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, November 17, 2014
Dumb and Dumber To. The dim wits are back, but the stupid formula wears thin. The film does supply a fair number of yucks and guffaws. 20 years after their first adventures, Lloyd (Jim Carey) decides it’s time to end his crazy act and get out of the insane asylum. Freed from the Looney Bin, he and his old buddy Harry (Jeff Daniels) head out on a road trip to find Harry's newly discovered daughter Penny, who was given up for adoption. A wonderfully crusty Kathleen Turner plays the daughter’s mom. The boys drive across the country to El Paso, Texas on a Zamboni to find Penny. Penny is at a conference with a bunch of nerds and being chased by assassins. After all kinds of hi-jinx they sort it all out and live happily after. But, stay for all of the credits to learn that there may be a “for”. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references.
The Theory of Everything. The remarkable life of Stephen Hawking is brought to the big screen and inspires. The film is not just about the science explored by Hawking’s brilliant mind, but the art of love. Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as his first wife, Jane, both turn in pitch perfect performances. Redmayne captures Hawking’s mental and physical challenges due to ALS and at the same time seizes his brilliance for us all to appreciate. On the human side, Jones demonstrates the power of love as she fights to keep her husband alive and their family together. The passing years take a tremendous toll on them, but they build a unique life for themselves. These are unique, complex characters with their good and bad attributes allowed to play out realistically. Look for Redmayne and Jones at Oscar time. This is a must see and a Peggy’s Pick. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material.