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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 25, 2016

Star Trek Beyond. The latest installment of the Star Trek saga is a worthy addition to the epic space adventure. Hard to imagine but it is the thirteenth film in the Star Trek film franchise and the third installment in the reboot series. Fifty years ago in my Freshman Dorm I watched the first Episode on a back and white TV. The crew of the USS Enterprise is sent to explore the outermost reaches of unknown space. They must navigate through an ultra dangerous nebula to rescue a lost spaceship but have to confront a brutal enemy, Krall. Krall destroys the Enterprise, enslaves the crew and threatens the Federation with annihilation. But Captain Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, a mysterious blonde alien and a motorcycle are in action and with a bit of luck and a lot of ingenuity they save the day. Star Trek and Sci Fi fans will enjoy, others may find all of the action confusing and hard to follow. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
. The absolutely fabulous British sit-com from the 1990s is brought to the big screen. The gag runs a bit thin over a 90-minute film, but the old gals are still a kick in the rear. Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are still boozing and smoking up a storm with over the top glitz and glamor. They live the high life shopping, drinking and night clubbing all over London's hippest hot spots with no apparent way to pay for anything. Edina pushes model Kate Moss into the Thames at a high society party and all hell breaks lose. The gals must flee the press, the police and the paparazzi. They fly to the French Riviera where they plot a marriage to a rich widow to live free and wild forever in the South of France. Rated R for language including sexual references, endless smoking and some drug use.

Our Little Sister
. A wonderful Japanese film that explores the meaning of family and sisterhood in our modern world. The film is charming and will warm your heart, as you will feel part of this wonderful and imperfect family. Three sisters live together in an old house in Kamakura, Japan. The house was their late grandmother’s and they honor her memory daily. Their parents both left to run off with other mates. Sachi is the oldest and is a nurse at the local hospital. She acts as a replacement mother to Yoshino and Chika. One day, the sisters learn their estranged father has died and they reluctantly decide to attend his funeral. They travel to far away Yamagata and discover they have a half-sister Suzu, 13. She is an amazing young woman who is now orphaned. The three sisters invite Suzu to move in with them and she does. Their relationship develops as they confront fears, misconceptions and heartaches; relish triumphs and realize their bond as sisters is remarkably strong as they share a common heritage that makes them even stronger. This is a remarkable movie that will certainly be in Oscar contention. Find it and enjoy. Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language. It is in Japanese with English subtitles. It is a Peggy’s Pick.

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