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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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Hercules
  PG-13   2014
  When widowed demigod Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his mercenary cohorts (Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Ingrid Bolsø Berda, Aksel Hennie, Tobias Santelmann, and Reece Ritchie) are hired by the benevolent daughter (Rebecca Ferguson) on behalf of her power-hungry father Lord Cotys (John Hurt) in 358 B.C. to train a Thracian army iun this humor-dotted, entertaining, action-packed, violent, star-studded (Joseph Fiennes and Peter Mullan), 3D, 98-miunute film, they battle formidable foes.

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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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