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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 17, 2018
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Mile 22
  R   2018
  Frenetic pacing dominates this convoluted, action-packed, violent, unpredictable, 95-minute thriller based on a story by Graham Roland and Lea Carpenter in which elite undercover paramilitary operatives (Mark Wahlberg Ronda Rousey, Lauren Cohan, and Sam Medina) lead by their Overwatch tactical command unit boss (John Malkovich) agree to escort to the airport a duplicitous, skilled, highly valued asset (Iko Uwais), who was granted asylum in the United States in exchange for the code that would unlock vital data from a disk, through a bullet-riddled, 22-mile gauntlet in a Southeast Asian city where the enemy appears from all directions.

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Alpha
  PG-13   2018
  Gorgeous cinematography and scenery highlight this intense, touching, gut-wrenching, 3D, 96-minute film based on Albert Hughes’s story and punctuated by a surprise ending about the survival of a tenacious teenage hunter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in Europe during the ice age 20,000 years ago after a tragic accident separates him from his chieftain father (Johannes Haukur Johannesson) while on the tribe’s annual hunt for bison and ends up teaming up with an injured wolf as they learn to trust and care each other on his journey home to his tribe and family (Leonor Varela, Natassia Malthe, et al.) by following the stars.

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Crazy Rich Asians
  PG-13   2018
  When a spirited, beautiful, Chinese-American economics professor (Constance Wu), who teaches at NYU and was raised by a single mother (Tan Kheng Hua), and her handsome businessman boyfriend (Henry Golding) head to Singapore from New York City to attend his friend’s upcoming elaborate nuptials in this wacky, colorful, intermittently funny, unoriginal, 121-minute romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan's novel and highlighted by striking panoramic city shots and stunning high fashion, she learns that his family (Lisa Lu, Gemma Chan, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, Nico Santos, Victoria Loke, et al.) is extremely wealthy, shallow, and judgmental and his snobbish, straitlaced, domineering, traditional mother (Michelle Yeoh) feels she is not good enough for her son.

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Never Goin’ Back
  R   2018
  When immature, reckless, cocaine-snorting, 16-year-old, high school dropouts and best friends (Maia Mitchell and Camila Morroine), who work as waitresses at a diner and are roommates with three drug-dealing slackers (Kyle Mooney, Joe Allen, and Matthew Holcomb) in Dallas, Tx., dream of vacationing at the beach in Galveston in this silly, tweener, intermittently funny and raunchy, bathroom-joked-plagued, coming-of-age, 85-minute comedy, they find themselves trying to come up with rent money after being robbed, getting fired, landing in jail, and blackmailing a sandwich shop owner.

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Meg, The
  PG-13   2018
  After a beer-guzzling deepwater rescue specialist and former Naval captain (Jason Statham) in Thailand heads to a research lab off China’s coast funded by a cocky billionaire (Rainn Wilson) to try and save three people (Jessica McNamee, Masayori Oka, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) trapped in the submersible 11,000 meters down in this riveting, action-packed, entertaining, 3D, 113-minute thriller based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel The Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, researchers (Bingbing Li, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Robert Taylor. Et al.) soon discover that a voracious, 70-foot, big-tooth Megalodon shark has come up from the deep and killed fishermen and is soon headed toward popular, packed beaches.


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