Movies/TV

 NEPA Scene Staff

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre reopens with classic movie screenings on June 25-July 30

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre reopens with classic movie screenings on June 25-July 30

From a press release: Today, the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre announced that it is reopening to the public by showing classic movies starting on June 25 and continuing every Friday during the month of July at both 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Hearkening back to the venue’s history as a movie theater, the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Actor Clint Howard will meet fans at Spooky Summer film fest at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on June 12

Typically held in the fall, the NEPA Horror Film Festival is hosting a special Spooky Summer event at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City on Saturday, June 12, and with the warmer weather comes the ice cream man. Actor Clint Howard will be meeting fans, taking photos, and signing autographs starting at 3:30 p.m., […]

 The Conversation

Oscars 2021: 5 experts break down the winners, speeches, fashion, music, and more highlights

Oscars 2021: 5 experts break down the winners, speeches, fashion, music, and more highlights

Chloé Zhao has made history at the 93rd Academy Awards as the first Asian-American woman and first woman of color to win Best Director. She won for “Nomadland,” which Zhao also edited, produced, and adapted as a screenplay (from the book by Jessica Bruder). Only one other woman has ever won Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow […]

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Director Jeffrey Garcia, the ‘Kong of Wrong,’ shows latest offense at Jim Thorpe Indie Film Festival on April 24

Director Jeffrey Garcia, the ‘Kong of Wrong,’ shows latest offense at Jim Thorpe Indie Film Festival on April 24

Controversial comic filmmaker and music video director Jeffrey Garcia of San Marcos, Texas brings his funny and disturbing first feature, “Henrietta and Her Dismal Display of Affection,” to the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday, April 24 at midnight. The boundary-pushing auteur will present his film in person, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival returns with 90 films in-person at Opera House April 22-25

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival returns with 90 films in-person at Opera House April 22-25

From a press release: Channeling “the rebellious spirit of the Molly Maguires,” the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival challenges the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention, and incite spirited debate. The festival credo is “eyes and minds wide open,” and they mean it. After canceling last year due to COVID-19, the […]

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Godzilla vs. Kong – science weighs in on which monster would actually win the fight

Godzilla vs. Kong – science weighs in on which monster would actually win the fight

The 2021 film “Godzilla vs. Kong” pits the two most iconic movie monsters of all time against each other. And fans are now picking sides. Even the most fantastical creatures have some basis in scientific reality, so the natural world is a good place to look to better understand movie monsters. I study functional morphology […]

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Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival returns to Ritz Theater in Scranton on April 17-18

Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival returns to Ritz Theater in Scranton on April 17-18

From a press release: The 2020 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival was canceled due to COVID-19 and rescheduled for October, but conditions did not improve enough to safely hold the fourth annual event last year. Now that movie theaters have reopened and the state is easing safety restrictions, organizers are moving forward with a slightly smaller […]

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‘Ten Commandments’ screens in NEPA movie theaters on March 28 for 65th anniversary

‘Ten Commandments’ screens in NEPA movie theaters on March 28 for 65th anniversary

From a press release: Throughout film history, Hollywood has produced a number of sweeping epics and generation-defining movies. However, one Biblical saga – Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” – has withstood the test of time. Shot in Egypt and the Sinai on one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, the […]

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Circle Drive-In in Dickson City hosts free St. Patrick’s Day screening of ‘Quiet Man’ and ‘Rudy’ on March 13

Circle Drive-In in Dickson City hosts free St. Patrick’s Day screening of ‘Quiet Man’ and ‘Rudy’ on March 13

There may not be a St. Patrick’s Parade in Scranton this month, but a local nonprofit Irish Catholic fraternal organization will still celebrate the holiday with a festive socially distanced event. Scranton’s Ancient Order of Hibernians Paul “Hook” O’Malley Division 4 will host a free double feature of “The Quiet Man” and “Rudy” at the […]

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How the philosophy in ‘Groundhog Day’ can help us through pandemic times

How the philosophy in ‘Groundhog Day’ can help us through pandemic times

Today, many of us will recall the American comedy film “Groundhog Day.” Originally released in 1993, it stars the incomparable Bill Murray as Phil Conners, an insufferable Pittsburgh weatherman. A minor local celebrity who believes himself destined for much better things, he resents his piddling assignment to report on the Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, […]