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The Gallows: Movie Review

IN THE October 22 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


The students of Beatrice High School aim to bring back The Gallows, an ill-fated production that left student Charlie Grimille dead back in 1993. Spearheading the ambitious project are theatre darling Pfeifer (Pfeifer Brown) and her love-struck costar, jock-turned-thespian, Reese (Reese Mishler). But Reese’s obnoxious best friend Ryan (Ryan Shoos) and Ryan’s cheerleader girlfriend Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford) have other ideas—to destroy the set just for kicks, on the night before The Gallows is set to open.

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For the Love of Spock

IN THE September 14 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


On September 8, 1966, the first episode of Star Trek premiered. No one would ever have predicted what a phenomenon that this show would turn out to be, especially since it was canceled after three seasons.

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Fresno Filmmakers Alliance

IN THE August 6 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Many people may not realize how much talent and creativity are in this Valley. KRL has covered theatre and music from the beginning, but only now and then have we written about the local film industry. Our hope is to start covering more local film, and to start that off we chatted this week with Jeff Meacham about the Fresno Filmmakers Alliance. Jeff is the Administrator of the FFA Mixers.

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Equals: A New Type of Sci-Fi Film?

IN THE June 7 ISSUE

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by Maria Rosemary


Utopian themes have always been a part of the sci-fi genre, but in recent decades the dystopian world is quickly taking its place. From the brutal matches of The Hunger Games to the classically sinister tones of 12 Monkeys, dystopian world views have quickly become the norm for filmmakers. Case in point, the unique and sometimes disturbing elements found in the 2015 film Equals. This fascinating yet flawed case study, produced by A24 Films and DirecTV, highlights everything that’s right and wrong about this thriving genre.

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by Kathleen Costa


Sherlock Holmes. He has been portrayed by many capable and varied actors: classic Basil Rathbone, iconic Jeremy Brent, steampunk-style Robert Downey Jr., and contemporary Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. However, a case can be made for another incarnation worthy of discussion. In 1981, HBO presented the 2-hour play Sherlock Holmes and the Strange Case of Alice Faulkner starring in the detective role…Frank Langella.

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by Sheryl Wall



Alice Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to the 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice. Through the Looking Glass begins with Alice sailing her father’s ship, Wonder, as the captain through a storm. After a three-year journey on sea, she returns to London to her mother.

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Captain America: Civil War

IN THE May 16 ISSUE

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by Jessica Ham



Don’t miss our video review of the movie Captain America: Civil War and get a coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatres.

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10 Cloverfield Lane: Movie Review

IN THE March 14 ISSUE

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by Jessica Ham



Don’t miss our video review of the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane and get a coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatres.

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Deadpool: Movie Review

IN THE February 15 ISSUE

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by Jessica Ham



Check out KRL’s video review of the new Marvel movie Deadpool and get a coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatres!

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by Maria Rosemary


The 5th Wave is the latest in dystopian science fiction thrillers that originally began as a young adult book series. What sets it apart from its compatriots is the method by which society falls apart. Playing off today’s fears of disease, climate change and failing infrastructure in a way that is both relatable and chilling, the invading aliens responsible for the destruction come as a mere afterthought as the chaos and drama unfolds.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

IN THE December 28 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow


Rest assured.Star Wars: The Force Awakens was made for those of us who loved the original Star Wars Trilogy but prefer to pretend the Prequels never existed. Almost more of a soft reboot than a continuation (which it is, taking place thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi), J.J. Abrams plays homage to everything we loved about the first movies without hitting us over the head with the references (as he frequently did in Star Trek Into the Darkness).

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by Sheryl Wall



The Road Chip is the newest Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. It starts out with Dave introducing his girlfriend, Samantha, and her son Miles to the chipmunks over mini golf. When the grownups aren’t looking Miles plays pranks on the chipmunks but when they are watching he acts like a perfect gentlemen.

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by Maria Ramos


It has been nearly 20 years since the last time a Star Wars trilogy was kicked off and on December 17, we will be treated to The Force Awakens. Despite general disappointment with the prequel trilogy, the hype for Episode VII is at a fever pitch, not least because it promises a blending of what worked about the original series and some incredible new ideas and characters—many of which (like BB-8) are already beloved.

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The Good Dinosaur: Movie Review

IN THE December 8 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall



The Good Dinosaur is the newest Disney/Pixar film. It is about an Apatosaurus dinosaur named Arlo who is afraid of everything and he wants to make his mark on the world like his brother and sister have. However, he finds it difficult to overcome his fears.

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