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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, January 27, 2023
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Fuzzy Head
  NR   2023
  [Screens Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. and Jan. 24 at 3:15 p.m. at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street, Park City, Utah, as part of the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival that runs Jan. 20-29; for more information, log on to http://slamdance.com.] After the death of her mentally-disturbed, abusive mother (Alicia Witt) in Wendy McColm's compelling, intriguing, surreal, raw, well-acted, imaginative, nonlinear, star-studded (Rain Phoenix, Fred Melamed, Richard Riehle, Numa Perrier, Cooper Oznowicz, Galen Howard, and Frank Oz), 88-minute psychological thriller, an insomnia-plagued, guilt-ridden woman (Wendy McColm), who has not slept for 156 hours, tries to piece together what happened as she reminiscences about the nightmarish trauma she went through as a child (Cassidy Butler) and other unsettling aspects of her tumultuous life.

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Bezos: The Beginning
  R   2023
  [Available Jan. 24 on various VOD platforms.] Khoa Le's engaging, factually based, predictable, 94-minute biographical film based on Tashena Ebanks' novel Zero to Hero that chronicles the business acumen, numerous challenges, and obstacles that successful, goal-oriented, driven, creative, tenacious, 31-year-old entrepreneurial hedge fund manager Jeff Bezos (Armando Gutierrez) along with his supportive wife MacKenzie Bezos (Alexandria R. Mitchell), parents (Emilio Estefan Jr. and Ann Herberger), and two computer technicians (Sasha Andreev and Nick Friedman) faced in his Seattle garage during his pioneering efforts to start a large-scale, e-commerce merchandising website company called Amazon that initially sells books from the largest virtual bookstore to the dismay and chagrin of Barnes and Noble CEO (Kevin Sorbo).

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Detective Knight: Independence
  R   2023
  [Opens Jan. 23 in theaters and available on various digital and VOD platforms.] When a disgruntled, psychotic, wannabe-cop EMT (Jack Kilmer), who is dating a paramedic (Willow Shields) and whose ex-convict father (Timothy V. Murphy) runs a shelter, gets fired as a paramedic and then ends up posing as a cop to rob banks in Edward Drake's tense, gritty, action-packed, fast-paced, violent, predictable, 91-minute thriller, a veteran LAPD detective (Bruce Willis) and his recuperated, longtime partner (Lochlyn Munro) go after the thief and his accomplices after they rob a bank and hijack an ambulance on July 4th that endangers the city and his daughter during holiday celebrations.

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Ghosts of Monday, The
  NR   2023
  [Available Jan. 23 on DVD, Blu-ray™, and various digital platforms.] When a skeptical, divorced television director (Mark Huberman) goes with his vision-prone ex-wife to an abandoned, allegedly haunted luxury hotel in Cyprus where 100 partygoers mysteriously died of rat poisoning on New Year's Eve in 1990 to film the supernatural, paranormal show Ghosts of the Old World with its host (Julian Sands) in Francesco Cinquemani's eerie, dark, tense, uninspired, disjointed, 78-minute horror thriller, the production assistant (Kristina Godunova), the camera operator (Flavia Watson), a sound recording artist (Elva Trill), a duplicitous elderly couple (Anthony Skordi and Maria Ioannou) who plan on refurbishing the property, an adopted girl (Marianna Rossetto), and hotel financiers (Loris Curci and Joanna Fyllidou) are terrorized by ghosts and knife-wielding killers.

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One Fine Morning
  R   2023
  [Opens Jan. 27 in NY/LA theaters.] Mia Hansen-Løve's compelling, realistic, moving, well-acted, multifaceted, 112-minute romantic film in which a widowed, polylingual French translator (Le?a Seydoux), who is craving emotional and physical companionship, struggles to raise her free-spirited, 8-year-old daughter (Camille Leban Martins) while caring for her panic-attack-prone, neurodegenerative-afflicted, bibliophile, philosophy professor father (Pascal Greggory) in Paris and searching with his ex-wife (Nicole Garcia), his partner (Fejria Deliba), and her sister (Sarah Le Picard) for a suitable, affordable nursing home and then begins an affair with a married, longtime cosmochemist friend (Melvil Poupaud).


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