Movie Review: Back to the ‘Star Wars’
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” takes us back to the halcyon days of Hollywood science-fiction film-making: You know, the days when characters, stories and plot development meant something.
“Solo” tells the story of the young Han Solo (played with astonishing alacrity by handsome and fresh-faced Alden Ehrenreich) and how he met his compatriots Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (the wonderful and compelling Donald Glover of Childish Gambino music video fame).
“Deadpool 2” is a cesspool of graphic violence, gross profanity, snarky nihilism, and terrible puns.
We might be able to forgive everything but the terrible puns.
Then again, any film that pokes fun at singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a plus.
Not that much of a plus, mind you.
Ryan Reynolds is back as Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool.
The 111th Bach Festival went from the somber to the celebratory, with a few stops along the way for humor, classical music comaraderie, a commemorative presentation of Bach’s Bible, some good vibrations, and the most stunning guest vocalist debut in years.
The 2018 festival, May 11, 12, 18, 19, marked the 120th year of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. The May 11 and 12 first weekend was attended for this review.
“Tully” is an odd little film paced by a brave performance by a veteran, Charlize Theron, and a dymanic turn by a newcomer, Mackenzie Davis.
In “Tully,” not to be confused with the 2000 film of the same title, Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a suburban mother of two, who is expecting a child. She has taken a leave of absence from her job as a teacher, but is still harried.
At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.
However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.
Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.
Spoiler Alert: This movie review is going to avenge “Avengers: Infinity War.”
The hit movie, which broke domestic and international opening weekend movie box-office records, and continues to set records, is a bloated, computer-generated-imagery mess.
The Mavel Cinematic Universe is a very crowded universe in “Avengers: Infinity War,” with just about every character known to superhero fans in the movie, short of Inspector Gadget. Yes, I know he’s not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lucky him. It wouldn’t have surprised me if Jar Jar Binks showed up.
“Chappaquiddick” reopens up a tragic case in United States history.
The film’s title refers to the island off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of the southern tip of Cape Cod, Mass.
House sales in the Lehigh Valley are in a two-months straight decline, down 7.9 percent in March, compared to March 2017.
Closed sales for 2018 so far are down 1.4 percent, with 1,507 houses sold, down from 1,528 sold year-to-date for 2017.
Meanwhile, the Average Sales Price leaped by double digits, up 17.5 percent in March, as did the Median Sales Price, up 17.6 percent, both compared to March 2017.
Consequently, the Housing Affordability Index took a double-digit nosedive in March, down 16.5 percent, compared to March 2017.
Wes Anderson is a very idiosyncratic film-maker.
Consider the titles of feature movies Anderson has directed.
From his first feature, “Bottle Rocket” (1996), to “Rushmore” (1998), “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001), “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004), “The Squid and the Whale” (2005), “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007), “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012), and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), Anderson has created worlds of personalities, locations and emotions that defy description.
To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 13th annual Student Poetry Project.
Please see the Focus pages on the Press web sites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.
Students whose poems are published with their photos read their poems and were interviewed on the April 16 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate. The broadcast is available as a podcast on the WDIY web site.