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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.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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No Esacpe
  R   2015
  An attention-grabbing, intense, violent, highly suspenseful, action-packed, 103-minute thriller in which a Texas engineer (Owen Wilson) tries to get his wife (Lake Bell) and two young daughters (Sterling Jerins and Claire Geare) out of Southeast Asia with the help of a gun-toting Brit (Pierce Brosnan) when he and other foreigners become the target of angry, murderous locals during a coup.

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American Ultra
  R   2015
  When a weed-smoking grocery store clerk (Jesse Eisenberg) in West Virginia becomes the target of a maniacal, tenacious CIA executive (Topher Grace\) who has gone rogue and surprisingly skillfully takes out several assassins in this gripping, gritty, violent, action-packed, star-studded (Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, and Tony Hale), 95-minute thriller, a CIA agent (Connie Britton) is determined to save him and his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) after more assassins (Walton Goggins, et al.) are sent to kill them.

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Diary of a Teenage Girl
  R   2015
  A risqué, well-acted, intermittently uncomfortable, coming-of-age, 102-minute film based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s semi-autobiographical, graphic 2002 novel in which a flirtatious, 15-year-old wannabe cartoonist (Bel Powley), who lives with her divorced, irresponsible, bohemian mother (Kristen Wiig) in San Francisco and rarely sees her father (Christopher Meloni) who lives in New York, seduces her mom’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård) in 1976 and shares her intimate feelings with her tape recorder and best friend (Madeleine Waters).

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Hitman: Agent 47
  R   2015
  Flying bullets dominate this intriguing, violent, action-packed, fast-paced, convoluted, 96-minute thriller based on the Hitman videogame series in which a mysterious, innocent woman (Hannah Ware) in Berlin becomes the target of a highly skilled assassin (Rupert Friend) and an elite covert operative (Zachary Quinto) and his boss (Thomas Kretschmann) who are desperately searching for her asthmatic, geneticist father (Ciarán Hinds).

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She’s Funny That Way
  R   2015
  A screwball, unevenly funny, disappointing, star-dotted (Jennifer Aniston, Rhys Ifans, Scott Campbell, Quentin Tarantino, Cybill Shepherd, Will Forte, Jennifer Esposito, Lucy Punch, Debi Mazar, Illeana Douglas, Tatum O’Neal, Richard Lewis, Joanna Lumley, Austin Pendleton, and Tovah Feldshuh), 93-mimute sex farce in which an actress (Imogen Poots) reminisces how she got her unlikely start after a Broadway producer (Owen Wilson), who is also married to an actress (Kathryn Hahn), gave her money to stop prostituting herself.


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