At The Movies

Mondays, 6:25 PM

At the Movies is a weekly feature that airs during Lehigh Valley Arts Salon. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press gives his review of a current film.

At the Movies: Phantom Thread

Feb 16, 2018

"Phantom Thread" is based on director John Paul Anderson's original screenplay about a 1950s' fictional London couturier, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), who treats people like so many mannequins upon which to drape his designs. "Phantom Thread" is an Academy Award contender with six Oscar nominations: Picture, director (Anderson), actor ( Day-Lewis), supporting actress (Lesley Manville), original score (Jonny Greenwood), and costume design (Mark Bridges). The National Board of Review chose "Phantom Thread" as one of the Top 10 films of 2017.

At the Movies: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Feb 7, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the crime drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

"Three Billboards" is a difficult movie. Uncomfortable as it is, it's a film that should be seen, especially because it has received seven Oscar nominations, including: picture, screenplay (Martin McDonagh, who directed), lead actress (Frances McDormand) and supporting actors (Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson). The film received the People's Choice Award at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and is an American Film Institute Top 10 film of 2017.

At the Movies: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jan 29, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," the fantasy action adventure movie.

At the Movies: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jan 18, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews The Last Jedi, the latest installment in the iconic Star Wars series.

(Original air-date: 1/8/2018)

At the Movies: Darkest Hour

Jan 18, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the war drama, "Darkest Hour" from director Joe Wright.

In "Darkest Hour," Prime Minister Winston Churchill (an almost unrecognizable Gary Oldman, a Screen Actors Guild actor nominee, Golden Globe actor recipient and a deserved Oscar actor nominee for the role) rallies the Parliament and the British people as Great Britain hovers on the brink of World War II.

At the Movies: Wonder

Jan 4, 2018

“Wonder” is a wonderful film that is not presented as an anti-bullying film per se. “Wonder” is about August “Auggie” Pullman, born with mandibulofacial dystosis, known as Treacher Collins Syndrome.

Stephen Chbosky (director, screenwriter, author, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”; screenwriter, “Beauty and the Beast”) directs “Wonder” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Steven Conrad (screenwriter, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”) and Jack Thorne (screenwriter, “War Book”) based on the novel by R.J. Palacio.

At the Movies: Coco

Dec 28, 2017

"Coco" is an astonishing animation feature film from Disney-Pixar that explores the mythology of the Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead).

At the Movies: Thor: Ragnarok

Nov 30, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok follows the Marvel Comics character Thor as he battles to escape from captivity and save his home. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the superhero film.

(Original air-date: 11/20/17)

At the Movies: Murder on the Orient Express

Nov 30, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express boasts a bravura turn as Hercule Poirot by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the star-studded extravaganza that is a remake of the 1974 movie directed by Sidney Lumet and is also based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie.

Along for the ride in the 2017 version, in addition to Branagh, are Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the Crime-Mystery film.

(Original air-date: 11/27/2017)

At the Movies: Marshall

Nov 14, 2017

Marshall is a powerful film about a Bridgeport, Connecticut, civil rights case in 1941 that was pivotal in the life and career of Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 become the first African-American to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

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