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Movie Review: 'Fury' drives deep into World War II heroism and horrors

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."

- "Fury."

"Fury" is aptly titled. The movie, with a story set in the waning days of World War II, is filled with the fury of battle, the fury of civilization devastation and the fury of human emotions.

The movie's title is taken from the nickname "Fury" painted in a white scrawl on the gun-turret of a Sherman tank.

The storyline in "Fury" is based on the heroism of the United States Army Second Armored Division, dubbed "Hell on Wheels."

Sports psychologist to advise NASD athletes and parents

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Without comment, the Northampton Area School Board by a 9-0 voice vote Monday night accepted the resignations of its boys soccer coaches.

Meanwhile, NASD has hired a nationally recognized sports psychologist to counsel student athletes and their parents or guardians.

"We're going to use this as a teachable moment," NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik told The Press after the Oct. 27 meeting.

Movie Review: 'Alexander' is great

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

One mark of an entertaining movie is what scenes, lines of dialogue or laughs, tears and thoughts stay with you after you depart the theater.

After I saw "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," I was still chuckling to myself.

"Alexander," based on the children's book by Judith Viorst, is in the genre of family dilemma comedies. This is somewhat of a lost art in contemporary Hollywood studio film-making since many comedies are animation features or teen and college-age R-rated raunch.

Soccer probe completed at NASD

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Northampton Area School District administration has completed its investigation into allegations that taunts were made by Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids boys varsity soccer team players at a Nazareth Area High School Blue Eagles boys soccer team player.

During the Northampton-Nazareth boys soccer game Oct. 9, Ibraham Tounkara, a Blue Eagles player from West Africa, was allegedly taunted with references to Ebola and his race by Northampton players.

Tounkara was ejected from the game after he got into an altercation.

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players' 'Tortellini' to go

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players are back in town, specifically, Allentown.

Players co-founders and producers Ara Barlieb and Pamela Wallace went way back for their latest show.

"The Brothers Tortellini: A Toga Comedy" continues weekends through Oct. 26, Zion's Reformed UCC, 620 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

Playwright Barlieb adapted "The Brothers Tortellini" from "The Brothers Menaechmus," or "The Two Menaechmuses," by Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus (254 - 184 BC), known as Plautus.

Theater Review: Civic's 'Young Frankenstein' is electrifying

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical" is terrific.

From set design to lighting to costumes to orchestra to casting to acting to directing, the Lehigh Valley debut of "Young Frankenstein," weekends through Oct. 26, Civic Theatre, is one of the most fully-realized regional theater productions ever. It's a must-see, especially for the Halloween season.

Movie Review: The thrill is not 'Gone' with 'Gone Girl'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Gone Girl" is one of the best suspense thrillers in decades. It has thrills, chills, plot twists and turns. At times, it's terrifying.

It's a real nail-biter (Believe me, I know. I did.).

There are several reasons why you should see "Gone Girl."

First, of all, it's very entertaining. Second, the actors are excellent. Third, the direction is superb.

Finally, because there should be several Oscar nominations, "Gone Girl" should be on your must-see list.

Area hospitals say they are prepared for Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Three of Lehigh Valley's health care organizations are prepared to deal with the Ebola epidemic.

Spokespersons for Lehigh Valley Health Network, St. Luke's University Health Network and Sacred Heart Health Care System said that policies are in place to deal with Ebola.

A spokesperson for Lehigh Valley International Airport could not be reached in time for the newspaper deadline for The Press.

NASD program said to help

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Psychologist provides overview

A screening of "Who Cares About Kelsey?" will be presented at 6 p.m. Oct. 28, in the auditorium of Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

The nationally-acclaimed documentary is about Kelsey Carroll, a New Hampshire high school student who overcame EBD (Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities) and went from a defiant and disruptive "problem student" to a motivated and self-confident young woman.

"We have many students like Kelsey in the Northampton Area School District," said NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik.

Movie Review: 'The Boxtrolls' is admirable

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Boxtrolls" is a film more to be admired than loved.

The film utilizes stop-motion animation, whereby each, or several frames, of film are shot with minor adjustments to the figurines before the next shot.

As if to emphasize the exactitude of this process and how painstaking it is, during "The Boxtrolls" end credits, the film-makers pull back from the set to reveal in fast-motion, and in shadow, a puppet animator guiding each move of one of the film's main characters.