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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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  R   2014
  Terrific acting highlights this poignant, captivating, star-studded (Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, and Bill Camp), 2-hour film in which a divorced, has-been actor (Michael Keaton), who was famous for playing an iconic superhero, tries to revive his career by writing, directing, and starring in his own Broadway play.

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Blue Room, The
  R   2014
  A blue hotel room and a blue-tinged courtroom take center stage in this moody, dark, terse, tense, nonlinear, 76-minute psychological thriller based on Georges Simenson’s 1964 mystery novella in which a French farming equipment representative (Mathieu Amalric), who has a beautiful blonde wife (Léa Drucker) and a young daughter (Mona Jaffart), has an erotic affair with a sultry mistress (Stéphanie Cléau), who has a sickly pharmacist husband (Olivier Mauvezin), and ends up on trial for murder.

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John Wick
  R   2014
  Bodies drop like flies in this well-choreographed, action-packed, fast-paced, violent, star-studded (Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Adrianne Palicki, Jason Isaacs, and Lance Reddick), 101-minute film highlighted by tension-relieving humor in which an infamous, grieving, revenge-driven contract killer (Keanu Reeves) in New Jersey comes out of a self-imposed, five-year retirement when the clueless son (Alfie Allen) of a Russian mobster (Michael Nyqvist) steals his 1969 Mustang and kills the adorable beagle puppy that was gift from his deceased wife (Bridget Moynahan).

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Whiplash
  R   2014
  Two Oscar-caliber performances highlight this brilliant, intense, well-written, psychological, 106-minute film in which a talented, perfectionist, 19-year-old, first-year student (Miles Teller), who is close to his supportive father (Paul Reiser), desperately seeks the approval of a cruel, highly critical, vulgar, abusive, uncompromising music professor (J.K. Simmons) as he competes with other drummers (Nate Lang and Austin Stowell) to be part of a jazz ensemble at a Manhattan music conservatory.

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White Bird in a Blizzard
  R   2014
  When her unhappy, mentally unstable, flirtatious mother (Eva Green) suddenly disappears in this compelling, well-acted, coming-of-age, gorgeously photographed, 92-minute mystery drama based on Laura Kasischke’s 1999 novel, a frustrated, confused, sexually charged, 17-year-old student (Shailene Woodley), who lives with her father (Christopher Meloni) in California, turns to her friends (Gabourey Sidibe and Shiloh Fernandez), a therapist (Angela Bassett), a hunky neighbor (Mark Indelicato), and a detective (Thomas Jane) for comfort and answers.


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