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Did I Kill My Mother? – Review

Did I Kill My Mother? – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Did I Kill My Mother

After passing the LSAT, Natalie can’t wait to share the good news with her father.  With a few joyful seconds, her world is turned upside down. Her father was found murder and police have no leads.  After a year, Natalie decided law school was too much pressure and she staying home to party and drink.  After a booze-soaked night, Natalie and her mother have a huge fight.  Natalie decides to move out after she sleeps off her drinks.  The next morning, Natalie walks downstairs to see he home ransacked and her mom’s body on the floor.  With an argument, condensation, and noisy neighbors, Natalie will end up in handcuffs and wonder what she did that night.

As Shelby and Natalie sit in a bar, they go over the suspects.  They even name themselves suspects.  So it’s easy to see how the viewer will get tripped up.  Now, understand this is a mystery with a small body count.  If you are looking for the “friendly psycho” stories with a death every 15 minutes, this isn’t the movie for you.  This is a murder mystery with several suspects and a twist at the end.  Give it your full attention so you can keep up with every intense moment.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Well that was fun – Shelby

The alcohol – Natalie

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Mommy Be Mine – Review

Mommy Be Mine – LMN – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Mommy Be Mine

As Summer open the car door during a fight with her mom Lianne, she accidentally hits Cara with it.  To make up for her mistake, Summer shows Cara around the school.  Cara had to leave her old school after her mom passed away.  Feeling some sympathy, Summer invite Cara to hang out at her home with her friends.  They have a great time and Cara offers to tutor Summer in Spanish.  Later, Summer asks Lianne if Cara could spend the night.  This decision will leave Summer screaming for the hills.

It doesn’t take long for Cara to be crazy.  Bit by bit you can see her slowly devolve and attach herself to the family.  Although his hard to decide if she wants to be Summer’s sister, Lianne’s daughter, or both.  At times it seems like Cara is trying to win Summer over.  And other times, it feels like she is pushing Summer away.  Experienced Liftimers will know how this movie will end and you are right.  So watch when you have a chance but don’t cancel plans or open the wine.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I know right. Which it’s so weird, it feels like she’s been irritating the crap out of us forever – Tori

Maybe if you were home for once in your life – Summer

Ok well, I’ll text you – Cara

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The Wrong Daughter – Review

The Wrong Daughter – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Wrong Daughter

After a failed IVF treatment, Joseph will do anything to make his wife Kate smile.  So he goes on the internet and finds the daughter she gave up for adoption 16 years ago.  The young girl is named Danica and Kate is surprised to learn she was never adopted by the loving couple she left Danica to after giving birth.  With 8 rough drafts, Kate finally messages Danica and in a few moments, Kate is shocked and elated to have Danica write back.  Danica says she wants to see her too and has been looking forward to this day.  Kate arranges to meet Danica at Kate’s new restaurant and get to know each other.  However, Kate doesn’t know that Danica is really Samantha.  Samantha is a volatile young woman with attachment issues that lies, cheats, steals, and kills to keep anyone in her life.  And she has stolen the real Samantha’s laptop and pretends to be her to get a new mother.  Now Samantha will happily be Danica to keep Kate in her life … and only Kate.

This thriller follows “The Wrong” movie series to a tee.  With the unsuspecting loving parent, the nosey friend, and the crazily attached person, it’s easy to see where this movie is going.  You sit and wonder how long it will take for Kate to see what her best friend Melissa realized from the moment she saw Samantha.  Joseph and Kate make it all too easy for Samantha to weave herself into their lives.  So its only fitting they end up with the wrong daughter.  If you are a fan of “The Wrong” series, sit back and enjoy.  Otherwise, this is background noise.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Break a leg – Samantha

Just stop. So now what – Joseph

I think I’m on draft eight – Kate

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Darrow and Darrow: In The Key of Murder – Review

Darrow and Darrow: In The Key of Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Darrow and Darrow: In The Key of Murder

Miles and Claire decides to not “talk shop” for a week to focus on their relationship outside of the courtroom.  This pact is broken on their first date when Miles’s sister Pheobe is arrested for killing her producer Terry.  With gunshot residue on her hands, motive, and a witness to the murder via telephone call, it seems like Pheobe will be in jail for a long time. Even with all the evidence, Claire believes Pheobe didn’t commit the crime.  Now Miles and Claire will be on the same side to free his sister and find the real killer.

