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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 14, 2014
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Expendables 3, The
  PG-13   2014
  After a ruthless, art-loving arms dealer (Mel Gibson) long thought dead shoots a longtime member (Terry Crews) of his team (Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, and Dolph Lundgren) in Somalia in this fun, violent, action-packed, fast-paced, star-studded (Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Jet Li, and Robert Davi), 126-miunte film filled with hilarious humor, the highly skilled, revenge-driven Expendables co-founder (Sylvester Stallone) gathers together a new crew (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powel, and Victor Ortiz) to protect his old buddies when he is hired by a CIA agent (Harrison Ford) to bring the arms dealer to the Hague for trial.

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Giver, The
  PG-13   2014
  In a black-and-white, cookie-cutter world in which milquetoast citizens (Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, et al.) are controlled by a no-nosense elder (Meryl Streep) and strict rules in this thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, captivating, 94-minute film based on Lois Lowry’s novel, an inquisitive, sensitive 12-year-old boy (Brenton Thwaites), who lives with his family unit (Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, and Emma Tremblay), is chosen to be the receiver of the community’s memories from a weary teacher (Jeff Bridges) and then must decide what he will do with the painful knowledge.

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What If
  PG-13   2014
  When an unlucky-in-love medical school dropout (Daniel Radcliffe), who is close with his sister (Megan Park) and nephew (Lucius Hoyos), meets the bubbly animator cousin (Zoe Kazan) of his roommate (Adam Driver) in Toronto in this low-key, predictable, 102-minute romantic comedy reminiscent of When Harry Met Sally, he tries to ignore his attraction to her because of her 5-year relationship with a U.N. copyright expert (Rafe Spall).

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Step Up All In
  PG-13   2014
  When his disillusioned and frustrated crew (Stephen “Twitch” Boss, et al.) returns to Miami after failing to find success in Los Angeles in this entertaining, quick-paced, predictable, 112-minute film, a determined hip-hop dancer (Ryan Guzman) gathers together a new crew of talented dancers (Briana Evigan, Luis Rosad, Fucando and Martin Lombard, et al.) in the hopes of entering and winning a contest to secure a job headlining a show in Las Vegas.

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Happy Christmas
  R   2014
  After an immature, dysfunctional, 27-year-old woman (Anna Kendrick) goes to Chicago during the holidays to live with her filmmaker brother (Joe Swanberg), his novelist wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their adorable 2-year-old son (Jude Swanberg) and parties with a friend (Lena Dunham) and a babysitting pot dealer (Kevin Weber) in this realistic, engaging, 83-minute film, relationships are strained, family dynamics are tested, tensions rise, and problems ensue when alcohol and dope enter the picture.


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