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'Trip to Bountiful' small moment of redemption for Lifetime
'Trip to Bountiful' small moment of redemption for Lifetime

I stopped paying much attention to Lifetime after the cable channel branded itself “Television for Women” in the 1990s and started offering exploitative made-for-TV movies like the 1997 production of “My Stepson, My Lover” with Rachel Ward. One website put it at No. 1 on its list of the “50 Most Ridiculous Lifetime Movies.” The brand deserved to be mocked, shredded and distrusted for such cynical programming. But I decided to at least check out the made-for-TV movie “The Trip to Bountiful,” starring Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams, after first lady Michelle Obama held a White House screening for it as part of Black History Month. Team...

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