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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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#TheWatcherInTheWoods, #BachelorNextDoor, and more – TV Reviews

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The Watcher in the Woods – Review

The Watcher in the Woods – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

The Watcher in the Woods

For the next 3 months, Jan and her sister Ellie will live in Wales, England with their parents for their father’s job.  Jan is not happy with the change and makes it known to the family.  The family must pick a rental home and soon.  The town will have a festival to mark the day of a miracle, causing every room to be booked.  When the realtor shows them a book of rental properties, they come across the Aylwood House.  Soon Jan hears of the legend surrounding the house.  Years ago, Karen Aylwood went into the woods but never came out.  Her mother was a suspect but never charged due to lack of evidence.  However, Mrs. Aylwood when into a mental institution after her daughter went missing.  The town avoids Mrs. Aylwood and her property to this day.  Once the family moves into the Aylwood house strange things start to happen.  They hear whispers in the woods, Ellie is sleep talking/screaming, and mirrors are breaking.  Jan needs to find out what is going on in the woods before it has a permanent effect on Ellie.

Based on The Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engel Randall, this movie will have you looking at trees differently (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  This movie is better than its predecessor and strikes a cord of fear and kindness effortlessly.  It’s fun to watch and dissect the town’s past with the black plague and its connect connection to Karen’s disappearance.  Also be prepared to feel bad for Jan.  Her parent’s blame her for all the issues in the home because they think she is using it as an excuse to go back to the US.  This movie leaves no question unanswered and uses the landscape masterfully.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Wow, this place already feels like fun – Jan

What did you say to her or were you just singing your rhymes – Mrs. Aylwood

Yeah, she hunts me – John

Nerak, Nerak, Nerak – Ellie

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The Bachelor Next Door – Review

The Bachelor Next Door – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Bachelor Next Door

Alex is an unknown painter looking for her big break.  And while she loves her boyfriend Gavin, she isn’t ready to commit to him.  She worries that marriage will make her complacent in the housewife life.  She feels like she would stop painting or lose her edge.  As she is painting, she smells smoke coming from her kitchen.  Just as she runs out of the house, her neighbor Donnie runs in to put the fire out.  Even though it was a burnt-out extension cord, Alex is grateful Donnie was there.  When Donnie reveals he is single, Alex invites him to a dinner party with all her single friends as a “Thank You”.   Soon, Alex can’t shake the feeling she knows Donnie from somewhere.  But the closer she gets to Donnie, the weirder and more instructive he becomes.

This is another movie with very little to offer the audience.  While the actor’s tried to make it work with decent performances, the plot line is not new.  It follows the concept of many Lifetime movies.  The nice person becomes crazy, starts sabotaging the object of their desire, then tries to kill everyone, and finally reveals why in the last 2 minutes.  While this movie belongs on Lifetime, you should DVR it and save it for background noise.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I know myself and I’ll get complacent. I’ll lose my edge – Alex

Picasso didn’t care about sales. Neither should you – Donnie

So, you’re an electrician – Gavin

I don’t know what’s going on between you guys but it’s over for us – Sage

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Psycho In-Law – Review

Psycho In-Law – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Psycho In-Law

Since losing her daughter, Joyce dotes on her granddaughter Harper and loves her son-in-law Brock.  She is an integral part of their everyday lives.  She even makes room for Brock’s girlfriend Tina.  But when Tina and Brock become engaged, Joyce is furious.  It took Brock 6 years to propose to her daughter.  But it took him 6 months to propose to Tina.  Also, Tina is starting to take over her family duties.  Joyce believes her time with her granddaughter will be taken from her and she must remove Tina out of their lives by any means necessary.  And no one will stand in her way.

This movie is the true Monster-In-Law movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).   This woman will go to no end to ruin Brock’s relationship with Tina.  Joyce will lie, cheat, steal, and kill to keep her life the same.  You will be shocked to see the level of crazy Joyce will reach.  But what makes her character perfect is that she is crazy with perfect poise.  It’s that poise that makes people trust her.   By being a fly on the wall, you know she is slowly unraveling. But when the film looks back on her daughter’s life, you see that Joyce has always been controlling.   This movie is a fun watch. So get your tea ready.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Miss you everyday sweet angel – Joyce

So I can come across as the needy “a” hole that is trying to get rid of his late wife’s mother – Tina

Oh no, preteen already. Ewww – Brock

You shouldn’t have done that. It wasn’t yours – Harper

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Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder – Review

Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder

Hailey is enjoying the adrenaline rush of a walk in the park with her friend Sabrina.  But that is quickly interrupted when she meets with her mother and her mother’s friend Regina.  Regina has not seen or heard from her daughter Miranda in days.  Hailey – town sleuth and therapist – promises to look into it.  When Hailey goes to the police station, she learns that several women have been disappearing for months and some have died.  However, they are a hard time finding a connection between the women.  So, Hailey and Fincher meet with some of Miranda’s friends and discovers a connection.  First, the women were athletic, smart, and fun.  Second, they were all using the same dating app: Penguin Match.  Hailey is worried that the killer is using the app to find victims.  But Hailey knows that she better find the killer fast.  Her friend Sabrina uses that app and fits the killer’s type.

Based on Hailey Dean Mysteries by Nancy Grace, this mystery has everything: lies, drugs, love, revenge, and envy.   Now, the experienced watcher can pick out the killer in 20 minutes.  But it’s worth it to see the mystery unfold.  There are plenty of twists and turns to make you second guess yourself.  And once again, this case effects Hailey’s life by making her boyfriend Jonas second guess their relationship.  But that is outweighed by her worrying about her best friend.  Dean fans, don’t worry.   The banter between Fincher and Hailey are better than ever.  It’s the comic relief needed in this tale of murder and love in the 21st century.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Admitting you need help is the first step – Sabrina

I don’t really know anything – Lisa

Call me old fashion but I still prefer fate over technology – Hailey

You need to have some barriers up sometime. You don’t want to hear your neighbors chewing their food – Fincher

You can see yourself out or have security escort you out – Wade

I know better than to think there won’t be – Danny

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Boy Bye – Review

Boy Bye – BET Her – 2 hours and 30 minutes

Boy Bye

Veronica Love is the CEO of a real estate company and author of the book “Boy Bye”.  She says the closest she will get to “love” is her last name.  She has several friends who have impacted her life.  Melanie, Love’s assistant, is there for her at any moment.  Charity, Love’s BFF, recently caught her husband cheating.  Beverly is completely in love with her new man.  Angela is Love’s therapist and inspired her to write her book.  When Love hears that Charity’s marriage is over, she swoops in to help.  She believes they should all get away.  So Angela tells the ladies about a retreat she speaks at every summer.  It is informally called The Break-Up Retreat.  Singles come to help their love lives.  Veronica believes this is the perfect place for Charity.  At the retreat, Veronica runs into Lance.  Lance quickly woos her and has her considering love.  And just when things are going great, Charity overhears Lance’s secret.  This secret will affect Veronica’s love, personal, and business relationships.  Veronica will need to summon all her strength to fix this.

This movie has some great quips and fun relationship plots but it isn’t anything new or special.  You can guess the ending even though there is a small twist.  The characters are not a challenge for these actors.  If you need background noise for 2.5 hours, this is the right move for you.  Otherwise, you have seen it.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Let me just say it feels good to be me – Love

You know money never sleeps – Lance

All you gonna do is reel him in like the rest, then drop him. You know how you do Love – Beverly

And I am moving the hell on – Charity

Enough with LOVE and her nonlove issues – Angela

I say we find her and make her disappear. Ya’ll know I got people – Melanie

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