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#LethalSoccerMom, #TheArcher, and more – TV Movies

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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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#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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#MommysSecret – Review

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Mommy’s Secret – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Mommy's Secret

The town of Westmount has been hit with a string of robberies with few clues. People in the community are concerned including, Denise. The soccer player and high school student is worried about her gambling addicted step-brother (Kyle), getting a scholarship for college, missing her father, and her mom’s stress. Its easy to see why she is scared and concerned for everyone around her. But as she follows the case, she starts to notice that the bank robber seems a little familiar … or familial. She swears her mom, Ann, is behind the robberies. But as she uncovers the truth, she will learn the real reason why … and “why” is always the most dangerous part.

This movie gives a new twist to the bank robbing mom story. Normally, they are robbing to cover up spending addiction, paying medical bills, or the love of a man. But as your understanding of Ann grows, so will you dislike for Denise and Kyle. She comes off more annoying than concerned and he comes as more brat than trouble addict. But this movie does deliver with twist and turn just as the movie gets stagnant. So get your tea and start sipping. You will be yelling at the TV by the time this one is over.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

You need help for the sake of this family. I can’t keep doing this. I can’t. – Ann

Mom, where are you getting the money? – Denise

I’m just trying to help you pay off your debt – Kyle

Did you like the dress – Quinlan

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