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Disney Descendants 2 – Review
Disney Descendants 2 – Disney Channel – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Mal (daughter of Maleficent) is now the center of attention at Auradon Prep. She and Ben (Son of Beast & Belle) are attending the Royal Cotillion together; there he will announce her as the lady of the court. Jane (daughter of Fairy Godmother) tells Mal this is a pre, pre, pre engagement. This news sends Mal into a panic. Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen) and Carlos (son of Cruella DeVil) try to calm her but nothing works. Mal decides that Auradon isn’t the place for her, she wants to go back to the Isle. She leaves a note and heads back to the one place she feels she can be herself. When Evie finds the note, she tells Ben; he wants to go to the Isle and find her. Evie, Carlos, and Jay (son of Jafar) are happy to help. But before the night is done, Ben will be kidnapped by Uma (daughter of Ursala). In order to get Ben back, Uma wants to trade Ben for something that could free the Isle of the Lost and be the end of Auradon.
While most would believe Descendants 2 is a sequel for Disney Descendants, it’s not. It’s a sequel to the second book, Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This movie, by far, surpasses the first movie. With several jaw-dropping moments and original music, it’s hard to only watch it once. You will dance, tear up, and cheer for the anti-heroes and some of the villains. Dizzy (daughter of Drizella) will quickly become a fan favorite. It’s obvious she doesn’t belong on the Isle and should be given a chance at Auradon Prep. And while Uma is the bad guy, you will fall in love because of her musical intros and great dance numbers. You will look forward to seeing her in the 3rd film. (Yes, there will be a third movie to follow the third book). This movie has wonderful dancing and fighting choreography along with unforgettable music and amazing costumes. Parents, be ready to see this movie in school auditoriums everywhere. Descendants 2 is marvelous entertainment for the whole family with a few life lessons given. Some of the graphics are a bit underwhelming but don’t let that take away from this superb family film.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
Ha ha ha. We’re done here – Ben
Yeah but she can be so much more – Evie
All you gotta do is look like me – Jay
That is me. I am perfect – Mal
If my mother thought that way, she would have lost the war – Lonnie
It’s so nice to have a friend on the same wavelength – Jane
Sounds like an improvement – Carlos
I need you to stop talking – Uma
I could hurt you – Harry
You can take the girl out of the Isle, but you can’t take the Isle out to the girl – Dizzy
Tell your dad that my dad said ‘hi’ and Gaston wishes he would have finished him off when he had the chance – Gil
I have a scout badge and s’mores. How could you go camping with me – Doug
This is still a school. So if you are here, you are either skipping or trespassing – Fairy Godmother
Sleepwalking in Suburbia – Review
Sleepwalking in Suburbia – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Michelle sleepwalks at night with no memory of what she did or where she went. So three weeks later, when Michelle tells her husband Danny she is pregnant; he is elated at the news. He starts to tell a few of his friends. One, in particular, is Luke. Luke smiles at Danny’s news but he is holding a secret. A few weeks ago, Michelle sleepwalked into his home and had sex with him. She then walked out and went back home. So, when Luke confronts her about the baby she is shocked and confused. He starts to follow her and even leaves his wife Nancy for her. Michelle wants to stay as far away from Luke as possible. And her feelings are solidified after she is almost run over and shot while sleepwalking. And to make matters worse, she wakes up next to Luke’s dead body with a knife in her hand. She is the number one suspect with a motive and no alibi.
This movie definitely has its WTF moments. As Michelle sleepwalks out of the house time and time again. She climbs into different beds with a different person or people and does anything she wants. All the while, her long suffering husband is understanding of her issues and excited for her pregnancy, you start to feel bad for him. Now seasoned Lifetimers will be able to spot the killer but you will be left with another question: Was the sleepwalking real or an excuse.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Can we talk about this – Luke
You want me to file a restraining order against her – Tyler
Not yet but I will let you know if she gets out of hand – Danny
You can dish it but you can’t take it – Kate
It’s gonna be amazing – Michelle
Home for Christmas Day – Review
Home for Christmas Day – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Jane, a realtor, is working hard to help her daughter Betsy pay for veterinary school. She is looking forward to having her daughter close to home and being a part of her life. However, Betsy dreams about going to college but leaving her small town. She has applied to 2 colleges out of state without telling her mother. Betsy has decided not to tell Jane because she knows her mother will be hurt. Her mother lost her father after his deployment. Jane was left broken hearted and never loved anyone, besides her daughter, again. Betsy is having a hard enough time tell Jane about college, but when a handsome soldier walks into her diner, Betsy will have to keep another secret from her mother.
This is a heartfelt movie about love, loss, and grief. Bring out the tissues. Before watching this movie you should know it is a very slow build to the plot. In fact, the build takes a 75% of the movie and 25% is the plot. You need to hang in there long enough for the tear jerker. Also, don’t be too hard on Jane’s character. It may seem selfish, but she means well by wanting to keep her daughter home. Being a parent doesn’t come with a manual. Also, don’t be hard on Betsy either. She lies by omission but it is to protect her mother. Both women are more similar than they are different, even in the way they love and protect each other. Both need to go through this to grow. Sit back, be patient, and enjoy
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
I should probably push that thing over a cliff – Jane
There is nothing wrong with “fine”. But it’s not the same as happy – Meg
One of these days you are going to say yes and I am going to surprise you – Jackson
Getting hurt is a part of life, whether you like it or not – Adelaide
I’m going to tell Jacks you said that – Betsy
I was going to call you but – Tyler
The Christmas Cure – Review
The Christmas Cure – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Finally, Dr. Nessa gets the holidays off from her E.R. rotation. But before she leaves, she was given great news. She is up for the job as head of trauma. This is a wonderful opportunity and she can’t wait to interview after she comes back from visiting her family. When she lands, she is shocked to be picked up by her ex-boyfriend Mitch. Mitch explained that her father Bruce was busy with his clinic with his patients. So Nessa’s first stop is her father’s clinic. She falls right in to step, helping patients and work alongside her dad. Later, Nessa sits with her family and her father gives them the big news. He is retiring and closing the clinic. Nessa and her brother Kyle are shocked but her mother is happy. Nessa learns her father will close the clinic on December 23 and she will do all she can to help. However, she gets a call from her job. Her interview was moved to December 23. She had to decide to leave her family for her dream job or help her father put an end to his legacy. With this hard decision, she has love in the back of her mind.
This movie is a sweet story with a predictable ending. The moment she lays her eyes on Mitch, you know where the relationship will go. However, the closing of her father’s practice is unpredictable. While this movie is a rehashing of other Hallmark Christmas movies, it gives you a bit of nostalgia for the neighborhood doctor. As they make the rounds, they know every patient by name. This is nearly unheard of today. Don’t cancel plans to watch this movie. Just DVR and watch on a rainy day.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
Hey, dad. I’m coming home – Nessa
I take my job seriously – Kyle
It is not spiked. Did you spike it? – Martha
She made an impression – Mitch
She dies – Shelly
There are many different ways to save a life – Bruce