As evidence starts mounting up, it’s hard for even the seasoned viewer to believe in Pheobe’s innocence.  But with an unlikeable victim, it’s easy to see how anyone could have shot him.  And that’s what gives the story its bark.  Now to understand the reasoning behind the murder, you must pay full attention to the movie.  It’ssuspensefull and keeps you hooked.  Also, the subplots are strong and touching .

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I swear if you do that, you’ll be sorry – Terry

It’s call mindfulness, you should try it so time – Claire

Oh, you poor thing. You think this is normal – Joanna

Not yet – Miles

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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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#MommysLittleAngel, #FixerUpperMystery, and more – TV Reviews

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Mommy’s Little Angel – Review

Mommy’s Little Angel – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Mommy's Little Angel

Katie has gone through so much in her short life.  Her mom Shawna has an addiction to pills and her abusive father Darren spent 3 years in prison for beating Shawna.  And late one night, Darren comes banging on their door looking for Katie.  So Shawna leaves town to live with her cousin Nikki.  In a few moments, Katie is in love with Nikki’s home but fears her mother will be a problem.  However, that problem is short-lived when her mother apparently commits suicide.  Katie quickly transitions to calling Nikki “mommy” and Nikki is happy to start adoption proceedings.  Katie makes up her mind that Darren, Nikki’s new baby, nor Nikki’s husband Luke will stand in the way of being the only child in a happy family.

Nothing is creepier than a cute kid on a warpath.  And what makes little Katie even creepier is that she knows she does bad things but wants to be good.  Seeing what this sweet-faced girl is capable of will send a shiver up your spine.  She will use a car, knife, and a flight of stairs to become a good girl.  As everyone tries to warn Nikki, you want to yell at the screen.  But don’t worry, it won’t take long for her to see Katie is a Problem Child to the 10th degree (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I wanna live with Nikki forever. And no one can stop me – Katie

I just don’t think she’s comprehended it yet – Nikki

Where are they – Shawna

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Mistress Hunter – Review

Mistress Hunter – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Mistress Hunter

Jackie is getting small hints that her husband Carl is cheating.  So, on a hunch, she follows him when he leaves work for an unscheduled lunch break.  Jackie sees Carl arrive at a motel, kiss a woman, then go inside the room.  She is heartbroken and furious.  She goes straight to her friends to vent.  While telling her story, her friend Valerie tells her about a sub-urban legend called the Mistress Hunter.  Jackie is skeptical about hiring her but changes her mind after a fight with Carl.  Jackie goes to a sketchy warehouse and meets the Mistress Hunter.  Even though she hates the moniker, Hanna loves to make cheating spouses squirm.  She offers Jackie 2 choices:

  1. Turn the cheating couple’s life into hell causing them to break up while collecting evidence for a divorce
  2. Break up the couple and push him back into Jackie’s arms

Jackie is only interested in option 1.  Hanna tells Jackie that in order for their plan to work, she would need to help.  Hanna doesn’t want to do anything illegal so she will need Jackie’s help.  Otherwise, the two women will never see or speak to each other again.  Everything seems to go as plan until 2 people turn up dead leaving Jackie the #1 suspect.

This is an incredible story.  The Mistress Hunter is a private investigator on the warpath.  It’s easy to see why someone in Jackie’s position would hire her.  But when Jackie becomes a suspect, she starts suspecting Hanna.  Figuring out the killer is a tough task for the viewer, even though the “why” becomes obvious.  It’s this reviewer’s prediction that the Mistress Hunter will become the next Dr. Foster.  Don’t miss this one.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

See, this is me engaging – Carl

Not feeling great – Jackie

Uh, I hate that name – Hanna

Tell him to go to hell – Valerie

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Deadly Deeds: A Fixer Upper Mystery – Review

Deadly Deeds: A Fixer Upper Mystery – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Deeds: A Fixer Upper Mystery

Marie asked Shannon to help with a charity project.  She wants to turn a large home into affordable apartments for low-income families.  They hope that several families can use it to get back on their feet.  Jim and his son Elliot is one of those families.  They are happy to help Shannon and a handful of volunteers fix the home.  As Shannon is handing out assignments, she hears the bank president Mr. Potter and Jim arguing.  Soon, Shannon learns Mr. Potter hates the project because it doesn’t make enough money, he doesn’t want to give handouts, and he has foreclosed on most of the people volunteering.  With no love loss, Shannon is still stunned to find Mr. Potter dead.  While he was not the most liked guy, she has to find the killer.  If she doesn’t, the project will be as dead as Mr. Potter.  But can she handle the truth even when a friend becomes a suspect?

