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Yes, I Do – Review

Yes, I Do – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Yes, I Do

Charlotte starts to itch as her fiance James talks about their upcoming wedding.  After she left him at the altar twice, he knows her scratching is a bad sign.  Since he worked hard planning the entire wedding himself, he can’t stand it when Charlotte ask to push it back.  So he cancels their engagement.  While she still breaks out at the thought of weddings, she is miserable without James.  So she asks her friend Hanna to help her plan a wedding for her and James in 30 days.  James tells her he MAY show up if she goes through with it.  Meanwhile, Charlotte enters into a chocolate competition with a New York storefront as a grand prize run by Nicole who publishes Chocolate Monthly.  Charlotte is ecstatic until James sees Nicole.  Nicole is James’s ex before Charlotte.  Now with a sweet smile, Nicole is determined to get James back.  While Charlotte is planning their wedding, maybe.

This movie is a true break from the Hallmark mold.  It is a fresh storyline with all the laughs, rivalry, and love you want.  Also, this movie is the true definition of “shade”.   These women will throw underhanded, backhanded, double-crossing jabs at each other.   No matter the cost or who it hurts.  While watching this story, you will only have sympathy for one person: James.  He is being pulled in 2 directions by two women who took him for granted.  This story proves you always want what you can’t have.  Watch this movie with a glass of wine, popcorn, and the record button on.  You will want to watch again.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I’m a reasonable person – Charlotte

I’ll give you a coupon – James

Everything fell into place after you and I broke up – Nicole

Nothing’s ever fair in love and chocolate. Is it? – Oscar

It’s my fault, bad intel – Hanna

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A Night to Regret – Review

A Night to Regret – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Night to Regret

Chelsea Bilson is a budding director and works hard to get money for her movie.  But all her hard work is met with being dumped by her boyfriend, so she decides to have a girls night out.  She and her friend Sara hang at the bar when they see Chelsea’s old friend Milla.  Milla was kicked out of school and ran off.  So Chelsea is happily surprised to see her and see she is doing well.  The girls drink, laugh, and party.  When Sara leaves, Chelsea and Milla go back to Milla’s place.  Chelsea finds out how Milla is making money these days.  She is a webcam girl.  As Milla, Chelsea, and several other friends sit around men watch and pay for them to do things.  On man is Jake Peters.  Jake was recently released from jail and has killed before.  And he has his target set on Chelsea.  He pays $200 to see her dance. Chelsea can’t believe she made $200 for nothing and considers creating her own channel.  That one decision will lead to several dead bodies, some kidnappings, and one night to regret.

Ten years ago, this movie would have seen far-fetched but with the boom of social media turning into social stalking this movie is all too real.  Now if you are looking for crazy, this movie kicks it up a notch with a dead body in the first 20 minutes.   Also, no one is “too naive” however they do make mistakes.  As soon as they see the error of their ways, they fix it quickly.  In addition, the cops aren’t useless.  They follow the leads and carry a suspension for everyone.  It’s nice to see this change in a Lifetime film.  This movie is a good way to kill 2 hours.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Just life – Milla

I love you. I want to marry you – Jake

She always “Thelma and Louise”s me – Chelsey

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Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New – Review

Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New

Olivia and Mick try to get some time away and work on their relationship when they are derailed by an antsy bride named Amy.  Amy believed she knew what she wanted to make her big day perfect.  But as she spends time with her soon to be sister-in-law Kelsey, she starts to doubt herself.  Mick tries to handle all the bride’s changes but soon loses control.  And to make matters harder, Olivia becomes preoccupied with her newly engaged daughter’s wedding.  Even though its a year away, Olivia makes plans for her daughter’s wedding.  And her daughter’s head starts to spin.  She knows she has to rein her mother in before Olivia goes too far, too soon.  With Olivia already planning her daughter’s wedding, Mick tries to handle the load for Amy’s wedding.  But as the bride changes the dress, location, and flowers, Mick starts to crack under the pressure.  Mick has to pull it together so Amy can have the wedding of Kelsey’s dreams and Olivia can plan the wedding of her dreams for her daughter.

