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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.

Friday, October 18, 2019
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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  PG   2019
  When the beautiful Queen of the Moors (Elle Fanning) accepts the marriage proposal of a handsome, kindhearted, love-struck prince (Harris Dickinson) and is invited by the just king (Robert Lindsay) and his duplicitous queen (Michelle Pfeiffer) to the castle with her horned, powerful, magic-wielding mother (Angelina Jolie) to celebrate in this colorful, entertaining, delightful, family-friendly, well-paced, action-packed, slightly dark, star-studded (Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ed Skrein, Sam Riley, Warwick Davis, and Leslie Manville), 2-hour film highlighted by gorgeous sets, costumes, and special effects and dominated by adorable fairies and creatures, her to-be mother-in-law wages a war with the non-humans who live in an enchanted land in a misguided attempt to protect the kingdom.

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Pain and Glory
  R   2019
  A captivating, superbly acted, touching, factually inspired, realistic, often somber, poignant, bittersweet, star-dotted (Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano, and Cecilia Roth), 113-minute Pedro Almodóvar film in which a gay, depressed, migraine-prone, choking-afflicted, asthmatic, aging Spanish film director (Antonio Banderas), who suffers from a multitude of mental and physical problems in Madrid and trying to get back his creative spark, reminisces about his childhood as a young, smart, Catholic boy (Asier Flores) growing up with his poor parents (Raúl Arévalo and Penelope Cruz) in a whitewashed cave in the 1960s and teaching an illiterate artistic laborer (César Vicente) while reconnecting with the estranged, heroin-addicted star (Asier Etxeandia) of his film that is now receiving renewed critical acclaim, and when the actor stars in the biopic play of the director’s life, he also ends up reconnecting with his former lover (Leonardo Sbaraglia) now divorced and owning a restaurant in Argentina.

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Zombieland: Double Tap
  R   2019
  After his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is anxious to meet people her own age, allegedly heads to Graceland with a guitar-playing, pacifist singer (Avan Jogia) in this wacky, silly, over-the-top, funny, bullet-riddled, graphically violent, star-studded (Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Bill Murray, Thomas Middleditch, and Dan Akyroyd), 99-minute comedic spoof, her gun-toting father (Woody Harrelson), a curly-haired nerd (Jesse Eisenberg) and his feisty girlfriend (Emma Stone), and a dimwit blonde (Zoey Deutch) hit the road in search for her while killing flesh-eating, evolving zombies along the way and ending up at the hippie, no-guns-allowed commune Babylon.

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Gemini Man
  PG-13   2019
  When a highly skilled, 51-year-old assassin (Will Smith) learns from a friend (Douglas Hodge) that the man he shot on a moving train was not a terrorist in Ang Lee’s action-packed, fast-paced, entertaining, wit-dotted, violent, 3D, 117-minute thriller, he goes on the run with another agent (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and a longtime pilot friend (Benedict Wong) after he becomes the target of a powerful bigwig (Clive Owen) who sends his younger, more agile clone to take him down.

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Lucy in the Sky
  R   2019
  When a smart, ambitious, driven, workaholic, NASA astronaut (Natalie Portman), who is married to PR NASA employee (Dan Stevens) and cares for her teenage niece (Pearl Amanda Dickson), returns to Earth after a mind-blowing space mission in this quirky, disappointing, factually inspired, lackluster, star-studded (Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Donovan, and Tig Notaro), 124-minute film, she begins an affair with a fellow astronaut (Jon Hamm) and upon learning he is also dating an African-American astronaut trainee (Zazie Beetz) becomes increasingly unstable, agitated, and frantic as she spirals into a mental breakdown.

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