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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, July 30, 2016
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Nerve
  PG-13   2016
  When a high school senior (Emma Roberts), who lives with her mother (Juliette Lewis) on Staten Island, ends up being pressured into playing a treacherous internet truth or dare game for money in this intriguing, well-paced, 96-minute thriller based on Jeanne Ryan’s novel, she is partnered with a mysterious stranger (Dave Franco) and are challenged with one increasing dangerous stunt after another.

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Bad Moms
  R   2016
  After a part-time businesswoman at a Chicago coffee company and a full-time, burnt-out, fed-up mother (Mila Kunis), who has two children (Oona Laurence and Emjay Anthony), learns that her immature husband (David Walton) is cheating on her via the Internet in this silly, unevenly paced, sporadically funny, raunchy, star-studded (Jada Pinket Smith, Kesha, Wanda Sykes, Martha Stewart, Wendell Pierce, and Clark Duke), 101-minute comedy dominated by foul language, she rebels by hanging out with two mew friends (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn), decides to run for PTA president against its current egotistical leader (Christina Applegate), and begins a relationship with a hunky widower (Jay Hernanderz).

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Into the Forest
  R   2016
  A suspenseful, creative, powerful, intense, well-acted, down-to-earth, star-dotted (Max Minghella, Wendy Crewson, and Michael Eklund), unpredictable, 101-minute, 2015 thriller based on Jean Hegland’s 1996 novel in which two strong-willed, resourceful sisters, a college student (Ellen Page) and a wannabe dancer (Evan Rachel Wood), who live with their kindhearted, widowed father (Callum Keith Rennie) in an isolated home in the woods of the Pacific Northwest find themselves struggling to survive after a long-term, massive power outage.

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Jason Bourne
  PG-13   2016
  Rapid pacing dominates this action-packed, riveting, violent, complicated, star-dotted (Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Robert Stanton, and Scott Shepherd), 123-minute thriller in which rogue, off-the-grid, globe-trotting CIA agent (Matt Damon) tries to uncover more about his convoluted past and who murdered his father (Gregg Henry) while trying to evade a skilled, tenacious, revenge-driven assassin (Vincent Cassell) hired by a crooked, duplicitous CIA director (Tommy Lee Jones).

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  R   2016
  A hilarious, over-the-top, entertaining, pratfall, cameo-sprinkled (Rebel Wilson, Jon Hamm, Lulu, Celia Imrie, Joan Collins, Sadie Frost, Suki Waterhouse, Jane Horrocks, Stella McCarthy, Barry Humphries, Jean-Paul Gaultier, June Whitfield, Jerry Hall, Perez Hilton, and Gwendoline Christie), 90-minute comedic satire in which a wacky, broke, English PR maven (Joanna Lumley) in London escapes with her precocious 13-year-old granddaughter (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness) and champagne-obsessed, glitzy best friend (Jennifer Saunders) to the French Riviera in a desperate attempt to find and marry an ultra rich, on-his-death-bed suitor and to evade her worried daughter (Julia Sawalha) and a British detective (Robert Webb) after she is blamed for popular model Kate Moss falling into the Thames River during a fancy fashion gala.


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