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Yes, I Do – Review

Yes, I Do – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Yes, I Do

Charlotte starts to itch as her fiance James talks about their upcoming wedding.  After she left him at the altar twice, he knows her scratching is a bad sign.  Since he worked hard planning the entire wedding himself, he can’t stand it when Charlotte ask to push it back.  So he cancels their engagement.  While she still breaks out at the thought of weddings, she is miserable without James.  So she asks her friend Hanna to help her plan a wedding for her and James in 30 days.  James tells her he MAY show up if she goes through with it.  Meanwhile, Charlotte enters into a chocolate competition with a New York storefront as a grand prize run by Nicole who publishes Chocolate Monthly.  Charlotte is ecstatic until James sees Nicole.  Nicole is James’s ex before Charlotte.  Now with a sweet smile, Nicole is determined to get James back.  While Charlotte is planning their wedding, maybe.

This movie is a true break from the Hallmark mold.  It is a fresh storyline with all the laughs, rivalry, and love you want.  Also, this movie is the true definition of “shade”.   These women will throw underhanded, backhanded, double-crossing jabs at each other.   No matter the cost or who it hurts.  While watching this story, you will only have sympathy for one person: James.  He is being pulled in 2 directions by two women who took him for granted.  This story proves you always want what you can’t have.  Watch this movie with a glass of wine, popcorn, and the record button on.  You will want to watch again.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I’m a reasonable person – Charlotte

I’ll give you a coupon – James

Everything fell into place after you and I broke up – Nicole

Nothing’s ever fair in love and chocolate. Is it? – Oscar

It’s my fault, bad intel – Hanna

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A Night to Regret – Review

A Night to Regret – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Night to Regret

Chelsea Bilson is a budding director and works hard to get money for her movie.  But all her hard work is met with being dumped by her boyfriend, so she decides to have a girls night out.  She and her friend Sara hang at the bar when they see Chelsea’s old friend Milla.  Milla was kicked out of school and ran off.  So Chelsea is happily surprised to see her and see she is doing well.  The girls drink, laugh, and party.  When Sara leaves, Chelsea and Milla go back to Milla’s place.  Chelsea finds out how Milla is making money these days.  She is a webcam girl.  As Milla, Chelsea, and several other friends sit around men watch and pay for them to do things.  On man is Jake Peters.  Jake was recently released from jail and has killed before.  And he has his target set on Chelsea.  He pays $200 to see her dance. Chelsea can’t believe she made $200 for nothing and considers creating her own channel.  That one decision will lead to several dead bodies, some kidnappings, and one night to regret.

Ten years ago, this movie would have seen far-fetched but with the boom of social media turning into social stalking this movie is all too real.  Now if you are looking for crazy, this movie kicks it up a notch with a dead body in the first 20 minutes.   Also, no one is “too naive” however they do make mistakes.  As soon as they see the error of their ways, they fix it quickly.  In addition, the cops aren’t useless.  They follow the leads and carry a suspension for everyone.  It’s nice to see this change in a Lifetime film.  This movie is a good way to kill 2 hours.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Just life – Milla

I love you. I want to marry you – Jake

She always “Thelma and Louise”s me – Chelsey

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Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New – Review

Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New

Olivia and Mick try to get some time away and work on their relationship when they are derailed by an antsy bride named Amy.  Amy believed she knew what she wanted to make her big day perfect.  But as she spends time with her soon to be sister-in-law Kelsey, she starts to doubt herself.  Mick tries to handle all the bride’s changes but soon loses control.  And to make matters harder, Olivia becomes preoccupied with her newly engaged daughter’s wedding.  Even though its a year away, Olivia makes plans for her daughter’s wedding.  And her daughter’s head starts to spin.  She knows she has to rein her mother in before Olivia goes too far, too soon.  With Olivia already planning her daughter’s wedding, Mick tries to handle the load for Amy’s wedding.  But as the bride changes the dress, location, and flowers, Mick starts to crack under the pressure.  Mick has to pull it together so Amy can have the wedding of Kelsey’s dreams and Olivia can plan the wedding of her dreams for her daughter.

