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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, January 18, 2017
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Sleepless
  R   2017
  While two Internal Affairs detectives (Michelle Lynn Monaghan and David Harbour) investigate dirty cops in Las Vegas in this one-dimensional, action-packed, fast-paced, violent, predictable, 95-minute remake of the French crime thriller Nuit Blanche (aka Sleepless Nights) based on the novel by Frédéric Jardin, Nicolas Saada, and Olivier Douyère, a divorced, undercover homicide detective (Jamie Foxx) desperately searches for his teenage son (Octavius J. Johnson) who was kidnapped in broad daylight after leaving his nurse mother (Gabrielle Union) at the hospital by a ruthless casino kingpin (Dermot Mulroney) who needs his cocaine returned that he owes an even more dangerous drug dealer (Scoot McNairy).

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20th Century Women
  R   2017
  A languid-paced, well-acted, slice-of-life, star-dotted (Laura Wiggins, Alia Shawkat, and John Billingsley), 118-minute, Mike Mills film about the dynamics in the household of a single, 50-something, Bohemian, chain-smoking draftswoman (Annette Bening) in 1979 Santa Barbara, Calif., trying to raise her precocious, 15-year-old son (Lucas Jade Zumann) with the help of his sexually experienced first crush (Elle Fanning), an aspiring photographer tenant (Greta Celeste Gerwig) who survived ovarian cancer, and a handyman mechanic (Billy Crudup).

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Live by Night
  R   2017
  A multilayered, well-acted, violent, star-studded (Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning, Anthony Michael Hall, Scott Eastwood, Chris Sullivan, Miguel, Titus Welliver, Clark Gregg, and Matthew Maher), 128-minute film based on Dennis Lehane’s novel in which a gangster (Ben Affleck) in 1926 Boston disappoints his veteran police captain father (Brendan Gleeson) when he leads a life of crime and lands in jail, recklessly becomes smitten with the girlfriend (Sienna Miller) of an Irish mobster (Robert Glenister), and then ends up being a bootlegger running rum and speakeasies for an Italian don (Remo Girone) with his longtime, trusted partner (Chris Messina) in Tampa during the Prohibition and falling in love with a beautiful Cuban (Zoe Saldana).

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Monster Trucks
  PG   2017
  After an oil company discovers subterranean, intelligent, oil-eating creatures while drilling in North Dakota in this entertaining, family-friendly, humorous, star-dotted (Rob Lowe, Holt McCallany, Amy Ryan, and Frank Whaley), 104-minute film based on Matthew Robinson’s story, a kindhearted, mechanically inclined high school student (Lucas Till), a smitten classmate (Jane Levy), a change-of-heart scientist (Thomas Lennon), a disable junkyard owner (Danny Glover), and a sheriff (Barry Pepper ) end up banding together to save the friendly, octopus-like animals.

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Patriots Day
  R   2017
  After the two Muslim Tsarnaev brothers (Themo Melikidz and Alex Wolff) terrorize Boston by detonating two homemade bombs one block apart during the Boston Marathon on Apr. 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring numerous bystanders and competitors (Christopher O'Shea, Rachel Brosnahan, et al.) in this intense, well-acted, superbly paced, gut-wrenching, star-dotted (Michelle Monaghan, Melissa Benoist, and Peter Berg), 133-minute film, dedicated Boston cops (Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, Jake Picking, et al.), the police commissioner (John Goodman), the police superintendent (James Colby), the Massachusetts governor (Michael Beach), and FBI agents (Kevin Bacon, et al.) lock own the city to find the terrorists.


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