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James Quillinan, known primarily for his expertise in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Conservatorships and related Litigation is also an avid movie-goer.  His reviews started in the Law Office around 1998 when associates and clients began asking him about the movies he had seen.  He began sending his reviews by email to a list of friends and movie fans which now has grown to include world-wide distribution.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 

Cruise of the British Isles.  Peggy and I are back from celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary with a cruise of the British Isles aboard the Ruby Princess.   We started in Southampton and then visited the Bailiwick of Guernsey; Cork Ireland; Dublin Ireland; Belfast Northern Ireland; Glasgow Scotland; Kirkwall Orkney Islands; Inver Gordon Scotland to visit Loch Ness and the monster; Edinburgh and St. Andrews Scotland; Le Havre France to visit the Normandy Beaches; and returning to London for 4 days and tea with the Queen. A great adventure with amazingly good weather.

We are behind in our movies, but will catch up as we can.

The Inbetweeners 2.   Four British blokes explore the outer limits of cheeky behaviour and general rudeness. Neil, Will and Simon receive a video of licentious fun from their mate Jay to come to Australia and join in.   They have a gap from their studies at university and head down under to frolic in the surf and sun. Their dull school days give way to hedonistic pursuits as they holiday hard in Aussie land. Be assured you will never visit a water park ever again. The lads are immature to a fault and have nothing but girl trouble amongst their drinking binges. But they have a good heart and tremendous camaraderie as they annoy everyone around them. Vulgarity abounds, but there are many laughs to be enjoyed, as these chaps will eventually endear.   Rated “15” in Britain or R here for crude language, drinking, smoking and strong sexual content.

A Most Wanted Man  Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a stellar performance as Gunther Bachman, a German secret intelligence officer.   This is one of the best contemporary spy thrillers made in years. The tension and intrigue begins in the first frames and does not let up for 2 hours. Issa is a Chechen Muslim with a Russian father. Tortured by the Russians he has traveled underground to Hamburg's Islamic community. He has a claim to his late father's dirty money sitting in a Hamburg Bank. The German authorities and US security agencies have a keen interest in Issa. They are tracking him as a terrorist. Gunther has other plans to use Issa to catch even bigger fish. The agencies are in conflict. Is Issa a victim or destruction-bent extremist?  The intrigue runs on many levels, as this is a contemporary tale of rivalry and politics with even a dash of a love story. The tension builds to all too plausible resolution. Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN, this is a film to see. Rated R for language.

The One I Love.  The strangest love story of all time. With their marriage in a shambles, a couple (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) seeks the help of an unconventional marriage counselor (Ted Danson). He suggests they go to a special retreat for a weekend to recapture their love and to better themselves with honesty and openness. They drive to a beautiful home with a pool and a guesthouse and discover new challenges they never expected. In a surreal string of happenings they encounter themselves as they wish the other could be. Issues of duality and honesty fly by as their interactions escalate to a grand denouement. Relationship junkies will get a kick out of this bizarre tale. Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use.

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