Lifetime Review: 'Killer Cheer Mom'
Riley Dillon (Courtney Fulk) has had a rough go of it lately. Not only is she starting her junior year in a new town and new school, but she's still struggling to come to terms with Amanda (Denise Richards), her father's new wife and her new stepmother. All of Amanda's attempts at bonding with Riley just have her wanting to pull further away and get back to Chicago. The first bit of solace she finds at her new school comes in the form of the Hamilton High cheer team. Impressed by their skills and wanting to get back into cheer after giving it up freshman year, Riley decides to try out. Unfortunately, after going two years without touching a pom-pom, Riley is way out of practice.
Lifetime Review: 'Revenge Delivered'
While she's grown to become a renowned obstetrician, Dr. Victoria Brooks (Olunike Adeliyi) is still haunted by the memory of a birth that ended with Victoria saving the baby at the cost of her patient's life. Now, as the head of her hospital's OB-GYN, Victoria has successfully managed the department for five years and is proud to see her daughter Noelle (Mary Antonini) join her at the hospital as part of her rotation program. Even with her past and some maternal worries clouding her mind, Victoria has a lot to be happy about.
Lifetime Review: 'Beware of the Midwife'
On the verge of having her first child, Sarah McHale (Mouna Traoré) is having doubts about delivering her baby in a hospital. So despite the reservations of her husband Kevin (Michael Xavier) and her doctor Dr. Daveroux (Tanya Clarke), Sarah decides to go about hiring a midwife to assist her with a home birth. She seems to find the perfect candidate in Rose Hammond (Raven Dauda), a dedicated and experienced midwife who runs her business alongside her daughter Anne (Bukola Walfall). Professional and compassionate to her worries, Rose quickly charms Sarah and is hired on to help Sarah through the final phase of her pregnancy.
Film Review: 'After We Collided'
It's been a month since Tessa Young's (Josephine Langford) first love came to a screeching halt. While her romance with Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) started hot and heavy, learning that Hardin was initially using her for a bet broke Tessa's heart and sent the young lovers drifting apart. While Tessa has been preoccupying herself with her new publishing internship, Hardin has been nursing his heartache with alcohol and desperately looking for a way to get Tessa to forgive him. So when Tessa drunkenly calls Hardin while out at a club with work friends, Hardin comes bursting back into Tessa's life.
Film Review: 'The Kissing Booth 3'
This is it: the final pre-college summer Elle Evans (Joey King) has to spend with her best friend Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney) and Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi)--Lee's brother and Elle's boyfriend. With Lee and Noah's parents planning to sell the beloved family beach house, the trio and Lee's girlfriend Rachel (Meganne Young) take up residence there to make the most of their last summer together before college.
Short Horror Reviews: Under 5 Minutes
Don't Turn Around: We kick off this evenly numbered list with an odd duck of a film. While he's an avid fan of horror movies, Simon (Paul Haitkin) has found he's no longer scared by them. He's put together a plan to change that, but the outcome might not be what he was aiming for. While uniquely premised, Don't Turn Around suffers from subpar execution. The way it plays out is flawed right out of the gates. We don't get to see the full extent of Simon's #MakeHorrorMoviesScaryAgain plan, and even if we had, I don't see how it would've explained why Simon gets so viscerally afraid of his own tricks. Honestly, it took a rewatch for me to understand what was going on with Simon--and even then, some plot holes and unexplained oddities remained. I can easily see other viewers getting just as confused.
Secrets Under the Pear Tree
It was a crisp summer day, the soft breeze and sunshine combining to make the perfect temperature. It was such a beautiful day that Jodi Martin couldn't resist the opportunity to spend her lazy Saturday afternoon outside. Curled up underneath the tree with her newest Color Therapy book and a pack of colored pencils, Jodi quickly became lost in the pages. The past two weeks had been a taxing time for Jodi, with the days of unpacking boxes and getting herself settled into her new home leaving her little time to rest. But now that she had all her belongings unpacked and she was settled into her new job at the local high school, Jodi could afford an afternoon spent unwinding and enjoying the good weather.
Short Horror Reviews: One-Word Titles
Trap: First up, we have a short film that clocks in at around 4 minutes and features a seemingly basic premise. One night, Cheryl (D'Kia Anderson) leaves her home for a romantic date. Little does she know that something is hiding inside her closet--something that's waiting for her when she returns. For most of this movie, Trap looks to be a super generic film about an unsuspecting woman being stalked by a hidden danger. Such a premise has been the basis for many a YouTube-published horror short film, so Trap isn't terribly memorable to start with. The twist at the end at least makes more of an impact, even if it's not going to win any awards for originality and might leave some disappointed with how little explanation is offered for what's happening.