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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, July 18, 2019
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Art of Self-Defense, The
  R   2019
  After a milquetoast, reserved, nerdy accountant (Jesse Eisenberg) survives a savage beating one night at the hands of helmet-wearing motorcycle riders while buying dog food for his dachshund in this dark, intense, unexpected, painful, well-cast, humor-punctuated, violent, 104-minute psychological satire, he joins other students (Imogen Poots, Steve Tarada, Phillip Andre Botello, et al.) and signs up for karate lessons at a dojo run by a charismatic, calculating, driven, masculinity-preaching sensei (Alessandro Nivola) with unintended consequences.

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Farewell, The
  PG   2019
  A poignant, bittersweet, down-to-earth, well-acted, wit-dotted, heartwarming, well-written, melancholy, 98-minute film, allegedly based on a lie, in which a Chinese-American (Awkwafina) ignores the wishes of her distraught translator father (Tzi Ma) and mother (Diana Lin) by leaving New York City to follow them to Changchun, China, see her kindhearted, wise grandmother (Zhao Shuzhen) who is cared for by her younger sister (Lu Hong) while being kept in the dark about her impending death after a terminal lung cancer diagnosis and the worried, traditional Asian family uses the upcoming nuptials of her cousin (Han Hanwei) to his Japanese girlfriend (Aoi Mizuhara) as an excuse for the emotional, extended family visit.

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In the Aisles
  NR   2019
  [Plays at MSP Film Society at St. Anthony Main Theatre.] A quirky, well-acted, slow-moving, unpredictable, 125-minute, 2018 film in which a quiet, bus-riding, tattooed German stock handler (Franz Rogowski) at a grocery warehouse is taken under the wing of a kindhearted coworker (Peter Kurth) to learn the ropes and to run a forklift and quickly becomes smitten with a flirtatious, blonde coworker (Sandra Hüller) who is married to an abusive husband.

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Lion King, The
  PG   2019
  Astounding realistic animals and wonderful, nostalgic music dominate this heartbreaking, heartwarming, highly entertaining, humorous, intense, family-oriented, 3D, star-dotted (voiceovers by Amy Sedaris, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver, John Kani, JD McCrary, and Shahadi Wright Joseph), 118-minute, live-action Disney remake of the 1994 classic animated musical in which a sad, guilt-ridden lion cub (voiceover by Donald Glover) runs away from his lioness mother (voiceover by Alfre Woodard) and the pride after the tragic death of his majestic father (voiceover by James Earl Jones) and eventually returns to the pride with two sidekicks, a warthog (voiceover by Seth Rogen) and a cheeky meerkat (voiceover by Billy Eichner), when his childhood best friend (voiceover by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) comes in search of help because the cruel, power-hungry king (voiceover by Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the hyenas have decimated the pride lands after killing his brother.

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Three Peaks
  NR   2019
  A riveting, tension-filled, well-acted, superbly paced, 93-minute, 2017 thriller in which a handsome German architect (Alexander Fehling) desperately tries to garner the approval of the headstrong, manipulative, suspicious, 8-year-old son (Arian Montgomery) of his beautiful French girlfriend (Bérénice Bejo), but his plans to get closer to the boy and bond while hiking in the Dolomites in northern Italy to watch the sunrise definitely does not go as planned or hoped.


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