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The whodunit ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ postponed till 2021

MILTON — Anyone expecting to solve the “Murder on the Orient Express” next month will now have a whole extra year to figure out who committed the dastardly deed. Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions, in responding to the COVID-19 directives, is postponing its dinner-theatre production of ...

The Pike Drive-In Theatre prepares for upcoming season

MONTGOMERY— The 67-year-old beloved Pike Drive-In Theatre, 5798 Route 15, will reopen for business, with COVID-19 guidelines firmly in place, beginning this Friday. Movie-viewers attending the Pike Drive-In Theatre should anticipate the payment method to also be affected by those ...

CTL presents ‘Angels in America’ as a virtual staged reading

Since closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Theatre League has been innovating virtual outlets for local theatre performers. From Friday evening “CTL at Home” concerts, to a virtual education studio through the Community Academy of Stage and Theatre, the Community ...

‘Ordinary Love,’ an honest and compassionate film

Most folks who decide to stream “Ordinary Love” will do so because it features Liam Neeson in a rare non-action role. And indeed, the 67-year-old tough guy is excellent as a loving husband whose wife has breast cancer. But the real star here is Lesley Manville. Though she has an ...

WVIA to rebroadcast award-winning documentary, ‘Ubaldo’

WVIA will air a special rebroadcast of the award-winning original documentary film “Ubaldo” at noon and 9 p.m. May 23 and 2 p.m. May 24 on VIA TV. “In light of the announcement of the cancellation of this year’s Saint Ubaldo Festival in Jessup, Pa., WVIA hopes this helps the people ...

Virtual exhibits, City’s colleges move art shows to online format

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulations, the Lycoming College Senior Art Show has been displayed in an online format this year. This digital exhibition features the thesis works of Lycoming College graduating senior art students. In keeping with other creative ...

Billtown Blues Association creates funding program to support musicians

The Billtown Blues Association has recognized the serious loss of income from performance cancellations and loss of merchandising sales for local and regional musicians due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For that reason, the association has created a funding program to accept donations from those ...

Peace and beauty found in ‘Free Burma Rangers’

In approximately 20 years of using the Internet Movie Database, I’ve never seen a film get as high a user-rating as the fiercely compelling new documentary “Free Burma Rangers” (FBR). On a scale of 1 to 10, great titles like “Psycho” and “Inception” usually score near 8.5 — ...

Theatre Ensemble schedule canceled, Virtual Theatre School for students

BLOOMSBURG — Although unsettled by the anticipated loss of income, the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble has canceled and postponed the remainder of its 2019-20 season attractions. Unlike the area’s other professional theater, Millbrook Playhouse, which primarily produces summer fare, the ...

Free movies on YouTube that might fly under your radar

As you can imagine, your local film critic has been recommending plenty of titles lately — mostly from my forthcoming book on under-the-radar movies. Friends without paid streaming often ask about free viewing, so here’s a list of 12 lesser-known picks that are all currently available free ...

Millbrook Playhouse postpones Main Stage musicals to 2021

MILL HALL – Although the old barn theatre is strangely dark these days, Millbrook Playhouse is determined that the show must go on. After announcing the 2020 summer theater lineup, Millbrook’s artistic director David Leidholdt recently pulled the plug on the upcoming season due to safety ...

‘Slow Burn’

A few weeks ago, EPIX, usually a paid subscription service, announced that the mini-series “Slow Burn” was available free-of-charge for television viewers during the COVID-19 shutdown. This original series’ half dozen episodes follow the ups and downs of the Watergate break-in, and the ...

BIFF moves from big screen to live stream

LEWISBURG — The Bucknell Intercollegiate Film Festival (BIFF), a student film festival curated by Bucknell University students and the festival’s executive director, Rebecca Meyers, academic film programmer and lecturer, is announcing that its exhibition will shift to an online Vimeo live ...

10 under-the-radar films on Netflix

A friend recently sent me the link for “250 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now.” All ranked higher than 85 percent at Rotten Tomatoes, this list is a sort of “gift that keeps on giving.” Since many of these titles are quite familiar — and since I’m currently penning a book on ...

‘Blow the Man Down’

“Blow the Man Down” is what you might call an “elliptical” movie: Plot points pass with very little fanfare — often a terribly brief scene or an unheralded visual cue — and the film consistently refuses to spell things out. You really have to pay attention. Since the new Amazon ...

‘Lost Girls’

If you watch the terrific new Netflix thriller “Lost Girls,” it’s important to remember that the film is based on an actual case which remains unsolved. So you won’t find the lurid plotting or tidy resolutions of so many mysteries and crime films; nonetheless, “Lost Girls” is ...

‘Bring It On’ to hold virtual auditions for area students

Gearing up for its annual Student Youth Intensive production, the Community Theatre League invites everyone to “Bring It On.” Video submissions are open now through 10 p.m. May 11 for “Bring It On: The Musical,” hosted by the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St., ...

Long movies for quarantine

Wanting to review a new film that’s available for streaming, I tried “A Hidden Life” Terrence Malick’s 2019 biopic about an Austrian man refusing to swear allegiance to Hitler. It’s a very good film, but it misses a chance to be truly great because it is literally 70 minutes too ...

‘The City on the Hill,’ entertaining but sometimes gory

SHOWTIME has been providing free service to most television providers for the last few weeks, and reportedly will continue this freebie at least through the first full week in April. The are free movies, kids’ shows and limited series, including the murder crime drama “The City on the ...

‘Tiger King’ is a documentary you need to see to believe

If you’ve spent any time on social media over the last few days, you probably know that there are two topics dominating most online conversations. One of those is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic that’s got most people stuck in their homes. The other is the Netflix docuseries “Tiger ...