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Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill – Review

Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill

While reconciling her past and looking into Will’s murder, Hailey is intrigued by a missing classmate named Emma.  She was last seen the night Will died.  As a college news reporter, Emma has a list of enemies.  And her personal life wasn’t easier.  While Hailey barely knew her, she believes there is a connection between Emma’s disappearance and Will’s murder.  Hailey has her doubts about the case until a fake social media account appears, a mystery cousin was spotted the day after the disappearance, and she is almost run over.  Hailey knows this means she is close to solving Emma’s case but is she close to solving Will’s.

Based on the Hailey Dean Mysteries by Nancy Grace, this will finally answer the question Hailey Dean fans have had since episode 1.  But don’t worry.  This isn’t the end of the series.  With this good mystery, you also get a fun subplot about Fincher relationship and his strong ties to Hailey.  While this is a good story, it’s not the strongest mystery.  This final part of a three-part episode had fans predicting perpetrators since the first part.  And your prediction was probably right.  So watch this movie for the “why” not the “who”.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

But I like you for you. Not for the things we do together – Hailey

For what its worth Hailey, I am proud of you no matter what happens – Jonas

I promise not to be afraid of you – Clyde

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The Wrong Son – Review

The Wrong Son – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

The Wrong Son

A fun family day at the beach ends in a panic when Sara and Jake heard their son Ian screaming for his brother Matt.  Decades later the family believes Matt was swept at sea.  And the feelings of lost come back during Ian’s wedding, especially since his father Jake died a few weeks prior in a car accident.  After learning the will is to be split between Ian and Sara, she finds a young man on her front lawn. He tells her he is Matt and he came to find his real mom.  He explains he was found ashore after suffering a seizure, put into foster care, and then adopted.  His adoptive parents finally told him the truth and he came looking for her.  Now he is ready to reconnect and be a part of the family.  While Sara is accepting, Ian is cautious.  But Matt isn’t the only family member with a secret.

Slow build up, strong climax, with a lackluster ending.  You know something is off about Matt but you are not sure why he is in their lives.  As the plan reveals itself, it seems so ordinary.  There is one big reveal but it just isn’t wow enough after several murders.  While this movie answers every question you have about its characters, you don’t need to cancel plans to watch it.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Mom Help – Ian

It’s a lot right now but I’m managing – Sara

You don’t believe me – Matt

I’m too young to be a widow – Rachel

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Love At First Dance – Review

Love At First Dance – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love At First Dance

Hope is a free-spirited dance instructor at DanceTopia.  While she teaches children, she also helps couples prepare for the first dance at their wedding.  As she is hoping to get a loan to buy the dance studio, she is offered to audition for an assistance choreographer job in London.  She is now questioning where she should be in life.  Eric is preparing to be the head of a brokerage firm after his father leaves the company.  He will not be alone.  His fiance Adriana’s father is stepping down too.  She dreamed of running the firm since high school.  And doing it with her future husband is a bonus.  With his wedding and takeover just days away, Eric is wondering if its all enough for him.  He had a double major in college: theater and finance.  While he followed finance, his heart was in the theater.  To make the wedding smoother Adriana and Eric’s overbearing mothers sign them up for dance class.  With Hope.  As Hope and Eric work together, they confide in each other and connect.

The love story has a steady pace to allow you to believe the love is real.  And the divide between Eric and Adriana allows you to see the issues without hating Hope for their doomed relationship.  This movie follows the Hallmark formula to a tee, so you watch it for character development and the jokes.  The mother’s meddling will have you yelling at the screen but the wisdom of Eric’s father will bring you joy.  And don’t forget to spot the Hallmark card!

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Peter was perfection on paper. Reality was something different – Hope

Who is he guarding? Is Rihana inside? – Eric

Tell me these nerves subside – Cassidy

A 93. She must have liked you – Vanessa

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Stalked By My Doctor: Patient’s Revenge – Review

Stalked By My Doctor: Patient’s Revenge – Lifetime – 2 hours and 4 minutes

Stalked By My Doctor: Patient's Revenge

Dr. Beck was acquitted of all charges against him for the kidnapping and attempted murder of Sophie.  He can’t practice medicine but was hired as a professor at Southeastern Arizona University (SAU).  While his conscience tells him to ignore the young students in his class, he constantly fantasizes about them.  He hopes he can start a new life but old habits die hard when he meets an eager student named Melissa.  Meanwhile, in LA, Sophie still has the nightmares of her ordeal and can’t believe the jury didn’t send Dr. Beck to jail.  Her parents hope college will be a new start but she has other plans.  She lied to her parents about attending a local school and will be attending SAU.  She plans to make Dr. Beck’s life a living nightmare.

