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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.

Monday, February 18, 2019
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Isn’t It Romantic
  PG-13   2019
  After a cynical Australian architect (Rebel Wilson) living in New York City is mugged in the subway and suffers a head injury in this funny, entertaining, predictable, star-studded (Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin, Tom Ellis, Brandon Scott Jones, and Jennifer Saunders), 88-minute comedy, she reluctantly ends up in an alternate universe and stars in her own rom-com, musical fantasy where she learns to love herself while being pursued by a handsome, egotistical billionaire businessman (Liam Hemsworth) and finally realizes that she is attracted to a smitten project manager (Adam DeVine) at her firm.

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Cold Pursuit
  R   2019
  When his non-addicted son (Michael Richardson) is found dead of an heroin overdose in this engaging, violent, body-splattered, stat-dotted (Michael Eklund, Raoul Trujillo, John Doman, and Benjamin Hollingsworth),118-minute remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, a grieving, angry Colorado snowplow driver (Liam Neeson), whose wife (Laura Dern) becomes severely despondent and emotionally detached, goes after a creepy, controlling, ruthless drug kingpin (Tom Bateman) and his henchmen (Michael Eklund, Bradley Stryker, Michael Adamthwaite, Domenick Lombardozzi, Wesley MacInnes, Ben Cotton, et al.) responsible for his son’s death and inadvertently begins a turf war between the Denver drug dealer and his Indian rival (Tom Jackson) in the Rocky Mountains while the small-town cop (Emmy Rossum) tries to figure out what is going on.

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Arctic
  PG-13   2019
  After a tenacious, strong-willed Icelandic pilot (Mads Mikkelsen) crashes near the Arctic Circle and then finds himself caring for an injured, comatose woman (Maria Thelma Smáradóttir) when the pilot of a rescue helicopter dies in this riveting, captivating, heart-wrenching, 97-minute film highlighted by minimal dialogue, he must make the agonizing decision to stay with his downed plane or to start a dangerous, arduous trek to somehow find help.

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Never Look Away
  R   2019
  Exceptional acting and gorgeous cinematography dominate this captivating, critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated, thought-provoking, haunting, 189-minute film, which is inspired by the life and career of German avant-garde painter Gerhard Richter, that begins in 1937 in Dresden, Germany, in which an artistic 5-year-old boy (Cai Cohrs) witnesses his beloved aunt (Saskia Rosendahl) suddenly hauled away by ambulance due to her mental instability, then follows the talented painter (Tom Schilling) from 1945 to 1961 as he falls for the beautiful fashion student (Paula Beer) and daughter of a prominent gynecologist (Sebastian Koch) and his wife (Ina Weisse) not realizing that her father was the Nazi SS doctor responsible for his aunt’s sterilization and eventual murder in a gas chamber along with other inferior people by placing a red plus sign by their names, and then escapes with his now devoted wife to the West in Düsseldorf where he continues his art studies at a prestigious academy run by an eccentric professor (Oliver Masucci) and finds his unique artist expression and success as a painter.

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What Men Want
  R   2019
  After meeting with a psychic (Erykah Badu) with her three best friends (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Phoebe Robinson, and Tamala Jones) and then hitting her head while out partying in this funny, risqué, predictable, star-studded (Richard Roundtree, Kellan Lutz, Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Max Greenfield, Shaquillle O’Neal, and Mark Cuban), 117-minute comedy, a savvy, ambitious sports agent (Taraji P. Henson), who has a cheeky, gay assistant (Josh Brener), in Atlanta finds herself able to read men’s thoughts and uses her newfound skill to try and break the glass ceiling when she is looked over for a promotion by her boss (Brian Bosworth).


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