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Alien: Covenant – Review

Alien: Covenant – Budget of $97 million – 2 hours and 3 minutes

Alien: Covenant

On December 5, 2104, the Covenant is a ship with 15 crew members, over 2000 colonists, and over a thousand of embryos. It is set to land on a new planet called Origae-6 in 7 years and 4 months. On Origae-6, a new colony will be formed for the human race. Everyone is in hypersleep accept an A.I. named Walter. He is singlehandedly taking care of the ship until a sonic burst interferes with the equipment and wakes up the crew. After a horrific awakening, the crew realizes that a planet nearby can sustain human life. Captain Oram decides to go on an expedition mission to learn more about the planet. All but 3 crew members go. They collect water samples and look around. They notice there are no living things (people, birds, bugs), but there is earthly vegetation. But without people who planted it. As they learn and discover, 2 crew members step on small pods. These pods release airborne particles that enter their body. As you know, the particles will eventually come out. When things hit the fan, they run into David, who is an A.I. that looks exactly like Walter. They learned that David was on the Prometheus when he and the only surviving crew member landed.  They accidentally released the particles that inhabited everything, creating the aliens and killing the host (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The team has to get back to the mothership without bringing any of the creatures on board but a storm over the planet is blocking their signal to the mothership crew.  Can they make it back safely and alone with everyone intact?

Sigh. This movie went on too long. It becomes really boring really fast. Bring a pillow and wake up during the screaming. The special effects were, well, basic for this franchise. The computerized flashlight beams were comical.  And screens are a reminder of the game show Press Your Luck (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  All the twist and turns were predictable and done in all other movies, including Alien movies. Aliens popping out of areas are predictable and overdone. You only cringe at the amount of blood, guts, and spinal cords you will see. This movie should have gone straight to DVD. The next one, unfortunately, will be in theaters, too. And yes, with the ending of this movie, there will be a next one. But for this movie, wait until Red Box.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

If you created me, who created you – David

I love you – Jacob

I have never heard my wife scared before – Tennesse

There have been a few updates since your day – Walter

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Review

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Budget of $22 million – 1 hour and 30 minutes

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Susan Heffley is sick and tired of the digital divide in her family. She has decided the family will drive to her grandmother’s home without any technology other than the car’s built-in GPS. Her sons, Roderick, Greg, and Manny beg for their mother to change her mind, but she collects their phones anyway. And to make matters worst, Greg has gone viral as Diaper Hands. However, Greg gets and idea from his friend Rowley. If Greg meets his hero Mac Digby (video gamer vlogger), he can make that meeting go viral and end Diaper Hands. Greg sends an email to Digby and gets a reply, which states they can meet at the Player Expo. Greg looks at a map and sees that it is possible. According to the map, grandma’s house and the expo are only 2 inches apart (Yes, you read that right, 2 inches). Greg wants to go to his grandmother’s party, step out for an hour, go to the expo, meet his hero, go viral again, and go back to the party. Sounds easy right? Of course, easy isn’t fun. By the end of this trip, they will gain a pig, a feud, and enough stories for a book (pun intended).

Based on the book, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney, this movie follows the book with the classic cartoon drawings for each character (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This movie touches the nerve of the modern day parent. They want their children to unplug and enjoy the life around them. But, kids today can’t imagine the world without a device of some kind. But in the end, the family is key. This is a good comedy for the whole family. It provides easy laugh without swearing or sex jokes. You may not laugh out loud hysterically but you will have a quick chuckle. Now be forwarned, there is one vomit scene but it doesn’t last long. So if you want a family movie that is not a cartoon, this is the one for you.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I have failed as a parent – Susan

This isn’t what it looks like – Frank

Good luck Greg. I wish I could say it was nice knowing you – Roderick

It’s a diaper. It’s a diaper – Greg

Four. Five. Six. – Manny

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The #WizardOfLies, #SeducedByAStranger, and more – TV Reviews