This Hallmark movie is all about communication between loved ones.  Whether it’s mother/daughter, lovers, or in-laws, communication is key.  Everyone is trying to spare each other’s feelings but its only making matters worst.  Once Amy has a real conversation with her husband-to-be and his family, everything is put into place.  It takes different events for each relationship to come to that point but they all do and it works out.   While this isn’t the best movie in the Wedding March series, it’s still a good stepping stone in the collection.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Well, romantic is what I do – Mick

Did you just snort – Amy

A June bride is always a bride – Olivia

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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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#WebCamGirls, #TheWrongMan, and more – TV Reviews

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Web Cam Girls – Review

Web Cam Girls – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Web Cam Girls

When Alex discovers her cousin is a webcam girl, she is horrified and concerned for Carolyn’s safety.  She worries Carolyn will be hurt, stalked, and taken advantaged of by the men who pay to see her.  Within 24 hours, Alex is right.   Someone paid to see Carolyn in person; after saying no repeatedly, she finally gives in to the request.  Carolyn is sprayed in the face and wakes up chained to a couch.  Alex, realizing her cousin was missing, try to alert Carolyn’s parents, her mother, and the police that Carolyn is gone but they all give excuses for why she is missing.  Sick of not getting any results, Alex decides to become a webcam girl and lure Carolyn’s attacker into her web.  Can Alex save her cousin before its too late?

Be ready to be on the edge of your seat for this mystery/drama movie.  Within moments of seeing Carolyn’s parents, you don’t wonder why she is a webcam girl.  You wonder why she didn’t do it sooner.  This movie displays how Carolyn was failed by the adults around her before and after her abduction.  It’s Alex that rallies everyone to continue to fight and take the matter seriously.  So sit back and enjoy this movie.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Nikki’s a stripper – Alex

Good afternoon Alexandria. I was starting to think I lost you – Mr. Darrs

I have been a very bad girl – Carolyn

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The Wrong Man – Review

The Wrong Man – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Wrong Man

While getting reprimanded by her editor Jen, Kim gets news that her grandmother has died. Kim goes to her grandmother’s funeral and is saddened to see Fred’s, her grandfather, Alzheimer’s has gotten worse.  Fred has no idea who she is but his nurse Joey does what he can to help.  Joey tells Kim he is living in the guest house in the back of Fred’s home and he wants to continue working for him.  Kim agrees even though Nick (Fred’s neighbor) warns her there is something wrong with Joey.  By the end of the night, Kim and Joey are flirting, all while being watched.  With a few moments of clarity, Kim will learn that Fred knows more about how his wife died and you won’t guess who is behind it.  You are right and you are wrong.

This a ‘What Else Can Go Wrong’ type of movie.  Just when Kim thinks she has a handle on things, the audience is given a glimpse of how she is truly lost.  The levels of deceit are at an all-time high.  You are left guessing until the end.  But Kim has a real friend by her side to keep her on the right path.  So have fun unraveling this movie and try to stay a step ahead.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

To be honest, I like it better. Less drama – Joey

Soul-sucking – Kim

And the bloom is off the rose – Jen

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The Wrong Nanny – Review

The Wrong Nanny – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Wrong Nanny

Blake finally got information on her biological mother Stella.  Stella gave her up for adoption when she was born and Blake wants to see her.  Blake discovers that Stella is looking for a nanny and applies for the position with fake references.  When Blake gets the nanny position for Stella’s twin boys (Blake’s half-brothers), Blake keeps her identity a secret.  She is happy playing the ‘god sent’ for Stella until she sees Stella acting as a mother to another teenage girl.  When Blake facade cracks a cop will be down, children will be lost, and a shot will be taken.

Oh, this one is just too good.  Watch it with the lights on and double check your nanny.  You will jump and yelp doing certain parts of the movie.  And watch until the end for an extra creepy moment.   Any Lifetime movie that has a death within the first 2 minutes, has a great chance of being a watchable movie.  And this one takes the cake.  Seeing Blake go from sweet to ‘bat crap’ crazy is oddly satisfying.  This is definitely one to watch, DVR, and keep.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Stella Armstrong’s not a stranger – Blake

This may sound crazy but do I know you from somewhere – Stella

I wish I could – Merideth

Remind me not to get on your bad side – Tanner

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Psycho Brother-In-Law – Review

Psycho Brother-In-Law – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Psycho Brother-In-Law

With her husband Eric working long hours, Kate is starting to feel lonely and overlooked.  She is supportive of Eric’s ambitions, she just misses her attentive husband.  She is not sure what to do.  One day Kate opens the door and sees David, her brother in law.  She is stunned by his appearance but happy to see him.  Eric, on the other hand, is not.  The brothers have unresolved issues, so when Eric learns that Kate has asked David to stay, he is upset.  The brothers attempt to patch things up for Kate’s sake.  Soon, David is going on Kate and Eric’s date nights as Eric’s stand-in.  The two are seen around town so often that people are wondering if they are having an affair.  But when Kate and her daughter Laura start noticing David’s weird behavior, they wonder if he is truly dangerous.

