"Earth To Echo" echoes several summer sci-fi and coming-of-age movies, notably "Cloverfield" (2008), "The Goonies" (1985), "Stand By Me" (1986), "E.T." (1982) and "American Graffiti" (1973).
While "Earth To Echo" is derivitive, it is "the" discovery of the 2014 summer movie season so far, with performances by four pre-teen relative unknowns in their big-screen leading role debuts.
"Earth To Echo" is simply a lot of fun. It's uncomplicated, unassuming and naive in its story of teen-age angst. It can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
A new assistant principal has been appointed at Northampton Area Middle School.
The Northampton Area School Board voted unanimously June 23 to transfer Elizabeth Grammes, Borough Elementary Schools assistant principal, to the position of assistant principal at the Northampton Area Middle School, effective July 1, with no increase in salary.
School lunch prices have been set for the 2014-'15 school year in Northampton Area School District.
Lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year are:
Elementary entee only: $1.65;
Secondary entree only: $1.75;
Elementary, secondary student milk (1/2 pint): 50 cents;
Elementary, secondary vegetable or fruit: 50-55 cents;
Adult: $3.50; and
Adult entree only: $1.75-$3.
The Northampton Area School District School Board voted unanimously 9-0 at the June 23 meeting to approve a collective bargaining agreement with Northampton Area Security Association, effective July 1-June 30, 2017.
The wage rate increase is 2.3 percent, with no benefits, for the seven NASD guards.
Also approved by the school board June 23 were security guard employees Ernie Luengen, Matthew Rutz and Deborah Recker to work at Northampton Area High School during summer 2014.
One guard will be on duty per week at the regular hourly rate of pay.
The musical, "Monty Python's Spamalot," derives its title from the line "We eat ham and jam and Spam a lot" from the 1975 film, "Monty Python And The Holy Grail," on which the musical is based.
"Monty Python's Spamalot" makes its Lehigh Valley regional theater debut, July 9 - 27, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), Dorothy Baker Theatre, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Curtain is 8 p.m. Wednesdays- Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
"Transformers: Age Of Extinction" is a transformative movie-going experience.
It's one of those movies that make you feel differently after you depart the movie theater.
The fourth installment of "Transformers" (seen in Imax 3D for this review), delivers for fans of the series as this summer's No. 1 blockbuster movie so far.
After Frank Sinatra and before Bruce Springsteen (those other Jersey Boys), there was The Four Seasons, one of the top pop groups of all time, having sold 100 million records.
The Four Seasons were so popular, the group rivaled The Beatles on the record charts, resulting in the 1964 Vee-Jay promotional album, "The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons: The International Battle Of The Century."
The Four Seasons' recordings influenced not only Springsteen, but Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and a generation of songwriters and hit-makers.
Joe Vincent embodies the rough-hewn wisdom, profound spirituality and indomitable spirit of Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," which opened the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) where the musical continues through June 29, Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
Vincent, a veteran of 33 of Shakespeare's 37 plays, couldn't be better cast as the dairyman of Anatevka in the 50th anniversary production of "Fiddler on the Roof" at PSF.
Nine more new teachers will start the 2014-15 year in Northampton Area School District.
The Northampton school board voted unanimously at the May 19 meeting to hire, effective Aug. 18, per the collective bargaining agreement with teachers:
· Megan Snyder, instructional support mathematics teacher at George Wolf Elementary School, at $46,661, with benefits;
· Laura Meyers, long-term substitute elementary teacher at George Wolf Elementary School, at $46,050, with benefits;
"Deathtrap" is a crackling good production, through July 13, Bucks County Playhouse (BCP), 70 S. Main St., New Hope.
The mystery comedy is a whodunit from beginning to end, except all the usual suspects are right there on stage.