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Wizard of Lies – Review

The Wizard of Lies – HBO – 2 hours and 15 minutes

Wizard of Lies

After reporting on the story since the day it hit the news, Diana Henriques got the first in-jail interview with Bernie Madoff.  As they sat, he started his story with the day his sons came into his office and question the bonus check’s release dates.  Normally, it is given in February but Bernie was writing the checks in December.  Bernie stated, “He wanted to make sure everyone was ok.  He wanted to take care of everybody”.  He and his sons, Mark and Andrew, went home and sat down with their mother.  It was then that Bernie told everyone the truth.  The money was gone, the business was a Ponzi scheme, and he lost $50 billion.  Bernie wants to take some time and get things in order before turning himself in.  But after Mark and Andrew speak to a lawyer, they learn that stolen money being distributed is a crime and knowing their father was doing that was a crime.  So, they turned their father in and cut off communication with their mother.  As news of Bernie’s crimes and his victims hit the mainstream news, the family is falling apart and the world is turning against them.  The Madoff family will have to make a personal decision without their lifeguard Bernie to save them.  Once everything is said and done, Bernie only has one question, “Am I a sociopath”.  Well, is he?

Based on the book, The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust by Diana  B. Henriques, this movie sets itself apart from the others by focusing on the downfall of the family (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While another movie focused on the “how he did it”, this one focus on the family’s aftermath.  Ruth starts to question her self-worth because she didn’t know how to do things without assistance, she had no real friends, and she didn’t have a job. Mark became obsessed with the coverage and Andrew tried to get back to normalcy.  Another heart-wrenching angle was the story of Madoff’s victims.  They recounted the moment that learned their money was gone.  Some in a fax, while others got phone calls in nursing homes.  The score for this film deserves an award (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The frantic music playing, as Bernie attempts to get more money from investors when his biggest clients cash out, brings you a true sense of panic.  The downfall of The Wizard of Lies is you only watch this movie from the performances. You know the story.  You don’t learn anything new about the Madoffs in any way.  This is good for killing a few hours on great performances.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

That is his talent and his curse – Diana

I want my life back – Mark

My father’s dead to me – Andrew

Behind you is not the place to be – Frankie

We’re not rich people. We’re humble people – Bernie

Well we’re still here – Ruth

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Seduced by a Stranger – Review

Seduced by a Stranger – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Seduced By A Strange

Dana Hale is tired of constantly moving and begs her father Martin to change his life so she can be a normal kid.  She wants to go to school, participate in a community, and meet a nice guy.  Everything is going smoothly at her new school when Dana meets Charlie.  Charlie is a nice, athletic young man with a sense of humor.  When Charlie asks Dana and her father to home to his home to meet him and his mother Dana, she agrees.  Once the parents meet, Martin and Dana reveal they have met and had coffee.  At first, Dana and Charlie are confused but Charlie accepts that his mom likes Martin.  On the other hand, Dana is worried.  In the past, Martin was a con-artist that wooed ladies and stole all their money.  Dana believes Martin will fall into old habits, ruining her normal life and her relationship with Charlie.  Martin promises he has turned over a new leaf.  While on their second date, Dana and Charlie are having a good time until someone runs over Dana’s bike on purpose.  She warns her dad that someone may be onto him.  Martin knows that he left everything in the past but when Dana describes the car, it’s the same one that tried to kill him.  Martin better watch out, because his past is coming for him; it has a gun and a broken heart.

Congrats, Lifetime made a movie without any bratty teens.  Dana and Charlie are mature, funny, and the anchors of their family.  Also, this movie will have you nervous for the stalker.  As she walks around Martin’s home and almost gets caught several times, you will be on pins and needles.  And the cinematography of Sloane’s anger is magnificent.  When she sees her symbol of love being given to another woman, flames ignite from the fireplace behind her and the slowly zoom on her face as it changes.  Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn.  Sloane is the right mixture of crazy and sweet.  You can see something is off but she is just so nice.  While the climax is a little drab, the overall movie is great.  So sit back and watch

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I tend to give compliments instead of insults. First impressions and all – Martin

Yeah, proves I didn’t steal it – Charlie

So the ice is officially broken – Dana

Straight to hell I would imagine – Andre

Ripping someone’s life apart bit by bit is a delicate process – Sloane

No regrets. Just concerns – Julie

So you’re the girl who stole Charlie’s heart – Liz

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Mommy Dead and Dearest – Review

