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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, February 22, 2020
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Olympic Dreams
  PG-13   2020
  When a reserved, shy, 37-year-old American oral surgeon (Nick Kroll), who is volunteering in the Athletes Village and dreams of owning his own dental practice, and a depressed, unfulfilled, first-time, Olympic 22-year-old cross-country skier (Alexis Pappas) meet against the backdrop of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in this slow-paced, underwhelming, somber, realistic, 83-minute film, their awkward meeting turns into a friendship that lifts each other's spirits and encourages each goals and dreams.

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Call of the Wild, The
  PG   2020
  Gorgeous scenery and cinematography dominate this engaging, tension-punctuated, well-acted, family-friendly, delightful, star-dotted (Dan Stevens, Bradley Whitford, Karen Gillan, Terry Notary, and Scott MacDonald), 105-minute, 2019 remake of the 1935 film based on Jack London’s 1905 classic novel in which an idyllic life of a lovable, smart, protective St. Bernard/Scotch Collie goes topsy-turvy when he ends up in the wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the 1890s after being stolen from his California family and ends up as a valuable sled dog for an African-American mailman (Omar Sy) and his wife (Cara Gee), is sold again to an abusive gold prospector (Colin Woodell), and eventually teams up with a kindhearted, lonely prospector (Harrison Ford).

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Bangla
  NR   2020
  [Subtitled] [Plays Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the MSP Film Society’s 11th Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul at the St. Anthony on Main Theater; for information, log on to info@mspfilm.org or call 612/331-7563.] Nonprofessional actors dominate Phaim Bhuiyan’s delightful, charming, factually inspired, well-paced, funny, 84-minute romantic comedy in which a 22-year-old, virginal, aspiring, half-Bengali, Italy-born musician (Phaim Bhuiyan), who works as a museum steward and lives with his strict, traditional, Muslim mother (Nasima Akhter), father, and sister in Rome, thinks about sex all day long, and when he meets and falls hard for a beautiful, carefree Italian student Carlotta Antonelli), he seeks advice from friends (Simone Liberati, Tangir Ahammed Miah, Davide Fornaro, et al.) as he tries to reconcile his religious beliefs and values with his strong attraction to his girlfriend who lives with her divorced father (Pietro Sermonti) after her mother came out as a lesbian.

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Champion, The
  NR   2020
  [Subtitled] [Plays on Feb. 21 at 6:45 p.m. as part of the MSP Film Society’s 11th Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul at the St. Anthony on Main Theater; for information, log on to info@mspfilm.org or call 612/331-7563.] After a popular, highly talented, hot-tempered, Lamborghini-loving, dyslexic soccer star (Andrea Carpenzano) in Rome has everyone, including his widowed mooching father (Sergio Romano), wanting something from him and a guilt-ridden professor (Stefano Accorsi), who is estranged from his wife (Anita Caprioli), is hired to tutor him so that he can get his diploma in Leonardo D’Agostini’s slow-paced, intense, well-acted, unpredictable, 105-minute film, their tumultuous relationship eventually changes both of their lives.

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Selfie
  NR   2020
  [Subtitled] [Plays Feb. 21 at 9:15 p.m. as part of the MSP Film Society’s 11th Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul at the St. Anthony on Main Theater; for information, log on to info@mspfilm.org or call 612/331-7563.] Agostino Ferrente’s insightful, gritty, fascinating, down-to-Earth, 78-minute, 2019 documentary that follows 16-year-old, Italian bar waiter Alessandro, who is estranged from his father, and his 16-year-old, diabetic, aspiring barber best friend Pietro as they use their smartphones in selfie mode to film themselves in their daily lives in the violent, gang-infested, seaside Traiano neighborhood of Naples during 2017 while reminiscing about teenage friend Davide Bifolco who was mistaken for a fugitive and murdered by cops in 2014 and dreaming about their future, playing pool, shopping, and hanging out.


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