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Christmas Getaway – Review

Christmas Getaway – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Christmas Getaway

Scott was set on a hotel Christmas but his daughter Katy wants the traditional one she remembers when her mother was alive.  He rents a cabin and Katy writes a Christmas bucket list with every traditional thing she wants to do before Christmas.  Emory has traveled all her life and never settled down.  Her job as a travel writer has worked wonders for her career but not her relationship.  She ended her recent relationship and is ready to hit the road again.  Her editor asks Emory to write about a traditional Christmas and even booked a cabin.  Emory calls her dad and is surprised to learn she has spent Christmas there as a child.  When Scott arrives at the cabin, he is met with a Krav Maga welcome from Emory.  They learn that the cabin was double booked and they will have to share.  Emory tries to leave but her car, the roads, and the weather won’t let her.   Sharing this traditional Christmas will bring the magic for the two.

While this provides a predictable Hallmark love story, it gives the viewer so many laughs.  Seeing them scratch items off  Katy’s list will bring back holiday memories for you as well.  While there is a second woman vying for Scott’s heart, she never poses much of a threat to the main couple.  She is just a way to make Scott and Emory’s relationship grow closer faster.   Sit back and enjoy this Hallmark tale but don’t cancel plans.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

You’re not – Scott

I’ve been to Pine Grove? – Emory

It’s our new tradition – Katy

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Rocky Mountain Christmas – Review

Rocky Mountain Christmas – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Rocky Mountain Christmas

Sarah just felt the burn of dating and being dumped by a celebrity in the public eye.  She just wants to keep moving to forget her pain.  Her new promotion will help that happen.  But her boss tells her to take some time off and start after the new year.   She decides to go to her Uncle’s ranch and relax.   She knows it will be her last time to visit before he gives it up.  Graham is an actor who is trying to prepare for a huge role.  His problem is that he doesn’t have small town ranching experience.  He wants to go to a ranch and rough it out before he goes on his audition.  He is quickly drawn to Sarah but she gives him the brush off.  Will she let her guard down and see that Graham is different from her last celebrity boyfriend?

Based on the novel Unbridled Love by Jennifer Shirley, this movie has everything but just doesn’t hold the viewers’ attention.  There isn’t much compelling in this story.  Saying that Hallmark Movies are predictable is, well, predictable.  There needs to be more to the story the heartbroken girl meets a guy and falls in love at a place in danger of being closed or sold.  This falls into the trap and doesn’t pull itself out.   This one can be skipped during this holiday season.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars

Somebody who doesn’t like my movies, apparently – Graham

Excuse me, are you about to give my horse a cookie – Sarah

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Romance at Reindeer Lodge – Review

Romance at Reindeer Lodge – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Romance at Reindeer Lodge

With 2 weeks off with pay, workaholic Molly has no idea what to do with her time.  She hears a radio contest for a trip to Jamaica, calls in, and wins.  So elated to leave Chicago for sun and rum punch, she tells everyone she sees.  After telling Jared, he tries to warn her but she is to busy to receive his message.   Once they are on the plane, Jared tells her that they are headed to Jamaica but not the island.   They are going to Jamaica, Vermont.  Molly believes its a mistake when she heads to the Reindeer Lodge but the owner Penny tells her its right.  She decides to make the most of it until she contacts the airport and goes home.  Of course, Jared is staying in the same place but for another reason.  While Molly is a Scrooge, she softens into the Christmas spirit at the Reindeer Lodge.  But when she learns the owners’ secrets along with Jared’s, her heart is crushed.

There are 3 major secrets in this movie.  While 2 are foreseen and intertwined, the other comes out of left field and leaves you confused and saddened for the Reindeer Lodge.  As the connection between Molly and Jared is a slow and complicated build but such is life.  And that makes the movie watchable.   Also the secondary couple, Kayla and Greg, show the ups and downs of a newlywed marriage.  It’s not just sunshine and reindeer.   Couples have issues but the strong ones work them out.  This is a great movie about love, tradition, and hope.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Yeah, I’m engaged to Manchester software. We are spending the holidays together, here in the office – Molly

I tried to but you seemed a little busy – Jared

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Christmas Connection – Review

Christmas Connection – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Christmas Connection

Sydney is overseeing an unaccompanied minor named Leah before she goes on her winter break.  When Leah’s father Jonathan is late picking her up from the airport, Sydney chooses to miss her flight to Bali to say with Leah.  Soon Leah’s father is there but later due to a mix-up at the airport, Sydney is on Johnathan’s doorstep.  Jonathan is a Christmas loving columnist that is desperate for his next story.   While talking to Sydney, he gets an idea.  Sydney is a hometown girl who has heard that her parents met on Christmas but never knew the whole story.  Jonathan vows to learn the story, not just for this article but to put Sydney back into the Christmas spirit.  Finding this love story may bring them one of their own.