With an unlikable victim, there are countless suspects for Shannon to investigate.  Your head will spin with possibilities.  There are multiple, yet viable, misdirects in the storyline and a surprising killer.  While the reason for the crime does fall flat, the investigation is solid and highly entertaining.  Based on the Kate Carlisle book series, there is much more to explore and be entertained by in this film series (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

What I get in return is the satisfaction of helping people – Shannon

You’re making fun of me – Mac

I always thought Shawn was kinda cute – Jennifer

The kind of man that doesn’t rely on handouts – Mr. Potter

I thought you knew. Pretend I didn’t say that – Callie

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Love, Once and Always – Review

Love, Once and Always – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love, Once and Always

Lucy has gotten good news and bad news in the same moment.  Bad news: her great-aunt Grace died, leaving her a huge estate that she has cherished ever since she was a little girl.  Good news: she is up for a promotion as Vice President of a museum in London.  She heads back to the states to sign the paperwork to transfer the property.  She is glad to be back but is jolted when she sees her ex Duncan is still living there.  His family has been taking care of the property since he was a child.  However, when he accompanies Lucy to the lawyer’s office, she is bewildered.  The lawyer tells her that Grace left 50% of the property to each of them.  She wanted them to come to a decision about the house’s future because she knew they both loved it.  Lucy can’t wait to restore it back to its glory days.  But Duncan can’t wait to turn it into a golf retreat.  Lucy is disgusted at the idea of changing it but Duncan knows they can’t afford to fix it.  These two need to make a decision before they lose everything, including each other.

With a strong, superb cast, this movie is funny in its own right.  While it does follow the Hallmark format of ex-lovers forced to work together, their path differs because the whole neighborhood is at stake.  The neighborhood knows the history of the home and their relationship.  They will do everything to keep both running strong.  Seeing them butt in is hilarious and worth the watch.  DVR and watch on a rainy day.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

The follies of youth – Lucy

How can you be so blind to the bottom line – Duncan

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#CookingWithLove, #DisneyZOMBIES, and more – TV Reviews

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Cooking with Love – Review

Cooking with Love – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Cooking with Love

Kelly is a shy assistant producer of The Little Gourmet.  When the executive producer Amanda announces she plans to move on, she tells Kelly to step up if she wants the job. The network head John is eyeing Adam for the role but she believes Kelly has what it takes.  So when the host of the show slips a disk, Adam is quick to offer a suggestion but Kelly counters with Chef Steven Harris.  This name makes everyone nervous because he has recently got into trouble.  However, when Kelly explains his meltdown went viral overnight, John knows clicks equals ratings.  Kelly is ecstatic to have her plans in place.  Those feelings are slowed down when Steven becomes the biggest pain in her side.  He knows he needs the show to get good press, but he wants to do it his way.  With Adam saying ‘yes’ and Kelly saying ‘no’, Kelly will have to compromise for her future and the show.  Of course, it’s not long before love is in the air.

Watching Kelly and Steven one-up each other is highly entertaining.  In the past, these scenes can come off as childish, this movie handles it wonderfully and in an adult manner.  With the spark between the two characters, it’s their connection to the little gourmets that take center stage.  As they talk to the children about their hopes, dreams, and fears, you get a sense of compassion from Steven and a strength from Kelly.  That’s the glue that ties this movie together.  So DVR and watch on a rainy day.  Just have some food nearby.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m not wearing it – Steven

Steven, I hear you truly. Just have an open mind – Kelly

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Disney ZOMBIES – Review

Disney ZOMBIES – Disney Channel – 1 hour and 45 minutes

Disney ZOMBIES

Fifty years ago, a bottle of lime soda caused the zombie apocalypse.  To keep uninfected people safe, a large wall was created to keep the zombies out until science helped them.  Now, zombies were a Z-band that sends a soothing pulse that removes their craving for brains.  One of those zombies is Zed.  Zed is excited about his 1st day at a human school.  With other zombie kids by his side, they hope to be accepted and he wants to be on the football team.  Addison is a human in the perfect town of Seabrook.  She knows zombies will be attending her school but she is too focused on her freshman year in high school and trying out for the cheer squad.  But Addison is hiding an imperfect.  She has bright white hair.  There is no cause and no fix.  She knows her hair will make her an outcast.  Her parents tell her to wear a wig all the time.  After a misunderstanding, Addison and Zed end up in a zombie safe room together.  This moment will change Seabrook and Zombieland one cheer at a time.

