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January house sales down 5.7 percent in LV

Friday, February 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) reported that January data showed a flat, but stable, start to 2019 for house sales.

But the big story for the Lehigh Valley house market is that the average sales price and median sales price decreased in January, compared to January 2018.

Also, an increase in new listings may reverse a trend.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased 5.7 percent in January, with 448 houses sold, down from 475 houses sold in January 2018. according to the GLVR.

Movie Review: Not a ‘Favourite’

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Favourite” has extensive use of the fisheye camera lens.

A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that achieves visual distortion. The resulting image is that of a panoramic or hemispherical view.

In “The Favourite,” rooms, columns, and even people often appear curved. The fisheye lens is not used in every scene. Extreme closeups are also used to great effect, such as for Emma Stone’s captivating eyes.

Review: ‘The Upside’

Friday, February 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The upside about the movie, “The Upside,” is that it’s entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting.

Kevin Hart plays Dell Scott, whose parole officer mandates that he find a job. Bryan Cranston plays Phillip Lacasse, a wealthy self-help author who is a person with a disability, quadriplegia, after being injured in a para-glider accident.

Dell Scott is hired to be Phillip Lacasse’s in-home health-care worker, much to the dismay of Nicole Kidman, who plays Yvonne Pendleton, Lacasse’s home office manager.

Snub hub: When in ‘Roma,’ Oscar plays ‘Favourite’

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Academy Awards nominations always leave something to be desired.

There are films, actors, directors and others you think deserved nominations, but did not receive them.

So it goes with the 91st Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2019 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2018 movie releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, televised live on the ABC-TV.

Oscar snubs shouldn’t be surprising, and yet, somehow, they always are.

Movie Review: Breaking ‘Glass’

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Is the “Glass” movie half-full or half-empty? The answer partly depends on whether or not you’re a fan of “Glass” writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.

“Glass” is third in Shyamalan’s “Eastrail 177 Trilogy” that began with “Unbreakable” (2000), which starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and continued with “Split” (2016), which starred Willis and introduced James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy in the series.

Eastrail No. 177 refers to the derailment in “Unbreakable” of Train No. 177.

Closings of house sales down slightly for 2018 in the Lehigh Valley

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Closed sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley during 2018 were down slightly from the previous year, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

Closings were down 0.6 percent, or 8,373 closed sales of houses in 2018, compared to 8,420 closed sales of houses in 2017.

In 2018, closed sales of houses decreased in nine of 12 month, with only January, August and October posting closed sales gains.

Pending sales were up slightly year-to-year, by 0.8 percent, or 8,544 in 2018, compared to 8,479 in 2017.

Review: ‘Disney On Ice’ enchants at PPL Center

Friday, February 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Disney On Ice Presents Worlds Of Enchantment” brings that Disney magic to PPL Center, Jan. 31 through Feb. 3.

The ice show has incredibly-skilled skaters, a huge cast, impressive choreography, props and scenic backdrops, spectacular lighting, pyrotechnic and fog effects and, of course, the beloved characters from Disney feature movies.

True to its title, “Disney On Ice” enchants with entertainment that can be enjoyed by the family.

Movie Review: ‘Green Book’ quite a trip

Friday, January 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Green Book” is a road movie about travels through the United States south when there was no light left on at motels along the highway for persons of color.

In the film, which is based on a true story, Dr. Don Shirley (played by the remarkable Mahershala Ali) is a jazz concert pianist booked for a concert tour in the midwest and the racially-segregated south of the U.S. in 1962. Dr. Shirley hires a driver, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (played by the great Viggo Mortensen), who doubles as a bodyguard. They travel in a 1962 turquoise four-door Cadillac DeVille.

Movie Review: ‘The Mule’ profoundly Eastwood

Friday, January 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The only one who wants to live to be 100 is a 99-year-old.”

- Earl Stone,

“The Mule”

Director-actor Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” is profound and is profoundly Eastwood.

It’s a caustic, cute, crazy story about an elderly man, Earl Stone (Eastwood), down on his luck and money, who gets mixed up with a Mexican drug-running cartel.

Movie Review: Great ‘Scots,’ Elizabeth I

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Queen Of Scots” is bold, beautiful and brutal.

The history-based biography-drama has two extraordinary performances: Saoirse Ronan as Scotland’s beleagured queen, and Margot Robbie as England’s Queen Elizabeth I.

Director Josie Rourke, in her theatrical motion picture directorial debut, directs from a screenplay by Beau Willimon (Oscar nominee, adapted screenplay, “The Ides Of March,” 2011; creator, writer, TV’s “House Of Cards,” 2013-18) and John Guy (“Mary Queen Of Scots” is based on his book, “My Heart Is My Own,” 2004).