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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, February 17, 2018
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Black Panther
  PG-13   2018
  Terrific special effects and choreographed fight sequences dominate this highly anticipated, action-packed, fast-paced, entertaining, star-studded (Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and Sterling K. Brown), 3D, futuristic, 134-minute, sci-fi thriller based on the Marvel comics in which a mythical African king and crime fighter (Chadwick Boseman) is challenged for his right to the throne of his wealthy nation of Wakanda and then tries to prevent a smuggler (Michael B. Jordan) from selling valuable stolen vibranium to South Koreans.

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Early Man
  PG   2018
  After an evil, bronze-greedy lord (voiceover by Tom Hiddleston) at the dawn of time somewhere in Manchester, England, threatens the lives of his simple, rabbit-hunting tribesmen (voiceovers by Timothy Spalls, Richard Ayoade, Selina Jane Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Gina Yashere, Mark Williams, and Simon Greenall) in the wacky, silly, witty, satirical, star-studded (voiceover by Miriam Margolyes and Rob Brydon), 89-minute, stop-motion, Aardman animated claymation comedy, a young cave boy (voiceover by Eddie Redmayne), his pet wild boar (voiceover by Nick Park), and a football-loving girl (voiceover by Maisie Williams) help prepare the cavemen to compete against the lord’s guards in a football game in Bronze City to prevent them from being forced to mine ore if they lose.

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Fifty Shades Freed
  R   2018
  After a comely book editor (Dakota Johnson) in Seattle marries her kinky billionaire husband (Jamie Dornan) in this tepid, risqué, predictable, star-dotted (Marcia Gay Harden, Eloise Luke Grimes, Mumford, Bruce Altman, Rita Ora, Max Martini, Jennifer Ehle, and Victor Rasuk), 105-minute, romantic final installment based on E. L. James bestselling trilogy, she finds herself the target of a jealous, disgruntled former boss (Eric Johnson).

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15:17 to Paris, The
  PG-13   2018
  An anticlimactic ending hinders Clint Eastwood’s engaging, factually based, inspirational, star-studded (Judy Greer, Jenna Fisher, Tony Hale, Jaleel White, P.J. Byrne, and Thomas Lennon), 94-minute film that chronicles the heroism of three courageous American friends (Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler) from Sacramento, Calif., who took down a terrorist (Ray Corasani), who had many rounds of ammunition, while onboard a train from Amsterdam to Paris on Aug. 21, 2015, and saved the life of an American (Mark Moogalian) who was shot and many other passengers; the heroes played themselves.

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Peter Rabbit
  PG   2018
  After a stuffy, meticulous, blackberry-allergic British manager (Domhnall Gleeson) gets fired from Harrod’s in London and inherits a country house and garden from his curmudgeonly uncle (Sam Neill) suffers a fatal heart attack in this entertaining, family-oriented, funny, whimsical, adorable, 93-minute film adapted from Beatrix Potter's classic tale and reminiscent of Home Alone, he finds himself falling for the comely, animal-loving next door neighbor (Rose Byrne) while trying to get rid of the jealous, mischievous, pesky, vegetable-loving rabbits (voiceovers by James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, and Matt Lucas) and wildlife that have taken over the property.

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