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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"Maze Runner: The Death Cure" Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for Maze Runner: The Death Cure.


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Image source: 20th Century Fox



Maze Runner: The Death Cure is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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Jessica Ham is 25 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she's right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of her videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.



Monday, January 15, 2018

"The Post" Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for The Post.


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Image source: 20th Century Fox



The Post is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

Print this coupon and enjoy a special discount for Kings River Life readers only!


Jessica Ham is 25 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she's right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of her videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.



Monday, January 1, 2018

"Pitch Perfect 3" Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for Pitch Perfect 3.


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Image source: Universal



Pitch Perfect 3 is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

Print this coupon and enjoy a special discount for Kings River Life readers only!


Jessica Ham is 25 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she's right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of her videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.



Monday, November 27, 2017

“Coco” Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

Coco is the newest Disney/Pixar film which came out just in time for Thanksgiving. The movie stars Miguel, a 12-year-old boy, who has a deep desire to become a musician like his idol the late Ernesto Del le Cruz. However, his family tells Miguel that due to his great-great-grandfather leaving his family to pursue music the family has banned music and expects everyone to go into the family business of making shoes. Miguel has no interest in making shoes and really can't get music out of his head.


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Coco takes place during the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Friends and family honor the lost with setting up altars with their loved ones photos and favorite foods. Miguel wants to enter a music contest that takes place that day, but when his family discovers his love of music and that he has a guitar, his grandmother smashes his guitar so he can't pursue his music interests anymore and insists he start making shoes with the family. Miguel is determined to not let this stop him and sneaks out. He steals Ernesto Del Le Cruz's guitar from his memorial. When he does, he finds he has entered the land of the non-living.

Miguel finds his family that live in the land of the non-living. Miguel has until sundown to get his family's blessing to return to the land of the living or he will be stuck there forever. But his family puts a condition on it that he won't pursue music anymore once he returns. He refuses and runs off. In his journey to find a way to get home, Miguel discovers some unexpected truths about his family.



Image source: Disney/Pixar

Coco is a unique movie, and the story unfolds in very unexpected ways. I enjoyed the colorful scenes and the music that is sung throughout. Anytime I see there is a Pixar movie out, I don't want to miss it. Coco does not disappoint. It is a very unique storyline and kept me and my family engaged throughout the movie. It’s a great movie for the youngest to the oldest so a perfect movie for the whole family.

Coco is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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Sheryl Wall is an ongoing contributor to our
Pet Perspective section, providing pet care advice from years of personal experience.




Monday, November 6, 2017

"Thor: Ragnarock" Video Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham. Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.


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Image source: Marvel



Thor: Ragnarock is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

Print this coupon and enjoy a special discount for Kings River Life readers only!



Jessica Ham is 24 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she's right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of her videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“My Little Pony” The Movie: Review

by Sheryl Wall

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

I took my daughter to see the new My Little Pony movie. She was very excited to see it. It starts out with the ponies preparing for the first ever friendship festival which Princess Twilight is in charge of overseeing. She tries to get the head princess ponies to move the sun and the moon to set the perfect scene for the concert with their magic. But she is quickly turned down.


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The party preparation, however, is halted due to the invasion of monkey like monsters led by a pony named Tempest who is leading this evil plot just so the evil Storm King will give her a new horn once he has all the princesses captured and steals their magic. However, Twilight and her friends escape and go in search of help from the Hippogriff ponies. But when they reach their kingdom in Mount Aris, they find it abandoned. They soon discover that all the Hippogriffs went underground and with magic became Merponies to hide from the Storm King.

On their journey the ponies make friends with a con artist cat named Capper and bird pirates that come to their aid when Twilight is taken by Tempest after all but one Hippogriff refuses to help. Finally with the help of all their friends they are able to rescue their kingdom Equestrian and all their friends.



Image source: Lionsgate

As a child, I loved My Little Pony so its fun to watch the love of the Ponies continue with my girls. “My Little Pony” is a fun movie for my girls. It included some fun music numbers throughout the movie, though I think the music selection was more to draw in an older age range of kids. It is a cute story that is great choice for a mother-daughter day out.

My Little Pony is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

Print this coupon and enjoy a special discount for Kings River Life readers only!


Sheryl Wall is an ongoing contributor to our
Pet Perspective section, providing pet care advice from years of personal experience.




Friday, August 18, 2017

“Moonbreaker" Secret Histories series by Simon R. Green

by Terrance McArthur

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

Simon R. Green is the paranormal/urban fantasy equivalent of Stephen King: a writing machine with more than 40 novels under his belt, including five different series groups (Nightside, Deathstalker, Hawk & Fisher, Ghost Finders, and Secret Histories). In the latest and 11th Secret Histories book, “Moonbreaker,” Eddie Drood is dying. He was poisoned. There is no antidote. He was poisoned by Edmund Drood (also known as the assassin Dr. DOA), his counterpart from another Earth. Eddie’s goal: kill Edmund before he dies.


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Eddie (also known as Shaman Bond—the book titles are all variations on Ian Fleming’s James Bond titles) is a super-secret agent armed with magical and alien gear, and allied with Molly, the Wild Witch, who was once his enemy. Together, they chase after Edmund, from other Earths to Drood Hall (home of the secret-agent family that is behind everything from saving the world to controlling it), from Scotland to Siberia to the moon. They deal with armies of secret agents, preserved relatives, aliens, half-demons and half-angels, a cryptic oracle, the last of the very-secret agents, a formerly-beheaded dragon, the legacies of Merlin, the razor of Jack the Ripper, shelves full of flesh-eating books, an imprisoned god who was once a human Drood, a museum of things that shouldn’t be kept, creatures from many worlds, and Edmund, and Edmund, and Edmund always seeming to be two steps ahead.



Image source: Ace

Green is a builder of plot puzzles, a twister of the traditional, and a master of snark. Eddie always has something clever to say, Molly always wants to make mayhem, the Drood Sarjent at Arms wants to shoot something/someone/anyone, and the Drood Matriarch wants things orderly. As for Edmund, he wants to wipe out the Drood family on every Earth, and he has already started in other Drood Halls. The race to capture Edmund before the poison kills Eddie raises the tension as the stakes rise to world-ending levels.

Simon R. Green is a devilishly clever writer. Eddie Drood is a character of amazing resources. Moonbreaker is a world-class fantasy thriller with science-fiction comedy as a background.

To enter to win a copy of Moonbreaker, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “moonbreaker,” or comment on this article. US residents only. A winner will be chosen August 26, 2017. If entering via email please include your mailing address.





Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a Librarian with the Fresno County Public Library, and a published short story author.

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