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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, April 16, 2014
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Heaven Is for Real
  PG   2014
  When a smart, 4-year-old boy (Connor Corum), who lives with his preacher father (Greg Kinnear), a housewife mother (Kelly Reilly), and an older sister (Lane Styles) in Nebraska, recovers from a life-threatening, burst appendix in this heartwarming, goosebumps-inducing, factually based, spiritual, 100-minute film based on Todd Burpo’s international bestseller, he tells his initially skeptical family that he visited Heaven and met God and members of his family during surgery, which stirs up deep-seated emotions with the community and church goers (Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church, et al.).

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God's Not Dead
  PG   2014
  A thought-provoking, touching, spirituality-based, 113-mintue film about how religious beliefs affect the lives of various people in Louisiana, including a Christian college student (Shane Harper) who accepts the challenge of his atheistic philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) to prove the existence of God to other students (Paul Kwo, Kat Lindsay, et al.) in three lectures despite objections from his longtime girlfriend (Cassidy Gifford), a Muslim student (Hadeel Sittu) who becomes a Christian despite the severe objections of her intolerant father (Marco Khan), a confrontational writer (Trisha LaFache) who deals with her cruel boyfriend (Dean Cain) who dumps her when he learns that she has terminal cancer, two reverends (David A.R. White and Benjamin Ochieng) whose faith is tested when numerous cars do not start while preparing for a brief out-of-town vacation, and a bullied woman (Cory Oliver) who finally puts her faith before her relationship.

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Raid 2, The
  R   2014
  Amazing martial arts choreography and fight sequences highlight this action-packed, fast-paced, violent, bloody, 150-minute sequel with striking cinematography in which a revenge-driven, skilled, Indonesian SWAT cop (Iko Uwais) spends two years in prison undercover to befriend the power-hungry son (Arifin Putra) of a powerful crime lord (Tio Pakusodewo) and then reluctantly continues the relationship after his release per the instructions of his corrupt lieutenant boss (Pierre Gruno ), who agrees to protect his wife (Fikha Efendi) and infant son, with the hope of gathering enough evidence to take down the crime family, their rivals (Alex Abbad and Ken'ichi Endô), and henchmen (Julie Estelle, Oka Antara, Cecep Arif Rahman, Very Tri Yulisman , et al.) in Jakarta.

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Draft Day
  PG-13   2014
  An engaging, football-lovers, realistic, star-dotted (Jennifer Garner, Sam Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Frank Langella, Rosanna Arquette, Denis Leary, Tom Welling, Chi McBride, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs, and Terry Crews), 105-minute film about the wheeling-dealing general manager (Kevin Costner) of the Cleveland Browns who negotiates with other managers (Patrick St. Esprit, Pat Healy, et al.) for various teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Jackson Jaguars, and Buffalo Bills, for his possible number one draft picks (Josh Pence, David Ramsey, Chadwick Boseman, et al.) for his football team.

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Finding Vivian Maier
  NR   2014
  When writer John Maloof bought numerous items from an auction, including personal belongings, more than 100,000 negatives, and hundreds of rolls of colored and black-white film, be began to piece together the interesting life of eccentric nanny and talented amateur photographer Vivian Dorothy Maier (2/1/1926-4/21/2009) through her hundreds of fascinating black-and-white photographers and interviews with photographers Joel Meyerowitz and Mary Ellen Mark, former talk show host Phil Donahue, former employers (Zalman and Laura Vsiskin, Roger Carlson, Jacqueline Bruni-Manier, Cathy Bruni-Norris, and Laura Walker), landlord Maren Baylaender, friend Bill Sacco, store owner Bindy Bitterman, genealogist Michael Strauss, French mayor Daniel Arnaud, and gallery owner Howard Greenberg.


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