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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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#SnowedInnChristmas, #StalkedByMyEx, and more – TV Reviews

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Snowed-Inn Christmas – Review

Snowed-Inn Christmas – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Snowed-Inn Christmas

Kevin is a fly by the seat, laid back, extreme stunts writer.  He writes about the crazy adventures people can do on vacation.  Jenna is an organized, by the book, relaxed writer.  She likes to write about the thing people can do to relax during a vacation stay.  As magazine sales are going down, their magazine has decided to generate more internet traffic to the site.  To get a better idea of what the readers want, their boss decides to send them to a vacation site together.  Whoever gets the most clicks can keep their job, the other needs to hope for a Christmas miracle.  Nonetheless, when their flight has to make an emergency landing, the two are stuck in a small home with the keepers.  They start to get pulled closer with a little Christmas magic.  But will the job prevail?

Sigh, as funny as this movie can be, it still doesn’t hold your interest.  You just don’t get invested enough in the characters to care how it ended.  This is due to the fact that you know exactly how it will end.  This movie belongs on the predictable Hallmark channel, not the Lifetime network.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars

Does Kelly Kapowski count – Kevin

You haven’t packed yet – Jenna

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Stalked by My Ex – Review

Stalked by My Ex – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Stalked by My Ex

Olivia has been secretly writing to her father Sam in prison.  She sends him drawings of the two together and wonders what would have been like if he didn’t leave her life 10 years ago.  Sam reveals that he will be released soon due to overcrowding and good behavior.  When her mother hears this, she is on high alert and decides to leave LA and go back to her small town roots.  After leaving, Sam goes to find them and is furious he can’t.  So he will do everything to find them and get Olivia back.  And with the help of jealousy and the internet, they will be face to face soon.

This movie just doesn’t grab your attention.  It just felt like part of the plot was empty and this came off as another domestic violence story.  Accept this was everything after the arrest.  It was just missing a spark that kept the viewers’ interest.  This movie can be skipped.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars

It’s really not that exciting – Alexis

I’m not leaving without a piece of chocolate cake – Bryan

Did you tell her we spoke – Sam

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Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle – Review

Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle

20 years ago, Maggie played in the snow with her friend.  She had no idea of what awaited her at home.  Her father left the family on Christmas Eve and never came back.  Now she is a mother of one, divorced, and a divorce lawyer.  3 years ago her husband left her 1 week before Christmas.  She sees the holiday is nothing but heartbreak and pain.  But in a small corner of his room, Maggie’s son Jordan is writing a letter to God.  He asks a few questions about nature.  Although, he asked God if all moms are sad and if he could give his mom love.  Out of the mouths of babes and into God’s ear, Jordan will get his wish.

Based on the novel Maggie’s Miracle by Karen Kingsbury, this movie will make you misty-eyed (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  As Jordan keeps writing letters hoping to make his mom happy, you reflect on your own family.  The element that sets this movie apart is you know exactly why Maggie doesn’t like the holiday.  There is no big reveal 5 minutes before the end, you know from the beginning.  And there is an interesting love triangle.  So you have the added mystery of determining if Maggie will make the safe choice or the honest choice.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You think only bad things happen to babies – Maggie

Christmas every day of the year, that’s my kind of world – Casey

That was so cool. It was like I was being swallowed by trees. Can I do it again – Jordan

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A Royal Christmas Ball – Review

A Royal Christmas Ball – ION – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Royal Christmas Ball

This is a story about how a prince found his princess, again.  Alison and Charles met at a college party and fell in love.  Then, a woman came to Alison’s dorm and told her Charles was a prince and a commoner would never be allowed to be a princess.  She instructed Alison to write Charles a break-up letter.  Feeling lied to and betrayed, Alison wrote the letter and never wanted to see him again.  Charles tried several times to contact her but after hearing nothing from Alison, he went through with his arranged marriage.  Now, seventeen years later, Charles is a widower and still in love with Alison.  While in America to take care of political duties, he decides to look her up and find her.  But Alison isn’t all he finds.

