“The only one who wants to live to be 100 is a 99-year-old.”
- Earl Stone,
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.
“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).
Parkland High School’s production of “26 Pebbles,” a drama about the 2012 shooting of 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., has been chosen to compete in a national theater competition this summer at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
“Mary Poppins Returns” isn’t as bad as I thought it might be.
Nor is it as good as I wanted it to be.
“Pish posh,” as Mary Poppins might say.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is the near-perfect 2018 holiday season release.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is paced by a terrific performance by Emily Blunt as the nanny Mary Poppins.
It also features a great performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the Lamplighter.
The big news for the Lehigh Valley theater community in 2018, was, of course, Civic Theatre of Allentown’s successful $5.5-million “The Next Act” capital capaign to renovate and reopen its historic Nineteenth Street Theatre, namesake of Allentown’s West End Theatre District.
“Ralph Breaks The Internet” is not about the latest Ariana Grande music video going viral nor about a Russia troll farm hacking United States’ social media.
The animated sequel to “Wreck-It-Ralph” (2012) is more clever than that. Ralph doesn’t only “break” the internet, he wrecks it. They don’t call him “Wreck-It-Ralph” for nothing.
“The Grinch” almost stole the Christmas movie. The 2018 iteration of the Dr. Seuss’ classic takes a lot of the fun out of previous versions of “The Grinch.”
The real question is: Who stole “The Grinch”? That said, the film has its amusing moments and is gorgeous to look at.
The primary source material (other than The Grinch and his machinations being inspired by Charles Dicken’s Scrooge in the “A Christmas Carol” 1843 novella) is the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.
You may wonder why we need another feature movie about boxing.
Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased slightly in October.
Closed sales increased 0.4 percent to 718 houses sold, up from 715 houses sold in October 2017, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) October report, released Nov. 14.
For the year-to-date, the percentage of closed sales for 2018 is up slightly, by 0.1 percent, with 7,081 houses sold, compared to 7,077 houses sold year-to-date in 2017.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has fantastic special effects, fantastic casting and fantastic acting.
As for the storyline: not so fantastic.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a big disappointment and isn’t much better than the reboot, or “Harry Potter” prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016).