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LV house sales decline 6.7 percent in February

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley declined 6.7 percent in February after increasing 2.6 percent in January.

Closed sales for February were down 6.7 percent to 421 houses sold, compared to 451 houses sold in February 2017, according to the February report of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

Closed sales for January were up 2.6 percent to 442 houses sold, compared to 431 houses sold in January 2017.

For the year-to-date, closed sales are up 0.8 percent to 889 houses sold, compared to 882 houses sold year-to-date 2017.

Movie Review: Virtually ‘Ready’

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ready Player One” is an elaborate, labyrinthine, challenging movie. In some ways, “Ready Player One” is a non-movie. Rather, it’s a cinematic videogame.

Its storyline is about a complicated virtual reality videogame played in real time, simulataneously in the real world and in the virtual world. It’s a movie that folds back on itself, turns inside out, moves backwards and forwards, up and down, and sideways with plot twists and visual twists that wiil test the most attentive movie-goer.

Review: ‘Wrinkle’

Friday, March 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Wrinkle In Time” is a terrible film.

It’s so bad that I felt ripped off after I spent my $10.49 to see it the other evening.

It might be worth seeing at a $5 all-day special or second-run price. Its content might merit a 30-minute short, but not a feature-length movie.

“A Wrinkle In Time” has extensive special effects sequences that are not particularly special nor very effective.

‘Proactive’ police efforts lauded in schools

Monday, March 19, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Police Log

The Salisbury Township Police Department is said to be at the forefront of ensuring student safety in Salisbury Township School District.

“We have the wherewithal and skilled officers,” said Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles.

“We appreciate your being proactive,” said Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners President Robert Martucci, Jr.

The discussion at the Feb. 22 township meeting happened after the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at a Parkland, Fla., school, in which 17 died.

Oscar contest winner

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

We have a winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest.

Michael Nonnemacher of Allentown correctly chose all seven recipients in the Focus section contest categories: Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”; Picture: “The Shape of Water,” and Animated Feature: “Coco.”

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’ is no marvel

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Black Panther” has everything: great cast, fantastic computer-generated imagery, and distinctive and impressive production design.

“Black Panther” has everything, except one thing: a solid screenplay.

While the film has been hailed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) feature film directed by an African-American and with an African-American cast in lead roles, “Black Panther” is just another comic-book, violence-laden, science fiction superhero action film. “Black Panther” is no marvel.

Review: ‘Showman’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Greatest Showman” puts on quite a show. It’s a movie made for Broadway.

While not billed as a movie musical per se, that’s indeed what “The Greatest Showman” is, thanks to the Oscar-winning (“City Of Stars”) song-lyricist team of “La La Land” (six Oscars, 2016) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are Oscar-nominated, original song, “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” among their 10 outstanding original songs in the movie.

From its opening scenes, “The Greatest Showman” is a nearly all-singing, all-dancing, old-fashioned movie musical.