Black Panther: An Empowering and Action-Packed Tale

By Ellen Cicchitti Online Editor Marvel’s Black Panther was the most anticipated film of 2018, and it is clear to see why. Directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Joe Robert Cole, with assistance from Coogler, it has become one of the highest-grossing films of 2018, and even set the record for the biggest debut by an African-American director. For Coogler and Cole, Black … [Read more...]

“A Cure for Wellness” is gorgeous but dull

By CJ Bamert Staff Writer Gore Verbinski has had a really interesting career. He’s made some great films such as “The Ring” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” one of the best modern blockbusters. But he also made the following two “Pirates of the Caribbean,” along with 2013’s flop “The Long Ranger.” He’s had a spotty track record to say the least, but after a slew of … [Read more...]

Bridge of Spies: A Stunning Portrayal of a True Cold War Story

By Madeline Maxine Gorman Staff Writer Bridge of Spies is based on a true Cold War story about an ordinary lawyer who negotiated a hostage deal with the Soviets and East Germans. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is realistically suspenseful, beautifully acted and shot. While it tells the story of the Cold War, it has relevant questions and issues for today’s … [Read more...]

“Once Upon a Mattress” Brings More than Fairy-Tale Magic to Schubert Theater

By Adam Zielonka Editor-in-Chief   The Division of Performing Arts’ best-kept secret is the Schubert Theater, the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts’ secondary stage. It’s smaller in size, but that doesn’t indicate how Schubert’s productions compare to their mainstage companions. Case in point: Once Upon a Mattress, directed by Anne Lewis, might be the most … [Read more...]

A Taste of Musikfest’s Deep-Fried Treats

By Lauren Trumbull Layout Editor It’s August, and for people living in the Lehigh Valley, August means Musikfest. Musikfest is Pennsylvania’s very own Coachella (minus an audience full of celebrities and elaborate flower crowns on every head) which this year ran from August 6 to August 16. Local and famous bands and artists come to perform live shows throughout the day and … [Read more...]