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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.

Friday, November 21, 2014
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Hunger Games, The: The Mockingjay—Part
  PG-13   2014
  A gripping, action-packed, well-paced, well-acted, 123-minute, sci-fi sequel based on the trilogy by Suzanne Collins in which inspirational, well-loved, archer Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the face of the rebellion to reunite the districts to take down President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his cohorts (Stanley Tucci, Robert Knepper, and Sarita Choudhury), who are using Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) against her in the Capitol, after she and her sister (Willow Shields) are saved by rebel friends (Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Clafin, Natalie Dormer, Jean Malone, Wes Chatham, and Mahershala Ali) and President Coin (Julianne Moore) living in a gloomy, subterranean world.

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Beyond the Lights
  PG-13   2014
  After a depressed, popular, up-and-coming, talented British singer (Gugu Mbatha Raw), who is stifled by her controlling mother (Minnie Driver), attempts suicide at a posh Beverly Hills hotel in this compelling, well-written, star-dotted (Danny Glover, Chaka Khan, Gayle King, Benito Martinez, Aisha Hinds, Estelle, Tom Wright, and Ami Ameen), 114-minute film, she begins to straighten out her life when she is saved by a politically ambitious Los Angeles cop (Nate Parker).

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Theory of Everything, The
  PG-13   2014
  A compelling, heart-tugging, well-acted, factually based, star-dotted (Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Simon McBurney, and Charlie Cox), 2-hour film based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen that follows the astounding career and life of witty, famous, genius British physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) from his early days as a student at Cambridge University in 1963, his devastating diagnosis of the crippling motor neurological disorder similar to ALS, his marriage to his first supportive wife (Felicity Jones), and to the birth of their three children.

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Big Hero 6
  PG   2014
  After his brother (voiceover by Daniel Henney) invents a marshmallow-like healthcare robot (voiceover by Scott Asdit), a horrific fire and explosion destroys a scientific institute run by a respected professor (voiceover by James Cromwell), and a grief-stricken father seeks revenge using millions of stolen microbots in this entertaining, family-oriented, funny, endearing, action-packed, fast-paced, 3D, 108-minute, animated comedy based on Steven T. Seagle’s and Duncan Rouleau’s book, a 14-year-old genius inventor (voiceover by Ryan Potter), who lives with his cafe owner aunt (voiceover by Maya Rudolph) and four smart, nerdy friends (voiceovers by T. J. Miller, Damon Wayans, Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, and Jamie Chung) join with the enhanced robot to save San Fransokyo.

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Interstellar
  PG-13   2014
  Convoluted technical jargon detracts from this intriguing, visually-captivating, star-studded (Matt Damon, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, Bill Irwin, and William Devane), 169-minute, Christopher Nolan, sci-fi thriller with terrific special effects in which a widowed pilot (Matthew McConaughey), who leaves his two children (Mackenzie Foy and Timothée Chalamet) at home in dust-laden upstate New York with their grandfather (John Lithgow), joins other astronauts (Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, and David Oyelowo) on a long-term, harrowing journey to a wormhole and another galaxy to search for a planet suitable for human life while scientists (Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, et al.) on Earth build a space station.


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