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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.

Friday, March 1, 2024
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Asleep in My Palm
  NR   2024
  [Opens March 1 in theaters, available March 19 on various VOD platforms, and available April 19 on streaming.] Henry Nelson's poignant, coming-of-age, award-winning, down-to-earth, moving, low-budget, 89-minute film in which a PTSD-afflicted, single father (Tim Blake Nelson) is raising his 16-year-old daughter (Chloë Kerwin) and living off the grid in a storage locker in the middle of winter against the backdrop of a small liberal arts college in northeastern Ohio and their close-knit relationship becomes strained after she meets an older woman (Gus Birney) and struggles with her newfound sexuality, and when law enforcement eventually shows up, she learns the truth about her life.

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Dune: Part Two
  PG-13   2024
  [Opens March 1 in theaters.] Striking cinematography, choreography, and special effects dominate Denis Villeneuve's thrilling, creative, multifaceted, well-acted, action-packed, complex, fast-paced, superbly written, star-studded (Christopher Walken, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Florence Pugh, Charlotte Rampling, Tim Blake Nelson, Léa Seydoux, Anya Taylor-Joy, Roger Yuan, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Giusi Merli), 166-minute sci-fi sequel based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel in which the clairvoyant, revenge-driven, exiled House of Atreides Duke Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), whose family was betrayed and can envision the future, falls in love with a Fremen warrior (Zendaya) and leads her people (Javier Bardem, Souheila Yacoub, Alison Halstead, Babs Olusanmokun, Hassan Najib, et al.) in a ferocious battle against Spice-greedy members of the House of Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Austin Butler, et al.).

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Murdaritaville
  NR   2024
  [Available March 1 on VHS, Blu-ray™, Amazon Prime Video, and various digital platforms.] After a hitchhiker (Dustin Simoneaux) witnesses a woman (Manon Pages), who was on her way with a friend to a Jimmy Buffet concert, murdered in June 1993 by a mysterious half-man, half-bird creature (Carter Simoneaux) in Paul Dale's wacky, silly, nonsensical, groan-inducing, micro-budget, 61-minute horror spoof, he quickly becomes a lazy, fat alcoholic (Pierre Simoneaux) as reckless, clueless friends (Jenna-Francis Duvic, Heather Campos, Charles Early, Dylan McGovern, Austin Naulty, et al.) are stalked one by one and the killer confesses to a cop (Kenny Bellau); watch the crazy, original end credits.

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Shayda
  PG-13   2024
  [Opens March 1 in theaters.] Noora Niasari's engrossing, award-winning, factually based, poignant, powerful, moving, well-acted, intense, thought-provoking, 117-minute film with commonplace, fully developed character in which a resilient, courageous, Iranian mother (Zar Amir Ebrahimi) struggles to care for her 6-year-old daughter (Selina Zahednia) while living in a women's shelter run by a kindhearted woman (Leah Purcell) in Melbourne, Australia, in 1995 and tries to keep her safe despite being forced by a judge to permit her estranged, jealousy-driven, manipulative, abusive husband (Osamah Sami) unsupervised visitation.

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Silver Haze
  NA   2024
  [Opens March 1 in theaters and available March 12 on various VOD platforms.] Sacha Polak's engaging, factually inspired, realistic, raw, well-acted, touching, 102-minute film in which a PTSD-afflicted, scarred, anger-driven, gay, 23-year-old British nurse (Vicky Knight) in East London is haunted by her past after suffering severe burns from a fire 15 years earlier and then finds love and solace when she meets a mentally disturbed patient (Esmé Creed-Miles), moves with her to the English coast, and develops a healing relationship with her and her lover's grandmother (Angela Bruce) and mentally challenged younger brother (Archie Brigden).


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