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#MannyDearest, #SometimesTheGoodKill, and more – TV Reviews

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Manny Dearest – Review

Manny Dearest – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Manny Dearest

Even though she feels guilty, Karen decides to hire a manny to help with her two sons, Max and Rex. She interviews several candidates but with no real prospects. Soon as she gives up, Alex is on her doorstep. She takes a quick glance at his resume, but when he handles the kids like a pro on the spot, she hires him. Alex is a dream come true with cooking, cleaning, and child care. But as Karen and her boyfriend, Greg, get closer, Alex’s snaps. He uses fire alarms, medications, and a drone to drive Greg off. But when Alex believes he has succeeded, Greg starts to look into his history. It’s not long before he sees the darkness behind him. With Greg out of the house, Alex attempts to be the dad, but Karen puts an end to that immediately. Now Greg must warn Karen in time before she becomes Alex’s next victim.

Always check references!!!! This movie will have you shocked as Alex defends and turns on the family. While it only gives a brief glimpse into what causes Alex’s issues, it’s enough for a Lifetime movie. While the body count is low, it starts quickly. Within the first 4 minutes, someone dies. The acting is perfect. It’s funny to watch Alex feign shock at Greg’s misdeeds. Faking acting while acting is proof you can act. You will be in fear for the children’s life as well as the dog’s life. Now one kill maybe a little satisfying for some, but Alex is the bad guy. But Remember: Alex is hot, so he is crazy. Lifetime rule #1: Hot = Crazy.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Manny. That’s the scientifical term. Man plus nanny, manny – Gillian

Don’t you think it’s a little early to be buying him gifts – Greg

You are the only man of this house – Karen

I know. I just said that so he wouldn’t kill you – Rex

Sometimes things have a way of working themselves out – Alex

I have no problem scratching your back as long as you scratch mines later – Cory

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Sometimes the Good Kill – Review

Sometimes the Good Kill – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Sometimes the Good Kill

Talia and Faith are going through a normal day when they hear a scream. The run outside to find Mother Superior dead with a head wound. Since the convent is going through a financial crisis, they decided to take the body to the infirmary and call the police later. Until then, they will hold a vote to select another mother superior. After a close race, Sister Joy is chosen. When Joy asks Talia to come to her office, Talia is pleased to get recognition from the new Mother Superior. Joy explains the issues of the church and the closeness of the race. Once Joy is assured they are alone, Joy shows Talia another dead body. It is the body of Sister Mary in a bathtub. Sister Joy knows that the Cardinal is looking for any reason to let her go and another murder would give him the reason. So, Sister Joy asks Talia to user her past training to find the killer before anyone was so late. Talia is concerned that reverting back will jeopardize her oath to God to end her violent past.

If you are going to watch this movie, give it your full attention. You may even need to watch it twice to see what you missed. While the story is good, the scenery is absolutely amazing. With the rolling hills and immaculate grounds, it’s hard to imagine something so awful could happen here. The movie offers plenty of suspects and several motives … enough to make your heads spin. And just when you think you have everything figured out, you are thrown curve ball. While the ending calls for a sequel, it’s not needed. Watch this movie when you have a full 2 hours to give it your full attention.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Democracy allows an idiot to vote for the wrong candidate – Faith

The order needs your sacrifice – Sister Joy

Maybe you just like playing with fire more than I do – Talia

Sometimes it’s obvious what’s suppose to happen – Sister Cypriana

Ignorance is the plight of this who judge more than listen to their superiors – Sister Jean

I don’t know why any of you are staying here – Mai

Was she talking about me – Sister Oona

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New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell – Review

