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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.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
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Parasite
  R   2019
  Subtitled] [Opens Dec. 6 at the MSP Film Society at the St. Anthony on Main Theater; for information, log on to info@mspfilm.org or call 612/331-7563.] Joon-ho Bong’s critically acclaimed, superbly-written, entertaining, well-acted, dark, humor-punctuated, satirical, unpredictable, 132-minute comedic thriller in which an unemployed, broke, ambitious Korean family, including a proud father (Song Kang-ho), his devoted wife (Hye-jin Jang), his twentysomething daughter (So-dam Park), and his college-dreaming son (Woo-sik Choi), who folds pizza boxes for a meager wage, con their way to working as a chauffeur, a housekeeper, an art therapy teacher, and an English tutor, respectively, for a wealthy couple (Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Yeo-jeong) and their two spoiled children (Jung Ji-so and Jung Hyun-joon) at their posh mansion to dire, unexpected consequences when a former, peach-allergic employee (Lee Jung-eun) shows up unexpectedly and throws a wrench into the scam.

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Irishman, The
  R   2019
  Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-caliber, engaging, well-acted, intense, factually inspired, violent, star-studded (Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, Jesse Plemmons, Stephen Graham, J. C. MacKenzie, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jack Huston, and Steven Van Zandt), 210-minute crime thriller based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 novel I Heard You Paint Houses is told in flashbacks as WWII veteran, nursing home resident, and once no-nonsense delivery truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) depicts his rise as the right-hand man, bodyguard, and proficient, loyal assassin for powerful Italian mobster Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and his Pennsylvania crime family during the 1950s and details his alleged numerous Mafia hits and tight friendship with International Brotherhood of Teamsters bigwig Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), which eventually derails.

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Marriage Story
  R   2019
  Amazing acting dominates Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical, realistic, thought-provoking, moving, critically acclaimed, painfully-poignant, languid-paced, humor-dotted, star-studded (Julie Hagerty, Wallace Shawn, Merritt Wever, and Mark O;Brien), Netflix-produced, 137-minute film that follows the tragic breakup of a Los Angeles stage and television actress (Scarlett Johansson) and her avant garde, New York City-based play director husband (Adam Driver) as they have trouble communicating and try to civilly negotiate the terms of their divorce between themselves while taking care of their young son (Azhy Robertson) before divorced attorneys (Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta) begin to drive everything off into the ditch.

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Pain and Glory
  R   2019
  [Subtitled] [Opens Nov. 29 at the MSP Film Society at the St. Anthony on Main Theater; for information, log on to info@mspfilm.org or call 612/331-7563.] 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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Knives Out
  PG-13   2019
  After a wealthy, highly successful, famous, obstinate, idiosyncratic, 85-year-old, mystery writing crime novelist (Christopher Plummer) is found at his grand mansion with his throat slashed by his longtime housekeeper (Edi Patterson) in Rian Johnson’s delightful, taut, well-written, superbly acted, entertaining, hilarious, twist-filled, unpredictable, star-dotted (M. Emmet Walsh, Frank Oz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Raúl Castillo Jr., and K. Callan), 130-minute, whodunit comedic satire reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s work, a Sherlock-clever, charming, accent-heavy private investigator (Daniel Craig) and two police lieutenants (LaKeith Stanfield and Noah Segan) begin the interrogation of the dysfunctional, snobbish, entitled family members, including adult children (Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Shannon), in-laws (Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Riki Lindhome, et al.), and the grandkids (Chris Evans, Katherine Langford, and Jaeden Martell), and his kindhearted, Latina caretaking nurse (Ana de Armas).


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