Lehigh Valley Press

At the Movies: Tully

Jun 28, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews "Tully."

This drama-comedy film is paced by a brave performance by a veteran, Charlize Theron, and a dynamic turn by a newcomer, Mackenzie Davis. In "Tully," Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a suburban mother of two who is expecting a child. Her husband, Drew (Ron Livingston) is emotionally-unavailable. Marlo's wealthy brother (Mark Duplass) gives her the baby shower gift of a "night nanny."

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: 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: 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.

Student Poetry Project winners on LV Arts Salon

Apr 21, 2015

The winners of the 10th annual Student Poetry Project join hosts Paul Willistein and George VanDoren to read their winning poems on the air and discuss their writing.