This is a sweet story but the subplot of the two best friends deserves its own movie.  While it was a good twist on a Cinderella story, it was uninspired and fell flat.  It feels more like a filler movie for the holiday line up.  It’s predictable and with extremely little real-world conflict.  This movie is nothing more than background noise.  Come for the plot, and be entertained by the subplot.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

How am I? What are you doing here? – Alison

Well, technically, I’m the King now – Charles

I just want to make a good impression – Lily

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Sharing Christmas – Review

Sharing Christmas – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Sharing Christmas

With her parents retiring, Stephanie is set on keeping their traditions and run the Christmas Shop just the way they did.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Then she gets a letter in the mail from her landlord.  The lease is being terminated.  The owner has sold the building to a developer and all the month to month leases will end to make room for high-end condos.   Maggie has no idea what to do to save her parents’ shop.  Mike is a real estate agent who was given the biggest job of his career.   If he does well, he will get his long-awaited promotion.  To celebrate, his family goes out to eat and he stops at the Christmas Shop.  Stephanie purges her feelings to Mike and he tells her to fight.  The next day, Mike’s boss Helen takes him to his new real estate job.  He is shocked to learn his company is kicking out Stephanie.   With his feelings for her growing, Mike will do anything to help her but it could cost him his job.

Oh, can the Christmas Shop be real?  It sounds and smells wonderful.  And the handmade ornaments are a dream come true.  This story is unique because when Mike learns the truth, he tries anything he can to fix it.  He never hides the truth from Stephanie, he lends her a hand and tries to persuade Helen to change her mind.   As he works in the store, Mike grasps how important this shop is to the community.  DVR and watch with cocoa or hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

And give up being Uncle Mike, not a chance – Mike

Guys do me a favor and don’t tell my parents – Stephanie

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You Can’t Fight Christmas – Review

You Can’t Fight Christmas – TVOne – 2 hours and 0 minutes

You Can't Fight Christmas

Lesley Major of Major Design is designing the yearly Christmas themed entrance to the Chesterton hotel again. And she promises to make it bigger and better. The Christmas time is one of the biggest draws and money makers for the hotel.  But when Millicent and Edmund go over the books, they determine that Christmas revenue does not make up for the hotel’s losses.  They want to remove Christmas, rebrand the hotel, and bring in new investors.  When Lesley gets wind of the news she is disgusted.  She liked Edmund and thought he wanted to continue the family hotel business.  She will lose her biggest client and a man she is grown fond of to another woman.  Will she fight to get him and her job back?  It’s time for Lesley to complete the circle of life and delegate to get the holidays back.

This is a funny movie that will give you deja vu if you saw Miss Me This Christmas.  Two scenes are repeated but great for character development.  This movie gives you a plethora of characters with an uptight Millicent, a ride-or-die Belinda, and a tough Kevin.  This is a good one to record and keep on your DVR for later.  Also, you will want friends like Kevin and Belinda.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I’m telling you, Lesley. It’s a union rule – Jasper

Can we keep the ugly on our sweaters, it’s Christmas – Lesley

Not delete, just edit – Millicent

And they say its the most wonderful time of the year – Edmund

I’ll leave you a fifty on the nightstand – Belinda

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The Christmas Cottage – Review

The Christmas Cottage – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Christmas Cottage

Ava has always believed her family’s cottage was magical.  For generations, her family has gotten married on Christmas Eve and spend their wedding night at the Christmas Cottage.  Every couple that followed the tradition had a marriage that lasts.   So, of course, Ava wanted her wedding to follow suit.  She decides to have her best friend Lacey as her maid of honor.  Lacey loves order and contemporary artistic choices.  She wants to make sure everything is perfect.  But Ava’s brother Ean wants to follow the family’s traditions of color and disorganization.  The two butt heads when decorating the cottage, not only because of style choice but due to a bitter break up.  Lacey and Ean dated, but when she took an internship, he felt like she was putting her career ahead of the relationship.   However, when he took a job overseas without informing her, she felt he wasn’t serious about putting down roots with her.  After a big snowfall, the two are trapped in the cottage.  Ava hopes the cottage magic rubbed off, but Lacey’s boyfriend Roger will put a kink in the plan.

