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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 29, 2015
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Key Largo
  NR   2015
  [Plays May 1 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.] Tension and frayed nerves escalate in this black-and-white, 1948, film-noir classic thriller adapted from Maxwell Anderson's play as an eclectic group of guests, including a former WWII Army major (Humphrey Bogart), a war widow (Laure Bacall) and her wheelchair-bound father-in-law (Lionel Barrymore), and an alcoholic singer (Claire Trevor), are taken hostage at a hotel in the Florida Keys by a cigar-smoking gangster (Edgar G. Robinson) and his henchmen (Frank Sinatra, Harry Lewis, Thomas Gomez, Marc Lawrence, et al.) while a ravaging hurricane batters the property and the gangster tries to escape to Key West.

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Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron
  PG-13   2015
  Nonstop action and phenomenal special effects dominate this highly entertaining, fast-paced, witty, star-studded (Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Anthony Mackie, Thomas Kretschmann, Andy Serkis, Cobie Smulders, and Hayley Atwell), 3D, 141-miute film in which the brave, multi-skilled avengers (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) try to save the world from global annihilation when a menacing, powerful robot (voiceover by James Spader) with artificial intelligence, which was suppose to be a peacekeeping program, is bent on destruction.\

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Ex Machina
  R   2015
  An intriguing, well-written, smart, suspenseful, 108-minute, sci-fi, psychological thriller in which a reclusive, billionaire CEO and scientist (Oscar Isaac) invites a 26-year-old computer programming geek (Domhnall Gleeson) from his company to his isolated estate to test the artificial intelligence of his new robot (Alicia Vikander) creation.

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Clouds of Sils Maria
  R   2015
  Phenomenal scenery highlights this thought-provoking, artsy, slow-paced, 124-minute film in which a well-respected, veteran French actress (Juliette Bincohe) escapes to a remote region of the Alps with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) as she struggles to accept and rehearse for a older role on the London stage in a play that made her famous twenty years earlier and now must cope with the actress (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is playing the younger part.

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  NR   2015
  After a hot-headed cook (Lou Taylor Pucci) loses his terminally-ill mother to cancer and his job at a bar due to a brawl in this engaging, imaginative, unusual, 101-minute, sci-fi, 2014, romantic film with striking cinematography, he heads to Italy, takes a job helping a widowed fruit farmer (Francesco Carnelutti), and quickly falls in love with a mysterious, beautiful, multilingual woman (Nadia Hilker) who is hiding a dark, dangerous secret.

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