Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B & B Robbery (2020) Movie Review

Director: Brian Shackelford

Writer: Brian Shackelford (Screenplay) Joyce Fitzpatrick (Story)

Starring: Gabriella Pastore, Ja’ness Tate, Carlos Coleman, Diane D Carter, Kim Akia, Donovan Williams, Orlando Cortez, Tim Davidson, Davey Moore

Plot: Two teenage girls of color named Gabby and Lulu, become amateur detectives in their small town of Hidden Orchard, when a new Air B and B in their neighborhood gets robbed. Everyone in town is a suspect, and these young sleuths are determined to find out who did it and why.


Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Family Film

Story: Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B & B Robbery starts as we meet the two best friends, Gabby (Pastore) and Lulu (Tate) who know their neighbourhood like the back of their hands, which sees them getting an increased number of Air B & B properties in the area.

The two girls decide to start their own investigation into the robberies in the neighbourhood, involving the number of Air B & Bs, this will see them talking to everyone in the neighbourhood and learning more about the residents, things they didn’t know before.

Thoughts on Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B & B Robbery

Characters – Gabby is dealing with adapting with a new stepmom in her life, she has a photographic memory which helps in how the two are investigating the case. Lulu is the best friend of Gabby, she wants to lead the investigation into the robberies, pushing Gabby into using her skills more often than not. The two best friends have excellent chemistry and have worked together for most of their young lives. We do meet a host of residents of Hidden Orchards, everyone is a potential suspect, with the girls knowing details about them all, needing to get to know more as they look to solve the crime.

PerformancesJa’ness Tate and Gabriella Pastore are great together, they make us believe they are best friends, with every interaction between the two feeling natural. The rest of the cast are strong through the film, bringing their characters to life with ease.

StoryThe story here follows two girls that decides to work together to solve a spring of robberies in the area, which sees them putting together the clues, looking into the suspects from their neighbourhood. This does play into the amateur sleuth detective movies, with kids wanting to solve the crimes in the neighbourhood, we rely on the chemistry of the two leads to carry the story, with their determination being the reason everything could get solved. We might not get too involved with the crimes happening, but we are also focusing on friendship over anything else here.

SettingsThe film uses the setting to show us how the neighbourhood is close and still manages to have secrets.


Scene of the Movie – Tanisha and Tyrique Watson are scene stealers in the film.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We could have seen more of the crimes.

Final Thoughts This is an enjoyable family film that shows the importance of friends, while trying to solve a neighbourhood crime, with excellent chemistry from the two leads.

Overall: Enjoyable Family Film.

Horse Camp: A Love Tail (2020) Movie Review

Director: Joel Paul Reisig

Writer: George Saunders (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Karn, Jason London, Jo Ambrosia, Kristin Mellian, Teri Lee, Kristen Ryda, Rachel Sowers

Plot: It’s a new year at summer horse-riding camp but everything is different this time—a new head counselor, new friends to make, and to spice things up, the ranch hand (Richard Karn) has a crush on the head riding instructor (Terri Lee)! When he is too nervous to reveal his feelings, the campers put competition aside and rally together to help him win over her heart while building friendships that will last a lifetime.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Coming-of-Age 101

Story: Horse Camp: A Love Tail starts as we see Kimberly (Ambrosia) return to a horse camp Black River Ranch, one of the most prestigious ones for young women. She wants to reconnect with the old friends, only they barely remember her, to add to the drama the head rider Stacy (Ryda) finds herself replaced by Bonnie Lightyear (Lee) a rider with a huge amount of experience.

As the summer continues, the girls get to learn the valuable life experiences they needed to learn about at the life as they look to step into adulthood.

Thoughts on Horse Camp: A Love Tail

Characters – Kimberly is returning to horse camp for the first time in years, she wants the friendship to once had with the other girls and doesn’t take long to fit back in. Riley is the popular one who believes she is better than the rest of the girls, she learns quickly how to enjoy herself with the other campers. Jerry works on the camp and falls for the new experience trainer and needs the campers to help him make his move, Bonnie is the experience rider that is one of the best in the world, she is her to teach not only the instructors but the campers, while catching the eye of Jerry. Stacy is the social media celebrity that has been waiting for the chance to be head rider, not happy about it, but learns from Bonnie through the summer. One of the few weaknesses of this film is the pure number of characters we do meet, we have too much going on with the different characters certain characters don’t get to see the growth they require.

