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Herald-Banner editor Kristal Kuykendall says Greenville voters will decide the fate of a "tax swap" plan proposed by the Greenville ISD on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the deadline for voter registration is today (Oct. 9).  The tax swap plan is designed to bring in more revenue from the state, and would allow property taxes to be lowered by about $10 per year.  But Kristal says the Herald-Banner has found that the school board could raise taxes again without voter approval if it decided more revenue was needed.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the fourth version of "A Star Is Born," starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, in her first movie role, stands up to the three previous versions of the story made in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s.  And Alice says "The Old Man and the Gun," is a fitting last movie role for its star, Robert Redford, who says he's retiring from acting.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "The Sisters Brothers," starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, is memorable, but is an extreme revisionist Western.  She says "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" is an entertaining Halloween-season movie for family audiences.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, reviews "The Wife," starring Glenn Close as the long-time spouse of a famous novelist.  Many critics say Close deserves an Oscar nomination for her performance.  Alice also reviews "Searching," a modern, tech-savvy thriller.

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Kristal Kuykendall has arrived from Little Rock, Arkansas, over the summer to take the reins as editor of the Herald-Banner.  On her Facebook page, she has taken the name of "Kristal Greenville," for simpliciy's sake, but also because she has been so taken with the community.  Kristal says the Herald-Banner is in the process of providing more local information, and the newspaper is put

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews the romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians" and the remake of the thriller "Papillon."

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says she was concerned that Disney would try to make "Christopher Robin" edgy and hip for the modern audience, but is pleased that it retains the retro, comfy quality of the original Winnie the Pooh stories and animated films.  She says "Dog Days" is lightweight and predictable, but, nevertheless, is a charming, family movie.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, agrees with the almost unanimous verdict of critics that "Mission Impossible: Fallout" with Tom Cruise is a nearly perfect summer action movie.  Alice also enjoyed "Mamma Mia:Here We Go Again," even though she says it features "strange characters, the oddest combination of people."

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, agrees with the publicity for the latest summer superhero movie, "Ant Man and the Wasp:"  "... a lighter, brighter superhero movie," although she says it's too long and overcomplicated.  Alice notes that the acclaimed documentary on Fred Rogers (best known as "Mr. Rogers"), "Won't You Be My Neighbor," will be playing in Greenville this weekend.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the special effects and the acting in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" are good, but the script is disappointing.  It's the fifth movie in the "Jurassic" series and stars Chris Pratt.  Alice says a hidden summer gem is "Breath," a coming-of-age surfing movie set in 1970s Australia.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Ocean's 8," the latest in the series of heist films, stars an all-female cast, with Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney in the recent "Ocean's" films (and by Frank Sinatra in the orginal).  Alice says the cast, also including Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway is dressed in haute couture, but otherwise it's another entertaining "Ocean's" movie.  Alice notes that "Incredibles 2" comes out next wee

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movier reviewer, loves "Solo: A Stars Story," in theaters this weekend.  Although it does not star Harrison Ford, Alice says it reminds her a lot of the "Indiana Jones" movies.  Alice also enjoyed "Book Club," with Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, which she says shows that even older ladies need love.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese discusses an article on the 35 least and most anticipated summer movies of 2018. The most anticipated summer movie of 2018 came out early, "Avengers: Infinity War."  Among the other most anticipated summer movies is "Solo: A Star Wars Story," a prequel to the original "Star Wars" with the focus on the young Han Solo, coming out May 25.

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the new comedy "Tully," starring Charlize Theron as an overwhelmed mother, will be one of the best movies released during the summer movie season.  "Overboard" is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name starring Goldie Hawn, but Alice says the roles have been reversed, and Mexican television and film star Eusenio Derbez is the star of the remake.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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