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Killer Twin – Review

Killer Twin – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Killer Twin

Amber looks at a newspaper and sees her face staring back at her.  Only that face belongs to her twin sister Kendra.  When they were a few years old, the manager of their orphanage didn’t tell Kendra’s adoptive parents that she had a twin.  Kendra was adopted and Amber was left behind to age out of the system.  Gazing upon Kendra, Amber sees the life she could have had if she were adopted instead of Kendra.  Amber thinks Kendra has had the “good life” long enough and she wants if for herself.  Amber will steal, con, and kill to take over Kendra’s life.  And when she does, her life will be complete.

The interesting twist about this movie is that Kendra doesn’t remember her sister.  She believes that someone broke into her home, stole her identity, and started using her cards.  Although she knows she was adopted, the just doesn’t remember having a twin.  And it is a visual feast seeing Lindsay Hartley, play a character acting like another character.  She adds a few subtle changes when she is Amber pretending to be Kendra.  It makes the story believable for the audience that this woman is really a twin.  Check out this movie today.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Kendra the chosen one. Now, the disposable one – Amber

Be careful. You’re tough but you’re in danger – Dane

Well if she wasn’t a criminal before, she is now – Kendra

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I’ll Be Watching – Review

I’ll Be Watching – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

I'll Be Watching

Kate works in a bookstore while attending college.  She spends her personal time at home, reading, and studying.  Her neighbor Nate offers to take her to dinner to get her out the house.  After a few tries, she agrees and has a good time.  Until she gets home and finds a bloody purple rose.  Creeped out, she calls the police and Detective Paine comes to take her statement.  Kate discovers that the rose and Nate are both gone.  While the detective believes her, there is nothing more he can do.  Kate tries to go on with her life until she is attacked and someone is killed holding a note for Kira.  The cops decide to give her 24-hour protection.  After a few days, nothing happens and the cops are pulled off Kate’s stalking case.  The very next night, Kate’s stalker attacks her, cuts her, and warns her to keep the cops away or she and the cops are dead.  Kira is hospitalized and wakes up with the cops by her side.  Even though she tells them to go away, they stay.  After she gets the green light to go home, Kate gives the cops the slip and goes on the run.  She contacts the detectives once a week from a blocked number to report but she makes sure to give no details.  While she is holding back her location from them, they are holding back something from her.  They know if she hears it, it will rock her to her core and bring her back.  Back into the arms of her stalker.

Based on The Purple Rose by Christi R. Walsh, this movie sets a new notch on the creepy dial (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s great to see this movie break away from the Lifetime norm.  The cops don’t blow her off and then show up in the last 5 minutes to save her from the killer.  These cops understand the stalker is dangerous and do everything possible to help her.  And in most Lifetime movies, knowing the stalker takes away your fear.  But this time, it doesn’t.  Not at all.  Knowing this stalker’s face makes the fear 10 times worse.  You will get a sick feeling when you watch.  That is what makes this movie great.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

He cut me so no one else would want me – Kate

That looks horrible – Jake

Don’t be sorry and don’t be ashamed – Jack

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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game – Review

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game

Aurora his happy to hear her cousin Phillip is coming to visit.  She can’t wait because she knows he has been studying hard a college.  And with his birthday coming up tomorrow, she and her mother Aida hope to take him out to dinner.  When Phillip gets the invite, he asks if his roommate Josh and Josh’s girlfriend Tammy could come along.  Aurora agrees and starts making plans.  The next day, Phillip says he is sick and can’t make it.  Out of concern, Aurora comes to his dorm with chicken soup and can’t find Phillip or Tammy.  Aurora starts looking for Phillip immediately.  Unfortunately, she finds Tammy dead.  Now, Aurora concern grows to panic.  And just when she thinks things can’t get worst, Josh is missing too.  Now Aurora must find Josh and Phillip & discover who killed Tammy.

