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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, July 24, 2014
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And So It Goes
  PG-13   2014
  After a grouchy, widowed, self-absorbed Connecticut realtor (Michael Douglas) ends up caring for his estranged granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) when his son (Scott Shepherd) is sent to prison in this charming, low-key, star-dotted (Rob Reiner, Frances Sternhagen, Frank Valli, and Yaya DaCosta), 94-minute, Rob Reiner romantic comedy, he mellows out as he finds himself falling for his lounge-singing next door neighbor (Diane Keaton).

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I Origins
  R   2014
  Seven years after an atheistic, skeptical molecular biologist (Michael Pitt) in New York City lost his fiancée (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) in a tragic accident and he married his lab partner (Brit Marling) with whom he studied eyes that often have been called “mirrors to the soul” in this slow-paced, albeit intriguing, predictable, 113-minute film, they are shocked to learn that an Indian girl (Kashish) may have identical iris patterns to his dead fiancée.

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Lucy
  R   2014
  When a wacky blond American (Scarlett Johansson) gets a powerful, mind-altering, synthetic blue crystal drug surgically implanted in her abdomen in Tapei and then finds her brain function rapidly increasing after the pouch ruptures in this riveting, thought-provoking, violent, farfetched uneven, 85-minute, Luc Besson sci-fi thriller reminiscent of Limitless and highlighted by colorful, terrific cinematography and high-speed action, she retaliates against a tenacious, ruthless gangster (Min-sik Choi) and his henchmen while seeking the aid of French police captain (Amr Waked) in Paris and a brilliant scientist (Morgan Freeman) who is researching cerebral capacity.

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Most Wanted Man, A
  R   2014
  When a tortured half-Chechen, half-Russian Muslim (Grigorly Dobrygin) enters Hamburg illegally and tries to access more than 10 million Euros of his father’s ill-gotten money held in a private bank in this engaging, suspenseful, complex, thought-provoking, 2-hour political thriller, which is slow paced, uneven, and based on John le Carré’s novel, a chain-smoking German agent (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a compassionate amnesty lawyer (Rachel McAdams), and a smitten banker (Willem Dafoe) try to determine whether he is a Jihad terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda while American CIA operatives (Robin Wright, et al.) plan their own agenda.

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Hellion
  NR   2014
  When an angry, 13-year-old boy (Josh Wiggins), who lives with his hard-drinking, widowed, blue-collar father (Aaron Paul) in Texas, runs with the wrong crowd (Dalton Sutton, et al.) and gets into trouble with the law in this heartbreaking, gritty, realistic, 94-minute film, life gets more chaotic for him when a social worker removes his younger brother (Deke Garner) from the home to live with his aunt (Juliette Lewis).


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