Movie Picks with Alice Reese

Friday afternoons at 4:50pm and 5:50pm, during All Things Considered

Each week KETR listeners are treated to descriptions without spoilers and opinions about cinema from the movie reviewer for the Greenville Herald Banner and the Rockwall Herald Banner, Alice Reese. Her insight has been known to save moviegoers' wallets from poor decisions, and to expose Northeast Texas to the immense culture surrounding art house films.

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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, she reviews The Good Dinosaur, Secret in their Eyes, and By the Sea. She also add a few options for your holiday movie escapes. The Good Dinosaur is Pixar's second movie of the year, and Alice really enjoyed it. The animation is amazing and well worth the price of admission. Raymond Ochoa plays the lead character of Arlo. Secret in their Eyes is an American adaptation of a 2009 Argentinian Oscar-winning film. It stars Chiwetel Ojiofor, Nicole Kidman ...

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This week on Movie Picks, Alice reviews The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Brooklyn, and Trumbo . The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is the final installment in the series , and the epic conclusion of Katniss Everdeen's heroic rebellion. Jennifer Lawrence , Josh Hutcherson , and Liam Hemsworth star as Katniss , Peeta , and Gale again, with Julianne Moore , Woody Harrelson , and Donald Sutherland reprising their roles as well. Alice really enjoyed this ending, and believes Lawrence is a...

Love the Coopers stars a long list of people.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, she reviews Love the Coopers, My All American, and Spotlight. Love the Coopers has an ensemble cast that Alice says saves the film from being too much sometimes. Diane Keaton and John Goodman star as the parents of the parents, with performances from Alan Arkin , Marisa Tomei , Ed Helms , Olivia Wilde , Amanda Seyfried , and more. Alice recommends this movie for some light-hearted Christmas fun. My All American is the true story of University of...

Spectre stars Daniel Craig as James Bond for his fourth time.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, she reviews Spectre, Suffragette, and Miss You Already . Spectre is the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise , and Daniel Craig is still in the lead role. Christoph Waltz joins the cast as Bond's main villain and French actress Léa Seydoux takes the somewhat doomed role of Bond's love interest. Sam Mendes is back in the director's seat, following his work on Skyfall . There is a ton of action which is to be expected and even though Alice...

Burnt stars Bradley Cooper as chef Adam Jones.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, she reviews Burnt starring Bradley Cooper, Room starring an Oscar-worthy Brie Larson, Our Brand is Crisis from Dallas native David Gordon Green, and Truth starring Cate Blanchett as Dallas native Mary Mapes. Burnt is a movie about a burned out chef played by Bradley Cooper . He gets his second chance, and is joined by his sous chef played by Sienna Miller . Alice really enjoyed this movie, and while it wasn't perfect, Cooper helps it out. Room is a...

Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder, The Last Witch Hunter.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, she reviews The Last Witch Hunter, Crimson Peak, Jem and the Holograms, and Rock the Kasbah . The Last Witch Hunter stars Vin Diesel as Kaulder, the only thing that stands between humanity and the most horrifying witches the world has ever known. Alice thought it fell short on story, but the cinematography really caught her eye. Sir Michael Caine , Elijah Wood , and Rose Leslie also have substantial roles in the movie. Crimson Peak is the latest...

Bridge of Spies looks at a little-known event from the Cold War.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews Bridge of Spies, Goosebumps, and Steve Jobs . Bridge of Spies stars Tom Hanks , is directed by Steven Spielberg , and co-written by the Co en brothers. Alice highly recommends this movie, and says it's a good thriller that is historically accurate. Goosebumps is a live-action movie based on the creatures from all the R.L. Stine books. Jack Black stars as a fictionalized version of the reclusive author, and Alice says he keeps the movie...

Freeheld stars Julianne Moore as Laurel Hester.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews Freeheld, 99 Homes, and He Named Me Malala . Freeheld stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page . While Alice wasn't as impressed with Page's performance, she thinks Moore might be receiving another golden statue this year. This movie follows the true story of Laurel Hester , who was fighting to get her domestic partner rights to her pension after her impending death from cancer. Overall Alice really enjoyed this movie, and thought it was...

Captive stars David Oyelowo and Kate Mara.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, she reviews Sicario, Captive, and Meet the Patels . Sicario stars Emily Blunt as a Pheonix-based FBI agent who gets involved in a mysterious government task force dealing with the drug war between the United States and Mexico. Alice said this movie seems like it might be going in the usual way, but it's a story with depth. Captive is based on the true story of escaped prisoner Brian Nichols and his captive Ashley Smith. David Oyelowo and Kate Mara...

The Visit is the latest movie from M. Night Shyamalan.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews the super creepy looking film, The Visit , Learning to Drive starring Patricia Clarkson and Sir Ben Kingsley, and Before We Go , directed and starred in by Chris Evans. The Visit is M. Night Shyamalan latest film, and one Alice says could turn the tide on his previous streak of sub par movies. A pair of siblings is sent to visit their grandparents in an isolated house, weird stuff starts to happen, and then there's a twist. Alice...

Grandma stars Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews A Walk in the Woods, Grandma, and Phoenix. A Walk in the Woods is based on a book by Bill Bryson that follows two men on their trek across the Appalachian Trail . Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star with Emma Thompson , Mary Steenburgen , and Kristen Schaal throwing in great performances. Alice wasn't a huge fan of Nolte in the movie but did recommend the movie based on cinematography and the wonder of Robert Redford. Grandma is Lily...

No Escape stars Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, and Pierce Brosnan.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews No Escape, Mistress America, and Digging for Fire. No Escape is an unlikely pairing of suspenseful terror and Owen Wilson , but according to Alice, it works. Wilson plays Jack Dwyer, an American man who moves his wife and two small daughters with him to a country in Asia that breaks out in civil war almost as soon as they arrive. They spend the movie trying to escape with their lives, and Alice says its 'one big, harrowing, violent...

Bel Powley stars in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," a story of a sensitive girl coming of age in the hedonistic 1970s.
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This week, Alice Reese reviews "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" and "American Ultra." The former is a creative look at coming of age in the hedonistic 1970s, while the latter is an unusual mix of comedy, action and drama.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as an unlikely team on a hunt for a nuclear device.
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This week Alice reviews The Man from U.N.C.L.E. , a re-make of a TV show from the 1960s, Straight Outta Compton , a look at the life of famous rap group NWA, and Shaun the Sheep Movie , a movie with no dialogue and some sheep on a mission. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. follows the same characters from the original TV show of the same name. The leads, Solo and Illya , are played by the dashing Henry Cavill and the dreamy Armie Hammer . Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki join the cast as the...

Meryl Streep and real-life daughter Mamie Gummer star in this musical dramedy.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews Ricki and the Flash , starring Meryl Streep, The Gift , written, directed, and starred in by Joel Edgerton, and The End of the Tour , with Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel. Ricki and the Flash was not Alice's favorite, but she is recommending it for people who enjoy music, Meryl Streep , and good performances and chemistry. Meryl Streep plays Ricki, a former stay-at-home mom who ran off to LA to become a rock star, who has to return to...