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#DangerousSeduction, #NannyKiller, and more – TV Reviews

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Dangerous Seduction – Review

Dangerous Seduction – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Dangerous Seduction

Posey – a medical artist – is looking for some excitement to help build up her confidence.  She hopes the confidence boost will give her to courage land her dream job.  While her fiance, Tom, wants to help, he just misses the mark.  Posey tries to dress sexy, tries experimenting in bed, and even tries visualizing herself with confidence but nothing works.  Her cousin and best friend Laura thinks her only problem is Tom.  So when Posey meets a sexy stranger named Jack, she is carefully intrigued.  She considers cheating on Tom but continues to flirt with the razor’s edge.  And to make matters worse, a few women she has had brief contact with, died.  Posey has no idea that Jack is working with Stella and Charlie to kidnap these women for a man named Alex.  Alex turns them into his personal sex slaves and kills them.  To make matter worse, Stella believes that Alex will like Posey, so she sent Jack to kidnap her.  Now Jack is slowly seducing Posey to make her Alex’s next victim.

It takes a while for this movie to make its point.  By being so mysterious, you wonder when “it” will happen.  You will start to lose interest as the storylines weave into each other.  This movie should have started with a woman being kidnapped after talking to Jack.  Then you would feel a sense of urgency when Posey met Jack.  This movie is background noise with an interesting last 20 minutes.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

So how was it for you – Posey

Stupid – Tom

She looks scared. I like that. – Stella

Tom’s great – Laura

No more girls – Jack

Stella, get rid of that man – Alex

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Nanny Killer – Review

Nanny Killer – LMN – 2 hours and 2 minutes

NannyKiller

Kate Jordan needs some money and quickly jumps at a summer babysitting offer for $20,000.  She inquires about the children and their father tells Kate he has a son and a daughter.  Jack is a precocious boy who loves archery and piano.  He will be away for a few days at school but will join them at the vineyard soon.   Rose is an artist that dreams of traveling to Paris.  She will enroll in school over the summer but until then, she will require a full-time babysitter.  Upon her arrival, Kate meets Ms. Grey – the housekeeper.  She shows Kate the ropes and instantly approves of Kate.  Kate starts to bond with Rose until Ms. Grey tells them some stressing news.  Jack has been accused of harming another student and was removed from the school.  He will be coming back to the vineyard early.  Soon after his arrival, Rose is hurt, Kate is injured, and Ms. Grey consistently defends Jack.  It will take a few dead bodies for Kate to learn the truth about Jack.

Kids can be the creepiest.  But this movie ups the creep factor with a somewhat surprising twist.  You will have the feeling that there is something more to the story, and you are right.  But the twist will keep you watching.  This movie has everything you want from Lifetime: murder, drama, and videotape.  And just when Kate seems to have things under control, another piece of the puzzle is revealed.  This movie will keep you on the hook. So, keep a light on.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Because she’s smarter than you – Mrs. Grey

Will you please forgive me – Jack

But I missed the interview – Kate

Please don’t go – Rose

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The Beach House – Review

The Beach House – Hallmark – 1 hour and 48 minutes

The Beach House

Caretta had returned to her hometown to visit her family.  On the ride there, she gets the bad news that she has been fired.  Caretta decides to keep the news from her mother Lovie in order to keep the visit pleasant.  But Caretta is turned on her head to discover that Lovie’s given the main house to her son Palmer and she has an unwed, pregnant woman living with her at the beach house.  While Caretta has secrets, Palmer and Lovie are keeping some from her.  Soon all their secrets will come to head and The Beach House will be in the center.  The Beach House has survived a hurricane, neglect, and a marriage, but can it survive one more summer with this family.

Based on The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe, this is a sweet, wholesome movie that covers southern female stereotypes, forgiveness, strength, and turtles.  It handles the topics the only way Hallmark can – with class.  However, this movie feels like a kick-off for the book series’s film adaptations. It just seems to go flat and does not solve any of the problems presented in the story.  So hold off on this movie until the next one comes out.  Then watch then back to back.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Anything to avoid my turtles – Lovie

You know nothing ever changes around her. Not the weather, not even accents – Palmer

It looks like paradise can use a little sprucing up – Caretta

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#ATaleofTwoCoreys, #BloodSweatAndLies, and more – TV Reviews

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A Tale of Two Coreys – Review

A Tale of Two Coreys – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

A Tale of Two Coreys

In Toronto, Corey Haim’s father wanted him to continue focusing on school and athletics but Corey wanted to continue acting.  His parents made an agreement to allow him to pursue his dreams as long as he worked hard in school.  Haim started acting because his sister acted; now his career is taking off.  In LA, Corey Feldman’s parents are divorced and he is living with his grandparents.  He sees his mother when she needs something or to criticize him.  Feldman sees his father when he is looking for his mother.  He is often alone and left watching videos of his favorite singer Michael Jackson.  In order to help his acting career, Haim’s family move to LA.  At Feldman’s lowest point, Haim calls him to meet.  At the beach, the two learned they had more than their names in common.  They quickly became best friend and partners in crime.  But one day, Haim revealed a secret to Feldman.  He was molested on the set of Lucas (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s not long before this molestation is a shared experienced between the Coreys which leads to a path of secrets, drugs, and destruction.

