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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.

Monday, January 24, 2022
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Gook
  NR   2022
  [Available Jan. 24 via streaming on MUBI.] Justin Chon’s engaging, black-and-white, well-acted, down-to-earth, somber, 95-minute, 2017 film in which two Korean-American brothers (Justin Chon and David So) who have their own dreams apart from struggling to make money and to protect their women’s shoe store in California that they inherited from their father while dealing with a grumpy liquor store owner (Sang Chon), befriending a mischievous 11-year-old Black girl (Simone Baker), and confronting racist, thieving neighborhood thugs (Curtiss Cook Jr., et al.) amidst the anger-fueled riots in South Central Los Angeles in 1992.

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Panola Project, The
  NR   2022
  [Available Jan. 20 at 8:00 a.m. MST to Jan. 30 at 10:59 p.m. MST at https://festival.sundance.org/program/#film-info/61ae1bae14aef725891c43ba at the Sundance Film Festival; for tickets, log on to https://festival.sundance.org/tickets/#] Rachael DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine’s engaging, award-winning, inspirational, heartwarming, 16-minute documentary that follows the heroic, valiant efforts of doggedly determined, retired, widowed, convenience store owner Dorothy Oliver and county commissioner Drucilla Russ-Jackson who diligently work together to try and convince through hard work, kindness, and humor more than 350 primarily Black and skeptical rural residents (LaDenzel Colvin, et al.) of Panola, Ala., to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a vaccine coordination center and ultimately were successful in getting 99% to get their shots.

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After Antarctica
  NR   2022
  [Plays Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the William L. McKnight 3M Omnitheater at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omni Theater; for more information, log on to smm.org or call 651/221-9444.] Stunning photography highlights Tasha Van Zandt’s award-winning, educational, awe-inspiring, gripping, 105-minute documentary that chronicles adventure-seeking Minnesota native polar explorer, educator, and author Will Steger as he leads a six-man international team that includes Frenchman Jean-Louis Etienne, Chinaman Qin Dahe, Russian Victor Boyarsky, Japanese Keizo Funatsu, and Englishman Geoff Somers on a challenging, grueling, harrowing, seven-months, coast-to-coast expedition by dogsled across Antarctica that began on July 27, 1989, and then the 75-year-old consummate explorer returned to the Article Circle in 2018 to continue to underscore the devastating effects of climate change.

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But I’m a Cheerleader
  R   2022
  [Available Jan. 23 via streaming on MUBI.] Jamie Babbit’s tongue-in-cheek, entertaining, funny, satirical, 83-minute, 1999 film in which a high school student (Natasha Lyonne) must confront her lesbianism along with other reluctant gay teenagers (Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, et al.) when her conservative, concerned, Christian parents (Bud Cort and Mink Stole) send her to a deprogramming camp run by a peculiar, eccentric staff (Cathy Moriarty, RuPaul, and Eddie Cibrian).

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Confession
  NR   2022
  [Opens Jan. 21 in theaters and available Jan. 25 on various digital and VOD platforms.] When a wounded Massachusetts state trooper (Clare-Hope Ashitey) confronts an injured widower (Stephen Moyer), whose wife (Sadie Jean Shirley) was an undercover cop, in a Boston church after he has taken a priest (Colm Meany) hostage in David Beton’s captivating, taut, suspenseful, well-acted, twist-filled, real-time, 80-minute thriller punctuated by a surprising ending, tensions escalate as confessions are revealed, their lives are mysteriously linked, and guns are drawn.


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