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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 - September 19, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby. Renée Zellweger is back as Bridget. The new and supposedly improved Miss Zellweger does her best to capture the spark that made the prior movies sparkle, but the film falls apart with vulgarity and a contrived story line. Bridget is 43 and lamenting her single life. She finds herself preggers after a fling at a music festival and a follow-up one-nighter with her old flame – Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth). Her career is in jeopardy with her pregnancy and she doesn’t even know who the father is. All of the pregnancy gags but with two competing fathers fill the film with banal adventures until the little tyke is finally born and paternity can be decided. The film is actually a sad commentary on modern London. Rated R for language, sex references and some nudity.

Mr. Church. Eddie Murphy is Mr. Church in this measured and beautiful performance. It is a powerful story of an unusual family that is born out of sadness. Mr. Church is a cook who is sent to care for a little girl, Charley, and her dying mother. The assignment is for six months but ends up being a lifetime. Mr. Church is a phenomenal cook who takes great care in food preparation and taste while he listens to jazz and smokes cigarettes. Mr. Church is full of wisdom and mystery as he steers the young girl through her youth, to womanhood and to motherhood. Britt Robertson is Charley and is a magnificent complement to Murphy’s sweet and volatile Mr. Church. This is a surprisingly good film that has had little promotion. Find it! It is a Peggy’s Pick. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements.

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. This film is the Swedish version of the ultimate shaggy-dog story. Allan Karlsson has led a long and interesting life. He is now stuck in a nursing home because he blew up a fox with TNT after the fox killed his cat and chickens. On his 100th birthday, he jumps out a window and starts a crazy journey that involves a suitcase full of cash, an elephant, a biker gang and new friends as Allan reminisces about his colorful life. Allan’s past exploits involve such diverse characters as Stalin, Truman, Franco, Robert Oppenheimer and a love for blowing things up. Rated R for language and some violence. Based on the novel of the same name, this film is a hoot. Find it on VOD services.



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