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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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017
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Sense of an Ending, The
  PG-13   2017
  After a divorced, semi-retired, British vintage camera shop owner (Jim Broadbent) learns that the mother (Emily Mortimer) of his first girlfriend (Freya Mavor/ Charlotte Rampling) has oddly left him the diary of his best friend (Joe Alwyn) in college who committed suicide in this confusing, unevenly paced, well-acted, 108-minnte film told in flashbacks and based on Julian Barnes bestselling, Man Booker Prize-winning, 2011 novel, he reminisces about his past relationships while dealing with his pregnant lesbian daughter (Michelle Dockery) and keeping a cordial relationship with ex-wife (Harriet Walter).

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Beauty and the Beast
  PG   2017
  Memorable, classic songs highlight this entertaining, charming, delightful, colorful, romantic, family-oriented, 129-minute Disney musical remake of the 1991 animated film in which a gorgeous French bibliophile (Emma Watson), who lives with her tinkering widowed father (Kevin Kline) in a small idyllic village and is tenaciously pursued by a smitten narcissist (Luke Evans) who hangs around with his best friend (Josh Gad), is initially kept prisoner in a foreboding, dark castle by a once-arrogant prince (Dan Stevens) who was turned into a beast by a seemingly haggard enchantress (Hattie Morahan) after he rejected her red rose and finds herself falling for the heart of the beast with the help of a fiery candelabra (voiceover by Ewan McGregor), an ornate mantle clock (voiceover by Ian McKellen), a motherly teapot (voiceover by Emma Thompson) and her chipped teacup son (voiceover by Nathan Mack), a singing wardrobe (voiceover by Audra McDonald), a harpsichord (voiceover by Stanley Tucci), and a peacock feather duster (voiceover by Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

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Last Word, The
  R   2017
  After a lonely, cantankerous, no-nonsense, controlling, divorced, retired, 81-year-old advertising executive (Shirley MacLaine) botches a suicide attempt, reads overblown obituaries, and then requests that a stuck-in-a-rut newspaper journalist (Amanda Seyfried) write her obituary so that she can oversee the composition in this touching, bittersweet, thought-provoking, well-acted, star-studded (Philip Baker Hall, Tom Everett Scott, Anne Heche, Steven Culp, John Billingsley, and Joel Murray), 108-minute film based on Stuart Ross Fink’s novel, she suddenly tries to make a difference at the end of her life by challenging and bonding with the writer as she delves into her colorful past, by befriending a precocious 9-year-old girl (Ann Jewel Lee Dixon) from the projects, and by convincing a producer (Thomas Sadoski) to give her a gig as a DJ at the local radio station.

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Kong: Skull Island
  PG-13   2017
  When an Army lieutenant colonel (Samuel L. Jackson) and his soldiers (Toby Kebbell, Shea Whigham, Jason Mitchell, Thomas Mann, Eugene Cordero, et al.) head out from Bangkok, Thailand, to escort a team of explorers, including a duplicitous scientist (John Goodman), a jungle tracker (Tom Hiddleston), a photojournalist (Brie Larson), a geologist (Corey Hawkins), and a biologist (Tian Jing), to a mysterious, uncharted island in the South Pacific in 1973 in this entertaining, action-packed, fast-paced, suspenseful, star-studded (John C. Reilly, John Ortiz, Richard Jenkins, and Robert Taylor), 3D, 2-hour film highlighted by amazing special effects and based on the story by John Gatins, they end up in a battle with a giant gorilla (Toby Kebbell) that protects a grateful tribe of people on the island from a horde of gargantuan, hungry creatures.

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Ottoman Lieutenant, The
  R   2017
  Gorgeous cinematography highlights this engaging, well-acted, unpredictable, mild violence, 109-minute romantic film in which a striking, headstrong, Christian nurse (Hera Hilmar) leaves her stunned, worried parents (Paul Barrett and Jessica Turner) in Philadelphia to deliver her deceased brother’s much-needed truck and medical supplies to a remote American mission hospital founded by a hotheaded doctor (Ben Kingsley) in Istanbul in 1914 and then finds herself being pursued by a smitten American doctor (Josh Hartnett) and a handsome Muslim Turkish Imperial Army lieutenant (Michiel Huisman) while WWI rages around her when Russia sides with Germany and takes on Ottoman Empire soldiers (Haluk Bilginer, et al.) and Armenian rebels.


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