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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, October 17, 2018
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Beautiful Boy
  R   2018
  Terrific acting dominates this gut-wrenching, factually based, dark, realistic, slow-paced, 2-hour film based on David Sheff’s bestselling memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and Nic Sheff’s memoir Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines that chronicles the struggle of a desperate magazine writer (Steve Carell), who with his artistic wife (Maura Tierney) and two young children (Christian Convery and Oakley Bull) in San Francisco, as he tries with his ex-wife (Amy Ryan) to help his smart, 19-year-old son (Timothée Chalame) who is addicted to a slew of drugs, including crystal meth.

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Oath, The
  R   2018
  After a liberal-minded businessman (Ike Barinholtz), who has an African-American wife (Tiffany Haddish) and young daughter (Priah Ferguson), refuses to sign the patriot loyalty oath to POTUS that the government is silently strong arming citizens to sign by Black Friday in this well-acted, political, poignant, unpredictable, 93-minute comedic satire, feathers are ruffled during Thanksgiving dinner with the family (Nora Dunn, Carrie Brownstein, Chris Ellis, Matt Corboy, and Meredith Hagner) when a discussion becomes heated and secrets are revealed and when two Citizen Protection Unit agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) show up at the house unexpectedly the next day, all hell breaks loose.

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Living in the Age of Airplanes
  NR   2018
  [Plays Oct. 12-Jan 3. at the Omnitheater as part of the Year of the Engineer at the Science Museum of Minnesota.] Harrison Ford narrates this educational, inspirational, thought-provoking, 47-minute IMAX documentary, which is filled with striking cinematography and gorgeous scenery from 18 countries across all seven continents, that examines the history of transportation from the invention of the wheel that led to automobiles, the stream engines that led to trains, and the airplane that led to modern-day flight and explores the countless effects that airplanes have had on everyday life due to the extraordinary technological advancements that allowed people to explore this awesome planet with relative ease and the ability to deliver goods from all corners of Earth to all over the globe in a short amount of time.

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
  PG   2018
  After an inventive student (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and his Africa-American friend (Caleel Harris) inadvertently bring an evil, mischievous ventriloquist’s dummy (voiceover by Mick Wingert) back to life that is desperate to have a family in this lackluster, sappy, wacky, non-scary, star-dotted (Jack Black, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell), 99-minute horror comedy sequel, his college-bound sister (Madison Iseman) helps the boys stop the monstrous ghouls and goblins from terrorizing the townsfolk on Halloween.

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22 July
  R   2018
  A powerful, gripping, gut-wrenching, ire-inducing, factually based, well-acted, violent, 143-minute political thriller based on Åsne Seierstad’s book One of Us that chronicles the aftermath of the senseless bombing in Oslo near the headquarters of Norwegian Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg (Ola G. Furuseth) and the horrific murder of 77 people who “were children of the elite” and injuring more than 200 on July 22, 2011, at a summer youth camp by neo-Nazi terrorist Anders Behring Breivik (Anders Danielsen Lie) who wanted to get Islam out of Europe, and then it follows the struggle of PTSD-afflicted teenager Viljar (Jonas Strand Gravli) as he desperately tries to recover emotionally and physically from the attack and the subsequent court trial in which lawyer Geir Lippestad (Jon Øigarden), who has five children and was requested by the killer, defends him.


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