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The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice – Review

The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Mari washes dishes when her daughter, Shannan, comes down the steps.  Mari knows her daughter is a prostitute and offers alternative jobs.  Shannan laughs and tells Mari she will be back on Mother’s Day.  After two days, Mari gets a call from a blocked number.  The voice on the other end says that he runs a home for wayward girls, and he tried to help Shannan.  Then, the caller hangs up. Mari tries to Shannan, but the calls go unanswered.  Mari goes to the police to report Shannan missing, but when they hear she is a prostitute, they stop caring and tell her to tell it to the county police where Shannan lives.  Frustrated, Mari leaves, but she stops when she gets another phone call from a blocked number.  The caller said he tried to help Shannan, but Shannan left.  Mari runs into the police station.  And seeing she is frantic, Chief Detective Dominick Varrone steps in to help Mari.  Mari admits her failings as a mother because foster care raised Shannan, and her daughter, Sarra, was molested by Mari’s boyfriend.  Now, Shannan is bipolar, Sarra has schizophrenic, and Mari blames herself.  But Mari quickly states that Shannan wasn’t always this way.  At one point, she was in nursing school.  But Shannan made some bad decisions that lead her down the wrong path.  She begs Dominick to find Shannan, but when she feels he isn’t doing enough, she calls a private investigator, Herc Zinneman.  He doesn’t offer much hope, but he promises to use his connections to get Mari more information.  With Mari’s motherly determination, she set the wheels in motion and uncovers corruption, several killers, and dozens of victims.  

Inspired by real events, the sad fact is that plenty of these murders didn’t have to happen if police investigated the initial disappearances.  Instead, they stopped caring the moment they heard the women’s profession.  This ignorance allowed several serial killers to operate in or around Suffolk County.  And while some get justice, others, like Mari, get more questions than answers.  By the end of the movie, you will learn Mari’s horrifying conclusion.  

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

She’s an adult, Sarra.  What else can I do – Mary

You’re worth it, mom – Shannan

You know why I’m an ex cop because I couldn’t stand the bureaucracy – PI

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His Killer Fan – Review

His Killer Fan – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

At her father’s wake, Kaylee has a hard time composing herself and looks to her friend, Ariana, to comfort her.  However, Ariana is more concerned with her performance at the funeral than Kaylee’s feelings.  Ariana explains that she entered a contest to sing next to her idol and crush, Josh Halliday.  The winner will also get two tickets to his concert and backstage passes.  A few days later, Ariana got great news: she won the contest, and she invites Kaylee to go with her.  At first, Kaylee says no, but Ariana pleads her case, and Kaylee accepts.  At the concert, Ariana does well, but she notices that Josh focuses more on Kaylee in the crowd than her on stage.  When the two women go backstage, Josh continues his aloof behavior towards Ariana to talk to Kaylee.  Ariana cuts off their conversation to invite Josh to her performance at a local bar.  He accepts and goes the next night.  While Ariana is singing, she can see Josh and Kaylee getting close, so she invites Josh on stage.  Josh starts the song by dedicating it to Kaylee.  Ariana storms off stage and goes to the alley to scream, cry, and break things.  Ariana can’t take it and leaves Kaylee at the bar alone.  The next morning, Ariana gets an alert on her phone that the paparazzi took photos of Kaylee and Josh together.  They are calling Kaylee Josh’s newest ‘it’ girl.  Ariana decides she will do anything to get her man back.  No matter the weapon nor the victim, Josh will be hers.

IMDB describes this movie as Swimfan meets A Star is Born (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  However, this film should be called Swimfan with music.  Whether or not you like the music is up to your preference.  But this reviewer enjoyed most of the songs and the singers.  As Ariana slowly devolves into madness, it’s unsettling to see Kaylee ignore the warning signs.  But when Kaylee describes their relationship, you will understand that loyalty blocks her ability to see Ariana’s true nature.  Ariana is possessive, obsessive, and a self-mutilator.  This movie could be a trigger for anyone dealing with that coping mechanism.  While the film doesn’t show the act of cutting, it does show the scars.  Also, a viewer can see Ariana’s first killing as suicide by proxy.  With a psychological final fight scene and one unanswered question, this movie is a fun watch.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Hey don’t judge.  I am just a loyal customer – Tina

