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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, December 11, 2017
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Darkest hour
  PG-13   2017
  A dialogue-heavy plot and slow pacing hinder this well-acted, factually inspired, star-dotted (Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn. Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, and Samuel West), 125-minute historical drama highlighted by Oscar-winning performances that follows six weeks in May and June 1940 after the surprising election of curmudgeonly, cigar-smoking, whiskey-imbibing, portly, charismatic, brilliant Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) to the post of prime minister of Great Britain after his terminally-ill predecessor Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) is forced to resign following France’s fall to the Nazis and explores the testy, confrontational, behind-the-scenes war room discussions that changed the course of Britain’s role during WWII.

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Wonder Wheel
  PG-13   2017
  Wonderful cinematography and shallow characters dominate Woody Allen’s overly melodramatic, unevenly paced, 101-minute film in which the life of a migraine-prone, stressed-out, 39-year-old waitress (Kate Winslet) working at a clam house on Coney Island, who has a young, troubled arsonist son (Jack Gore), is turned upside down when she begins an affair with a handsome, wannabe-playwright lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) and then the sensuous, estranged daughter (Juno Temple) of her carousel operator husband (Jim Belushi) suddenly shows up after she left her gangster, racketeering husband with Mafia hit men (Steve Schirripa and Tony Sirico) hot on her trail in the 1950s.

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  NR   2017
  After a Norwegian biology student (Eili Harboe) in her freshman year in Oslo, who grew up with her devoutly religious father (Henrik Rafaelsen) and disabled mother (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), has psychogenic seizures and then finds herself strongly attracted to another student (Kaya Wilkins) in this unusual, quirky, dark, unpredictable, 116-minute supernatural film, she learns that she has dangerous, powerful supernatural abilities that she inherited from her grandmother (Vibeke Lundquist) that causes her to harm people around her when she becomes anxious and stressed.

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Polar Express, The
  G   2017
  A rerelease of Robert Zemeckis’s soon-to-be classic, computer-generated, 100-minute, 2004 animated film based on Chris Van Allsburg’s novel about a young boy (Tom Hanks) whose belief in Santa Claus is rekindled on Christmas Eve when he meets a conductor (Tom Hanks) and a ghost (Tom Hanks) on a magical train to the North Pole that takes him to meet Santa Claus (Tom Hanks) and all his elves.

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  PG   2017
  When a music-loving, shoe-shining, 12-year-old Mexican boy (voiceover by Anthony Gonzalez), who lives with his shoemaking parents (voiceovers by Jaime Camil and Sofía Espinosa), grandmother (voiceover Renée Victor), and great grandmother (voiceover Ana Ofelia Murguía) who do not permit music in the household, decides to borrow the alleged guitar of his famous great-great grandfather (voiceover by Benjamin Bratt) during the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos in this colorful, family-oriented, entertaining, humor-filled, 3D, star-studded (voiceovers by Edward James Olmos, John Ratzenberger, Cheech Marin, and Gabriel Inglesias), 109-minute animated musical, he ends up in the Land of the Dead where he meets his relatives who help him return to the land of the living after he learns a devastating secret upon meeting his great-great grandfather’s singer partner (voiceover by Gael Garcia Bernal).

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