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Killer Twin – Review

Killer Twin – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Killer Twin

Amber looks at a newspaper and sees her face staring back at her.  Only that face belongs to her twin sister Kendra.  When they were a few years old, the manager of their orphanage didn’t tell Kendra’s adoptive parents that she had a twin.  Kendra was adopted and Amber was left behind to age out of the system.  Gazing upon Kendra, Amber sees the life she could have had if she were adopted instead of Kendra.  Amber thinks Kendra has had the “good life” long enough and she wants if for herself.  Amber will steal, con, and kill to take over Kendra’s life.  And when she does, her life will be complete.

The interesting twist about this movie is that Kendra doesn’t remember her sister.  She believes that someone broke into her home, stole her identity, and started using her cards.  Although she knows she was adopted, the just doesn’t remember having a twin.  And it is a visual feast seeing Lindsay Hartley, play a character acting like another character.  She adds a few subtle changes when she is Amber pretending to be Kendra.  It makes the story believable for the audience that this woman is really a twin.  Check out this movie today.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Kendra the chosen one. Now, the disposable one – Amber

Be careful. You’re tough but you’re in danger – Dane

Well if she wasn’t a criminal before, she is now – Kendra

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I’ll Be Watching – Review

I’ll Be Watching – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

I'll Be Watching

Kate works in a bookstore while attending college.  She spends her personal time at home, reading, and studying.  Her neighbor Nate offers to take her to dinner to get her out the house.  After a few tries, she agrees and has a good time.  Until she gets home and finds a bloody purple rose.  Creeped out, she calls the police and Detective Paine comes to take her statement.  Kate discovers that the rose and Nate are both gone.  While the detective believes her, there is nothing more he can do.  Kate tries to go on with her life until she is attacked and someone is killed holding a note for Kira.  The cops decide to give her 24-hour protection.  After a few days, nothing happens and the cops are pulled off Kate’s stalking case.  The very next night, Kate’s stalker attacks her, cuts her, and warns her to keep the cops away or she and the cops are dead.  Kira is hospitalized and wakes up with the cops by her side.  Even though she tells them to go away, they stay.  After she gets the green light to go home, Kate gives the cops the slip and goes on the run.  She contacts the detectives once a week from a blocked number to report but she makes sure to give no details.  While she is holding back her location from them, they are holding back something from her.  They know if she hears it, it will rock her to her core and bring her back.  Back into the arms of her stalker.

Based on The Purple Rose by Christi R. Walsh, this movie sets a new notch on the creepy dial (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s great to see this movie break away from the Lifetime norm.  The cops don’t blow her off and then show up in the last 5 minutes to save her from the killer.  These cops understand the stalker is dangerous and do everything possible to help her.  And in most Lifetime movies, knowing the stalker takes away your fear.  But this time, it doesn’t.  Not at all.  Knowing this stalker’s face makes the fear 10 times worse.  You will get a sick feeling when you watch.  That is what makes this movie great.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

He cut me so no one else would want me – Kate

That looks horrible – Jake

Don’t be sorry and don’t be ashamed – Jack

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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game – Review

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game

Aurora his happy to hear her cousin Phillip is coming to visit.  She can’t wait because she knows he has been studying hard a college.  And with his birthday coming up tomorrow, she and her mother Aida hope to take him out to dinner.  When Phillip gets the invite, he asks if his roommate Josh and Josh’s girlfriend Tammy could come along.  Aurora agrees and starts making plans.  The next day, Phillip says he is sick and can’t make it.  Out of concern, Aurora comes to his dorm with chicken soup and can’t find Phillip or Tammy.  Aurora starts looking for Phillip immediately.  Unfortunately, she finds Tammy dead.  Now, Aurora concern grows to panic.  And just when she thinks things can’t get worst, Josh is missing too.  Now Aurora must find Josh and Phillip & discover who killed Tammy.

Like the book series, pay full attention to this story because you are getting 2 mysteries in one (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Don’t worry, they do come back full circle but you have to focus to understand everything that is going on.  And in complete Aurora fashion, she is doing everything she is told not to do.  But that’s why you love her.  While foreshadowing does give the suspect away, it doesn’t reveal everything.  So keep watching for some juicy reveals.  Unfolding the mystery does go a bit fast, so don’t be surprised if you watch it twice to understand everything that happened.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I’m just curious about my new neighbor – Aurora

What I live alone. I have taken one or two self-defense classes – Aida

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Cheerleader Nightmare – Review

Cheerleader Nightmare – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Cheerleader Nightmare

Sophie is happy to be the official photographer for her school.  Her friend Mikey works with her and her mother is the cheerleading coach.  And she is dating the captain of the football team, Tyler.  While her life is going great, she has one major hater, Leah, the head cheerleader.   Every time Sophie is with Tyler, Leah gives her the stink eye.  Mikey believes Leah is jealous because the head cheerleader should always date the football player.   But Sophie doesn’t believe that’s the reason.  That is, until later that day when Mikey flies a drone over a team party to watch what is going on.  Sophie believes he is being creepy and grabs the goggles.  And in that split second she sees her boyfriend kissing Leah.  Heartbroken she leaves Mikey behind and heads home.  The next morning she wakes up to the horrible news that Leah was found dead.  Worried that she will be a suspect, Sophie decides to investigate.  But will this vigilante become a victim?

