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, May 18, 2015
Pitch Perfect 2. If you enjoyed the original film celebrating college A Cappella singing and hijinks, this is more of the same. The Barden Bellas return and they are better than ever, until there is a horrible wardrobe malfunction during a command performance before President Obama. As a result, The Bellas are disqualified from collegiate competition. Their only path back to glory is to win an International competition no American team has ever won; they must defeat an unbeatable German team. In order to accomplish this epic task, they strengthen their sisterhood and create a new sound to regain their singing magic. The young women sing up a storm and accomplish their dreams. The best parts of the movie are the banter between the commentators John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and their snarky palaver. A fun time at the flicks. Rated PG-13 for innuendo and language.
Every Secret Thing. Detective Nancy Porter (Elisabeth Banks) is trying to find a missing young girl who disappeared while shopping with her parents. The prime suspects are Ronnie (Dakota Fanning) and Alice (Danielle Mcdonald) who are just out of juvenile detention having killed a young girl seven years ago under very similar circumstances. The film tells its tale through flashbacks that are confusing and when you do figure it all out, it is gimmicky. The suspense is maintained through too many contrivances. The film’s big message is that behind every criminal is a rotten parent; it should have been titled “Bad Mommy”. Rated R for some language and disturbing images.
Welcome To Me. Kristen Wiig creates an oddball character Alice Klieg, who is taking medication for Borderline Personality Disorder. She wins the lottery, stops her meds, ditches her psychiatrist and uses her money to move into an Indian Casino hotel and to buy her own TV talk show. Alice is a big fan of Oprah so wants her show to be just like Oprah’s except there are no guests or anything. The show is just Alice’s meanderings, spiteful revenge sequences and narcissistic binges. Since the show is all about Alice, the title of the show is "Welcome to Me". The comedy is extremely deadpan. Wiig has a quirky way about her that makes her likable even though she becomes very annoying. The dry, sarcastic humor gets to be a bit much, but Wiig brings just enough empathy to Alice that we root for her to succeed. Rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language and brief drug use.
Mad Max: Fury Road. Two hours of non-stop loud noise as cars and vehicles of all types careen over a bleak landscape, in search of nothing. The film is just a very long chase scene. It is another post apocalyptic story set in stark, never ending desert. Human beings are enslaved as everyone fights for the necessities of life. Water is rationed and used as a weapon. Two rebels with different agendas unite to bring a glimmer of hope that human dignity might be restored. Max (Tom Hardy) is a man of action and few words, who seeks revenge for the death of his wife and child. Furiosa, (Charlize Theron), is a woman of action who seeks to release women from their bondage as sex slaves. They fight off all of the bad guys with a rag tag bunch of warriors. Finally the last of the bad guys is blown up, hope abounds and the film blessedly ends. Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images.