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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, September 11, 2014
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Dolphin Tale 2
  PG   2014
  An inspirational, factually based, entertaining, family-oriented, star-studded (Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Bethany Hamilton), 107-minute sequel in which a compassionate marine biologist (Harry Connick, Jr.), his teenage daughter (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), and a dedicated team (Nathan Gamble, Ashton Stowell, et al.) at a Florida marine hospital and sea life amusement park rescue injured and sick dolphins and other sea life, including tortoises, and desperately try to save a depressed, handicapped dolphin named Winter after her surrogate mother dies, find her a new companion, and prevent her from being transferred to another facility.

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Drop, The
  R   2014
  A gritty, dark, violent, well-acted, 106-minute film based on Dennis Lehane’s short story Animal Rescue in which an unassuming bartender (Tom Hardy), who works for his reckless, irresponsible cousin (James Gandolfini) at a Brooklyn bar that is controlled by ruthless Chechen mobsters (Michael Aronov and Morgan Spector), ends up being interrogated by skeptical detectives (John Ortiz and Elizabeth Rodriguez) after the bar is robbed while at home he is trying to care for an adorable, battered pit bull puppy that he finds in the trash can of a waitress (Noomi Rapace) after her former, volatile, ex-con boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) abused it.

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Ragnarok
  PG-13   2014
  When a Norwegian archaeologist (Pål Sverre Hagen), his girlfriend (Sofia Helin), his two kids (Maria Annette Tanderø Berglyd and Julian Podolski), and a colleague (Nicolai Cleve Broch) search for Viking artifacts on an island in Norway in this family-friendly, predicable, 96-minute thriller, they discover more than they bargain for when the little boy picks up a prehistoric egg and come to understand the meaning of an ancient rune found in a ship.

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Identical, The
  PG   2014
  After a poor Alabama couple (Brian Geraghty and Amanda Crew) gives one of their twin sons in the 1930s to an evangelist preacher (Ray Liotta) and his barren wife (Ashley Judd) to raise in this engaging, entertaining, star-studded (Joe Pantoliano, Seth Green, and Danny Woodburn),106-minute film, the grown, charismatic, talented, Elvis-look-alike son (Blake Rayne) finds himself drawn to music and not the religious calling of his controlling, strict father and then finds himself impersonating world-famous, hip-gyrating, rock’n roll singer Drexel “the Dream” Hemsley” who is his exact double with the unconditional support of his beautiful wife (Erin Cottrel).

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Love Is Strange
  R   2014
  Tensions rise and relationships are strained when a gay church choir director (Alfred Molina) is fired by a priest (John Cullum) from his job in Manhattan in this low-key, engaging, down-to-earth, well-acted, 98-minute film, and he and his artistic husband (John Lithgow) end up living apart with friends and relatives (Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows, Charlie Tahan, et al.) while desperately searching for a place to live after they are forced to sell their longtime condo.


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