"Lawless" is a brutal drama based on a true story said to have taken place during the Great Depression in 1931 in Franklin County, Va.
With the advent of Prohibition in 1920, following passage of the Volstead Act as the 18th Ammendment in 1919, the making and drinking of alcoholic beverages was banned in the United States.
For members of Fishtank Ensemble, the music world is their oyster.
The cover of Fishtank Ensemble's latest CD, "Woman in Sin," looks like a pop-up greeting card with the eclectic music group's images in front of, or perhaps in, an aquarium surrounded by denizens of the deep.
Fishtank Ensemble, which played Musikfest in 2011, plays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.
"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.
The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008).
The envelope, please.
That's the plot device on which, ahem, rides "Premium Rush," one of late summer's most adrenaline-charged movies.
The title refers to the speed, priority or experience of a New York City bicycle-courier delivering a high-priority message.
Never mind the definition. This film is the fastest thing on reels. You'll grip the arm of your movie theater seat, the person next to you (best to know him or her first) or your reporter's notebook (as was my case).
The cleverly-titled "ParaNorman," the new animated feature film, takes a page from the screenplay of "The Sixth Sense" (1991) where a young boy sees ghosts.
You no doubt remember the line: "I see dead people"?
In "ParaNorman," there's doubt among family, middle school classmates and New England towns people about just what Norman sees. Most think he simply has a vivid imagination.
Norman persists, however, and soon, he's scared up seven accusers from the grave who had sent a young girl they believed to be a witch to her doom 300 years ago in 1712.
"Why We Have A Body" is one of the most remarkable, disarming and memorable stage productions this summer in the Lehigh Valley region.
The drama-comedy, in its Lehigh Valley debut, continues for only three more performances, Aug, 24 - 26, in the annual SummerStage series in Civic Theatre of Allentown's Theatre 514.
The subject material, which lobby signs warn is for mature audiences only, will not be to everyone's taste.
The film, "The Intouchables," is bracing, uplifting and a triumph of the human spirit.
Plus, it's darn funny.
Philippe (François Cluzet) is a very wealthy Paris widower who is a tetraplegic following an accident. Philippe hires Driss (Omar Sy), a very poor, street-smart Senegales to be his live-in primary care-giver.
Driss has a strong personality and commands respect.
Philippe likes that. He doesn't want pity.
You don't have to go barefoot in the Delaware River, or one of the many nearby parks along River Road on the way to New Hope.
You can go "Barefoot in the Park" at Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this summer after going dark for nearly two years.
The Neil Simon comedy, which debuted in 1963 on the BCP stage before its original Broadway run, continues through Sept. 2.
Lancaster County singer-songwriter Jessica Smucker has been to Allentown plenty of times, but not to perform concerts.
She almost made it to Bethlehem.
More than one year ago, she was to play at a south side Bethlehem coffeehouse, but the place closed.
Smucker makes her Musikfest debut at 6 p.m. Aug. 8, Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz, being presented in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
The Aug. 8 lineup includes: Kenny Ferrier, 5 p.m.; Sarah Ayers, 7 p.m.; Carlos Barata, 8 p.m.; and Katie Kelly, 9 p.m.