Like the book series, pay full attention to this story because you are getting 2 mysteries in one (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Don’t worry, they do come back full circle but you have to focus to understand everything that is going on.  And in complete Aurora fashion, she is doing everything she is told not to do.  But that’s why you love her.  While foreshadowing does give the suspect away, it doesn’t reveal everything.  So keep watching for some juicy reveals.  Unfolding the mystery does go a bit fast, so don’t be surprised if you watch it twice to understand everything that happened.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I’m just curious about my new neighbor – Aurora

What I live alone. I have taken one or two self-defense classes – Aida

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Cheerleader Nightmare – Review

Cheerleader Nightmare – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Cheerleader Nightmare

Sophie is happy to be the official photographer for her school.  Her friend Mikey works with her and her mother is the cheerleading coach.  And she is dating the captain of the football team, Tyler.  While her life is going great, she has one major hater, Leah, the head cheerleader.   Every time Sophie is with Tyler, Leah gives her the stink eye.  Mikey believes Leah is jealous because the head cheerleader should always date the football player.   But Sophie doesn’t believe that’s the reason.  That is, until later that day when Mikey flies a drone over a team party to watch what is going on.  Sophie believes he is being creepy and grabs the goggles.  And in that split second she sees her boyfriend kissing Leah.  Heartbroken she leaves Mikey behind and heads home.  The next morning she wakes up to the horrible news that Leah was found dead.  Worried that she will be a suspect, Sophie decides to investigate.  But will this vigilante become a victim?

This is a good mystery with plenty of viable suspects.  It even allows the audience to eliminate them one by one with the characters.  The “why” for the killing could have been a bit more original, it’s still a good watch.  So DVR this movie and save for a rainy day.  But don’t open that bottle of wine.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Today never happened, ok – Sophie

One tragedy doesn’t fix another tragedy – Tyler

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Love on Safari – Review

Love on Safari – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love on Safari

Kira, a web designer in Chicago, gets a letter from her uncle’s estate in South Africa.  They have been trying to find her for months because her uncle passed away and left her something in his will.  In order to find out what she will receive, she must go to South Africa for the will reading.  While she has picturesque memories of her uncle’s wildlife reserve, she has not been there in years.  After toying with the idea, she decides to go.  Upon arrival, she meets Rangers Tom and Ally.  While Tom is getting Kira reacquainted with the reserve, he is concerned about its survival during the change in ownership.  They have no idea who the new owner will be and a competitor is hoping to buy.  Tom knows this buyer’s reputation and doesn’t believe the buyer will uphold the traditions set forth by Kira’s uncle. So, during the will reading, Tom is floored to hear that Kira is the new owner.  Kira is stunned and bewildered.  She instantly wants to walk away.  To save the reserve and the surrounding village, he has to use his charms to convince Kira to keep the reservation.

While this love story follows the Hallmark format, looking at the breath-taking landscape and the magnificent animals makes this movie worth watching.   It shows the good side of the reservations when they work with the neighboring communities without doing irreparable damage to the wildlife.  It makes you want to see this place up close and personal.  Don’t be surprised if you start looking up ticket prices after the first hour.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Of course, I can’t go to South Africa – Kira

You’re going all the way to Africa for whistles – Brad

What makes you think she does belong here – Ally

Just because the waters calm doesn’t mean there’re no crocodiles – Tom

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#ALoverBetrayed, #MyBabyIsGone, and more – TV Reviews

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A Lover Betrayed – Review

A Lover Betrayed – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Lover Betrayed

Six years ago, a young woman walked into Tess’s office and accused her principal of rape.  Tess reported the incident and felt good about her decision.  Until she got home and discovered Principal Blake sitting in her living room with a gun.  Within minutes Principal Blake and Tess’s son Mason are dead.  Now, Tess stands in front of fans doing a reading for her book on grief and loss.  After her reading, she meets Officer Connell.  And with one Hot Toddy, Tess takes Connell home.  The next morning, Tess’s ex-husband Roger knocks at the door.  Tess leaves Connell on the bed to talk to Roger.  He tells her he wants to give their relationship another try and bond over their son. Connell overhears Tess agree to reconciliation and becomes enraged.  He believes that he and Tess have a connection and he will do anything to get her back.

