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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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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Cold War
  R   2019
  Stunning cinematography and striking music highlight Pawe? Pawlikowski’s captivating, critically acclaimed, factually inspired, well-acted, black-and-white, 85-minute, 2018, historical film about the erratic love story of a musical conductor (Tomasz Kot) who falls in love with a beautiful, peasant, ingénue, Polish singer (Joanna Kulig) as he tries to form a folk singing and dancing ensemble along with a musicologist producer (Agata Kulesza) at a music school in Warsaw against the backdrop of Communist Poland in 1949 and when the folk troupe becomes more of a political, propaganda tool with the direction of the administrative manager (Borys Szyc), the couple makes plans to escape to West Berlin, but when she fails to show up at the rendezvous site, their tumultuous relationship becomes an off-and-on-again affair as they meet in Poland, Yugoslavia, Germany, and France until 1964.

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  R   2019
  A gritty, somber, well-acted, 123-minute crime thriller told in flashbacks in which a guilt-ridden, distraught, weary Los Angeles detective (Nicole Kidman), who has a rebellious 16-year-old daughter (Jade Pettyjohn) who lives with her stepfather (Scoot McNairy) and is dating an unsavory older man (Beau Knapp), seeks revenge against a ruthless bank robber (Toby Kebbell) and his gang of cohorts (Bradley Whitford, James Jordan, Tatiana Maslany, and Zach Villa) after a bank teller and an FBI agent (Sebastian Stan) were killed during a bank heist that went awry16 years earlier while she was undercover.

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  PG-13   2019
  M. Night Shyamalan’s violent, quirky, unusual, unevenly paced, star-studded (Anya Taylor Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Luke Kirby, Charlayne Woodard, and Adam David Thompson), 129-minute sequel to the 2001 Unbreakable and the 2016 Split films as the last installment in the Eastrail 177 trilogy in which three men, including an invincible security guard (Bruce Willis) with abnormal strength, a cannibalistic psychopathic serial killer (James McAvoy) with twenty three personalities, and a wheelchair-bound mastermind (Samuel L. Jackson) with brittle hone disease, who claim they have superhuman abilities end up together at a Philadelphia sanatorium where a mysterious psychiatrist (Sarah Paulson) is researching people with superhero delusions.

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Stan & Ollie
  PG   2019
  After a falling out in 1937 in Culver City, Calif., when his creative partner Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) is fired by the studio owner (Danny Huston) over a salary dispute in this riveting, entertaining, factually based, pratfall, insightful, 97-minute, biographical comedic drama dominated by amazing acting, sets, costumes, and makeup, legendary comedian Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) goes on to make films without his longtime partner and sixteen years later the iconic comedy team reconnect to try to revive their stagnant careers by going on a tour run by a slick British booking agent (Rufus Jones) of music halls throughout Great Britain in 1953 with the support of their wives (Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda) who eventually visit them while crisscrossing the United Kingdom.

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Upside, The
  PG-13   2019
  A heartwarming, realistic, well-acted, factually based, well-paced, funny, thought-provoking, star-dotted (Julianna Marguiles, Tate Donovan, and Golshifteh Farahani), 125-minute remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables in which a wealthy, widowed, Manhattan billionaire and novelist (Bryan Cranston), who becomes a quadriplegic after a tragic paragliding accident, hires a streetwise ex-con (Kevin Hart), who has an ex-wife (Aja Naomi King) and son (Jahi Di'Allo Winston), to be his personal assistant against the advice of his business executive (Nicole Kidman), but ultimately they end up having a profound effect on each other’s lives.

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