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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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms
  NR   2024
  [Available May 28 on DVD, Blu-ray™, and various digital platforms.] Awesome cinematography, special effects, sets, and costumes dominate Wuershan's complex, award-winning, multilayered, visually stunning, convoluted, humor-dotted, fast-paced, action-packed, violent, 148-minute mythological film adapted from Xu Zhonglin's 16th-century novel Investiture of the Gods in which a tyrannical, greedy Chinese king (Kris Phillips) and his demon-possessed queen (Narana Erdyneeva) trigger the wrath of the gods (Huang Bo, Yafan Wu, and Sha Chi) who support various dukes to restore order to earth.

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Dead Don't Hurt, The
  R   2024
  [Opens May 31 in theaters.] After a free-spirited, headstrong French-Canadian florist (Vicky Krieps) falls for a widowed Danish immigrant carpenter (Viggo Mortensen) in San Francisco in the 1860s and they move to his modest cabin near a town in Nevada with a corrupt mayor (Danny Huston) and a nefarious wealthy rancher (Garret Dillahunt) in Viggo Mortensen's poignant, gritty, well-acted, moving, tension-filled, violent, 129-minute Western highlighted by terrific cinematography but hindered by a nonlinear plot, she finds herself alone when he joins the Union army to fight in the Civil War and then pregnant with a son (Atlas Green) when she is raped by the ruthless, sociopathic land baron's son (Solly McLeod).

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For Love & Life: No Ordinary Campaign
  NR   2024
  [Available May 28 on Amazon Prime Video.] Christopher Burke's powerful, award-winning, emotionally charged, poignant, moving, gut-wrenching, inspirational, 80-minute, 2022 documentary that chronicles the valiant and courageous fight of Brian Wallach, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 37 in 2017, and his supportive and devoted wife Sandra Abrevaya in Chicago as they struggle to deal with the disease and "to grab the bull by the horns" to help other ALS patients through the I Am ALS foundation and other organizations and consists of insightful interview snippets with Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS director and Mass. General Hospital Neurology chief Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, Mike Cimbura's wife Nicole, Mike and Nicole's daughters Seide and Ellie Cimbura and son Aiden Cimbura, President Barack Obama, Emory University ALS Center director Dr. Jonathan Glass, Brian Wallach's mother Annie Sullivan and brother Tom Wallach, Science in Society Chan Zuckerberg Initiative director Tania Simoncelli, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative cofounders Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, ALS-afflicted patients (such as Sandy Morris, Air Force veteran Juan Reyes, Gwen Peterson, and Chris Snow), wives (such as Kelsie Snow, Christa Thompson, and Nadia Sethi) whose husbands had ALS, ALS-afflicted lobbyist and I Am ALS board member Dan Tate Jr., Neuromuscular Clinical Trials at Columbia University director Dr. Jinsy A. Andrews (MSc), Senators (such as Dick Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Lisa Murkowski, and Chris Coons), Representatives (such as Ken Calvert, Mike Quigley, Jason Crow, and Rosa Delauro), Winning Strategies Washington (WSW) Mike Merola, Team Gleason Strategic advisor Clare Durrett, Steve Gleason's brother Kyle Gleason, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP partner and Brian Wallach's boss Chuck Smith.

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Girl in the Trunk, The
  NR   2024
  [Available May 28 on various digital platforms.] After a bride (Katharina Sporrer) leaves her fiancé (Adam Kitchen) at the altar and finds herself trapped in a rental car trunk with a scorpion and a rattle snake when she is kidnapped by a mysterious, sadistic, disgruntled, psychotic stranger (Caspar Phillipson) in Texas in Jonas Kvist Jensen's intense, award-winning, suspenseful, creepy, well-acted, unpredictable, 90-minute thriller, she desperately tries to escape while trying to call her wealthy father (Hother Bøndorff/Christopher de Courcy-Ireland) as a good Samaritan (Lars Hammer Andersen/Danny Thykær ) and a deputy sheriff (Lianna Taylor) try to help.

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Hangman, The
  NR   2024
  [Opens May 31 in select theaters and available June 4 on various VOD platforms.] When a widowed, middle-aged salesman (LeJon Woods) goes on a camping trip in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia to reconnect with his teenage son (Mar Cellus) who then goes missing in Bruce Wemple's creepy, tension-filled, scary, confusing, violent, 88-minute thriller, he learns that his son has been kidnapped by vicious, evil cult members (Rob Cardazone, Jefferson Cox, Kaitlyn Lunardi, William Shuman, et al.) who worship the pain-driven Hangman (Scott Callenberger) and is then aided by a feisty stranger (Lindsey Dresbach), a priest (Daniel Martin Berkey), and a mysterious, bed-ridden woman (Laura Lotfus).


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