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.

“News of the World” stars Tom Hanks in his first-ever western as a former Civil War soldier who must return a young woman (Helena Zengel), kidnapped by Native Americans, to her relatives. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the action-adventure drama.

“Wonder Woman 1984” takes Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as her sidekick, Steve Trevor, back to the future for a 1980s’ romp in the DC Comics Extended Universe. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the action-adventure-fantasy film.

In “Ammonite,” Kate Winslet stars as Mary Anning, a real-life, noted 19th century British fossil-hunter who befriends Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the biography-drama-romance film.

"The Croods: A New Age" is the animated feature film sequel to the 2013 hit. All the main characters from the prehistoric age are back, voiced by Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Ryan Reynolds. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the adventure comedy.

Oscar-winner Ron Howard directs Oscar nominees Glenn Close and Amy Adams in “Hillbilly Elegy,” which chronicles the story of a dysfunctional southern family. The film is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by J.D. Vance. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the drama.

Mank | At the Movies

Dec 8, 2020

Allentown native Amanda Seyfried is generating Oscar buzz as a supporting actress nominee for her stellar turn as Hollywood Golden Era movie star Marion Davies in “Mank.” Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the Biography Drama.

Freaky | At the Movies

Dec 1, 2020

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews Freaky, a 2020 American comedy horror twist on Freaky Friday. The film tells the story of a teenage girl who unintentionally switches bodies with a middle-aged male serial killer. Directed by Christopher Landon and starring Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Celeste O'Connor, and Alan Ruck.

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane return to the big screen in “Let Him Go.” Costner and Lane portray a married couple in early 1960s’ Montana who drive to North Dakota over concerns about the welfare of their grandson. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the psychological thriller.

“Come Play” stars Allentown’s Winslow Fegley as Bryon, an elementary school student who dishes it out to a fellow student, Oliver (Azhy Robertson), a person on the autism spectrum, who befriends Larry, a monster that manifests itself from his smart phone. “Come Play” has some genuine jump scares in a screenplay that is smart and heartfelt. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the horror film.

The Empty Man | At the Movies

Nov 10, 2020

“The Empty Man” is based on the graphic novel series of the same title. A police officer, James Lasombra (James Badge Dale), tries to help his friend, Nora Quail (Marin Ireland), locate her missing daughter. A mysterious entity intervenes. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the horror film.

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