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This Magic Moment (2013)
No magic at all
After watching this movie I didn't find any romance at all - it's more about friendship. At the end it's too little too late. A movie star oddly played by Diane Neal who usually plays serious characters comes to a small town to film. A man forms what a friendship mentor relationship with her. Didn't like the dynamic.
The Wishing Well (2009)
Jordan Ladd and Jason London lead this uninvolving Hallmark romance. She is a big magazine writer who comes to a small town to do a story on a wishing well. She's rude and unlikeable but after a wish things change. The wish fulfilment isn't that interesting although she learns a couple of lessons on the way.
He is a bit morose so there isn't that much romance apart from a little
Not a must watch despite a nice looking cast.
A Royal Christmas Ball (2017)
Cheesy and cheap looking
A king from a minor Central European country comes to California to look up an old flame. Could have been cute but the dialogue is stilted and the acting is stiff.
Tara Reid's eyes look strange. But she needs lessons on how to deliver dialogue. Ingo Rademacher tries dignified but comes across as stiff. His eyes look strange too.
The story reminds a bit of the Amanda Byrnes comedy What a Girl Wants. There is a teenage daughter of the woman so we're dealing with a more middle aged second time round romance instead of the young naive girl and prince thing. A change for the better is the royals don't try to do bad British accents. They try some pseudo Central European thing. The love child thing also echoes Monaco and the Prince Albert love child thing.
Not worth watching.
A Christmas Cruise (2017)
Barely stays afloat
Not enough happens in this romance between a writer and a cruise ship director. The guy is a bit disagreeable. Vivica is charming but it all looks one sided. She is unreasonable does she expect him to leave his job?
A Gift to Remember (2017)
Different from the usual Hallmark Christmas movie
A little different from the usual Hallmark formula there is no store to save or silly misunderstanding before the end. It's fairly interesting to see a bookstore employee help a man with amnesia figure out who he is. The stars are likeable enough neither too perky or irritating.
Betting on the Bride (2017)
Likeable cast saves unlikeable characters
This formula romance has 2 flawed people a heroine who has left 3 men at the altar and a toxic bachelor who makes a work bet to land a bride in a month. Guess they deserve each other.
The cast led by Karissa Lee Staples and Peter Mooney are watchable and look good together. Supporting cast : it's great to see Kim Delaney back.
Anyway predictably they fall in love and she finds out but things work out.
Royally Ever After (2018)
Like the castle the actress not so much
So many royal movies what is special here?
First the good points:
A slightly different plot territory from the usual. The couple falls I love before the movie opens. We open with a quick proposal and then the royal revelation. The couple doesn't dislike each other and then fall in love at the end or find out he's a prince at the end.
Fans of Reign will recognise Torrance Coombs. His accent is good considering he's not British. Liked the queen Carmen du Sautoy.
The castle is authentic looking and atmospheric.
The lessons on being royal are interesting. Meeting the in laws is funny.
The actress Fiona is grating. Too talkative.
As if a tin pot principality would insist on a non commoner bride.
Not one of the better written Royal ones.
Evidence of Truth (2016)
Despite twists and turns and red herrings, this is a boring movie.
Everyone speaks in a monotone. Unbelievable and implausible.
Cradle Swapping (2017)
Interesting and informative
A druggie couple's baby is deliberately swapped with a healthy couple's baby. So when the healthy couple bring the baby back they have to deal with the addiction of the baby.
Quite informative about drugs legal and illegal and babies.
Healthy mom is hysterical too much. The search for the baby is diy and quite exciting.
Lifetime movie can educate too!
12 Feet Deep (2017)
You want to see what happens and how they get out but it's an irritating story. They both seem unlikeable. Then the idiot crazy comes along and then it really gets barfarific. The chances of these two unlikely things getting trapped and a psycho coming along are just too hard to buy.
Truth or Dare (2018)
Stupid and irritating
I Love Lucy but this movie is stupid and irritating.
A group of friends gets roped into a game of truth or dare that gets deadly.
The novelty wears thin fast then it's just repetitive. By comparison the Final Destination movies are so much better.
Deadly Lessons (2018)
Satisfying abdication story
Sometimes the lack of a twist for the sake of a twist is refreshing. A woman loses her child to an abductor in a park. When her friend spots a teenager who looks like her when she was the same age she becomes her tutor and sets about to reconnect with her. It's quite involving to see how things play out.
It's a wish fulfilment story with a happy ending and it's nice to see that.
Operation Finale (2018)
Good in parts but some major faults
The story of Eichmann's capture has been told before but it is so interesting that it is worth a current high quality feature film remake. It was a bit of a
Chris Weitz doesn't do a good job directing. Crucial points are glossed over quickly. Too much prior knowledge of the events and characters is required to follow. The beginning is exciting then the middle is dull when things stall about the signing of the letter. Too much time on this part. It gets more exciting again towards the flight out and the end.
