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.
Click here to see all of Q's Reviews. To receive Q's Reviews via email each week, sign up here.
Monday Morning Movie Reviews - April 25, 2016
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.