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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, October 6, 2022
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After She Died
  NR   2022
  [Available Sept. 30 on various VOD platforms.] After her mother (Vanessa Madrid) dies in Australia and her father (Paul Tabot) brings home a girlfriend who looks exactly like her mother in Jack Dignan’s nonsensical, convoluted, lackluster, odd, incomprehensible, violent, 101-minute thriller dominated by muffled dialogue, a grieving, teenage high school graduate (Liliana De La Rosa) is desperate and struggling to understand what is going on as am I.

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Amsterdam
  R   2022
  [Opens Oct. 7 in theaters.] Terrific acting, cinematography, sets, and costumes dominate David O. Russell’s compelling, quirky, factually inspired, multilayered, convoluted, wit-filled, star-dotted (Robert De Niro, Chris Rock, Michael Shannon, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Rami Malek, Andrea Riseborough, Timothy Olyphant, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Max Perlich), 134-minute period thriller based on the 1933 U. S. Business Plot political conspiracy that explores the intertwined relationship of a one-eyed doctor (Christian Bale), an African American lawyer (John David Washington), and an eccentric artist and volunteer nurse (Margot Robbie) who deal with horrific atrocities in WWI, find love and friendship in Amsterdam, and then become the targets of detectives (Alessandro Nivola and Matthias Schoenaerts) after witnessing a senseless, mysterious murder of a friend and daughter (Taylor Swift) of a general (Ed Begley Jr.) in 1933 in New York City amidst the attempted overthrow of the U.S. government by fascists sympathetic to Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

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Billy Flanigan: The Happiest Man on Earth
  NR   2022
  [Available Oct. 7 on various VOD platforms.] Cullen Douglas’ engaging, entertaining, insightful, fascinating, inspirational, candid, 84-minute documentary that examines the life and career of talented singing and dancing entertainer William J. Flanigan who had many names, including Man with the Thousand-Watt Smile, Mr. Disney, and Living Legend, and worked at Walt Disney World for 40 years as the longest contract performer and delivered uplifting “Flanigrams” via a 7,000-mile cycling journey when the parks closed during the pandemic, and it consists of film clips and commentary by Walt Disney performers (such as Andrea Canny, Donn Lamkin, Katie Whetsell, Paul Padilla, Lisa Scott, Sterling Lovett, Iris Lynne Sherman, Lisa Leonard, Benjamin S. Ptashinsky, Amy Terechenok, Nicole Lambo, Jennifer Warren, Holland Hayes, Kevin Brassard, Victor E. Chan, Shelia Smith Ward, and Hannah Laird), childhood friend Eileen McQuiad, Disneyland Casting Services Coordinator Liv Rand, sister and Copy Kittens & Company founder Mary Flanigan, park guest Marie Rand, former wife and Copy Kittens & Company member Karen Alibrandi, Walt Disney World former casting director Rich Taylor, friend Kriss Harris, actress/singer/instructor Cheryl Ann Sanders, Miss Oregon 1990 Beth McShane, daughter Lexi, and sons Kyle, Adam, and Ryan Flanigan.

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Bob Fosse: It’s Showtime!
  NR   2022
  [Played Oct. 7 as part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups and available on Amazon Prime Video and various VOD platforms.] Kerry Shale narrates Lucia Helenka’s entertaining, informative, multifaceted, introspective, 62-minute, 2019 documentary about influential, creative, talented, self-destructive, multiple award-winning (i.e., Tony, Oscar, and Emmy) dancer, director, choreographer, and cinematographer Bob Fosse that includes numerous clips of dance sequences from stage and film and consists of interview snippets with professional ballerina and quantum physicist Merritt Moore, singers and actors Louise Redknapp and Will Young, film critic/writer/broadcaster Jason Solomons, art critic/writer/broadcaster David Benedict, writer and reader in dance Geraldine Morris, choreographer/teacher/ballet dancer Vanessa Fenton, and dancers James Barton, Kelsey Williams, and Emma Harris.

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Catherine Called Birdy
  PG-13   2022
  [Available Oct. 7 on Amazon Prime Video.] When her broke, irresponsible, desperate father (Andrew Scott) is at risk of losing his rundown Manor home that he owns with his wife (Billie Piper) in a medieval English village in 1290 in Lena Dunham’s wacky, coming-of-age, over-the-top, humorous, bawdy, star-dotted (Ralph Ineson, Joe Alwyn, Lena Dunham, Sophie Okonedo, Lesley Sharp, Dean-Charles Chapman, Isis Hainsworth, Mimi Ndiweni, Archie Renaux, and Rita Bernard-Shaw), 108-minute pratfall comedy based on Karen Cushman’s 1994 novel, he decides to marry off his feisty, rebellious, smart, tomboy, 14-year-old daughter (Bella Ramsey), who spends time with her best friend (Michael Woolfitt), to any wealthy suitor (Russell Brand, Paul Kaye, Douggie McMeekin, Bola Latunji, et al.), but she devises schemes to get out of any arranged marriage.


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