This movie is a great way to start a conversation about tolerance, bigotry, and acceptance.  With conversation, many of our prejudices can be removed but we have to take a stand for the wrong we see.  With bringing things down to a human/zombie level, kids of all ages can relate.  This movie also provides a strong soundtrack and dance routines (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  You will be excited to learn both.  With a strong premiere, a sequel is surely in the works.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t get any ideas buster.  The only thing more dangerous than my high kick is my low kick – Addison

Hey if you smell smoke, stop, drop, and roll – Eliza

I got your back. I just don’t want anyone to break your heart or devour it – Bree

I wasn’t doing anything especially not cheering – Zoe

Yea, for a human right? – Zed

Zombies distract people from wants really important.  Like cheer, pep rally, me – Bucky

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Road Less Traveled – Review

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Road Less Traveled – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Road Less Traveled

As the POstables start their day, they find a camera with a partial address written in shaky handwriting.  They develop the film inside and see several photos.  First, people in 80s clothing.  Next, a road sign overexposed on another image.  Then, some photos in a store.  But the image that caused concern was a note that said, “Find me, daddy.  We in a grey car. I want to go home”.  They worry the child may have have been kidnapped and start looking through a database for Missing and Exploited Children.  However, after speaking with the hotel, they learned the 80s pictures were from a class reunion 3 weeks ago, not the 1980s.  They worry this child is in danger and they go on a mission via road trip to find him with the pictures as clues.

This movie dives deeper into the characters than any of its predecessors.  While searching for the young boy, the two pairs work on communication and trust.  Oliver notices something on Shane’s phone.  He tries to keep his thoughts aside but later asks her about it.  She asks for his trust to keep that part of her life private.  Rita knows Norman is holding something back, but can’t tell what.  But when the POstables learn of Norman secret, they will all get a chance to steer it.  However, when they solve the mystery, they learn secrets can cause more harm than good. But communication is the best way to help.  This road trip of mystery is one of the best POstable movies yet.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

There are 100 things to do?! – Rita

Sometimes it’s the imperfections in life that make something perfect – Oliver

Do I have to? – Shane

Did I tell you I don’t know how to drive that thing? – Norman

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Very, Very, Valentine – Review

Very, Very, Valentine – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Very, Very, Valentine

Helen has a successful flower shop with her friends and co-works Aunt Carol and Sarah.  Her friend Henry works at the botanical gardens.  Everyone who sees the two believes they should be a couple, but Helen is quick to say they are just friends.  Henry gets tickets so a Masked Black & White Ball and ask Helen to be his plus one.  At first, Helen says no but Aunt Carol asks her to start taking risks.  So she goes to the ball and starts talking to a man she believes his Henry.  When she realizes it isn’t him, she is embarrassed but makes an impression on the mystery man.  Soon she meets up with Henry who has to leave her to take care of business.  She spends the rest of the evening with her mystery man.  They don’t exchange names but have great conversation.  He has to leave and lives behind his boutonniere.  She picks it up and tells Henry about her experience.  Since this risks as lead to an intriguing man, she wants to find him.  And hopes to find true love.  Henry vows to help her.

This movie throws you in a lot of directions in Helen’s love story.  First, you believe the college friends will start to date and fall in love.  Then, when Helen hits it off with the mystery man, you believe they will fall in love.  Next, when Henry acts as Cyrano for the mystery man, you don’t know who is truly in the relationship with Helen.  But as the story unfolds with a buyout, you believe you know that last act.  You don’t.  This movie has an ending ala Friends finale (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Sit back and enjoy it.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Yes, he is very handsome. I can see why you mistook him for me – Henry

What’s life without a little risk Helen – Caroline

You look like Zorro – Helen

You are a wonderful surprise – Charles

Here, have a cookie. You need it more than I do – Sarah

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Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story – Review

Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story

After sending her family off for their day, Antoinette Tuff went to work as a bookkeeper for Ronald E. McNair Learning Academy in Georgia.  Since the receptionist was not in, Antoinette filled in for her.  At 12:33 pm, a man stood outside the school door, then walked in.  He tried the next set of doors into the school but they were locked.  So he went into the office and pulled a gun on Antoinette and a pregnant staffer.   The gunman told the staffer to let everyone know he was there.  The school went on automatic lockdown as teachers gathered the students, took cover, and locked the doors.  While teachers keep kids calm and read books like Wynken, Blynked, & Nod, Antoinette must survive (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now Antoinette is alone with a desperate gunman and she is the only obstacle keeping him from the kids.