New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell

Richard Matt a.k.a Hacksaw is serving 25 years to life for killing a man and cutting up his body. Dave Sweat a.k.a Rebel is serving life for killing a sheriff’s deputy. Joyce Mitchell aka Tillie is a twice married mother of three. Joyce and her husband Lyle both work at the prison where Hacksaw and Rebel are serving their sentence. Joyce is a seamstress and, under her instructions, Hacksaw and Rebel sew uniforms for various companies. Hacksaw has a skill for painting and paints pictures for the guards in return for favors. Rebel can cook and cooks for the guards for more favors. Rebel and Hacksaw come up with a plan to seduce Joyce to bring in contraband needed to aid their escape. At first, they wonder if she would be willing to do it; but when she tells Rebel she cheated on her first husband for Lyle, they know she is ready. She slowly sneaks in items as Rebel digs under the prison. Hacksaw creates a plan to go to Mexico, he has friends that will help and can speak the language. Everything seems to go well until word gets out about how much time Rebel and Joyce are spending together. So Rebel sends love letters to Joyce but to ensure his stronghold on her, he allows Hacksaw to sleep with her. Now with the tunnel almost complete, they have one more test for Joyce: kill Lyle. And then she will pick them up for an escape to Mexico.

Wow. Remember when watching this movie that the seduction/prison break took over a year to plan and complete. It’s amazing to watch these two killers seduce everyone who knows them. They are given access to hotplates, knives, and hacksaws all from the guards. But it was Joyce who took it a step farther. Was Joyce a willing participant or a patsy? In her final moments, was she overcome with guilt or chicken out? It’s up to the viewer to interpret. However, with these questions, there is only one real victim. Lyle. He is loyal to a fault. He continues to support Joyce and blames Hacksaw and Rebel for her decisions. There is no honor among thieves. DVR and watch when the kids are asleep.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Only if you think you can mustard some up – Lyle

They treated me like I was some kind of criminal – Joyce

Don’t you get it Mrs. M, Dave is gonna be in here for the rest of his life. He wants that picture of you to last – Hacksaw

Tell Juliet, Romeo is gonna need some more stuff – Rebel

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The Perfect Catch – Review

The Perfect Catch – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Perfect Catch

Chase shot big and shot himself in the foot. He lost his team’s chance at the World’s Series with one bad pitch. And with tryouts about to start, Chase still doesn’t have a team. While waiting for that career renewing phone call, Chase decided to go to his hometown of Parker Falls and clear his mind. His first day back, he runs into his old friend Jessica. During their conversation, he learns that Jessica is running the family restaurant, divorced, a single mother, and dating. Also, Chase is dating a supermodel who is vacationing in France. As they go down memory lane, they think about when both were crowned King and Queen of the Spring Fling. But this passing conversation is extended the next day when Wesley asks Chase to help him become a better baseball player. With more time together the sparks fly but how will it effect the other aspects of their lives. And with one phone call, Chase is left with a heartbreaking decision.

Hallmark doing what they do best. People with a history that annoy each other, forced to work together, realize they are in love after all. They even throw in a Spring Fling festival. But what makes this story unique is the connection between Wesley and Chase. Seeing their bond form naturally is the saving grace of this movie. Also, unlike most Hallmark movies, it’s Chase who has to make the life-altering decision. Not Jessica. So come for a love story, stay for a Father/Son bonding.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

My arm is fine. It’s my ego that’s taking a bruising – Chase

He still looks great – Nina

Was it something I said – brett

Ancient history – jessica

Everyone makes promises because they are easy to break – Wesley

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#FatalDefense, #RockAndAHardPlace, and more – TV Reviews

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Fatal Defense – Review

Fatal Defense – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Fatal Defense

Arden survived a frightening attack at her home. She and her daughter Emma are completely shaken up. She tries to assure her daughter that everything will be fine but with her parent’s divorce, Emma is not convinced. With the urging of a detective and her sister Gwen, Arden decides to take a self-defense course. Arden and Gwen look online and find a hot guy’s class. Arden walks in and is tested by the instructor withing seconds. Arden leaves with marks on her wrist and a bad taste in her mouth. But after hearing her daughter is having nightmares, Arden goes back. She starts to bond with Logan over their past pains, but when Logan’s defense test go too far, she is in fear for her life and her daughter’s life.

