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Merry Kissmas (2015) (TV)
Predictable but cute in parts, 7 September 2016
6/10

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This Christmas movie is a predictable. But there are a few redeeming parts. It takes a bit of time to get there. Throw in some cute puppies in between.

A pretty choreographer (Karissa Lee Staples) kisses a chef caterer (Brant Daugherty) under a mistletoe in an elevator. She is engaged to a rather inconsiderate choreographer with a fake British accent.

It's rather predictable who she will end up with - they make a cuter couple. Karissa is pretty though her character's fickleness is a bit contrived. Brant shows a different side in a romantic role a opposed to the villain Noel Kahn of PLL. The actor who plays the choreographer doesn't look like a dancer at all and the so called Nutcracker is pretty bad. Doris Roberts of Everybody Loves Raymond has a small role, one of her last appearances.

Hallmark doesn't really have to make so many Christmas movies each year until they find some more original ideas.

Dear Viola (2014) (TV)
Fairly charming, 7 September 2016
7/10

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The message of this story has been done before but this movie still is watchable. Will a single father choose the pretty but superficial woman or the plainer woman who actually is nice and caring to this daughter? Of course you can guess what the outcome will be.

The lead actress Kellie Martin who writes an advice column is unknown to them advising the man she cares for (Jefferson Brown). The only thing wrong with the premise is that it assumes a single dad who isn't that good looking would be such a catch.

This is one of those Hallmark movies that doesn't have a very beautiful cute cast but is actually quite well written and directed.

Worth one watch.

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Finish up already!, 6 September 2016
6/10

There isn't enough story for this plot to be stretched out over so many movies and so many years. This movie should have been the end of it. They have taken this Bucky story which isn't that interesting and made several movies around it. Enough!

Liked Emily Van Camp here need more of her. Not sure about Tom Holland as Spiderman. A bit too puny for a superhero even Spiderman.

The so called civil war was surprisingly watchable even if it didn't really make much sense. At least you could understand who was fighting who. Still it's grandly made and not too headache inducing.

Please wrap it up!

U-571 (2000)
Confusing and unbelievable, 6 September 2016
3/10

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If you accept it as a fictional submarine battle movie than it's an okay watch for die hard WW2 movie fans. But bear in mind there are some faults. The first storming of the U571 was confusing with too much machine gun fire and it was hard to keep track of what happened to some of the characters. That's simply bad directing. Later on there were too many violent explosions on the submarine for them not to have sunk immediately. Sometimes less is more. Things get a outrageously unbelievable as the battle proceeds.

There was some noise about historical inaccuracies but face it would Hollywood make a movie about British finding an Enigma machine in a submarine? How are they going to put Matthew McConaughey in it?

An unnecessary movie, 6 September 2016
5/10

A wealthy man who kind of caused the death of his dear friends tries to make up for it by being generous to their orphaned daughter and her husband.

The young couple come across as ungrateful brats - what's wrong with a wealthy close family friend wanting to help you out? Dakota Fanning looks prettier and less odd than before. Theo James doesn't look like a doctor at all.

Richard Gere tries to stretch his range as a dramatic actor but he is unconvincing. Even in the meltdown melodramatic parts he isn't believable. He just should dye his hair and do romantic comedies and dramadies for older people.

Not a must see but if you have some time to spare or were stuck on a plane like me it's just an okay watch.

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Crossed the line from funny and crude to just painful and crude, 5 September 2016
1/10

Robert De Niro's comedies are usually okay from funny to moderately entertaining. I've always found him more versatile than Al Pacino in that he can do comedy well. But this movie is just terrible. I know most of the comedies aimed at young audiences have crude sex humor or they won't succeed. I also realize actors often have to take what roles they get even established ones or they won't be on screen. But somewhere along the line someone must have realized this was bad. Even Zac Efron looked uncomfortable in this exploitative nonsense.

The premise about a grandpa dragging his proper uptight grandson for spring break has potential. With all the generation gap jokes they could have made this one funny. But this movie has hardly any funny parts. It's just crude and painful.

The saddest thing is this was a box office smash. Reflects badly on popular taste in comedy.

Merry Matrimony (2015) (TV)
Miscast and weak predictable story, 5 September 2016
3/10

A party planner's boyfriend leaves for Europe. Years later they reunite on a project. Of course you know what will happen. Most hallmark movies are predictable so the fun is seeing how things evolve. Unfortunately it's kind of too obvious and strained from the start. By the time they get together you kind of want to change channels.

Jessica Lowndes is pretty in a Megan Fox way. So she isn't quite right for this kind of sweet Hallmark romance Christmas movie. She is better as the bad girl as in a Mother's Nightmare. Also she is too pretty to be dumped. The actor Christopher Russell is a bit mannequin like just grinning and not showing much range.

The Hazing Secret (2014) (TV)
Don't bother, 5 September 2016
2/10

After a hazing thing gone wrong a girl suffers from that condition where she loses her memory every night after going to sleep. The short term memory thing has been done better in other movies. At a reunion she starts to piece together what happened.

The acting is sub par even for this kind of movie. I don't understand why Shanae Grimes acted the same throughout the movie. I blame the director she could have acted scared without whimpering constantly. She acts alright on 90210. Keegan Allen of Pretty Little Liars is unconvincing as a psychiatrist and delivers his lines woodenly.

The little twists and turns of the plot and the half baked red herrings are so silly I don't care what happens by the end.

Nightmare Nurse (2016) (TV)
Mostly watchable, 5 September 2016
7/10

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As far as lifetime thrillers go this one is slightly above average which means it's worth one watch. The cast is pleasant to look at, the story is mostly kept believable with one not too outrageous twist. A couple are involved in a car accident that kills a man who walked out in front of them. An attractive nurse is sent to look after the driver of the car who has a broken leg at home but she has her own agenda.

Lindsay Hartley plays the nurse and she plays it suitably unhinged when required. Her face can be quite scary. Sarah Butler and Steven Good are the couple. Her character is a bit irritating.

Worth one watch.

Grim not quite worth the time investment, 5 September 2016
4/10

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With such star power I felt I had to watch this movie. But in the end I didn't like the movie. The grim story involves a cop and his partner, Chiwetel and Julia. He discovers her daughter murdered. The case isn't solved. Years later he returns to try and solve things.

Chiwetel is in a lot of roles these days and he is earnest. But he doesn't have much chemistry with Nicole Kidman. She is a bit too glam and beautiful for the role. Out of place if they wanted to keep things believable. Julia Roberts sans makeup looks haggard and grim which suits the sad look for the second part.

Yeah there is a partially feel good twist at the end but it feels kind of fake and emotionally distant.

This is one of those forgettable movies that makes you ask why did you bother watching it. You don't feel entertained after it's over. It's not quite worth seeing every movie Julia Roberts appears in anymore


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