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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.

Saturday, October 16, 2021
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Last Duel, The
  R   2021
  [Opened Oct. 15 in theaters.] Wonderful cinematography, costumes, and sets highlight Ridley Scott’s engaging, factually based, gripping, well-acted, intense, violent, star-dotted (Harriet Walter, Martin Csokas, Nathaniel Parker, Sam Hazeldine, Michael McElhatton, Alex Lawther, and Bosco Hogan), 152-minute film, which is adapted from Eric Jager’s novel and told from three perspectives, in which beautiful, courageous French lady Marguerite de Thibouville (Jodie Comer) in Paris claims self-serving, well-respected squire Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), who has the powerful count Pierre Alençon (Ben Affleck) in his back pocket, and one time best friend of her supportive husband Sir Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) raped her in 1386 while her husband was fighting on the battlefield in Scotland and to prove his wife is telling the truth, he will let God decide by challenging the rapist to a duel to the death.

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Capote Tapes, The
  NR   2021
  [Played Oct. 8 on AARP’s Movies for Grownups and available on various VOD platforms.] Ebs Burnough’s fascinating, insightful, informative, colorful, 98-minute, 2019 documentary that explores the career and life of world-famous, legendary gay writer Truman Capote through archival film footage and photographs, excerpts from his writings (such as Other Voices, Other Rooms, A Gathering of Swans, and Answered Prayers, audio recording snippets (such as partner Jack Dunphy, actresses Lauren Bacall and Candace Bergen, writer Norman Mailer, designer Donald Brooks, Babe’s daughter Kate Paley, commentator William Buckley Jr., and friends, including Gavin Lambert, Slim Keith, Judy Greene, Barbara Lawrence, Loel Guinness, Leneore Hornblow, CZ Guest, and Margaret Agnelli), and commentary by writer and critic Sadie Stein, writers Jay McInerney and Colm Toibin, journalists George Plimpton and Sally Quinn, adopted daughter Kate Harrington, editor Lewis Lapham, friends and writers Dotson Rader and Phoebe Pierce, art historian John Richardson, former Vogue editor André Leon Tally, and talk show host Dick Cavett.

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Dino Dana: The Movie
  PG   2021
  [Plays Oct. 20-31 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.] When a prehistoric dinosaur comes to life and threatens their playground and surrounding neighborhood in J. J. Johnson’s entertaining, family-friendly, colorful, informative, 25-minute IMAX film, a 10-year-old, aspiring paleontologist (Michela Luci), her stepsister (Saara Chaudry), friends (Evan Whitten, Richie Lawrence, et al.), and a friendly T-Rex come together to save the day.

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Escape from Mogadishu
  NR   2021
  [Available Oct. 19 on various VOD platforms.] When civil war escalates and riots rage in the bullet-riddled streets and Korean bigwigs become trapped in increasingly dangerous Somalia without government assistance, communications, or protection in 1991 in Seung-wan’s compelling, critically acclaimed, award-winning, factually based, intense, violent, action-packed, star-studded (Jung Man-sik, Kim Jae-hwa, and Park Kyung-hye), 121-minute film, South Korean diplomats, including South Korean Ambassador to Somalia Han Sin-seong (Kim Yoon-seok), who has a wife (Kim So-jin), and ANSP Counselor/intelligence officer Kang Dae-jin (Jo In-sung), join forces with rival Somalia’s North Korean Ambassador Rim Yong-su (Heo Joon-ho), MSS Counselor/intelligence officer Tae Joon-ki (Koo Kyo-hwan), and their families to get them all out of Mogadishu.

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Rescue, The
  NR   2021
  [Opens Oct. 15 in theaters.] Striking cinematography and informative interviews with multinational experts highlight Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s riveting, tension-filled, suspenseful, in-depth, behind-the-scenes, 107-minute documentary that examines how people from all over the world, including brave, skilled divers (such as John Volanthen, Rick Stanton, and Dr. Richard “Harry” Harris) from Thailand, the United States, Britain, and Australia, join forces to perform the daring, dangerous, miraculous rescue mission of twelve young Thai Wild Boar soccer players and their coach in Northern Thailand in June 2018 after they became trapped in the flooded Tham Luang Cave in the Nang Non Mountains about 1.5 miles from the cave entrance during the monsoon season.


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