Based on the book Prepared for a Purpose by Antoinette Tuff with Alex Tresniowski, it’s hard to believe this story is real (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Antoinette used her faith, her life, and her humanity to reach out to the gunman and help him.  By taking the time to reveal her own hardships, she was able to give the gunman space to talk.  At the end, you will have compassion for people with mental illness and want to help.  This movie was well acted and treated all involved with respect.  From the gunman to Antionette to the first responders, everyone has a voice.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Everybody dies today. Everybody dies – Michael

Just a pinch. I’ll live. I hope – Mr. Madison

Are you kidding me? Tuff? – Lt. Franklin

There’s a place for everybody – Antoinette

No one was injured – Kendra

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Overexposed – Review

Overexposed – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Overexposed

Sheriff Sheila Prescott is campaigning for re-election.  She assures the townspeople she will keep their streets safe for another 2 years.  But at home, her daughter Erin has made a big mistake.  Erin was dating Taylor and invited him over.  When she said no to his advances, he threatens to send her “sext” messages all over the school.  Erin freaks out and pushes him down a flight of stairs, breaking his neck.  She grabs his phone to delete her pictures and finds pictures of several girls he has blackmailed, including her friend Joanna.  She calls Joanna for help to get rid of his body.  And she is all too happy to help.  It’s not long before Sheila learns that Taylor is missing and starts a search that turns up his dead body.  Now she investigates while her daughter tries to maintain her composure.  But when her mom loses her job, someone releases Erin’s pictures, and someone kills Joanna, will Erin tell the truth before she becomes the next victim.

This is a good story that takes a darker turn.  You assume it will be a movie about revenge porn but the ultimate plot is murder and coverup.  Revenge porn just supplies a motive.  The ending is a little flat because you know how one killer’s story will end but not Erin’s.  You want to know if she went to jail, got community service, or got off.  Experienced Lifetime fans will be able to pick out Joanna’s killer but others will take a little longer.  This is a movie that you should DVR and watch later.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I’m sorry mom – Erin

I didn’t kill him – Joanna

I tried to get as many as I could – Rachel

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Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps – Review

Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps

Billie is a cookbook author, the proud owner of Blessings restaurant, and a staple on Wake Up West Coast cooking segment.  After the co-host dies due to a food allergy, everyone on the show believes Billie will be a shoe-in for the job.  However, her chef Maurice worries the new job will mean the end of her restaurant.  The producer Rudy tells everyone he will make is the final decision at the Blessing restaurant.  But his ex/station interim owner Gretchen hates any decision he makes.  Later, as Rudy stands before his team, he falls down and dies.  Later the police determined, he was poisoned with cyanide.  Billie is questioned by a detective Ian, who happens to be her high school sweetheart.  Ian has bad news for Billie.   Rudy was poisoned by a cake she made him.  Now she is their number one suspect.   She must clear her name and find the real killer before someone else gets hurt.

Based on the novel The Morning Show Murders by Al Roker and Dick Lochte, this is a good start for more mysteries to come (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). There were enough misdirections and comedy to keep you entertained.  Within the murder, you have the added mystery of who is the new co-host.  And the comic relief of Aunt Cassandra will leave you in stitches.  She is a true straight shooter that loves her family.   Now there is a key moment where the killer will become obvious.  But hang on because the “why” and extra reveal is worth it.  This will be another one in HMM murder mystery movie line-up.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Remember you can’t buy happiness but you can bake it – Billy

Good deeds make good refrigerator magnets and no one pays attention to either of them – Rudy

Does that line usually work for you – Cassandra

What can I say? Sometimes I just get lucky – Ian

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One Winter Weekend – Review

One Winter Weekend – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

One Winter Weekend

Relationship columnist Cara caught her boyfriend kissing another girl at the stroke of midnight at a New Year’s Eve Party.  Now she has decided to take a break from dating.  At first, her editor Diane is concerned because Cara pulled information from her own life to write the stories.  But she believes Cara’s relationship sabbatical could be used to their advantage.  So when Megan (Cara’s friend and roommate) has a cancellation for a ski vacation, Diane urges Cara to go with Megan and have fun on her sabbatical.  Jessie is trying to escape bad press by going to the mountains and keeping his head down so he can get away from media attention.  He brought his friend Dr. Ben along to make sure he keeps his mind out of the office.   When Cara and Megan arrive at their chalet, they see Jessie coming downstairs.  With one document check, they discover they only booked half the chalet.  And with everything booked they have to stay together.  With both holding secrets, Jessie and Cara are on a fast track to love but will they survive or crash and burn.

