#GirlInTheBunker, #HaileyDean, and more – TV Reviews

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Girl in the Bunker – Review

Girl in the Bunker – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Girl in the Bunker

Elizabeth Shoaf was a happy, loving older sister that took care of her brother after school.  So when she didn’t come home one day, her mother got a sick feeling.  At that moment, Mrs. Shoaf had no idea Elizabeth was in trouble.   Elizabeth decided to walk the quarter mile home instead of getting into a cramped car.  On the way home, Elizabeth was approached by a man impersonating a police officer.  He told Elizabeth she was being arrested for marijuana plants behind her house.  Then he put a device around her neck and told her it was a bomb in case she ran.  After they walked past her home and deeper in the woods, the man told her the truth.  His name was Vinson and he was kidnapping her.  He created an underground bunker with explosive devices and booby traps all around it.  If she tried to escape, he would kill her.  Elizabeth will be tortured, raped, and beaten over a period of 10 days with only her wits to help her.

Like I Am Elizabeth Smart and Girl in the Box, it’s easy to blame the victim.  But you should only villanize one person in this movie, Vinson.  He is the sick person that kidnapped Elizabeth because she was the easiest target.  She was alone and trusted authority.  You will quickly get angry at all the police missteps and Vinson’s accomplices.  As Elizabeth is trapped in the bunker, she never loses hope or strength.  She uses her brain to gain compassion and leave clues to outsmart her kidnapper.  This based on a true story movie did not have to happen, but this movie and Elizabeth’s ordeal can be a teaching tool for your children. Watch it with them and teach them how to stay safe.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

If that’s the attitude your gonna have maybe don’t bother coming home – Mrs. Shoaf

You need to calm down and accept the situation here – Vinson

Are you gonna kill me – Elizabeth

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Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2 + 2 = Murder – Review

Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2 + 2 = Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2 + 2 = Murder

Naomi just got a big promotion and ran a successful fundraiser to save her school.  So everyone is shocked when she emails her boss stating she turning down the job and not coming back.  Everyone including Hailey.  However, when Hailey’s niece Parker tells her aunt that Naomi wanted to talk to her at the fundraiser because Hailey once worked for the DA, Hailey starts to investigate.  Hailey Dean considers Naomi to be missing until she finds Naomi’s jewelry with blood.  Now, the police believe this missing person case is a murder investigation.  Hailey is determined to uncover the truth no matter who it hurts or who is hurt.

In true Hailey form, she is a step ahead of everyone.  But once again, she puts herself in harm’s way and almost gives Fincher a heart attack.  With this crime, Fincher and Hailey solidify their unique and strong friendship over a taco truck.  All the while, Hailey is dealing with a friend of her late boyfriend.  This is the first movie in a 3-part movie series, so a lot is left open-ended.  Instead of getting a list of possible suspects with an unlikeable victim, you adore the victim and there are no real suspects.  It’s not until the end that you get the final and only criminal.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Fincher, if you were missing, wouldn’t you want me to come looking for you -Hailey

Yeah, like I said more fun – Fincher

I have to fix this – Jeff

Now, who’s changing the subject – Sabrina

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Marrying Mr. Darcy – Review

Marrying Mr. Darcy – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Marrying Mr. Darcy

Elizabeth is floored when her boyfriend Donovan Darcy ask for her hand in marriage. She is excited to plan a small, outdoor wedding with all their close family and friends. She even decides to forgive Donovan’s Aunt Violet and ask her to attend the wedding. Donovan loves this idea, but Elizabeth regrets it instantly. Violet takes over the venue, date, guest list, food, flower, and even her dress. Soon Elizabeth doesn’t recognize herself or her wedding. She holds her tongue and keeps going until Violet tells her she will need to quit her job to be Mrs. Darcy. Newly hired Elizabeth panics and wonders if she is marrying her loving fiance Donovan or his job as Mr. Darcy.

This is the first Hallmark movie that will make you angry. As Violet takes over with “more suitable suggestions”, you will get frustrated.  But not only at Aunt Violet, but at Elizabeth’s lack of strength.  She just refuses to stand up for herself.  And it affects her engagement to Donovan.  While is infuriating to watch, it is a compromise some women and men make to appease their families.  Now like all Hallmark movies, this comes to a promising end, but with this promise comes the ultimate compromise.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

And they say wedding planning is hard – Elizabeth

You really have to thank Elizabeth for me being here. “Family” is really important to her – Donovan

So, I’m not our best friend – Brandon

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Nightclub Secrets – Review

Nightclub Secrets – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Nightclub Secrets

Zoe Harrington happily teaches creative writing to her students and loves reading the classics.  However, her secret passion is for crime novels.  But when her sister Rachel commits suicide, she accepts the police findings.  Even when her alcoholic mother says otherwise,  Zoe believes her sister was unhappy.  However, when Zoe starts reading her sister’s journal and Rachel’s friend dies, Zoe decides to investigate.  Zoe believes the best place to start is Rachel’s job at a nightclub.  There, Rachel was a bottle girl who sold expensive bottles of alcohol for a 20% cut.  At first, Zoe is ignored but when she uses her sister tips written in the journal, she gets the job.  Soon, she is the #1 bottle girl and #1 target.

