Short Reviews of Redhead Reel for the week of December 24 | To free

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

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“American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story” (PG) (3) [Some language and thematic elements.] [Opens Dec. 25 in theaters.] – Andrew and Jon Erwin are entertaining, touching, fact-inspired, inspiring, uplifting, star-studded (Dennis Quaid, Bruce McGill, Ser’Darius Blain, Adam Baldwin, Chance Kelly, Nic Harris, Morgana Shaw and Danny Vinson), 112- 1-minute biographical film based on Kurt Warner’s 2000 memoir “All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football and the First Season of Miracles” which chronicles the struggles of the tenacious, charming, ambitious football player warm and family oriented Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi) to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing for the NFL while pursuing the love of his life, a divorced ex-Marine (Anna Paquin) skeptical and dance lover in line with two kids (Hayden Zaller and Cora Kate Wilkerson) and working in a grocery store stocking shelves until he got his chance as a St. Louis Rams quarterback who then went on to become MVP at twice, played in two Super Bowls and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

“The Black Irish” (R) (3) [Some language and brief violence.] [DVD and VOD only] – A bittersweet, down-to-earth, coming-of-age film from 2006 in which a 16-year-old college student and baseball fan (Michael Angarano) tries to find his way through life while still living with her dysfunctional Irish family, including an unlucky father (Brendan Gleeson), an unhappy mother (Melissa Leo), a pregnant teenage sister (Emily VanCamp) and her rebellious and reckless older brother (Tom Guiry), in South Boston.

“Burlesque” (PG-13) (3) [Sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language, and some thematic material.] [DVD and VOD only] – As a stubborn and divorced Los Angeles nightclub owner (Cher) is pressured by her ex-husband (Peter Gallagher) and a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) to sell her Established in this entertaining, well-paced musical filled with memorable songs, a talented and ambitious waitress (Christian Aguilera) from Iowa seeks her big luck as a singer in the living room where she makes herself the enemy of an alcoholic dancer ( Kristen Bell) and friends with other close-knit employees (Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Julianne Hough, Chelsea Traille, et al.).

“The Cake Eaters” (R) (2) [Some language and sexual material involving a teen.] [DVD and VOD only] – While a stubborn and terminally ill 15-year-old college student (Kristen Stewart), who suffers from a degenerative neural disorder and lives with her overprotective social worker mother (Melissa Leo) and stepfather (Jesse L. Martin) , confides in her supportive grandmother (Elizabeth Ashley), that she is obsessed with sex and that she loses her virginity in this touching, realistic and low budget 95 minute film from 2007, she finds herself suddenly drawn to the caring son (Aaron Standford) of a widower, owner of a small town butcher’s shop (Bruce Dern), who is dealing with the recent death of his wife and the return of his eldest son (Jayce Bartok) .

“Faster” (R) (2.5) [Strong violence, some drug use, and language.] [DVD and VOD only] – As a revenge-driven ex-convict (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) lashes out at the people (Courtney Gaines, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, John Cirigliano, Anne Corley, et al.) Who killed his brother (Matt Gerald) and double-crossed them after a bank robbery in this violent, action-packed film filled with twists and cameos (Tom Berenger, Mike Epps, Xander Berkeley, Moon Bloodgood and Maggie Grace), he’s hunted down by a buff, mentally disturbed assassin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and a drug addict veteran detective (Billy Bob Thornton) and his partner (Carla Gugino).

“Hipbeat” (NR) (2) [Available Dec. 23 via various digital platforms.] – The engaging, gritty, dark and thought-provoking 89-minute film by Samuel Kay Forrest in which an angry, disillusioned, ecstatic activist and an Irish-hating fascist-hating graffiti artist (Samuel Kay Forrest) travels to Berlin where he joins political protests and falls in love with a wealthy woman (Marie Celine Yildrim) while researching her identity and acceptance into the LGBTQ community, experimenting with cross-dressing and having random sexual encounters with anonymous gay men.

“A Journal for Jordan” (PG-13) (3) [Some sexual content, partial nudity, drug use, and language.] [Opens Dec. 25 in theaters.] – The compelling, factual, touching, well-played, heart-wrenching, bittersweet, non-linear, 131-minute Denzel Washington film based on Dana Canedy’s 2008 memoir “Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor” and l ‘From Father to Son, Last Words to Live By’ article in which ambitious, workaholic and lonely New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) recounts meeting her charming and artistic fiancé, 1st Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Michael B. Jordan), who is in the midst of a divorce and has been in the military for eleven years, at the home of his supportive parents (Robert Wisdom and Tamara Tunie) in the ‘Ohio in 1998, and when they had a son (Jalon Christian), he started a journal to pass on the wisdom, advice, and importance of family, which eventually became more meaningful after he was killed in Iraq in 2006 by a roadside bomb.

“The king’s man” (R) (2.5) [Sequences of strong/bloody violence, language, and some sexual material.] [Opens Dec. 22 in theaters.] – When ruthless, power-hungry cabal members wearing a cashmere scarf and villains such as the wacky Russian Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) and Mata Hari (Valerie Pachner) seek to orchestrate the start of WWI at the start of the 1900s That Could Kill Millions of People in Matthew Vaughn is action-packed, fast-paced, witty, violent, twists and turns, unpredictable, starry (Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Brühl, Tom Hollander, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Vodovoz, Todd Boyce, Branka Katic, Olivier Richters and Alexandra Maria Lara), a 131-minute prequel highlighted by stunning cinematography, costumes and sets, a widowed English Duke (Ralph Fiennes), who protects his son (Harris Dickinson / Alexander Shaw) after the sudden death of his beloved wife in 1902, starts a spy organization behind a London tailoring store and recruits an eclectic group talented members, including a skilled combat trainer (Djimon Hounsou) and a sniper (Gemma Arterton).

