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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: ‘American Made’

Friday, October 13, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Wow.

If even a portion of “American Made” is factual, then a reassessment of major portions of United States foreign and domestic policies might be in order.

“American Made,” which stars Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a TWA commercial airlines pilot, turned CIA reconnaissance pilot, turned cocaine-drugs-weapons and insurgents smuggler, is “Based on A True Story,” according to the movie’s opening credits.

However, a web site for “American Made” states the movie is “Based on a True Lie.”

Whom do you believe?

Civic at 90: Gala celebration, capital campaign for 2017-18 season

Friday, October 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To celebrate the 90th season, “The Secret Garden” is back at Civic Theatre of Allentown as is Civic’s celebrity capital campaign co-chair, star of television and screen, Christine Taylor, who, as a child, performed on Civic’s stage.

“It’s so fortuitous that it’s our 90th season, but we’re also closing and opening. It’s a birthday, but a new birth. There’ll be a grand re-opening,” says Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders.

Civic Theatre”s 90th Anniversary Celebration Gala is 7 - 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, Allentown.

Review: ‘Kingsman’

Friday, October 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is one confusing, entertaining mess of a movie.

On the one hand, you have the charming British cast returning from the original, ”Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015): Taron Egerton (Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, aka Galahad, a holdover from the Brit Lad culture), Colin Firth (Harry Hart, aka the original Galahad, the suave spy and ever the gentleman), and Mark Strong (Merlin, a gizmo wizard).

LV median house prices reach near decade-high levels; closed sales up 2 percent near end of summer season

Friday, September 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley continue to increase as the peak summer sales season drew to a close.

And according to The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR), median home prices are being reported that haven’t been seen in nearly a decade.

The median sales price in August was $205,000, a 2.8 percent increase from a year ago and $2,000 less than the $207,000 figure reached in July 2008. The decade high for median sales price is $215,000 in July 2007.

‘Movies At The Mill’ takes it to The Rooftop in Easton

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Movies At The Mill” film festival has traveled to several venues in Easton.

This year, “Movies At The Mill,” 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sept. 30, is at The Rooftop of the Easton Intermodal Facility, 123 S. Third St., Easton.

The film shorts are expected to unreel at about 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Fusion Trio performs at 6 p.m.

Also, at 10 a.m. Sept. 30, the “Movies At The Mill” seminar series continues with a Skype interview and question and answer session, “Effecting The Story,” with visual effects supervisor-producer Karen Heston.

Movie Review: ‘It’

Friday, September 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“It” is one scary movie, yes, it is.

Coulrophobia, or a fear of clowns, is not all that unusual in children. A killer clown, known as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, takes advantage of that fire.

Pennywise isn’t the only scary thing in “It.” There are scary parents, scary teens and scary situations (jumping from a cliff into a quarry, youths throwing rocks at each other, and, scariest of all, an American Motors Pacer automobile).

A conversation with Bakithi Kumalo at Allentown Art Museum

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Plan your “Third Thursday Arts Destination” at 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, when Bakithi Kumalo, renowned international musician, composer and educator, presents a program of music and conversation.

Kumalo, a Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa native who played a key role on Paul Simon’s landmark 1985 “Graceland” album and tours with the legendary singer-songwriter, will present a conversation with Tahya at the Art Museum.

Which Bond (James Bond) did it better?

Friday, September 15, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Perhaps no iconic motion picture character has created such a buzz among movie fans as Bond, James Bond.

Bond, referred to by his code name, 007, is a British Secret Service agent who first appeared in a 1953 book by British author Ian Fleming, a former naval intelligence officer who wrote 12 novels and two short story collections that took place 1951-1964.

As a movie franchise, Bond, at 24 (and counting) is only exceeded by “Godzilla,” at 29.