TV Show Reviews
Murder" review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday February 7 at 8/7c on Lifetime
This is a really interesting movie. It's based on
"Hamlet", so it's got a very good story. It's full of drama
and tragedy. The director clearly played up to that with
dramatic background music and having the actors be very
dramatic. Maybe a little too much so. Personally, I prefer
movies to be a little more realistic. But it wasn't bad or
It doesn't have the same exact story or ending as
"Hamlet", so you do want to watch it to see what happens!
Lots of great stuff happens. The story is set in a
successful, largely-African American church (they have a few
white people in there, too, but I'm not sure why) in some
fictional town (perhaps in the South). A successful
preacher is murdered, and his daughter doesn't take his
death very well. She starts drinking and making a big fuss,
and then she finds out some terrible things that change her
life, and the lives of those around her. She also finds love
along the way.
The actors do a great job. Malcolm-Jamal Werner (of
"Major Crimes" and of course "The Cosby Show") plays the
doomed preacher, Hamilton Spears. He is great at the
beginning, so you don't want to miss that. Shanica Knowles
(known mostly for "Hannah Montana") is the star of the show
as the preacher's daughter, Hannah. Tamala Jones (Lanie on "Castle")
plays her mom. Michael Beach (of "The Game", "Sons of
Anarchy" and lots more) plays Clay King, who takes over the
church after Hamilton's death. Hannah falls for his son,
Oliver (Romeo Miller, AKA "Lil Romeo). Oliver has two
brothers, and one of them is played by Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey
King on "One Life to
Live") in a role like you've probably never seen him.
It's very well done. I enjoyed the story and seeing
Tamala in a very different role. It has some great music,
too. You want to watch this good drama.
You can read my
interview with Tamala!
February 7, at8pm
Shanica Knowles and Malcolm-Jamal Warner star in the
upcoming movie Megachurch Murder,
February 7, at 8pm
ET/PT on Lifetime.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and set in a modern African
American church, Megachurch Murder tells
the story of Hannah’s (Shanica Knowles, Jump
In!) life going off the rails after her father
(“Hamilton Spears” - Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Sons
of Anarchy) passes away in a cycling accident. The only
thing keeping Hannah’s life together is her new boyfriend
(“Oliver” – Romeo Miller, Honey).
Hannah soon finds evidence pointing to a church conspiracy
and threats towards her father, determined to prove that
Hamilton’s death was in fact murder. As she gets closer to
the truth, she realizes her own mother (“Martha” – Tamala
and her boyfriend’s father (“Clay” – Michael Beach, Sons
of Anarchy) may be involved in the death of her father.
Corbin Bleu (High
School Music) and
Dawnn Lewis (Hangin’
with Mr. Cooper) also
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