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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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#Custody, #NannySeduction, and more – TV Reviews

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Custody – Review

Custody – Lifetime – 2 hours and 33 minutes

Custody

After coming home from a double shift, Sarah finds her son, David, at a party with kids she believes are a bad influence. She brings her son home and smacks him on the head. He trips and falls on to the glass coffee table. He receives a small cut above his eye and bruises. The next day, David’s teacher sees his bruise and reports it to the nurse, who call social services. By the end of the day, Sarah’s kids (David and her daughter Tia) are taken by ACS and she doesn’t see them for 2 days. From that point on this story focuses on three people:

  • Martha: the judge, in the middle of a separation, recent empty nester
  • Alexandra: a new attorney, Yale graduate, and molestation victim
  • Sarah: mother of 2, low wage worker, rough past

As missteps, lies, and frustrations play out in the court room, there is only one question: Will Sarah get her children back?

This story is hard to watch but necessary. It’s easy for the viewer to side with Sarah. This is why the story of a 5 year old girl, starved to death, just months after she is returned to a mother with a past addiction, is played over and over in the background. The viewer is reminded that not all cases are like Sarah’s but they need to be treated seriously. This movie also displays overworked court appointed attorneys and understaffed child services providers. Then by getting a glimpse into each woman’s life, you don’t see an up-tight women looking down on a poor woman. You see 3 women all with problems beyond their gender, ethnicity, and income. If you watch this, watch it with an open-mind and a open heart. It deserves your full attention, so DVR and get your wine.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I don’t remember – David

Did I do something wrong – Tia

Who goes dancing on a weeknight – Sarah

Calm down – Mr. Santoro

I’ve never done that before – Alexandra

We say it because its true. It’s ACS’s job to monitor – Martha

I didn’t expect this to happen – Jason

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Nanny Seduction – Review

Nanny Seduction – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Nanny Seduction

Kara and Ben are attempting to rebuild their marriage after Ben’s affair. Not just for themselves but for Riley, their 8 year old daughter. Six months ago, Ben and Kara adopted Riley to save her from an alcoholic mother. As previously believed, Riley is slowly adjusting, but things change when their nanny, Mrs. Gregory leaves to take care of her grandchild. Ben and Kara have to do a quick nanny search to replace her. The first nanny, Kelcie, is quickly fired after her negligence leaves Ben and Kara without a stove. The second nanny, Alyssa, seems like a dream come true. But with strange phone calls, Vanessa (Riley’s birth mother) sneaking around their home, and Ben’s biggest secret plaguing their lives, Ben and Kara are ill prepared for one event … Riley has disappeared.

This is fun to watch because of all the “shade” and back handed comments being made. It’s easy to laugh at the clueless parents when this happens. Even though this movie starts as a mystery, the kidnapper is given to you on a sliver platter. That’s when the movie changes from a mystery to a drama. This is a movie for the “when will they get it” watcher. If you love to watch a seductress slither through an unsuspecting home causing havoc, this is your movie. DVR to skip the commercials but don’t cancel your plans to watch.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m going across town not across the country – Mrs. Gregory

She’ll come around. It’s you after all. What’s not to love – Ben

Well that makes one of us – Kara

You know, this is the real entitlement generation – Kelcie

Awww, come one, Ben. It’s just a picture – Alyssa

Where’s my mommy and daddy – Riley

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Deadly Lessons – Review

Deadly Lessons – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Lessons

After Lisa’s friends, Tiffany and Patrick, catch her affair with her ethics professor, Dr. Harris, he is given only two options: quit or be exposed. To save his reputation, he choses to quit. But Lisa, although not punished, decides to leave the school 2 semesters shy of graduation to be with Dr. Harris. Soon the couple is engaged and living together. And as the old saying goes, ‘You don’t know a person until you live with them’ rings frighteningly true. As Lisa lives with him she discovers 2 ex wives, a volatile temper, and a missing best friend.

This doesn’t feel like a movie … more like a PSA on domestic violence. It does provide a bit of a mystery into Dr. Harris’s past but nothing new. This movie have been done before so experienced Lifetimers will be bored. This is a background noise movie with weird angles and unnecessary close-ups. It can be skipped.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

If she only knew – Dr. Harris

Thanks Dr. Harris – Lisa

He gets to everyone – Patrick

When it’s time someone got to him – Tiffany

There is a special place in hell for a woman who doesn’t help another woman – Wendy

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