This Hallmark movie is all about communication between loved ones.  Whether it’s mother/daughter, lovers, or in-laws, communication is key.  Everyone is trying to spare each other’s feelings but its only making matters worst.  Once Amy has a real conversation with her husband-to-be and his family, everything is put into place.  It takes different events for each relationship to come to that point but they all do and it works out.   While this isn’t the best movie in the Wedding March series, it’s still a good stepping stone in the collection.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Well, romantic is what I do – Mick

Did you just snort – Amy

A June bride is always a bride – Olivia

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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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Killer Ending – Review

Killer Ending – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Killer Ending

Agatha has survived an abusive husband to become a semi-famous mystery writer.  As she writes her latest novel, she drops her daughter off at college, gets an assistant, and threatens her manager.  When Agatha can’t get in touch with her daughter Sarah for a few days, her assistant Caroline takes matters into her own hands.  Caroline goes to Sarah’s dorm room to find broken glass, an upside down heart on the wall, and Sarah’s ex Jack strung up.  She calls Agatha to report her findings and Agatha is floored.  The crime scene is just like the one in her manuscript, her unpublished manuscript.  She realizes someone has hacked into her computer and following her unpublished book in real time with her daughter as the victim.  Agatha tries to use this knowledge to ensure her daughter safety by typing in lines about feeding the victim.  But when someone else starts typing, Agatha and possibly Sarah are lost.

“Just call the cops” is a phrase you will be screaming from the beginning.  Or “write he will return you daughter home alive” is something else you may say.  But give this movie a chance.  It has a lot of Red Herring and not-so-dumb cops.  However, as the mystery of her daughter starts up, the mystery of her husband death starts to turn its ugly head.  This will leave you truly questioning everything going on in the movie.  That is the true mystery.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Well, you’ve come a long way since then – Agatha

I guess I disagreed with the agreement – Jack

Are you flirting with me – Caroline

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Deadly Matrimony – Review

Deadly Matrimony – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Deadly Matrimony

Sara is a smart, funny lawyer who is doing something that makes everyone who knows her uncomfortable.  She is marrying Leo.  While he is very charming, Sara’s loved ones can’t get past the fact she has only known him for three months.  But she is happy, so they keep their peace.  After getting married, she hears a woman crying in the bathroom during the reception.  She thinks is strange but brushes it off.  A few days later, she checks her bank account and discovers all her money is gone and Leo has bought a plane ticket.  She believes she has been hacked but some believe Leo did it.  While she dreams of Leo’s dangerous side, she tries to keep her faith in her marriage.  That is until Melinda comes knocking at her door. Melinda knows Leo as Sam: her husband.  The man that took all her money and left her with nothing.  Melinda wants Sara to join forces with her and take Leo/Sam down.  But will Sara believe her?

Be prepared to yell at the TV.  While watching the story unravel, don’t get furious with the lead character.  She is just stuck in love.  Even with every sign pointing to Leo being a crook, she keeps hoping there’s an explanation.  Sara makes all the typical Lifetime mistakes when getting married (short engagement, ignoring friends warnings, ignoring spouse’s flaws).  But she will become stronger and see Leo for who he truly is.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Well, that was easier than I thought – Sara

You know I really thought I wouldn’t have any trouble this time – Leo

I was emotional. What can I say – Melinda

Your husband – Cindy

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Royally Ever After – Review

Royally Ever After – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

RoyallyEverAfter

Daniel is ready to ask Sara to be his wife.  He knows he truly loves her and she him.  But there is one thing he didn’t tell her.  He is the crowned Prince of St. Ives, next in line for the throne.  Even though he got Burt and Marie’s, Sara’s parents, permission, he still needs to get the Queen and King to accept her and his engagement.  Once Sara learns Daniel’s true identity, her laughter leads to shock and awe.  The moment Sara lands in St. Ives, she makes a string of faux pas.  Sara believes that manners are keeping her from the Queen’s acceptance.  But when she learns how much Daniel will give up for marrying a commoner, can she go through with the wedding?

This is one of those most unintentionally funny film Hallmark has to offer.  It is funny without making fun of Sara and her family’s commoner ways.  They are just being nice and welcoming in a frosty situation.  It’s so easy to believe this is a true love story.  The lead couple is amazingly connected and feed off of each other.  This is one to watch.  So get your tea warm, your DVR ready, and 2 hours of quiet to yourself.  Enjoy.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

They pay you for that – Prince Daniel

You and your American expressions – Sara

He’s in love. He’s not thinking. In that state who knows what he might do – Fiona

Is our luggage safe with them? I mean, I brought my good jewelry – Marie

Imagine living in a place where you don’t know how many bathrooms your have – Burt

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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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#ADangerousDate, #TwinBetrayal, and more – TV Reviews

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A Dangerous Date – Review

A Dangerous Date – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Dangerous Date

Peter is a widowed, divorce attorney with a daughter named Julie.  He is happy spending time with her and working.  However, Julie wants him to start dating and ask him to sign up for a dating site.  After some time he meets Alexis.  Alexis is a strong, smart surgent with bad luck in the dating scene.  However, she and Peter feel the spark immediately and end up in bed.  Peter doesn’t know that Alexis has been watching their family for years and has stalked her way back into his life.  She is relentless in her pursuit of Peter but the motivation behind her persistence will leave you astonished.

