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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.

Monday, December 10, 2018
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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The
  NR   2018
  When a headstrong, engaged British writer (Lily James) leaves her American fiancé (Glen Powell) on the docks in 1946 to head to the island of Guernsey, which was occupied by the Nazis during WWII, to write an article for the publisher (Matthew Goode) of a London-based publication in this engaging, well-acted, poignant, romantic, 124-minute film based on the 2008 bestselling novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer and highlighted by wonderful cinematography, she discovers a fascinating story about the origins of the quirky-named book club as she interviews its members (Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtney, Katherine Parkinson, et al.) and unexpectedly finds herself attracted to handsome farmer (Michael Huisman) who is caring for a young girl (Florence Keen) whose mother (Jessica Brown Findlay) was the founder of the literary society.

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  R   2018
  Extraordinary sets and costumes and a wonderful classical soundtrack highlight this engaging, factually based, well-acted, unusual, risqué, witty, star-dotted (Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, James Smith, and Robert Harley), 2-hour, baroque period piece in which jealousy, bitterness, and tensions arise when the beautiful, ambitious Baroness Abigail Masham (Emma Stone), who has fallen on hard times, reconnects with her influential, bisexual cousin Lady Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), at the British court in London during the war with France to seek a servant’s job and quickly tries to compete with her cousin to vie for the affections and attention of disabled, sickly Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in the early 1700s.

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Last Suit, The
  NR   2018
  After his family sells his home in Buenos Aires and wants to put him in a retirement home in this captivating, poignant, gut-wrenching, heartwarming, well-acted, humor-dotted, 92-minute, 2017 film, a proud, stubborn, 88-year-old, Jewish tailor and Holocaust survivor (Miguel Ángel Solá), who has a bum leg, leaves Argentina and heads to Warsaw, Poland, where he is bound and determined to keep a promise to deliver a blue suit to a kindhearted neighbor (Jan Mayzel) who saved his life in 1945 and is helped along the way by a pianist (Martín Piroyansky), a divorced hostel clerk (Ángela Molina), a multilingual German anthropologist (Julia Beerhold), a nurse (Olga Boladz), and eventually his estranged daughter (Natalia Verbeke).

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Creed II
  PG-13   2018
  When his Russian nemesis (Dolph Lundgren) challenges the legendary, Philadelphia boxing trainer (Sylvester Stallone) to convince the world lightweight boxing champion (Michael B. Jordan), who has a deaf, pregnant, singer wife (Tessa Thompson), to fight his son (Florian Munteanu), who has a chip on his shoulder, in this entertaining, well-acted, critically acclaimed, gritty, star-studded (Phylicia Rashad, Russell Hornsb, Brigitte Nielsen, Andre Ward, and Milo Ventimiglia), 130-minute sequel, the confident boxer agrees, but the fight does not go as hoped and then he must decide what to do next.

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Robin Hood
  PG-13   2018
  After returning to England from the Crusades to find his manor in disarray, his lands seized, and his beautiful girlfriend (Eve Hewson) in love with his best friend (Jamie Dornan) in this disappointing, lackluster, unoriginal, action-packed, 116-minute film dominated by a weak script and dialogue and strange costumes, an arrow-wielding British lord (Taron Egerton) joins a one-handed Arab (Jamie Foxx) in trying to steal from the rich and to give to the poor and feigns friendship with the greedy, powerful sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) to prevent his plan with the ungodly cardinal (F. Murray Abraham) from succeeding with the help of the defrocked friar (Tim Minchin) and fed-up townsfolk.

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