I just need a minute to catch my breath – Kaylee

Kaylee’s never been lonely. She’s been with lots of guys – Ariana

I trust you.  I trust you with my whole heart – Josh

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Saints & Sinners: Judgement Day – Review

Saints & Sinners: Judgement Day – Bounce TV – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Christie runs into the police station, ready to confess the information she has about her mother, Ella.  Then, she hears a familiar voice screaming.  It’s Ella.  She is screaming that the police made a mistake and she didn’t kill him.  Christie runs out of the police station.  Hours ago, Ella found the body of Malik Thompson in her pool.  Then, the police came to her door for a disturbance call.  She tried to convince the officers that everything is okay, but they see blood on her hands.  They enter the home and find the body.  She is immediately their number one suspect.  At the police station, Ella is furious.  The police are holding her without a charge, a phone call, or a lawyer.  When she finally gets a visitor, it’s her mother, Leona.  Leona offers to help, but only if Ella signs over her power of attorney to Leona.  Under duress, Ella signs.  Leona goes to councilwoman Kimberly’s office and demands Kimberly make her acting mayor of Cypress.  If Kimberly doesn’t do it, Leona will expose Kimberly’s embezzlement.  Ella watches TV and sees Kimberly swearing-in the new acting-mayor, Leona.  Ella knows this is Leona’s first step to controlling her, the New Hope Church, and Cypress.

Like Hallmark, Bounce TV created a movie to kick off the new season of Saints and Sinners.  New viewers will not understand some comments, so it’s vital to watch previous seasons.  But if you watch this movie, you will want to binge-watch the other seasons.  There are a few new faces, but every other face is well established in the storyline.  Even seasoned fans will be on the edge of their seat to see what Leona will do next and to whom.  Now this movie does answer two burning questions.  First is who killed Malik Thompson.  The second is why does Leona commit such deceitful acts.  Both answers will leave you stunned, but both centers on betrayal.  This movie will be a favorite like the show.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I gotta get out of here.  Just get her a lawyer – Christie

You won’t hold me for 48 minutes or I will have your damn badge – Ella

No matter what happens between us, we are still family – Leona

Stop making excuses. Your mom is not the victim here – Levi

Don’t worry.  We can handle it – Kendrick

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Crossword Mysteries: Terminal Descent – Review

Crossword Mysteries: Terminal Descent – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Tess has a huge challenge in front of her.  She will be competing against XCAL’s supercomputer called BB or Big Brain X to solve a crossword puzzle for the fastest time.  Tess’s friend, Viv, is PR for XCAL and got Tess a meeting with the CEO, Morgan, and the Vice President, Paul, of the company.  During her tour with Paul, Tess learns that BB controls the XCAL building’s elevators, security, and data collection.  After seeing BB in action, Tess knows she has to do some more practicing before the competition.  As she leaves, Tess sees a gardener messing with one of the potted plants.  When Tess asks him about it, he has no idea what Tess means.  She thinks this is odd but continues on her way.  Next, Tess sees a woman, Jesse, approaching Morgan.  She is upset that the current contract for BB will put the supercomputer’s AI on steroids.  She wants Morgan to back out of the deal.  Then Tess notices a woman, Layla, bump into Morgan, but Morgan blames himself for texting while walking.  Before he could hear Tess tell him to hold the elevator, Morgan gets in and lets the doors close.  Then everyone hears a crash. Morgan is dead.  Logan and his new partner investigate the scene and find something disturbing.  Someone overwrote the safety protocols for the smart elevator.  This accident is now murder.  Since Logan knows Tess won’t back down, he talks to her about everything she witnesses.  She tells him about the gardener and Jesse.  Nothing else stands out.  Before the culprit’s reveal, Tess and Logan will come face to face with a biker gang, confront an ex-wife, and unlock all of Morgan’s secrets.

