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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, April 18, 2024
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In Flames
  NR   2024
  [Plays Apr. 20 at 9:30 p.m. and Apr. 24 at 4:40 p.m. at the Main Theater as part of the MSPIFF43 Film Festival that runs April 11-25; for more information, log on to https://mspfilm.org for full schedule.] Great cinematography highlights Zarrar Kahn's captivating, awards-nominated, poignant, multifaceted, dark, intense, haunting, well-acted, psychological, 98-minute thriller in which an asthmatic, smart, oppressed, paranoid, Muslim medical student (Ramesha Nawal), who lives with her too-trusting, gullible, widowed mother (Bakhtawar Mazhar) and younger brother (Jibran Khan), in the patriarchal, misogynistic society of Karachi, Pakistan, begins to envision mysterious, malevolent apparitions and hallucinations after the death of her grandfather and a smitten fellow student (Omar Javaid) while a greedy, duplicitous uncle (Adnan Shah) leaves her family destitute by stealing their money, modest home, and car.

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Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, The
  R   2024
  [Opens Apr. 19 in theaters.] Guy Ritchie's thrilling, entertaining, factually inspired, terrifically written, hilariously funny, well-choreographed, action-packed, bullet-laden, fast-paced, violent, star-studded (Til Schweiger, Cary Elwes, James Wilby, Freddie Fox, Simon Paisley Day, Henrique Zaga, Danny Sapani, Matthew Hawksley, Mark Oosterveen, and Roger Snipes), 2-hour comedy based on Damien Lewis' 2014 novel Churchill's Secret Warriors: The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII and declassified British War Department files in which British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Rory Kinnear) formed the Special Operations Executive (SOE) organization in 1940 and gathered a fearless, feisty, unorthodox, roguish, top-secret, five-man special forces team (Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Alex Pettyfer, Henry Goulding, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin) to carry out a dangerous, harrowing, covert Operation Postmaster mission during WWII with the support of undercover agents (Eiza González and Babs Olusanmokun) to sabotage two German ships in the Canary Islands carry vital supplies for the Nazis U-Boats in the Atlantic.

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Romaissa: The Superhero from Rotterdam
  NR   2024
  [Plays Apr. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Main Theater as part of the MSPIFF43 Film Festival that runs April 11-25; for more information, log on to https://mspfilm.org for full schedule.] When a bullied, spunky, grief-stricken, anger-fueled, 12-year-old student (Malak Fatih), who has a contentious relationship with her depressed, financially-struggling, widowed mother (Zineb Fallouk) after the sudden tragic death of her father (Mamoun Elyounoussi), discovers that an unscrupulous, money-hungry, persuasive real estate developer (Stefan Rokebrand) is planning on demolishing her rundown apartment building in Rotterdam in Fadua El Akchaoui's quirky, down-to-earth, family-friendly, touching, 73-minute, 2022 film, she tries to use her superpowers bestowed on her by her father as she is determined to concoct a plan by teaming up with her wheelchair-bound best friend (Jahlay van Bosse) to rally other tenants (Saïd Boumazoughe, Manou Kersting, Jaike Belfor, et al.) to stop the teardown.

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Afterbirth
  NR   2024
  [Plays Apr. 15 at 7:15 p.m. and Apr. 18 at 4:45 p.m. at the Main Theater as part of the MSPIFF43 Film Festival that runs April 11-25; for more information, log on to https://mspfilm.org for full schedule.] Nicole Brending's gripping, highly personal, factually based, gritty, down-to-earth, 72-minute documentary in which emotionally distraught Minnesota filmmaker Nicole Brending intertwines fiction and reality as she candidly discusses the birth of her baby, the effects on her body, and the challenges and stress dealing with caring for her newborn son and the devastating and frightening postpartum depression that followed that can lead some mothers to commit infanticide.

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Broken Eyes
  NR   2024
  Played Apr. 14 at 4:20 p.m. and Apr. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Theater as part of the MSPIFF43 Film Festival that runs April 11-25; for more information, log on to https://mspfilm.org for full schedule.] Dana Conroy's educational, eye-opening, insightful, scary, thought-provoking, 78-minute documentary that documents the challenges and complications that the Minnesota filmmaker experienced after getting Lasik eye surgery, its too-often negative effects, and investigations that have occurred from the Lasik procedure, and consists of commentary by ophthalmologists Dr. Cynthia Mackay and Dr. Pedram Hamrah, retired FDA chief Dr. Morris Waxler, optometrist Dr. Edward Boshnick, Lasik Complications Support Group founder Paula Cofer, doctors Steven J. Dell and Dr. Stephen Slade, and Lasik customers Nancy Burleson, Center for Devices and Radiological Health director Jeffrey E. Shuren, former FDA attorney Larry Pilot, Dr. Rashmi Shahand, Randy, Coltan, Tammy, Gerry Dorrian, and Jeffrey who all experienced adverse complications such neuropathic corneal pain, dry eyes, astigmatism, blurred or double vision, headaches, halos, starbursts, and nerve damage.


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