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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, July 28, 2014 

Boyhood.  Is a fascinating film produced and directed by Richard Linklater.  The film was shot periodically over a twelve-year period, as a young 6-year-old boy grows from childhood to adulthood; filming began in the summer of 2002 and was completed in the fall of 2013. The movie stars Patricia Arquette as the mother, Ellar Coltrane as the boy - Mason, Lorelei Linklater as his older sister and Ethan Hawke as the dad- who is particularly strong in the role. Not only does the boy age, all of the characters age and develop over the arc of the film. Mason has to deal with his parents divorce, his mother’s bad choices in new husbands and boyfriends, a bossy older sister, bullying, friendships that come and go, girls, school and peer pressure. Throughout it all Mason knows his family loves him. He has the tortured soul of an artist and thinks he finds his soul mate only to have his heart broken. But he is resilient and as he heads to college we see his strength surface and know he will succeed. The film is thoughtful and nostalgic as we watch not just Mason but all of the characters navigate a recognizable period of time with the ups and downs known as life. This film is a treat so find it and enjoy. Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use.

USS Potomac Looking for a different experience on the San Francisco Bay? Check out the USS Potomac at www.usspotomac.org. The Potomac was FDR'S "Floating White House" and Presidential Yacht. The ship leaves Jack London Square in Oakland for trips around the Bay with breathtaking vistas and fascinating historical narrative.   Experience the late 1930s and early 1940s in the style that FDR enjoyed. It is a Peggy’s Pick.

Lucy Even the substantial charms of Scarlett Johansson as Lucy can’t save this Sci-Fi mess. Lucy gets tricked into being a drug mule for a Taiwanese drug lord. She is to transport a new, super potent drug placed in a bag in her abdomen. The bag leaks drugs into her system that transform her into a supreme warrior capable of amazing psychokinetic acts. She becomes able to fully utilize her brain. With her super powers she escapes the drug gang, turns the tables on them and completely annihilates them and anyone who gets in her way. All of this happens against the calm, bogus scientific claims of Morgan Freeman as the brain scientist who gives credence to all of the pseudo science. Scarlett looks good in tight skirts, but that is not enough for this mess. Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality.

And So It Goes.  This is a romantic comedy you can take your grandmother to. It is all fluff and too neat. Michael Douglas is an unlikeable widower, Oren, who has not handled the death of his wife well. Diane Keaton is a very likeable widow, Leah, who lives next door to Oren. Oren all of sudden discovers he has a granddaughter in his care. Thank goodness Leah is next door to care for the girl. Oren’s granddaughter softens his hard heart so that he can find room for Leah in his heart. Kumbaya they all live happily ever after. Rob Reiner directs, but this is not a geriatric When Harry Met Sally. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements. Peggy says this would be a great movie to iron to. 

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