Despite its title, there's not too much that's unexpected in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
There are goblins, wizards, trolls, rock monsters and, of course, dwarfs.
This should please fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) novels, on which "The Hobbit" is based, as it did my son, Elias, who accompanied me to a 3D screening of "Unexpected Journey."
It was the second time Elias saw "The Hobbit" movie. The first time he saw it was in the regular format. Elias said the 3D version enhanced some scenes, but it's not necessary to see "The Hobbit" in 3D.
A pause for a prayer for the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims and their families, a diving board for the middle school project, movement on the long-stalled district solar energy project and a new five-year contract with the district superintendent.
These topics were among those at Monday night's Northampton Area School Board meeting the week before Christmas, a meeting muted by a tragedy that has resonated with educators, parents and students across the nation.
Every Christmas play and movie tells a story.
Allentown Public Theatre (APT)'s production of "Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!)," through Dec. 23, the Salemme Foundation, Allentown, manages to tell nearly all of them.
The comedy with music, written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alverez, premiered in 2003 at Cape May Stage, Cape May, N.J.
As the end of the year 2012 rapidly approaches, director Ang Lee's remarkable "Life of Pi" is one film to put on your holiday season list.
"Life of Pi" recounts a deeply-moving spiritual journey that is fascinating and thought-provoking, and will linger with you long after you've viewed it.
Many of the images provide a relaxing, meditative quallity that lift "Life of Pi" from that of movie-going to that of a cinematic experience. Those who enjoy wildlife, nature films, folk tales, parables and fables will enjoy "Life of Pi."
The triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) actors in Bucks County Playhouse's production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," take a page or pages from director Frank Capra's 1946 Classic starring Jimmy Stewart and transfer the fable of American life to the New Hope stage, where it continues through Dec. 30.
The stage adaptation by Joe Landry was first presented in 1997.
The $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School project received good grades during a meeting attended by nearly 200 Dec. 6 in the Northampton Area High School auditorium.
Following a 30-minute presentation by district Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik and Michael Kelly, principal, KCBA architects, more than one dozen district residents who spoke were generally positive as they stepped up to the microphone.
Several residents urged the school board to vote for the building of a new swimming pool as part of the project.
The Northampton Area School Board has retained its president, but has chosen a new vice president.
During the annual reorganization meeting Dec. 3, which preceded the regular board meeting, board member David Gogel was retained as president, receiving seven votes, with school board member Dr. Michael Baird receiving two votes.
Board member Jane Erdo was elected vice president. She received five votes, with Jean Rundle, the incumbent vice president, receiving four votes.
"I'd like to thank Jean [Rundle] for her last few years as vice president," said Gogel.
"Anna Karenina" is a gorgeous mess the famous Tolstoy character and the new film version of the novel.
Director Joe Wright, who previously directed the historical romantic dramas, "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and "Atonement" (2007), also starring Keira Knightley, who plays the title character, Anna Karenina, reached for opera and instead got soap opera.
Wright apparently made a conscious effort to not be repetitive of other critically-acclaimed movie versions of the Leo Tolstoy classic (published in installments 1873 - 1877).
The Northampton Area School District Konkrete Kids football team will play its home games at the Nazareth Area School District Stadium.
Portions of Al Erdosy Memorial Stadium will be reconstructed as part of the $80-million Northampton Area Middle School and campus reconstruction project.
NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said sports teams and the marching band will not be able to use the stadium field for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The stadium may not be available for the 2015 season, either, although that is not certain.
"Lincoln," which depicts President Abraham Lincoln during the months leading up to and after the passage of the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves in the United States, is history brought to life.
"Lincoln" is astounding on several levels, not the least of which is one of cinema's most memorable performances: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.