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Lethal Soccer Mom – Review

Lethal Soccer Mom – LMN – 2 hours and 1 minute

Lethal Soccer Mom

Cameron is not happy about moving to a new neighborhood and school but her mother Kate thinks its the best decision for her soccer future.  By joining the 4-time state champions – The Wildcats – Cameron will be seen by more college recruits.  And Kate believes Cameron has what it takes to join the professional soccer stage.  Coach Rhonda agrees with Kate.  However, she doesn’t see Cameron as an asset for her team, Rhonda sees her has a hindrance to her daughter Hailey’s future.  Rhonda has done everything to improve her daughter’s skills, get her notice, and make her a first string soccer player.  So, when Cameron comes to the Wildcats with the hopes of being a starter, Rhonda will lie, cheat, seduce, and attack to end Cameron’s dream and make Hailey a star.

This movie slowly turns up the crazy between each commercial break.  But Kate and Cameron make so many mistakes it’s easy for Rhonda to manipulate them.  It’s not without saying that Kate doesn’t have some tricks up her sleeve.  But she is no match for Rhonda.  With all that, there are two sad facts.   First, Kate and Rhonda are two sides of the same ‘soccer mom’ coin.  Second, Hailey hates soccer.  If she loved it and Rhonda was doing all this, it would be understandable.  But since she hates it, it makes Rhonda look more like a stage mom than a soccer mom.  This is a good one to watch for the bad guy’s manipulation skills.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I know who you are, obviously – Hailey

I wasn’t worried – Cameron

Just a little friendly advice, you may want to consider laying off the late night snacking – Rhonda

My daughter is a better soccer player than yours and you know it – Kate

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The Archer – Review

The Archer – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Archer

Confused, Lauren sits and waits for her day in court while her mother signs papers.  Since Lauren defended her friend against an abusive boyfriend, she is a good student, and she has never been in trouble, she is assured that she will walk or get a slap on the wrist.  However, the judge thinks she has a volatile temper and needs to spend an undetermined amount of time in a youth correctional facility.  Lauren is completely taken aback to the judge’s remarks and sentence as the bailiff take her away.  Her first day there, she meets a runner Rebecca, the warden Bob, and the warden’s son Michael.   Rebecca thinks Lauren is hiding things but sees she is strong.  Bob takes an interest in Lauren because she is an archer like him.  He believes he can help her develop her skills while she is locked away.  Michael works at the detention center and Lauren notices he has an unhealthy interest in the girls and loves power.  Lauren tries to make the best of it until she learns most of the girls are there for minor infractions and sees multiple cases of abuse.  But when she learns why the girls are really there, Lauren and Rebecca will go on the run and risk their lives to help others.

Inspired by true events in Pennsylvania, this movie will make you question prisons for profit especially in the cases of children.  Lauren is the archetype for a strong female lead.  She uses her wits to think herself out to situations and adapts with little hesitation.  Another strong aspect of this movie is Lauren’s ability to not become bitter about the past.  She was betrayed by a friend whom she was attracted too, she doesn’t let that stop her from protecting or connecting to others.  She is like an arrow.  She shoots straight even though her start wobbles.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

If that’s what it’s like then I don’t want one – Lauren

You know, when you insult him its like you’re insulting me too – Emily

Do it again – Mike

You’ll need my help, Lauren – Bob

You won’t believe what I found – Rebecca

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Garage Sale Mysteries: Murder in D Minor – Review

Garage Sale Mysteries: Murder in D Minor – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Garage Sale Mysteries: Murder in D Minor

As Mr. Dietz is dying he decides to get his affairs in order by auctioning off his art collection for charity.  Two paintings have caught the eye of Helen.  She believes they were stolen during the raid of her home in Nazi Germany.  Jen and Dani go there for support but find an interesting piano has been added to the list.  The two women want it for their store.  After winning their items, Jen and Dani are approached by Jacque.  He wants the piano for a client and is willing to pay whatever they want.  But Jen refuses to sell and gives the piano to her friend Dean to inspect.  When Dean is attacked and the piano is vandalized, Jen wants answers.  Those answers will lead to a pre-meditated murder.  Jen has to find a killer, Dean’s attacker, and the dark secrets the piano hides.

If you are going to make a movie centered around the Holocaust, say the word Holocaust.  It’s not a dirty word, it’s history.  With that being said, this movie offers a great mystery along with a spooky nature.  With Jacque lurking around every corner and a killer on the loose, Jen must always look over her shoulder.  This is a decent addition to the series but it’s not the best.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I put them in two piles: Pay now and Pay later – Dani

Oh no, I’m done with high school – Jen

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Her Worst Nightmare – Review

Her Worst Nightmare – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes

Her Worst Nightmare

Dakota sits in her Advance Psychology of Trauma class with one huge secret.  She is an expert on the subject since she was kidnapped and raped for an extended period of time with two other girls.  She is focused on living a “normal” life by doing all the things she dreamt of doing while in captivity.  She can write amazing papers but she is failing exams.  She asks her teacher Dr. Campbell for help but gets a bad vibe.  The new TA Max seems nice and offers help.  While Addie started on her bad side, she is quickly becoming an ally.  So, when items from her horrible past come back to the present, Dakota starts to panic.  She knows she is being followed and toyed with but she is not sure by who.   Could it be the man who kidnapped her, someone he knows, or a new person in her life?  Just when she thought the worst was over, her nightmare comes back for her.

Creepy times creepy.  With an opening reminiscent of the Cleveland kidnapping, you know this type of trauma is real and sickening.  As Dakota bravely sits in class and speaks up about “imagined fear” being a way of life for half the population, you get a pit in your stomach.  Most, thankfully, will never know Dakota’s trauma but her fear is understood.  As her past comes back with toys, locked doors, and videotape, you hope this evil person will be found and Dakota will get the ultimate revenge.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I just wanna be friends. Everybody needs friends – Addie

I’ll study harder. Thanks, Dr. Campbell – Dakota

I figured I owed you that – Cynthia

She needs help – Max

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Season for Love – Review

Season for Love – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Season for Love

Tyler is back in her hometown of Red Rock, Texas, home of the best BBQ in Texas.  Her daughter Rosie is excited to come and see her grandmother Jo again.  Tyler falls right into step at her mom’s BBQ restaurant but notices the lunch shift is slow.  An influx of new BBQ eateries have taken businesses away and times are getting hard for Jo.  Tyler wants to help her mother but she reveals that she recently lost her job.  She is worried about entering into the annual BBQ contest but Rosie and Jo encourage her to try.  She decides to do it for the $25,000 prize.  The money will allow Jo to make updates to the restaurant and save her business.  Corey has written 3 successful books, has a line of cookware, and restaurants but he misses home.  So when his friend Jay asks him to be apart of the BBQ contest, he gladly accepts, without telling his manager Sophia.  Sophia has lined up a chance at a TV show, but he wants to go home.  She tells him to spend a few days there but he must come back to New York as soon as possible.  When Tyler and Corey see each other the old sparks fly.  This second chance at love will need to survive a contest, a job offer, and a chance at fame.

