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‘Aquaman’ provides some entertainment, lots of cheesiness

As the final shot ended, the packed theater I was in started to develop applause that did not to amount to anything more than an awkward handful of claps. This was the reaction that “Aquaman” deserves. With the potential entertainment to please many, the pure cheesiness was enough to mutter ...

Despite flaws, Eastwood’s acting saves ‘The Mule’

Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” has some notable flaws — but Eastwood’s acting is not among them. Fans of the 88-year-old director should consider this a must; despite its weak script, “The Mule” offers one of his finest performances. If you ever wanted to see Dirty Harry with more ...

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ offers fresh take on a classic

A literal comic book come to life that I just wanted to keep on flipping the pages, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” pridefully shows off its unique animation style with a thoughtful, well-crafted story. This film takes the term comic book movie to a whole new level. The beloved ...

WCJO returns to CTL stage

For those in the area that haven’t quite gotten into the holiday spirit just yet, don’t worry, the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra has just what you need — a perfect blend of big band jazz sound and fresh arrangements of your favorite seasonal tunes. As has become a yearly tradition for ...

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra to present ‘Holiday Gathering’ concert

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra is ready to help spread seasonal joy yet again, as it is set to host its “Holiday Gathering” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth Street. The show, which will see the WSO joined by the musical duo Revamped and the ...

Catch the Spirit event coming to city

Those looking to get in a festive frame of mind while taking in the atmosphere of downtown Williamsport will be in luck tomorrow, when the Williamsport Business Association and Lycoming Arts partner together for Catch the Spirit, an evening of shopping and music. The event, scheduled to run ...

Disney cashing in with live-action reboots

With the impressive performance of such live-action reboots as “Jungle Book,” “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney has a true cash-cow on its hands. The latest of these — “Mary Poppins Returns” — will no doubt be another box-office bonanza when it opens on Dec. ...

Millbrook Playhouse announces shows for 56th season

MILL HALL — Although summer is more than six months away, Millbrook Playhouse is already gearing up for next summer’s season. Millbrook’s board of directors and Artistic Director David Leidholdt have announced the theater’s 2019 summer attractions. The 56th season consists of eight ...

Lycoming Arts ‘Holiday Sampler 2018’ honors Finn, McIver

A few weeks ago, the local arts community was dealt a devastating blow when Meg Finn, executive director of the Lycoming Arts Council, passed away unexpectedly while on a trip to China. Though Finn had only recently been appointed to her position at the helm of the organization, her diligent ...

‘The Wizard of Oz’ brings fun to BTE stage

BLOOMSBURG — Even theatergoers who don’t have a pair of ruby shoes to click together will be thoroughly entertained by a visit to “The Wizard of Oz.” Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s holiday attraction “The Wizard of Oz” playfully sallies forth for 7:30 p.m. performances on ...

Many films to be released around the holidays

More than two dozen films are slated for release between today and the end of this year. Here are some of the tasty-looking choices at your local theater through New Year’s Day: Dec. 7 “Ben Is Back” — Written and directed by Peter Hedges (”Dan in Real Life,” “What’s Eating ...

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ lacks coherent story

It looks like Disney needs to step up their game. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” adds little to the shelf of the prestigious company, despite having a story with potential. On paper, the film sounds great, but the final product seems to be a few levels lower than the original. The ...

Must-haves for every comic nerd this holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not that we comic readers need more piles of stuff hanging about the house, but publishers and movie executives see the holiday season as a chance to really pounce on our reading, watching and buying sensibilities when it comes to new product. ...

Williamsport Flute Choir to present free holiday concert

The Williamsport Flute Choir will present its 2018 Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Christ Episcopal Church, 426 Mulberry St. The free concert will feature a talented group of flutists playing bass, alto, C flutes, and piccolos. The group is under the direction of Richard Coulter and ...

Sidewalk Prophets coming to Mansfield University

MANSFIELD — The Dove Award-winning band Sidewalk Prophets looks to spread some Christmas cheer as they bring their First Annual “Great Big Family Christmas Tour” to Mansfield University for a performance at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. This inaugural event is one the band hopes will offer many ...

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ performance coming to Divine Providence Hospital

Resounding Cymbals Perf­orming Arts in Williamsport is proud to present the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, in the ...

‘A Christmas Carol’ returns to Country Cupboard

LEWISBURG — A familiar phrase often tossed out during the Christmas season is Ebenezer Scrooge’s “Bah, humbug!” Theatergoers who relish hearing miserly Scrooge snarwl those words in “A Christmas Carol” have an opportunity to hear Gerald Charles Dickens utter them again at the ...

William Goldman leaves Hollywood legacy behind

When I was a teen in the 1970s, my mother often rewarded patience on shopping expeditions with a paperback from those massive book-racks that were then so prevalent in pharmacies and department stores. One year, I picked up a well-reviewed thriller by an author who was new to me: William ...

Great storytelling makes ‘Creed II’ a knockout

The bell has rung. The decision is in. “Creed II” is a knockout. The highly anticipated sequel continues the great storytelling and execution of the first, with some new moves thrown in. While it remains slightly formulaic to the Rocky films, the punches still hit just as hard. The son ...

Repasz Band to present holiday concert at CAC

The historic Repasz Band will present its 2018 Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth Street. As always, the Repasz Band seeks to channel many of the various spirits of the winter holidays through an exciting variety of repertoire. This concert ...