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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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
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Hollars, The
  PG-13   2016
  When a commitment-shy, Florida artist (John Krasinski), who has a wealthy, 8-month pregnant girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), returns to Ohio after his mother (Margo Martindale) lands in the hospital in this down-to-earth, low-key, well-acted, star-dotted (Josh Groban, Mary Kay Place, Charley Day, and Randall Park), 88-minute film, he tries to help his traumatized father (Richard Jenkins) upon learning that he and his plumbing and heating business are on the verge of bankruptcy and his divorced brother (Sharlto Copley) who is obsessed with his ex-wife (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

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Magnificent Seven, The
  PG-13   2016
  Bullets and arrows fly in this gripping, action-packed, entertaining, well-paced, wit-filled, star-studded (Matt Bomber, Cam Gigandet, Mark Ashworth, and Dan Rhodes), 132-minute remake of the 1960 western classic The Magnificent Seven and the 1954 classic Seven Samurai in which two fed-up, frightened citizens (Haley Bennett and Luke Grimes) of the small Utah town of Rose Creek desperately hire seven gunmen (Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier) in 1879 to take down a ruthless, murdering, greedy businessman (Peter Sarsgaard) and his henchmen.

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Max Rose
  NR   2016
  A touching, heartbreaking, well-acted, realistic, star-studded (Mort Sahl, Illeana Douglas, Fred Willard, Rance Howard, and Lee Weaver), 83-minute, 2013 film in which an aging, grieving, widowed jazz pianist (Jerry Lewis) reminisces about his deceased artistic wife (Claire Bloom) of 65 years in Los Angeles and the affair that she might have had with a smitten producer (Dean Stockwell) while his grade schoolteacher granddaughter (Kerry Bishé) and son (Kevin Pollak) desperately try to console him.

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Blair Witch
  R   2016
  When a grieving Maryland college student (James Allen McCune) is joined by a group of friends (Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry, and Callie Hernandez) in the search for his sister who went missing in the Black Hills Forest in 2014 in this creepy, disappointing, lost-found-footage, 90-minute thriller sequel to The Blair Witch Project dominated by jittery hand-held camera work, they are terrorized by an unseen, menacing entity in the dark woods.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby
  R   2016
  A lighthearted, engaging, funny, star-dotted (Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, Shirley Henderson, Ed Sheeran, and Gemma Jones), 122-minute romantic comedy in which a full-of-life, 43-year-old British news producer (Renée Zellweger) in London has a one-night stand with a handsome matchmaking guru (Patrick Dempsey) at a music festival and then with a straitlaced barrister (Colin Firth ) and then finds herself pregnant, torn between two men, and trying to figure out which one is the baby’s father.\

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