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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 13, 2021
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Elephant Queen, The
  PG   2021
  [Apple TV+ Only] Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates this educational, captivating, heartwarming, entertaining, 96-minute, 2018 nature documentary dominated by awesome cinematography that follows 50-year-old elephant matriarch Athena over an approximate one-year period as she protects and leads her family, including calves Mimi and Wewe, to watering holes in Kenya, Africa, and consists of a myriad of other animals such as geese, killifish, terrapins, chameleons, birds, bullfrogs, tadpoles, turtles, grasshoppers, and dung beetles.

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Promising Young Woman
  R   2021
  [Available Jan. 15 On Demand] After the tragic death of their newborn daughter in this engaging, well-acted, emotionally charged, realistic, dark, unevenly paced, like-or-dislike-it, 126-minute film with a unclear ending, a grieving, traumatized Boston businesswoman (Vanessa Kirby) and her construction worker partner (Shia LeBeouf) struggle over a one-year period to reconnect with one another and to get their lives back on track while dealing with her intrusive, domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn) who encourages the estranged couple to hire a prosecuting attorney (Sarah Snook) to take the midwife (Molly Parker) to court.

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One Night in Miami
  R   2021
  [Opened Dec. 25 in theaters and available Jan. 15 on Amazon Prime Video.] Regina King’s powerful, slow-moving, factually inspired, well-acted, dialogue-heavy, star-studded (Beau Bridges, Michael Imperioli, Lance Reddick, Nicolette Robinson, and Jeremy Pope), 114-minute film adapted from Kemp Powers’ 2013 stage play in which Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World Cassis Clay/Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree) meets at a Miami motel room on Feb. 25, 1964, with three famous and influential friends, including Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), and NFL football player Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), to celebrate his surprise victory against boxer Sonny Liston (Aaron D. Alexander) and end up discussing how they can use their positions to positively affect the civil rights movement.

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  PG-13   2021
  [Available Jan. 8 on Amazon Prime Video.] Superb acting dominates this compelling, dark, tension-filled, realistic, down-to-earth, 97-minute film in which a traumatized, desperate, hardworking, divorced Irish mother (Clare Dunne), who works three jobs to support her two young daughters (Molly McCann and Ruby Rose O’Hara), lives in a government-subsidized hotel room in Dublin after leaving her emotionally and physically abusive husband (Ian Lloyd Anderson) and with the selfless help of her generous and compassionate retired doctor boss (Harriet Walter), a kindhearted building contractor (Conleth Hill) who has a son with Down Syndrome, and the thoughtfulness of strangers she is able not only to build a small home for her family but start to rebuild her life.

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8 Seasons of Art: A Black Arts Story
  NR   2021
  [Available through Jan. 31 at twincitiesfilmfest.org/streams as part of TCFF’s encore presentation and on various VOD platforms.] Phillip McGraw’s educational, fascinating, vibrant, entertaining, 79-minute documentary that explores the affect and influence of African-American art on the Black community, cultural revolution, and healing in the Twin Cities and consists of interviews with artists, singers, musicians, dancers, rappers, and poets such as Kenneth Caldwell, Joe Davis, Mayyadda, Abdul Sesay, Tish Jones, Jamela Pettiford, Broderick Poole, Jibrell Khumas, professor Mahmoud El-Kati, Jasmin Boudah, Ron Brown, Danielle Daniels, Thandisizwe, and Essence Padillo.

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