Oscar Isaac is so versatile he's convincing as the earnestly Nazi hunter despite not being Jewish. Everybody's favourite Nazi hunter Mélanie Laurent is a welcome presence but her English diction isn't great after all this time. Ben Kingsley has played Otto Frank and now he plays Adolf Eichmann. He doesn't resemble him physically that much. He doesn't have that Teutonic look that was necessary for the role.
Worth watching but be prepared to be disappointed by some aspects. The good parts make it worth seeing though.
Not as good as the fictional Odessa File.
More serious than the usual Hallmark movie
Less silly than the usual Hallmark movie this movie has fairly serious people dealing with real problems. A chef single dad and a workaholic financial woman form a friendship as they help each other. More gradual and eyes open than usual. Like the way she isn't that easygoing with his kid. Saving a winery is the task here.
Julie Benz is slightly above the average TV movie standard so she elevates things. Like Jobeth Williams - she should act more.
Deadly Runway (2018)
Entertaining in an over the top way
Fun in an over the top Lifetime way, this thriller is fast moving and has a few reversals from the norm. The wack job is a female fashion photographer. She obsesses over a teen boy after she transforms him to a fashion model. The way she dispatches the obstacles is funny to watch yet plausible enough. The concerned mom is played by Lifetime regular Jamie Luner. Quite amusing makeovers of the boy and his girlfriend.
Worth one watch.
Once Upon a Prince (2018)
Better story than usual
Megan Park plays a landscape gardener. She meets a man in Georgia. She later finds out he'a a prince. He is played by Jonathan Keltz who isn't British but does quite an okay job at acting European with a pseudo British accent. There have been some terrible accents in other Hallmark movies.
The disapproving queen isn't very royal looking. Funny thing is they aren't even that much of a great house of Europe so they don't really have the goods to disapprove of a commoner.
The good thing is they take some time to fall in love and consider the problems they face. A more authentic feeling of the Hallmark Royal romances.
Love at First Dance (2018)
The cast isn't appealing
I barely enjoyed this formula and badly cast romance about a dancing coach and the groom of a wedding she is coaching. Tobin is borderline annoying. The guy doesn't come across as a well to do guy. Not much dancing by the leads. Is it romantic to steal away the groom from the bride who is prettier. Only saving grace is the solution to their problem is quite satisfying.
Love at Sea (2018)
Likeable cast makes up for formula story
Alexa and Carlos PenaVega the real life married couple play an event planner who goes on a cruise and finds romance with a cruise director.
It's nice to see Audrey Landers as Mom and William Moses both TV veterans from 80s soaps. Audrey is very well preserved. Lit up the screen when she appeared. Really didn't care for what happened between the main couple, her relationship with her mom and her mom's new beau was more interesting.
Watch it if you are in the mood.
Royal Matchmaker (2018)
The castle is pretty but the prince isn't charming. Unlikeable and imperious. At least they used English actors and didn't get someone to fake an accent.
The dialog isn't well written. Cringe worthy occasionally. The proposal immediately following the declaration of love felt rushed.
Not one of the better Royal Hallmark movies.
The Sweetest Heart (2018)
The cupcakes are sweet looking - the couple not so
Everything is nice looking in this bakery owner rekindling a romance with an old flame story except it's a bit lacking in romance. She is sweet looking but he looks like he'd rather be somewhere else.
The ending is so cliched. Is it really right to give up his medical career goals for a bakery? Can't she open a bakery somewhere else?
All of My Heart: The Wedding (2018)
Not much happens
If you can remember the first part of this story you probably watch too many Hallmark romances like me. Lacey Chabert is in so many Hallmark movies it's hard to keep track. Well this one is about the inn. As they prepare to get married there is a little obstacle about some relative getting a share of the house and they may have to sell. Well they must find a way to keep it.
Not much happens but it's fine.
Clever funny exciting
I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. It's so well written with humor from the disparity between the teens and their game characters providing a lot of laughs and hilarious situations. The actors get a wonderful chance to display their comedic skills Jack Black and the Rock and Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan.
Funniest adventure movie!
He Loved Them All (2018)
Enjoyably over the top Lifetime thriller
This is one of the more enjoyable crazy Lifetime thrillers. The villain is a conman who romances women and takes their money. His victims get together but he goes after them. Things are quite fast moving and it's nice to see the heroine not clueless.
Stay tuned for the ridiculously over the top ending.
Hot Summer Nights (2017)
Cliched story with an unappealing cast
The romance of the couple vs disapproving brother is a familiar story. If the cast was more appealing it might have worked. But here they all don't look right. Alex Roe isn't cool or dangerous looking. He's just like an
Average Joe from South London.
Maika Monroe isn't too alluring just druggie type. No chemistry with the too wimpy looking Timothy Chalamet who isn't up to playing teen romantic lead. The violence feels contrived. The obtrusive music and dark lighting don't help. And the jumping back and forth is so confusing.
Do I Say I Do? (2017)
In turns annoying and boring
The banter is annoying and grating. The story about a publisher and a relationship writer is so boring. The cast isn't terribly appealing either. Don't bother with this unnecessary movie.