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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.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
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Independence Day: Resurgence
  PG-13   2016
  When aliens decide to attack Earth again twenty years later to siphon the Earth’s core to fuel their spacecrafts in this hectic-paced, action-packed, entertaining, star-studded (William Fichtner, Robert Loggia, Vivica A. Fox, Joey King, Bill Pullman, Sela Ward, Judd Hirsch, Patrick St. Esprit, and Nicolas Wright), 3D, 2-hour, sci-fi remake of the 1996 hit dominated by phenomenal special effects, brave fighter pilots (Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, et al.) and scientists (Jeff Goldblum, John Storey, Brent Spiner, and Charlotte Gainsbourg) join forces to take down the formidable enemy.

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Shallows, The
  PG-13   2016
  An intense, well-acted, predictable, taut, violent, 97-minute thriller in which a disillusioned medical school dropout (Blake Lively) from Texas leaves her widowed father (Bret Cullen) and sister (Sedona Legge) in Texas and heads to Mexico to relax and surf and becomes the target of a tenacious, voracious great white shark when a local (Óscar Jaenada) takes her to a secluded, secret beach only 200 yards from shore.

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Free State of Jones
  R   2016
  When rebellious, disillusioned, Mississippi farmer turned Union soldier Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey) abandons his military duties after the death of his teenage son (Jacob Lofland) during the Civil War in 1862 and returns home to his wife (Keri Russell) and infant son in this gut-wrenching, riveting, well-acted, factually based, 139-,minute film, he ends up hiding in the swamps with other soldiers (Sean Bridgers, Christopher Berry, Dane Rhodes, et al.) and slaves (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Donald Watkins, Troy Hogan, et al.) whom he rallies together to fight the Confederate Army (Wayne Pére, et al.) and to secede Jones County from the Confederacy.

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Neon Demon, The
  R   2016
  Jealousy and violence ensues in this exceedingly bizarre, disturbing, unpredictable, star-dotted (Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, and Alessandro Nivola), 117-minute film when a beautiful, virginal, naive, 16-year-old girl (Ella Fanning) arrives in Los Angeles to try her hand at modeling and quickly gets seduced by its cutthroat world, and then she finds herself befriended by a lesbian makeup artist (Jena Malone) and two bitchy models (Bella Heathcote and Abby Lee) with ulterior motives.

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Central Intelligence
  PG-13   2016
  When a former beefy, bullied CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson) reconnects with a former classmate turned accountant (Kevin Hart), who married his high school sweetheart (Danielle Nicolet), in Baltimore and seeks his help in getting longitude codes to stop the selling of highly classified information in this funny, entertaining, slapstick, cameo-dotted (Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, and Thomas Kretschmann),114-minute comedy, they find themselves being pursued by a tenacious CIA agent (Amy Ryan) who believes the agent has gone rogue and killed his partner (Aaron Paul).


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