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Killer Ending – Review
Killer Ending – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Agatha has survived an abusive husband to become a semi-famous mystery writer. As she writes her latest novel, she drops her daughter off at college, gets an assistant, and threatens her manager. When Agatha can’t get in touch with her daughter Sarah for a few days, her assistant Caroline takes matters into her own hands. Caroline goes to Sarah’s dorm room to find broken glass, an upside down heart on the wall, and Sarah’s ex Jack strung up. She calls Agatha to report her findings and Agatha is floored. The crime scene is just like the one in her manuscript, her unpublished manuscript. She realizes someone has hacked into her computer and following her unpublished book in real time with her daughter as the victim. Agatha tries to use this knowledge to ensure her daughter safety by typing in lines about feeding the victim. But when someone else starts typing, Agatha and possibly Sarah are lost.
“Just call the cops” is a phrase you will be screaming from the beginning. Or “write he will return you daughter home alive” is something else you may say. But give this movie a chance. It has a lot of Red Herring and not-so-dumb cops. However, as the mystery of her daughter starts up, the mystery of her husband death starts to turn its ugly head. This will leave you truly questioning everything going on in the movie. That is the true mystery.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Well, you’ve come a long way since then – Agatha
I guess I disagreed with the agreement – Jack
Are you flirting with me – Caroline
Deadly Matrimony – Review
Deadly Matrimony – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes
Sara is a smart, funny lawyer who is doing something that makes everyone who knows her uncomfortable. She is marrying Leo. While he is very charming, Sara’s loved ones can’t get past the fact she has only known him for three months. But she is happy, so they keep their peace. After getting married, she hears a woman crying in the bathroom during the reception. She thinks is strange but brushes it off. A few days later, she checks her bank account and discovers all her money is gone and Leo has bought a plane ticket. She believes she has been hacked but some believe Leo did it. While she dreams of Leo’s dangerous side, she tries to keep her faith in her marriage. That is until Melinda comes knocking at her door. Melinda knows Leo as Sam: her husband. The man that took all her money and left her with nothing. Melinda wants Sara to join forces with her and take Leo/Sam down. But will Sara believe her?
Be prepared to yell at the TV. While watching the story unravel, don’t get furious with the lead character. She is just stuck in love. Even with every sign pointing to Leo being a crook, she keeps hoping there’s an explanation. Sara makes all the typical Lifetime mistakes when getting married (short engagement, ignoring friends warnings, ignoring spouse’s flaws). But she will become stronger and see Leo for who he truly is.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
Well, that was easier than I thought – Sara
You know I really thought I wouldn’t have any trouble this time – Leo
I was emotional. What can I say – Melinda
Your husband – Cindy
Royally Ever After – Review
Royally Ever After – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Daniel is ready to ask Sara to be his wife. He knows he truly loves her and she him. But there is one thing he didn’t tell her. He is the crowned Prince of St. Ives, next in line for the throne. Even though he got Burt and Marie’s, Sara’s parents, permission, he still needs to get the Queen and King to accept her and his engagement. Once Sara learns Daniel’s true identity, her laughter leads to shock and awe. The moment Sara lands in St. Ives, she makes a string of faux pas. Sara believes that manners are keeping her from the Queen’s acceptance. But when she learns how much Daniel will give up for marrying a commoner, can she go through with the wedding?
This is one of those most unintentionally funny film Hallmark has to offer. It is funny without making fun of Sara and her family’s commoner ways. They are just being nice and welcoming in a frosty situation. It’s so easy to believe this is a true love story. The lead couple is amazingly connected and feed off of each other. This is one to watch. So get your tea warm, your DVR ready, and 2 hours of quiet to yourself. Enjoy.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
They pay you for that – Prince Daniel
You and your American expressions – Sara
He’s in love. He’s not thinking. In that state who knows what he might do – Fiona
Is our luggage safe with them? I mean, I brought my good jewelry – Marie
Imagine living in a place where you don’t know how many bathrooms your have – Burt
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Christmas Getaway – Review
Christmas Getaway – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
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
Rocky Mountain Christmas – Review
Rocky Mountain Christmas – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes
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
Romance at Reindeer Lodge – Review
Romance at Reindeer Lodge – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes
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
Christmas Connection – Review
Christmas Connection – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
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
A Christmas Cruise – Review
A Christmas Cruise – ION – 2 hours and 0 minutes
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
Christmas Next Door – Review
Christmas Next Door – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
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