Short Reviews of Redhead Reel for the week of August 6 | Free
Rating system: (4 = Must see, 3 = Good, 2 = Worth a visit, 1 = Forget it)
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“Angie: lost girls” (NR) (3) [Played July 30 via Eventbrite and available on various VOD platforms.] – After a talented teenage singer (Jane Widdop), who has a younger sister (Juliette Hanover), is lured into a child sex trafficking ring by a cheating suitor (Dylan Sprayberry) claiming to be interested in her music, then befriends a sex-trafficked black woman (Lindsey Da Sylveira) trying to protect her in the powerful, intense, disturbing, relevant, well-played 108 minute film of Julia Verdin, her worried and distraught parents (Olivia Abo and Randall Batinkoff) with a detective (Anthony Montgomery) to find the ruthless villains (Marty Dew, Denise Nicholson, Blake Boyd, et al.) who exploit the horrific abusive sex ring in California, and when their daughter has PTSD eventually escapes, she tries to help others and come to terms with her new life.
“Jungle Cruise” (PG-13) (3,5) [Sequences of adventure violence.] [Opens July 30 in theaters and Disney+.] – The highly entertaining, action-packed, humorous, well-paced, twist-filled, unpredictable, star-studded film by Jaime Collet-Serra (Paul Giamatti, Veronica FalcÃ³n, David Lengel, Piper Collins, Andy Nyman, Sulem Calderon and Mark Ashworth) , 127-minute film in which a fiery British botanist (Emily Blunt), who kicks butt and picks locks, is joined by her sleek and shapely brother (Jack Whitehall) who has a great right hook, hires a friendly steamboat captain who loves tigers, spitting puns and drawing cards (Dwayne Johnson) to sail the deadly Amazon in 1916 on his ramshackle homemade boat in hopes of discovering the tree legendary called Tears of the Moon who has powerful healing properties while being pursued by a tenacious, ruthless aristocratic German prince (Jessie Plemons), who also desperately seeks to find the mysterious tree to somehow aid the war effort in Germany, and curse the 400-year-old conquistadors (Ãdgar RamÃrez, Quim GutiÃ©rrez, Dani Rovira, et al.).
“Maquia: When the promised flower blooms” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [Played July 30 via Eventbrite and available on various VOD platforms.] – Absolutely stunning animation dominates Mari Okada’s poignant, colorful, imaginative, bittersweet, heartbreaking 115-minute animated fantasy film about maternal love and the journey of a 15-year-old Japanese weaver, immortal ( voiceover by Manaka Iwami) who escapes with her life after soldiers attacked her village of Lolph, kidnaps her beautiful friend (voiceover by Ai Kayano) who is forced to marry a prince (voiceover by Tomokazu Sugita) who believes her blood will give the citizens of their kingdom long life, and raises a boy (voiceover by Miyu Irino) whose mother she found dead as hers, but ultimately their relationship becomes strained as he ages and she doesn’t.
“The Return of Nanny McPhee” (PG) (3) [Rude humor, some language, and mild thematic elements.] [DVD and VOD only] – When two spoiled cousins ââ(Eros Vlahos and Rose Taylor-Ritson) go to live with three unruly British siblings (Oscar Steer, Asa Butterfield and Lil Woods) on an English farmhouse covered in mud and infested with mud in 1940 because their neglectful father (Ralph Fiennes) divorces in this pleasant, family-oriented and star-studded sequel (Maggie Smith and Rhys Ifans), a mysterious cane-wielding, wart-speckled nanny (Emma Thompson) arrives just in time to help. the exhausted mother (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who awaits the return of her husband (Ewan McGregor) after the war, and teach the children not to fight, to share, to help each other, to be courageous and to have faith.
“Nine days” (R) (3) [Language] [Opens Aug. 6 in theaters.] – After the death of a 28-year-old violinist (Lisa Starrett) in a tragic car accident, which leaves room on Earth for a new soul in the poignant, original, creative, complicated, challenging and well-written film d ‘Edson Oda, 124-minute supernatural thriller, 2020, a mysterious 37-year-old black referee (Winston Duke), who lives in an isolated house in the desert, watches people’s lives on multiple TV screens, and then interviews with the help from a friend (Benedict Wong) five souls (Tony Hale, Bill SkarsgÃ¥rd, Zazie Beetz, David Rysdahl and Arianna Ortiz) competing for the vacant position on Earth over a nine day period, and if they are not chosen for have a life on Earth, their existence is erased.
“Whirlybird” (NR) (3) [Opens Aug. 6 in theaters and available on various VOD platforms.] – The gripping, compelling, informative, well-paced, very personal 103-minute 2020 documentary by Matt Yoka that uses archival film footage, news clips, home movies and excerpts from interviews with the family , including mother Judy Tur, daughter and journalist Katy Tur, and son James Tur, to showcase the tumultuous marriage and successful careers of over 20 years of innovative, ambitious and itinerant Los Angeles journalists Zoey Tur (formerly Bob Tur who started the Los Angeles News Service) and Marika Gerrard as they flew in a helicopter over greater Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s to document the latest explosive news, including wildfires, car crashes, earthquakes, plane crashes, violent LA riots in 1992 after the horrific and senseless police beatings of Rodney, 25-year-old King, drive-by shootings, sai Sies of drug and car chases including OJ Simpson driving erratically in his white Ford bronco on an LA freeway in 1994.
Wendy Schadewald is a resident of Burnsville.