PerformancesWe have a big cast in this movie, nobody stands out above the rest of the cast, while nobody looks out of place, everybody in the film is good through the film and showing us the different problems they are facing and chemistry they have between themselves.

StoryThe story here follows the members of a prestigious horse camp, from the owner, counselors, instructors down to the campers as they spend the summer here learning about life and finding directions in their own lives. This is a nice tale about learning who you are in a location that encourages people to come together in life, through summer camps. We do have a lot going on with the pure number of characters we have, which doesn’t always give all the characters enough time to shine. We do get the overall lesson about doing the right things in life, learning to better themselves for the future.

SettingsThe film is set entirely on the horse camp, it shows the location everyone will be spending the summer away from the busy life.


Scene of the Movie – Learning the lessons.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We do have too many characters who could get lost in the shuffle of the story.

Final Thoughts This is a good coming of age movie, it does show us just how important life can be for everyone around you, even if we do end up with a couple too many characters.

Overall: Enjoyable coming of age story.

The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows (2019) Movie Review

Director: Elizabeth Blake-Thomas

Writer: Isabella Blake-Thomas, Jonathan Brayley, Bob Nevens Jr (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Tyson, Jake Brennan, Isabella Blake-Thomas, Britt Flatmo, Abigail Titmuss, Ethan Munck, Victoria Lopez, Michael Piccirilli

Plot: A horror film for children. A family of archaeologists find the fifth pendant that has been missing for centuries. Unfortunately a spirit has also been searching for this pendant. Once all pendants are brought together the shadows from the past are released. Will Sophie be able to save her town from the shadows?

Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Family Adventure

Story: The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows starts as the Carson family, Edward (Piccirilli), Katie (Titmuss), Sophie (Blake-Thomas) and Emma (Jellen) are starting their next adventure in California, where Edward’s work has taken them next. Sophie must get used to a new school, with her making friends with the bullied neighbour Edison (Eggerling).

When Edward makes the discovery, which is one of the biggest legends around in California history, the pendants bring to life the shadow people under the control of Ohanzee (Tubert) that have been searching for them, forcing Sophie to figure out how to save the people.

Thoughts on The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows

Characters – Sophie is the teenager daughter of a famous explorer, she has grown up around the world getting the sense of adventure along the way, she has always been fascinated by different stories from around the world including the one surrounding Ohanzee. She is immune to bully’s behaviour and will prove herself in the field by being the one that must battle Ohanzee. Edward is the archaeologist father that has taken his family around the world, his latest job sees them finding themselves in trouble needing to learn about the secret group that have been protecting the world. Travis is the man that recruit Edward on this latest exploration and he knows even more about the legend they might be disturbing. Edison is the science fanatic who lives next door to the Carson’s he becomes friends with Sophie and learns to start standing up for himself.

PerformancesIsabella Blake-Thomas in the leading role does stand head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, bringing the modern fearless teenager to life. Richard Tyson, Michael Piccirilli and Gabe Eggerling complete the main cast without every putting a foot role and letting Isabella take centre stage.

StoryThe story here follows a family of explorers that will face need to fight an evil the helped discover in the world before it is too late. This does feel like it is one story that would easily work to make the audience entertained, it gives us a legend that could be real that needs to be explored that would create peril, but not be the darkest one they could face, being almost an introduction to characters we could follow for years to come. This is a story that everyone could follow and does have a couple of real-life school issues that Sophie deals with through her adventure in the film.

FamilyThis is a film that the whole family could enjoy, it will have a couple of more adult laughs, while turning the adventure into a family affair.

SettingsThe film takes us to California which while looking great, it just doesn’t seem like a location you would be discovering legends.


Scene of the Movie – Facing the evil.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The League of Legend Keepers introduction.

Final Thoughts This is a fun family film that can be enjoyed by all the family, it brings us an adventure a family must go through together to save the day.

Overall: Fun Throughout.