Sigh. Seeing Arden make classic Lifetime mistakes in the 21st century is more than the watcher can bear. If you are going to watch this movie, be prepared to root for Logan. While most of the movie is predictable, be prepared for a twist that will shock Lifetimers. While this isn’t on of this best, it’s a good DVR/background noise movie. But don’t cancel plans to watch. And if you do, be prepared to adjust your volume, the music does come it a little loud.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

There is nothing that will empower you more than if you kick the crap out of some body – Gwen

It is your job to show them, without a shadow of a doubt, you aren’t prey – Logan

I felt a little overwhelmed. I don’t know if I am ready – Arden

So if daddy isn’t coming back, who is going to protect us then – Emma

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Rock and a Hard Place – Review

Rock and a Hard Place – HBO – 1 hour and 30 minutes

Rock and a Hard Place

In 2013, The Rock and a camera crew visited the Miami-Dade County boot camp. This boot camp offers an alternative to a long prison sentence. With sentences range from 10 years to Life, boot camp is the best alternative. The officers hope that by giving these young men discipline, education, and strength, they will become productive members of society and stay out of jail. They will have to stay in the program for 16 weeks, learn the rules of conduct, perform military protocol, & pass a physical fitness test in order to graduate from the program. However, with all the tough rules, these young men will be able to obtain their GED, get job training, and substance abuse counseling. With everything hanging in the balance for the cadets, 2 young men made a bad decision. Their bad decision puts the boot camp and the other cadets’ freedom at risk.

This documentary points out a few of the dedicated officers of Miami-Dade County boot camp that work as counselors, teachers, drill instructors, and translators.

  • Primary Drill Instructor Françoise Fouquet
  • Drill Instructor Virgilio Lopez
  • Corporal Frederick Hodge
  • Boot Camp Commander Lt. Rose Green
  • Drill Instructor Marquita Gilliard
  • Boot Camp Counselor Shelnimta Jackson
  • Anger Management Facilitator Tammy Lundy
  • Administrative Sergeant Natasha Reese

Even though these men are young, their crimes would have them in jail longer than they have been alive. And all are repeated offenders who have been arrested dozens of times. Two have a language barrier, one won’t listen, and another steals. With all the good the bootcamp is doing, officers are pessmistic that all 38 young men will graduate. As the documentary follows the young men, from Day 1’s headshaving to graduation, you will learn about them and what brought them to bootcamp. Here are a few.

Name Charge Description Possible Max Sentence
James Dukes 5 counts of buglury 60 years
Kevin Chew 2 counts of grand theft 15 years
Timothy Williams aggravated assault, robbery with fire arm Life
Kavin Wimbley 2 counts of armed robbery Life
Russell Youngblood grand theft burglary 10 years
Manuel Guzman carjacking/assault with a deadly weapon 75 years
Avery Plemons 2 counts armed home invasion Life

With jail’s repeat offenders on the climb, this bootcamp may ugre people to rethink how we rehibilitate felons. The one element this documentary is missing is the “Where are They Now” segment. This documnetary was filmed in 2013, it would be nice to see where 4 years have taken them.

I give it # out of 5 stars

No quitting. Stay strong. And don’t f**k this thing up. I mean that – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

It’s not going to be at your freaking leisure. It’s gonna be on their freaking agenda – Corporal Frederick Hodge

The push ups. The sit ups. The screaming. That’s all a part of our philosophy. If they can’t survive here, they’ll never make it on the streets – Lt. Rose Green

This is a form of rehabilitation/punishment – Tammy Lundy

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Murder She Baked: Just Desserts – Review

Murder She Baked: Just Desserts – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Murder She Baked: Just Desserts

Hannah is judging a baking competition on a local network while owning a bakery called Cookie Jar. Her noticeable limp is getting the attention of everyone include her boyfriend Mike. She explains that her steps broke and she sprained her knee. Mike sees this as a simple home repair until another judge gets sick. Finally, when the sick judge’s replacement, Coach Bishop, is killed; Mike and Hannah investigate. Hannah is not an officer, however, she is known around town as the Murder Magnet. With plenty of suspects, including the Coach’s wife, a contestant, and the basketball player, Hannah has her work cut out for her. And if Hannah doesn’t stop this murderer in time, she and Mike could die.

