Short Reviews of Redhead Reel for the week of December 17th | To free


Rating system: (4 = Must see, 3 = Good, 2 = Worth a visit, 1 = Forget it)

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“Achoura” (NR) (3) [Subtitled] [Available Dec. 14 on DVD and various VOD platforms.] – When four Moroccan childhood friends (Jade Beloued, Abdellah El Yousfi, Noé Lahlou and Gabriel Fracola) are terrorized by a child-devouring monster in a gothic house surrounded by cornfields in the intriguing, dark, award-winning, intense , 90 by Talal Selhami -minute, 2018 horror film hampered by too dark cinematography and reminiscent of “It” by Stephen King, a schoolteacher (Sofia Manousha), a detective (Younes Bouab), an artist (Iván González) and a lost brother (Omar Lotfi), come together 25 years later as adults to kill the legendary creature Djinn.

“Against the grain” (R) (3) [Language and some sexual content.] [DVD and VOD only] – Exquisite photographs and stunning scenery highlight this engaging, albeit dark, cameo-studded film (Mary Tyler Moore and Michelle Trachtenberg), a 2009 film starring a New York bartender (Justin Kirk) and a schoolteacher (Elizabeth Reaser) ) accompany a widowed, suicidal financial columnist (Joseph Fiennes) on a life-changing journey as he tries to swim the 250 miles of the Hudson River while continuing to mourn the death of his wife (Pell James) and of her child 5 years earlier.

“The darkness of the road” (NR) (3) [Available Dec. 14 on DVD, digital, and various VOD platforms.] – After a music-loving mom (Najarra Townsend) traveling with her six-year-old daughter (Gwyneth Glover) bought a few items from an employee (Johnny Whitworth) at a gas station along a desert highway, then picked up a hitchhiker (Leah Lauren) in the suspenseful, disturbing, tense, convoluted, scary, violent, well-paced horror film of Eduardo Rodriguez, his daughter suddenly disappears and the two women are terrorized by a mysterious, menacing force and flesh-eating like nightmares and reality merge.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I” (PG-13) (3) [Some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images, and brief sensuality.] [DVD and VOD only] – While the wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his two best friends (Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) try to escape the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), the Death Eaters and his minions (Helen Bonham Carter, Alan Richman, and al.) and uncover the secret of the Deathly Hallows in this menacing, suspenseful, dark, 150-minute, star-studded film (John Hurt, Miranda Richardson, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Brendon Gleeson, Julie Walters, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Fiona Shaw, Timothy Spall and Warwick Davis) part 1 of the final installment of JR Rowling’s hit and popular series, the sinister Dark Lord searches for the mighty magic wand and the new corrupt minister of the Magic (Imelda Staunton) begins to stop Muggles (i.e. people without magical powers).

“Hell has no fury” (R) (3) [Strong/bloody violence, language throughout, and some sexual content.] [Partially subtitled] [Available Dec. 21 on Blu-rayâ„¢, DVD, and various VOD platforms] – The gripping, gritty, factual, action-packed, well-played, unpredictable film by Jesse V. Johnson in which the courageous and tenacious French national Marie DuJardin (Nina Bergman), who is part of the French Resistance but accused of a traitor and collaborating with the Germans, found herself rescued in 1944 by greedy and stubbornly determined American soldiers (Louis Mandylor, Josef Cannon, Timothy V. Murphy and Dominiquie Vandenberg) in search of a reserve of gold bars that she would probably have. hidden after killing her lover Nazi military officer (Daniel Bernhardt), who murdered his parents, when a resistance ambush goes awry.

“Theory of death” (R) (1) [Strong bloody violence, pervasive language, and some sexual content.] [DVD and VOD only] – The final 30 seconds pack a punch in this otherwise unnecessary, violent, blood-spattered 82-minute horror flick in which a sadistic and psychotic convict (Kevin Gage) is released from prison on the advice of a psychiatrist (Don McManus) convincingly tells the students (Taryn Manning, Theo Rossi, Agnes Bruckner, Patrick John Flueger, Daniel Franzese, Steffi Wickens, Teddy Dunn and Ryanne Duzich), who are on vacation in a secluded house on the waterfront. a lake, that they have only hours during which to kill each other, and that he will let the last one stand up to live.