Mommy Dead and Dearest – HBO – 1 hour and 30 minutes

Mommy Dead and Dearest

On June 15, 2015, Gypsy Rose Blanchard walks into the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office in Waukesha, WI and surprises officers by doing two things. First, she walked. Everyone in town believed she was suffering from muscular dystrophy and was wheelchair bound. Second, Gypsy conspired with Nicholas Godejohn to kill her mother Dee Dee. Dee Dee for years had been by her daughter’s side as Gypsy battled cancer, muscular dystrophy, asthma, mental retardation, and a host of other ailments. Police and everyone who knew the two didn’t understand why Gypsy would want Dee Dee killed, but once they knew Gypsy could walk, they started to investigate. They learn that Dee Dee’s deception fooled family, friends, strangers, and even Gypsy. Once the investigation is done, no one pities Dee Dee but can they trust Gypsy?

This is a sad case of long-term torture and abuse that leads to love and a murder. You will not only be astounded by the complicit doctors and nurses, but you will also be amazed by the generations of liars in this family. For years, Dee Dee scammed people for homes, trips, and money by faking her daughter’s illnesses. But the sickest part, she made Gypsy believe she was sick too. Now Gypsy knew she could walk but she believed she had cancer, along with all the other ailments, and Gypsy didn’t know her real age. But as Dee Dee doctor shopped, only one doctor saw through her lies.  But he knew he wouldn’t be believed. It is heartbreaking how many people failed Gypsy.  But after being raised by a compulsive liar, do you believe Gypsy can end her family’s legacy with murder?

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Honestly, she asked me too – Nick

How do you kill your own mother – Rob

I just went on blind faith that a mother knows best – Gypsy

I had a big doubt about the whole thing from the beginning – Dr. Flasterstien

Her momma was an insane compulsive liar – Kristy

An evil person I would say – Bobby

If it didn’t go her way, she would see to it that you would pay. And did we pay a lot – Laura

Flush that in the toilet – Claude

She wants to get out. Not gonna happen. Let her dog take care of her – Dee Dee

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The Good Nanny – Review

The Good Nanny – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Good Nanny

Clint and Summer are celebrating their engagement when the carpet is pulled from under them. Summer suffers a miscarriage but never knew she was pregnant. While at their engagement party, Clint introduces Summer to his boss Travis and his wife Lily. Before the night is over, Lily ask Summer to be her interior designer and Monica (Summer’s best friend) to be her daughter Sofia’s pediatrician. Both agree to help for the sake of Clint’s job. When Summer comes over to do measurements, Lily is called away.  So Lily asks Summer to watch Sophia.  Summer, confused and surprised, says ok. Summer overhears the Sophia talking to someone named Sasha. After looking through the room, Summer surmises that Sasha is an imaginary friend. Once Lily comes home, she asks Summer to be Sophia’s nanny.  Summer says yes because she will be getting an interior designer’s paycheck to be a nanny. Summer is quickly bonding with the girl. But when Summer learns that Sophia sleeps with a knife, has burns over her arms, and says her parents don’t lover her, Summer will do anything to protect Sophia from Lily and Travis.

This movie is not what you expected. And that is awesome. Just when you think you know what’s going on, you are thrown a curve ball. This young actress takes creepy to a new, yet fun, level. It hard to know who is telling the truth, because everyone is lying about something. You want Summer to save the child, but does she really need to be saved? Or is she the dangerous one? This movie is a fun mystery with lots of twist and turns. So sit back and watch this movie with your full attention. DVR it so you can skip the commercials. It’s worth it!

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

What? Is this thing going to get more attention than me now? – Clint

I’m ok with a little untraditional here and there. But I draw the line at maternity gowns – Summer

Thanks, it was not easy coming back. Let me tell you – Lily

Sasha’s shy. She doesn’t trust you – Sophia

You interested in a nightcap – Travis

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#EverythingEverything and #SnatchedMovie – Movie Reviews

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Everything, Everything – Review

Everything, Everything – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 36 minutes

