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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 18, 2019
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Dog's Journey, A
  PG   2019
  After the smart, beloved Saint Bernard (voiceover by Josh Gad) of a Michigan couple (Dennis Quaid and Marg Helgenberger) is put to sleep and his soul, personality, and memories are reincarnated into three subsequent pooches in this heartwarming, touching, tear-inducing, family-oriented, enjoyable, 108-minute sequel to the 2017 Dog’s Purpose based on W. Bruce Cameron’s novel, the loyal canines eventually find themselves back to the couple’s singer/songwriter granddaughter (Kathryn Prescott/ Abby Ryder Fortson) to protect her through the years from her widowed, irresponsible, alcoholic, neglectful mother (Betty Gilpin) and to bring her back to the kindhearted friend (Henry Lau/Ian Chen) she knew from her childhood.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
  R   2019
  After a highly skilled, widowed assassin (Keanu Reeves) with nine lives breaks the cardinal rule at a sanctuary hotel in New York City by killing someone on the premises and a $14 million bounty is placed on his head in this bullet-riddled, riveting, action-packed, fast-paced, extremely violent, star-studded (Halle Berry, Randall Duk Kim, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jason Mantzoukas, Jerome Flynn, Robin Lord Taylor, and Lance Riddick), 130-minute thriller filled with dead bodies, he finds himself the target of gun-, knife-, and saber-wielding assassins (Mark Dacascos, Hiroyuki Sanada, et al.) who desperately want to claim the money while an adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) imposes dire penalties on some of the people (Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, and Angelica Huston) who helped him escape after the murder.

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  NR   2019
  Stunningly gorgeous cinematograph and outstanding choreography dominate Zhang Yimou’s captivating, intriguing, thrilling, violent, action-packed, historical, 116-minute, black-and-white film punctuated with color in which an ambitious Chinese king (Zheng Kai) in 220-280 A.D. is desperate to get a vital city under his control after his commanding general (Chao Deng) is injured in battle and then offers up his sister (Guan Xiaotong) as a bride to the son (Leo Wu) of the rival general (Hu Jun) but the general’s devious, skilled, saber-wielding doppelgänger (Chao Deng), who is in love with the king’s wife (Li Sun), carries out his own secret plan.

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We Always Lived in the Castle
  NR   2019
  When their charming, devious, handsome cousin (Sebastian Stan) who has ulterior motives arrives at an isolated Victorian mansion in New England to try and lay claim to the family fortune after the owners of the house mysteriously died of arsenic poisoning five years earlier in this dark, somber, well-acted, slow-paced, 95-minute psychological thriller based on Shirley Jackson’s 1962 novel, the mentally unstable, superstitious, 18-year-old teenager (Taissa Farmiga) unravels even more and becomes increasingly obsessed with casting supernatural spells in an attempt to protect the house and her beautiful, older sister (Alexandra Daddario) and her wheelchair-bound, dementia-afflicted uncle (Crispin Glover).

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  PG   2019
  When a 21-year-old insurance salesman (Justin Smith) learns from a police lieutenant (Ken Watanabe) that his well-known detective father has died tragically in a mysterious car accident in this colorful, action-packed, visually stunning, imaginative, family-oriented, witty, entertaining, 3D, star-studded (Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora, Josette Simon, and Ben Fox), 105-minute fantasy film dominated by wonderful creatures and special effects, he teams up with a junior columnist (Kathryn Newton) and his father’s Pokémon partner detective Pikachu (voiceover by Ryan Reynolds) to find out who was responsible for the death of his father, to continue the investigation into a powerful purple gas and its effects, and the involvement of a wealthy, duplicitous, wheelchair-bound businessman (Bill Nighy) and his son (Chris Geere).

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