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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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Woman in Gold
  PG-13   2015
  An engaging, factually based, well-acted, star-studded (Katie Holmes, Elizabeth McGovern, Charles Dane, Frances Fisher, and Jonathan Pryce), 109-minute film based on E. Randol Schoenberg novel in which headstrong, elderly, Jewish Austrian clothing boutique owner Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) hires a tenacious Los Angeles attorney (Ryan Reynolds) to reclaim her family’s valuable Gustav Klimt painting of her gorgeous aunt (Antje Traue) known as “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” which was stolen by the Nazis from her home during WWII, and when they end up traveling to her hometown of Vienna, she ends up reminiscing about her childhood and marriage to a handsome opera singer (Max Irons) as they are helped by an investigative reporter (Daniel Brühl) to take on the daunting task of suing the Austrian government.

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It Follows
  R   2015
  After a nineteen-year-old student (Maika Monroe), who lives with her mother (Debbie Williams) and sister (Lili Sepe), has sex with her new boyfriend (Jake Weary) who then tells her that she will be stalked by a shape-shifting supernatural entity and killed unless she can have sex with someone else to pass on the haunting “curse” in this original, creative, intense, scary, 100-minute thriller, she confides in and enlists the aid of her close friends (Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, and Daniel Zovatto) who try and help save her life.

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Dark Passage
  NR   2015
  [Plays March 27 at 7 P.M. as part of Classic Movie Night at Rosemount Community Center; for more information, log on to http://www.rosemountarts.org/Classic-Film-Night.html or call 952/255-8545.] After a charismatic convict (Humphrey Bogart) receives a life sentence for allegedly murdering his wife and then escapes from San Quentin in this dark, well-acted, tension-filled, black-and-white, 1947, film-noir classic thriller based on David Goodis’ novel, bodies (Rory Mallinson, Agnes Moorehead, et al.) begin to pile up as he heads to San Francisco with the help of a beautiful, empathetic landscape artist (Lauren Bacall) to begin tracking down the real murderer and then surprisingly gets facial reconstruction when an astute taxi driver (Tom D’Andrea) introduces him to a back-alley plastic surgeon (Houseley Stevenson) while being tailed by a two-bit hustler and a tenacious detective (Douglas Kennedy).

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Get Hard
  R   2015
  After a successful Los Angeles stockbroker (Will Ferrell), who is dating the shallow daughter (Alison Brie) of his boss (Craig T. Nelson), is arrested and sentenced to 10 years in a maximum security prison in this funny, risqué, crude, 100-minuite comedy dotted with foul language, he hires an ambitious car washer (Kevin Hart), who has a wife (Edwina Findley Dickerson ) and young daughter (Ariana Neal), to teach him how to survive San Quentin unscathed.

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Home
  PG   2015
  When a purple, eight-legged, happy-go-lucky, “black sheep,” chameleon-like alien (voiceover by Jim Parsons) accidentally emails a housewarming invite to everyone in the galaxy at his new home on Earth and jeopardizes his race to the ire of his inept leader (voiceover by Steve Martin) who has moved all humans to Happy Humantown in Australia in this colorful, family-oriented, funny, entertaining, 3D, 94-minute, animated comedy based on Adam Rex’s 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, he ends up on the run from his people and his best friend (voiceover by Matt Jones) while befriending and aiding a spunky girl (voiceover by Rihanna) with a purring cat to help her find her mother (voiceover by Jennifer Lopez).


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