Film

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. 

Previewing the 2018 Emmaus Film Festival on LV Arts Salon

Apr 26, 2018

Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle previewed the upcoming 2018 Emmaus Film Festival. They talked to Stephanie Gardner, who is presenting the festival along with Brandon Lay of Living Proof Pictures, who is one of the participating filmmakers.

This year's festival takes place on Saturday, May 5th at the Emmaus Theatre and has been specially curated into a program, "The Masks We Wear," which focuses on celebrating the women of independent cinema from the Lehigh Valley and around the world. 

(Original air-date: 04/23/18)

"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: 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.

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: 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.

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