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Gorgeous animation helps balance children’s movie cliches

I began following Glen Keane in the 1990s, when my family enjoyed his children’s books involving the wayward but likable Adam Raccoon. I soon learned that not only was he the brother of “Family Circus” creator Bill Keane, but also a rising star at Disney, where he’d worked on “The ...

‘Christmas Spectacular’ a drive-thru experience

The annual Skip Hunsinger Christmas Spectacular will be held this year, though in a socially distanced format. COVID-19 has forced the Community Arts Center to take a novel approach this year. In an attempt to keep this event safe for the community, the 14th annual spectacular will be ...

University offers digital play tonight

BLOOMSBURG — The formerly Celebrity Artist Series, having been redubbed “Arts in Bloom” on the Bloomsburg University campus, presents “The Screen Plays” as a “ digital experience.” The BU Players will present three student-written plays tonight at 7:30 p.m. Bloomsburg ...

Sensational acting, sharp dialogue may make ‘Let Him Go’ 2020’s best

It’s a rare film that offers equal doses of excitement and food for thought; one that provides both subtle nuance and visceral action; where the story feels wholly authentic — because it’s driven by believable characters, rather than artificial plot contrivances. “Let Him Go” is one ...

Neil Simon play coming to Williamsport

The Community Theatre League in Williamsport is to reopening to the public with Neil Simon’s touching comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” According to a news release, this production will mark the theatre’s return to indoor public performances since closing in March due to the ...

Lewisburg theatre plans to reopen

The Campus Theatre will be reopening soon. According to a news release, the theatre will first reopen at a limited capacity to members only, beginning Friday. It will reopen to the public Nov. 13. Opening weekend screenings will be free, and include complimentary popcorn. The following ...

Top-notch cast gives ‘Abe’ kindness, hope

I sit down to write this review on the eve of the most divisive election I can recall. So it’s fitting that “Abe” — a 2019 indie now readily available for streaming — concerns itself with a group of people who should be able to get along, but can’t. Now these two families ...

College’s virtual exhibit offers audio explorations by artist

Although The Gallery at Penn College is temporarily closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has adapted by offering virtual exhibits to enjoy online. Artist Melissa Haviland’s “You can’t take it with you …” exhibit can be viewed at ...

Millbrook’s ‘Rocky Horror’ online tonight

MILL HALL — One of Millbrook’s most popular “summer stock in the fall” spooky shows returns once more — although in a completely different format. As a pre-Halloween treat, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has a 7 p.m. virtual “reunion” tonight. It was just a year ago that ...

Sharp dialogue, fantastic acting in ‘Best Man’

“There are no ends, Joe — only means. What really matters is how you do things, and how you treat people. Not some ideal goal for society.” Thus says one retired president to a front-running candidate in 1964’s gripping political drama The Best Man, brilliantly scripted by novelist ...

Penn State theater plans 2 performances

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State Centre Stage Virtual will offer two free productions as part of its fall “season.” PSCS Artistic Director Rick Lombardo notes that “… due to the pandemic, and as Penn State School of Theatre’s response to racial injustice, we decided to dedicate our ...

Netflix reports slowdown in subscriber growth

Netflix’s subscriber growth slowed dramatically during the summer months after surging in the spring fueled by pandemic lockdowns that corralled millions of people in their homes. The summer slump came as more people sought distraction from the pandemic outdoors and major U.S. professional ...

Bookstores launch anti-Amazon ‘Boxed Out’ campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — With many independent bookstore owners facing the most dire financial crisis in their lifetimes, the American Booksellers Association has teamed with an award-winning advertising agency known for “culture hacking” to dramatize the threats of the pandemic and the growing ...

Neeson likable as ever in absurd ‘thief’

You might think Liam Neeson was tired of saying things like, “I’m coming for you.” But apparently, he isn’t; and I guess I’m not tired of watching him either, since I keep charging off to movies like “Honest Thief” — and enjoying them. Even when they’re utterly ...

Last 3 performances for Wellsboro play

The last three performances of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Stray Cats” will be in the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Ave., Wellsboro at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Written by Warren Leight, “Stray Cats” blends humor, sadness and music in a unique ...

Campus Theatre to host Virtual Home Movie Day

The Campus Theatre is bringing Virtual Home Movie Day to the Lewisburg community on Oct. 24. “Join us in the celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at theaters worldwide,” a news release fro the theatre said. “Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for ...

Wellsboro series to end with blues concert

The third and last concert in the free Saturday afternoon outdoor series will feature the five-member Doug McMinn Blues Band at 3 p.m., Oct. 17. The concert will be on the outdoor stage on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro. It is ...

Storyteller to share ‘Sleepy Hollow’

Starting at noon Saturday, Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk, dressed in 1790s period clothing, will give a live, one-hour theatrical performance with a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the ghostly tales in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” He brings these ghostly ...

‘Artist’s Wife’ suffers from uneven screenplay

The script for “The Artist’s Wife” constitutes what might charitably be called a “hot mess”; yet the film is worth watching if only for its boldly countercultural take on women and marriage. Newly available for streaming, this 2019 festival feature stars Bruce Dern as an aging ...