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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Movie Review: Nanny dearest, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“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.

Movie Review: ‘Ralph’ rules ‘The Internet’

Monday, December 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“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.

Movie Review: Who stole ‘The Grinch’?

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“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.

Sales of houses in LV up slightly in October

Friday, December 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

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.

Movie Review: ‘Beasts’ not so ‘Fantastic’

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“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).

Review: ‘Marvel Universe’ stunning spectacle at PPL Center

Saturday, December 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To say that “Marvel Universe Live! The Age Of Heroes” is not your son’s or daughter’s Marvel Comics is an understatement.

“Marvel Universe Live!,” seen opening night, Nov. 29, at PPL Center, Allentown, where performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 30; 11 a..m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 2, is nothing short of spectacular entertainment for all ages, and the ages.

Movie Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will rock you

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is not only one of the best rock music biopics, it provides a reassessment of the music of the British rock band Queen and the life of Freddie Mercury, lead singer and one of the founders of Queen.

The movie has a stunning lead star turn by Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Malek isn’t the only reason to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but he’s the main reason. Look for an Oscar lead actor nomination for Malek.

Lauding Larry: 2018 Baum School of Art gala honors long-time advocate Miley

Friday, November 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There was sumptuous food, a silent auction, action-painting, a friendly kidnapping, tango dancing, and a major donation in the name of Larry Miley, the 2018 honoree at The Baum School of Art “Fall Gala.”

Friends of Miley, a Baum School of Art board member for five decades, joined to honor him with donations to benefit the school.