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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, May 28, 2016
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Alice Through the Looking Glass
  PG   2016
  When a fearless, self-assured British sea captain (Mia Wasikowska) returns home to London in 1875 after a three-year voyage and learns that her widowed mother (Lindsay Duncan) has sold her shares in a shipping company during her absence in this colorful, entertaining, wacky, 3D, star-studded (Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Michel Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Sacha Baron Cohen, Timothy Spall, Stephen Fry, Richard Armitage and Andrew Scott), 108-minute sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” filled with wonderful special effects, she travels back to Wonderland where she is compelled to help the distraught Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) find his family.

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Love & Friendship
  PG   2016
  Gorgeous landscapes and costumes highlight this delightfully funny, occasionally confusing, well-acted, star-dotted (Chloë Sevigny, Stephen Fry, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, and Emma Greenwell), 92-minute satirical romantic comedy adapted from Jane Austen’s 1871 novella Lady Susan in which a beautiful, widowed British aristocrat (Kate Beckinsale) schemes to find a husband for herself and her reluctant teenage daughter (Morfydd Clark) in the 1790s, and they end up with a dimwitted, wealthy nobleman (Tom Bennett) and a handsome English gentleman (Xavier Samuel), respectively.

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X-Men: Apocalypse
  PG-13   2016
  While four disillusioned mutants (Michael Fassbender, Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn, and Ben Hardy) in 1983 help a powerful, power-hungry Egyptian god-like mutant (Oscar Isaac) who has been dormant since 3600 BCE and now wants to return the world to its former glory days in this action-packed, fast-paced, entertaining, star-studded (Hugh Jackman, Rose Byrne, and Josh Helman), 3D, 143-minute film, the X-Men (Evan Peters, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Summers, Lana Condor) join forces to stop the destruction of the Earth.

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Angry Birds Movie, The
  PG   2016
  After a devious, green pig (voiceover by Bill Hader) and his cohorts arrive on an island of birds (voiceovers by Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Kate KcKinnon, Tituss Burgess, Ike Barinholtz, Blake Shelton, et al.) in this colorful, family-oriented, entertaining, 3D, 97-minute animated comedy, a Red angry bird (voiceover by Jason Sudeikis) and three friends (voiceovers by Danny McBride, Sean Penn, and Josh Gad), whom he met at an anger management class run by a laidback teacher (voiceover by Maya Rudolph), try to get the revered Mighty eagle (voiceover by Peter Dinklage) to help the flock of birds retrieve valuable eggs that the swine have stolen and taken to Piggy Island.

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Bigger Splash, A
  R   2016
  Jealousy, tension, and trouble ensue in this quirky, sensuous, well-acted, 124-minute remake of the 1969 French La Piscine (aka The Swimming Pool) movie highlighted by gorgeous landscapes when a former lover/record producer (Ralph Fiennes) and his sexy, estranged daughter (Dakota Johnson) come to visit a whispering famous rock star (Tilda Swinton) recovering from throat surgery and her documentary filmmaker boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) while they are vacationing on the Sicilian isle of Pantelleria.

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