While it does follow the Hallmark pattern, it’s still pretty funny.  The movie offers a great score and amazing food tips.  Try not to get hungry while watching it.  While, it’s nice to see both make a sacrifice for love, love is not the only reason.  Tyler does it for her daughter and Corey does it for his sanity.  This movie is a prime example of how Hallmark can keep up the pattern but still make it fresh and fun to watch.  Get comfortable and have some BBQ nearby.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I know the feeling. I made 2 friends the exact same way – George

You know, for a vegetarian, she sure eats a lot of ribs – Corey

What do I know? I’m just your mother – Jo

You were right.  For picking my sauce – Tyler

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#KillerNightShift, #DeadlyShores, and more – TV Reviews

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Killer Night Shift – Review

Killer Night Shift – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes

Killer Night Shift

Nurse Irene is furious at her shift manager for cutting her hours.  She bumps a 37-week pregnant Trisha, to get answers from her shift manager.  The manager tells Irene that drugs have gone missing during her hours and they believe she is the culprit.  Irene makes a dramatic exit that ends with a one-week suspension.  She goes back to Adele and begs for a job until her suspension is up.   Adele worries but offers her a job as a home care nurse for Trisha.  Trisha was put on bed rest due to placenta previa.  With bed rest, Trisha will deliver a healthy baby.  But if she exerts herself, she will need a C-section.  With a solemn look, Irene agrees.  On her first day, Irene lays down the law.  She is not a maid, she is a nurse.  She will cook, do dishes, and attend to medical needs.  Nothing more.  Then, there is a knock at the door.  It’s Kate.  A maternity nurse Trisha met earlier that week; she barges in and takes over.  Soon, Kate is there every day and edging Irene out.  Irene knows something just isn’t right about Kate.  She is too involved.  But when Kate learns that Trisha was given the wrong prescription and some of her drugs are missing, Irene is fired.  But Irene won’t go away quietly.  She knows something is wrong with Kate.  And she will find out.  Come hell or high water.

This is one to watch and keep saved.  With two potential bad guys, you have to consider both a suspect.  With Irene’s bad past and Kate’s neediness, it’s easy to see how Trisha is confused.  And this movie really picks up where other’s end.  Usually, when the husband comes home, it’s to police vehicles, a coroner, and a dead body being wheeled out.  But when David comes home, everything looks peaceful.  He had no clue Trisha is tied up and begging for her life and the life of her baby from a crazy nurse.  This has everything you want and more.  While it is a crazy nurse movie (which has been done a million times before) it sparks new interest in the Lifetime genre.  This is one to watch.  And believe that you will never look at tulips the same way again.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

No, but this is as sure as I’m gonna be – Trish

I am always nice – Irene

Wow, she’s a real ray of sunshine – Katie

What are we gonna tell her when she asks about the day she was born – David

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Deadly Shores – Review

Deadly Shores – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Shores

Anna is happy to walk away from her psychiatrist Dr. Shaw and into her arms of her new husband Richard Palmer.  Dr. Shaw believes that Anna is being taken advantage of because she has only known Richard for 3 months and for her sizable inheritance.  But Anna believes the good doctor has been taking advantage of her too.  So, she gets on a boat to meet Richard at the dock but he is very late picking her up.  Once in her new home, Anna learns some interesting things.  First, Richard does not like to be disturbed in his office while working.  Second, the housekeeper Ms. Argyle is a stickler to the former Mrs. Palmer’s schedule.  And the first Mrs. Palmer committed suicide but her body wasn’t found.  Only her cane.  With this information, strange things start happening around the house.  Anna hears knocking, sees shadowy figures, and Richard is starting to become short tempered.  She feels like she is losing it.  But that is all part of the plan.  However, messing with Anna may be the wrong move.

Stick with this film.  So are so many characters with questionable motives, you don’t know who to trust.  The housekeeper uses jewelry to start an argument between Anna and Richard.  Beth is having an affair with Richard.  Richard is working with Beth on a disturbing plan.  And the townspeople seem to know more than they say.  While it takes time for the story to build, it’s worth it for the last 7 minutes.  Those few minutes redeem this movie and make it something you need to see.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Thanks for your concern but I am not your patient anymore -Anna

No, I hate it. Who wants the same thing every day – Richard

Surprised to see you’re still hanging around here. Very surprised – Beth

I hope your right – Carrie

I have a lot of explaining to do – Ms. Argyle

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Hidden Intentions – Review

Hidden Intentions – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Hidden Intentions

After his wife’s death, David Caldwell is shocked to see her estranged sister Jordyn at his door.  He lets her and introduces her to her niece Sophie and nephew Noah.  Even though Jordyn and her sister haven’t spoken in 20 years, she wishes they have made up before she died.  While Noah is quick to welcome her, Sophie gives her the cold shoulder.  Sophie remains this way until her boyfriend Luke breaks up with her with no warning.  Jordyn is there for her and counsels her on the breakup.  But Sophie still feels something is off about Jordyn.  And she is right.  The real Jordyn is dead.  She was killed by the fake Jordyn who will do anything to get a family.

In the age of social media, DNA testing, and online background check, you will roll your eyes at all the mistakes this family makes the moment they let Jordyn in the door.  With so may ignored warnings sign, you want to change the channel to ignore this family’s stupidity.  It’s only when Sophie starts to ask questions, you will say “Finally, what took so long”. This one can be skipped because it falls into the Lifetime trap.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Family, you never know how much you’re gonna miss it until it’s gone – Jordyn

Thanks for coming, I’m sure mom would be touched – Sophie

Having you hear, reminds me of her – David

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Garage Sale Mysteries: Picture a Murder – Review

Garage Sale Mysteries: Picture a Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Garage Sale Mysteries: Picture a Murder

Jen and Dani are asked to price and sell the late Larry’s camera collection.  Jen and Dani were recommended by Tony (Larry’s nephew).   While looking at the collection, Dani accidentally takes a picture of Jen.  So, Jen goes to get the film developed to remove her picture from the roll.  When Jen speaks to Tony, he lets her know that he doesn’t believe his uncle’s death was natural causes.  Larry was healthy and passed his physical earlier.  Jen believes him as soon as the photos are developed.  One image has a hand on Larry’s chest with a syringe in the other hand.  Jen takes the photo to Detective Frank and gets Larry’s case reopened.  With bad business dealings, an affair, and a jealous family member, Jen has a host of characters from which to choose.  Of course, she will have to investigate.

Based on the novel series, misdirects, curiosity, and fun are what we watch this series for and you get everything you want plus more (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Fans should be prepared to get your dose of Dr. Trammel, Frank, and Jason.  The three love of Jen’s detective life.  Plus it has all the comedy you need hiding within a gem of a mystery for you to solve.  Now dedicated fans will be able to see the bad guy coming but don’t ruin it for the newbies.  Get the popcorn, wine, and your magnifying glass ready for this next installment in the Garage Sale Mysteries.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

My bridge collapsed – Dani

I hope you got my good side – Jen

I say any camera with a picture of you in it, is worth double – Jason

Don’t tell Jen – Jason

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My Husband’s Secret Wife – Review

My Husband’s Secret Wife – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes

My Husband's Secret Wife

Avery happily watched her son Jack play but loses sight of him.  When she finally sees him, a person is walking away with him.  She chases after him but is stopped by a security officer.  When she explained that her child being kidnapped, she sees Alex stopping the kidnapper and saving her son.  The kidnapper gets away but Avery finds her Prince Charming.  They quickly get married and by a house, much to the chagrin of her sister Kat.  Kat believes that Alex is just too perfect especially when he discusses adopting Jack.  Kat’s intuition is proven right when Avery sees a text message on Alex’s phone.  He is not leaving on a business trip for 2 weeks, he is meeting another woman.  After following Alex, she discovers that the other woman is Melanie.  A woman who came into her gallery and bought her art a few days ago.  Melanie reveals that she is not only Alex’s first wife but she is still his wife.  She did leave Alex but they are on the verge of getting back together.  The only roadblock is Avery.   She tells Avery to step aside or she will move her.  Avery comes home to confront Alex.  Alex explains that he didn’t divorce Melanie because she is unstable but the marriage is over.  Now Avery is in the fight of her life, but who is really on her side?