Everything, Everything

For 18 years, Madeline “Maddy” Whittier has not left her house because she has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID).  SCID means her immune system is extremely weak and she is allergic to everything.  She lives in a home where her clothes are irradiated, special air is pumped in, and only 3 people are allowed in (Dr. Whittier – her mother, Nurse Carla, Rosa – Carla’s daughter).  She attends an architecture school online and fantasies about being in the ocean.  One day she looks out the window and sees Olly and his family moving in next door.  They exchange a brief wave but both are interested.  After “silent movie” flirting with the help of a Bundt cake, Olly gives his number to Maddy.  As they text and talk, Maddy pictures them being face to face.  She begs Carla to let her meet Olly in person.  She promises not to touch or kiss him and to stay far away.  At first, Clara says no but later relents.  The two have an instant attraction but keep their distance.  However, when Dr. Whittier finds out, Carla is fired and Maddy gets sick.  Maddy is given a new nurse and put on full lockdown.  Maddy adheres to the rules until she sees Olly’s father hit him.  She runs outside to protect him, but he forces her to go back in.  Later Maddy realizes she was outside and never got to enjoy it.  Now she wants more.  With a credit card, a plane ticket, and Olly by her side, her life will open up to the world and some hard truths.

Based on the novel, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, this romance will make you want to read the book (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).   Not because the movie is bad, but because you want to read about what was left out.  It was so good you want to know more about each character.  The most special moments is when they are texting or talking on the phone, but Maddy is imagining them face to face with a special companion in the room.  Also, when they are 100% alone, the two speak, but the subtext is given for what they are thinking is so witty.   The two actors have instant chemistry.  Also, you feel as if you are seeing things for the first time like Maddy.  You are amazed by the ocean, cars, and planes.   This is one to see at matinee prices and in the theater.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Everyday feels exactly the same. Maybe today will be different – Maddy

I do feel sorry for you – Olly

Things are finally getting interesting for you and I am leaving – Rosa

He is not yours – Dr. Whittier

You are an idiot and not a good liar – Carla

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Snatched – Review

Snatched – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 37 minutes


Emily was fired from her job but she doesn’t care because Mike’s (her boyfriend) band is about to take off. She knows the money will pour in for them. But later that day, Mike breaks up with her for 2 reasons. One, she has no ambition in life and two, he wants groupies. Heartbroken, Emily changes her Facebook status to single and her mother Linda is quickly to respond, on her wall where everyone can see. She goes to her mother’s home for the night. And after arguing with her brother Jeffrey and not having a friend to go with, she finds her mom’s old scrapbook. Inside the scrapbook are pictures, concert tickets, and plane tickets. She decides to take her mom to Ecuador for a girls trip, so her mom can be fun again. On the first day, Emily and Linda meet Ruth and Barb, both are retired special ops. They warn the two to be careful. Of course Linda listens with confirmation, while Emily ignores them. Then Emily goes to the bar and meets James. He is adventurous and invites her out. They have so much fun, he invites Emily on an outing the next morning. Stumbling drunk, Emily invites her mother. The 3 start off having good time, but when Emily and Linda are kidnapped and held for ransom, they must learn to get along and get help

Ok, it’s honestly better than expected. There are some genuine laughs and OMG moments. But as the opening credits reveal, these women are more dangerous than their own kidnappers. There are gross moments to offset the sappy ones and funny moments to offset the serious ones. You will not forget the moment with the tape worm. While this isn’t best work for Amy or Goldie, it’s still a fun time at the movies. If your mom can handle sex humor, breast, an adult magazine, and death, this is the movie. But only for matinee price.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

You can’t reach my hand, it’s over there – Mike

Help me put the fun in non-refundable – Emily

Oh that’s nice. I didn’t know they had a daycare program at this hotel – Linda

You can go this way to avoid traffic – James

Just think about how to be better – Jeffrey

Don’t have more drinks then you have tits – Ruth

If you feel the urge to call again, resist it – Morgan

Adventure found me – Roger

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#GiveMeMyBaby, #DaughterForSale, and more – TV Reviews

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Give Me My Baby – Review

Give Me My Baby – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Give Me My Baby

