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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, April 17, 2014
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Bears
  G   2014
  John C. Reilly narrates this educational, heartwarming, family-friendly, sporadically intense, 70-minute, Disney documentary, which is filled with gorgeous scenery and cinematography, that follows a protective mother bear and her two playful cubs during their first year of life as they forage for food and encounter hungry male bears and a tenacious grey wolf in Alaska.

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Dom Hemingway
  R   2014
  An over-the-top, offbeat, wacky, gritty, dark, 93-minute comedy that is marred by hard to understand accents about the bad luck that continues for a foul-mouthed, widowed, British safecracker (Jude Law) when he is released from prison after 12 years, and he heads to the south of France with his one-handed, best-friend (Richard E. Grant) to get money that he is owed from a ruthless killer (Demian Bichir) and then finds himself back in London trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke) and his grandson.

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Transcendence
  PG-13   2014
  After a brilliant scientist (Johnny Depp) is shot with a radioactive-tainted bullet that gives him a brief time to live and his wife (Rebecca Hall) and colleague (Paul Bettany) help him upload his mind to the Internet in this thought-provoking, futuristic, well-paced, 2-hour, sci-fi thriller, a group of concerned people (Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., Cole Hauser, Kate Mara, et al.) try to stop his cyber program that threatens mankind.

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Heaven Is for Real
  PG   2014
  When a smart, 4-year-old boy (Connor Corum), who lives with his preacher father (Greg Kinnear), a housewife mother (Kelly Reilly), and an older sister (Lane Styles) in Nebraska, recovers from a life-threatening, burst appendix in this heartwarming, goosebumps-inducing, factually based, spiritual, 100-minute film based on Todd Burpo’s international bestseller, he tells his initially skeptical family that he visited Heaven and met God and members of his family during surgery, which stirs up deep-seated emotions with the community and church goers (Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church, et al.).

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God's Not Dead
  PG   2014
  A thought-provoking, touching, spirituality-based, 113-mintue film about how religious beliefs affect the lives of various people in Louisiana, including a Christian college student (Shane Harper) who accepts the challenge of his atheistic philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) to prove the existence of God to other students (Paul Kwo, Kat Lindsay, et al.) in three lectures despite objections from his longtime girlfriend (Cassidy Gifford), a Muslim student (Hadeel Sittu) who becomes a Christian despite the severe objections of her intolerant father (Marco Khan), a confrontational writer (Trisha LaFache) who deals with her cruel boyfriend (Dean Cain) who dumps her when he learns that she has terminal cancer, two reverends (David A.R. White and Benjamin Ochieng) whose faith is tested when numerous cars do not start while preparing for a brief out-of-town vacation, and a bullied woman (Cory Oliver) who finally puts her faith before her relationship.


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