Keep your eyes open.  You have no idea which way is up with this movie.  This is one of the few Lifetime movies with multi-dimensional characters.  It will leave you wondering who is lying to whom.  And you are right.  Everyone is lying to everyone.  But it’s the long-term planning and the real victim that will leave you saying OMG.  Watch when you can devote all your attention to this movie.  Missing 5 minutes will leave you lost.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

There’s enough room in this world for us to love everyone babe – Alex

I’m a huge fan of your work. Now – Melanie

We’ll see about that – Avery

Did you? – Kat

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Pearl in Paradise – Review

Pearl in Paradise – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Pearl in Paradise

Alex is a brilliant photographer with great ideas but she often misses deadlines.  She wants the Creative Director promotion but her boss tells her she has to wow them and be on time.  Or someone else will get the job.  Alex decides to use the 30th anniversary of the magazine to pitch an idea.  The 30th anniversary is represented by pearls.  When she looks up pearls, she finds the most famous is a blue pearl in Fiji created by a clam instead of an oyster.  She knows of one writer who said he saw it and wrote a book about it.  Her boss loves the idea and says if she can get a picture of the blue pearl in time, she is a shoe in for the promotion.  Colin was a best-selling writer, years ago.  His publisher’s assistant Derrick meets him for coffee.  He warns Colin, ‘Write something that sales or we will drop you’.  When Derrick learns about the opportunity to work with Alex in Fiji to find the blue pearl, he knows it’s a great marketing strategy for Colin.  However, Colin has been keeping a big secret from everyone.  He has never been to Fiji or seen the blue pearl.  As they go around Fiji and get closer, Colin knows he must confess to Alex.  But will his confession make him lose her for good?

This treasure hunt wrapped in a love story is a slight change from the Hallmark brand but not completely.  However, it’s a predictable ending that doesn’t require much attention for the leading couple.  It’s the people of Fiji with the legends of the blue pearl that truly draw you in.  Through their stories and the land, you will be engrossed in the hunt for the blue pearl.  So, DVR this movie and save it for a rainy day.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

List of all the deadlines I missed – Alex

That is confidential. I can’t reveal my sources – Colin

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The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time – Review

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time – Syfy – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Last Sharknado: It's About Time

Fin lands and looks around for his son Gil.  Only to realize he is alone.  His son left him a message.  They have time traveled to the first Sharknado.  However, since you could only go back to a time period once, Gil could not go with his dad.  Fin has to use the flux capacitor in Gil’s wings pin and travel at 88 MPH to jump home when he is successful.  When he gets out of the car, Fin sees he sees he is surrounded by dinosaurs.  As the dodges one, Fin encounters Nova, Brian, and April.  A non-robot April but human April.  They explain that just as they were about to die, Gil jumped in time and pull them out.  They have been waiting for a year for Fin to meet up with them.  Now they wait for the next Sharknado with the hope that ending this one will end them all.

So, this review isn’t really about good or bad.  Sharknado has gotten a cult following because of its over-the-top nature and being good at being bad.  So this review will be based on consistency.  While time-traveling makes this over the top, it just didn’t hold the viewers’ interest long enough.  The pace of the movie was slow and becomes boring quickly as they entered each time period.  While it felt that the time periods should have been more focused on Fin than Nora, they try to make them all relevant to the overall all plot and character development.  Even though it comes to a good conclusion for the series and included all the cast members, it just felt dragged out and repeat of the same storyline in each timeline.  The final movie should have gotten a lot better but will leave fans disappointed.  But pay attention to the homage to Back to the Future and The Princess Bride (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

You came back for me – April

I know you have been eaten by a lot of sharks and you’ve survived. But I’ve actually been eaten and pooped out by a lot of dinosaurs because they couldn’t digest me. its been rough – Brian

I’m gonna need a bigger chainsaw – Fin

Look here, you emotionally derange easy back oven – Skye

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#MarriedToAMurderer, #MyLittleGirlIsGone, and more – TV Reviews

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Married to a Murderer – Review

Married to a Murderer – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Married to a Murderer

Emma and Ted are ready to celebrate their engagement with friends and family.  But that’s cut short when her husband’s identical twin brother Frank shows up out of the blue.  He is back from his trip and wants to reconnect with Ted.  At first, Emma is ok with the two establishing a relationship.  When Ted goes out of town, Frank starts giving Emma bad vibes as he goes around their home unannounced in the middle of the night.  When she shares her feelings with Ted, he finally lets her in on his secret.  Frank wasn’t on a trip.  He was in a mental institution.  Shocked and dismayed by her husband’s lie by omission, Emma decides to help Frank and make him a part of the family.  But Frank and Ted have a lot more secrets to hide.

You have to give this one a chance.  Even though it starts off slow and Emma makes typical mistakes, this movie slowly cranks up the eerie.  As Frank starts fantasizing about Emma and starts acting on them, you will get a chill up your spine.  Another great aspect of this movie is its use of real twins.  Most have one actor play both parts and it takes away from the scene.  But using real twins helps the actors feed off each other’s emotional and physical cues.  Plus this movie ends with one big question.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Yeah, it’s great to have you here – Ted

Back in town 2 hours and I already ruin your engagement party – Frank

Why didn’t you tell me about your mom’s house – Emma

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My Little Girl is Gone – Review

My Little Girl is Gone – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

My Little Girl is Gone

Stephanie stood in front of all her friends at Karaoke and had the man of her dreams Jameson get down on one knee. She and her partner Lila had their handbag line picked up by a major retailer. And her future stepson Shane is starting to warm up to her. Stephanie feels her life is falling into place. However just days before her wedding, she gets a phone call from a disguised voice. The voice describes what her daughter Caitlyn is wearing, says they grabbed her, and if she wants her daughter back, she must not get married. After a few frantic moments, Stephanie finds Caitlyn and breathes a sigh of relief. She brushes off the incident as a sick prank and gets married. While on her honeymoon, she has a hard time relaxing. She is still worried about her daughter. Her fear is realized when she comes back and Caitlyn is gone. The voice calls her again and says she must sell her company and then divorce her husband or Caitlyn will die. Stephanie suspects everyone but has no idea of the danger that waits for her.

