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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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Black or White
  PG-13   2015
  When his wife (Jennifer Ehle) unexpectedly dies in a tragic car accident in this engaging, down-to-earth, well-acted, factually inspired, star-dotted (Anthony Mackie, Bill Burr, Paula Newsome, and Mpho Koaho), 121-minute film, a grieving, hard-drinking lawyer (Kevin Costner) in Los Angeles ends up in court to keep custody of his precocious granddaughter (Jillian Estell) after her drug-addicted, ex-convict, African-American father (André Holland) decides his wants to raise his estranged daughter with the help of his tenacious, stubborn mother (Octavia Spencer).

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Black Sea
  R   2015
  After a divorced, no-nonsense submarine captain (Jude Law), who is estranged from his ex-wife (Jodie Whittaker) and son (Zaak Conway), is fired from his job and ends up in charge of a dangerous treasure hunt expedition to retrieve millions of dollars worth in Nazi gold bullion in an alleged sunken German U-boat at the bottom of the Black Sea in this suspenseful, riveting, unpredictable, well-paced, gritty, 115-minute thriller, plans go immediately awry as soon as the suspicious, skeptical British and Russian crew (Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Tobias Menzies, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Bobby Schofield, Karl Davies, Michael Smiley, David Threlfall, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Sergey Veksler, Daniel Ryan, Sergey Puskepalis, et al.) closes the hatch on the Crimea-docked submarine and heads out to sea.

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  PG   2015
  While an English family (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, and Samuel Joslin) befriends an orphaned, orange-marmalade-loving bear (voiceover by Ben Whishaw) who has arrived in London looking for a good home after his Peruvian jungle home has been destroyed in this delightful, charming, family-friendly, star-studded (Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Stauton, Michael Gambon, Matt Lucas, and Peter Capaldi), 95-minute comedy, an evil director (Nicole Kidman) of the British Natural History Museum desperately tries to find the bear in order to add him to her taxidermy collection.

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  R   2015
  A wacky, pratfall, intermittently funny, star-studded (Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Culkin, and Michael Byrne), 106-minute spoof filled with quirky characters, based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novel Don't Point That Thing at Me, and reminiscent of The Grand Budapest Hotel and the Pink Panther films which a broke, clumsy, mustache-loving aristocrat art dealer (Johnny Depp) works with an MI5 agent (Ewan McGregor), who is in love with his beautiful wife (Gwyneth Paltrow), to find a missing stolen Goya painting that may have a code to a bank account with Nazi gold while being protected by his battered bodyguard (Paul Bettany) and chased by angry Russians (Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, Alec Utgoff, et al.) and a terrorist (Guy Burnet).

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Boy Next Door, The
  R   2015
  After a beautiful English literature teacher (Jennifer Lopez), who is divorced from her cheating husband (John Corbett) and has a bullied teenage son (Ian Nelson), finds herself attracted to a hunky, brooding neighbor (Ryan Guzman) who moves in with his sickly uncle (Jack Wallace) next door during the last days of summer in this suspenseful, dark, well-paced, 91-minute thriller, she turns to her friend and vice principal (Kristen Chenoweth) when she realizes he is a student who will go to any length to have a relationship with her.

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