This is a good mystery with plenty of viable suspects.  It even allows the audience to eliminate them one by one with the characters.  The “why” for the killing could have been a bit more original, it’s still a good watch.  So DVR this movie and save for a rainy day.  But don’t open that bottle of wine.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Today never happened, ok – Sophie

One tragedy doesn’t fix another tragedy – Tyler

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Love on Safari – Review

Love on Safari – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love on Safari

Kira, a web designer in Chicago, gets a letter from her uncle’s estate in South Africa.  They have been trying to find her for months because her uncle passed away and left her something in his will.  In order to find out what she will receive, she must go to South Africa for the will reading.  While she has picturesque memories of her uncle’s wildlife reserve, she has not been there in years.  After toying with the idea, she decides to go.  Upon arrival, she meets Rangers Tom and Ally.  While Tom is getting Kira reacquainted with the reserve, he is concerned about its survival during the change in ownership.  They have no idea who the new owner will be and a competitor is hoping to buy.  Tom knows this buyer’s reputation and doesn’t believe the buyer will uphold the traditions set forth by Kira’s uncle. So, during the will reading, Tom is floored to hear that Kira is the new owner.  Kira is stunned and bewildered.  She instantly wants to walk away.  To save the reserve and the surrounding village, he has to use his charms to convince Kira to keep the reservation.

While this love story follows the Hallmark format, looking at the breath-taking landscape and the magnificent animals makes this movie worth watching.   It shows the good side of the reservations when they work with the neighboring communities without doing irreparable damage to the wildlife.  It makes you want to see this place up close and personal.  Don’t be surprised if you start looking up ticket prices after the first hour.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Of course, I can’t go to South Africa – Kira

You’re going all the way to Africa for whistles – Brad

What makes you think she does belong here – Ally

Just because the waters calm doesn’t mean there’re no crocodiles – Tom

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#PrescriptionForDanger, #LethalAdmirer, and more – TV Reviews

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Prescription for Danger – Review

Prescription for Danger – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Prescription for Danger

Ivy is working all-nighters as a software engineer to create a stronger, faster app. She starts to hear a high pitch sound in her ear and passes out. When she wakes up, Dr. Laurie tells her she has a cancerous brain tumor. He continues her she will die within a year without the treatment, but her tumor is inoperable and chemo will only prolong her life by a few months.    After seeing her mother suffer through chemo treatments, Ivy wants to forgo them.  He then gives her medication to help ease her symptoms.  Ivy hides the truth from her friends in order to save them pain.  A few days later, Dr. Laurie tells Ivy about an experimental drug that will cost a lot of money.  Ivy is willing to pay whatever he wants to get in the trial and start the treatment.  But Ivy doesn’t know that Dr. Laurie is fighting a malpractice suit for giving a patient unnecessary medication, extorting money, and almost killing her.  Ivy is risking her life and money to save her life.

Too slow and just a bore.  It’s hard to get excited about a movie that just drags on and on.  You are waiting for something to happen and it never does.  You are actually begging for someone to be killed just to make it interesting.  This movie can be skipped.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars

Oh you’d be surprised – Dr. Laurie

Why are you doing this to me – Ivy

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Lethal Admirer – Review

Lethal Admirer – Lifetime – 2 hours and 4 minutes

LethalAdmirer

Lloyd is happy to tell his mother about his date with his co-worker Megan.  He thinks she is amazing and held strong after her fiance was killed.  Also, she has given him tips on how to win while being an introvert and ‘game-less’.  But when he hears she is moving, his mother tells him to act and show this girl he truly loves her.  The only obstacle is Megan has no idea Lloyd likes her.  She has put him in the friend zone and started dating.  As people around her die, she still trusts him.  What will it take for her to see Lloyd’s truth?

This movie should be titled ‘Danger in the Friend Zone’ as Lloyd stalks Megan’s every move on social media and with a camera.  With all this stalking, its the encouragement calls from this mother that leaves a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.  The first 1.5 hours is a slow burn, the last 30 minutes are action-packed.  So use this movie as background noise until the last 30 minutes.  Then give it your full attention.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

‘Game’ may win you a date but never a mate – Megan

I have no game – Lloyd

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Reap What You Sew: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery – Review

Reap What You Sew: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Reap What You Sew: An Aurora Teagaden Mystery

Aurora is happy to hear Poppy’s amazing news.   Her online crafty blog is exploding, she is getting a book deal, and will be going on a tour.  Poppy is so happy to have all her dreams come true.  So when Poppy is late for an important dinner, Aurora and Sally go to check on her.  They find Poppy dead with a stab wound in her abdomen, an open door, and an envelope on the front porch.  At first, Sally lies and tells Det. Arthur the envelope was empty. She knows the letter hides a secret that could finger her friend as the number one suspect. However as time goes on, Aurora will need help from her club to nail down a killer from 4 possible suspects.

