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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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
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As Above, So Below
  R   2014
  When an archaeologist (Perdita Weeks) with an interest in alchemy, a reluctant Aramaic translator (Ben Feldman), a cinematographer (Edwin Hodge), and two Parisians (François Civil and Marion Lambert) enter the bone-filled catacombs beneath the streets of Paris to search for an ancient, mythological philosopher’s stone that allegedly has magical powers in this tension-filled, convoluted, unoriginal, 93-minute thriller, they find themselves experiencing very personal and terrifying, deadly hallucinations.

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Calvary
  R   2014
  After an Irish priest (Brendan Gleeson) is After an Irish priest (Brendan Gleeson) is confronted by a mysterious parishioner during a confession who threatens to kill him in one week in this dark, well-acted, suspenseful, 100-minute film, he spends the next seven days getting his affairs in order and talking with his daughter (Kelly Reilly) and trying to help other church members (Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen, M. Emmet Walsh, Domhnall Gleeson, Dylan Moran, et al.) in the small coastal town.

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Trip to Italy, The
  NR   2014
  In this captivating, improvisational, like-or-hate-it, 108-minute follow-up to The Trip filled with gorgeous Italian scenery and countless impersonations, friends Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon engage in stimulating, funny conversations on a myriad of topics, including acting, music, food, and relationships, as they travel to Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi, and Capri savoring delectable Italian gastronomical offerings.

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November Man, The
  R   2014
  When his former CIA partner (Mediha Musliovi) is killed in Serbia after she retrieves damning intel about a corrupt Russian politician (Lazar Ristovski) in this fuzzy, but suspenseful, action-packed, twisting, fast-paced, 98-minute thriller, an ex-CIA agent (Pierce Brosnan), who has a 12-year-old daughter (Tara Jevrosimovic), tries to protect a social worker (Olga Kurylenko) from assassins (Amila Terzimehic, et al.) while trying to prevent the highly skilled agent (Luke Bracey) he trained from carrying out an assignment from his bosses (Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton).

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Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill for
  R   2014
  Revenge runs amok in this visually captivating, violent, action-packed, thin plot, star-studded (Bruce Willis, Stacy Keach, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Madsen, Juno Temple, Rosario Dawson, Lady Gaga, Jamie King, Marton Csokas, and Jaime Chung), 3D, 102-minute, black-and-white, 2003 Frank Miller’s Sin City sequel punctuated with color in which a hopelessly smitten private eye (Josh Brolin) gets help from a vicious killer (Mickey Rourke) to go after his duplicitous, married femme fatale lover (Eva Green) who is protected by a bodyguard (Dennis Haysbert) while a revenge-fueled card shark (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and nightclub stripper (Jessica Alba) go after a ruthless, gambling senator (Powers Boothe).


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