“Love and other drugs” (R) (3) [Strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material.] [DVD and VOD only] – A stereotypical, entertaining, sporadically funny, romantic and star-studded film (Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Jill Clayburgh, George Segal, Gabriel Macht and Judy Greer), based on Jamie Reidy’s memoir “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra ”, about a handsome pharmaceutical representative (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Ohio who meets his partner when he falls in love with a sexual, bohemian, Parkinson’s artistic waitress (Anne Hathaway).

“Love is love is love” (NR) (2.5) [Played Dec. 10 as part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups and available on various VOD platforms.] – Eleanor Coppola’s 91-minute satirical, entertaining, low-key, unrealistic romantic film from 2020, consisting of three vignettes on marriage and infidelity, empty nest syndrome and relationships, and friendship: (1 ) in “Two for Dinner,” a duplicate movie producer (Chris Messina) who is shooting a movie in Montana flatters his sexy red-dress wife (Joanne Whalley), who is a pastry chef and loves chocolate-covered strawberries, while sharing a date on FaceTime at a fancy restaurant, but when she unexpectedly shows up at her cabin door in the great land of heaven, her lover sneaks in through the backdoor; (2) In “Sailing Lesson”, a seasick woman (Kathy Baker) takes time out of her busy life and tries to please her aging 33-year-old husband (Marshall Bell) who feels neglected and plans to move on. make a girlfriend by agreeing to go sailing to strengthen their relationship who suffers from empty nest syndrome but the afternoon does not go as planned; and (3) in “Late Lunch,” a grieving girl (Maya Kazan) invites longtime friends (Rosanna Arquette, Valarie Pettiford, Cybill Shepherd, Polly Draper, Rita Wilson, Alyson Reed, Nancy Carlin and Elea Oberon) to her after the sudden and tragic death of her mother who loves scarves and collects tap shoes to share secrets and memories of the past including infidelity, pregnancy, gender identity, forgiveness and abortion , and to honor his death by placing objects on an altar.

“Monsters” (R) (2) [Language.] [Partially subtitled] [DVD and VOD only] – Too dark cinematography ruins this lackluster, disappointing, low budget, 93-minute horror flick in which an American photojournalist (Scoot McNairy) and an injured daughter (Whitney Able) by a wealthy publisher attempt to return to safety from the United States after being stranded in a Central American country that was invaded and infected by monstrous, tentacle-clad aliens when a probe returned from Jupiter Europa’s moon six years earlier.

“Morning Glory” (PG-13) (3.5) [Some sexual content including dialogue, language, and brief drug references.] [DVD and VOD only] – After a New York City executive (Jeff Goldblum) on a botched morning show hires an energetic, tenacious and upbeat assistant producer (Rachel McAdams) in this funny and delightfully entertaining comedy, she surprises everyone , including her new boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), when she hires an award-winning gruff presenter (Harrison Ford) to co-host the show with her long-time down-to-earth reporter (Diane Keaton) with the goal to increase ratings.

“Alley of Nightmares” (D) (3,5) [Strong/bloody violence, some sexual content, nudity, and language.] [Opens Dec. 17 in theaters.] – After learning the ropes of a wise and exhausted mentalist (David Strathairn) and his supposed clairvoyant wife (Toni Collette) during a traveling carnival run by a pragmatic owner (Willem Dafoe) in 1939 in the original and captivating film by Guillermo del Toro, captivating, well written, complex, full of twists, unpredictable, starred (Mary Steenburgen, Tim Blake Nelson, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr., David Hewlett, Holt McCallany, Jim Beaver, Mark Povinelli, Paul Anderson and Romina Power), a 150 minute psychological thriller remake of the 1947 film dominated by superb acting and based on the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel, a charming and charismatic con artist (Bradley Cooper) travels to New York City with her naughty lover (Rooney Mara) and meets a fascinating and deceptive psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who helps him pull an elaborate and lucrative scam against a skeptical, wealthy and guilty business mogul (Richard Jenkin s).

