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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, March 16, 2019
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Five Feet Apart
  PG-13   2019
  A heartbreaking, well-paced, down-to-earth, heartwarming, star-dotted (Moises Arias, Parminder Nagra, Claire Forlani, and Gary Weeks), predictable, romantic, 116-minute film in which an OCD-afflicted, 17-year-old teenager (Haley Lu Richardson) who suffers from cystic fibrosis connects and falls in love with a cynical teenage patient (Cole Sprague) who also suffers from the debilitating lung disease while they are hospitalized and enrolled in an experimental drug trial that has the potential to cure them of the horrific disease if a lung transplant cannot be performed as they desperately try to keep a pool cue length apart.

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Gloria Bell
  R   2019
  Sebastián Lelio’s low-key, quirky, well-acted, evenly-paced, star-studded (Sean Astin, Rita Wilson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor, Brad Garrett, Chris Mulkey, and Alanna Ubach), 102-minute, 2018 remake of the 2013 film Gloriain which a feisty, dance-loving, free-spirited, divorced, insurance company adjuster (Julianne Moore) in Los Angeles, who has two absentee adult children (Michael Cera and Caren Pistorius), begins a relationship with a newly divorced recreational park manager (John Turturro) who cannot separate himself from his dysfunctional, grownup daughters who interfere with his love life.

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Birds of Passage
  NR   2019
  Gorgeous cinematography and terrific acting highlight this somber, dark, factually inspired, Oscar-nominated, gritty, violent, 122-minute crime thriller that chronicles the beginning of the Colombian drug trade in 1960 in which an ambitious businessman (José Acosta) starts a marijuana venture with his reckless best friend (Jhon Narváez) to raise a dowry of thirty goats, twenty cows, and five necklaces to marry the beautiful daughter (Natalia Reyes) of the respected family matriarch (Carmiña Martínez).of the indigenous Wayuu tribe (José Vicente, Greider Meza, et al.) and follows the proud family’s rise to power and wealth leaving behind their simpler way of life and their eventual destruction in 1980 when their rival partner (Juan Bautista Martínez) goes over the edge in seeking revenge for the rape of his daughter.

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Captain Marvel
  PG-13   2019
  When a gutsy American Air Force pilot (Brie Larson), who is a new member of the alien military Starforce (Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan, et al.) returns to Earth in 1995 with superhuman alien powers and finds herself unexpectedly in the middle of a vicious war between two races in this attention-grabbing, humorous, twist-filled, action-packed, well-paced, entertaining, star-studded (Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Mckenna Grace, Lee Pace, Colin Ford, and, Stan Lee), 3D, 124-minute prequel dominated by terrific special effects, she teams up with a detective (Samuel L. Jackson) and a former colleague (Lashana Lynch) to help alien shape shifters (Ben Mendelshon, et al.) and ultimately to protect Earth.

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Triple Frontier
  R   2019
  After a highly skilled former operative (Oscar Isaac) convinces four of his special forces colleagues (Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Hedlund) to plan a risky heist of millions of dollars stashed in the house of a ruthless drug dealer (Reynaldo Gallegos) in the middle of the jungle with the help of a South American woman (Adria Arjona) and her brother in this intense, suspenseful, engaging, violent, action-packed, unpredictable, 125-minute thriller, the heist and its aftermath get out of control and tensions and danger escalate as they try to get out of South America alive.

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