Northwestern Press

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review: ‘Disney Frozen’ will melt your heart at PPL Center

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Disney, ice-skating and a great storyline combine for a spectacular “Disney On Ice Presents ‘Frozen,” through Jan. 21, PPL Center, Allentown.

The scene inside PPL Center opening night, Jan. 17, when the approximate 1 hour, 40-minute (including a 15-minute intermission) “Frozen” ice show was seen for this review, was symbolic of the scene outside with a snowfall and freezing temperatures. A “heat wave” of daytime temperatures to the 40s degrees fahrenheit is predicted for the Lehigh Valley through the Feld Entertainment show run.

November LV house sales rebound by 7.7 percent

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley rebounded in November 2017, bouncing up 7.7 percent.

According to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Dec. 12, there were 661 houses sold in November, compared to 614 houses sold in November 2016 for an increase of 7.7 percent.

The up-tick follows two months of declining sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales decreased 5.8 percent in October to 672 houses sold, compared to 713 houses sold in October 2016.

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji’

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Up there was Dwayne Johnson on the big movie theater screen larger than life (and he’s large “in” life), battling a giant gorilla, then a giant wolf and then a giant alligator.

For a moment, I thought it was the opening scene for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” in which Johnson stars and for which he’s a producer (through his Seven Bucks Productions), but it was the preview for “Rampage” (2018), in which Johnson stars.

Who could tell the difference?

Review: ‘Darkest Hour’

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Darkest Hour” takes us deep inside Buckingham Palace, British Parliament and the Underground for the intrigue of Great Britain as a nation hovering on the brink of World War II.

The excellent, engaging and inspiring “Darkest Hour” can be viewed as a companion piece to another great film of 2017, writer-director-producer Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” The dilemma of some 300,000 British soldiers stranded on the beach of France’s coast across the English Channel figures prominently in “Darkest Hour.”

Movie Review: ‘Coco’

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Coco” is an astonishing animation feature film that explores an actual mythology, and one that is atypical for the mainstream cinema.

Who knew that a movie aimed at families and children based on the Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) would be a huge box office hit?

During the national holiday, families gather and pray for family and friends who’ve died, build private altars to them and visit their graves, in order to wish them safe passage in their spiritual journey on “the other side.”