Following their careers through Lucas, The Goonies, The Lost Boys, and Dream a Little Dream, you wish this story could have had a happy ending for both boys (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  However, if you have followed the rise and fall of their careers, you hope for a triumphant return.  For one of the Coreys, this movie is the return to the truth.  For the other Corey, only time will tell.  With the latest revelations in Hollywood, it’s hard to believe this could NOT be happening.  With vulnerable children left alone, they are prey.  So watch this movie with your teens and use it as a platform for an honest, open discussion.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I think we might go see the goonies – Haim

I was kidding – Feldman

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Blood, Sweat, and Lies – Review

Blood, Sweat, and Lies – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Blood, Sweat, and Lies

After a bad break up, Mel is in the dumps.  She believes she lost herself in her 5-year relationship.  Her best friend Leslie reminds her that she was a great athlete and she should get back to the gym and run again.  With a little hesitation, she goes and is approached by a handsome personal trainer Trey.  With one no-obligations, free session, she signs up for a gym membership and personal training.  The next day, Trey gives her a Fitbit and syncs it with her phone.  Also, Trey acts as her life coach.  But instead of letting people in, Mel is pushing them all away.  Trey will soon get what he wants, Mel all to himself.

This movie has a creepy first 5 minutes and an exciting last 10 minutes.  The rest of the movie is just slow.  This script is original but it doesn’t grab your attention enough.  There is just something missing in this film.   This movie can be skipped.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars

Why does your face look like that – Carter

What’s my favorite color – Mel

Yeah. That’s my girl – Trey

He guessed you could do it – Leslie

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Family of Lies – Review

Family of Lies – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Family of Lies

While taking a normal weekend out of town, Emily’s parents die in a car accident.  After an investigation, Emily is shocked to find out her parents were murdered.  Emily comes to a decision to hide that fact from her sister Lexie and her brother Ethan.   When Emily can’t make enough money to take care of the family, so she takes a job out of town and uproots her siblings.  Ethan goes with the flow but Lexie is having a rough time with all the changes.  And to make matters worse, alarms are constantly going off in their home, they are seeing shadows, and someone Emily knows dies.  The family believes someone is stalking them and will eventually kill them.  They have no idea what they are up against or who their parents truly are.

This is a crazy far-fetched mystery but that makes it fun to watch.  You know something is up with the parents but you aren’t really sure.  You know something is going on around the family but don’t know what it is.  This family is one secret away from hiding the truth or blowing everything out of the water.   While this isn’t a “don’t miss”, it’s worth watching if you need 2 hours to kill.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

So am I – Emily

Right. You aren’t – Ethan

You’re just bitter just because no girl has ever liked you and no one ever will – Lexie

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Royal New Year’s Eve – Review

Royal New Year’s Eve – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Royal New Year's Eve

Caitlyn is an overworked office manager at Applique Magazine. She dreams of being a designer but her boss Abigail looks through her and her designs. Abigail is focused on her daughter Leighton to become the next big designer and gives her a spot in the AM fashion show. Abigail hears that Lady Isabelle and Prince Jeffery are going to have their New Year’s Eve ball in the city and knows the royal family proposes on New Year’s Eve. Abigail wants to make sure Isabelle is wearing one of Leighton’s design during this huge royal proposal. So they plan to meet with Isabelle during the fashion show to present their designs. After an insult from Abigail, Caitlyn changes out of her fashion show outfit into one of her own designs (picked by her best friend and roommate Doris), and Isabelle loves it. She decides to have Caitlyn design her proposal dress and Abigail work on the New Year’s Eve Royal Ball with her potential fiance Prince Jeffery. A bitter Abigail piles work onto Caitlyn and force her to work with Prince Jefferey on the Ball.  But the more Jeffery gets to know Caitlyn, he is impressed with her take on life and how she is underwhelmed by his crown.  It’s not long before the two are infatuated with each other.

This is one of the funniest Hallmark loves stories to date.  While the love story falls into place, you want to watch because of its pure entertainment.  There are a lot of quotable moments and Doris will become your best friend in your head.  The movie even takes time to make fun of itself.   The chemistry between the main characters jumps off the screen.  And Abigail’s only match is Miranda in The Devil Wears Prada (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  This will be a holiday favorite each year.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Showing my designers to Abigail Moore is like diving into the deep end with sharks – Caitlyn

It’s your job to pay attention to stuff like that – Abigail

We work for a fashion magazine, no one ever eats – Doris

Yes, I think the shrimp cocktail won this round – Jeffery

He just needs to focus, distracts are such a terrible thing. Don’t you think – Isabelle

You promise, no more cartoon villain plots – Leighton

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