Alice Reese


Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new animated Disney movie "Moana" is nearly perfect entertainment for children and adults alike.  Alice also enjoyed the real-life drama "Manchester by the Sea."


Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese says "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is the latest book by J.K. Rowling to find its way to the screen.  Alice says it is the first time that Rowling has written the screenplay for one of her stories, and she says the film has a good deal more humor than the Harry Potter.  Also premiering this weekend is "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," a satire on the Iraq War.

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says Mel Gibson's first film in 10 years is Oscar-worthy.  "Hacksaw Ridge" is the story of a pacifist Army medic who saved dozens of lives at the Battle of Okinawa near the end of World War II.  Alice also reviews the Disney sci-fi fantasy, "Dr. Strange."


Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews the new Tom Cruise action picture, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," the follow-up to his 2012 thriller in the same role.  Alice also reviews another action movie, "The Accountant," with Ben Affleck. Alice says action fans should enjoy both movies.

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese critiques "The Birth of a Nation," based on the true story of Nat Turner, the leader of a slave rebellion in the pre-Civil War South.  Alice also reviews "The Girl on the Train," a drama based on a best-selling novel.


Alice Reese, Herald-Banner film critic, says the remake of "The Magnificent Seven," starring Denzel Washington, is more like "The Wild Bunch" than the original "Magnificent Seven," in that it is a very violent movie, despite its PG-13 rating.  Alice also reviews "Bridget Jones' Baby," with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth, which, while not up to the standard of the original "Bridget Jones" movie, has some extremely funny scenes, Alice says.


Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese gives her review of two movies being released this week: "Sully," starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, about airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed a jetliner in New York's Hudson River, and "The Hollars," a family "dramedy," or dramatic comedy.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese has a new favorite movie this summer: "Kubo and the Two Strings," a stop-action animated movie set in mythical Japan with the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron.  Alice also likes "Southside with You," a romantic film about the courtship of Barack and Michelle Obama.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese believes both "Florence Foster Jenkins," starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and "Pete's Dragon," a remake of the 1970s Disney classic starring Robert Redford, could be major winners when awards are announced next year.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews two movies opening this week: "Jason Bourne," the latest in the action series starring Matt Damon, and "Nerve," a thriller about a cell-phone game that's been compared to Pokemon Go.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews two movies with connections to the 1980s: "Ghostbusters," starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, a remake of the classic 1984 comedy; and "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston, which is based on a true story of the 1980s Central American drug trade.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese says adults and children will enjoy "The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)," a Disney movie directed by Steven Spielberg.  And Alice says "The Legend of Tarzan" is faithful to the original Tarzan story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, unlike the Johnny Weissmuller "Tarzan" movies of the '30s and '40s.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese says "Finding Dory," the follow-up to 2003's "Finding Nemo," is a worthy successor and lives up to the high standard animated-movie maker Pixar.  Alice finds "Central Intelligence," a buddy comedy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart, very funny, but says it deserves an R rating instead of the PG-13 it received.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews two new romance-oriented movies coming out this weekend: "Me Before You," based on the best-selling novel by Jo Jo Moyes and starring "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clark; and "Maggie's Plan," which stars Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese enjoyed "The Nice Guys" and "Love & Friendship," although the two new comedies are at the low-and-high ends of the spectrum.  "The Nice Guys" stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a '70s-style "buddy-cop" movie.  "Love & Friendship" stars Kate Beckinsale and Choloe Sevigny and is an adaptation of one of Jane Austen's least-known novels, "Lady Susan."