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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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Monday Morning Movie Reviews - October 17, 2016

The Accountant. The CPAs of the world may have to offer greatly enhanced services to match this accountant’s unique skills. Ben Affleck is Christian Wolff, an autistic math genius who has had advanced training in martial arts and weapons. He does not understand people, but has a huge insight into numbers. He works out of a beat up strip mall as a cover up for his real work as a singular accountant for dangerous illicit organizations. The US Treasury Department is tracking him as he takes on a seemingly legitimate client, a prosthetic robotics company, trying to determine accounting irregularities. Christian uncooks the books but discovers a much bigger gambit. The bullets fly and fists pummel as this accountant uses his special skills to take out his enemies in a blaze of gore and violence. A ferocious CPA sure goes against stereotype. The film’s plot has way too many holes to recommend; but there is a giddy pleasure seeing an accountant as an action hero. Rated R for strong violence and language throughout.

How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change. Josh Fox brings us a documentary as a worthy successor to An Inconvenient Truth. Fox examines the current science on global warming; its causes and possible remedies. The dire predictions send in him another direction to travel the world to seek out climate change "warriors" who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming on a local level. He chokes on Beijing smog, watches glaciers melt, participates in a ”boat in” in Australia, dances in Vanuatu, and helps install solar panels in rural Africa. Funny and sad, moving and educational he examines the upsetting of the delicate balance that allows us to live on this planet. This is a must see and a Peggy’s Pick.

A Man Called Ove. Set in modern Sweden, we meet 59 year-old Ove whose wife has recently died and he finds himself involuntarily retired. He is his neighborhood’s curmudgeon. No longer the neighborhood association president, he continues to enforce the rules and patrol the property. He is grumpy and sad as he visits his wife’s grave daily promising to join her soon. A new family moves in next door with a very pregnant Iranian wife and a Swedish husband. They accidentally back into Ove's mailbox and he explodes in a tirade of putdowns. But this is actually a start to an unlikely friendship. The film lets us into Ove’s life as he recounts his earlier days, tragedies that affected him, the loves of his life and most importantly what car to buy at each stage of life. This is a marvelous drama that is also a wonderful comedy about friendship, love and the significance of proper implements. Find it and enjoy. It is in Swedish with English subtitles. Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some disturbing images, and language. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
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