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: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Jun 11, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews "Solo: A Star Wars Story." 

At the Movies: Deadpool 2

Jun 4, 2018

Paul Willlistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews "Deadpool 2," the sequel to the popular superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character.

(Original air-date: 5/28/2018)

At the Movies: Bombshell

May 24, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.”

If this documentary film wasn’t based on a true story, it would sound like fiction. Lamarr was regarded as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful leading ladies. Hollywood movies are only half of the Hedy Lamarr story. She is credited as an inventor, who, at the start of World War II, developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes to thwart detection by enemy Nazi warships. The concept is said to have become the basis for cell phone, Bluetooth, WiFi and communication satellite technology.

At the Movies: Avengers: Infinity War

May 14, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews "Avengers: Infinity War," which broke domestic and international opening weekend movie box-office records, and continues to set new records.

At the Movies: Chappaquiddick

May 3, 2018

The film tells the story of the single-vehicle car accident that occurred on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, on Friday, July 18, 1969. The accident was caused by Senator Ted Kennedy's negligence, and resulted in the death of his 28-year-old passenger, and Wilkes Barre native Mary Jo Kopechne, who was trapped inside the vehicle. The infamous incident ended the presidential hopes of Ted Kennedy. John Curran directs in a documentary-style, and the film's star Jason Clarke bears an uncanny resemblance to Ted Kennedy.

At the Movies: Isle of Dogs

Apr 26, 2018

"Isle of Dogs" marks director Wes Anderson's return to the stop-motion animation technique he used in "Fantastic Mr. Fox" - however, this film is more for adults than for children. It features the voice talents of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Francis McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, and F. Murray Abraham. "Isle of Dogs" has astounding visuals - the dogs are puppets with amazing detail, including their fur, eyes and ears. The film is so unusual that it should be seen and admired, if not totally enjoyed. 

At the Movies: Ready Player One

Apr 12, 2018

"Ready Player One" is a cinematic videogame and it's visually-stunning. "Ready Player One," based on the 2011 debut novel by Ernest Cline, who co-wrote the screenplay with Zak Penn ("Last Action Hero," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and their video game versions), is directed by Steven Spielberg. Especially outstanding are Tye Sheridan (Wade Watts, aka Parzival), Olivia Cooke (Samantha, aka Art3mis), Mark Rylance (James Halliday, aka Anorak) and Simon Pegg (Ogden Morrow). 

"Getting Grace" might very be well be the first nationally released feature movie to be filmed entirely in the Lehigh Valley. That's part of the fun in seeing "Getting Grace" on the big screen. In addition to many local sites, you also may recognize Bethlehem native Dan Roebuck - the movie's star, director, co-screenwriter and one of the producers. At the center of the film is an extraordinary performance by Madelyn Dundon - a Bethlehem Catholic High School graduate and West Virginia University theatre major - as Grace. 

At the Movies: I Can Only Imagine

Mar 30, 2018

"I Can Only Imagine" is the surprise hit film about the writing of the hit Christian rock song by the band, MercyMe. With 2.5 million copies sold, "I Can Only Imagine" is said to be the best-selling Christian pop music single ever. The movie tells the story of MercyMe lead vocalist Bart Millard. The song was inspired by the death of Millard's father. Millard and his father had a contentious relationship. The movie is anchored by a strong performance by Dennis Quaid, who plays Millard's father. J.

At the Movies: Black Panther

Mar 8, 2018

"Black Panther" has nearly everything going for it - great cast, fantastic computer-generated imagery, and distinctive and impressive production design - except for a solid screenplay. The movie has been hailed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe directed by an African American, Ryan Coogler, with an African American cast in lead roles. Chadwick Boseman, an extraordinary actor, is the main reason why "Black Panther" holds together. Michael B. Jordan has equally strong screen presence.

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