This follows the simple Hallmark format of annoyance to love with secrets in between.  There is nothing special about this movie that makes it stand out.  The subplot couple is a nice addition but they are the moral sounding board for the main couple.  It does have some humorous moments but it’s not enough to save the movie.  If you are a fan of this Hallmark format than watch.  Otherwise, it can be skipped.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I don’t mope, I brood – Ben

Messed up. It’s all good. The more the merrier – Shawn

Outside? We just go warm – Cara

Maybe she’ll listen to a doctor – Megan

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#CocaineGodmother, #DeadlyInn, and more – TV Review

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Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story – Review

Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story – Lifetime – 2 hours and 32 minutes

Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story

In Columbia 1954, young Griselda was on the receiving end of a harsh slap from her mother who pimped her out to grown men.  The young girl did not return with the money promised.  So she went back to the man, shot him several times, and got the money she owed.  Now, as a married mother of three boys, Griselda is known for her magnificent passport forgeries.  But Alberto believes she has the potential to be so much more.   Then as she was getting undressed she had a revelation.  Hide small pockets of drugs in inside cute women’s underwear and shoes because they wouldn’t get search.  The officers will be to busy checking them out.  She presented her idea to Alberto. Griselda becomes the biggest drug dealer of all time and Alberto’s wife.  She has amassed an empire that makes $8 million a week.  The bigger her empire grows so does her drug addiction, her killing rate, and her effect on her children’s life.

Told through the eyes of DEA Jimmy, Griselda is marveled for her mind and tenacity in a male-dominated industry.  She was able to stay ahead of the law and her enemies.  She prided herself on being a mother but never cared about the children’s lives she stole.  She followed the rule of “don’t leave the seeds”.  She never left a witness and quickly disposed of all snitches.  Her name was synonymous with fear.  It only leaves you to wonder, what kind of impact could Griselda have made on a legitimate business.  While there are several stellar performances, often the clothing, music, or ambiance is too modern.   Also, the lead’s accent sometimes slips from Columbia to American and back.  It can distract from the film.  However, this is a good watch.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Mules are quiet and dumb. You don’t exactly fit the bill – Alberto

I’m in charge of this family. Now get me a beer. Please – Carlos

I’ll always take care of you. You know that right? – Griselda

A woman? – DEA Jimmy

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Deadly Inn – Review

Deadly Inn – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Inn

Robyn has bought a large home with the hopes of renting out rooms on a B&B website.  As an interior designer, she knows she will need help fixing it up.  So she hires Drew to make the home repairs.  She worries that she isn’t spending enough time with her newly adopted, goddaughter Ava.  Just as Robyn is getting a handle on everything, she gets her first guest Beth.  She is taken aback by the guest because she hasn’t advertised on the website.  However, when Beth presents a large wad of cash, Robyn allows her to stay.   Soon, Robyn is infested with spiders, has a dead body in her home, and chased with an electrical saw.  Robyn has no idea how her life spun out of control until she looks at her will to find a large change that turns her Inn deadly.

It’s not the worst but it’s not the best either.  It does provide a few shocking moments with Beth attacking the guests and others; however, the plot isn’t new for Lifetime.  It does throw in a “complicated” love story to try to keep the viewer interested but it’s not enough.  The ending is predictable.  You just sit and wonder how long it will take Robyn to “get it”.  So, root for Beth in this story and turn a horror/suspense into a comedy.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

But I just feel like I belong here – Iris

She thought you were my mom. Why didn’t you tell her – Ava

I’m sorry. We all have our own ways of coping – Erica

No thank you for letting me be a part of your family – Drew

You’re crazy – Robyn

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Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery – Review

Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery – HMM – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery

While unveiling her latest discovery, Emma is approached by her old friend Adele.  Adele wants Emma to oversee Prof. Thomas Webster’s work.  Adele will be handling items going up for sale that need to be appraised before a home is sold.  Webster believes he has found huge discovery in the family crypts.  While Webster is smart, his reputation is spotty.  Adele wants an archaeologist she trusts, like Emma, to double check the find.  Emma arrives at a house filled with tension and secrets.  She finds Webster and he is all abuzz about his new discovery.  When Emma enquires to see it, he tells her its not ready yet.  But it will be first thing tomorrow.  The next day, Emma goes to find Webster.  She with the help of FBI Agent Jim Connor, find Webster’s dead body inside a secret room in the crypt.  Now Emma is determined to find out who killed Webster but first they have to find a way into the secret room without destroying the evidence or the artifacts.