Layla and Nate are a hard working married couple who want to have a baby. They have been trying for a while to get pregnant but with no luck. Layla decides to see a fertility specialist named Dr. Bianca Hartlin. Layla knows that Dr. Hartlin is one of the best, so she was ecstatic they got an appointment quickly. Dr. Hartlin assures them that pregnancy is possible with hormone treatments, egg implantation, and sperm deposits. Layla and Nate want to start right away. However with the possibility of pregnancy, Layla is very stressed. Layla’s stressed is trigged by her stepdaughter Allison (a college drop out and flake) coming back to live with them and landing a high profile, much needed client named Shannon. Layla tries to keep the peace at home while working with Shannon, but her mood swings go from calm to irate in 2 seconds. A chance run-in with her doctor gives them a moment to talk. Dr. Hartlin tells Layla she will be ok. Then a chance run in with Nate, ends with golf lessons. After the first set of lesson, Dr. Hartlin reveals that she and Nate once new each other and the two share a drink over old times. This drink may lead to the fall of Layla’s career, marriage, and motherhood.

This is a movie that will make you scream at the husband and wife for being so naïve. When your doctor walks into your home because the door is unlock, you do not say it’s ok. It’s not OK. You will sit and wonder how long it will take for them to get it. But Lifetimers, don’t give up on Allison. She will start as a spoiled, entitled brat but she will win you over. And not in the last 5 minutes, like most Lifetime movies. Also this movie has great resolution. No stone is left unturned and each character is given a real conclusion. Set your DVR and watch at your convenience.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I love her and I think we’re gonna have a baby – Layla

Layla can’t do it by herself – Dr. Hartlin

But you’re old – Allison

Yeah well, beggars can’t be choosers – Nate

Ah, I’m not an idiot even if I play one on TV – shannon

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Daughter for Sale – Review

Daughter for Sale – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Daughter for Sale

Annalise is ready to start her new job, judge. However during a her promotion celebration, she has a fight with her daughter Carly. Carly decides that her mother’s home is unlivable, so she runs away. Since Carly has run away before, Annalise does not put much thought into it. But later, she gets a sneaking feeling there’s more going on when her daughter does not call or text her. She ask her ex Detective Derrick to help. He tells her he will look into it but to leave it alone. Then, she speaks to John, he runs a youth center for runaways. He offers to spread the word about her missing daughter and put up flyers. Now, what Annalise doesn’t know is her daughter was kidnapped. Carly is being sold to the highest bidder along with several other girls. Annalise must find Carly before she is shipped overseas.

This movie is ok. There is very little mystery because Carly’s kidnapper is exposed in the first 30 minutes. This is a “mom find her child at any cost” movie. Seeing the effect the search is having on her job makes it more realistic to the viewer. She is making excuses, not showing up, and stays home in a depression. The plot isn’t that original either. See this movie only if you need to kill 2 hours.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

She’s gonna take both of us down – Chelsea

I brought you on but we are not equal partners – John

I can’t believe its come to this – Annalise

Well we can’t pick and choose our genes – Donna

She’s probably discovering the joys of couch surfing – Derrick

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Secrets of My Stepdaughter – Review

Secrets of My Stepdaughter – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Secrets of My Stepdaughter

Cindy and Greg are creating a sense of normal for their two daughter, Addy and Rachel. Rachel has only lived with them for 3 months after being abandoned by her drug addicted mother. With only a few visits over the years, Greg wants Rachel to feel love and accepted. After school and work, Rachel was suppose to call home and let her parents know she made it safely to Leslie’s (friend and co-worker) home. But that call never came. Cindy uses the Find My Phone app to locate Rachel’s location. She is surprised to see she it located her at work. Cindy goes to Rachel’s job to find a bloody scene with Leslie dead and Rachel beaten and tied. At the hospital, Detective Pam gets Rachel’s account of the night. Rachel says she and Leslie were attacked by 2 masked men wearing gloves. Everyone, including reporters, are there for Rachel, but as time goes on Detective Pam realizes the evidence doesn’t match Rachel’s account of the attack. Cindy allows Pam to question Rachel again, but the story falls apart. After seeing Rachel’s attitude change, Cindy starts to question what really happened. As the story unravels, so does Rachel.

