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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, September 25, 2014
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Boxtrolls, The
  PG   2014
  A creative, imaginative, family-oriented, star-studded (voiceovers by Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, James Urbaniak, and Richard Ayoade), 3D, 96-minute, stop-motion animated film based on Alan Snow’s book Here Be Monsters and reminiscent of Coraline and ParaNorman in which a boy (voiceover by Isaac Hempstead Wright), who is raised by caring, mischievous, recycle-happy, box-wearing trolls underneath the city, tries to save his family with the help of a young girl (voiceover by Elle Fanning) when the evil, power-hungry villain (voiceover by Ben Kingsley) plans on exterminating them.

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Equalizer, The
  R   2014
  Bodies begin to drop like flies in this gripping, violent, action-packed, star-dotted (Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, and Johnny Skourtis), entertaining, 131-minute thriller when an unassuming, widowed, former black ops commando (Denzel Washington) working at Boston big box hardware store takes out a well-connected Russian pimp (David Meunier) and his four henchmen (Alex Vedouv, et al.) after a prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) he befriended is beaten to a pulp and then finds himself the target of a ruthless Russian mobster (Marton Csokas), his boss (Vladimir Kulich), and corrupt cops (David Harbour and Mile O’Dea) in retaliation.

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Hector and the Search for Happiness
  R   2014
  A poignant, imaginative, entertaining, 114-minute, comedic drama in which a regimented, naive, bow-tie-wearing, British psychiatrist (Simon Pegg), who leaves his longtime girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) in London, wants happiness eventually for himself and for his patients (Tracy Ann Oberman, Veronica Ferres, Chris Gauthier, et al.) and then goes on a heartfelt journey that begins in Shanghai where he meets a cynical, wealthy banker (Stellan Skarsgård) and an abused Chinese prostitute (Ming Zhao), continues in Africa where he helps a selfless friend (Barry Atsma) at a village hospital and a notorious drug dealer (Jean Reno) to get his overmedicated wife back, and ends in Los Angeles where he meets up with a pregnant, psychologist former flame (Toni Collette) with two kids and a professor (Christopher Plummer) also studying happiness.

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Tracks
  PG-13   2014
  A captivating, factually based, moving, 112-minute, 2013 film based on Robyn Davidson’s novel that follows the arduous, dangerous, emotional, 1,700-mile, 9-month journey of a gutsy, stubborn, 27-year-old Australian naturalist (Mia Wasikowska) as she walks across the central Australian Outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean in 1977 with her steadfast dog and four obstinate camels while talkative National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) captures her fascinating sojourn through photographs.

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Past, The
  PG-13   2014
  After a handsome Iranian (Ali Mosaffa) travels from Tehran to Paris to finalize his divorce in this engaging, critically acclaimed, well-acted, 130-minute, 2013 film, tensions escalate and relationships are tested with his pregnant, pharmacist, ex-wife (Bérénice Bejo), her two daughters (Pauline Burlet and Jeanne Jestin), and the plucky son (Elyes Aguis) of her dry cleaners owning boyfriend (Tahar Rahim) whose wife (Aleksandra Klebanska) is in a coma after she drank laundry detergent in a suicide attempt.


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