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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, February 28, 2015
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Map to the Stars
  R   2015
  An oddball, uneven, 111-minute, cliché-filled, 2014 film about dysfunctional, vain Hollywood people haunted by their past and present, including a down-on-her-luck, pill-popping actress (Julianne Moore) struggling to revive her career while suffering from nightmares of her deceased mother (Sarah Gadon), a handsome limousine driver (Robert Pattinson) trying to make it as an actor and screenwriter, and a mentally disturbed and physically scared Florida woman (Mia Wasikowska) trying to help a writer (Carrie Fisher) compose a novel while she reconnects with her estranged psychotherapist father (John Cusack), her cigarette-smoking mother (Olivia Williams), and her troubled, egotistical, 13-year-old actor brother (Evan Bird).

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Focus
  R   2015
  One slick, highly organized con after another highlights this entertaining, well-paced, star-dotted (Gerald McRaney, Robert Taylor, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong, and Jon Eyez), 104-minute film with a surprise ending twist about a smooth, charismatic con artist (Will Smith) who falls for a comely pickpocket (Margot Robbie) when he takes her under his wing.

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Lazarus Effect, The
  PG-13   2015
  Pot holes abound in this stupid, silly, predictable, nonsensical, 80-minute thriller in which two research doctors (Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass) at a California university and their three assistants (Danny Glover, Sarah Bolger, and Evan Peters) get more than they bargained for when they play with life and death.

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Only Lovers Left Alive
  R   2015
  After a beautiful vampire (Tilda Swinton) leaves Tangiers to reunite with her low-key, longtime, musician husband (Tom Hiddleston) in this love-it- or-hate-it, quirky, somber, dark, highly stylized, star-dotted (John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffrey Wright), 123-minute, 2013 Jarmusch film, they find themselves having to deal with her irresponsible, estranged, partying sister (Mia Wasikowska) who shows up after an 87-year absence and then kills someone when she drinks their blood.

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Ida
  PG-13   2015
  After a shy, orphaned, Jewish novice (Agata Trzebuchowska), who grew up in a Polish convent, goes in search of the gravesite of her parents and brother who were murdered during WWII with her redheaded, alcoholic aunt (Agata Kulesza) in 1962 in this Oscar-winning, somber, stark, black-and-white, 82-minute, 2013 film, she begins to question the vows she is about to take while her aunt questions her own future.


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