This is a good love story wrapped around a great mystery.   The thought of finding someone’s past through the memory of others is wonderful.  While the love story between the two main characters is considered the main plot, it takes a back seat to the overall mystery.  That’s fine because it’s all woven together in a nice package.  This is one to watch and remember.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Oh, we don’t do Christmas halfway in this family – Jonathan

Oh, what did I just agree to – Sydney

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A Christmas Cruise – Review

A Christmas Cruise – ION – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Christmas Cruise

Pam is a staff writer for the New York Minute.  She dreams of writing her own book but has put it and her love life on hold.  Her friend Becky thinks Pam should take a break from work and live her life.  Becky has booked a one week cruise to Christmas Island.  The island is open one month a year and revolves around Christmas.   Pam is quick to decline the offer.  But when her boss Arlo says her articles aren’t ‘sexy’ enough and she needs something new and fresh, she mentions the cruise.   Arlo tells her to go on the cruise, take notes, and write an article.  If she does well, she will get the managing editor position.   Pam is ecstatic. Unbeknownst to Becky, Pam goes on the cruise to work.  But before the boat docks, Pam will go on a cruise of self-discovery and love.

This movie is as sweet as it is funny.  The ship’s resident hypochondriac is a load of laughs as he talks about his feet, hips, and other ailments at just the right (yet wrong) moments.  The love story between Pam and Jake happens easily and organically.   Since both characters are working through issues in an adult manner it’s easy to see the two as a couple.  If you want to bring in the holidays with a love story, this is the one.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t have time for Christmas just yet – Pam

Don’t do it – Jake

Oh, maybe we’re looking in the wrong direction – Becky

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Christmas Next Door – Review

Christmas Next Door – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Christmas Next Door

Eric is an author and confirmed bachelor.  He writes books telling men how to make the most out of being single.  His neighbors notice he has no decorations in or outside of his home.  Especially April, his across the street neighbor.  April plays and teaches violin.  She loves Christmas and her home is living proof.  April’s sister wishes April had two things: a violin audition and a date.  Eric’s mother wishes he would grow up and get over his past.  So his mother feigns an illness and asks him to pick up his niece and nephew, Chelsea and Liam.  She has no idea when his sister will be back from overseas to get them, but she is “too sick” to take care of the two.  And with kids as sneaky as their grandma, Eric’s take on holiday traditions will change.  And April is the first to take notice.

This is surprisingly funny and very charming romantic comedy.  While Eric’s disdain for Christmas is not revealed until the end, it’s obvious that this has been a major stopgap in his life.  But April, Liam, and Chelsea show him there is more to the holiday then gift cards.  Also, in a Christmas with the Kranks style, there is a running gag with Eric’s lawn ornaments (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).   The “whodunit” is worthy of HMM.  You will laugh out loud at this Christmas movie.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

There can never be too many decorations – April

Maybe its time for me to admit that I’m growing up – Eric

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#LoveStruckCafe, #Babynapped, and more – TV Reviews

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Love Struck Cafe – Review

Love Struck Cafe – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love Struck Cafe

Megan goes back to her hometown with two looming deadlines.  First, her boss has given her to 10 AM Monday to convince Francis to sell her home.  Francis’s home sits in the middle of his Multiplex development and if she does not sign by Monday, his investors will back out of the deal and Megan will lose her job.  However, if Megan to succeed, she will get her dream job as an architect.  Second, Megan’s boyfriend Phillip has his career on track and wants to discuss their relationship.  He understands that she has to go back to her hometown for business but he wants to start a life together.  So, he gives her the weekend to think about marriage and the future with him.  However, the more time Megan spends at home she connects with family, friends, and an old love, Joe.  Joe is a widower and father of one.  Years ago when Megan was in college, Joe sent her a breakup letter.  It broke her heart and she always wanted to know why.  Their time together will answer that question.  But with her 2 deadlines, Megan will need to think hard and fast or loss her job and Phillip.

So with Phillip being a jerk, you don’t even root for their relationship.  You wonder why Megan is still with him.  He has no redeeming qualities.  And knowing this is Hallmark, you know how it will end.  However, Francis steals the movie.  She is a strong spitfire that will not be swayed.  Plus, she isn’t holding out for money but she is holding out on principle.  You hope to see more characters like her in any movie.  Also, the relationship between Joe’s daughter and Megan is adorable.  These are your reasons to watch.  The love story is typical.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

While I hardly recognize it – Megan

It’s not only good for me, its good for us – Phillip

I check the tree – Joe

You can call me Ms. Figgins – Francis

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Babynapped – Review

Babynapped – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Babynapped

After losing their baby minutes after birth, Kristin and David separate.  One year later, Kristin’s best friend Ashley carefully gives Kristin her good news, she is pregnant with her first child.  Kristin then surprises Ashley by saying she is pregnant too.  Kristin met up with an old college boyfriend Jeremy and had a one night stand.  She became pregnant, now Jeremy is moving in for the sake of the baby.  Ashley is stunned but happy for her friend.  The two go from best friends to belly buddies.  After Ashley’s baby is born, she decides to visit her mother Doris and introduce the new grandmother to her grandchild.  Her husband Brian stays behind for business.  However, when Ashley doesn’t show at Doris’s home, Brian and Doris are worried.  Brian goes to find his wife and his baby.  He sees an accident scene and learns that Ashley was in a car crash and died.  He is devastated but soon thinks of his baby girl.  But police can’t find the baby anywhere.  Brian and Doris are determined to find that precious baby girl.