This movie has a very slow start to set up Peter and Julie’s relationship and his search for a new love.  This is a starch contrast to the fast pace that Alexis falls in love.  Julie plays the bratty but wise college student but this is typical behavior of high school student.  So its hard to take her seriously.  While the middle some great moments, you may become disinterested before you see it.  So leave this movie as background noise for the first 30 minutes, then give it your attention.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Well, maybe I am just saving myself for someone special – Alexis

Are you always this aggressive – Peter

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Twin Betrayal – Review

Twin Betrayal – Lifetime – 2 hours and 4 minutes

Twin Betrayal

Jess is in the middle of a messy divorce and custody battle with her husband Lars.  She is happy to have a work conference to attend in order to get away from it all.  At the conference, she meets a kind stranger straight out of her cowboy fantasies.  Everything seems to be great until the next morning.  Her sexy cowboy admits she was hired by Lars to catch her on tape having sex with a stranger and taking drugs.  She has one week to get $70,000 or he will give the tape to her husband.  Jess knows she will lose her son if Lars gets a hold of the tape.  So, she asks her father for the money and he gives her a swift and firm no.  Then she learns her estranged, identical twin sister Ally is in town.  Jess’s best friend Maddy tells her that Ally looks well off.  So Jess goes to Ally for the money.  Ally doesn’t have it but she offers to help trap the cowboy.  But if Ally helps Jess, Ally makes it know she wants something in return.  When Ally calls in her favor, Jess will end up in jail, her father will be dead, and she will need to ask Lars for help.

Get ready to have your head spin.  Just when you believe you have a handle on what’s happening, you are completely thrown off guard.  This movie has so many WTF moments, you will not be able to look away or trust anyone.  The ending leaves you with a question and hoping for a part 2.  The lead actress does an amazing job separating the twins into their own distinct personalities, speech patterns, and gestures.   You can even see the change as Jess pretends to be Ally and vice versa.  It’s a great and difficult dynamic that she pulls off flawlessly.  DVR this movie and watch it twice.  See if you can keep up and have your good wine ready.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I saw a beautiful damsel in distress and I decided to impress her. That’s the way we do things here in Texas – Gordon

I don’t really know how to do this – Jess

Once you make a deal with me, you’ll have to stick to it – Ally

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Once Upon a Prince – Review

Once Upon a Prince – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Once Upon a Prince

Newly single Susanna is looking to get her life started.  She wants to be a landscaper but works in her parents’ floral shop to help them out and make ends meet.  While on a delivery, she gets a flat tire.  Nate pulls over to help her out and they hit it off.  The two start to date but don’t realize they are being followed and photographed.  When Nate learns of the photos he quickly puts an end to their sale.  He knows the photos will cause a scandal because he is a Prince and next in line to the throne.  It doesn’t take long for word to get back to the Queen.  She orders Nate home immediately and tells him to find a suitable woman to propose to at his coronation.  And Susanna, a commoner, is not suitable.  The Queen thinks Susanna is nice but they must follow tradition.  However, Nate only has eyes for Susanna.  So the Queen comes up with a plan.  Invite Susanna over and show Nate that she is not ready to be a member of the monarchy.  When Nate sees her crumble under pressure, he will get over her.

Based on the book Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck, this has a slow start that is saved by a conniving Queen (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  With the recent royal/commoner weddings, this movie doesn’t feel like a fairy tale but a true possibility.  However, this movie just doesn’t grab your attention with the lead characters.  It’s just not a relationship you root to go the distance.  Since the leads aren’t exciting, the Queen must deliver.  While she is cunning, it’s just not enough to make you believe the relationship is at risk. Since you know how the movie will end, the plot must be strong.  This movie’s plot is just decent.  Use this movie as background noise.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Public relations. What do you do – Nate

I’ve never met anyone our age with a handkerchief. Are you a time traveler from another era or something – Susanna

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