The third movie in the Stalked by My Doctor series, this movie ups the crazy factor.  It adds a subconscious, murder, and explosion.  With a plot straight from of the ID channel, Melissa takes “ride or die chick” to a whole new level.  While watching this movie, you worry about Sophie.  Not as a victim but a perpetrator.  She gets closer to getting arrested, expelled, or locked in a mental institution each time she goes after Dr. Beck.  If you are a fan of this series, #3 will not disappoint.  However, new fans should watch #1 before seeing #3.  #2 is not necessary.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

You said you’d love me no matter what I told you – Dr. Beck

Watch me – Sophie

That is so generous of you – Melissa

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Hailey Dean: A Marriage Made for Murder – Review

Hailey Dean: A Marriage Made for Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Hailey Dean: A Marriage Made for Murder

Well-respected art dealer Victor dies to leave behind an angry artist and a disconnected wife Christy.  It’s not until Hailey hears Christy arguing over the phone that she starts to look into his death.  Hailey learns the insurance company will not release the payment to Christy until they have a death certificate.  So she goes to her boyfriend Jonas to get the certificate.  Jonas finds out the nurse wanted an autopsy and the files are missing, so a certificate cannot be created.  When Hailey goes to Christy to ask her to request Victor’s body be exhumed for an autopsy.  Christy hands Hailey Victor’s ashes.  Jonas looks through the ashes and finds a bone fragment.  A fragment is loaded with arsenic.  Victor’s death is now a murder.  And by the end of this investigation, Hailey has to decide if she should do the right thing or follow the law.

Based on the Nancy Grace’s Hailey Dean novels, this addition fits in perfectly with the rest of the movies (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While this 3 part series of movies focus on Hailey finding out who killed her fiance, each character has his or her own arc of growth.  The bonds between each character grow stronger as you learn how deeply they cared for one another.  And you will get a compelling mystery to boot.  It comes down to the ultimate question of ethics for Hailey.  What would you choose: Right or Law?

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I’m so glad you said that because I was going to make your help me whether you wanted to or not – Sabrina

Just keep buying art – Christy

You’re so understanding, it makes me feel terrible – Hailey

I’m not forcing you to – Jonas

Don’t break the branch Hailey; be the breeze that bends it – Fincher

Ready, for what? – Danny

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The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells – Review

The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells

Molly has been giving her bridal boot camp for years at the local gym.  But she wants to open her gym of her own.  She is ready to take the next step in her career.  While she makes advancements, Nick has switched from wedding photographer to gallery artist.  His photos will be admired by all.  With everything going on the right track, Nick gets on one knee and ask Molly to marry him.  Without a second breath, she says yes.  The two are happy to start planning their wedding until a mistake gives them only a few weeks to get everything together.  And if things can’t get harder for Molly, she learns the only person who wants to invest in her new gym is Stephen.  The man that left her at the altar.  She must navigate a bumpy present and a messy past while advancing her career.  Will Nick and Molly make it down the aisle?

The Perfect Bride will make your head spend in this new edition.  Often, Molly has fixed the lives of others while ignoring her past issues.  While she and Nick have talked about marriage, it hasn’t been at the forefront of any movie in the past.  Now, the past and present will collide for long awaiting fans.  While this does have its funny moments, it reaches a plateau and fails to entertain.  It takes the focus off of the wedding planning and puts it all in Molly’s relationship with her ex.  It feels as if the writers are trying to make him a major character.  Molly’s past relationship should be just that, the past.  Hopefully, this is the last of Stephen’s storyline.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Where’s Steven – Molly

Wow this guy sound really good looking. I should meet him sometime – Nick

Venue? Molly, I know you better than that – Stephen

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Girl in the Bunker – Review

Girl in the Bunker – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Girl in the Bunker

Elizabeth Shoaf was a happy, loving older sister that took care of her brother after school.  So when she didn’t come home one day, her mother got a sick feeling.  At that moment, Mrs. Shoaf had no idea Elizabeth was in trouble.   Elizabeth decided to walk the quarter mile home instead of getting into a cramped car.  On the way home, Elizabeth was approached by a man impersonating a police officer.  He told Elizabeth she was being arrested for marijuana plants behind her house.  Then he put a device around her neck and told her it was a bomb in case she ran.  After they walked past her home and deeper in the woods, the man told her the truth.  His name was Vinson and he was kidnapping her.  He created an underground bunker with explosive devices and booby traps all around it.  If she tried to escape, he would kill her.  Elizabeth will be tortured, raped, and beaten over a period of 10 days with only her wits to help her.