Inspired by actual events, you can summarize what will happen just by the title.  You know the brother-in-law will be crazy, it’s a matter of how much.  You will find yourself wondering 3 things:

  1. When will David snap
  2. How many will be killed
  3. Is this really the end

This movie really doesn’t break any ground on Lifetime.  While an Oscar-worthy performance isn’t required, it needs a good script in order to create a good movie.  The script was subpar and the actors did their best.  This movie can be skipped.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Why are you mad babe – Kate

You’re right. I’m sorry. You married a jerk – Eric

It’s a hella nice family you go there, man. You got it all – David

I shouldn’t have worn that stupid dress – Laura

Don’t do that – Ron

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Deadly Exchange – Review

Deadly Exchange – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Exchange

To help her family cope with a huge loss, Sam is considering getting an exchange student.  And Sam’s daughter Blake believes this is a great idea.   Soon, Sam meets Chloe, a student from England.   On her first day with the family, Chloe is having a major effect on Blake.  Blake is dressing more risque, hanging out with a different group, ditching her boyfriend Jake, and joining the cheerleader team.  The more Blake changes, the more Jake feels edge out.  Then he makes his feelings for Chloe known to Blake and all of her new friends.  He believes Chloe is a bad influence and Blake should walk away.  The next morning Jake is dead in Sam’s pool.  Jake’s mother suspects Chloe but the police suspect Blake.  Now Sam must find the who and why to save her daughter’s freedom.  But will Chloe allow it?

Watching Chloe slowly break down this family is a guilty pleasure.  You see her set traps and plant ideas to drive wedges in relationships while bringing people closer to her.  At times you will wonder why she is doing something or what she is doing.  Once the answer is revealed, you will find yourself laughing at her clever plan.  Now her reasons for going after this family is a bit far stretched but it’s still a great movie.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I’m sure things were great but do you think she was really living up to her full potential – Chloe

Get away from me – Jake

There’s nothing to talk about – Blake

And to think, I let you near my child – Sam

I don’t know how those got there – Scott

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Fatherly Obsession – Review

Fatherly Obsession – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Fatherly Obsession

Alyssa has moved into her new apartment and the superintendent Robert his happy to help with all her needs.  She starts to make friends in the building, working on her comedy routine, and even meets a guy.  Everything is going well but she starts to get strange text messages and Robert has entered her home without her consent.   Being a past stalking victim, Alyssa puts Robert on notice about her issues with privacy.  He apologizes and smoothes things over, she accepts his apology.  As the days go on, Alyssa learns Robert has been telling a lot of lies and she cuts him off.  But when her friend says it was a misunderstanding, Alyssa agrees to meet with Robert.  This is the worst mistake she will ever make.

Super creepy is the only way to describe this movie.  Seeing that Robert’s infatuation with Alyssa isn’t sexual but fatherly is extremely unnerving.  But it does shine a light on different forms of stalking.  Some forms of stalking have little to no sexual component.  Also, this movie kicks it up a notch by using virtual reality glasses.  All movies have shown the killer looking at a monitor to stalk their victims but with the VR Glasses Robert can sit down next to her on the couch.  It is just the right touch of creepy to make this movie exciting.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t worried I would never go into your bedroom – Robert

Oh, that’s exactly what I’m gonna do – Helen

I thought we were taking it slow – Oliver

Would you like me to throw a drink in your face to make this completely ironic – Alyssa

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Ex-Wife Killer – Review

Ex-Wife Killer – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Ex-Wife Killer

Josie finally has her flower shop running smoothly and is considering expanding.  She doesn’t know how she will do it until her ex-husband Michael walk into her store.  She is uneasy about his unwelcome visit but agrees to have a work lunch with him.  As a silent partner, Michael states he wants to franchise her business.  She agrees but worries his wife will have an issue.  Michael explains that he and Laura are separated and close to a divorce but she is not taking it well and attacked him.  When Josie suggests calling the police, Michael won’t consider it.  He believes she needs help, not handcuffs.  However as the days go on Michael is poisoned, Laura is stalked, and someone is shot.   For Josie, this will end with a bang, but not the one she thought.

