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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.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
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Paper Towns
  PG-13   2015
  After his rebellious, eccentric, mischievous neighbor and high school crush (Cara Delevingne) mysteriously disappears one night in this intriguing, quirky, coming-of-age, 109-minute film based on John Green’s bestselling novel, an Orlando teenager (Nat Wolff ) and his two best friends (Austin Abrams and Justice Smith) begin to follow cryptic clue as to her whereabouts.

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  PG-13   2015
  A wacky, colorful, action-packed, fast-paced, star-dotted (Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean, Jane Krakowski, Brian Cox, Lainie Kazan, Dan Aykroyd, Serena Williams, and Martha Stewart), 3D, 105-minute comedy in which the U.S. president (Kevin James) recruits three nerdy arcade video gamers (Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Gad) to save the world when aliens, including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders, attack Earth after they believe we declared war.

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  R   2015
  After winning his fourth lightweight world championship and tragically losing his wife (Rachel McAdams) in this gritty, well-acted, tension-filled, violent, star-studded (Naomie Harris, 50 Cent, Jon Jon, Victor Ortiz, and Rita Ora), 123-minute film, the life of a distraught, guilt-ridden, widowed boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) in New York City goes off the rails until he starts fighting for his daughter (Oona Laurence) and getting back into the ring with his nemesis (Miguel Gomez) with the help of a no-nonsense trainer (Forest Whitaker).

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Mr. Holmes
  PG   2015
  Amazing cinematography and scenery highlight this engaging, superbly acted, bittersweet, 104-minute film based on Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind in which retired, dementia-plagued, guilt-ridden, beekeeping, famous British detective Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) desperately tries to remember and write down details of a case he believes he should never have accepted involving a worried husband (Patrick Kennedy) who wants to understand the erratic behavior of his distraught wife (Hattie Morahan) after the death of their two children while reminiscing about a trip to Japan on the invitation of a duplicitous Japanese businessman (Hiroyuki Sanada) and developing a close bond and friendship with the precocious, smart son (Mile Parker) of his widowed housekeeper (Laura Linney) near the White Cliffs of Dover in 1947.

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  PG-13   2015
  When a greedy, power-hungry scientist (Corey Stoll) threatens to sell a powerful, highly valued technology that could threaten and forever change the world in this action-packed, fast-paced, entertaining, family-friendly, 3D, star-dotted (Bobby Canavale, Judy Greer, Michael Peña, John Slattery, Hayley Atwell, and T.I.), 117-minute, sci-fi film based on the Marvel comic books and filled with great special effects, his ousted mentor (Michael Douglas) and his no-nonsense daughter (Evangeline Lllly) help convince an ex-con (Paul Rudd) with a masters degree in electrical engineering to put on a suit that would allow him to shrink to the size of an insect in order to steal technology and to sabotage equipment and a building in Portland.

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