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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.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
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Cure for Wellness, A
  R   2017
  When a successful, ambitious sales executive (Dane DeHaan) at a major Wall Street financial firm in New York is sent to a mysterious, idyllic, remote, wellness-center sanatorium in Switzerland in the Alps to bring back its illustrious CEO (Harry Groener) in this odd, eerie, dark, loophole-filled, 146-minute, Gore Verbinski psychological thriller highlighted by stunning cinematography, he finds that the duplicitous, eel-obsessed director (Jason Isaacs) is performing experiments on oddly cooperating patients (Mia Goth, Celia Imrie, et al.) who are constantly drinking water and then finds himself a patient against his will.

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Fist Fight
  R   2017
  After a hotheaded, intimidating history teacher (Ice Cube) is fired by the fed-up high school principal (Dean Norris) for taking an ax to his classroom in a fit of rage in this over-the-top, wacky, intermittently funny, entertaining, star-dotted (Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Kumail Nanjiani, and Kym Whitley), 91-minute comedy filled with crude language and crass pranks by the mischievous students (Charlie and Max Carver, Madison Bailey, et al.), he challenges a milquetoast English teacher (Charlie Day), who has a pregnant wife (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and bullied daughter (Alexa Nisenson), to a fight after school in the parking lot on the last day of class.

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Great Wall, The
  PG-13   2017
  Amazing special effects, choreography, cinematography, and stunts dominate this intense, colorful, action-packed, fast-paced, entertaining, 3D, 103-minute film in which a European mercenary (Matt Damon), who is a skilled archer and poses as a trader with his traveling companion (Pedro Pascal) as they search for mysterious black powder in feudal China during the Song dynasty (960–1279) after losing the rest of their mercenary troop to bandits, ends up joining the commanding Chinese general (Tian Jing) of the secret military Nameless Order and her devoted army (Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu, Lu Han, Eddie Peng, Lin Gengxin, Chen Xuedong, Huang Xuan, et al.) to protect the fortress on the Great Wall and the ancient capital city of Beijing that are being attacked and overrun by thousands of flesh-eating, dragon-like, alien monsters called Taotie that rise from their slumber every 60 years.

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LEGO Batman Movie, The
  PG   2017
  After the menacing, wide-grinning Joker (voiceover by Zach Galifianakis) releases the bad guys from the Phantom Zone in an attempt to destroy Gotham City in this witty, entertaining, wacky, family-oriented, star-dotted (voiceovers by Mariah Carey, Hector Elizondo, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Adam Devine, Billy Dee Williams, Ellie Kemper, Seth Green, Zoë Kravitz, Eddie Izzard, Jemaine Clemen, Conan O’Brien, Siri, and Jenny Slate), 3D, 90-minute animated farce, which spoofs such films as Jaws, Jerry McGuire, Transformers, Godzilla, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Gremlins, and King Kong, a once friendless Batman (voiceover by Will Arnett) teams up with his new adopted son (voiceover by Michael Cera), the police commissioner (voiceover by Rosario Dawson), and his right-hand man (voiceover by Ralph Fiennes) to stop the Joker and his followers.

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John Wick: Chapter 2
  R   2017
  A skilled, legendary, widowed assassin (Keanu Reeves) is coerced out of a self-induced retirement in this intense, action-packed, entertaining, violent, star-studded (Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan, Peter Storemare, Ian McShane, Common, Ruby Rose, Franco Nero, and Lance Reddick), 122-minute thriller filled with bullets and terrific choreography when a power-hungry, double-crossing Italian hitman (Riccardo Scamarcio) insists that he honor a blood oath by killing his well-guarded sister (Claudia Gerini) in Rome, which would then make him the head of a powerful guild of assassins.

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