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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, July 10, 2024
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Convert, The
  NR   2024
  [Opens July 12 in theaters and available on various VOD platforms.] Stunning cinematography and scenery dominate Lee Tamahori's captivating, well-acted, moving, action-packed, fast-paced, violent, thought-provoking, star-dotted (Jacqueline McKenzie, Dean O'Gorman, Madeleine McCarthy, and Duane Wichman-Evans Jr.), 126-minute historical epic based on Michael Bennett's story in which a former British soldier turned lay preacher (Guy Pearce) arrives in the Epworth British settlement in New Zealand in 1830 to introduce the indigenous M?ori to Christianity, quickly saves the life of the strong-willed warrior daughter (Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourn) of a M?ori chief (Antonio Te Maioha) right after a ruthless rival leader (Lawrence Makoare) murdered her husband amidst a civil war between two warring M?ori tribes, and then the minister finds himself caught in the middle of racist, paranoid settlers and fighting tribesmen.

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Fly Me to the Moon
  PG-13   2024
  [Opens July 12 in theaters.] Greg Berlanti's compelling, factually inspired, well-acted, entertaining, fun-filled, humor-punctuated, star-studded (Ray Romano, Peter Jacobson, Christian Clemenson, Colin Woodell, Jim Rash, and Joe Chrest), 131-minute rom-com in which a NASA bigwig (Woody Harrelson) hires a creative, talented, unconventional, feisty, Manhattan marketing specialist (Scarlett Johansson) and her supportive assistant (Eva Pilar) to boost NASA's image in 1969, and when she meets the no-nonsense Apollo 11 launch director (Channing Tatum) and they are instructed to stage a film of a pseudo moon landing as a backup in case the mission goes awry, tensions quickly escalate as the wacky director (Lance Vespertine) and a black cat arrive on the set.

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Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1
  R   2024
  [Opened July 4 in theaters.] Splendid cinematography and scenery dominate Kevin Costner's confusing, multilayered, disjointed, well-acted, moving, violent, nonlinear, star-studded (Dale Dickey, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Guinee, Jena Malone, Kathleen Quinlan, Jeff Fahey, Michael Rooker, Will Patton, Michael Angarano, Wase Winyan Chief, Angus Macfadyen, Tatanka Means, Scott Haze, Tom Payne, Jim Lau, Ella Hunt, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jon Beavers, Todd Allen, and Glynn Turman),181-minute epic western film that begins with Apache warriors (Owen Crow Shoe, et al.) murdering settlers in Arizona in 1859, a pioneer widow (Sienna Miller) and her teenage daughter (Georgia MacPhail) who survived the blood-drenched massacre go with a Union Army lieutenant (Sam Worthington) to a fort run by a discouraged colonel (Danny Huston) while a no-nonsense guide (Luke Wilson) leads a Montana wagon train to the new Horizon city in Arizona erected on indigenous land and a horse trader (Kevin Costner) protects a widowed prostitute (Abbey Lee) caring for a 2-year-old child after he kills an abusive man (Jamie Campbell Bower) with his younger brother (Jon Beavers) out for revenge in Wyoming.

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Heart of an Oak
  NR   2024
  [Available June 10 in the U.K. on the Icon Film Channel, opens July 12 in select theaters in U.K., and available Aug. 12 on various digital and TVOD platforms.] Exceptional, awesome cinematography dominates Laurent Charbonnier and Michel Seydoux's engaging, intriguing, educational, fascinating, wit-dotted, dialogue-free, 80-minute, 2022 documentary that showcases a 56-foot, 210-year-old oak and the numerous creatures, including Eurasian red squirrels, wood mice, red deer, ladybugs, beetles, wild boars, stick insects, roe deer, centipedes, northern goshawks, muskrats, swans, great blue herons, egrets, barn owls, European robins, badgers, foxes, ravens, hedgehogs, red deer, grubs, elk, Eurasian jays, bees, thrushes, kingfishers, grasshoppers, coypus (aka nutria), spiders, mallards, Eurasian blue tit, great spotted woodpeckers, caterpillars, Aesculapian snakes, and cranes, that live in and around the magnificent tree in Sologne, France.

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Lumina
  R   2024
  [Opens July 12 in theaters.] After his girlfriend (Eleanor Williams) suddenly disappears in Los Angeles when an extremely bright light illuminates the night sky in Gino J.H. McKoy's gritty, complex, convoluted, intense, unsettling, violent, 113-minute psychological, sci-fi thriller, her extremely distraught boyfriend (Rupert Lazarus) and three friends (Sidney Nicole Rogers, Andrea Tivada, and Ken Lawson) believe she may have been abducted by aliens and imprisoned in an underground military facility, and when they go out into the desert to search for her, they find themselves the target of menacing aliens.


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