Based on the novel Past Malice by Dana Cameron, this mystery has plenty of suspects but not a lot of in-depth motives fans are accustomed to in this series (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  This movie is missing some of the magic of the previous movies.  On the other hand, it offers more into the developing relationship between Jim and Emma.  Jim is treading lightly while getting advice from Emma’s friends.  He wants to take their friendship further without ruining it.  You start to feel for his plight as he attempts to express himself while remaining professional.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

An iron fist with manicured nails – Emma

That’s a nice word for what he is – Adele

I prefer to think of it as leverage – Thomas

I don’t think anything. I’m just the house manager – Sherman

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Frozen In Love – Review

Frozen In Love – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Frozen In Love

Mary his the proud owner of her family’s bookstore On the Same Page but the bookstore is suffering from a steady decline in sales.  Mary’s brother Tyler wants her to become more modern but Mary hopes 40 years of being a community staple is enough to keep it going.  With her brother’s constant urging, Mary decides to go to her friend Janet, a PR specialist.  Adam is an embattled hockey player that has been suspended for the next 10 games.  The team manager wants him off the team because he conflicts with the team’s wholesome image.  She wants him to have an image makeover and suggest a PR firm, Janet’s.  Janet believes Mary and Adam should work together.  Adam’s celebrity will drive in new business and Mary can soften Adam’s image while working in the bookstore.  However, Janet doesn’t know that the two have had a bad interaction with each other.  She considers Adam arrogant and he considers Mary to be uptight.  With apprehension, these two must work together to succeed but soon love is in the air.

Sigh.  As soon as you realize the two are headed to the same PR firm, you know what will happen and start to check out.  With a story that follows the Hallmark template, it must rely on humor or strike an emotional cord to keep a viewer captivated.  This movie just falls short.  Now Hallmark fans will find comfort in the plot’s simplicity but no real depth.  You will only watch this movie and wonder about your favorite book and the start of chocolate chip cookies.  Nothing more.  If you are not a true fan of Hallmark movies, this one can be skipped.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

So, we’re competitive with 10 years ago – Tyler

Is this the part where you are taking things more seriously – Mary

It is too early for a lecture – Adam

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#DeadlyDelusions, #BadStepmother, and more – TV Reviews

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Deadly Delusions – Review

Deadly Delusions – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Delusions

Julia and Shane are moving from Manhattan to Los Angeles for a new home, new job, and new salary.  They are renting a home from Shane’s friend Robert with the help of a realtor named Arthur.  Shane hopes that the move will help with Julia’s delusions.  She believes someone killed her parents and are coming after her.  Her therapist Dr. Leary tries to get her to confess her delusions aren’t real and keeps her on the medication.  Her friend Annie tries to find other ways to make her de-stress and help keep her grip on reality.  But the more time Julia spends in the house, the worst her delusions become.  She sees snakes in that bathroom, hears triggers before a window falls on her head, and sees men following her on the street.  Julia is sick of tired of being labeled crazy and is determined to prove everyone wrong.  She knows someone is after her and she will find them.

Just because you’re crazy, it doesn’t mean they’re not after you.  This is an extremely slow build up.  You will start to feel as if you’re the one going crazy.  Now you may start to untangle the “who” but you won’t figure out the “why”.  Just hang in there and the final reveal will be worth it.  Some advice: DVR the movie so you can fast forward when you are starting to lose your interest.  But be sure not to skip over the last 30 minutes.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know if they’re dreams anymore – Julia

It’s up to you. We either do this together or not at all. It’s up to you – Shane

Your future – Robert

He won’t ever cheat on you, lie to you, or break your heart. Plus he always leaves the toilet seat down – Annie

The shadow men are not real – Dr. Leary

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Bad Stepmother – Review

Bad Stepmother – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Bad Stepmother

Verity is awakened by her brother Jonathan’s phone call to relay the tragic news.  Her father died of a heart attack and fell off a balcony.  She flies home with a full flask and a heart filled with contentment.  When she walks in the door, she finds out her father secretly married his secretary Louise a week ago and she lives in the family mansion with her son Eric.  Also, Verity is dumbfounded to meet her future sister-in-law April.  With her head still spinning with new family members, she is shocked when Jonathan says he doesn’t trust Louise.  And he believes she has something to do with their father’s death.  Verity believes Jonathan’s suspicions are preposterous and lets Louise stay.  At the will reading, Louise gets everything but Verity and Jonathan’s trust.  However, Louise is shocked to learn that the will doesn’t include the house.  Since their mom owned it, its a part of the trust that Louise can’t touch.  Jonathan gives Louise her walking papers.  Louise is enraged.  She will get that house and everything she believes she deserves come hell or high water.

