….for the second time.
….for the second time.
3.) GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
Widowed nurse Susan has no idea her boyfriend, Russell, is a hard-core drug dealer — until the cops nail him and he pegs Susan as his accomplice! Innocent, she refuses to accept a plea bargain and is sentenced to 20 years in prison, where she fights tooth and nail to regain her freedom and return to her family. Don’t miss Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl’s powerhouse performance in this film based on actual events.
This anti-mandatory-minimum-sentencing propaganda film was pretty good. I enjoy Mercedes Ruehl. Rachel McAdams was in it for about 10 seconds. The only part that wasn’t believable was that Susan didn’t have any suspicions about her boyfriend, even though he was played by Alex Carter, who I can’t remember ever seeing in a “good guy” role.
Carolina is a 2003 romantic comedy film directed by Marleen Gorris, starring Julia Stiles, Shirley MacLaine, Alessandro Nivola, Mika Boorem, Randy Quaid, and Jennifer Coolidge. Lisa Sheridan has a cameo role in the film, and Barbara Eden has the uncredited part of Daphne. It is set in Los Angeles, California. Miramax Films was the domestic distributor, but failed to release it in theaters. When Harvey Weinstein screened the film he told the producers, “You have a hit movie on your hands. We’re going to blast this on MTV all over Super Bowl Weekend.” This was in December 2001. The producers never heard about it again until 2005 when it was suddenly released Direct-to-DVD.
Honestly? I kind of loved this movie. I don’t entirely understand why it never found its way to theatres, but I am glad we found it.
Liz came over on Wednesday night. We treated ourselves to three movies, including:
1.) MOMENT OF TRUTH: STAND AGAINST FEAR
Sarah Chalke stars as a vivacious high school cheerleader who lives in a football-crazed community. When she’s sexually harassed by two of the team’s star players, everyone tells her to keep her mouth shut. But rather than be a victim, she decides to take the boys to court despite the backlash. It’s hard to believe that one teen could be so courageous — you won’t want to miss her inspiring true story.
A newborn is found dead in a serene, simple Amish farming community. Was it a tragic accident, or could it be murder? That’s the shocking question facing high-profile criminal lawyer Ellie Harrison (Mariska Hargitay), who ditches her self-indulgent city life to head to rural Pennsylvania. Ellie must defend an 18-year-old Amish girl, Katie (Alison Pill), who stands accused of killing her baby. Despite the surmounting evidence, the teen insists that she was never pregnant. While trying to learn her client’s secrets, Ellie is forced to live with the Amish and attempt to break down the barriers of this very private society. Can she discover what really happened in a world that doesn’t welcome outsiders? Ellie’s search for the answers will reveal a few surprising truths about herself as well. Don’t miss this riveting, multilayered drama based on the best-selling Jodi Picoult novel of the same name. Prepare for a shocking ending that will stun you to the core!
A JOB TO KILL FOR
Jennifer seems to have it all as a senior creative executive at a top advertising agency. But when she enlists a beautiful young professional to help save a major account, she gets far more than she bargained for. Dangerously imbalanced, this right-hand woman will stop at nothing — even seduction and murder — to bring success their way. Catch this nonstop thriller where the hunter becomes the hunted in an unexpected twist!
One of the plot keywords, according to IMDB, is “pencil.”
A honeymooning couple has been given an all expense paid stay at an isolated mansion on an island in the Caribbean. What begins as a leisurely romantic stay in a tropical paradise quickly turns into a tension filled crisis as three intruders break into the mansion in the middle of the night, take the honeymooners hostage and claim they are looking for a safe with ten million dollars cash in it. To make matters worse, a hurricane is headed for the island. As the island is evacuated, the intruders decide to ride out the storm in the house. In a shocking twist, we learn that some of the people in the house are not who they say they are and secret agendas are revealed as the hurricane reaches its height.
Murder in Connecticut: Creepily narrated by Martha Moxley (played by Maggie Grace), whose brutal murder sometime between 10 p.m. on October 30 and the early morning hours of October 31, 1975 remains unsolved in 1997 when Mark Fuhrman (played by
Detective Stabler Christopher Meloni), a former Los Angeles Police Department detective who gained notoriety during O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, is intrigued by the case and travels to Greenwich, Connecticut to conduct an investigation of his own. Local authorities resent an outsider, especially one with a reputation as tarnished as Fuhrman’s, invading their turf. They do everything they can to block Fuhrman’s access to official reports. The film alternates between flashbacks of the events leading up to the murder and scenes set in the present day, which chronicle Fuhrman’s frustration and interactions with Steve Carroll, the original investigator who grudgingly assists him. Their efforts ultimately bring Kennedy relative and former Moxley neighbor Michael Skakel to justice.
Presently watching: I Know What I Saw, aka Post Mortem. Made for TV in 2007. Stars Beverley Mitchell. On the Lifetime site, obvs.
TOTAL STRANGER (aka STRANGER IN MY HOUSE)
Bitter and alone after her recent divorce, Patti isn’t the warmest landlord. But that’s OK, because her new tenant, Lara, is far from perfect: She turns out to be — we’ll give you one guess — crazy! At least Patti has something other than heartbreak to focus on. Getting this maniac out becomes priority number one. But Lara isn’t going to make it easy, and she’s sure as heck not going to play by the rules!