Video Trailer Click to see video reviews XXX Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - Megan Walsh has been training to be an international assassin for Hardman. However while she is on a mission, she notices how other teenagers her age seem to be having fun and enjoying their lives. Desiring a normal life, she bails out of a mission and enrolls in a student exchange program, in the process, being adopted by a foster family. She soon becomes a part of the high school and is subjected to the pressures a... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
Click to see video reviews FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explore... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth review KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
I had not read the book nor heard of the film Far From the Madding Crowd when I saw it. So, this review is from the point of view from someone with no prior background knowledge of the source material. Please keep that in mind, fans of the book.
When I saw that BBC had a hand in producing this picture I immediately knew a few things, 1) it would have a down tempo pace, 2) The acting would be good and 3) that the ci... read more
Click to see video reviews UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfield - it's a girl comedy KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a teen-focused comedy starring Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick and Hailee Steinfeld. The humor is silly but the message poignant. When you're not laughing at the antics of these girls, you are tuned in to their becoming better friends and supporting one another. It deals with issues that kids can relate to - secrecy, jealousy, yearnings. The including of the YouTube star Flula Borg is a pleasant surprise an... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This is a fun and compelling sequel. The Barden Bellas are back! Because of a embarrassing performance they become a laughing stock and, in order to restore their title they, enter a world competition which no American team has ever won.
If you loved Pitch Perfect then you are going to enjoy this film even more. Pitch Perfect 2 has updated music, new characters and a lot of laughs. You can see the first film to get... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews ASPIRATION MEDIA Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - Vietnam. 1989. Fourteen years after the end of the war. When Irish woman Christina Noble flies into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) she leaves behind an extraordinary life story. But the best is yet to come. Christina lands in a country "that she wouldn't be able to show you on a map". With a few dollars, a dream and her own hard-won courage, she is about to change everything. For hundreds of thousands of people. ... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
The inspirational film Noble is very enlightening. It helped me realize that a kid's life in America can be so much easier than a kid's life in other countries. It also inspired me to help others that are not as fortunate as I am. The movie is very well acted, in terms of creating believable character. Noble is a film that touched me emotionally and mentally and definitely put a new perspective on life.
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC/ D.G. STERN Series: BOOK, AGES 5-12 Topic - Family Description - There once was a boy with a blanket quite rare that his mother had told him was made with great care. It came on his birthday with colors so bright It made him feel happy all day and all night. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A Blanket Quite Rare, written and illustrated by Lisa Geotis Ikegami is a rare gem of a book for children ages 4 to 10. A young boy receives a special hand-knit blanket for his birthday. That evening he is frightened during a thunderstorm and takes refuge in bed under the safety of his birthday blanket. Not only does the blanket calm him, but it takes him on a magical journey.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This book by Lisa Ikegami is a very loving story. In the story, a kid gets a beautiful blanket and loves it up. He goes through a problem and the blanket fixes it. Reading this book would help kids not be afraid of thunderstorms. The pictures are not just fantastic, the author painted them too. I love all the water colors and how she blends the colors together. The book is not a long book so it's a good length for a... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews PURE FLIX ENTERTAINMENT Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul (David A.R. White and Kevin Downes), meet as strangers. Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall-the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This has not been reviewed by adults. Please see our youth review. KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This faith-based film is very touching and emotional. It shows us exactly what our soldiers go through to protect our country.
Two fathers of different paths were brought together by the Vietnam War and, after their deaths, their sons are brought together for peace. These two sons Wayne (David A.R. White) and John (Kevin Downes) never had the opportunity to really see their fathers. However, the letters that they r... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This sequel to the Avengers series delivers almost non-stop action. As an adult, I sometimes felt totally assaulted at the amount of violence in the film and began to question the descriptive term "gratuitous violence." This is a term that KIDS FIRST! has long employed as one of its criterion for endorsing a film. You might argue that the amount of violence used is acceptable since it is relegated to good fighting ev... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Another monumental Marvel movie! The Avengers assemble once again go up against a new corrupt, A.I. Ultron (James Spader). As the troupe pursue their mission, we're given a deeper understanding of our favorite super heroes.