Add this new mystery to the amazing Aurora collection. With several strong misdirects, you will continue to second guess your choice. While most will get it right, it’s still fun to watch Aurora get under everyone’s skin. While the reason for the crime is derivative, it’s still exciting to see everything unfold. Watch this when you can dedicate the time and your full attention.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Oh yeah, you are terrible at keeping secrets – Aurora

You can’t go alone – Sally

You can put the chair down now, Ro – Arthur

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#HomeInvasion and #WeddingMarch3 – TV Reviews

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Home Invasion – Review

Home Invasion – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Home Invasion

Every 12 minutes a home is invaded.  And as home invasions go up, criminals are performing them during a different time of the day to throw off suspension.  While Chloe spends another night wondering where her husband is, she is visited by her friend Alice.  Chloe explains she is trying her best to make a good life for her step-son Jacob with no help from his recently absent father.  As the ladies talk and sip, there is a knock at the door.  Alice checks the door and is shot.  Chloe quickly locks the door and calls 911.  She grabs Jacob and hides.  She starts to talk to her security company to dispatch help.  With her high tech house, her security professional Mike is the eye in the sky.  Chloe believes help is on the way soon.  However, with a record rainstorm, closed bridge, power outages, and disconnected phone lines, Chloe and Jacob may not make it through the night.

Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.  This movie starts with the start of the home invasion.  But cuts to 6 hours earlier to help you understand the family dynamic between Jacob, Chloe, and her husband.  While this does take a little time to explain, it’s 100% worth it.  You can feel your panic rise as Chloe tries to remain still and quiet.  When she is disconnected from Mike, you start to get nervous.  And the end will leave you wanting a part 2.  Lifetime pay attention: THIS IS HOW SUSPENSE IS DONE!

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

No, you just don’t want to – Jacob

You had me at wine – Alice

I can’t shoot someone – Chloe

Don’t look him in the eye.  Aim for the biggest part of the body – Mike

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Wedding March 3: Here Comes the Bride – Review

Wedding March 3: Here Comes the Bride – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Wedding March 3: Here Comes the Bride

While Mick and Olivia’s relationship is still in limbo, Mick is flabbergasted when his sister Bonnie comes to the Inn with big news.  She is getting married to a guy she has known for 8 months. If that isn’t shocking enough for Mick, she is marrying his former bandmate Sean.  Sean left the band high and dry years ago, leaving a bad taste in Mick’s mouth.  Olivia tells Mick to give them a chance but Mick is steadfast in his feeling that this is a huge mistake.  And to make matters harder for Mick, Julie wants to leave school and go to culinary school.  While Julie is solely focused on changing her father’s mind, he doesn’t see Wyatt falling apart.  It will take some flowers and some heart-to-heart talks to bring this family together.

This movie focuses more on Mick’s relationship with his family.  He treats is sister more like a daughter because he took care of her after their father died.  Meanwhile, his daughter is growing up faster than he wants.  So he has to handle a lot of complicated relationships at the same time.  While this movie does stand on its own, seeing the other movies will help you understand the complicated past of Olivia and Mick.  This movie is good, however, seeing Mick’s expression to Julie’s dress up will leave you laughing until it hurts.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Worry about what? – Bonnie

What do you mean just to see me – Julie

Pretty much what she tells me too – Mick

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#AreYouMyDaughter – Review

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Are You My Daughter – LMN – 2 hours 0 minutes

Are You My Daughter

Fourteen years ago, Laura and Richard’s daughter, Zoe, was kidnapped.   The couple speak often but are now divorced.  Richard is a humanitarian doctor who visits 3rd world countries.  Laura is a lawyer who joined a support group for people with missing loved ones.  In the support group, Laura meets Jacob.  Jacob, who has a missing sister, wants marry Laura; but Laura says no because her life is on hold until she finds her daughter.  While at a homeless shelter making a donation, Laura sees Rachel.  Rachel is a dead ringer for the age enhanced photo of Zoe.  And with a telltale birthmark, Laura knows that Rachel is Zoe.  Richard, on the other hand, errs on the side of caution.  He and the original investigating detective, Gavin, want more proof that Rachel is Zoe.  Rachel agrees to a DNA test and pass but that is still not enough for Gavin and Richard.  And as the dominoes fall, it may not be enough for Laura.  Is Rachel Zoe?

The twist is expected but not the ending.  This, like other LMN movies, have a slow build with a gullible protagonist.   But it is easy to see why she wants to believe her daughter has returned.  It’s what any person would pray for in this predicament.  The ending and acting saves the predictability of this movie.  This is a good movie to sort paperwork, do laundry, pay bills, or clean through.  But don’t cancel plans to watch … just DVR.

I give this 2.5 out of 5 stars

It could’ve been worse.  I could’ve left you at the alter – Laura

If you can’t tell me, who can you tell? – Jacob

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