This movie is so different from the Lifetime format. It feels like two movies for the price of one. Just when you think the movie has come to an end, you realized you are only halfway through. Also, you believe you know the kidnapper and you are right. But its the “why” that will leave you saying OMG. This movie is the right step to get out of the typical Lifetime movie. It is a good mystery disguised as a drama. Sit back and enjoy it today.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I really am. That’s why it’s gonna crush my heart to beat you at this game – Stephanie

It is called the woods honey. Owls, wolves, deer. Also known as wildlife – Jameson

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Garage Sale Mysteries: The Mask Murder – Review

Garage Sale Mysteries: The Mask Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Garage Sale Mysteries: The Mask Murder

Dani and Jen are excited to buy storage lockers to fill their store. They find a great locker with rare death masks inside. After a long look around, Jen notices it looks like a store’s inventory. She remembered a man arguing with the manager before the auction. She worries these are his items. But the feeling of worry is put aside when a body is discovered inside another locker next to her’s. Jen is quickly on the case. Jen discovers the victim is Carmen Day. A young, bright student who worked at the storage facility. While delving into her life, Jen realizes that one of the death masks she found in her storage locker looks like Carmen.  With lies, videotape, and one sketchy manager, Jen knows she must find Carmen’s killer ASAP.

In true form, Garage Sales Mysteries delivers again. Its hard to figure out a suspect because everyone around Carmen has an ulterior motive and lies constantly. Based on the novels, this movie will keep you guessing and checking off suspects every step of the way (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). And longtime fans will get a hilarious subplot and Dr. Trammel. So put the kids to bed and get ready for another great installment in the Garage Series franchise.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t need to ask her permission – Steve

Why would a dead woman be smelling – Dani

Welcome to Grand Central Station – Jen

How far do you think I can kick this bucket – Dr. Tramell

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Babysitter’s Nightmare – Review

Babysitter’s Nightmare – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Baby Sitter's Nightmare

Nurse Daphne is devasted after losing a young patient and her job due to an untouchable doctor’s negligence.  Her friend and fellow nurse Kaci overhear a patient was in need of a babysitter with nursing skills.  So she mentioned Daphne needed a job.  With a part-time, $300 a day job, Daphne says yes.   She meets with Toby and his mom to solidify the job.  She is instantly taken by the sweet and loving Toby.  She wonders why his mother wanted a nurse and Daphne is informed that Toby is diabetic.  Her first night goes well but Daphne swears she sees someone.  The next few nights will leave several dead and a mother in pain.

This movie is truly creepy.  In addition, it has a lead character that has lost their job, been involved with the death of a patient, broke up with her boyfriend, and threaten a co-worker.   So it’s hard to tell who to trust.  Anyone could be after her for any reason.  So this thriller becomes a suspense movie.  A breath of fresh air is young Toby.  He isn’t bitter, angry, or rude like most kids on Lifetime.  He is sweet, charming, and funny.  You will instantly fall in love with him.  And Kaci is the best friend everyone deserves.  Watch this one with some of your lights on.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

It was an honest mistake – Daphne

Like do you want anchovies on your tombstone – Kaci

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Love at Sea – Review

Love at Sea – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love at Sea

Olivia’s boyfriend left her stunned.  He opened a position to head Olivia’s department and didn’t consider her for the job.  She can’t believe that the board of directors is squeezing out anyone connected to Olivia’s late dad, the owner.  Now, Olivia wants to give 100%  to her business and prove she can make it on her own.  Tony is ready to become the youngest cruise director but he must prove himself to the big bosses.  If he doesn’t make a good impression during the next cruise, he won’t be promoted.  When Olivia and Tony meet they both think the other one needs an attitude adjustment.  Tony thinks Olivia is too rigid.  Olivia thinks that Tony isn’t following the instruction she provided in a 5-inch binder.  It will take Murphy’s Law to bring these two together.

Based on Love on the Lido Deck by Barbara Oliverio, this aquatic romance is funny and easy to watch (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While you know the ending, there is enough chaos to keep you interested.  When Olivia loses her star or Tony loses control over an event, you want to see how they will work through it together.  Even with an ex-boyfriend, gorgeous mystery woman, and a best friend aboard, Tony and Olivia work through it together and fall in love.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you for that hardy welcome – Olivia

I guess you’re gonna have to start respecting me now – Tony

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#HomecomingRevenge, #FreakyFriday, and more – TV Reviews

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Homecoming Revenge – Review

Homecoming Revenge – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Homecoming Revenge

Andrea feels a disconnect between herself and her husband because she can’t get pregnant.  She tries to convince him that adoption is the answer but he has already moved on.  After getting divorce papers, Andrea hits him in the head, killing him.   As she calls the police with fake tears, she sees the 20th high school reunion flyer in her trash.  She thinks back on the day Isabel stole homecoming queen, pushed her off the stage, and killed her future.  She decides to find Isabel and ruin her life one object at a time.

It’s not hard to see where this is going within the first five minutes.  So Isabel’s naivete comes off as sad and desperate.  But seeing how Andrea gets others to join in and use simple phone calls to destroy Isabel’s whole life is interesting.  The story offers nothing else to the viewer.  Only watch if you are as desperate as Isabel.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I just feel bad for her – Isabel

I thought we were friends – Andrea

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Disney’s Freaky Friday – Review

Disney’s Freaky Friday – Disney Channel – 1 hour and 37 minutes

Disney's Freaky Friday

Ellie is a grungy teen that is close to failing the 10th grade due to consistent truancy. She is tired of her mother Katherine constantly hovering and bossing her around. She would love to be an adult of for a day to have control over her entire life. Katherine has taken the daunting task of catering her own wedding. Her marriage is a day away and she is being featured in a magazine. If the article goes well, her business will go up. However, if it goes bad or doesn’t happen at all, she could lose the house. She wishes Ellie knew how good she had it as a carefree teen. Ellie wants to attend a scavenger hunt on the day of her mother’s wedding but her mother gives a resounding NO. As the two argue, they both grab hold of an hourglass and, in a flash, they switch bodies. Now, Katherine has to navigate Ellie’s high school life. While Ellie navigates Katherine’s career. However, switching back won’t be easy. During the first switch, the hourglass broke. Ellie remembers her late father gave one to her and Katherine. But Katherine sold it to an antique shop, which is now closed. They must find the hourglass to change back before Ellie (as her mom) marries her stepdad.

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I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I wish you’d change – Ellie

The answer is NO – Katherine

There you are. Every magician needs an assistant – Fletcher

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Garage Sale Mysteries: The Pandora’s Box Murders – Review

Garage Sale Mysteries: The Pandora’s Box Murders – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Garage Sale Mysteries: The Pandora's Box Murders

Dani and Jen are the main focus of an antique reality TV show. Although Dani is ready for her close up, Jen is a bit uncomfortable with the exaggerations. During a break from filming, Tamara comes into the store and asks for information on her mother-in-law Elizabeth’s Pandora’s box. Pandora boxes are notorious for destroying their contents if the puzzle is solved incorrectly. Tamara worries she could destroy something valuable. So she asks Jen to user her expertise to solve the puzzle. Jen agrees and starts filming. After the day is done, Jen looks for the box and it’s missing. When Jen finds the box, Tamara will be dead, Elizabeth’s cause of death will be questioned, and Jen will be looking down the barrel of a gun.