With an opening scene of a crazy wife with a golf club, you can understand Michael’s unease with this his estranged wife Laura.   This is how your roller coaster ride will start.  And this is definitely a roller coaster in the best way.  You go up and down while second-guessing yourself along the way.  This confusion makes this movie a good watch even though the storyline isn’t the most original.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

While I appreciate your optimism, people don’t change like that – Jose

Some old Josie, always worried about something – Michael

Honey, why would I settle for half when I can have it all – Laura

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When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree – Review

When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree – Hallmark – 1 hour and 30 minutes

When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree

Jack has been away for 6 months and Elizabeth is missing him every second of the day; she teaches her students about a wishing tree.  Each person puts a wish on the tree and another person tries to grant it.  If the wish cannot be granted, then the tree’s magic powers will grant the wish.  Rosemary and Abigail do everything the can to convince Elizabeth to put a wish on the tree.  She believes it’s selfish to wish for Jack while he is doing important work.  And like Elizabeth, the town will expose some pain while asking for a wish.  Now Hope Valley will have to come together to help heal each other for the holiday season.

Based on the novel When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke, this movie is a great start to the new season.  And you don’t have to be a “Heatie” to watch.  You learn enough about each character to get you invested and watch the regular program.  The standout is definitely Rosemary.  She is a flower in a hurricane; beautiful and strong.  But when her husband takes off time from the mill for the holidays, she meets her match.  Watch this movie with the whole family.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Like your eggnog, this Christmas tree has an extra kick – Abigail

There’s no such thing as fine or tuning this group – Bill

Is it really that rough – Elizabeth

Depends. Am I the one star – rosemary

I really hope my name’s on that thing – Jack

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Britney Ever After – Review

Britney Ever After – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Britney Ever After

Britney Spears was a girl from Louisiana set to go on her first tour and tour bus as an opening act for ‘NSync. She was instructed by her mom and manager to keep her boyfriend, Reggie, a secret for her image and brand. Britney is riding high on her success and loves being on tour with her friends. However, she makes a love connection with Justin Timberlake. With love in her heart, he helps her get through the hard times of her parents fighting and her dad’s drinking. But when they are both on tour, they question each other fidelity and their relationship falls apart. She tries to go on, but is still hurt. She reaches out to Justin when her parents divorce but gets nowhere. She then has a string of failed marriages, 2 children, and an epic breakdown … all in front of the camera.

Sigh. If they don’t let you use the artist music, it’s a bad movie. The actors did what they could but nothing could save it. The actress does a great job getting Britney’s iconic voice but the story is lacking … everything. This biopic can be skipped and you will learn nothing from it. It’s based on nothing but tabloids and rumors. Watch The New Edition Story instead. This movie is a waste of time for you, the actors, and Lifetime.

I give it 0 out of 5 stars

Someone who loves me because I am Britney Jean, not Britney Spears – Britney

If it’s nobody’s business in the first place, it’s not really lying – Simone

I wasn’t talking to you – Jamie

I’m dreaming about boys but saving myself for Jesus – Larry

Their both adults, you’re not responsible – Justin

I think we need to humor this guy, Jamie. If he is willing to let me in, then we should play ball – Lynne

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Love At First Glance – Review

Love At First Glance – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love At First Glance

Mary has a safe and comfortable life; but she tries to push for more in her job by pitching ideas to her boss,  Wally, and her boss’s boss, Mr. Chambers, of potential stories she can write for the magazine.  After another rejection, she meets her boyfriend, Carl, for dinner.  Carl breaks up with Mary because he wants more excitement and suggests she move out of the building they share.  Sadden, Mary rides the train home and eats cheesecake.  While eating she sees a stranger on the train and he helps her from a distance.  When he leaves, she notices he left his phone.  She decides to find him and return it; but … of course … after she looks through his pictures.  She sees that he is adventurous and decides to write about him.  The stranger, James, text Mary and gives her permission to do the story while he is in Paris until Valentine’s Day.  So she goes through his contacts and interviews them about James.  This one assignment will change her life and his forever and ever.

