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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, May 21, 2015
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100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  R   2015
  While a bomb-loving, life-long, centenarian bachelor (Robert Gustafsson) escapes from a Swedish retirement home and his 100th birthday party and ends up on the lam with a valuable suitcase, a bus stop caretaker (Anders Sanzén), a perpetual student (David Wiberg), and an elephant owner (Mia Skäringer) with a police inspector (Ralph Carlsson) and bikers (Simon Säppenen, Jens Hultén, and Sven Lönn) hot on their trail in this absolutely hilarious, wacky, original, 114-minute, 2013 comedy based on Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling novel, he reminisces about his remarkable, colorful life in which he fought Franco (Koldo Losada) in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, worked on the Manhattan Project in America, and met Albert Einstein’s idiot brother Herbert (David Shackleton) in a gulag in Russia.

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Slow West
  R   2015
  An engaging, creative, violent, unpredictable, surprising, well-written, 84-minute western film dotted with terrific cinematography and humor that follows the arduous journey of a naïve, tenacious 16-year-old Scot (Kodi Smith-McPhee) who meets a gruff drifter (Michael Fassbender) in 1870 while traveling through Colorado to find his beloved (Caren Pistorius), but he runs into numerous bounty hunters (Ben Mendelsohn, Erroll Shand, Madeleine Sami, Michael Whalley, et al.) trying to claim a $2,000 reward on her head and that of her father (Rory McCann).

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  PG   2015
  Terrific special effects highlight this imaginative, family-friendly, well-paced, star-studded (Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, and Judy Greer), 130-minute Disney film in which a smart Florida teenager (Britt Robertson) is recruited by a robot (Raffey Cassidy) to go to a futuristic city in another dimension where she help an inventor (George Clooney) save the world from their own destruction.

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What We Do in the Shadows
  R   2015
  A hilarious, wacky, tongue-in-cheek, creative, 86-minute mockdocumentary in which four bumbling vampires (Jemaine Clement Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brough, and Ben Fransham), who range from 183 years old to 8,000 years old, share a ramshackle flat in New Zealand while trying to act cool and to search for their next victim.

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Mad Max: Fury Road
  R   2015
  Frenetic pacing, nonstop action, and vehicle chases dominate George Miller’s entertaining, violent, thrilling, 3D, 2-hour film filled with phenomenal special effects in which three futuristic, tough-as-nails survivors (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult) of an apocalypse race across the dangerous, barren landscape trying to stay ahead of the monstrous ruler (Hugh Keays Byrne) of the citadel who is desperate to retrieve his fertile property (Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, and Abby Lee).

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