Based on the book series, this mystery is just as complex as the Pandora’s box (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  As Jen gets a step closer to finding Tamara’s killer, she learns more about the victim and the box.  Both objects are clouding Jen’s judgment of the situation.  This confusion is a new element to Jen’s character and makes for a compelling storyline about the murder.  As always, it’s funny to see people to “stay out of it” and “leave it to the police”.  Jen will never stop finding justice.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Cars can be replaced. Family can’t – Jason

I know all her lines – Dani

It’s my last chance at a smoking body – Tramell

My arrival cuts that short – Jen

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A Sister’s Secret – Review

A Sister’s Secret – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes

A Sister's Secret

Identical twins, Callie and Elizabeth have been switching places since they were little.  The only person who could ever tell them apart was their Aunt Rose.  While Rose laughs at the girls switch, she warns them of the trouble it could cause in the future.  Years later, Callie is married to Grady and they have two children.  Yet she dreams of Elizabeth’s life.  Elizabeth works for a high power investor and lives in the big city with an even bigger loft.  She hates coming home to an empty apartment and wishes she could have a family like Callie.  On their birthday, the two meet up and decide to switch.  They will live each other’s lives for one week and switch back.  Callie loves living the big city life but Elizabeth worries they will be discovered.  Elizabeth asks to switch back early but Callie is furious and decides against it.  Moments later, Callie is killed by a hit and run.  Elizabeth gets the news and can’t muster up the courage to tell Grady about the switch.  When Rose sees Elizabeth as Callie she pleads with her to tell Grady and the children the truth.  But a Detective tells her to keep quiet.  She believes the hit-and-run was not an accident and Callie’s killer may learn that he killed the wrong woman and go after her.  This deadly switch will have an unlikely ending with several people dead.

Inspired by real events, the ending wrap-up gives a new definition to “Happily Ever After”.  When viewers see the “grass is greener” set up, you want to believe you know how the story will go.  Until Callie is hit by the car.  That moment will leave you in complete shock.  Also, as Elizabeth lives Callie’s life, she goes too far.  Now protecting herself from murders becomes projecting herself from the wrath of Grady.   This twist in the story is shocking and draws the viewer into the story.  So watch when you can devote your time.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

She’s at it again, pretending to be me – Elizabeth

I’m trying – Callie

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A Summer To Remember – Review

A Summer To Remember – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Summer To Remember

Dr. Jessica is maxed out.  Her best friend is 3 weeks away from giving birth, she is a single parent, and she is up for a promotion.  While living with her daughter Ava, Jessica can’t seem to unplug.  They both need this trip to Fiji. After a little time together, Jessica eloped with Greg (Ava’s father) and got married in Fiji.  So, Fiji holds a special place in Jessica’s heart.  They always believed they would come back after graduation and start a new life.  But before Greg died, he made Jessica promise she would take Ava to Fiji one day.  Now, Jessica is fulfilling that promise.  After a few hours there, Ava and Jessica create a challenge for each other.  Ava must put down her camera and Jessica must give up her phone.  Jessica finally pays attention to the world around her and twice, love knocks at her door.    Will she answer it for Will or Dr. Trevor?

While this is a typical Hallmark movie, it just feels like the overall plot is missing.  This movie doesn’t feel like a movie.  It feels more like a part of a series.  The overall story felt incomplete and devoid of true emotions.   Hallmark must understand that new scenery to an old storyline isn’t enough to keep a viewers’ interests.  If you are determined to use the same plot, at least make it funny or add more drama to the storyline.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars

Will, the co-owner, works better – Will

You said it – Ava

He’s got it – Jessica

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#WebCamGirls, #TheWrongMan, and more – TV Reviews

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Web Cam Girls – Review

Web Cam Girls – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Web Cam Girls

When Alex discovers her cousin is a webcam girl, she is horrified and concerned for Carolyn’s safety.  She worries Carolyn will be hurt, stalked, and taken advantaged of by the men who pay to see her.  Within 24 hours, Alex is right.   Someone paid to see Carolyn in person; after saying no repeatedly, she finally gives in to the request.  Carolyn is sprayed in the face and wakes up chained to a couch.  Alex, realizing her cousin was missing, try to alert Carolyn’s parents, her mother, and the police that Carolyn is gone but they all give excuses for why she is missing.  Sick of not getting any results, Alex decides to become a webcam girl and lure Carolyn’s attacker into her web.  Can Alex save her cousin before its too late?

Be ready to be on the edge of your seat for this mystery/drama movie.  Within moments of seeing Carolyn’s parents, you don’t wonder why she is a webcam girl.  You wonder why she didn’t do it sooner.  This movie displays how Carolyn was failed by the adults around her before and after her abduction.  It’s Alex that rallies everyone to continue to fight and take the matter seriously.  So sit back and enjoy this movie.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Nikki’s a stripper – Alex

Good afternoon Alexandria. I was starting to think I lost you – Mr. Darrs

I have been a very bad girl – Carolyn

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The Wrong Man – Review

The Wrong Man – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Wrong Man

While getting reprimanded by her editor Jen, Kim gets news that her grandmother has died. Kim goes to her grandmother’s funeral and is saddened to see Fred’s, her grandfather, Alzheimer’s has gotten worse.  Fred has no idea who she is but his nurse Joey does what he can to help.  Joey tells Kim he is living in the guest house in the back of Fred’s home and he wants to continue working for him.  Kim agrees even though Nick (Fred’s neighbor) warns her there is something wrong with Joey.  By the end of the night, Kim and Joey are flirting, all while being watched.  With a few moments of clarity, Kim will learn that Fred knows more about how his wife died and you won’t guess who is behind it.  You are right and you are wrong.

This a ‘What Else Can Go Wrong’ type of movie.  Just when Kim thinks she has a handle on things, the audience is given a glimpse of how she is truly lost.  The levels of deceit are at an all-time high.  You are left guessing until the end.  But Kim has a real friend by her side to keep her on the right path.  So have fun unraveling this movie and try to stay a step ahead.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

To be honest, I like it better. Less drama – Joey

Soul-sucking – Kim

And the bloom is off the rose – Jen

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The Wrong Nanny – Review

The Wrong Nanny – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Wrong Nanny

Blake finally got information on her biological mother Stella.  Stella gave her up for adoption when she was born and Blake wants to see her.  Blake discovers that Stella is looking for a nanny and applies for the position with fake references.  When Blake gets the nanny position for Stella’s twin boys (Blake’s half-brothers), Blake keeps her identity a secret.  She is happy playing the ‘god sent’ for Stella until she sees Stella acting as a mother to another teenage girl.  When Blake facade cracks a cop will be down, children will be lost, and a shot will be taken.

Oh, this one is just too good.  Watch it with the lights on and double check your nanny.  You will jump and yelp doing certain parts of the movie.  And watch until the end for an extra creepy moment.   Any Lifetime movie that has a death within the first 2 minutes, has a great chance of being a watchable movie.  And this one takes the cake.  Seeing Blake go from sweet to ‘bat crap’ crazy is oddly satisfying.  This is definitely one to watch, DVR, and keep.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Stella Armstrong’s not a stranger – Blake

This may sound crazy but do I know you from somewhere – Stella

I wish I could – Merideth

Remind me not to get on your bad side – Tanner

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Psycho Brother-In-Law – Review

Psycho Brother-In-Law – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Psycho Brother-In-Law

With her husband Eric working long hours, Kate is starting to feel lonely and overlooked.  She is supportive of Eric’s ambitions, she just misses her attentive husband.  She is not sure what to do.  One day Kate opens the door and sees David, her brother in law.  She is stunned by his appearance but happy to see him.  Eric, on the other hand, is not.  The brothers have unresolved issues, so when Eric learns that Kate has asked David to stay, he is upset.  The brothers attempt to patch things up for Kate’s sake.  Soon, David is going on Kate and Eric’s date nights as Eric’s stand-in.  The two are seen around town so often that people are wondering if they are having an affair.  But when Kate and her daughter Laura start noticing David’s weird behavior, they wonder if he is truly dangerous.