This is better than expected.  You assume you know where the story is going to go, well, because it’s Lifetime.  However, you are left to wonder if your assumptions are right.  Then you start to look at all potential suspects and possibilities.  Brian is not the typical Lifetime husband.  He is not clueless and does not ignore the situation.  He is determined to get his baby back and discover what happened to his wife.  He is not happy staying on the sideline while Doris does everything.  You want to cry when he learns the truth about Ashley’s passing.  You will have the urge to comfort the family.  This is one of the better Lifetime movies.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

There is no baby – David

We have to go find her – Kristin

This is really exciting. This is a miracle – Ashley

For an hour. I don’t think so – Doris

Push it out already – Brian

She should have listened to her husband – Jeremy

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Review

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Nickelodeon – 1 hour and 32 minutes

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Kyle is ecstatic that the world’s greatest game maker Mr. Luigi Lemoncello has open a library in their hometown.  The library has been updated with state of the art technology and more books than anyone could read.  To launch the opening, Mr. Lemoncello will have an essay contest.  The 12 kids with the best essays will be allowed into his library for a scavenger hunt.  The clues will give them the information to escape from the library.  And the winner will be the spokesperson for the library.  Kyle is picked along with several of his classmates:

  • Sierra – avid reader
  • Miguel – future librarian
  • Haley – popular and selfie queen
  • Andrew – bullied
  • Charles – bully
  • Akimi – involved in everything, Kyle’s best friend

While this may sound easy, there are rules.  First, they must stay away from any area marked off limits.  Second, they can’t enter the same room twice.  Third, they can’t use the fire escape.  And finally, no shortcuts.  These kids will be challenged on their literary know-how and their teamwork.

Based on Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, this is a great movie to introduce new and old characters to kids.  They will learn about Romeo & Juliet, Charlette’s Web, Humpty Dumpty, and many more books.  (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While watching the film, you will have an idea of who will win the scavenger hunt.  You are right and you are wrong.  While it’s a great film for kids, there are little to no adult jokes were thrown in.  You need to be a kid at heart to enjoy this film.  However, the graphics were amazing for a TV movie and the storyline was more complex than first lead to believe.  This movie is worth the DVR if you have kids.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

It ain’t over, till it’s over – Kyle

Out of the game. Poor girl, she should have listened – Dr. Zinchenko

Whoopsie, don’t mind those, they. Have a mind of their own – Mr. Lemoncello

Oops that was a fire exit maybe I forgot to share the knowledge – Charles

Who cares – Miguel

That must be the express version – Akimi

I was trying to get reception – Haley

Wait isn’t that cheating – Andrew

No, you are ruining everything – Kyle

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Gourmet Detective: Eat, Drink, and Be Buried – Review

Gourmet Detective: Eat, Drink, and Be Buried – HMM – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Gourmet Detective: Eat, Drink, and Be Buried

Awkwardly dressed to a party, Henry and Maggie enjoy the festivities.  David Weston is having a birthday party with his family.  Felicity and Doug (kids from his first marriage) and Ken and Angela (adopted after his 2nd wife died) all love their father but constantly bicker.  David has decided to leave the family business to Ken and keep Felicity on as the CFO.  Doug believes the company should be his since he is the biological son.  Also, Doug is upset that Ken wants to sell the business.  After dinner, Ken and Doug act out a duel that is significant to their family.  After both men fire a shot, Ken dies.  Maggie quickly gets to work to discover what happened.  Soon she discovers that someone walked into David’s home and loaded the gun with a bullet.  Since the barrel was long, David did not see the round before he loaded the blank.  Now Maggie and Henry have to work together to find Ken’s murder.  But how many will fall before the crime can be solved? And will Henry’s past ruin his personal and professional relationship with Maggie?

Based on Eat, Drink, and Be Buried by Peter King, this is a good mystery with a lot of suspects (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Just when you believe you have it solved, another secret is revealed about this family.  And no one is safe.  You must give your full attention to this mystery or you may miss an important clue.  Also, the subplots of Henry’s past and Maggie’s daughter goes hand and hand with the overall plot of the story.  This movie is a great addition to this series.  Sit back and enjoy when you have a full glass of wine and 2 good hours to devote.  It will be worth it.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Do I get a badge? – Henry

Takes one to know one – Maggie

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