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, October 20, 2014
Men, Women and Children. This film follows the intertwining stories of high school teenagers, their families, their parents and their friends as they steer their way through life with the Internet as the defining factor. The Internet changes our relationships, our communication methods, our self-respect and our love lives. The movie starts out rather heavy handed as the Internet is blamed for teen violence, anorexia, infidelity, and easy access to sexually illicit material. Parents over react, teenagers rebel, adults sin and life goes on in a world of endless possibilities and connections. The Internet and our devices have indeed changed our lives, good and bad. But when a bit of honesty and understanding is introduced, perceived dangers are really nothing new. Humanity can adjust to the new technology and the social change it brings, especially when we remember how to really relate to one another. Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue throughout-some involving teens, and for language. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
Fury. Brad Pitt is Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a hardened sergeant commanding a tank in the closing days of World War II. Wardaddy and his four-man crew are making their final drive into Germany. They take their Sherman tank on a dangerous mission to go behind enemy lines and relieve some encircled GIs. The film is about these men, their close relationship and what it takes to fight a ferocious war against overwhelming odds. The film celebrates their heroic efforts to bring down Nazi Germany. This is certainly one of the better WWII films with incredibly real battle scenes and a real sense of the camaraderie it takes to face down danger and succeed in a brutal endeavor. Rated R for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout.
The Best of Me. Designed to be the tearjerker of all time, the film fails miserably as it is miscast and worse, insults the audience with maudlin contrivances. Two high school sweethearts (Dawson and Amanda) reunite after 21 years apart. They return to their small hometown due to the death of a friend and protector. The 18 year-old Dawson looks like he is 30 while the young Amanda looks high school age. It makes their scenes together creepy. The rest of the film just goes off the tracks with too much mush and ridiculous coincidences. Skip it. Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language.
St. Vincent. Bill Murray does an amazing, Oscar worthy, performance as Vincent. A young boy, Oliver, and his mother (Melissa McCarthy) move to Brooklyn because of a pending divorce. As they are moving in, they meet their next-door neighbor, Vincent under strained circumstances. Vincent and Oliver forge an amazing relationship as he takes him to the racetrack, bars and hangs out with a lady of the night (Naomi Watts). Vincent appears to be a misanthrope, who drinks and smokes too much. But he is a lot more as Oliver discovers and is able to honor in a unique way. This movie is Bill Murray at his best. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use, and for language. It is a Peggy’s Pick.