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Deadly Delusions – Review

Deadly Delusions – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Delusions

Julia and Shane are moving from Manhattan to Los Angeles for a new home, new job, and new salary.  They are renting a home from Shane’s friend Robert with the help of a realtor named Arthur.  Shane hopes that the move will help with Julia’s delusions.  She believes someone killed her parents and are coming after her.  Her therapist Dr. Leary tries to get her to confess her delusions aren’t real and keeps her on the medication.  Her friend Annie tries to find other ways to make her de-stress and help keep her grip on reality.  But the more time Julia spends in the house, the worst her delusions become.  She sees snakes in that bathroom, hears triggers before a window falls on her head, and sees men following her on the street.  Julia is sick of tired of being labeled crazy and is determined to prove everyone wrong.  She knows someone is after her and she will find them.

Just because you’re crazy, it doesn’t mean they’re not after you.  This is an extremely slow build up.  You will start to feel as if you’re the one going crazy.  Now you may start to untangle the “who” but you won’t figure out the “why”.  Just hang in there and the final reveal will be worth it.  Some advice: DVR the movie so you can fast forward when you are starting to lose your interest.  But be sure not to skip over the last 30 minutes.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know if they’re dreams anymore – Julia

It’s up to you. We either do this together or not at all. It’s up to you – Shane

Your future – Robert

He won’t ever cheat on you, lie to you, or break your heart. Plus he always leaves the toilet seat down – Annie

The shadow men are not real – Dr. Leary

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Bad Stepmother – Review

Bad Stepmother – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Bad Stepmother

Verity is awakened by her brother Jonathan’s phone call to relay the tragic news.  Her father died of a heart attack and fell off a balcony.  She flies home with a full flask and a heart filled with contentment.  When she walks in the door, she finds out her father secretly married his secretary Louise a week ago and she lives in the family mansion with her son Eric.  Also, Verity is dumbfounded to meet her future sister-in-law April.  With her head still spinning with new family members, she is shocked when Jonathan says he doesn’t trust Louise.  And he believes she has something to do with their father’s death.  Verity believes Jonathan’s suspicions are preposterous and lets Louise stay.  At the will reading, Louise gets everything but Verity and Jonathan’s trust.  However, Louise is shocked to learn that the will doesn’t include the house.  Since their mom owned it, its a part of the trust that Louise can’t touch.  Jonathan gives Louise her walking papers.  Louise is enraged.  She will get that house and everything she believes she deserves come hell or high water.

Based on the book Wicked Stepmother by Michael McDowell, this movie is compelling, shocking, engrossing, and a cinematic wonder from beginning to end (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  If this is how Lifetime will do books in the future, keep it coming.  There were so many twists, turns, and nail-biting moments it’s hard to keep count.  The growth of Verity is tremendous for a two-hour movie but it’s a much-needed growth from rock and roll child to strong, responsible woman.  Now she does have constant pitfalls but she overcomes them with the strength of Jonathan and April.  Don’t miss this one.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

They still keep the vodka in the library – Verity

I don’t trust her. Who gets married in secret – Jonathan

This house is just as much your’s as it is mine’s – Louise

Now I thought we were just friends – Eric

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Aurora Teagarden: Last Scene Alive – Review

Aurora Teagarden: Last Scene Alive – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Aurora Teagarden: Last Scene Alive

Aurora’s about to kick off her next Real Murder Club meeting when her ex-boyfriend Robin walks in with good news.  His book is about to become a movie but he wanted to let Aurora know the main character is based on her.  The lead Celia would like to shadow Aurora to learn how she walks, talks, and investigates.  Aurora is puzzled by the request but allows it.  And Robin allows Aurora to come on set to give advice to other cast mates.  During Aurora’s time on set, she gets to know the cast and crew.  So when Celia is missing for her first scene, Aurora is bewildered and Robin knocks on Celia’s trailer.  He walks in to see her dead with a large head wound.  Aurora is immediately on the case to solve the murder of her shadow.

Based on the Last Scene Alive by Charlaine Harris, this is the Aurora you know and love (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). With witty banter between her mother and friends, you can laugh through your macabre moments.  It takes time to determine the killer because the main characters and their back stories are the focus for the first 30 minutes.  Then, you get to know the people around Celia and their backstories.  While several people are given motives, you won’t be completely thrown off the killer’s scent.  This is still a good watch for any current or new Aurora fan.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Lillian, can you imagine living with our mother again – Aurora

Aurora Teagarden, an afterthought? Impossible – Martin

My mother always said jealousy is not a very attractive quality – Robin

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Love on the Slopes – Review

Love on the Slopes – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love on the Slopes

Alex is tired of her copy editor job because she wants to be a writer.  She wants to write articles that inspire not just proofread them.  Then her boss tells the employees about a contest.  The person that writes the best article will get a first class ticket to anywhere in the world, their article on the cover, and a traveling writer position.  She proposes to write about an elusive photographer named Cole Taylor.  He has no social media presence and doesn’t do interviews.  Alex’s boss doesn’t think interviewing a Cole is enough.  She should experience extreme sports herself.  She tries to reign in her boss by explaining she is a klutz.  But he tells her to go off the beaten path and try every extreme sport a local resort has to offer as a newcomer.  Alex comes to the resort horribly prepared for the one-mile walk after her car breaks down and for the small trail hike to her cabin.   After becoming a walking catastrophe on the ski lift, a handsome man offers to help her.  That man is Cole.  He promises to teach her extreme sports.  But she has to prove she won’t kill him and play by his rules.  She agrees with the hope of writing about him.  As the two spend time together, they both break down their walls and their fears.  But the one thing that stands in the way is Barton, Alex’s boyfriend.

A sweet movie about love and self-discovery.  It’s good to see both of these characters grow with each other.  It helps build up the belief in them as a couple.  Cole must get over his fear of crowds and become more public to draw attention to his charity.  And Alex must get over her fear of everything extreme to become a better writer.  So, they learn to breathe and scream on the inside.  After seeing this movie, you may want to try a new sport yourself.  Record this movie and save it for a day you need inspiration.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t be complacent, they said. Go on an adventure, they said – Alex

Alex be a warrior, not a worrier – Kate

Ok, suit yourself. Good luck with the bears – Cole

It could really be funny – Max

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