Based on the novel The Christmas Cottage by Samantha Chase, this is a sweet love story about focusing on what’s really important (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  However, these theme is not unique to Christmas or Hallmark films.  This movie just doesn’t stand out in the saturated Christmas line up.  It does have its funny moments as Lacey and Ean trade shots at each other but everything else is predictable.  Watch if you have time, but don’t open up the wine.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Have I ever let you down – Lacey

You sure you don’t want to YouTube it – Ean

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Runaway Christmas Bride – Review

Runaway Christmas Bride – ION – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Runaway Christmas Bride

Kate instantly has regrets on her wedding day and has to greet her family and friends after saying ‘I Do’.  That is until she learns the truth from her groom Alex.  On his wedding day, he got his inheritance of $2,000,000.  He wasn’t allowed to get it until he got married and could not tell the bride until after the wedding.  Now he is free of his father and can live his life the way he wants.  Kate asks him one question: Did you marry me for love or for money.  He hesitates to answer and she runs.  She runs to their honeymoon suite without any money or credit cards.  She gets help from some frat guys to get into the hotel room and gets comfortable.  Soon, she has the attention of the hotel medic and the manager.  And much to the chagrin of Becca (manager), she starts to date Jason (medic) but never tells him she is married.  Soon Alex, his parents, and her parents are all at the hotel.   But when she agrees to keep the marriage going for the money, will she lose Jason.

This is a “what else can go wrong” type of movie.  It’s funny and has a lot of cringe-worthy moments.  It stands out from the typical holiday movie with a good family gripe fest.  However, the green screens are horrifically distracting.  It’s not evident why these choices were made but it took away from the strong script and great characters.   When this movie sets itself apart during the holiday season, bad green screen choices and toupees just take away from it.  If you don’t mind the distractions, watch it.  Otherwise, leave it on the back burner.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Alex, did you marry me for love or this money – Kate

I don’t. Not that one – Jason

I’m here plus two sets of parents. I’m so sorry. Where are you? – Jess

Call room service and order a bottle of Christmas cheer. I need a drink – Rick

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Christmas Encore – Review

Christmas Encore – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Christmas Encore

Charlotte is a struggling actress and part-time waitress.  She has continued her father’s dream of making it big.  In the past, she had an opportunity to make it big but her audition partner/friend Julian ab-libbed some lines and left her looking like a fool.  He got the part on a major TV show and she is still trying to find any work available.  When her college roommate comes to town, she offers Charlotte a job as an event coordinator for her company.  Charlotte feels like getting a 9 to 5 is giving up but she needs the money.  She decides to take the job but auditions for a play one last time.  The theater is putting together a play for “A Christmas Carol” but they want a twist for it.  Realizing she is too old or too young for all the parts, Charlotte decides to be Scrooge.  But when she walks in, she is informed the director is Julian.  She leaves the stage.  He begs her to come back and after careful consideration she does, auditions, and gets the part.  She believes this is her big break until the owner of the theater decides to get rid of it.  Charlotte and Julian decided to fight for what they believe in, the arts and each other.

The love story is a snooze fest because you know it’s going to happen.  In Hallmark, the more people argue, the more likely they will end up together.  You watch because you want to see Charlotte’s character develop and blossom into an actress.  She will be making her and her father’s dream come true.  It’s easy to relate to Charlotte because we have all felt like giving up when we were so close to a dream.  You cheer for her to act in her career-making scene.  Also, you hope Julian can keep the theater open for future actors and actresses to come.  So DVR and watch when you need to kill 2 hours but don’t cancel plans.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I believe happiness is a journey, not a destination – Charlotte

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Fatal Vision – Review

Fatal Vision – ID – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Fatal Vision

Joe McGinniss has hit a rough patch in his writing career.  He can’t finish his books and no one wants to publish his articles.  So when he gets a call from Jeffery MacDonald, also know as the Green Beret Killer, Joe quickly goes to see him.  Jeffery discloses he wants Joe to follow him during his trial and write a book about who he is and what really happened to his family.  Jeffery will give Joe 100% access to his life, home, and courtroom proceedings.  Jeffery hopes this will enlighten others to his plight, absolve him, and find the true killers.  As Joe delves into Jeffery’s life, he starts to see the monster within.  After interview Jeffery’s in-laws, looking at the evidence, and living with Jeffery, Joe will write a book that will have an effect on the case, even today.