Now Lifetime fans will get the formula very quickly.  One night stand + tragic back story = crazy stalker.  But the lengths that Connell will go to in order to make people think Tess is crazy is deliciously satisfying.  He uses spray paint, boxing gloves, and blood to get the police on his side.  Tess starts to look more and more like a criminal with each accusation.  Now, this movie does lose points for predictability but makes up for it in acting ability.  Each actor changes from sweet to strong to manic in a few commercial breaks.  It’s fun to watch and analysis what you see.  At the end, which lover was truly betrayed?

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m about to lose everything, Tess. How much worse can it get – Blake

Grieve your loss but don’t ever let it become you – Tess

You’re my hero – Susan

We’re connected – Connell

I told you I would never stop fighting for him – Roger

Either find my crime scene or find a body – Officer Knowles

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My Baby is Gone! – Review

My Baby is Gone! – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

My Baby is Gone!

After suffering a miscarriage in her last month of pregnancy, Emily went into a deep depression which leads to psychosis.  She became a hermit, accused her husband Pete of cheating with her best friend Susan, and ran off without a trace.  Later, she came home and started taking medication.  Now, she is 8 months pregnant but in constant fear of losing her baby.  But Pete and Susan are by her side to help her through this difficult time.  Then, Emily notices her new neighbor, Kelly, is very pregnant and decides to introduce herself.  The two quickly hit it off by sharing pregnancy stories and having the same doctor.  They become belly buddies.  In a short time, Kelly is helping with the baby’s room, giving shower ideas, and becoming a bird in Emily’s ear.  However as the two become closer, Emily drifts from Pete and Susan.  This drift is all a part of Kelly’s plan to get Emily’s baby.

The best way to enjoy this film is to cheer for the crazy girl.  The connection between Emily and Kelly happens too fast.  Emily’s trusting nature and change of moods are explained away by using a “lack of medication” and “history of psychosis” as an excuse.  Emily is so trusting, it’s hard to like her.  After kicking Pete out because she believes he is having an affair, she gives Pete a horrible ultimatum.  “Tell the truth about the affair or I am leaving you.”  So if he tells the truth (about a non-existent affair), she will leave and if he lies (about a non-existent affair), she will leave.  It’s hard to find this protagonist as likeable.  So watch this movie and cheer for Kelly.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Calling him the client from hell would be accurate but unfair to hell – Pete

I told you to mind your own business – Kelly

She’s nice, super nice. And you know how I feel about nice – Susan

You think I’m crazy – Emily

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Psycho Wedding Crasher – Review

Psycho Wedding Crasher – LMN – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Psycho Wedding Crasher

Jenna sits with the guest at a wedding and fantasizes about Glen.  A few weeks ago, as she was leaving her aunt’s tailor shop, Jenna almost fell to the ground.  But she was caught by Glen.  Now, she sits at his wedding, uninvited, watching him marry Marcy.  She dreams that it could be her.  But those dreams were dashed when Aunt Daisy reminds her that she is worthless, pathetic, and ugly, just like her mother.  Daisy wishes her brother never married Jenna’s mother and doesn’t hold back her feelings to Jenna about it.  This constant badgering makes Jenna’s daydreams stronger.  She is determined to prove her Aunt wrong and marry Glen.  She just has to get rid of Marcy.

To enjoy this movie, you have to cheer for Jenna.  While it’s typical to see Jenna’s tricks like Catfishing in Lifetime movies, it’s believable that everyday people can do this.  So, the story doesn’t feel like its too impossible.  And Jenna easily takes advantage of Marcy and Glen’s good nature, all the while doing everything to tear their relationship apart.  This is fun to watch but doesn’t require your full attention.  And expect a Lifetime ending.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Stay Safe – Glen

Answer the question – Marcy

Maybe your husband has a panty fetish. Maybe he is a thief – Chelsey

Ashes to ashes, flush to flush. Bye daddy – Jenna

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#WhitneyFilm, #GarageSaleMystery, and more – TV Reviews

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Whitney: Can I Be Me – Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me – Showtime – 1 hour and 40 minutes