Talk about a slow burn. This movie sizzles for an hour and a half about the mystery of Rachel suicide, then it really gets going with a big reveal. This reveal will expose multiple crime syndicates going on in the nightclub. Although the perpetrator is exposed early in the movie, the motives and accomplices are not. So stick with this movie for a surprising and strong ending.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Still obsessed with books I see – Rachel

This is what she does. She uses people – Zoe

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#DeadlySorority, #MommysPrisonSecert, and more – TV Reviews

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Deadly Sorority – Review

Deadly Sorority – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Deadly Sorority

Samantha and Christina, known as Sam and Chris, are entering college. They are both adjusting to college but Chris wants to join a sorority. Sam rolls her eyes at the idea of joining the Delta Nus but supports Chris. Chris is embraced by the sorority and becomes a sister. However, the sisters tell Chris to cut off all communications with Sam. Hurt by Chris’s departure, Sam delves into her school work. Especially her media class. She vlogs about her life and adjusting to college. She even makes a friend named Victor. But when Chris dies, Sam is devastated and the #1 suspect. Chris’s sorority sisters all point their finger at Sam and claims she was stalking Chris. Now with the police investigating her, she must prove her innocence and find the killer.

Deadly Sorority does provide a 2-minute intro kill, a strong lead, and several suspects. However, with so many plot twist and turns, it seems to fall into to the stereotype Lifetime movie with dumb cops, mean girl sorority, and uncomfortable frat encounters. Also with a list of possible suspects, the murderer is a bit predictable. This movie redeeming quality was the final fight scene. It’s as exciting as it is funny. This movie is something to watch if you need to kill two hours.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Oh but she is not your sister, we are now – Jubilee

Not so good – Tonya

The bills get paid, mostly – Sam

The truth will set you free, even if it pisses you off the 1st time – Victor

Oh, I have to change that – Chris

That’s generally the side effect of someone being murdered – Paul

Where’s your alibi – Bree

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Mommy’s Prison Secret – Review

Mommy’s Prison Secret – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Mommy's Prison Secret

After being in prison for 2 years, Taylor is released early. She is happy to be free and with her husband Jeff and daughter Bianca. She is ready for her new life when she bumps into her old life at the grocery store. Taylor sees Megan, her old cell mate, and tries to quickly leave the store. But Megan eases by her side and makes nice. Taylor hopes this is a one-time incident until Megan comes to their doorstep. Jeff tells her to stay because the weather is bad and she has no place to go. However, this politeness could cost Taylor her freedom or worse … her life.

Root for the crazy. This is a movie that makes you want to root for Megan. The strong, blonde mohawk having antagonist is fun. As she plants seeds in people’s minds, seduce anyone, and is always a step ahead, you envy her cunningness. Her overall appearance is a stark contrast against Taylor, but also the beautiful scenery of the idyllic suburb. You will wonder about her motive for attacking Taylor and how far she will push Taylor to get what she wants. This movie is definitely worth DVR space but you shouldn’t cancel your plans to watch it.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I’m gonna do something I haven’t been legally able to do in 2 years – Taylor

Your always too nice, to strangers – Megan

Wow, I didn’t know we were doing speeches – Bianca

Complicated like a relationship status on Facebook – Jeff

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Warning: This Drug May Kill You – Review

Warning: This Drug May Kill You – HBO – 1 hour and 00 minutes

Warning: This Drug May Kill You

In the 1990s, Purdue Pharma created a series of commercials that advertised opioids for daily pain management for non-critical illnesses. The number of prescriptions rose exponentially as well as the number of deaths. Ten years later, Purdue Pharma pled guilty to knowingly lying about the health risk and addiction rate in their commercials. However, these drugs are still widely prescribed today. In this 1-hour documentary, told in 6 parts, you will see the stories of recovering addicts, their children, their parents, and addicts. Each story is tough but necessary to show the progression of this addiction. Whether it started from a simple accident to childbirth, they all resulted in a prescription to an addiction. The saddest part is that no one thought it could happen to them and they were never warned of the drugs’ side effects.

This movie is great to remove the stigma from the term “drug addict”. It’s always assumed that addiction is a result of a person’s weakness. This was done by a doctor with no warning of how powerful the drug could be to their lives. Also, there are assumptions made about an addicts socio-economic class, but this movie shatters those assumptions. These are well-educated people in middle America. They are your neighbors, friends, and co-workers who took a prescription and became addicted. While some switched to heroin because it’s a cheaper and faster high, some have doctor shopped and self-harmed to get medication. As you watch Kathy (a grandmother) teach Aubrey (granddaughter) how to use Narcan to save Stephany’s (Kathy’s daughter/Aubrey’s mom) life, your heart breaks. As parent’s talk about saving their children’s lives only to watch them die later, it’s takes a toll. This movie should be watch as a teaching tool before prescribing a drug or to students in school. The one element missing is the stories of the nurses, doctors, EMTs, and police officers who confront this on a daily basis.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I’m going through a month prescription in 2 days – Stephany

She would say, mom, I’m too young and pretty to die – Kelly

Her eyes were different … she was just off – Britt

It just became part of our life – Preston

She is going to rehab right now, but it’s not gonna work – Harry

We had no idea that there were any dangers – Britt

It’s a different person once this addiction kicks in – Brian

What could you be thinking that love wasn’t enough – Gail

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