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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, August 25, 2016
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  NR   2016
  After a failed kidnapping attempt of the gorgeous wife (Diane Kruger) and son (Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant) of a wealthy Lebanese arms dealer (Percy Kemp) on the way home from the beach on the French Riviera in this intense, engaging, unpredictable, 98-minute 2015 film, a Special Forcers French army soldier (Matthias Schoenaerts) suffering from PTSD and an army buddy (Paul Hamy) try to protect them at her husband’s estate.

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Hands of Stone
  R   2016
  A captivating, riveting, well-acted, factually based, star-studded (Ellen Barkin, Rubén Blades, John Turturro, and Jurnee Diana Smollett-Bell), 105-minute film based on Christian Giudice’s biopic and chronicles the legendary career of ice-cream-loving lightweight Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán Samaniego (Edgar Ramirez) who has a beautiful wife (Ana de Armas) and six children, caught the eye of professional trainer Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro) in the 1970s, and was the only fighter to win a match against Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) in June 1980.

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  R   2016
  A heartbreaking, inspirational, gut-wrenching, insightful, 110-minute documentary that chronicles the courageous, ongoing battle of New Orleans Saints defensive line backer Stephen Michael “Steve” Gleason, who was raised in Spokane and retired as a nine-year veteran of the NFL in 2008, as he struggles with ALS diagnosed in 2011 at age 34 before the birth of his son Rivers and includes interview snippets with his artistic wife Michel Varisco-Gleason, his parents Mike and Gail, brother Kyle, caretaker Blair Cosby, teammate Mike McKenzie, cousin Brendan Weber, pastor Kevin Dedmon, friends Ryan Gootee and Drew Brees, and Pearl Jam members Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder.

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Kubo and the Two Strings
  PG   2016
  After his scarred, widowed mother (voiceover by Charlize Theron) who has magical powers tries to protect her eye-patch-wearing son (voiceover by Art Parkinson) in a seaside village in feudal Japan from his two creepy, evil aunts (voiceover by Rooney Mara) and revenge-driven grandfather (voiceover by Ralph Fiennes) in this colorful, imaginative, family-oriented, stop-motion, star-dotted (voiceovers by George Takei, Brenda Vaccaro, and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa), 3D, 101-minute animated film highlighted by amazing animation, the talented, storytelling, young Japanese boy uses his origami powers and playing a guitar to search for legendary, magical armor while being protected by his mother’s spirit in the body of a monkey (voiceover by Charlize Theron) and his father’s spirit embodied in a beetle-like samurai warrior (voiceover by Matthew McConaughey).

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Our Little Sister
  PG   2016
  After three Japanese sisters, a 29-year-old nurse (Haruka Ayase), a moody 22-year-old financial consultant (Masami Nagasawa), and a 19-year-old shoe sales clerk (Kaho), meet their 15-year-old half-sister (Suzu Hirose) at the funeral of their estranged father in this low-key, charming, realistic, well-acted, 126-minute, 2015 film, they invite her to leave her widowed stepmother (Yûko Nakamura) and move in with them where she excels at her new school.

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