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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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Blade Runner 2049
  R   2017
  After an LAPD replicant cop (Ryan Gosling), who has a hologram (Ana de Armass) for a companion, terminates an out-of-date replicant (Dave Bautista) and then discovers an unbelievable secret in this dark, somber, 3D, star-dotted (Robin Wright and Jared Leto), 163-minute sci-fi sequel to Blade Runner with amazing special effects and based on Philip K. Dick’s characters from novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, he becomes a target when he goes rogue to find a blade runner (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for 30 years and is the key to the secret.

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Foreigner, The
  R   2017
  After his only teenage daughter is killed in a bombing in London supposedly orchestrated by the politically-driven IRA in this suspenseful, intense, well-written, entertaining, action-packed, superbly acted, humor-dotted, unpredictable, 114-minute thriller based on Stephen Leather’s novel The Chinaman and highlighted by terrific martial arts choreography, a distraught, tenacious, revenge-fueled, widowed Vietnamese restaurant owner (Jackie Chan) heads to Belfast to confront the adulterous first deputy minister (Pierce Brosnan), who has a duplicitous wife (Orla Brady), to force him to reveal the names of the Irish terrorists (Charlie Murphy, Niall McNamee, et al.) responsible for his daughter’s tragic death and goes to great lengths to discover the truth.

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Mark Felt: The Man Who Took Down the White House
  PG-13   2017
  A powerful, captivating, complicated, factually based, well-acted, star-studded (Kate Walsh, Michael C. Hall, Josh Lucas,Tom Sizemore, Tony Goldwyn, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Eddie Marsan, Ike Barinholtz, Bruce Greenwood, Maika Monroe, Noah Wyle, Brian d'Arcy James, and Wayne Pére), 103-minute film based on Mark Felt’s and John D. O’Connor’s book that focuses on well-respected, 31-year-FBI veteran Mark Felt (Liam Neeson), who had a devoted wife (Diane Lane), as he leaked top-secret information to Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (Julian Morris) and Carl Bernstein as the whistleblower “Deep Throat” regarding the Watergate scandal in 1974 after acting FBI director L. Patrick Gray (Marton Csokas) commanded him to stop the investigations for fear of exposing the illegal shenanigans and implicating the White House bigwigs, including President Richard M. Nixon.

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Marshall
  PG-13   2017
  After African-American chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) is arrested for allegedly raping and the attempted murder of a well-to-do, neglected white housewife (Kate Hudson) in Bridgeport, Conn., who is married to an abusive husband (Jeremy Bobb), in this engaging, factually based, well-acted, star-dotted (Dan Stevens, Sophia Bush, Jussie Smollett, and Jeffery DeMunn), 118-minutew film that follows the early trial of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, smart, no-nonsense NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) recruits reluctant, Jewish, noncriminal defense attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) to defend the accused rapist in this difficult, controversial case in front of a hard-nosed judge (Jams Cromwell) in 1941.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  R   2017
  A fascinating, risqué, factually inspired, star-dotted (Connie Britton, Oliver Platt, and JJ Feild), 108-minute film that chronicles the highly controversial comic book creation of iconic, powerful, sexually liberated Wonder Woman that began in Boston in 1928 as the brain child of imaginative Harvard University psychology professor Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), inventor of the lie detector, who used his polyamorous relationship with his feminist psychologist wife (Rebecca Hall) and a beautiful bisexual journalism student (Bella Heathcote), who broke off her engagement to her handsome fiancé (Chris Conroy), as his muse and inspiration.


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