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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 16, 2018
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  R   2018
  A violent, factually inspired, insightful, well-acted, 105-minute film, which includes archival film footage and photographs, that chronicles the infamous life of no-nonsense crime boss “Dapper Don” John Gotti (John Travolta), who had a loyal wife (Kelly Preston) and five children, as his reputation grew with other mobsters (Pruitt Taylor Vance, Stacy Keach, Chris Mulkey, William DeMeo, Leo Rossi, Chris Kerson, Patrick Borriello, Luis Da Silva Jr. et al.) and crooked NYPD cops in the seedy 1970s underworld of New York City and became head of the Gambino crime family in 1985 when he put a hit out on the Mafia don, which ultimately proved to be his downfall after he was found guilty of his murder while his devoted son John A. Gotti (Spencer Rocco Lofranco) eventually wanted out of the “made man” life to be with his wife (Jordan Trovillion) and kids.

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  G   2018
  An adorable, hilarious, creative, dialogue-free, 4-minute animated comedy in which a Chinese housewife suffering from the empty nest syndrome and loneliness fills a void in her life by imagining that a steamed dumpling that she is cooking comes to life which gives her immense joy until she can be reunited with her son; shows with Incredibles 2 film.

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Incredibles 2
  PG   2018
  After a wealthy commutations mogul (voiceover by Bob Oderkirlk) hires Elastigirl (voiceover by Holly Hunter) to protect the city where superheroes are illegal and her Mr. Incredible husband (voiceover by Craig T. Nelson) must care for their three children (voiceovers by Sarah Vowell, Huck Miller, and Eli Fucile) who have superpowers in this action-packed, family-oriented, funny, entertaining, colorful, 3D, star-dotted (voiceovers by Catherine Keener, Isabella Rossellini, Sophia Bush, John Ratzenberger, Barry Bostwick, Jonathan Banks, and Michael Bird), 118-minute animated comedy, the superhero family finds itself fighting a vindictive, illusive villain who hypnotizes some “supers:” (voiceover by Samuel L. Jackson, et al.) in order for them to do her bidding.

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  R   2018
  A wacky, over-the-top, factually inspired, funny, star-studded (Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Rashida Jones, Nora Dunn, and Brian Dennehy), 100-minute pratfall comedy based on Russell Adam’s Wall Street Journal article It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It in which four longtime friends, including a veterinarian (Ed Helms), an insurance company CEO (Jon Hamm), an unemployed pothead (Jake Johnson), and an African American (Hannibal Buress) in therapy, try to tag an agile fifth friend (Jeremy Renner), who owns a gym in Spokane, Wash., and has avoided being tagged for thirty years, sometime during his wedding festivities while a journalist (Annabelle Wallis) tags along to write a story for The Wall Street Journal.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  PG   2018
  Morgan Neville’s inspirational, poignant, insightful, 94-minute documentary that delves into the life and career of kindhearted minster, writer, producer, puppeteer, singer/songwriter, and child advocate Fred Rogers through archival film clips from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Old Friends...New Friends with Fred Rogers and interview snippets with his wife Joanne, sons John and Jim, sister Elaine Crozier, biographer Max King, childhood development advisor Hedda Sharapan, childhood development psychologist Dr. Margaret McFarland, show cast members (such as Joe Negri, David Newell, and Dr. François S. Clemmons), and friends Bill Isler, Rev. George Wirth, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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