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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: 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)