Based on the book Wicked Stepmother by Michael McDowell, this movie is compelling, shocking, engrossing, and a cinematic wonder from beginning to end (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  If this is how Lifetime will do books in the future, keep it coming.  There were so many twists, turns, and nail-biting moments it’s hard to keep count.  The growth of Verity is tremendous for a two-hour movie but it’s a much-needed growth from rock and roll child to strong, responsible woman.  Now she does have constant pitfalls but she overcomes them with the strength of Jonathan and April.  Don’t miss this one.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

They still keep the vodka in the library – Verity

I don’t trust her. Who gets married in secret – Jonathan

This house is just as much your’s as it is mine’s – Louise

Now I thought we were just friends – Eric

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Aurora Teagarden: Last Scene Alive – Review

Aurora Teagarden: Last Scene Alive – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Aurora Teagarden: Last Scene Alive

Aurora’s about to kick off her next Real Murder Club meeting when her ex-boyfriend Robin walks in with good news.  His book is about to become a movie but he wanted to let Aurora know the main character is based on her.  The lead Celia would like to shadow Aurora to learn how she walks, talks, and investigates.  Aurora is puzzled by the request but allows it.  And Robin allows Aurora to come on set to give advice to other cast mates.  During Aurora’s time on set, she gets to know the cast and crew.  So when Celia is missing for her first scene, Aurora is bewildered and Robin knocks on Celia’s trailer.  He walks in to see her dead with a large head wound.  Aurora is immediately on the case to solve the murder of her shadow.

Based on the Last Scene Alive by Charlaine Harris, this is the Aurora you know and love (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). With witty banter between her mother and friends, you can laugh through your macabre moments.  It takes time to determine the killer because the main characters and their back stories are the focus for the first 30 minutes.  Then, you get to know the people around Celia and their backstories.  While several people are given motives, you won’t be completely thrown off the killer’s scent.  This is still a good watch for any current or new Aurora fan.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Lillian, can you imagine living with our mother again – Aurora

Aurora Teagarden, an afterthought? Impossible – Martin

My mother always said jealousy is not a very attractive quality – Robin

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Love on the Slopes – Review

Love on the Slopes – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love on the Slopes

Alex is tired of her copy editor job because she wants to be a writer.  She wants to write articles that inspire not just proofread them.  Then her boss tells the employees about a contest.  The person that writes the best article will get a first class ticket to anywhere in the world, their article on the cover, and a traveling writer position.  She proposes to write about an elusive photographer named Cole Taylor.  He has no social media presence and doesn’t do interviews.  Alex’s boss doesn’t think interviewing a Cole is enough.  She should experience extreme sports herself.  She tries to reign in her boss by explaining she is a klutz.  But he tells her to go off the beaten path and try every extreme sport a local resort has to offer as a newcomer.  Alex comes to the resort horribly prepared for the one-mile walk after her car breaks down and for the small trail hike to her cabin.   After becoming a walking catastrophe on the ski lift, a handsome man offers to help her.  That man is Cole.  He promises to teach her extreme sports.  But she has to prove she won’t kill him and play by his rules.  She agrees with the hope of writing about him.  As the two spend time together, they both break down their walls and their fears.  But the one thing that stands in the way is Barton, Alex’s boyfriend.

A sweet movie about love and self-discovery.  It’s good to see both of these characters grow with each other.  It helps build up the belief in them as a couple.  Cole must get over his fear of crowds and become more public to draw attention to his charity.  And Alex must get over her fear of everything extreme to become a better writer.  So, they learn to breathe and scream on the inside.  After seeing this movie, you may want to try a new sport yourself.  Record this movie and save it for a day you need inspiration.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t be complacent, they said. Go on an adventure, they said – Alex

Alex be a warrior, not a worrier – Kate

Ok, suit yourself. Good luck with the bears – Cole

It could really be funny – Max

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