Movies

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Haunted By Murder

by Kathleen Costa


Aurora Teagarden is the twenty-something, red-headed cozy sleuth from Charlaine Harris popular novels, and in 2015, she became the iconic figure in eighteen telemovies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. By occupation, “Roe” is a librarian at the Lawrenceton Public Library, by passion, she is an active member of the Real Murders Club for true crime enthusiasts, and by complication, she’s the thorn in the side of law enforcement and the bane of many a killer. Aurora’s best friend Sally Allison, also a member of the club, is a reporter for the local newspaper and often Roe’s reluctant investigative sidekick.

New Hallmark Mystery Movies: Riddle Me Dead/The Art Of The Kill

by Doward Wilson


Riddle Me Dead is the fifth and newest Crossword Mysteries entry on Hallmark's Movies and Mysteries channel starring Lacey Chabert as crossword puzzle editor Tess Harper and Brennan Elliott as New York Detective Logan O'Connor. Tess has been hired to read clues on a well know game show, but when the host is found murdered Tess joins Logan in investigating the crime.

Looking Ahead, Our Eyes Wide Open Presented By College of the Sequoias

by Lorie Lewis Ham


As the arts community continues to look for creative ways to share their talents in a Covid world, many theatre companies are turning more and more to streaming shows. This includes the performing arts department at the College of the Sequoias which will be posting a show called Looking Ahead, Our Eyes Wide Open, on November 1. We chatted with Chris Mangels, Professor of Theatre and Cinema at College of the Sequoias, to learn more.

Halloween At Home (And Some Propmaking!)

by Rebecca Potts




As we near the finale of the best month of the year, a lot of us can’t help but feel a little deflated. Things are a lot…different this year, and tragically, Halloween will not be untouched by the chaos going on around us. Some of us might not feel comfortable going out, or we’re just looking for a new project, so it’s time to get creative at home. Propmaker Kimberly Houston from Reedley knows how to do exactly that. Kim creates props for theatre companies, horror movies, and anyone and everyone looking for props.

Local Film Spotlight: Caleb Mueller’s NightCall

by Steven Sanchez



This has been the summer of movies. Actually, every summer is the time for movies. Not only has it been a time for film watching, but also a moment to go out and make movies yourself. We’re in lockdown because of the pandemic, so what else is there to do? The majority of Americans have spent most of their days in front of a screen watching stories, but Kings River Life for these past few issues has been covering local filmmakers who have taken their screens, reversed them, and have been telling their own stories.

The Film The Great Outdoors: A Great Moment for Bass Lake

by Steven Sanchez



In June, 32 years ago in 1988, a film was released to the world, one that starred two comedic giants in the prime of their careers. You had Dan Aykroyd, former Saturday Night Live alum, who was fresh off the success of Trading Spaces (1983) and Ghostbusters (1984). Then there was John Candy, who was featured in a string of ‘80s classics like Splash (1984), Brewster’s Millions (1985), Spaceballs (1987), and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987). That film was The Great Outdoors.

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