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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 30, 2014
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Nightcrawler
  R   2014
  A riveting, gritting, intense, well-acted, 117-minute thriller in which an ambitious, creepy, smart, sadistic, slick-talking opportunist (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes up a camera to be a freelance photographer and hires a desperate assistant (Riz Ahmed) to beat a rival veteran competitor (Bill Paxton) in filming breaking news of car crashes, fires, and crimes such as robberies and murders on the dark streets of Los Angeles and selling the graphic footage to a second-tier news director (Rene Russo).

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Dear White People
  R   2014
  A poignant, critically acclaimed, down-to-earth, 101-minute satire that follows four African-American students (Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, and Brandon P. Bell ) at a fictional university, which is run by a clueless president (Peter Syvertsen) and a dean (Dennis Haysbert), and their interactions with their Caucasian peers (Kyle Gallner, Brittany Curran, et al.).

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St. Vincent
  PG-13   2014
  A heartbreaking, heartwarming, well-written, superbly acted, star-dotted (Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Chris O’Dowd, and Ann Dowd), 103-minute film in which a bullied, 12-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) moves to a Brooklyn neighborhood next door to a cantankerous, hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, cynical, gambling Vietnam veteran (Bill Murray) who ends up reluctantly playing babysitter while his divorced, hard-working mother (Melissa McCarthy) works long hours as a CT technician at a local hospital.

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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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