Film

At the Movies: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Jul 11, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews this biographical documentary film of Fred Rogers, directed by Morgan Neville

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is a fascinating glimpse into the genesis and making of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the sociological influences of the television show, and the personality of Fred Rogers, the life-long Republican and Presbyterian minister who turned a television show into a television ministry. The documentary film is directed by Morgan Neville, who received a documentary feature Oscar for the superb “20 Feet From Stardom” (2014).

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.

Easton Summer Cinema on Musings

May 22, 2018
Lafayette College

Kenn Michael previews Easton Summer Cinema,  a new film series taking place on the Lafayette College campus in Landis Cinema in Buck Hall. Kenn talks with grant writer Carol Inman and film buff Peter Coyne who started the film series as a way to get Easton residents together and talking in new ways.

Easton Summer Cinema runs from May 22 through July 24, 2018. Films are shown every Tuesday between 7 and 9 PM in Landis Cinema and admission is free. The films span a variety of genres and time periods but all relate to a local interest. The full list of films being show are:

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.

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