“The power of the dog” (R) (3.5) [Brief sexual content/full nudity.] [Netflix Only] – When a wealthy and generous rancher from Montana (Jesse Plemons) marries a shy, piano-loving widow (Kristen Dunst), who has a harassed, effeminate and budding teenage son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) (Kodi Smit-McPhee), he met at his inn in 1925 after her alcoholic husband committed suicide in Jane Champion’s fascinating, superbly acted, moody, thought-provoking, star-studded (Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy, Adam Beach, Thomasin McKenzie, Peter Carroll, Allison Bruce and Genevieve Lemon), 126 A One Minute Western based on the 1967 Thomas Savage novel, trouble brews with his angry, brooding, petty, mentally abusive brother (Benedict Cumberbatch) and banjo player , who hides his sexual identity, causing tensions in their marriage and his anxiety-prone wife to turn to alcohol.

“Repossession” (NR) (3) [Available Dec. 21 on various digital platforms.] – When a successful and proud 50-year-old Asian businessman (Gerald Chew) is laid off from his job in Singapore in 2018 and manages to keep him from his wife (Amy Cheung) and teenage daughter (Rachel Wan) for three months in Goh Ming Siu and Scott C. Hilyard’s gripping, award-winning, bizarre, convoluted, well-played 96-minute psychological thriller in 2019, it spirals out of control as he becomes increasingly stressed, agitated, depressed and desperate and begins to be terrorized by nightmarish, traumatic, scary and haunting memories while earning a modest salary as a chauffeur and seeking a more prestigious job suited to his qualifications and following the Joneses.

“Skyline” (PG-13) (1.5) [Sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language, and brief sexual content.] [DVD and VOD only] – A dull, dull plot takes a step back in this special effects thriller in which an artist (Eric Balfour) and his pregnant girlfriend (Scottie Thompson), along with other residents (Donald Faison, David Zayas, Brittany Daniel and Crystal Reed), find themselves trapped in a Los Angeles skyscraper when stubborn, self-healing aliens invade Earth.

“Watch the sunset” (NR) (3) [Available Dec. 14 on various VOD platforms.] After an unlucky Australian (Tristan Barr) decides he wants to leave the life of a biker gang and saves a sexually and physically abused drug addict (Zia Zantis-Vinycomb) from a dangerous and trafficker biker couple drug addict (Aaron Walton and Michael Gosden) who then retaliate by kidnapping his daughter (Annabelle Williamson) in Kerang, Victoria, in Michael Gosden and Tristan Barr’s gritty, captivating, award-winning, tense, bittersweet, tension-filled, dark, violent , 79- minute, 2017 film shot in one continuous shot, he and his distraught ex-partner (Chelsea Zeller) are desperate for their terrified young daughter.

“Wild About Harry” (PG-13) (2.5) [Thematic elements, sexual material, and language.] [Available Dec. 17 on digital and various VOD platforms.] – After a charming English widower (Tate Donovan) moved to Cape Cod in 1973 with his two teenage daughters (Danielle Savre and Skye McCole Bartusiak) and they discover he is gay and in love with his business partner (Adam Pascal ) who lives in the back of the house in Gwen Wynne’s award-winning fact-inspired, engaging, coming-of-age, down-to-earth, down-to-earth, realistic, empowering, 94 Minute, 2009 film, tensions escalate and life gets hairy and complicated when locals (Stacey Dash, Anne Ramsey, Josh Peck, Corey Sevier, et al.) find out and their maternal grandparents (Susan Anspach and James B. Sikking) try to remove their granddaughters from their father’s care.

Wendy Schadewald is a resident of Burnsville.


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