Inspired by actual events, you can summarize what will happen just by the title.  You know the brother-in-law will be crazy, it’s a matter of how much.  You will find yourself wondering 3 things:

  1. When will David snap
  2. How many will be killed
  3. Is this really the end

This movie really doesn’t break any ground on Lifetime.  While an Oscar-worthy performance isn’t required, it needs a good script in order to create a good movie.  The script was subpar and the actors did their best.  This movie can be skipped.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Why are you mad babe – Kate

You’re right. I’m sorry. You married a jerk – Eric

It’s a hella nice family you go there, man. You got it all – David

I shouldn’t have worn that stupid dress – Laura

Don’t do that – Ron

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Deadly Exchange – Review

Deadly Exchange – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Exchange

To help her family cope with a huge loss, Sam is considering getting an exchange student.  And Sam’s daughter Blake believes this is a great idea.   Soon, Sam meets Chloe, a student from England.   On her first day with the family, Chloe is having a major effect on Blake.  Blake is dressing more risque, hanging out with a different group, ditching her boyfriend Jake, and joining the cheerleader team.  The more Blake changes, the more Jake feels edge out.  Then he makes his feelings for Chloe known to Blake and all of her new friends.  He believes Chloe is a bad influence and Blake should walk away.  The next morning Jake is dead in Sam’s pool.  Jake’s mother suspects Chloe but the police suspect Blake.  Now Sam must find the who and why to save her daughter’s freedom.  But will Chloe allow it?

Watching Chloe slowly break down this family is a guilty pleasure.  You see her set traps and plant ideas to drive wedges in relationships while bringing people closer to her.  At times you will wonder why she is doing something or what she is doing.  Once the answer is revealed, you will find yourself laughing at her clever plan.  Now her reasons for going after this family is a bit far stretched but it’s still a great movie.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I’m sure things were great but do you think she was really living up to her full potential – Chloe

Get away from me – Jake

There’s nothing to talk about – Blake

And to think, I let you near my child – Sam

I don’t know how those got there – Scott

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Fatherly Obsession – Review

Fatherly Obsession – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Fatherly Obsession

Alyssa has moved into her new apartment and the superintendent Robert his happy to help with all her needs.  She starts to make friends in the building, working on her comedy routine, and even meets a guy.  Everything is going well but she starts to get strange text messages and Robert has entered her home without her consent.   Being a past stalking victim, Alyssa puts Robert on notice about her issues with privacy.  He apologizes and smoothes things over, she accepts his apology.  As the days go on, Alyssa learns Robert has been telling a lot of lies and she cuts him off.  But when her friend says it was a misunderstanding, Alyssa agrees to meet with Robert.  This is the worst mistake she will ever make.

Super creepy is the only way to describe this movie.  Seeing that Robert’s infatuation with Alyssa isn’t sexual but fatherly is extremely unnerving.  But it does shine a light on different forms of stalking.  Some forms of stalking have little to no sexual component.  Also, this movie kicks it up a notch by using virtual reality glasses.  All movies have shown the killer looking at a monitor to stalk their victims but with the VR Glasses Robert can sit down next to her on the couch.  It is just the right touch of creepy to make this movie exciting.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t worried I would never go into your bedroom – Robert

Oh, that’s exactly what I’m gonna do – Helen

I thought we were taking it slow – Oliver

Would you like me to throw a drink in your face to make this completely ironic – Alyssa

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Ex-Wife Killer – Review

Ex-Wife Killer – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Ex-Wife Killer

Josie finally has her flower shop running smoothly and is considering expanding.  She doesn’t know how she will do it until her ex-husband Michael walk into her store.  She is uneasy about his unwelcome visit but agrees to have a work lunch with him.  As a silent partner, Michael states he wants to franchise her business.  She agrees but worries his wife will have an issue.  Michael explains that he and Laura are separated and close to a divorce but she is not taking it well and attacked him.  When Josie suggests calling the police, Michael won’t consider it.  He believes she needs help, not handcuffs.  However as the days go on Michael is poisoned, Laura is stalked, and someone is shot.   For Josie, this will end with a bang, but not the one she thought.

With an opening scene of a crazy wife with a golf club, you can understand Michael’s unease with this his estranged wife Laura.   This is how your roller coaster ride will start.  And this is definitely a roller coaster in the best way.  You go up and down while second-guessing yourself along the way.  This confusion makes this movie a good watch even though the storyline isn’t the most original.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

While I appreciate your optimism, people don’t change like that – Jose

Some old Josie, always worried about something – Michael

Honey, why would I settle for half when I can have it all – Laura

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When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree – Review

When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree – Hallmark – 1 hour and 30 minutes

When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree

Jack has been away for 6 months and Elizabeth is missing him every second of the day; she teaches her students about a wishing tree.  Each person puts a wish on the tree and another person tries to grant it.  If the wish cannot be granted, then the tree’s magic powers will grant the wish.  Rosemary and Abigail do everything the can to convince Elizabeth to put a wish on the tree.  She believes it’s selfish to wish for Jack while he is doing important work.  And like Elizabeth, the town will expose some pain while asking for a wish.  Now Hope Valley will have to come together to help heal each other for the holiday season.

Based on the novel When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke, this movie is a great start to the new season.  And you don’t have to be a “Heatie” to watch.  You learn enough about each character to get you invested and watch the regular program.  The standout is definitely Rosemary.  She is a flower in a hurricane; beautiful and strong.  But when her husband takes off time from the mill for the holidays, she meets her match.  Watch this movie with the whole family.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Like your eggnog, this Christmas tree has an extra kick – Abigail

There’s no such thing as fine or tuning this group – Bill

Is it really that rough – Elizabeth

Depends. Am I the one star – rosemary

I really hope my name’s on that thing – Jack

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One Small Indiscretion – Review

One Small Indiscretion – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

One Small Indiscretion

At the age of twelve, Elle experienced the murder-suicide of her parents; after her mother Margo’s drunken breakdown in response to her father’s infidelity.  Elle learns that her father James had an affair with Carol Winters.  Now, Carol is a marketing executive with a husband and a 17-year-old son Logan.  But in the past, Carol and her husband Sam were separated because Sam had an affair with his secretary Beth.  So, Carol started to date James and he left Elle and Margo to be with Carol.  But when Carol saw how the separation was affecting her son Logan, she broke up with James and reconciled with Sam.  James came back to Margo, but the damage was done.  Elle believes that if Carol and James didn’t have “one small indiscretion”, her parents would be alive.  So, Elle wants to destroy Carol’s life by ruining her job, Logan, and her marriage to Sam.  And when Carol is at her lowest, Elle will kill her.  But the first step in Elle’s plan, move into Carol’s guest house.