There are not enough words in the world to express how happy I am. As a Marvel fan, this film showcases some of my favorite comic book characters together in one plot line in a bigger and bette... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews LIONSGATE FILMS Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This remarkable film truly delivers a compelling love story along with the struggle of a young woman whose life is a nightmare because she never ages. Some of us might love that idea but, as you watch the heartbreak of Adaline as her daughter becomes older than she, and then elderly, you realize the importance of growing old together with your loved ones. Adaline's life is threatened at times during the McCarthy era ... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
The Age of Adaline was not something I expected to love so much. The idea of tampered aging wasn't anything new to me and I wasn't excited to see another modern love story. But I found myself severely invested in this movie. There were times I completely forgot to jot notes down in my notebook...for there weren't any. This film is one of the best American romantic dramas to come along in a while.
Video Trailer ANDYLAND MUSIC Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12 Topic - Family Description - Fifteen beloved folk and classic children's tunes capture the heart of the songs. Authentic instrumentation, thoughtful arrangements, restored lyrics, and Andy Z's friendly vocals complete this rousing CD that will entertain and engage for years. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From 'This Land is Your Land' to 'Happy Trails,' Andy Z brings a freshness and excitement to familiar songs that we think we may know but after a few extra verses that were part of the original songs and some well-played musical surprises our ears are buzzing with a renewed acquaintance with old friends. The vocals are engaging and the toe-tapping arrangements will have you dancing with a 'Turkey in the Straw' or bre... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
The kids enjoyed listening to this CD. They clapped and moved along. Overall, they seemed to have fun. All around the Kitchen and You are My Sunshine were two of their favorites. The songs are upbeat and energetic and it was nice to see the kids enjoying some of the old classics, some of which they apparently had never heard before. The performance is entertaining and the songs are fun.
SONG WIZARDS RECORDS Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12 Topic - Family Description - Twelve cheeky, laugh-out-loud funny songs. Combining country and children's pop music with a wacky, seesaw feel, moving from a country stroll where the wit sneaks up on you to a rock 'n' roll sprint where an outrageous lyric slams into you. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Put on the headsets and buckle up because 'Calling All the Elephants' is one of the best albums in a long while to make you laugh out loud and snort milk out of your nose! The word-play, songwriting and musicianship are exemplary. Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, two-seasoned performers, flex their musical chops and in the process push the creative boundaries of children's music in a profoundly wondrous way.
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This is fun and original and many of the songs have a really good beat and rhythm to them. I like that this CD has songs with funny lyrics. My favorite songs are Last Word and Puzzle. I like how the lyrics in Last Word throw in words such as "foot" and then there is a pause and "ball" is added or "cow" and then "boy." Puzzle is just catchy and is fun to dance to it. Most of the songs are pretty cool and make you want... read more Runtime: 38 minutes
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5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC/ D.G. STERN Series: E-BOOK, AGES 5-8 Topic - Family Description - Not very far from the big city is a very special farm. It's special because it grows special trees...Christmas trees! The trees are able to stretch their graceful branches
covered with needles and pine cones toward the sun as they grow taller and taller--all but one.
"The Loneliest Tree celebrates themes of continuity, enduring faith and vision, and surviving loss and rejection at a special holiday season of lov... read more
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Loneliest Tree by D.G. Stern is an attractive picture book for children ages 4 to 7. The story follows a sapling in a Christmas tree farm and explores the tree's emotions as it makes its ultimate journey to its forever home. The illustrations by Deborah Allison are colorful, child-oriented and follow the storyline. She includes racially diverse community members among the many drawings of trees and heavy machi... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This is an excellent, fictional book. The story is about a special farm that grows Christmas trees. When Christmas comes, people leave their cities and arrive to the farm to buy a unique tree. All the beautiful trees were being brought except the smallest tree. Everybody neglected that tree. When the tree grows, guess who brought it? I can't reveal anymore you have to read it.
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews MAGNOLIA PICTURES Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - IRIS pairs the 87-year-old Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris' advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people ar... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This has not been reviewed by an adult. Please see our youth review. KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Iris is a great documentary, particularly if you have a passion for fashion. Iris Apfel is a 94-year-old woman who embraces her unique eye for fashion and style. She takes the simplest things from shops and stores all over town and dresses them up in a variety of ways. She accessorizes her clothing by accenting them with very large and unique pieces of jewelry. Large pearl necklaces with big, bright colorful bracele... read more