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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, September 20, 2019
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Rambo: Last Blood
  R   2019
  When his equine-loving, college-bound, feisty niece (Yvette Monreal) he raised as his daughter with her kindhearted Mexican grandmother (Adriana Barraza) goes to Mexico in search of her coldhearted, estranged father (Marco de la O) with the help of a friend (Fenessa Pineda) to try and understand why he abandoned her after the death of her mother and ends up being kidnapped by two vicious, ruthless Mexican cartel sex-trafficking brothers (Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Óscar Jaenada) and their enforcing henchmen (Manuel Uriza, et al.) in this intense, violent, gory, action-packed, unpredictable, 89-minute thriller, her revenge-fueled, highly skilled Viet Nam veteran uncle (Sylvester Stallone) living on an Arizona ranch travels to Mexico to save her and gets help from a grieving independent journalist (Paz Vega) who lost her sister.

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Ad Astra
  PG-13   2019
  After his well-respected, pioneering father (Tommy Lee Jones) never returned home twenty-nine years earlier while commanding the Lima Project and a spacecraft to the edge of the solar system and Earth is now threatened with extinction due to massive electrical global power surges in this engaging, thought-provoking, occasionally repetitive, highly stylized, arty, unpredictable, star-dotted (Donald Sutherland, John Oritz, Kimberly Elise, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, and LisaGay Hamilton), 124-minute sci-fi thriller dominated by amazing special effects, cinematography, and soundtrack, an emotionally-distant American astronaut (Brad Pitt) travels to the moon and Mars in an attempt to get to Neptune in search of his mentally unstable father who may have gone rogue in the far reaches of outerspace.

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Downton Abbey
  PG-13   2019
  While British aristocrats Earl Crowley (Hugh Bonneville) and his countess American wife (Elizabeth McGovern) and the rest of the uppercase family (Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Penelope Wilton, Rachel Cassidy, Laura Carmichael, Harry Hadden-Paton, Allen Leech, et al.) in 1927 England anticipate the arrival of the King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) at the luxurious Downton Abbey estate in the idyllic Yorkshire countryside in this superbly acted, well-written, captivating, witty, entertaining, star-studded (Imelda Staunton, Harry Hadden-Paton Tuppence Middleton, Douglas Reith, Charlie Watson, Michael Fox, and Kate Phillips), 122-minute film based on Julian Fellowes’s highly popular television series and highlighted by gorgeous cinematography, costumes, and sets, the loyal household servants (Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Lesley Nicol, Kevin Doyle, et al.) must deal with longstanding royal protocol when they are pushed aside by the snooty majesties servants (David Haig, Tom Ashley, et al.).

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Hustlers
  R   2019
  An entertaining, factually inspired, risqué, well-acted, love-it-or-hate-it, intermittently slow paced, sanitized, humor-sprinkled, star-dotted (Julia Stiles, Mercedes Ruehl, Usher, Keke Palmer, Cardi B, Lizzo, and Lili Reinhart), 110-minute film based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article The Hustlers at Scores dominated by two-dimensional characters in which a basically goodhearted, greenhorn, Asian stripper (Constance Wu), who takes care of her grandmother (Wai Ching Ho) in Queens, becomes financially successful after she meets a beautiful, ambitious, charismatic, shallow stripper (Jennifer Lopez) at a Manhattan strip club who teaches her the ropes and tricks of the trade but they end up drugging and stealing from their bigwig Wall Street clients (Frank Whaley, Steven Boyer, Ed Herbstman, Devin Ratray, et al.) after the 2008 market meltdown at which time the law steps in to spoil their fun.

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Goldfinch,The
  R   2019
  After his divorced mother (Hailey Wist) is killed during a bombing at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and a 13-year-old boy (Oakes Fegley) ends up taking a famous painting of a chained bird that will come back to haunt him as an adult (Ansel Elgort) in this captivating, superbly acted, thought-provoking, well-paced, unpredictable, star-studded (Jeffrey Wright, Denis O’Hare, Willa Fitzgerald, Ashleigh Cummings, Aneurin Barnard, Robert Joy, Luke Kleintank, and Kevin Owen McDonald), 149-minute film based on Pulitzer-Prize-winning Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel and told in flashbacks, he initially goes to live with a wealthy couple (Nicole Kidman and Boyd Gaines) and their children (Ryan Foust, Jack DiFalco, Carly Connors, and Austin Weyant) until his estranged, alcoholic father (Luke Wilson) and his bombshell hooker girlfriend (Sarah Paulson) move him to Las Vegas where the friendship he makes with an abused Ukrainian student (Finn Wolfhard) brings with it a surprising twist eight years later.


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