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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, August 18, 2017
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Hitman’s Bodyguard, The
  R   2017
  After a fleet of Interpol agents are taken out by a bunch of tenacious henchmen (Sam Hazeldine, et al.) while escorting a notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson, who is married to a feisty, incarcerated Mexican (Salma Hayek), to the International Court of Justice in Amsterdam in this highly entertaining, hilarious, fast-paced, action-packed, violent, star-studded (Richard E. Grant and Joaquim de Almeida), 118-minute comedy based on Tim O’Connor novel and filled with terrific dialogue and martial arts and car chase choreography, an Interpol agent (Elodie Yung) contacts her former boyfriend and skilled, triple-A-rated, down-on-his-luck bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) to get the star witness from Manchester, England, to the Hague in Amsterdam for the trial of an evil ruthless Eastern European despot (Gary Oldman).

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Logan Lucky
  PG-13   2017
  Surprises abound in this twist-filled, hilarious, entertaining, star-studded (Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, David Denman, Dwight Yoakam, and Macon Blair), unpredictable, 159-minute, Steven Soderbergh comedy that is redneck version of Ocean’s Eleven in which a divorced construction worker (Channing Tatum), who has a daughter (Farrah Mackenzie), in West Virginia and his one-armed bartender brother (Adam Driver) plan an elaborate heist during a NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the help of their hairdresser sister (Riley Keough), a prison inmate (Daniel Craig), and a couple of slackers (Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson) where people are being broken out and into prison.

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Menashe
  PG   2017
  Tensions rise in this insightful, down-to-earth, touching, well-acted, poignant, 82-minute film for a struggling, widowed, orthodox Hasidic Jew (Menashe Lustig) who works as a down-trodden grocery store employee in Brooklyn and desperately wants to care for his son (Ruben Niborski) as he tries to convince the stubborn rabbi (Meyer Schwartz) to permit him to raise his own child rather than his disrespectful brother-in-law (Yoel Weisshaus) and his family.

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Only Living Boy in New York, The
  R   2017
  Jealousy, guilt, and secrets run rampant after a 25-year-old, wannabe writer, recent college graduate (Callum Turner) discovers that his wealthy publisher father (Pierce Brosnan) is cheating on his artistic, depressed, guilt-ridden wife (Cynthia Nixon) in New York with a gorgeous coworker (Kate Beckinsale) in this low-key, languid-paced, psychological, 98-minute film based on Allan Loeb’s novel, he disappoints his best friend (Kiersey Clemons) by sleeping with his father’s mistress himself and then learns a long-buried secret from an eccentric, alcoholic writer (Jeff Bridges) in his Manhattan apartment building.

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Inconvenient Truth, An: Sequel to Power
  PG   2017
  Al Gore narrates this informational, inspirational, call-for-change, controversial, 98-minute sequel to his Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and documents the strides the world has made in solving the global warming crisis, continues his global mission to educate people on the imminent dangers of climate change and the environmental and financial impact of not reducing pollutant levels and shows snippets from his leadership training seminars in the United States, China, and the Philippines where he is training ambassadors to carry on his message worldwide; includes frightening and stunning footage of increasing global disasters from flooding, drought, and fires and the subsequent horrific loss of life; and consists of clips of the gathering of leaders from many nations in Paris in November 2016 where all countries involved signed the Paris Climate Agreement.


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