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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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Citizen K
  NR   2020
  Alex Gibney’s Oscar-nominated, critically acclaimed, fascinating, educational, insightful, 126-minute documentary that consists of news clips, archival film footage, photographs, and interview snippets with journalists Martin Sixsmith and Talyana Lysoba, business partners Leonid Nevylin and Platon Lebedev, NTV President Igor Malashenko, and attorneys Anton Drel, Maria Logan, and Vasily Aleksanyan to present an indepth, multilayered look into the inner workings of Russia, including politics, government, corruption, and the oligarchy, after the breakup of the Soviet Union from the perspective of one time powerful, influential, richest businessman in Russia Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who amassed his fortune in financing and oil, served 10 years of a 13-year sentence for allegedly illegal shenanigans, often faced off against arrogant and egotistical President Vladimir Putin, and eventually exiled in London as a political dissident.

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Rhythm Section, The
  R   2020
  Striking cinematography and scenery highlights this convoluted, dark, well-acted, violent, star-studded (Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Mays, Raza Jaffrey, Max Casella, and Geoff Bell), 109-minute film based on Mark Burnell’s novel in which a heroin-shooting, tenacious, revenge-fueled woman (Blake Lively) in London is determined to track down the culprits (Tawfeek Barhom, Richard Brake, et al.) and to seek justice for her close-knit parents (Shane Whisker and Elly Curtis), brother (David Duggan), and sister after they were tragically killed in an airplane bombing and then mysteriously ends up being detoxed and trained by a hard-hitting former British MI-6 agent (Jude Law) in Inverness, Scotland, in order to accomplish her dangerous mission in locales from London, Madrid, New York, Marseilles, and Tangiers.

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Gentlemen, The
  R   2020
  Double-crosses run rampant and bodies pile up in Guy Ritchie’s complicated, well-paced, intense, creative, violent, intermittently funny, love-it-or-leave-it, 107-minute crime caper dominated by gorgeous cinematography, two-dimensional characters, and oftentimes difficult to understand accents in which a ruthless, savvy, Oxford-educated American drug kingpin (Matthew McConaughey), who has a beautiful, no-nonsense, all-female, car repair shop owner wife (Michelle Dockery) in London, hopes to sell his highly-successful marijuana business with the help of his wagyu steak-loving right-hand henchman (Charlie Hunnam) to a wealthy buyer (Jeremy Strong) in the $400 million range while a wacky, scriptwriting private investigator (Hugh Grant) keeps tabs on rival drug dealers (Henry Golding, et al.) and gathers intel on a questionable boxing gym owner (Colin Farrell) and an unsavory tabloid editor (Eddie Marsan).

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Last Full Measure, The
  R   2020
  An ambitious, initially reluctant, Pentagon executive (Sebastian Stan), who has a pregnant wife (Alison Sudol) and young son (Asher Miles Fallica), interviews a few PTSD-afflicted 1st Infantry Division U.S. Army veterans (Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda, Ed Harris, and John Savage) in an attempt to honor the request made by the tenacious parents (Christopher Plummer and Diane Ladd) and best friend (William Hurt) to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to heroic, courageous, 21-year-old, U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen medic William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), which frustratingly and irritatingly took 34 years due to bureaucratic redtape and a coverup, who saved more than sixty men on April 11, 1966, in this heart-wrenching, factually inspired, inspirational, intense, violent, star-studded (Bradley Whitford, Amy Madigan, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache, LisaGay Hamilton, Robert Pine, and Julian Adams), 110-minute, 2019 film, which intersperses some fierce, bloody battle scenes fought by the grateful Army soldiers (Ser’Darius Blain, Ethan Russell, Zach Roerig, James Jagger, Cody Walker, Richard Cawthrone, et al.) in their younger days in Vietnam who witnessed the brave, selfish sacrifice of the airmen medic during the horrific, bloody Abilene Battle.

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I Lost My Body
  NR   2020
  Striking and wonderful hand-drawn animation highlights this original, Oscar-nominated, creative, touching, quirky, melancholy, 81-minute, 2019 animated French film with an unexpected ending, told in flashbacks, and based on Guillaume Laurant’s novel Happy Hand in which a severed, tenacious hand escapes a French laboratory in the 1990s and encounters a harrowing, treacherous journey while searching the Paris streets for the rest of its body in the form of a pizza delivery man (voiceover by Hakim Faris/Dev Patel), who lost his parents (voiceovers by Hichem Mesbah/Anouar H. Smaine and Myriam Loucif/Sarah Lynn Dawson) in a tragic car accident as a child (voiceover by Alphonse Arfi/Tucker Chandler) and becomes an apprentice to a kindhearted carpenter (Patrick d’Assumçao/George Wendt) to get closer to a comely librarian (voiceover by Victoire Du Bois/Alia Shawkat) with whom he is smitten.


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