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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 - April 25, 2016

Miles Ahead. The life of famous jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is brought to the big screen. Don Cheadle directs himself as Miles and co-wrote the script. As a result, the film is a choppy vanity piece that needs a clearer narrative. The story uses a five- year time when Miles was on hiatus abusing drugs and alcohol and being miserable to his friends. Cheadle plays the part very well, especially in flashbacks to Davis’ at his best. Ewan McGregor as a Rolling Stone reporter trying to get Davis's comeback story is awkward, as he seems to have no jazz background. Emayatzy Corinealdi is fabulous as Frances, Miles's long-suffering wife. The film really goes off the rails in the search for a missing tape with gunfire and a crazy chase scene. The movie has its moments, but is just too chaotic. Rated R for strong language throughout, drug use, some sexuality, nudity and brief violence.

Elvis & Nixon.
The King is alive and well in your local theatres, but so is Tricky Dick. This film takes us back to a December morning in 1970, when Elvis shows up at the White House Gate to deliver a letter to President Nixon and requests an audience. Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley is remarkable. Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon is scary. This true but weird story is both humorous and revealing of the character of these two mismatched cultural icons. The photo of their meeting in the Oval Office is the most requested photograph in the National Archives. The film is amusing but does not rise to the level of first-rate political satire. Rated R for some language.

A Hologram for the King. A huge disappointment – even Tom Hanks can’t save this uninteresting story. Alan Clay (Hanks) is an unsuccessful American salesman trying to make one last big sale by flying to Saudi Arabia and selling his company’s IT system to the Saudi King. Clay is a fish out of water until he meets a beautiful female Saudi doctor and they have an improbable if not impossible tryst. The cultural clash is just too predictable and actually uninteresting to engage the viewer in the main character’s dilemma. Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use.

Sold. A 12-year old Nepalese girl is sold into prostitution in Calcutta, India. This movie is disturbing and very uncomfortable to watch. The ease with which the network of procurers, madams and enforcers take a child’s innocence for money is sickening. Yet there are good people trying to put these brothels out of business but it is difficult as poverty and greed support this illicit system. David Arquette and Gillian Anderson have very small roles as foreigners trying to liberate these girls from their bondage. The film is not as powerful as it could be as the characters all speak English, which takes the edge off of the horror. The film is more educational than theatrical. It is hard to watch but it worth the effort. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material involving the trafficking of children. It is a Peggy’s Pick.

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