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: The Meg

Sep 27, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews this science fiction thriller about a 75-foot-long megalodon shark. 

"The Meg" is a prehistoric creature that was thought to be extinct which resurfaces from the deep to wreak havoc on a nuclear submarine, a research vessel, and a beach resort. Jason Statham plays Jonas Taylor, who must rescue a crew in a submersible research vessel at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. "The Meg" is waiting. 

(Original air-date: 9/17/2018)

At the Movies: Operation Finale

Sep 11, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews this based-on-a-true story drama. 

In "Operation Finale," Oscar Isaac stars as a member of an Israeli Mossad intelligence force that tracked down Adolph Eichmann, portrayed by Ben Kingsley, in Argentina and brought him to trial for Nazi war crimes.

(Original air-date: 9/3/2018)

At the Movies: Three Identical Strangers

Sep 4, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the documentary film which tells the story of three identical triplet boys separated at birth who are reunited.

"Three Identical Strangers" is a fascinating documentary film that raises more questions than it provides answers. David Kellman, Eddy Galland, and Bobby Shafran are identical triplets adopted soon after their birth by three separate families. The documentary follows the triplets, their families and friends from gleeful reunion of the boys at age 19, to tabloid headline and TV talk show fame, to tragedy. 

At the Movies: Crazy Rich Asians

Aug 23, 2018
Center for Asian American Media, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the romantic comedy which has become the surprise summer hit of 2018.

'Crazy Rich Asians', based on a trilogy of novels by Kevin Kwan, gives the movie-goer a glimpse into the lifestyles of the Asian rich and famous. Henry Golding and Constance Wu star with supporting performances by Michelle Yeoh, Nico Santos, Ken Jeong and Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina.  (Original air-date: 8/20/2018) 

At the Movies: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Jul 26, 2018

Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews this superhero film directed by Peyton Reed.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is the sequel to 2015's "Ant-Man" and is the new chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang ( Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.

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: 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: 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.