Leading up to the novel Fatal Vision: A True Crime Classic by Joe McGinniss, the viewer must keep in mind that this is only told from Joe’s point of view.   It is hard to believe a man would kill his pregnant wife and 2 young children over an argument.  While they give a very convincing tale of events, you are still left to wonder if it really happened that way.  After you hear the crime scene was out of order, the evidence was mishandled, the samples were taken from the victims after the funeral, and the photos were blurry, it’s hard to nail down what is up and what is down.  The fact that remains true is 3 people and 1 unborn child are gone.  One fact that was left out is the other trials that resulted in favor for Jeffery.  For a truly balanced movie, that needs to be seen too.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

It’s not a story. It’s what happened. It’s the truth – Jeffery

No one wants to believe a father could do that – Joe

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#BeachesMovie, #FixerUpperMystery, and more- TV Review

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Beaches – Review

Beaches – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Beaches

Hillary and CeCe meet while CeCe was singing on the beach for money. They ran off to talk and quickly became friends. They exchanged addresses and wrote letters for years without seeing each other face to face. CeCe continued to work on her singing career while Hillary focused on becoming a lawyer. But one day, Hillary couldn’t take it anymore. Feeling like she wasn’t living for herself, Hillary left her job and went to a club at which CC was performing. For the two, no time had past. But, as the two women grow and have careers, husbands, and a child, can their friendship endure? Well, since their friendship started at a beach, let’s hope it doesn’t end at one.

A remake of Beaches, does feel rushed. The watcher must remember the original was over 2 hours with no commercial breaks. The Lifetime version is 2 hours with commercials (or 1.5 hours). Your favorite scenes are there, but it helps to know the original before seeing this movie to fill in the gaps. Idina Menzel and Nia Long try to bring new life into the roles. But at times, they seem to reach too far. Vocally, Idina does an amazing job with original and past songs. Also, Nia shows a great connection with the mother/child relationship. This movie had great potential, but Lifetime cut it too short. They should have stretched the movie for 3 hours with commercials; so viewers get a true sense of the connection between Hillary and CeCe. You will still cry, but not as hard as the original. You will still laugh, but not as hard as the original. You will remember, but not as hard as the original. However, don’t blame the actors or the script writers for the flaws in the remake. Blame Lifetime. Lifetime must learn that you don’t cut a remake short, you give it the time needs and deserves. The actors and writers did the best they could with the constraints. So if you have seen the original, watch while doing something else (i.e. work, cook, car repairs). For everyone else, watch this with full attention and then watch the original.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I just wish you would show up for you life, the way you show up for your career – Hillary

At least we live in the same state – Young CeCe

You’re the best person I’ve ever meet – Young Hillary

Oh shut up. I was sad – CeCe

Loving you at a distance is better than resenting you in the room – John

Baby, I need time – Byran

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Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery – Review

Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery

Shannon is ready to celebrate her latest accomplishments. She finished the restoration of her friend’s, Jennifer, B&B. And she was asked to do a restoration for Mac, a New York Times Best Selling writer. This will be the biggest job she has ever acquired. All is going great, until her uncle Jessie is not answering his phone calls. She decides to do a wellness checkup and finds him dead on the floor. The cops quickly think it was a deadly slip and fall; but Shannon’s expertise in home repair sends off alarm bells. She knows it was more that just a slip and fall … she believes he was killed. She is on a mission to find his killer which will lead her to a mysterious car, an exploding boat, and a museum. She must solve the crime before her loved ones are the next victims.

