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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 13, 2022
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Luck
  G   2022
  [Available Aug. 5 on Apple TV+.] When an unlucky, clumsy, kindhearted, 18-year-old store clerk (voiceover by Eva Noblezada) ends up finding and then quickly losing a lucky, four-clover penny that she wanted to give to her young friend (voiceover by Adelynn Spoon) at an orphanage to help her get adopted and find her forever home with new parents (voiceovers by Kari Wahlgren and Nick Thurston) in Peggy Holmes’ heartwarming, colorful, family friendly, humorous, touching, star-studded (voiceovers by Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, John Ratzenberger, Lil Rel Howery, Flula Borg, Colin O’Donoghue, and Grey Griffin), 105-minute animated film, she finds herself in the Land of Luck with a talkative black cat (voiceover by Simon Pegg) where mayhem ensues and existence of bad luck and good luck are threatened.

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Andy Baker Tape, The
  NR   2022
  [Available Aug. 12 on various digital platforms.] Bret Lada’s intriguing, award-winning, found-footage, quirky, suspenseful, humor-dotted, twist-filled, 70-minute, 2021 horror thriller in the vein of The Blair Witch Project in which an ambitious, charming New Jersey YouTube food blogger (Bret Lada) discovers that he has a mentality unstable half-brother (Dustin Fontaine) after the death of his father, and when they meet and go on a culinary road trip in October 2020 supposedly to sample and critique cuisine at various food venues, the short-lived, volatile collaboration does not go as hoped.

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Dead Girl in Apartment 03, The
  NR   2022
  [Available Aug. 9 on various digital platforms and Nov. 22 on Blue-ray and DVD.] After a pretty, twentysomething woman (Laura Dooling) moves to Queens, New York, and two detectives (Adrienne King and Frank Wihbey) end up investigating the mysterious death of her roommate who dies two months later under odd circumstances in Kurtis M. Spieler’s creative, suspenseful, taut, dark, unpredictable, 72-minute thriller, she begins to feel very uneasy and an unusual presence in the apartment and finds evidence of black magic while reaching out to her former boyfriend (Bryan Manley Davis) for help and then her roommate’s obsessed ex-boyfriend (Michael Schantz) shows up unexpectedly.

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Emergency Declaration
  NR   2022
  [Opens Aug. 12 in theaters.] After a mentally disturbed, suicidal, South Korean pharmaceutical researcher (Si-wan Yim) boards an international flight to Hawaii with a highly contagious, deadly virus intent on killing all passengers and crew onboard, and when it disperses one passenger and the Captain suddenly die of hemorrhaging as the first officer (Kim Nam-gil) and more crew and passengers are taken ill in Jae-rim Han’s captivating, inventive, gripping, fast-paced, intense, action-packed, factually inspired, 147-minute thriller, the terrorist threat goes viral online as panicked, trapped passengers (Lee Byung-hun, Kim Gook-hee, et al.) try to remain calm while various government agencies and a police sergeant (Song Kang-ho) try to determine how to save everyone onboard amidst international political turmoil and civilian protests.

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Fall
  PG-13   2022
  [Opens Aug. 12 in theaters.] After a mountain climber (Mason Gooding) tragically dies in a climbing accident in Scott Mann’s riveting, suspenseful, intense, well-acted, 107-minute thriller, his depressed, traumatized, free-climbing wife (Grace Caroline Currey), whose concerned father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) becomes increasingly worried about her drinking and mental health, decides to climb an abandoned, dilapidated, 2,000-foot radio tower with her feisty, adrenaline-junkie best friend (Virginia Gardner) to scatter his ashes, and when they become trapped at the top, they must figured out a way down.


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