Like I Am Elizabeth Smart and Girl in the Box, it’s easy to blame the victim.  But you should only villanize one person in this movie, Vinson.  He is the sick person that kidnapped Elizabeth because she was the easiest target.  She was alone and trusted authority.  You will quickly get angry at all the police missteps and Vinson’s accomplices.  As Elizabeth is trapped in the bunker, she never loses hope or strength.  She uses her brain to gain compassion and leave clues to outsmart her kidnapper.  This based on a true story movie did not have to happen, but this movie and Elizabeth’s ordeal can be a teaching tool for your children. Watch it with them and teach them how to stay safe.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

If that’s the attitude your gonna have maybe don’t bother coming home – Mrs. Shoaf

You need to calm down and accept the situation here – Vinson

Are you gonna kill me – Elizabeth

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Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2 + 2 = Murder – Review

Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2 + 2 = Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2 + 2 = Murder

Naomi just got a big promotion and ran a successful fundraiser to save her school.  So everyone is shocked when she emails her boss stating she turning down the job and not coming back.  Everyone including Hailey.  However, when Hailey’s niece Parker tells her aunt that Naomi wanted to talk to her at the fundraiser because Hailey once worked for the DA, Hailey starts to investigate.  Hailey Dean considers Naomi to be missing until she finds Naomi’s jewelry with blood.  Now, the police believe this missing person case is a murder investigation.  Hailey is determined to uncover the truth no matter who it hurts or who is hurt.

In true Hailey form, she is a step ahead of everyone.  But once again, she puts herself in harm’s way and almost gives Fincher a heart attack.  With this crime, Fincher and Hailey solidify their unique and strong friendship over a taco truck.  All the while, Hailey is dealing with a friend of her late boyfriend.  This is the first movie in a 3-part movie series, so a lot is left open-ended.  Instead of getting a list of possible suspects with an unlikeable victim, you adore the victim and there are no real suspects.  It’s not until the end that you get the final and only criminal.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Fincher, if you were missing, wouldn’t you want me to come looking for you -Hailey

Yeah, like I said more fun – Fincher

I have to fix this – Jeff

Now, who’s changing the subject – Sabrina

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Marrying Mr. Darcy – Review

Marrying Mr. Darcy – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Marrying Mr. Darcy

Elizabeth is floored when her boyfriend Donovan Darcy ask for her hand in marriage. She is excited to plan a small, outdoor wedding with all their close family and friends. She even decides to forgive Donovan’s Aunt Violet and ask her to attend the wedding. Donovan loves this idea, but Elizabeth regrets it instantly. Violet takes over the venue, date, guest list, food, flower, and even her dress. Soon Elizabeth doesn’t recognize herself or her wedding. She holds her tongue and keeps going until Violet tells her she will need to quit her job to be Mrs. Darcy. Newly hired Elizabeth panics and wonders if she is marrying her loving fiance Donovan or his job as Mr. Darcy.

This is the first Hallmark movie that will make you angry. As Violet takes over with “more suitable suggestions”, you will get frustrated.  But not only at Aunt Violet, but at Elizabeth’s lack of strength.  She just refuses to stand up for herself.  And it affects her engagement to Donovan.  While is infuriating to watch, it is a compromise some women and men make to appease their families.  Now like all Hallmark movies, this comes to a promising end, but with this promise comes the ultimate compromise.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

And they say wedding planning is hard – Elizabeth

You really have to thank Elizabeth for me being here. “Family” is really important to her – Donovan

So, I’m not our best friend – Brandon

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Nightclub Secrets – Review

Nightclub Secrets – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Nightclub Secrets

Zoe Harrington happily teaches creative writing to her students and loves reading the classics.  However, her secret passion is for crime novels.  But when her sister Rachel commits suicide, she accepts the police findings.  Even when her alcoholic mother says otherwise,  Zoe believes her sister was unhappy.  However, when Zoe starts reading her sister’s journal and Rachel’s friend dies, Zoe decides to investigate.  Zoe believes the best place to start is Rachel’s job at a nightclub.  There, Rachel was a bottle girl who sold expensive bottles of alcohol for a 20% cut.  At first, Zoe is ignored but when she uses her sister tips written in the journal, she gets the job.  Soon, she is the #1 bottle girl and #1 target.

Talk about a slow burn. This movie sizzles for an hour and a half about the mystery of Rachel suicide, then it really gets going with a big reveal. This reveal will expose multiple crime syndicates going on in the nightclub. Although the perpetrator is exposed early in the movie, the motives and accomplices are not. So stick with this movie for a surprising and strong ending.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Still obsessed with books I see – Rachel

This is what she does. She uses people – Zoe

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