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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.

Warner Brothers

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new movie "Dunkirk," the story of the evacuation of the British army and other Allied troops from a French beach in World War II thanks to the help of civilian sailors, may be the best movie of the year so far.  Alice says "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is visually impressive, but, to her, incomprehensible.

Sony Pictures

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese agrees with other critics that "Baby Driver," the action/adventure/comedy, is a nearly perfect movie.  She says it makes great use the soundtrack makes great use of period music from the '60s and '70s.  Alice also likes "The Big Sick," a romantic comedy about cross-cultural couple.

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Abraham Lincoln supposedly once was asked his opinion of some cultural production, and replied, "People who like this sort of thing will find this is the sort of thing they like."  Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth in the series, will please fans of the series.

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