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

“American Chaos” (R) (3.5) [Some language, including sexual references.] — Pro-Clinton director James D. Stern’s fascinating, informative, eye-opening, insightful, 90-minute documentary in which he crisscrosses the highly divided country six months prior to the Nov. 2016 election to get the pulse of the nation and their likes and dislikes of the 70-year-old Republican candidate Donald J. Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton through photographs, archival film footage, and interviews with former Hialeah mayor Julio Martinez and his friend Francisco Hernandez, WFTL radio host Joyce Kaufman, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pastors David and Tami Donnally, UCLA professor and Dean of social sciences Dr. Darnell Hunt, Arizona border ranchers John Ladd and Peggy Davis, voter Marion Frank, Cochise County Republican Chair Casey Jones, UCLA author and professor of information studies Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan, Obama’s former advisor and campaign manager David Plouffe, Boca Rotan Country Club Chairman Armand Grossman, Air Force veteran Sue Mitchell, tea party member Marion Frank, University of Chicago professor of geophysical sciences Dr. David Archer, West Virginia local business owner David Hatfield, welding business owner Brian Beddow and wife Kristi, former coal miners Freddie McNeely and Danny Massey, UCLA English and gender studies professor Dr. Kathleen McHugh, educator David McCoy, “Arizona Republican” editorial page editor Phil Boas, and Mensa member Iris Lynch.

“Peppermint” (R) (3) [Strong violence and language throughout.] — After her mechanic husband (Jeff Hephner) and peppermint-loving-ice-cream daughter (Cailey Fleming) are gunned down in Los Angeles by vicious Mexican cartel members in this intense, engaging, action-packed, violent, well-paced, 102-minute thriller, a revenge-driven bank manager (Jennifer Garner) goes off the grid for five years to train, becomes a vigilante, and then goes after a corrupt judge (Jeff Harlan), an unethical district attorney (John Boyd), and a ruthless drug dealer (Juan Pablo Raba) and his unscrupulous henchmen (Ian Casselberry, Johnny Ortiz, Richard Cabral, Michael Reventar, et al.) while two detectives (John Ortiz and John Gallagher Jr.) and FBI agents (Annie Ilonzeh, Eddie Shin, and Method Man) investigate the killings.

 

On DVD

 

“Australia” (PG-13) (3) [Some violence, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language.] [DVD only] — After a headstrong British aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) travels to Australia in 1939 to find her husband murdered and their Faraway Downs cattle station decimated by the underhanded shenanigans of a ruthless, longtime manager (David Wenham) and an English cattle baron (Bryan Brown) in this uplifting, yet heartbreaking 165-minute, 2008  Baz Luhrmann epic filled with spectacular scenery, she is determined to make the ramshackle ranch a success with the help of a fiercely independent drover (Hugh Jackman) and an aboriginal boy (Brandon Walters) despite difficulties that arise when Japan bombs Darwin, Australia, in 1941.

“Four Christmases” (PG-13) (2) [Some sexual humor and language.] [DVD only] — The 3-year relationship of a San Francisco lawyer (Vince Vaughn) and his girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon) comes to a crossroads in this wacky, slapstick, 88-minute, 2008 holiday comedy when their trip to Fiji gets postponed due to fog, and the couple reluctantly end up visiting their divorced parents (Robert Duvall/Sissey Spacek and Jon Voight/Mary Steenburgen) and high-octane relatives (Jon Favreau, Kristin Chenoweth, Tim McGraw, et al.) during Christmastime.

“I’ve Loved You So Long” (PG-13) (3) [Thematic material and smoking.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — After serving a 15-year sentence for murder in this engaging, down-to-earth, 117-minute, 2008 French film, a guilt-ridden, depressed, emotionally withdrawn woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) tries to assimilate back into society and reconnect with her estranged sister (Elsa Zylberstein).

“Let the Right One In” (R) (3.5) [Some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity, and language.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — A chilling, imaginative, original, well-crafted, 115-minute, 2008 thriller in which a lonely, bullied, 12-year old Swedish student (Kåre Hedebrant) befriends a morose vampire (Lina Leandersson), who recently moved into his apartment building, which forever changes his life.

“Milk” (R) (3.5) [DVD only] — An inspirational, insightful, compelling, factually based, star-studded (Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Victor Garber, Eric Stoltz, et al.), 128-minute, 2008 Gus Van Sant political film that chronicles the rise of well-liked and outspoken Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) from closeted insurance salesman in New York City to openly gay political activist whose tireless campaign with his devoted partner (James Franco) during the 1970s eventually led to his successful bid as a San Francisco supervisor, but his popularity in general and his prominent role as a leader in the gay community is met with disapproval and distain by fellow supervisor Dan White (Josh Brolin).

“Twilight” (PG-13) (3.5) [Some violence and a scene of sensuality.] [DVD only] — A thrilling, wildly imaginative and creative, well-cast,122-minute, 2008, romantic thriller about a fiercely independent Phoenix high school student (Kristen Stewart) who moves back to her small hometown in Washington to live with her police chief father (Billy Burke) and falls madly in love with a mysterious, sexy, luminous, teenage vampire (Robert Pattinson) whose family (Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, and Ashley Greene) is highly protective when two menacing vampires (Cam Gigandet and Rachelle Lafevre) thirst for human blood.

Film Critic Wendy Schadewald reviewed films in the Twin Cities since 1986, and has been a guest critic on KARE-11’s Showcase Minnesota, WCCO radio, and AMC-950 radio. She reviews more than 250 films annually and has been a film buff for as long as she can remember. To see more of her film reviews, log on to shortredheadreelreviews.com.

©1986 through 2018 by Wendy Schadewald.

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