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Movie Review: McConaughey Oscar-worthy

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Dallas Buyers Club" provides an alternative view of the Texas metropolis.

While the film's title might sound like the name of a club those on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Dallas" (set for a 2014 telecast start) might belong to, or a QVC telemarketing spinoff, "Dallas Buyers Club" is about a company organized to provide what was purported to be H.I.V.-positive antidotes soon after the virus was identified.

Movie Review: The old Redford and the sea

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"All Is Lost" is a harrowing tale about a sailor lost at sea.

What's the big deal about that, you might say?

The big deal is that the sailor is played by none other than Robert Redford.

And, at 77, the filming of "All Is Lost" was also likely a harrowing experience for Redford.

"All Is Lost" is all Redford. The character he plays, simply called "Our Man," is the only person in the film, and he's on-screen for virtually the entire film.

The film begins with a voice-over narration by Redford and then a title card tells us it's "Eight Days Earlier."

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP: Second detective, new police officer requested in 2014 budget; 'Casino Corridor' enforcement, case backlog, LVH calls cited

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

On the west is Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.

To the east is the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

In between are major thoroughfares, including Interstate 78.

It all adds up to more work for the Salisbury Township Police Department.

Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles made his case for the promotion of a police officer to detective and the hiring of a new police officer as 2014 township budget talks continued at a special board of commissioners meeting Nov. 7.

Movie Review: Grumpy old 'Grandpa'

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

How funny is "Bad Grandpa'?

Take it from the ticket-seller at the multiplex: "The girl at the concession counter had to use her inhaler three times."

Don't take it from me.

Then again, two movie-goers walked out during the first 30 minutes at a recent matinee of "Bad Grandpa" at that same multiplex.

Don't take it from me.

"Next time, let's go to lunch and forget it when there's a bad movie," said an elderly woman to her two elderly female friends sitting in the row in front of me at the matinee.

Arts Commission honors NCC Fab Lab, Freedom teacher, skate park advocate

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A skateboard park and a technology lab may not seem logical recipients of arts awards.

"This group of recipients are people who are probably the greatest diversity of recipients ever," said Barbara Faust at the annual Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission (BFAC) "Tribute to the Arts" 23rd annual reception Sept. 17, Atelier Dualis, 91 W. Broad St., Bethlehem.

"I believe they are making exceptional things happening all over Bethlehem," said Mary Mulder, awards chairman.

Theater Review: No 'Mystery' at 'Berg; 'Drood' is simply great

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Department of Theater & Dance's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," through Nov. 3, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is one of the best musical productions to ever hit the Lehigh Valley stage.

And it is a huge hit. From the opening immersive experience of the show's actors mingling with the audience as theater-goers take their seats and settle in, to the rousing finale, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a must-see for musical-theater fans.

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."