Ok Lifetimers, you won’t believe this, we have a smart detective. Detective Pam sees through Rachel from the beginning. It doesn’t take too long for Cindy to notice something off about Rachel, but she is in a constant battle with Greg. He wants to protect his daughter since he feels he abandoned her in the past. So he will say or do anything to keep his daughter out of jail. This is a cautionary tell to parents. Children should get the punishment for their crime. This movie, inspired by a true story, will make you love the tantalizing evil ways of Rachel. This bad girl takes psycho to a new level. This movie is worth the watch, so get your tea and popcorn.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Nothing is really common for us – Cindy

I’ve never been there – Greg

I’m just so sorry. Leslie was my best friend, my only friend – Rachel

I thought we agreed to stop – Leslie

I got nothing else to say here – Aaron

I didn’t want anyone to thing badly about my Leslie – Tess

She’s different – Martha

You are old – Addy

You got receipts for those – Det. Pam

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Cradle Swapping – Review

Cradle Swapping – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Cradle Swapping

Ray and Alicia are overjoyed and anxiously waiting for the birth of their 1st child.  Soon they have a healthy baby girl named Hannah.  Ray follows his daughter to see her get footprinted, her hospital bracelet, and her picture taken.  Finally, Alicia gets to see her baby, she thinks the baby looks pale, however, she brushes it off and revels in Hannah.  As soon as Alicia and Ray get Hannah home, she won’t stop crying and won’t breastfeed.  Alicia feels like a failure and doesn’t understand why Hannah won’t bond.  Grandma Joan takes one look at the baby and doesn’t see a resemblance to either parent.  At first, Alicia ignores her mother but later she has a sense of dread.  They take Hannah to the hospital and realizes Hannah is going through withdrawals.   Alicia has had problems in the past but was clean a year before she got pregnant.  Doctors warn the couple that Hannah will get better but the long-term effects of NAS will not be seen until Hannah is a toddler.  They go home and decide to pray for Hannah’s development, but Alicia still can’t shake the feeling that her mother was right.  They take Hannah back to the hospital again to test the baby’s footprint.  The doctor notices the footprint is different and orders a DNA test.  The couple learns that Hannah is not their child and after looking at surveillance video, they see a man switched the babies.   Furious, Ray and Alicia must work to find their child and find Hannah’s parents before their baby is lost forever.

Always listen to Grandma!!! Within 5 seconds of holding this baby, Grandma knew something was wrong.  Even though she was silenced by her family, she stuck to her gut feeling.  As Alicia doubts her mothering abilities, your heart breaks for her.   So many parents doubt themselves because their babies cry a lot.  You will instantly want to hug her through this rough period.  Another plus, Ray is not the typical Lifetime husband.  He doesn’t call his wife hysterical or say “leave it to the police” while she hunts for her missing child.  Ray gets up and leads the charge.  Not even a concussion nor a fractured skull could stop him.  He supports his wife and will do anything to find his daughter.  The bond between the couple is magnificent and strong.  Also, it was great the swapped baby wasn’t forgotten as soon as the couple learned about the switch.  They still considered that baby to be their daughter too.  Now the only concern is what happened to Tony? Do you know?

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Please don’t take her yet. No! – Mary

I feel like I’m doing something wrong – Alicia

Taking care of a baby is not easy. Your momma was a nightmare – Grandma Joan

Are you trying to tell me something – Ray

To fix the situation you created – Tony

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#TheShawshankRedemption – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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The Shawshank Redemption – Budget of $25 million – 2 hours and 22 minutes

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Ellis “Red” Redding has been the inmate with connects for 20 years in the Shawshank Prison. Red’s days are the same until a new batch prisoners arrive. Among the new prisoners is Andy Dufresne, an accountant. Andy was given 2 life sentences for kill his wife and her lover. At first, Andy keeps to himself, by strolling along the yard, doing the laundry, and reading. Until one day, Andy asks Red to get him a rock hammer. Red is concerned what he will do with it, so Andy promises not to hurt anyone with the hammer. And Red provides. Once Red sees the hammer he is amused and the two create a friendship. As time goes on Andy starts using his accounting skills to gain the trust of the officers, prisoners, and the warden. Then Andy’s world is rocked when a new prisoner named Tommy Williams comes into Shawshank with life-shattering information. After 19 years, this information could be used to set Andy free.