Based on the Crossword Mysteries series, this movie is another hit (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  They have a unique murder, a victim with tawdry secrets, and plenty of suspects.  When you believe you have the killer, another person comes into the story with a motive.  You will need a murder board to keep up with all the clues.  And let’s not forget Tess confronting a biker gang.  This is a new side to Tess you will love and fear.  Crossword Mysteries found its groove, and it looks like there will be a lot more to come.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Patience isn’t really one of my virtues – Logan

When you give everything to everyone, you leave nothing for yourself – Aunt Candace

This is usually the part where you tell me to stay out of things – Tess

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Sincerely, Yours, Truly – Review

Sincerely, Yours, Truly – UPtv – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Hailey and her partner, Lisa, own Growing Out.  They create community gardens and show local kids how to care for them while growing food.  They are a finalist for a $250,000 grant, but they need to find a permanent space to qualify.  After having two successful non-profits, Josh started Mainframe to teach kids how to create apps.  He downsized his office, but he focuses on work because he is a finalist for the grant too.  After finding a temporary location, Lisa and Hailey settle in for the night until Lisa finds love letters in her bedroom.  The letters, addressed to a woman named Marisol, were signed by the Techie Poet.  Hailey isn’t sure about reading them, but once they start, they can’t stop.  While Hailey is falling in love with the poet’s words, Josh annoys her since she moved into her new location.  Josh, Hailey, and Lisa share a floor and bump into each other.  When they discover they are competition, their annoyance grows.  Lisa can see that the poet’s words intrigue Hailey.  So Lisa searches for the Techie Poet on Twitter, and when she finds him, she pretends to be Hailey.  Lisa doesn’t let the deception go on for long.  She tells Hailey about the tweets, and Hailey picks up where Lisa left off.  The Techie Poet reveals his heart to Hailey, and she does the same.  Hailey doesn’t know the Techie poet is Josh, and Josh doesn’t know he is communicating with Hailey.  What will the tweeting couple do when they learn their real identities, and how will it affect the competition? What will Hailey do when Marisol comes back?

The art of the written word is the highlight of this movie.  With text messages, emails, and social media inboxes, it’s hard to imagine finding love letters written in the 21st century.  However, after Lisa finds them, they start binge-reading like they were watching a Netflix series.  Hailey even gets upset when Lisa reads a few letters ahead of her.  Curiosity will get the better of you, and you will want to know why Marisol and Josh’s relationship ended, so does Josh.  But don’t worry. The movie will answer all your questions.  Seeing how these two discover their online identities are fun, realistic, and coincidental.  Sit back and have a good laugh. 

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

If he didn’t even sign his name, he forfeits his rights to them – Lisa

I really need that jam – Josh

He’s sappy but the guy is definitely sweet – Hailey

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Playing Cupid – Review

Playing Cupid – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Kerri introduces the Annual Business Competition to her students.  It is a district-wide competition that allows students to create a business, and the kids will donate the profits to the school.  Winning the competition will look great on their college applications.  Her student, Clara, can’t pick a business idea, but she gets some much-needed inspiration while sitting at her father, David’s, restaurant called Cantina Corazon.  She sees another teacher, Marnie, and a patron like each other.  She steps in between them and starts discussing books.  Soon, the two adults are talking.  Clara decides to start a matchmaking company called Cupid Clara.  Kerri thinks it will be unique, but Miguel is upset.  He goes to Kerri’s class to let her know that this is a bad idea.  Not only for Clara’s education but for his custody.  If Clara doesn’t perform well in school, his ex-wife could get sole custody of Clara and move.  Kerri points out that Clara can quantify her success by matching couples at the school dance.  To ease Miguel’s mind, Kerri comes up with an idea.  Since Miguel has a business, he can be a parent mentor for the students.  If he helps Kerri, Kerri will help Miguel with the PTA’s candy gram fundraiser, and as the two work together, Clara can see the sparks between them.  Clara decides to put her matchmaking skills to work and set them up.  Can Cupid Clara get the award and the ultimate match?

Based on Playing Cupid by Jennifer Meyerhoff and inspired by Emma, this movie gives the viewer a fun twist on matchmaking (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  With a 13-year-old at the helm, you wonder if the relationship can sail.  Of course, you know how the story will end.  But it’s still a good watch.  The most intense part of the movie is waiting for the guests to show up for the El Dia del Amor y Amistad.  That one moment is the nail-biter in the film.  You can anticipate everything else that will happen.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

They’re people. That’s where I’ve been going wrong all these years – Marnie

What does anyone know about love – Clara

That’s not a bad idea – Kerri

We both know that’s not true.  I was never fun – David

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