This is a well written story about loving your life but striving for something new.  Often stories about finding yourself have you hate yourself in the beginning, but this movie has Mary expand not destroy her old life.  Learning about how James has affected the lives of others, slowly makes Mary more outgoing, stronger, funnier, and more compassionate.  Just a few seconds of a wordless encounter has changed everything for Mary and James.  These stories about James and his life will inspire you and open your heart.  The only downfall is the lag.  The story does have a very slow pace at times, but hang in there.  And yes … you can guess the ending, but DVR for the journey.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

You interviewed squirrels? – Mr. Chambers

Well at least he knows who I am – Mary

I think we’re going to get that to go, thanks – Carl

Predictably wonderful – Victor

Go for it – James

It just seems to me in your happily ever after, you lose – Mom

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While You Were Dating – Review

While You Were Dating – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

While You Were Dating

Nick and Julia divorced years ago after their marriage couldn’t withstand the distance of Julia’s job. However, both are in a big shock. Nick and Julia, have been conversing over a photo sharing site but have not exchanged pictures of themselves. When they make a date, at a friend’s restaurant, they attempt to leave. But their friend “encourages” them to stay and eat. During dinner, Nick tells Julia he knows a guy for her and wants to set up a date. But Julia will only agree if she can set Nick up too. Both dates go horribly for different reasons. Their family and friends hope they will get back together, but when Julia’s ex, Dylan, comes back & Nick starts dating Elsa, there relationship seems lost forever.

Weeeelllll. It’s cute … predicable … but cute. This movie has been done before. Nothing is really original. The actors even seem uninspired by the writing. The jokes are flat, the subplot is forgettable, and you don’t really connect to the characters. Hallmark has done better with less. This one can be skipped unless you have 2 hours you want to kill … and have nothing better to do.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars

I’m afraid I’m in the girlfriend zone – Nick

He had an opening and he didn’t take it – Julia

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An Uncommon Grace – Review

An Uncommon Grace – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

An Uncommon Grace

Levi comes home to see the front lawn in disarray.  He runs inside to find his step father, Abraham, dead and his pregnant mother, Claire, clinging to life.  Since they are Amish, he rides on a horse to Elizabeth’s home.  Levi knows Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Grace, is a military medic.  Grace makes it in time to save Claire and her unborn baby.  Once Grace is home, she learns more about Levi’s family from her grandmother and her sister, Becky.   Claire’s sister was shunned because she married an outsider and they have not spoken in 10 years.   Claire becomes more curious about the family, the murder, and Levi; and starts to visit more.  With a killer on the loose, strange things start happening to Grace: footprints are found on her property, items are missing, the shed is constantly left open, and her sister is constantly disappearing.  And things go to bad to worst quickly for Levi and Grace. Grace is forced out of the small Amish community by the Bishop and his daughter, Zillah.  Levi is told he will be shunned if he doesn’t marry Zillah.  With so many distractions, can Levi and Grace work together, find the murder, and each other.  Or will Levi stay with his community and marry Zillah, while Grace re-enlist and go back to war.

Get ready to get whiplash from all the misdirects.  Just when you think you have a handle on who did it, another clue comes into play.  You cannot miss a second or you will be lost.  DVR and watch twice if you can.  And the shade from Zillah is one for the record books.  You will love to hate her.  Now, it does feels like the love story was a bit rushed, but it’s for the sake of a good wrap up.  More emphasis was put on the mystery than the love story … and that’s a beautiful thing.   With less lighting and a cheating husband, this could have been a Lifetime movie.  However, HMM hit a home run with this mystery.  So, get some wine, sit back, and keep notes.  Did you figure out the killer?

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s good to have family in these times – Levi

I just think I never really felt a connection – Grace

Do you ever get scared – Becky

Do you think I am afraid to stay alone in my own home, Grace – Elizabeth

I can have anyone in our church. Any man would be happy to be with me – Zillah

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Deadly Ex – Review

Deadly Ex – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Ex

Gary meets his ex girlfriend, Valerie, at a high school reunion and spark up a conversation about family, career, and frustrations. Gary is worried his wife, Jess, will ask for a divorce when he gets home, Valerie offers to “comfort” him. Days later, Valerie sends sexy pictures to Gary, but he turns her down to work on his marriage. Big Mistake! Valerie sends gifts to Gary’s daughter, Carissa, and text his son, Zach, about their relationship. Also, Valerie leaves hints for Jess to find in order to break up their marriage. Valerie is willing to do anything, to anyone, at any cost to get Gary.

