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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, July 27, 2015

Southpaw.  I guess it’s time to make another Rocky (this would be Rocky VII) but this time Jake Gyllenhaal is the fighter (Billy Hope) with something to prove. Billy is 43 and 0 in a storied career when his wife (Rachel McAdams) is killed and he goes into a tail spin. He loses everything including his young daughter to foster care. He fights his way back with the help of a crusty, old trainer Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker) who helps him get his life back on track and rekindles Billy’s passion for boxing. There is nothing new in this old fashioned boxer overcomes all odds to fight his way back to glory pic. The performances are good. The real gore of the ring is truthfully portrayed, but the story is just too trite. Rated R for language throughout and some violence.

Pixels.  The film is utterly silly as the video games of the 1980s are celebrated. As kids Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant (Peter Dinklage) wasted hours and quarters at the video arcades. When aliens misinterpret video tapes of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the games as their attack methods. Now, the boys of the 80s have to use their video game skills for real and save the earth. Cooper is now the US President and gets his old friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders . They are now Arcaders, with special weapons to obliterate the alien invaders. The film just pokes endless fun at everyone, especially politicians and an inept military, and everything. Leave your brains at the door and enjoy the ride. Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments.

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