“Leave” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD and VOD only] – After a French physiotherapist (Kristin Scott Thomas) with two teenagers (Alexandre Vidal and Daisy Broom) falls desperately in love with a handsome passionate immigrant Spanish builder (Sergi López) in this risky, well-played, bittersweet and surprising 2009 film, her life is turned upside down when she confesses the affair to her angry and bitter doctor husband (Yvan Attal), and he fights back in a desperate attempt to win her back.

“Murderous intent” (NR) (2.5) [DVD and VOD only] – A bizarre, suspenseful, slow and gruesome psychological thriller set from 2006 in which a determined forensic psychologist (Toni Collette) and a British detective (Richard Roxburgh) attempt to determine whether an English schoolboy (Eddie Redmayne) is involved in the bizarre murder of three classmates (Tom Sturridge, Kate Maberly and Jon Overton) and the disappearance of a couple (David Threlfall and Cathryn Bradshaw).

“The song of butterflies” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [Played Dec. 11 via Eventbrite and available on other various VOD platforms.] – Stunning cinematography and soundtrack bring to light the poignant, fascinating, gripping, insightful and thought-provoking 65-minute documentary by Nuria Frigola Torrent 2020, 65 minutes, which features talented, creative, tobacco-smoker Peruvian painter Rember Yahuarcani, who lives in Lima and is from the last two remaining tribes of the White Heron clan of the Uitoto Nation, and his imaginative, beautiful and colorful works of art as he follows in the artistic footsteps of his painter father and sculptor mother, and when he needs a stimulus to inspire new paintings, he turns to the minds of his grandparents Martha and Griegio, ancestral myths and stories, family history and visits his supportive and supportive family. in the Amazon region of Pebas in Colombia.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (PG-13) (2) [Sequences of action/violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments.] [Opens Dec. 17 in theaters.] – When Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who is supported by his girlfriend (Zendaya) and best friend (Jacob Batalon) and lives with his mother (Marisa Tomei), ends up interfering in a reverse spell invented by the Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to erase people’s memories of Spider-Man’s identity in John Watts, Disappointing, Action-packed, Fast, Poorly Written, Unpredictable, Starry (JK Simmons, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield, JB Smoove, Tom Hardy, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Charlie Cox, Newsome, José Alfredo Fernandez and Arian Moayed), 148 minute film with special effects formidable, havoc ensues as Spider-Man struggles to defeat menacing supervillains (Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Rhys Ifans, and Thomas Hayden Church) who are unleashed by alternate multiuniverses.

“The tender bar” (R) (3) [Language throughout and some sexual content.] [Opens Dec. 22 in theaters, available Jan. 7 on Amazon Prime Video, and played Dec. 9 as part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups and available on various VOD platforms.] – Superb acting dominates the gripping, coming of age, factual, heartwarming, well-written, realistic, star-studded (Ron Livingston, Matthew Delamer, Rhenzy Feliz, Ivan Leung, Briana Middleton, Bill Meleady and Erza Knight) , 114-minute film adapted from JR Moehringer’s 2005 memoir “The Tender Bar: A Memoir” in which a brilliant 11-year-old boy (Daniel Ranieri), who is estranged from his alcoholic and deadbeat father (Max Martini), is moves with her hardworking, divorced mother (Lily Rabe) to live with her grandparents (Christopher Lloyd and Sondra James) and mentor uncle (Ben Affleck) to a dilapidated house on Long Island in 1973 and gets a revelation, a dirty upbringing who hangs out at his uncle’s Dickens bar with his eclectic group of barflies (Max Casella, Michael Braun, Christian Cibotti, et al.) while aspiring to be a writer and dating Yale as an adult (Tye Sheridan).

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” (R) (3,5) [Violence.] [Opens Dec. 25 in theaters and available Jan. 14 on Apple TV+.] – Stunning visuals and austere, minimalist settings dominate the mighty, captivating, black and white, eerie, artistic, well done, somber, starry of Joel Coen (Ralph Ineson, Corey Hawkins, Stephen Root, Sean Patrick Thomas, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling, Bertie Carvel, Ethan Hutchison, Alex Hassell, Brian Thompson, Matt Helm and Richard Short), 115 minute film adapted from the tragic play by William Shakespeare and performed in Old English in which Lord Macbeth, ambitious, eager and eager to power (Denzel Washington) hears a prophetic message on the battlefield by three body-contorting witches (Kathryn Hunter) that he will be king and with the encouragement of his manipulative and ruthless wife (Frances McDormand) decides to assassinate the Scottish King (Brendan Gleeson) and assume the throne with ultimately disastrous consequences.

“Winnebago Man” (NR) (3) [DVD and VOD only] – Ben Steinbauer’s compelling, hilarious and entertaining 90-minute documentary from 2009 featuring film clips and interviews with writer Ken Osbourne, directors (e.g. Mike Mitchell, Dan Brown and Mark Miks), the filmmaker Alan Berliner, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, Footage Festival co-founders Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, “Show with No Name” co-hosts Charlie Sotelo and Cinco Barnes, private investigator Hilton Hitt, best friend longtime Keith Gordon and the sales team (i.e. director Tom Dangeur, video engineer Kevin Schmitt, cameraman Mike Welckie, gaffer Tom Jandric and intern Tony Dahle) responsible for the famous and infamous clips from Winnebago 4 minute videotape with the aim of getting to know the rude, very opinionated, bitter, candid, now 78 year old Jack Rebney, angry, intelligent, recluse, a former RV salesman , who became an international sensation after making the swearword and ranting industrial promo video for Winnebago Industries in 1989, which ultimately went viral on YouTube and has been viewed by over 20 million people.

Wendy Schadewald is a resident of Burnsville.

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