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A Mother’s Worst Fear – Review

A Mother’s Worst Fear – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes

A Mother's Worst Fear

Alice takes ‘helicopter mom’ to a new level.  She wants to control her daughter’s choice of college, choice of major, and choice of friends.  Maddy is sick of being under her mother’s thumb and decides to sneak out.  Maddy enjoys the time with her friends but when alcohol is served, she leaves.  Just a few blocks from home, Maddy is knocked out and pulled into a car.  The next morning, Alice receives a call from Maddy letting her know she has been kidnapped.  But the kidnapper doesn’t give a ransom.  Alice, a former hostage negotiator, knows this means the kidnapping is personal.   With the help of her former partner Steve, Alice will lead an investigation that includes sex, lies, and the mob.

Annie isn’t a mother waiting on the police to help, she is the police.  She quickly uses her connections to get information on the kidnapper’s license plate and round up Maddy’s friends.  She pins people to the wall and strong arms them into giving up information.  But love makes her blind to the mistakes and mishaps around her.   While misdirection is thrown at the viewer, Lifetimers will quickly be able to spot the kidnapper and discern why this happened.  While the build-up is dramatic, the climax leaves you wanting more.  However, a final comeback will make you laugh out loud.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Honey, can you handle that since you’re there and said no – Brent

I liked you a lot better when you didn’t talk back – Alice

If you’re not doing anything wrong, you got nothing to hide – Steve

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The Art of Murder – Review

The Art of Murder – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Art of Murder

Kate is an aspiring art curator working in a small local gallery.  Her boss Robert sees Kate’s potential and encourages her to continue.  Casey, on the other hand, could not care less about Kate’s career.  Kate gets her first job to examine Daniel’s paintings.  Daniel’s grandfather left him paintings but he doesn’t know what value they have.  Most of the paintings are worthless but one catches Kate’s eye.  When Kate shows Robert, he is excited.  He wants to get it authenticated before he sells it.  Soon, Kate’s trust in her company will fall apart.  First, Kate finds a dead body.  Then, she asked to lie about the painting’s origins.  Finally, she is under attack by a man she trusted.   Kate must uncover the truth before she’s the next victim.

Two mysteries for the watching time of one.  While you are solving the who murdered Casey mystery, you also have to solve the mystery of why.  The ‘why’ is just as good as, if not better than, the ‘who’.  And you don’t have to understand art to get the underlining theme of this movie.  With 2 mysteries going at the same time, the viewer is spun on their head to keep up.  Be that as it may, the viewer is still clear on what is going on and engaged in the story.  One interesting aspect is when the victim is shot in a frame like a horror movie villain.  You don’t know if you should cheer or be afraid.  It was a bold risk that paid off.  Watch this before someone ruins the surprise ending.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Here’s an idea, why don’t you do your job and I do mine – Casey

Kinda endearing in a way. The whole obnoxious boss thing – Robert

Don’t worry. I’m just using you for your painting – Kate

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Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey – Review

Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes

Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey

Lisa McVey is happy to work at her local donut shop as a cashier.  She can smooth over angry customers with a smile and a kind word.  But when she gets home, it’s pure hell.  Her grandmother knowingly allows her boyfriend to rape Lisa.  Also, Lisa is constantly belittled and berated.  Lisa’s sister Laura tries her best to convince their mother to let Lisa come back, but she won’t.  After a conversation, Lisa realizes her mother knows about the repeated rape and doesn’t care.  Now Lisa has decided to commit suicide.  She works one more day and rides her bike home only to be intercepted by Bobby Joe Long.  He grabs her at gunpoint, threatens to kill her, blindfolds her, and rapes her in his car.  She thought he would let her go but he decides to keep her.  He takes her home where the torture continues.  After a few days, he lets her go and Lisa makes it home.  She tells her grandmother what happened and she doesn’t believe her.  Meanwhile, her grandmother’s boyfriend wants to beat Lisa for lying.  Lisa’s grandmother calls the cops and lets them know she ran away and came back with a story of being kidnapped.  Hearing this, the police want to talk to Lisa.  At first, Lisa is relieved.  That is until they don’t believe her either.  Like a beacon in the dark, Detective Pinkerton hears and believes her story; this moment of compassion will bring justice to the dead.

It’s no wonder Lisa survived.  For years she dealt with a man molesting her inside her own home.  She was able to use this knowledge on adaption to become aware of her surroundings and manipulate Bobby.  Seeing Lisa consistently pick herself up will make you feel stronger.  However, seeing everyone doubt her ordeal will make you sick to your stomach.  Lisa survived hell only to be met by an angry mob waiting to burn her at the stake.  Its hard to believe she is still standing today to tell her tale.  Hopefully, this story of triumph will encourage another victim to stand up and speak out.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I’ll work on her – Laura

Show me a good time or I’ll kill you – Bobby Joe Long

I can tell you’re very handsome – Lisa

Tell me everything. I believe you – Detective Pinkerton

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All My Heart: The Wedding – Review

All My Heart: The Wedding – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

All My Heart: The Wedding

In just 2 short months, Jenny and Brian will be husband and wife.  Jenny is ecstatic and has invited every person they know including the mailman.  With all her joy, she discovers their family has not been invited.  Even though her parents have passed away, Brian’s father is still alive.  Brian builds the courage to call his father after years of radio silence.  His father agrees to come but questions his new life with Jenny, the inn, and the goats.  While tending to the goats, a walk-in Meg asks for a room.  Jenny finds a room for her but tells Brian that Meg asked a lot of questions about the property.  The next day, Meg tells Brian and Jenny that she is Jenny’s cousin once removed.  The papers about the will were sent to her home in Chicago while she was on an extended business trip in Tokyo.  She is the rightful heir to the inn.  However, she sees the work Julie and Brian have put into it.  So she gives them an offer: buy out her 1/3 or sell the house and split the money.

Jenny’s positive attitude and good-natured spirit are what every person should aspire to have in moments of adversity.  No matter how much Meg or her future father in law, disregards her feelings, she remains warm and loving.  Meg is all about the numbers.  She doesn’t see how the inn can make it with an over-saturated market.  It’s extremely easy to throw something at your screen whenever you see Meg.   But as the story develops, you learn why Meg has a wall up.  And while they are related on paper, Meg and Jenny’s strong will connects them.  Seeing Jenny and Brian try everything to keep the inn will make you root for their success in love and in life.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Love me, love my toolbox – Brian

I don’t know. Something feels off – Jenny

On paper but we don’t really have any history – Meg

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