|Table of Reviews|
Long Lost Daughter – Review
Long Lost Daughter – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Cathy watched her daughter Michelle walk out the door and head to school. Michelle would not be seen or heard from again. Twenty years later, Cathy is an author of a best selling children series called Mr. Poppins. Often, she goes into the local pre-school to read to the children. This visit, when she looks around, she sees a face that is new but all too familiar. She approaches the woman and introduces herself. The woman’s name is Michelle and she is the new Early Education Program Manager at the pre-school. Instantly Cathy believes this is her Michelle. As she slowly tries to connect, desperation will kick in and she will be forced to do the unspeakable.
Talk about a slow burn. If you expected the kidnapping to happen in the first 30 minutes, well you were sadly mistaken. This movie starts by building the dynamic of Michelle to Jonathan, then her to Ashley, and her to Cathy. As Cathy sees Michelle being taken away again by Jonathan and Ashley, she tries to manipulate the situation. With stolen phones and threats, Cathy will try to alienate Michelle. However, with all of Cathy’s conviving, its Michelle that will leave you with one big question.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
This is a small town. This is how we welcome people – Ashley
Alright, where are we going – Jonathan
What type of person doesn’t cook – Derrick
You’re being sensitive – Michelle
I’m just trying to take care of my baby – Cathy
No One Would Tell – Review
No One Would Tell – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes
Laura sits on the stand recounting how her daughter Sarah met and fell in love with Rob. One by one, their friends talk about what they saw, filling in pieces of the puzzle. Rob moved into town and joined the wrestling team. Sarah and her best friend Nikki attended the met. In a moment of unsportsmanlike conduct, Sarah spoke her mind and got Rob’s attention. Once home, Sarah gets a friend request from Rob. She accepts it and he sends her a picture of her house. He is outside and wants to ask her on a date. She begs Laura and she agrees to let her go. They have a great date and make plans to meet at a party. It’s not long before the two are inseparable. When Sarah starts to turn her attention to Nikki or her Math club friends, Rob gets furious and push her. He quickly apologies but she is left with bruises on her arm. While he promises it will be the last, it is the first of a horrific pattern.
A remake based on a true story, it comes to the sad conclusion we all know (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). However, the judge’s speech has changed. In the original, the judge placed the blame on Sarah’s family and friends. In the remake, she blames this “win” on an epidemic in American culture. It’s this subtle flip that changes the dynamic of this movie causing this remake to tap into today’s movements. This movie is only saddened by the fact that it’s still needed. But parents, before you sit with your kids and watch, take a good look at Laura. Even as a parent, she still displays the characteristics of someone who is insecure and willing to please. Characteristics Sarah learned and mimicked in her relationship. So this story just isn’t for teens entering the dating world, it’s a warning for parents as well.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
I couldn’t say but I like it – Sarah
Ok just look at him. He’s smart. He’s charming. He’s right out of a Jane Auston novel and he picked Sarah – Laura
My dad gets home from work soon. I don’t want him seeing you like this – Rob
Neither am I – Nikki
Love In Design – Review
Love In Design – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Hannah is the host and designer of the home makeover show ‘Love in Design’. She is ready for a much-needed vacation when her producer Julie tells her the head of the network Wally wants to talk with them. While Wally sees strong viewership, it is declining. So, Wally wants Hannah to redesign a building in her hometown and make it a series over a few weeks. Hannah is slightly overwhelmed because they normally design smaller spaces in one day. She has no idea how they will stretch the design process out but she wants to make Wally happy. In addition, the hometown historical board will have their opinion about her modern input to their historical building. Jeff is an architect that was hired to oversee a project in his hometown. He is excited to be back in his old stomping grounds. Although, he is taken back when he learns the designer he will be overseeing is Hannah. His ex-girlfriend he dumped 3 years ago. The moment they meet they start to fight. Wally sees this as TV gold. Just what the show needed. As the two bump heads, they will finally have an open & honest conversation that will cause sparks to fly.
Boy and Girl go back to their hometown, hate each other, argue, and fall in love. This is one of the 4 Hallmark blueprints. And this movie falls right into step. It’s predictable and doesn’t offer enough humor, complexity, or true emotion to keep you engaged. As a viewer, you know the beginning, the middle, and the end. So it’s the small intricacies of the journey that make these movies watchable. Love in Design just doesn’t deliver. This is a background noise movie.
I give it 2 out of 5 stars
Oh boy – Jeff
Ok, we’re hugging – Julie
You always have to give your 2 cents – Hannah
I think we found our show – Wally