Since the murder-suicide happens in the beginning, you watch the movie with the full knowledge of why Elle is coming after the Winters Family. You get to see her ingenious plan slowly come to fruition when she takes photos, threatens people, and befriend each member of the family.  However, watch this movie to root for Elle.  If you don’t, you will be angry at some of the character’s mistakes (i.e. leaving a book next to the computer marked “Passwords”, leaving key marked with what they open, and just leaving purse around with all your information).  It’s too easy for Elle to come into the family and slowly manipulate them.  So, watch this movie for Elle or not at all.  By the way, they left it open for a part 2.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

You would rather throw away your family than you precious wine – James

And divorce is the answer? – Margo

Are we making the right decision? You know I really love our privacy – Carol

What are you afraid of – Elle

She was just sketching me. What do you think we were doing? – Logan

So, are you happy here? – Sam

Oh gosh. I must I have my times mixed up – Hannah

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Garage Sale Mystery: A Case of Murder – Review

Garage Sale Mystery: A Case of Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Garage Sale Mystery: A Case of Murder

Jenn and Dani head to Mae’s garage sale in the country.  They find a mirror worth $12,000 and an old recorder.  Jenn and Dani buy them.  Once Dani sets up a tape in the recorder, Jenn presses play and gets a real shock.  She hears the recorder’s owner scream that someone was killing him.  Out of concern, Jenn remembers that Mae said her husband had run off again.  So Jenn goes to find him at a loft he recently rented.  She finds Dr. Vedders dead.  Jenn learns that Dr. Vedders is a retired psychiatrist that started working on his memoirs.  He headed a support group called, “When a Relationship Ends 101”; and none of his patients (Chris, Deb, and Kendell) were happy to hear of his retirement.  Also, he and his wife Mae were at odds.  He often left for days at a time and was frustrated over money issues in his marriage.  With the tape recorder broken, Jenn will do a little detective work to find Dr. Vedders killer.

Based on Garage Sale Stalker by Suzi Weinert, this is a Hallmark movie with a Lifetime twist and a SyFy boom (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It has 4 possible suspects with questionable past and strong motives.  Being able to uncover the mystery with Jenn is the main ingredient that makes these movies so enticing to watch.  And you will be deliberating with yourself until the last 30 minutes on who killed Dr. Vedders.  And 90% will be wrong.  The subplots of Dani and the Woman Room are fun and entertaining fill-ins.  And dedicated fans will get their beloved banter between Jenn and Dr. Tramell & Jenn and Det. Lynwood.  She does get those guys steady business.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

If you say we can still be friends, I’m going to lose it – Deb

We’re not healers, but mechanics – Dr. Vedders

Clutter desk means a cluttered mind. And an empty desk … – Jenn

Then, I really know that look – Jason

I got to say between you and random joggers, I don’t know who finds more dead bodies – Det. Lynwood

If you want something different, try something different – Dani

I’d avoided dairy but I guess I’m getting cremated anyway. Get it. Cream-eted – Dr. Tramell

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Unwritten Obsession – Review

Unwritten Obsession – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Unwritten Obsession

After writing a successful first book, Maya’s Fall, Skye is in a sophomore slump.  She has written a new novel but publishers hate it.  Her manager Chelsey tells her to write a sequel.  Skye considers it but walks out the meeting furious.  She is deeply in debt and out of money.  At the same time, Holly (an aspiring writer and Maya’s Fall fan) walks up to Skye and ask her to be her mentor and critique her book.  Holly admits she needs 3 more chapters, a title, and an ending before the book is complete.  First, Skye says no.  But when Holly says she will pay $2000, Skye accepts and drives them both to her house.  While Holly is in Skye’s home, Skye hears noises and Holly always push the boundaries.  Meanwhile, when Skye reads Holly’s book, she knows it’s a hit.  She decides to let Holly stay longer, so she can steal her book and give it to Chelsey as her own work.  Skye believes she has the upper hand until she looks through Holly’s computer.  Skye sees Holly has set up cameras in her home.  And one camera recorded her passing Holly’s book as her own.  Desperate for money, Skye wants Holly’s book and will do anything to get it.  Holly knows Skye is a thief and will do anything to prove it.  Only one woman can be on top.

This is a movie with no “good guy”.  It’s fun to play “who is crazier” when watching this movie.  Is it Holly for going into a stranger’s home, filming, and mentally torturing her.  Or is it Skye, who allowed a stranger into her home and stealing Holly’s book under the guise of helping her.  This movie has an intriguing storyline with memorable characters.  It does leave a few unanswered questions.   Those question will not be on this blog because they will be spoilers.  And the “why” is a stretch for the storyline but predictable Lifetime.  Unwritten Obsession will require your full attention, so don’t watch it unless you have time.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

That one was off the record. Just ignored that last one – Chelsey

I am inviting you to my home. This is an exercise in trust for all involved – Skye

And no one can hear you scream – Holly

I don’t want to find out – Paul

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Sun, Sand, & Romance – Review

Sun, Sand, & Romance – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Sun, Sand, & Romance

Workaholics Eric and Kate are going on a vacation.  They plan on romance but know a little work will be done.  As soon as they arrive Kate sees Michael “Shep” Shepard.  They were camp counselors 3 years in a row during high school.  So when Kate learns he is the Activites Director, she is not surprised.  When the 3 talk, Shep reveals that Gus is in the same hotel.  Gus is Eric’s idol and he hopes Gus will become a client.  During their dinner, Eric asks Kate if he can step away and introduce himself to Gus.  Kate says no but soon changes her mind because it’s business.  When Eric comes back, he has a golf date set for the next day.  Kate decides she will use the time to work so she can get the new VP job at her firm.  As she is sitting pool side, her papers blow away and Shep is there to catch them.  He convinces Kate to go on a trial while paperwork prints.  The more time Eric and Kate spend on the trip, the more time she spends with Shep thinking about her past.  When Eric gets on one knee, she will have an answer for him.

Sigh.  While the images of the island are wonderful, there is not much else to this movie.  The setup is basic, the storyline has been done, and it plays too much on good friend vs. bad boyfriend.  In reality, Eric isn’t bad.  He is the guy he has always been and Kate was fine with it.  Being himself doesn’t make him a bad boyfriend.  He is just honest.  While the actors did the best they could with the script, it’s just not enough.  This movie is background noise with a predictable ending.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars

Life is a book. And I am ready for the next chapter – Kate

I promise this vacation will be 80 percent romance, 20 percent work – Eric

I just don’t want to become a “lifer” – Shep

I think we have our first casualty – Gus

Kate, you did what? – Sally

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Whitney: Can I Be Me – Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me – Showtime – 1 hour and 40 minutes

Whitney: Can I Be Me

Whitney Houston was a diamond in the ruff when she first met Clive Davis.  As the only girl in a family of 5, she was the apple of her father Michael’s eye and fell under the tough rule of her mother Cissy.  She was trained to be a singer and take the reigns to become a global sensation.  Living through riots and drugs was not the image Clive and the record label wanted to present with their latest artist.  They wanted a polished pop princess.  And with a strict church going family, Whitney could play the role of All-American Good Girl.  In high school, Whitney kept her success quiet.  Only her friend Robyn knew the truth because Whitney had a lot of insecurities.  However, the turning points in her career both came at the Soul Train Awards.  The first turning point was getting booed while her nomination was announced.  She could not believe she was booed after years of success.  But she was too pop for the Soul Train audience.  The second turning point was meeting Bobby Brown.  The Bad Boy of R&B met his match with Whitney Houston.  While the outside world didn’t believe the Princess of Pop was with the Bad Boy, everyone who truly knew her understood.  She was a tough girl from Newark who needed a tough guy.  But as her relationships with Bobby, Robyn, and her family fall apart, so does Whitney.  At what point do you speak up?  Her personal bodyguard wrote a letter detailing her drug addiction and its effect on her performance.  He gave a sad warning of her fate and asked her management to bring in people to help.  But he was fired for his good deeds.  Her make-up artist was disgusted with people “compliments” on her appearance; she made sure she let Whitney know she was dying.  Robyn tried to stay in Whitney’s corner as a friend but as drugs and Bobby got in the way, Robyn left Whitney’s side.  This documentary reveals that drugs were not the real downfall of Whitney Houston, just a symptom of bigger issues.  She felt like she didn’t just let down her fans but she let down God.  That knowledge was the true fall of Whitney Houston.