Whitney: Can I Be Me

Whitney Houston was a diamond in the ruff when she first met Clive Davis.  As the only girl in a family of 5, she was the apple of her father Michael’s eye and fell under the tough rule of her mother Cissy.  She was trained to be a singer and take the reigns to become a global sensation.  Living through riots and drugs was not the image Clive and the record label wanted to present with their latest artist.  They wanted a polished pop princess.  And with a strict church going family, Whitney could play the role of All-American Good Girl.  In high school, Whitney kept her success quiet.  Only her friend Robyn knew the truth because Whitney had a lot of insecurities.  However, the turning points in her career both came at the Soul Train Awards.  The first turning point was getting booed while her nomination was announced.  She could not believe she was booed after years of success.  But she was too pop for the Soul Train audience.  The second turning point was meeting Bobby Brown.  The Bad Boy of R&B met his match with Whitney Houston.  While the outside world didn’t believe the Princess of Pop was with the Bad Boy, everyone who truly knew her understood.  She was a tough girl from Newark who needed a tough guy.  But as her relationships with Bobby, Robyn, and her family fall apart, so does Whitney.  At what point do you speak up?  Her personal bodyguard wrote a letter detailing her drug addiction and its effect on her performance.  He gave a sad warning of her fate and asked her management to bring in people to help.  But he was fired for his good deeds.  Her make-up artist was disgusted with people “compliments” on her appearance; she made sure she let Whitney know she was dying.  Robyn tried to stay in Whitney’s corner as a friend but as drugs and Bobby got in the way, Robyn left Whitney’s side.  This documentary reveals that drugs were not the real downfall of Whitney Houston, just a symptom of bigger issues.  She felt like she didn’t just let down her fans but she let down God.  That knowledge was the true fall of Whitney Houston.

This documentary is unlike others.  It doesn’t try to shine Whitney up or make her look like a villain.  It shows a woman falling apart under her own fame.  Now don’t be fooled, several people spoke up for Whitney and attempted to help.  But as people tried to help, even more, brought her down.  Unlike a lot of documentaries, they don’t place all the blame on Bobby.  While both had their demons before they first met, they shared their addiction when they were together and amplified each others habit. Also, this documentary goes deeper into the relationship of Robyn and Whitney; as well as the effect it had on Whitney’s marriage.  With never-before-seen footage of Whitney, this movie may be the first time Whitney could be Whitney.  This documentary was only missing current interviews from Bobby and Cissy to give it validity.  However, it’s obvious to see why they would decline.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely would – Cissy

She was trying t get my attention because I was fly – Bobby

He loved her as herself – Pattie

I’ve never seen nothing like it – Toni

Success doesn’t change you. Fame does – Whitney

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Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval – Review

Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval

While at a garage sale, Jenn finds a suit of armor that would be perfect for one of her clients, Mr. Bill Wallace.  He is excited to have the knight’s armor and names it Sir Rags to Riches (after Jenn’s store of course).  The next day another buyer, Prof. Robert McNary, comes into Jenn’s store asking to buy the armor.  Jenn informs him that the armor is sold and declines to give up the buyers information.  The next morning, Jenn and Dani notice their store’s front door is open and objects have been moved.  She doesn’t report it because nothing was stolen.  Later, Jenn goes to Bill’s house to appraise the armor but notices the sword has changed and there is blood dripping from it.  The open the armor to find a man inside.  It’s Prof. McNary.  Jenn tells Det. Lynwood about the break in and that she believes he was the culprit to get the armor.  After talking to Dr. Trammel, she learns he was murdered.  With a list of suspects (disgruntled student, an ambitious teacher’s assistant, a neglected spouse, and a romantic rival), Jenn and Det. Lynwood will have their work cut out for them.

