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Rampage movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "Rampage," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, is another successful vehicle for the action hero.  It's based on an arcade game from the 1980s, and Alice says it reminds her of the Godzilla movies from the 1950s.  "You Were Never Really Here" is an intense, violent thriller with Joaquin Phoenix, which Alice says is one of the best movies of the year so far.

Pacific Rim 2: Uprising, Facebook

The words in the headline attributed to Abraham Lincoln are not the words of Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese, but generally sum up Alice's view of "Pacific Rim 2: Uprising," the long-awaited followup to the original "Pacific Rim" science-fiction monster film.  Alice enjoyed "Unsane" more, a psychological thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Claire Foy, who previously played the young Queen Elizabe

I Can Only Imagine, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "I Can Only Imagine," a film based on the Christian-contemporary hit song by Mercy Me, comes out on Friday, March 16.  Mercy Me was founded in Greenville, with Bart Millard as the lead singer.  Alice says "I Can Only Imagine" is a very effective film, and she expects it to be a big hit.

Game Night movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the comedy "Game Night" with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams is funny, but the story about a group of friends who meet for a regular game night is also a violent, bloody R-rated film, and she thinks the mayhem goes too far.  Alice finds "The Party" with Patricia Clarkson and Kristin Scott Thomas, also a dark comedy, much more to her liking.

Hostiles movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new Western "Hostiles" starring Christian Bale reminds her of the great Westerns made by director John Ford, including "The Searchers" and "Cheyenne Autumn."  Alice also admires "The Post," the story of the Washington Post during the time of the Pentagon Papers, directed by Stephen Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

The Shape of Water movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese discusses her top 10 movies of 2017.  Her no. 1 pick is "The Shape of Water," the science-fiction/romance directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in theaters this weekend, ranks just below the original 1977 "Star Wars" film in the long-running series.  Alice also likes a new Western, "The Ballad of Lefty Brown" starring Bill Pullman and Peter Fonda.

"Wonder" movie

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Wonder," a family film about a boy with "facial differences," and "Coco," an animated Disney film that celebrates the  Mexican tradition of "Dia Los Muertos," or the "day of the dead," are not only crowd pleasers but outstanding movies.

 

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese reflects on the recent decline in movie-theater attendance, and discusses two developments designed to boost theaters, "Movie Pass" and surge pricing.

Last Flag Flying movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says, as an Agatha Christie fan, she's disappointed in "Murder on the Orient Express," starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh, which she says "drags."  She enjoyed the Richard Linklater film, "Last Flag Flying," about Vietnam war vets Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranst

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese finds "Marshall," a biography of the early career of future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, riveting.  It stars the versatile Chadwick Boseman.  Alice also enjoyed "Blade Runner 2049," starring Ryan Gosling and the star of the original "Blade Runner," Harrison Ford.  Alice says the first-weekend box office numbers were disappointing, possibly because so much time has elaps

American Made, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says "American Made," out today, is an action movie with Tom Cruise at his wise-cracking best.  The film is based on the U.S.

"Mother!" movie

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "Mother!," a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence, is a brilliant but disturbing film, not for casual movie goers.  Alice also reviews "American Assassin" starring Michael Keaton, a film based on the spy novels of Vince Flynn.

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says "Logan Lucky" is a great comeback for Stephen Soderbergh, the director of "Ocean's Eleven" and other hits, who had previously announced his retirement.  She says the comedy centered on a heist at a major NASCAR race is very well-written.  "The Hitman's Bodyguard," an action/adventure/comedy with a very high body count, stars Samuel L. Jackson.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says "Detroit," a docu-drama of the devastating summer of 1967 riots in the Motor City, is a realistic rendering that includes little-known aspects of the story.  Alice also says Charlize Theron is a force to be reckoned with "Atomic Blonde," which was released last week.

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