This documentary is unlike others.  It doesn’t try to shine Whitney up or make her look like a villain.  It shows a woman falling apart under her own fame.  Now don’t be fooled, several people spoke up for Whitney and attempted to help.  But as people tried to help, even more, brought her down.  Unlike a lot of documentaries, they don’t place all the blame on Bobby.  While both had their demons before they first met, they shared their addiction when they were together and amplified each others habit. Also, this documentary goes deeper into the relationship of Robyn and Whitney; as well as the effect it had on Whitney’s marriage.  With never-before-seen footage of Whitney, this movie may be the first time Whitney could be Whitney.  This documentary was only missing current interviews from Bobby and Cissy to give it validity.  However, it’s obvious to see why they would decline.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely would – Cissy

She was trying t get my attention because I was fly – Bobby

He loved her as herself – Pattie

I’ve never seen nothing like it – Toni

Success doesn’t change you. Fame does – Whitney

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Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval – Review

Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval

While at a garage sale, Jenn finds a suit of armor that would be perfect for one of her clients, Mr. Bill Wallace.  He is excited to have the knight’s armor and names it Sir Rags to Riches (after Jenn’s store of course).  The next day another buyer, Prof. Robert McNary, comes into Jenn’s store asking to buy the armor.  Jenn informs him that the armor is sold and declines to give up the buyers information.  The next morning, Jenn and Dani notice their store’s front door is open and objects have been moved.  She doesn’t report it because nothing was stolen.  Later, Jenn goes to Bill’s house to appraise the armor but notices the sword has changed and there is blood dripping from it.  The open the armor to find a man inside.  It’s Prof. McNary.  Jenn tells Det. Lynwood about the break in and that she believes he was the culprit to get the armor.  After talking to Dr. Trammel, she learns he was murdered.  With a list of suspects (disgruntled student, an ambitious teacher’s assistant, a neglected spouse, and a romantic rival), Jenn and Det. Lynwood will have their work cut out for them.

Based on the Garage Sale Mystery by Suzi Weinert, this tale has a lot of misdirects that will keep watchers guessing (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  You will not be able to look away and you shouldn’t, missing one moment will throw you off.  For seasoned fans of the series, you will not be disappointed.  Dr. Trammel makes is famous dad jokes, while Jenn’s family begrudgingly supports and gets involved in her cases.  New fans will wonder if Jenn is so good at finding criminals, how come she gets gypped at finding antiquities for her clients.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Lives – Jenn

The last one I went to, I thought I was with all my classmate’s parents. Turns out, I was with all my classmates – Dina

Because the other guy got more votes – Jason

Don’t do this, I’m telling you – Tim

I would never hear the end of it – Det. Lynwood

I will be – Emma

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At Home in Mitford – Review

At Home in Mitford – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

At Home in Mitford

Cynthia, a famous author, has writer’s block. Since her divorce, a year ago, she has not been able to come up with a title, yet alone a book. Her publisher warns her that she has 45 days to turn something in or lose her deal. She decides to go to her uncle’s home in Mitford for inspiration. He encouraged her to read and write; along with being her biggest fan. She has been avoiding his home since he passed away because she knows she will have to sell it. But now she will go to Mitford, sell his home, and write her book. On her first day, she meets everyone in town. Everyone knows her and her uncle. Cynthia learns that in small towns, talk travels faster than the speed of light. While at her uncle’s home, she has an impromptu meeting with her neighbor Tim and “almost” his dog. She snaps at the Tim and returns to her writing. Later, Cynthia learns that Tim is the neighborhood Episcopal priest and the guy she almost ran off the road when she came into town. She instantly feels bad and starts to talk to him. She learns that he is the most eligible bachelor in town and is often visited by the town’s single women. Cynthia also meets Jack. An Atlanta relator that has his eyes on Cynthia and her property. He is determined to get the woman and the deal. When Cynthia’s friend Marjorie tells her to take the bull by the horns, Cynthia misunderstands and goes out with Jack. However, Marjorie wanted her to ask out Tim. With time winding down on her book and her uncle’s home, Tim knows he has to make his feelings known before Cynthia heads back to Boston or falls in love with Jake.

Based on At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon, this movie doesn’t feel like a movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It feels more like a pilot to a TV series. It introduces a slew of characters and gives them back stories beyond normal TV movies. At times it’s slow and frustrating to see these two adults act like teens. They whisper to their friends and all the neighbors about their feelings but don’t talk to each other. And what makes it worst is they often complain about the town being in everyone’s business. This a decent start to a series but not the best Hallmark has to offer.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I was talking about Tim – Marjorie

Well she doesn’t know it yet, but she will – Jack

See you are acting like a natural dog owner already – Howell

That’s a classic – Tim

I know I over packed but you never know how many shoes you’re going to need – Cynthia

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Eat, Play, Love – Review

Eat, Play, Love – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Eat, Play, Love

Carly comes to her friend Michelle’s aid by volunteering as a vet for her dog shelter. Of course, Michelle didn’t tell Carly that Don (Carly’s high school sweetheart and Michelle’s brother) is working there as a dog/person match maker. Dan the Dog Man believes that dogs adopt their owners, not the other way around. Carly is quickly taken back to her high school feelings the moment she lays eyes on Dan. However, just when Carly builds hope for a second chance at love she sees Kristi. Her old high school bully and dog hater is the top correspondent for the local news channel and Dan’s girlfriend. Kristi makes her position in Dan’s life known before Carly can get one word out. When Kristi’s new job offer in New York brings a move and an engagement for Dan’s life, Carly wants to act fast. So, Michelle (the Meddler) offers to makeover Carly to get her brother’s attention. The two reconnect over dogs, duty, and the past. And just when Carly believes there is hope for the two, Kristi’s timing is impeccable. Kristi found a job for Dan as Executive Regional Assistant for the National Dog Rescue Association in New York. Carly knows Dan could never pass up that opportunity. But she refuses to give up. She decides it’s time to have a Countdown to Love before Dan leaves for New York and gets married to Kristi.

This is a cute story about dogs and love. This movie is good because a makeover isn’t the answer. It’s the connection between the couple and their love for animals that bring them together. But you must ask yourself, who is setting up who, who is training who, and who is teaching who. With so many players invested in this love game, it’s hard to understand who is running the board. While this movie has a predictable ending and villain, the subtle jabs and dogs are fun to watch. Also, the connection between Rita and Dr. Monroe is adorable.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Oh we have a secret weapon – Michelle

The might grow up and be accountants – Dan

Make man’s best friend, your best friend – Kristi

So will I – Carly

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