Based on the Fixer Upper Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle, this mystery does attempt redirects, but you will be able to figure out the kill within the 1st hour (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). You will be watching it just to prove you are right. This movie does help with breaking stereotypes of women and tools, but keeps in feminine. This movie feels like an extended episode of Murder She Wrote or Castle (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It’s a good way to kill 2 hours.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Because I might break a nail – Shannon

I don’t like this idea – Mac

What you doing – Steven

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A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits – Review

A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits – Disney Channel – 1 hour and 40 minutes

A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits

Tessa is a hard working mechanic that has to take time from the garage to act as a maid for her step-mother, Divine, and her step-sisters, Athens & Olympia. The sisters are audition as the lead for pop star Reese’s play, Cinderella (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). If the lead is amazing, she will get a recording contract. Tessa follows her family around with a spray bottle, sunblock, polish, and is ready at any moment. With everything going on, Tessa still dreams of being a singer and performing. But she knows Divine will never let her get near a stage. Georgie, the make-up artist, is willing to provide Tessa a disguise and a cover story so she can get the part. Having everything in the balance, Tessa (in disguise) gets the audition, but runs away because Divine thinks she knows her. Tessa leaves behind one sneaker during her flee. Reese gives the mystery girl until midnight to come back and claim her shoe. If the girl comes back, the part is hers; but that is only half of the story.

The shoe is not the end of the story, it’s the climax. With several original songs, Sofia’s light truly shines as an actress, singer, and dancer. This movie mixes elements of Grease, Stomp, and Ms. Congeniality along with Cinderella to make a great story with a new ending (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). There is a food fight scene, a “Cinderella” ball scene, Tessa needing to be three … yes 3 … places at once scene, and a very different dog. This is a great story for the whole family. What is your biggest dream? Who is holding you back? You maybe surprised of the answer.  But figuring out the answer will lead you to a happily ever after

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

But this is a story about her reality – Tessa

Yeah, I’m so excited – Bianca

She’s a bit sensitive about her position in life – Divine

Too bad you only get one – Georgie

Me next – Olympia

Wow Janet, you look great and no one will notice that huge vain popping out of your forehead – Athena

We definitely found our girl – Reese

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Open Marriage – Review

Open Marriage – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Open Marriage

Ron and Becca are a stressed, married couple. Ron has been out of work because of an injury and his workmen’s comp ran out 2 months ago. They are going to sell their loft to make money and Becca is working double shifts. They want to start a family, but are not having any luck. And its all effect their marriage. They decide to meet up with their friends, Max and Mindy, to get away from their problems. Max and Mindy tell Ron and Becca that they know the best way to help their marriage … by opening it. Max and Mindy say that opening their marriage has been the best thing for them and it has brought them closer together. After a night of “thinking” about it, Ron and Becca decide to try it. So the couples swap and have a passionate night. Ron and Becca’s marriage is getting better and Ron gets the biggest job of his career. They decide to swap again at Caligula, a sex club. But when Becca and Max decide to be alone, Ron gets upset and calls off the swap. Becca agrees for him. But Ron and Becca are both keeping secrets from each other could change the course of their relationship. And all will be revealed at the worst possible moments and it will end with a stalker, a bang, and a thud.

Clutch your pearls and get ready to spit out your wine. This movie is everything you wanted Fifty Shades of Grey to be and more (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It is steamy and has a great plot line. Just when you think you have hit the end, something else happens. Your mouth will drop several times. It is a lot of fun to watch and fantasize about … maybe even with a significant other. But please make sure the kids are in bed. The 2 leading men are nice to look at and the two leading ladies hold their own. The conclusion is the perfect bow on a great gift. This is a must watch and it deserves your full attention.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Isn’t that dangerous, like playing with fire – Becca

At least I know now how it feels to be a part of the 1% – Ron

What took you so long? I text you an hour ago – Mindy

Come on you are being too hard on yourself – Max

You are a goddess – Dylan

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The Rachels – Review

The Rachels – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Rachels

At a party a young girl falls to her death.  Its one of the Rachels.  Rachel Richards is a brunette, media-obsessed teen.   Her life revolves around likes, followers, and being famous.  If she isn’t the center of attention, then she feels like nothing.  Rachel Nelson is a blonde, runner that qualified for nationals and wants to join the year book club.  Richards does not like losing control over Nelson and is passive aggressively trying to stop Nelson’s rise.  But when one of the Rachels die, the quiet girl named Roxie is disturbed by the other Rachel’s actions.  One of the Rachels is calls the death a suicide, not an accident (as reported by the police).  Roxie is determined to learn the truth but turning the spotlight and exposing a Rachel.  Who died and how need to be told in 3 chapters: Rachel Nelson, Rachel Richards, and Roxie.

