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by Jacob Alvarado



If you want to see a movie with murder, mystery, and an extremely smart Goth girl, than this movie is right for you. This movie is the first of the Swedish trilogy based on Stieg Larsson’s amazing books. Now the film is in Swedish so I hope you don’t mind subtitles. Another thing is that this movie is rated R and has a very violent rape scene, so watch with caution and this film is not recommended for young children.

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Cannibal by Ke$ha: CD Review

IN THE May 14 ISSUE

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by Jacob Alvarado



When people hear the word cannibal, they think horror film or Jeffery Dahmer. Well the Cannibal I am talking about is Ke$ha’s latest album. This is the ultimate dance/party album. The lyrics are a little suggestive but are fun to sing when you’re happy, sad, or really mad.

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Beastly: Movie Review

IN THE March 28 ISSUE

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by Jacob Alvarado



Everyone knows the story of Beauty and the Beast. Well the fairy tale has come back to life in the year 2011 in the form of the movie Beastly. This film adaptation stars Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical and up and coming actor Alex Pettyfer.

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by KRL Staff


Over the next six days KRL is going to review the 10 Oscar nominated movies–one a day. Yes I know that doesn’t add up to 10, however we have already reviewed four of them and we will be re-posting those here as well! So enjoy our Oscar countdown and please share with us your thoughts on who you think should win in the comment section! Instead of a brand new post for each movie–we will be adding a new movie to this post every night so be sure and come back right here every evening to see what we’ve added.

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by Jacob Alvarado



If you have been watching PBS within the past three years, you have probably seen the new hit sensation from Ireland, The Celtic Woman. The female quintet has been on the top of the charts since their debut album. There have been several T.V. specials featuring them and they have been all over the world, including three concerts in Fresno.

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Thanksgiving Memories

IN THE November 20 ISSUE

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by KRL teen staff



KRL asked our teen staff to share their favorite things about Thanksgiving, along with some of their favorite memories. We’d love to hear some of yours as well!

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Kaleidoscope Heart, Sara Bareilles: CD Review

IN THE November 13 ISSUE

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by Jacob Alvarado



Sara Bareilles first graced our ears when she wrote us a love song. Then she captured us when gravity of a man wouldn’t keep her down. She is one of the most gifted songwriters of our generation. Her sophomore album Kaleidoscope Heart is a real treat.

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Teenage Dream, Katy Perry : CD Review

IN THE October 2 ISSUE

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by Jacob Alvarado



She had us when she kissed a girl and liked it, and when her relationship was hot and cold. Katy Perry has become one of the biggest music sensations of this generation. Her latest album Teenage Dream spent three weeks as #1 on iTunes and has two singles that have gotten Katy many nominations for music awards. Her greatest success on the album is the hit song “California Gurls”.

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t.A.T.u.: Music Review

IN THE September 11 ISSUE

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by Jacob Alvarado



I like music from different countries and my favorite is an alternative duo from Russia called t.A.T.U. These two women express all their feelings and cravings through melodies. Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova form the group t.A.T.u. These two girls have been friends since they were babies, and when they became teenagers decided that a singing group would be the best way to get out of Russia.

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Escala: CD Review

IN THE August 21 ISSUE

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by Jacob Alvarado



Classical music is making a comeback and the most popular is played with electric instruments. English quintet Escala won the hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent then released their debut album.

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Toy Story 3: Movie Review

IN THE July 10 ISSUE

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by Jacob Alvarado



Move over little kids, I’ve waited 11 years to see this movie. I have grown up with these beloved characters and was excited to see them in a new adventure. Woody and the gang face a new predicament in the toy world as their owner, Andy, leaving for college. His mother wants him to toss stuff or put it in the attic.

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Ellipse by Imogen Heap

IN THE July 3 ISSUE

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by Jacob Alvarado



At the mention of Alternative music, people usually think headbanger Rock mixed with Pop. This is far from the case with Imogen Heap. Like New Age artist Enya, Heap does all her own instrumentation and vocals.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Reedley and Parlier High GraduationsAs the wind played roughly with the row of flags on the stadium field, the RHS Graduation attendees shivered from the unexpected cold…

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by Jacob Alvarado



Life is a show, and theatre is the breath that we actors need to live. For teenagers at Reedley High School the PAT (Performing Arts Theater) is a place where we are transported to a world of make-believe.

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