Review: Orphan Horse (2018)

An emotionally charged family-friendly movie you won't soon forget.

Orphan Horse stars Jon Voight as Ben Crowley, a reclusive retired horse trainer with a tragic past. His life changes when Shelly, a 12-year-old girl fleeing abusive foster parents, seeks refuge in his stables. Despite initial resistance, Ben grows to care for Shelly as they bond over an orphaned horse. The film reveals Ben’s backstory and shows his gradual emotional healing. Voight and Alexa Nisenson, who plays Shelly, deliver stellar performances.

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Review: Puppy Love 2012

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Dog lovers unite! Get your PJs and slippers on and settle in for darling romantic tension! Perfect 'soccer-mom hair' Megan, played by Candace Cameron Bure, is a single mom raising a preteen daughter. Megan has taken a professorship position at a local college, necessitating their move to this quaint little town. Daughter Caitlin (Katie Hawkins) is upset about the move as she is devoid of friends. She soon decides the answer to her loneliness is a dog.

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Review: The Lake House (2006)

In my opinion, the following movie necessitates a glass of wine and box of Kleenex.

"The Lake House" is a romantic drama film starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, released in 2006. The movie follows the story of two individuals, Alex (played by Reeves) and Kate (played by Bullock), who live in the same lake house but are separated by a two-year time difference that allows them to communicate through a magical mailbox. Sound crazy? Well, it may be, but I was hooked!

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Review: Sliding Doors (1998)

The big "what if" makes this movie wonderful to watch and then ruminate over and discuss with friends. Sliding Doors" is an engaging romantic drama film released in 1998. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow in a dual role. The movie is based on the concept of parallel universes and explores how one small moment can drastically alter the course of a person's life. (Con'd)

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Review: Henry Poole is Here (2008)

Looking for a heartwarming movie that will touch your soul, regardless of your beliefs? Check out Henry Poole Is Here. This film tells the story of Henry Poole, a man facing his mortality and some unexpected neighbors – including one who sees the face of Jesus in a wall stain. Luke Wilson plays Henry as a grumpy guy with a lot on his plate, but his interactions with his quirky neighbors, including a little girl named Millie and a determined Esperanza who believes in miracles, will warm your heart. The movie explores themes of belief, love, and resilience, and keeps you guessing until the end.

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Movie Review: Me Before You

"Me Before You" follows the story of Louisa Clark, a quirky and cheerful young woman who becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy and adventurous man who has become quadriplegic after a tragic accident. Initially at odds, Louisa and Will eventually form a deep emotional connection as they embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and love. The movie explores themes of personal growth, relationships, and the power of living life to the fullest despite challenges and limitations. With poignant performances by Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, "Me Before You" is a heartwarming and touching tale of love, sacrifice, and the beauty of human connections. (Con'd)

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Review: Sweet Home Alabama

Gen Z—here is wonderful rom-com for your ‘must see’ list. Sweet Home Alabama is a charming romantic comedy, released in 2002, that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love all over again. Melanie, a successful fashion designer in New York City, must return to her small hometown in Alabama to finalize her divorce with her high school sweetheart, Jake, so she can marry her wealthy boyfriend, Andrew. However, once back in Alabama, Melanie realizes that she may still have feelings for Jake and must navigate the complexities of her past and her present to determine where her heart truly lies.  

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Movie Review: Lucky Seven (2003)

Lucky Seven (2003) is an enchanting love story catering to enthusiasts of romantic comedy. Centered around Amy (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley), Peter (portrayed by Patrick Dempsey), and Daniel (the character of Brad Lowe), the narrative unfolds with all the twists and turns of a love triangle.

Amy’s connection to her late mother is beautifully portrayed through the diary left behind, brimming with dreams and advice regarding school, career, and dating. Since her mother’s passing, Amy has taken every bit of advice from her mother to heart. Everything falls into place in Amy’s life until the numbers don’t add up.

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Movie Review: The Soulmate Search (2023)

Prepare to be swept away by the heartwarming Hallmark tale of two lonely souls navigating the stormy waters of love in "The Soulmate Search" (2023). In a world where connection feels like a rare treasure, this film reminds us of the longing within our hearts for genuine companionship.

At its core, "The Soulmate Search" explores the universal desire for intimate connection, the kind that transcends mere companionship and delves into the depths of the soul. Against the backdrop of loss and longing, the film portrays the enduring human quest for love amidst the shadows of fear and doubt. (Con'd)

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Review: The Water is Wide (2006)

For the teacher's heart! "The Water is Wide" is based on a true story presented in Pat Conroy's 1972 book. The first iteration of the movie based on the book was released in 1974 under the title "Conrack," in which John Voight played Pat Conroy. In the remake of "The Water is Wide," Jeff Hephner plays Pat Conroy. (Con'd)

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Review: Misery (1990)

Calling all authors! This film is a must-see with lessons to be learned about writing. I say that tongue-in-cheek because we cannot please all of the readers all of the time. "Misery" is an adult psychological thriller directed by Rob Reiner, starring Kathy Bates and James Caan. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, published in 1987. The film was released in 1990 and has received critical acclaim, earning Kathy Bates an Academy Award for her role as the psychotic fan Annie Wilkes.(Con'd)   

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The Christmas Contract (2018)

Hilarie Burton (Jolie) and Robert Buckley (Jack) know one another through Jack's sister Naomi, played by Danneel Ackles. The story opens with a December party at Naomi's place in New York, where Jolie shares her concern—her ex-boyfriend, Foster. They broke up months before, but Foster has a new girlfriend, and since Foster is a good friend of Jolie's family, he will be 'around' at Christmas with his new love on his arm. Naomi and Jolie concoct a reasonable plan for Jolie to save face at Christmas in Louisiana with her family—she needs a 'boyfriend.' (Con'd)

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Review: The Whole Truth (2016)

The Whole Truth follows defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) as he takes on the complex case of defending a teenager, Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso), accused of murdering his wealthy father. Renée Zellweger shines as Ramsay's enigmatic client's mother, adding intrigue to the film's intricate plot. Director Courtney Hunt expertly builds tension throughout the movie, keeping viewers engaged as Ramsay unravels the truth behind the murder case. With seemingly insurmountable evidence against his client, Ramsay must navigate a web of lies and deceit to uncover the truth behind the crime. As the trial progresses, secrets emerge that challenge Ramsay's legal skills and moral convictions. (Con'd)

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