This theatrical masterpiece is funny, charming, and smart. Every detail in the movie is critical to the plot and pulls you closer to each character. Shawshank Redemption doesn’t pull punches when discussing the long-term effect of prison life on a person’s psyche and the abuse that happens in prison. Based on the book The Shawshank Redemption by Steven King, this film adaptation brings the characters in full color (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The makeup artist did an amazing job of slowly aging the men as the decades past. It’s easy to see how movies like The Hangover 3 got inspiration from this film (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This is a must-watch movie that stands the test of time. See it before someone ruins the end or the beginning or the middle – just see the movie.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I find it inconvenient that the gun was never found – Andy

Put your trust in the Lord. Your ass belongs to me – Warden Samuel

Maybe it’s because I’m Irish – Red

Good. You fight. It’s better this way – Boggs

It’s the only way they’ll let me stay – Brooks

Institutionalized my ass – Haywood

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – Budget of $106 million – 2 hours and 18 minutes

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

In 1980, Meredith Quill was in love with a spaceman. He showed her a special flower he was growing behind a Dairy Queen. Their love created Star-Lord. He, along with Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Groot, make up the Guardians of the Galaxy. They have been hired by Ayesha (leader of the Sovereign race) to protect precious batteries from a large monster. After a hard fought battle, they are praised and paid. Their payment was Gamora’s sister Nebula. They intend on return Nebula to Xandar for a bounty. However, on their way back, they are attacked by the Sovereign Empire because Rocket stole some of their batteries. With help, the Guardians defeat the army but crash their ship on Berhertz. They plan to fix the ship and collect their bounty when the ship that helped them defeat the Sovereign Empire lands. The spaceship opens to reveal Ego and Mantis. Ego has been searching for the mortal that held an infinity stone and lived. After a compelling argument, Drax, Gamora, and Star-Lord leave with Ego and Mantis. Leaving Groot, Rocket to fix the ship and watch Nebula.

On another planet, Yondu is losing control and respect. His men think he is going soft, while other Ravagers are disgusted by his actions of child-trafficking. After being disrespected by everyone, Yondu is really hurt. Then Ayesha hires Yondu to do a job: Find the Guardians and return them to her. Yondu finds the ship and subdues Rocket. But when Yondu doesn’t want to hand them over to Ayesha, he overpowered by his men and locked away with Rocket. Yondu is determined to free himself (along with Rocket and Groot) and warn Star-Lord.

As Ego and Star-Lord spend time together, Star-Lord learns more about his family, his true origin, and his powers. However, he is being hunted by Ayesha and Nebula. But Rocket, Groot, and Yondu will do anything to save Star-Lord. When Gamora hears Mantis, an empath, about to share secrets with Drax, she wonders what secrets Ego must have. She instantly does not trust Ego and warns Star-Lord of the potential troubles ahead. All entities will come together for one final battle.

Wow. The complex storyline, amazing imagery, and stellar soundtrack justified wait 3 years for the 2nd volume. Guardians of the Galaxy is not afraid to poke fun at itself (i.e. how romances are held off because it will hurt the ratings). It doesn’t add characters for the sake of having them, they are added because they are critical to the story. The opening battle is strong, catchy, and hilarious. You will oh, ah, get misty eyed, and have your heart break in a matter of 2 hours. While Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 1 was an origin story for the group coming together, this is an origin story for Star-Lord, a deeper look into Nebula’s and Gamora’s relationship, and an explanation for Yondu’s protective nature over Star-Lord. See this movie in 3D and pay whatever the theater wants. As they walk around Ego’s planet, 3D makes all the colors pop and the battles feel alive. During the credits, you will see Groot’s growth, Stan Lee, and play “I Am Groot” game. Stay past the end credits for a look into Vol. 3. This sequel is not a superhero movie, but a movie about the family you make instead of the family you were given.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know what you are talking about but I like the way you said it – Meredith Quill

I guess I prefer to make people the old fashion way – Star-Lord

After all of this, I find you – Ego

You broke the code and all our hearts – Stakar Ogord

Can I pet your puppy – Mantis

I have sensitve nipples – Yondu

It is beautiful, on the inside – Drax

She is worth no more to me than what the bounty gives – Gamora

It’s not ripe – Nebula

I am Groot – Groot

#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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