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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, June 19, 2019
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Echo in the Canyon
  PG-13   2019
  Wonderful, nostalgic music dominates this fascinating, entertaining, uplifting, informative, 88-minute, 2018 documentary narrated by Jakob Dylan that examines the birth and influence of popular folk-rock music from bands such as The Beach Boys, The Association, The Mamas and the Papas, The Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield in Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and showcases music from both rehearsals and a 2015 concert at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, archival film footage, and interviews with singers and musicians such as Tom Petty, Brian Wilson, Michelle Phillips, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Graham Nash, Stephen Sills, David Crosby, Lou Alder, Beck, Eric Clapton, Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Jade Castrinos, and Regina Spektor.

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Last Black Man in San Francisco, The
  R   2019
  A quirky, moving, touching, factually inspired, well-acted, star-dotted (Danny Glover, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps. Finn Wittrock, Thora Bircha, and Tichina Arnold), 2-hour film in which a desperate, twenty-something, African-American personal health attendant (Jimmie Fails) squats with his artistic, playwriting, fishmonger best friend (Jonathan Majors) in a $4 million Victorian mansion in San Francisco allegedly built by his grandfather in 1946 with the hopes of eventually buying the property in the posh neighborhood.

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Toy Story 4
  PG   2019
  When a young girl (voiceover by Madeleine McGraw) makes a toy out of a fork at orientation day at school and it ends up in an antique shop with a doll (voiceover by Christina Hendricks) desperate for a companion of her own and her mischievous sidekicks when her parents (voiceovers by Laurie Metcalf and Jay Hernandez) take a road trip in this adorable, charming, family-friendly, well-written, funny, 3D, star-studded (voiceovers by John Ratzenberger, Joan Cusack, Tony Hale, Bonnie Hunt, Estelle Harris, Patricia Arquette, Jodi Benson, Don Rickles, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Dalton, Wallace Shawn, and Jeff Garlin), 89-minute Disney animated comedy, the loyal cowboy Woody (voiceover by Tom Hanks) reunites with his longtime friend Bo Beep (voiceover by Annie Potts) and her sheep and along with astronaut Buzz Lightyear (voiceover by Tim Allen), a nervous motorcycle stunt driver (voiceover by Keanu Reeves), a fluffy duck (voiceover by Keegan-Michael Key), and bunny (voiceover by Jordan Peele) attempt to retrieve “Forky” while the other toys try to help from inside the van to get everyone home safely.

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Late Night
  PG-13   2019
  After a placating television producer (Denis O’Hare) hires a smart, feisty, outspoken chemical plant quality control specialist (Mindy Kaling), who lives with her aunt and uncle in Queens, as a token diversity hire to write for the legendary, acerbic, complacent, shallow, coldhearted, fire-happy late night talk show host (Emma Thompson), who is married to a Parkinson’s-afflicted, retired professor (John Lithgow), in this funny, satirical, entertaining, poignant, star-dotted (Seth Meyers, Bill Maher, Annaleigh Ashford, and Halston Sage), 102-minute comedy, the greenhorn newbie tries to fit in and revitalize the testosterone-heavy writing staff (Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Max Casella, Paul Walter Hauser, John Early, et. al) and they band together to reignite a fire in the show and its host when the network president (Amy Ryan) decides to hire a crass, standup comedian (Ike Barinholtz) as the new host.

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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
  NR   2019
  Jodi Foster narrates Pamela B. Green’s engaging, fascinating, informative, 103-minute documentary that focuses on the remarkable, obscure career of pioneering, Paris-born, first woman filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) who wrote, directed, and/or produced more than 1,000 films many with unconventional subject matter through her film production company Solax and tells her story through candid interview snippets with the groundbreaking filmmaker in 1964, excerpts from her letters, and black-and-white film clips and photographs and includes insightful interviews with filmmakers (such as Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwicke, Diablo Cody, Patricia Riggen, Tacita Dean, Julie Taymor, John Chu, Ann Fletcher, Liz Goldwyn, Cari Beauchamp, Cecile Starr, Anne Fontaine, Mark Romanek, Peter Farrelly, Floria Sigismondi, Kevin Macdonald, Maxine Haleff, Patty Jenkins, Michel Hazanavicius, Marjane Satpari, and Gary Mairs), actors (such as Sir Ben Kingsley, Julie Delpy, Evan Rachel Wood, Geena Davis, Lake Bell, Andy Samberg, Janeane Garofolo, and Kathleen Turner), producers Marc Abraham and Stephanie Dillain, Co-President of Roadside Attractions Howard Cohen, screenwriter Gale Ann Hurd, film critic Peter Bogdanovich, historians (such as Mark Wanamaker, Anthony Slide, Kevin Brownlow, Glenn Myrent, Alison McMahon, Naum `Kleiman, and Alan Williams), Guy-Blaché memoirs co-editor Claire Clouzet, film preservationist Serge Bromberg, professors (such as Drake Stutesman, Jane Goenes, Henry Jenkins, Gigi Pritzker, Richard Koszaeski, and Vanessa Schwartz), journalist Jean-Michel Frodon, film editor Walter Murch, film archivist Dino Everett, facial recognition analyst Steve Wilkins, costume designer Deborah Nadvolman Landis, lecturer Roland-Francois Lick, cinematographers (such as Pierre-William Glenn, Claire Wickell, and John Bailey), film collector Murray Glass, visual effects supervisor Mark Stetson, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey, and granddaughter Tatiana Page-Relo.

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