – Budget of $180 million – 2 hours and 10 minutes

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Thor has been working to stop the prophecy of the Asgard’s demise called Ragnarok.  However, when he gets home, he learns that the 9 realms are falling apart.  Thor knows his father would never let that happen, so he confronts him and exposes that it is Loki.  Thor demands to be taken to their father.  Oden lets his sons know that Hela is on her way.  She is the Goddess of Death, bent on revenge, and their sister.  As the oldest, Hela feels she is the rightful heir to the throne.  She despises Oden for changing his way and locking her away.  While absorbing the news of a new found sister, Thor and Loki stand before her.  During the fight, Loki calls for Heimdall.  But all three are swept up in the Bitfröst Bridge while still fighting.  Hela throws Loki and Thor out; she heads to Asgard to rule while the brothers land on the planet Sakaar.  Hela sets her sights on taking over all the realms and by destroying everything in her path.  Her only obstacle: someone stole the Bitfröst Sword.  She must find it to continue her domination.

Thor, without his hammer, is confronted by Sakaar locals.  But soon Scrapper 142 finds him and marks him as a contender.  Thor is set to be in the Grand Master’s game and face the Grand Master’s Champion.  Thor worries that without his hammer, he will fail.  But he will learn the truth about Scrapper 142, the Grand Master’s Champion, Loki’s whereabouts, Hela’s power, Ragnarok, and what it truly means to be the God of Thunder.

Be prepared to laugh and be in awe.  When there isn’t a physical battle, you are given a verbal battle.  Sakaar is given its own color palette which completely separates it from Asgard.  New characters are introduced with clear and concise backstories which allows them to shine with their own personalities.  Since this movie is one of the funniest in the Marvel series, the humor causes the special effects to be more cartoonish than realistic.  So, the Hulk looks like a cartoon next to a real object.  At times it just doesn’t blend.  Don’t worry, you will get the joy of cameos from Stan Lee and Dr. Strange.  As well as post end credit scenes.  So see this movie at full price and IMAX, before someone tells to much.  3D is not necessary

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Please don’t cut my hair – Thor

I’m just a janitor – Skurge

I have been falling for 30 minutes – Loki

Let’s call it a tie – Grandmaster

I see you. But you are far away – Heimdall

Thor, I think I’m freaking out – Bruce Banner

Many apologies your highness – Valkyrie

Now you look just like father – Hela

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Murder on the Orient Express – Review

Murder on the Orient Express – Budget of $55 million – 1 hour and 54 minutes

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World famous detective Hercule Poirot just finished a case at The Wailing Wall and wants to take a vacation.  Just as he is planning to relax, he gets a new case from London and must return.  Poirot’s friend Bouc (director of the Orient Express) offers him a ride on the full train.  During a dessert service, Poirot is approached by Samuell Ratchett.  Ratchett has received several death threats and wants to hire Poirot as his bodyguard.  During the night, Poirot sees someone running in a red robe and hears noises coming from Ratchett’s room.  The butler knocks on the door, hears “It’s nothing”, and walks away.  Poirot goes to his room and sleeps.  Later an avalanche, the train derails and leaves them all stranded together.  The butler knocks on everyone’s door but when Ratchett doesn’t answer, Poirot opened the door.  Inside Ratchett is dead with 12 stab wounds to the chest.  Poirot finds a partially destroyed note, a bloody handkerchief with the letter “H” on it, and a cup of barbital drugged coffee.  Poirot must discover the killer before the train is back on the tracks.

Based on the novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, this movie has to be watched twice (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There is so much going on with so many characters, it’s hard to keep up.  While telling a grim tale, it does provide a few laughs at the human condition.  You feel an urge to solve the mystery along with Poirot.  This movie allows you to come up with your own theories as Poirot questions each suspect.  But be warned this movie DOES follow the book; no new suspects, plots, or murders are given.  The director, Kenneth Branagh, must be applauded for his use of continuous shots as Poirot enters and leaves the train.  Also, some scenes are shot from above, allowing the audience to be a fly on the wall or ceiling.  Seeing the behind the scene and the director’s commentary on this movie will be amazing.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Order me the fish – Princess Dragomiroff

Vice is where the devil finds his darling – Pilar Estravados

I blame the chicken – Hercule Poirot

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