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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, April 17, 2019
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Breakthrough
  PG   2019
  When their 14-year-old, basketball-playing, adopted son (Marcel Ruiz) was pronounced dead for more than 45 minutes and ended up comatose in a Missouri hospital after drowning in January 2015 in this heartwarming, inspirational, factually based, Christian-themed, 116-mimute film based on Joyce Smith’s memoir, faith and prayer bring together a distraught couple (Chrissy Metz and Josh Lucas), their pastor (Topher Grace), and townsfolk (Sam Trammel, Mike Colter, Taylor Mosby, et al.) when a world-renowned drowning specialist (Dennis Haysbert) believes there is not much chance for recovery.

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Dark Place, A
  NR   2019
  After a 6-year-old missing boy (Nolan Cook) is discovered drowned in a river in this dark, offbeat, compelling, star-dotted (J. D. Evermore, Catherine Dyer, and Eric Mendenhall), 89-minute, Simon Fellows’ thriller, an autistic garbage man (Andrew Scott), who cares for his religious, live-in mother (Sandra Ellis Lafferty) and has an 11-year-old daughter (Christa Beth Campbell), in Pennsylvania becomes obsessed with investigating the boy’s mysterious death to the chagrin of the local sheriff (Michael Rose), a duplicitous physician (Andrew Masset), and the boy’s father (Jason Davis).

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Missing Link
  PG   2019
  After a tenacious British aristocrat and investigative explorer (voiceover by Hugh Jackman) of mythical creatures such as the Loch Ness monster receives a letter in Victorian England from a fury, big-footed, English-speaking, Washington-residing Sasquatch (voiceover by Zach Galifianakis) in the Pacific Northwest in this creative, entertaining, family-friendly, humorous, star-studded (voiceovers by Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, David Williams, Jean Gilpin, and David Cowgill), 95-minute, stop-motion, animated film, he journeys with the smart, lonely, 8-foot-tall Bigfoot and his former free-spirited lover (voiceover by Zoe Saldana) via boat, train, horse, and elephant to find his Yeti cousins in Shangri-La in the Himalayas while a bounty hunter (voiceover by Timothy Olyphant) is hot on their trail.

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Diane
  NR   2019
  A low-key, critically acclaimed, well-acted, star-studded (Estelle Parsons, Joyce Van Patten, Phyllis Somerville, and Glynnis O'Connor), 95-minute, 2018 film that follows a troubled, casserole-making woman (Mary Kay Place) with long-held inner demons in a small Massachusetts town who takes no time for herself as she works in a soup kitchen and cares for her mean, drug-addicted son (Jake Lacy) who has been in an out and rehab, her cousin (Deirdre O'Connell) who is dying of ovarian cancer, and a friend (Andrea Martin) who just had surgery.

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Hummingbird Project, The
  R   2019
  An engaging, well-acted, quirky, witty, unevenly paced, 111-minute Kim Nguyen thriller in which a cigarette-smoking, wheeler-dealing hustler (Jesse Eisenberg) with stomach cancer and his computer whiz cousin (Alexander Skarsgård) determine that they can make millions to the chagrin of their former boss (Salma Hayek) by laying an underground fiber-optic cable between Kansas and the New York Stock Exchange servers in New Jersey and reducing the transaction speed by a millisecond in the world of high-frequency trading.


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