Based on the novel, Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, this movie provides a few twist and turns (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The “who” and also the “why” are a complete mystery until the end. The downside is the stories slow pace because of the Hannah/Mike relationship subplot. It’s not necessary for the mystery, however, Hallmark fans may enjoy it for the overall arc of the series. So this is a movie to DVR and fast-forward when needed.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Well, I do need the practice – Mr. Rutledge

It’s just very new, ok – Hannah

Go get them – Coach Bishop

So, do you believe her – Mike

If mike messes up, I’ll position myself nicely – Norman

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Off The Rails – Review

Off The Rails – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Off The Rails

Six months after Nicole is injured in a train accident, she is still trying to regain her memory. Nicole is working with a hypnotherapist and she got the greenlight to slowly return to work. Much to the chagrin of her husband Mark, Nicole decides going back to work is the best idea. A few days later she second guesses her decision because she is attacked in her office by a man who knows her name. Police tell Nicole that the man had proof he was talking to her on a rape fantasy website, a cheating website, and other forms of social media. This leave Nicole in shock because she doesn’t have any social media accounts. After discussing other strange encounters with men, police, and Nicole determine she was catfished. Someone is out to hurt her, but she can’t figure out why. She believes the “why” is in her lost memories. Nicole must investigate to put an end to the harassment on and off the computer screen.

Pay attention because a lot happens quickly. This compelling drama will suck you in after the first 30 minutes of set up. When random men come up to Nicole as if they know her, you will start questioning Nicole’s fidelity; and her memory loss isn’t helping her case. As the story develops, you think you know what’s going on, but with one bang, you learn otherwise. But that’s not the only twist to this story. The last twist will leave you dumbstruck and in love.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

One of the keys of happiness is a bad memory – Nicole

Give a girl some warning next time and I’ll tidy up – Zara

That’s good. If my son does run, he will need a steady wife – Maggie

I kinda doubt that – Walter

I’ll take it from here – Mark

Because I’ll give them one – Jillian

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#BrokenPromise – Review

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Broken Promise – LMN – 2 hours 0 minutes

Damaged

Reese and Nina, high school sweethearts, break into a home for fun.  During a scuffle with the owner, Nina kills the owner but Reese takes the blame.  After decades in prison, Reese is paroled and looking for Nina to restart his life.  Just 1 problem, Nina is married, has a teenage daughter, and wants nothing to do with him.  First, Reese warns Nina that murder has no statue of limitations and he can turn her in any time he wants.  But when Nina doesn’t return his affection, he starts to pull her life apart.  Who will be left standing at the end?

This movie is unimpressive.  The plot is average but the acting is decent.  It is hard to watch good acting being used on a sub-par script.  Lifetime watchers will know how this movie will end in the first 30 minutes.   If you have time to watch his movie, watch something else.

I give this 1.5 out of 5 stars

Are you sure you’re not a stalker – Haley

Just live a little – Reese

You are a planner – Nina

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#16andMissing – Review

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16 and Missing – LMN – 2 hours 0 minutes

16andmissing

Julia, once widowed and now married with 2 step-children, is trying everything to get her eldest and biological daughter, Abbey, to love her.  Including buying her daughter a car on her 16th birthday.  But nothing will make Abbey happy.  She misses her father and resents her mother for getting re-married.  After a huge fight, Abbey decides to runaway from home and meet with Gavin, a boy she has been talking to online for 2 years.   By the next morning Julia, a former FBI agent, is leaving no stone un-turned to find daughter.  But what will be uncovered about Julia, Abbey, and Gavin.

This movie is faster-paced than most lifetime movies.  Do expect for the “old wives tale” to make you yell and/or laugh at the screen.  Foreshadowing will make the end predictable.  This is typical of a lifetime movie but the actors pull of the necessary emotions to make the film enjoyable.  Abbey makes you annoyed with teens, you root for Julia, you love Daniel, and you fear Gavin.  All emotions are checked. Don’t cancel your plans to watch, but if you have time … watch it … with your teen.

I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars

Smart and safe.  I got you.  I promise. – Abbey

I always think about you – Julia

Don’t ever let me hear you say you’re a bad mother again – Daniel

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