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Short Redhead Reel Reviews date from 1986 to present. This main page lists the five most recent film reviews. To view a complete list of all films reviewed this month, see Previous Reviews on the right.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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On the Rocks
  R   2020
  [On Oct. 23 this Apple Original Films and A24 release streams globally on Apple TV+.] Relationships teeter on the edge when a successful, neglected New York writer (Rashida Jones), who has two young daughters (Liyanna Muscat and Alexandra and Anna Reimer) in Soho, with writer’s block suspects her ambitious, workaholic, well-meaning husband (Marlon Wayans) is having an affair in Sofia Coppola’s offbeat, predictable, slice-of-life, well-acted, low-key, star-dotted (Jenny Slate, Barbara Bain, and Jessica Henwick), 97-minute comedic drama, her charming, impresario, womanizing, mischievous, legendary art gallery owner father (Bill Murray) convinces her to spy on her spouse which does not go as expected.

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Synchronic
  R   2020
  [Opens Oct. 23 in theaters and drive-ins.] After a tenacious, kindhearted paramedic (Anthony Mackie), who is suffering from a brain tumor, and his EMT partner and longtime friend (Jamie Dornan) are called to scenes of grisly, bizarre deaths in New Orleans when victims have unknowingly taken a time-traveling pill developed by a remorseful chemist (Ramiz Monsef) in this intense, well-written, creative, imaginative, quirky, 103-minute, 2019 sci-fi thriller that is dominated by a terrific musical score and cinematography, he decides to experiment with the dangerous drug, which takes him 7 minutes into the past to various locations and timeframes, in a desperate attempt to locate his friend’s daughter (Ally Loannides) after she mysteriously disappears.

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Time
  PG-13   2020
  [Available Oct. 23 on Amazon Prime Video.] A powerful, engaging, critically acclaimed, black-and-white, realistic, candid, initially slow moving, 81-minute documentary, which includes archival photographs and home video diaries, that explores the unique and resilient relationships among family members and supporters, such as church members, as it follows optimistic, patient, successful businesswoman Sibil Fox Richardson (aka Fox Rich), who spent 3.5 years of a 12-year plea bargain in prison as an accomplice to her husband in the 1997 credit union robbery in Shreveport, La., and then campaigned for more than twenty years, while raising six sons in New Orleans, diligently trying to get spouse Robert G. Richardson released from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola after he was given a 65-year sentence in June 1999 for an armed robbery.

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Cachada: The Opportunity
  NR   2020
  [Available to watch between Oct. 16 at 12 a.m. and Oct. 22 at 11:59 p.m. as part of the 8th annual Cine Latino at Home festival at the MSP Film Society at the St. Anthony on Main Theater; for information, log on to mspfilm.org or ticketing@mspfilm.org.] A compelling, gut-wrenching, powerful, gripping, 81-minute, 2019 documentary that showcases five street vendors, including Evelyn Chileno, Ruth H. Vega, Magdalena Henriquez, Wendy Henriquez, and Magaly Lemus, in El Salvador who decide to form a theater group with the help of teacher Egly Larreynaga in their poverty-stricken neighborhood, and while creating their play from their own lives and rehearsing during the workshops, they undergo a healing, cathartic experience as they relive traumatic memories of troubled pasts dealing with sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and struggling with hunger, anger, and everyday life.

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Valentina
  NR   2020
  [Available to watch between Oct. 16 at 12 a.m. and Oct. 22 at 11:59 p.m. as part of the 8th annual Cine Latino at Home festival at the MSP Film Society at the St. Anthony on Main Theater; for information, log on to mspfilm.org or ticketing@mspfilm.org.] When a strong-willed, transgendered, 17-year-old high school student (Thiessa Woinbackk) finds herself bullied at her former school in Brazil and moves with her protective mother (Guta Stresser), who works as a nurse and is separated from her husband (Rômulo Braga), to another town with the hopes of getting a fresh start and registering with the school administrator (Maria de Maria) at a new school in this award-winning, poignant, well-acted, realistic, inspirational, coming-of-age, 95-minute film, she finds herself supported by a lonely, gay student (Ronaldo Bonafro) and a pregnant teenager (Letícia Franco) especially after a classmate (Pedro Diniz) and his brother (João Gott) expose her secret.


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