The watcher may get confused because this story is not told in a linear fashion. It goes from now, to 5 days earlier, to the reunion, to 4 days earlier, etc. So pay attention to what each person is wearing to keep up with the timeline. The timeline is choppy in order to add mystery to Valerie and Gary’s first encounter at the reunion. You may be able to guess the end, but not the lengths Valorie will take to keep her man. And don’t worry about the texting scenes, they are voiced over, so you can look away. This is a great background movie. So DVR and watch at your convenience.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

It’s not a threat – Valerie

When you want something, nothing stops you from going after it – Gary

What don’t you want me to see – Jess

I think this is going to be a bright future for both of us – Walt

Are you screwing around on mom – Zach

What do you think I think it is – Carissa

Winner takes all – Valerie

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A Dash of Love – Review

A Dash of Love – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Dash of Love

Nikki is a hardworking cook, but she is having a tough time finding a new job because she didn’t go to culinary school. Her best friend, Ang, suggest Nikki swings by her job for a drink and some support. While tasting the cassoulet at Ang’s job, Nikki meets Paul. She tells Paul that the cassoulet is bland and the executive chef should be fired; but she doesn’t know that Paul is the executive chef. Paul is upset but never tells Nikki his job title. Later, Nikki meets the restaurant’s owner, Holly. Holly is a famous chef that Nikki idolizes. Nikki overhears that Holly needs an assistant (although Nikki didn’t understand that was office work not cooking work) and offers to do the job. One night while working, Nikki is locked in, sets off the alarm, and starts to cook a meal. Holly sees Nikki (after checking on the alarm) and tries her cooking. Secretly, Holly loves Nikki’s food, but tells her it’s amateur and allows Nikki to cook at night when everyone is gone. But what Nikki doesn’t know: Holly is covertly filming her and taking notes. After Nikki and Paul get caught eating dinner together to at Holly’s restaurant, Holly fires them both. Nikki is so devastated, she forgot her purse and sneaks in the next day to get it. It’s then Nikki sees Holly’s new menu with her recipes. Nikki is furious and must get her recipes back, but Holly will do anything to keep them.

This movie is like a lot of recipes, you have to let it simmer to enjoy it. It’s a slow build to a cute movie. While the romance takes a back seat, Nikki is fun to watch. He has traits like you or someone you know (clean when she is upset or rambling when she is nervous). You want her to succeed and have a satisfying conclusion. This is a good movie to have in the background, but don’t cancel plans. DVR and watch when you need a feel-good movie.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Not too late to take it – Gus

I’m a cook, not a chef – Nikki

Tips are fine, there is just not just enough of them – Ang

Something that pairs with frustration – Paul

Well I am desperate – Holly

I’m all ears – Henry

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#LoveAlwaysSanta – Review

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Love Always, Santa – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Love Always, Santa

Lily knows her mother, Celia, is still missing a spark in her life since her father passed away. So, Lily decides to write Santa to bring love in her mom’s life instead of asking for presents. Jake, an author, is having a hard time writing since his divorce. But to keep his skills sharp, he answers children’s letters to Santa as Santa. Guess who’s letter he finds. That’s right … Lily’s. With Lily’s heartfelt letter as a driving force, Jake responses with an 8-page letter. So moved by Jake’s response, Celia decides to write back and thank him. They correspond for a while, but when Celia’s letters stop coming, Jake goes on a mission to find Lily, Celia, and why the letters stopped. Jake hopes that the spark he found in Celia’s letters will be stronger once they meet in person. Just two problems. 1) He has no idea what Celia and Lily look like. 2) They don’t know he is Santa. Let’s hope love will prevail for this Santa.

This sweet movie has a strong cast and a magical script. It’s hard to believe that love can be found in a letter in the email age, but it maybe a “classic” thing to try. With that being said, the two children steal the movie with a spunk and aggressiveness only children are allowed to have. It seems that the biggest lesson in this movie is don’t settle in love or life. This is a good movie to get lost in.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Well, stop bringing bills and I’ll throw a parade – Celia

Do you even listen to half the stuff you say – Jake

Married women don’t hide in the kitchen because we have to. We do it because we want to – Helen

Bring back her light – Lily

Cheese and crackers – Hank

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