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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 and Theatre Reviews, March 3, 2015

Focus.  Will Smith challenges his fans with another questionable leading man role. This time he is Nicky Spurgeon, an exceptionally successful con man. He becomes enamored with rookie con artist, Jess (Margot Robbie), and decides to take her into his inner circle and teach her a few things. Nicky orchestrates an amazing pocket picking dodge that nets his team millions which he then parlays into much more by conning an Asian high roller. Nicky and Jess become an item, but Nicky knows he’s a liar and cheat and moves on leaving Jess hanging. Three years later the film then moves into its third con. Nicky is conning an Argentine playboy when Jess shows up as his blond squeeze. The film then goes off the rails as the last con just makes no sense and has huge holes in its reveal. This is a good one to wait for on VOD or DVD on a rainy day. Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence.

Leviatha
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  Beautifully photographed with a haunting score, this Russian drama exposes the danger when an unbridled government partners with religion in search of power. Outside of a small ocean side town in the Barents Sea, where whales come to play and die, there lives an everyday family.  Kolya, his wife Lilya and his rebellious teenage son Roma live in a ramshackle home that Kolya built himself. The local corrupt mayor has engineered the legal system to take Kolya’s land and home from him. Kolya has a friend, Dmitriy, a Moscow lawyer, come to his aid. Dmitriy has the goods on the mayor and all seems to finally be going Kolya’s way when human nature, desolation and vodka scuttle the entire enterprise. The film is a depressing look into contemporary Russia but its message is universal. We bend the truth to suit our needs. Rated R for language and some sexuality and graphic nudity, smoking and extreme drunkenness. It is a Peggy’s Pick and one to search out. In Russian with English subtitles.

Newsies
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  An engaging Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899.  Young newspaper boys, who hawk newspapers on the streets of New York, are exploited beyond reason by their boss, Joseph Pulitzer. The boys form a union and go on strike and get the best of big business. The stage rocks with explosive dance numbers and tender songs as the energetic dancers tell personal stories of friendship and even a love story. The musical is a Disney production so suitable for the family and a real treat. Catch it will you can. It is at the Orpheum in San Francisco through March 15, 2015. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
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