This story is beautifully done and an extremely creepy look on our culture today.  Although this story is not 100% linear, it is not confusing.  This movie takes Mean Girls to an extremely dark, but necessary place (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  As you see a Rachel with disturbing pictures in People magazine or finding the right angle for grief, you will be disgusted but you can’t look away (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There are times when your mouth will drop and stay open.  If we don’t pay attention, this could easily become a “Based on True Events” story.  This is definitely worth the watch and not your typical teen, mean girl, back stabbing movie.  Trust and believe, you will never see the truth coming.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

What are you wearing? – Rachel Nelson

I am a star – Rachel Richards

Would you stop doing that – Tom

He turned you down – Roxie

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A Royal Winter – Review

A Royal Winter – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Royal Winter

Maggie has interviewed for a top corporate law firm with the hopes of getting a secure job. But she questions if she wants to sit and help make corporations richer. She has worked with kids for years and loves the feeling she gets when she helps others. While worrying about getting the job, Sarah (Maggie’s best friend) invites Maggie to go to Calpurnia for 2 weeks and be carefree. With a nudge from her mother, Maggie goes on a trip of a lifetime. Sarah buys her a new hat, for the new Maggie, that gets blown away. It is run over by a man on a motorcycle. That man, unknown to Maggie, is Prince Adrian (also known as the “Playboy Prince” to the paparazzi). He quickly apologizes and invites Maggie to dinner, she “accepts”. During her time with the Prince, she sees the real him … caring and generous … definitely not a playboy. After learning about Maggie, Queen Beatrice invites Maggie to dinner … which can only be described as a disaster. Prince Adrian wants Maggie to attend his coronation, but she gets a “well-timed” phone call that can change everything in their relationship.

This movie is worth the picturesque views alone. This sweet story has good laughs and not an ordinary tell of giving up ones dreams. Its about getting your dreams in spite of your fears and being who you truly are on the inside. It give you the uncomfortable dinner scene with the family, that just happens to be royal, and a glimpse of scandal. It’s a fun watch but be warned that the snow may make you feel a little cold. So have something warm close by.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Honestly, I don’t know if I am cut out for this – Maggie

I blame you. You are the one who showed her how to text – Prince Adrian

You made the papers … again – Queen Beatrice

Sorry. I forgot that was my outside voice – Sarah

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#Damaged – Review

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Damaged – LMN – 2 hours 0 minutes

Damaged

Sam and Kate Luck live up to their surname. They are a couple who work hard at their respective jobs, live in a nice home, and are about to start a business venture with a trusted friend, Declan. With an arrival of a new neighbor, Taran, Sam’s world starts to fall apart. Sam’s car is stolen, money for his business venture is missing, his dog dies, and he loses his job. Kate and Declan try to warn Sam that Taran maybe the problem, but Sam doesn’t believe that this sweet, lonely girl means him any harm. Who is right and who is wrong? Only time will tell.

Get ready to roll your eyes and yell at the TV. Sam is so naive to the “crazy school girl” warning signs. As an avid LMN watcher you know the cause of all of Sam’s problems. But you don’t know why its happening. This movie boils down to the “why” not “who, what, when, where, or how”. Just the “why”? And yes it takes 2 hours to get there. It’s a slow build. So pay attention for 30 minutes, do something else for an hour, then watch the last 30 minutes. Not horrible but not great. You can guess the end moments before it happens but it’s still surprising to watch.

I give this 2.5 out of 5 stars

You didn’t. I offered – Taran

Yeah, Thank you – Sam

Please it would be an insult if you didn’t accept it – Taran

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