Based on the Garage Sale Mystery by Suzi Weinert, this tale has a lot of misdirects that will keep watchers guessing (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  You will not be able to look away and you shouldn’t, missing one moment will throw you off.  For seasoned fans of the series, you will not be disappointed.  Dr. Trammel makes is famous dad jokes, while Jenn’s family begrudgingly supports and gets involved in her cases.  New fans will wonder if Jenn is so good at finding criminals, how come she gets gypped at finding antiquities for her clients.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Lives – Jenn

The last one I went to, I thought I was with all my classmate’s parents. Turns out, I was with all my classmates – Dina

Because the other guy got more votes – Jason

Don’t do this, I’m telling you – Tim

I would never hear the end of it – Det. Lynwood

I will be – Emma

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At Home in Mitford – Review

At Home in Mitford – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

At Home in Mitford

Cynthia, a famous author, has writer’s block. Since her divorce, a year ago, she has not been able to come up with a title, yet alone a book. Her publisher warns her that she has 45 days to turn something in or lose her deal. She decides to go to her uncle’s home in Mitford for inspiration. He encouraged her to read and write; along with being her biggest fan. She has been avoiding his home since he passed away because she knows she will have to sell it. But now she will go to Mitford, sell his home, and write her book. On her first day, she meets everyone in town. Everyone knows her and her uncle. Cynthia learns that in small towns, talk travels faster than the speed of light. While at her uncle’s home, she has an impromptu meeting with her neighbor Tim and “almost” his dog. She snaps at the Tim and returns to her writing. Later, Cynthia learns that Tim is the neighborhood Episcopal priest and the guy she almost ran off the road when she came into town. She instantly feels bad and starts to talk to him. She learns that he is the most eligible bachelor in town and is often visited by the town’s single women. Cynthia also meets Jack. An Atlanta relator that has his eyes on Cynthia and her property. He is determined to get the woman and the deal. When Cynthia’s friend Marjorie tells her to take the bull by the horns, Cynthia misunderstands and goes out with Jack. However, Marjorie wanted her to ask out Tim. With time winding down on her book and her uncle’s home, Tim knows he has to make his feelings known before Cynthia heads back to Boston or falls in love with Jake.

Based on At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon, this movie doesn’t feel like a movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It feels more like a pilot to a TV series. It introduces a slew of characters and gives them back stories beyond normal TV movies. At times it’s slow and frustrating to see these two adults act like teens. They whisper to their friends and all the neighbors about their feelings but don’t talk to each other. And what makes it worst is they often complain about the town being in everyone’s business. This a decent start to a series but not the best Hallmark has to offer.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I was talking about Tim – Marjorie

Well she doesn’t know it yet, but she will – Jack

See you are acting like a natural dog owner already – Howell

That’s a classic – Tim

I know I over packed but you never know how many shoes you’re going to need – Cynthia

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Eat, Play, Love – Review

Eat, Play, Love – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Eat, Play, Love

Carly comes to her friend Michelle’s aid by volunteering as a vet for her dog shelter. Of course, Michelle didn’t tell Carly that Don (Carly’s high school sweetheart and Michelle’s brother) is working there as a dog/person match maker. Dan the Dog Man believes that dogs adopt their owners, not the other way around. Carly is quickly taken back to her high school feelings the moment she lays eyes on Dan. However, just when Carly builds hope for a second chance at love she sees Kristi. Her old high school bully and dog hater is the top correspondent for the local news channel and Dan’s girlfriend. Kristi makes her position in Dan’s life known before Carly can get one word out. When Kristi’s new job offer in New York brings a move and an engagement for Dan’s life, Carly wants to act fast. So, Michelle (the Meddler) offers to makeover Carly to get her brother’s attention. The two reconnect over dogs, duty, and the past. And just when Carly believes there is hope for the two, Kristi’s timing is impeccable. Kristi found a job for Dan as Executive Regional Assistant for the National Dog Rescue Association in New York. Carly knows Dan could never pass up that opportunity. But she refuses to give up. She decides it’s time to have a Countdown to Love before Dan leaves for New York and gets married to Kristi.

This is a cute story about dogs and love. This movie is good because a makeover isn’t the answer. It’s the connection between the couple and their love for animals that bring them together. But you must ask yourself, who is setting up who, who is training who, and who is teaching who. With so many players invested in this love game, it’s hard to understand who is running the board. While this movie has a predictable ending and villain, the subtle jabs and dogs are fun to watch. Also, the connection between Rita and Dr. Monroe is adorable.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Oh we have a secret weapon – Michelle

The might grow up and be accountants – Dan

Make man’s best friend, your best friend – Kristi

So will I – Carly

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