Short Redhead Reel Reviews for the week of May 17

"Pokemon: Detective Pikachu"

Rating system:  (4=Don't miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)


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“A Dog's Journey” (PG) (3.5) [Thematic content, some peril, and rude humor.] — After the smart, beloved Saint Bernard (voiceover by Josh Gad) of a Michigan couple (Dennis Quaid and Marg Helgenberger) is put to sleep and his soul, personality, and memories are reincarnated into three subsequent pooches in this heartwarming, touching, tear-inducing, family-oriented, enjoyable, 108-minute sequel to the 2017 “A Dog’s Purpose” based on W. Bruce Cameron’s novel, the loyal canines eventually find themselves back to the couple’s singer/songwriter granddaughter (Kathryn Prescott/ Abby Ryder Fortson) to protect her through the years from her widowed, irresponsible, alcoholic, neglectful mother (Betty Gilpin) and to bring her back to the kindhearted friend (Henry Lau/Ian Chen) she knew from her childhood.

“Don’t Tempt Me” (R) (2.5) [Language, some violence, and sexual content.] [Partially subtitled] [DVD only] — While the manager (Fanny Ardant) from a black-and-white Heaven set in Paris sends a nightclub singing angel (Victoria Abril) to retrieve the soul of an injured, suicidal boxer (Demián Bichir) working as a security guard in this strange, convoluted, oddly compelling 2001 film, the operations manager (Gael García Bernal) from Hell sends his hot, devilish, waitressing agent (Penélope Cruz) to Earth to win the same soul.

”The Hustle” (PG-13) (3.5) [Crude sexual content and language.] — After a sophisticated polished con artist (Anne Hathaway) in the South of France trains a greenhorn Australian drifter (Rebel Wilson) she met on a train in this entertaining, funny, over-the-top, star-studded (Tim Blake Nelson, Dean Norris, Ingrid Oliver, Emma Davies, Casper Christensen, and Deepak Anand), 94-minute comedic remake of the 1988 film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and the 1964 film “Bedtime Story,” they end up competing against each other and making a $500,000 bet that they can successfully scam a clumsy, naive, kindhearted millionaire (Alex Sharp).

“Inferno” (R) (2) [Violence, language, and some nudity.] [DVD only] A gritty, violent, uninspired 1999 film in which a New Mexico artist (Gloria Rueben) unknowingly befriends a bruised and battered mobster (Rat Liotta) she finds suffering from amnesia in the desert and helps him figure out who he is while evading a ruthless bad guy (Armin Mueller-Stahl) on his trail.

“Little Ashes” (R) (2) [Sexual content, language, and a brief disturbing image.] DVD only]— An artsy, slow-paced film about the tumultuous and strained relationship that develops when ambitious surrealist painter Salvador Dali (Robert Pattinson), handsome poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (Javier Beltrán), and budding filmmaker Luis Buñuel (Matthew McNulty) meet at the university in Madrid during a politically turbulent but exciting time in 1922.

“My Life in Ruins” (PG-13) (2.5) [Sexual content.] — A charming, heartwarming, predictable, romantic chick flick comedy filled with stunning scenery about an uptight Greek tour guide (Nia Vardalos) who finds her Greek mojo as she deals with an obnoxious, brown-nosing rival (Alistair McGowan) and copes with an eclectic group of tourists, including a widower (Richard Dreyfuss), an unhappy teenager (Sophie Stuckey) and her parents (Caroline Goodall and Ian Ogilvy), a divorcee (Maria Botto), and an overweight American (Jareb Dauplaise), while falling for the scruffy, handsome driver (Alexis Georgoulis).

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” (PG) (3) [Action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements.] — When a 21-year-old insurance salesman (Justin Smith) learns from a police lieutenant (Ken Watanabe) that his well-known detective father has died tragically in a mysterious car accident in this colorful, action-packed, visually stunning, imaginative, family-oriented, witty, entertaining, 3D, star-studded (Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora, Josette Simon, and Ben Fox), 105-minute fantasy film dominated by wonderful creatures and special effects, he teams up with a junior columnist (Kathryn Newton) and his father’s Pokémon partner detective Pikachu (voiceover by Ryan Reynolds) to find out who was responsible for the death of his father, to continue the investigation into a powerful purple gas and its effects, and the involvement of a wealthy, duplicitous, wheelchair-bound businessman (Bill Nighy) and his son (Chris Geere).

“Poms” (PG-13) (2.5) [Some language and sexual references.] — When a shy, terminally-ill elderly loner (Diane Keaton) moves from New York City into a retirement home in Georgia and ends up starting a cheerleading club to the chagrin of a controlling southern belle (Celia Weston) and the onsite security guard (Bruce McGill ) in this love-it-or-hate-it, sporadically funny, touching, 91-minute comedy, she is helped by a vibrant student cheerleader (Alisha Boe) and the son (Charlie Tahan) of her neighbor to help train the new uncoordinated members (Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Rhea Perlman, Phyllis Somerville, Patricia French, Ginny MacColl, and Carol Sutton) of the club.

“Shadow” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] — Stunningly gorgeous cinematograph and outstanding choreography dominate Zhang Yimou’s captivating, intriguing, thrilling, violent, action-packed, historical, 116-minute, black-and-white film punctuated with color in which an ambitious Chinese king (Zheng Kai) in 220-280 A.D. is desperate to get a vital city under his control after his commanding general (Chao Deng) is injured in battle and then offers up his sister (Guan Xiaotong) as a bride to the son (Leo Wu) of the rival general (Hu Jun) but the general’s devious, skilled, saber-wielding doppelgänger (Chao Deng), who is in love with the king’s wife (Li Sun), carries out his own secret plan.

Wendy Schadewald is a Burnsville resident.

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