PBS DISTRIBUTION Series: DVD, AGES 7-18 Topic - Family Description - This landmark three-part series, presented in partnership with the BBC, reveals the extraordinary animals and remarkable people who make a home on the iconic mountain ranges of the world, including the Himalaya, the Rockies, and the Andes. Episodes for this program include: HIMALAYA - Meet the extraordinary wildlife and people of the Himalaya--the highest mountain range on earth, where the air is the thinnest, the wi... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This amazing DVD has three main themes: Himalaya, Rockies and Andes. It shows amazing scenes which includes wildlife and people. I love the Himalaya and learning about the snub-nosed monkeys and the snow leopards. My favorite things about all three places was learning about all the amazing animals. The scenes are absolutely breath-taking and you can really imagine what it is like to be there. This DVD is educational ... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
see adult review Runtime: 159 minutes
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12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews CONTENT MEDIA Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18 Topic - Family Description - South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives-- Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them-- they look to start the first re... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary is about one woman's quest to start a food-truck business in the refugee camp where she resides, in Lebanon. The quality of life for the camp's residents is quite low, with many people living in very condensed dwellings. Mariam Shaar, with her adept business sense and entrepreneurial spirit sets out to improve the quality of life for herself and those around her. She, along with other women, cook hig... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Soufra is a fantastic film filled with delicious-looking food and inspiring messages for women and others. This documentary is clearly made with passion, purpose and heart. It is a little heart wrenching, but still fun and interesting at the same time. The production values are high, particularly the cinematography. I felt so connected with the women in this film and was really intrigued by their stories, as well as ... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews MGM STUDIOS Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - Director Chris Weitz's historical thriller is based on the story of how a group of Israeli secret agents arrested notorious SS officer Adolf Eichmann - the man who masterminded the "Final Solution" - in Argentina. Oscar Isaac plays the legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin, while Ben Kingsley plays his emotionally manipulative arch-nemesis. After tracking Eichmann down to Buenos Aires, Malkin and his men captured him a... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Operation Finale is horrifyingly intense as well as funny at times. The two main characters, Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) and Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) are terrifyingly realistic. The suspense feels like it's on real stakes because this film is based on actual events. One criticism I have is that all the secondary characters are easily forgettable.
The story of this film focuses on a group of Israeli agents who ... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daught... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This new drama/thriller grabbed my attention since the beginning, because of its amazing and unique storyline. I felt thrilled to discover what would happen at the end and, whether or not the outcome would be what I expected. I came up with my theory for the conclusion by putting together the clues from the movie, little by little. It is very entertaining, because the film gives the audience an opportunity to be det... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews SUNDANCE SELECTS Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18 Topic - Family Description - Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, the dogs meet a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth review KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Pick of the Litter is such an adorable movie. It has an amazing topic that not many people know about, so you are not bored. It's a great family movie with all of the cute dogs. Pick of the Litter follows such a sweet storyline that you just fall in love with all of the dogs and their journey through many different homes.
Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they are born through their jou... read more
NATASHA HANINA Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5 Topic - Family Description - Tashi Non-Stop is a TV pilot comprising short, educational comedic skits geared towards 3 to 6-year-olds. During the show, kids are introduced to an array of colorful characters from around the world. Think 'Blue's Clues' meets 'Tracey Ullman.' The show combines live action and animation. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Tashi Non-Stop has good intentions with its "Never Giving Up" theme. It just doesn't quite deliver. There are parts that I do not believe will be entertaining for children of the target age, 2 to 5. Tashi takes on various characters such as Ms. Wallaby and Tashi the Vampire. She raps and, although it isn't completely inappropriate, I don't see the point of many of the lyrics. It shows that Tashi isn't great at rappin... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Are you ready for educational entertainment made for kids! Get ready to enjoy some humor, exciting, over-the-top, friendly, meaningful topics with animated storytelling. Tashi Non-Stop is the perfect animated story for you and your kids. There's so much merriment in the scenes that will have you eager and attentive in what's happening on screen. Each scene deliveries important lessons in a fun way.
GUILLERMO MACHADO Series: BOOK, AGES 5-10 Topic - Family Description - A spent sock, puny penny, kicky key, brainy bookmark and soft spoon each have a special story to tell. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like this e-book of different stories and found it refreshing and appropriate for the intended age group. I felt that it would inspire young children to take a more positive outlook on every day, ordinary items such as a sock that lacks a matching sock. The rhyming storytelling is fun and engaging. The colorful illustrations really add a colorful pop and makes these items even more appealing! I recommend this for a... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
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MAKI YOSHIKURA Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12 Topic - Family Description - The Labradoodle Billie's happy life comes to a sudden end when one morning her beloved owner doesn't wake up anymore. She is taken away to a place she does not recognize. She is sad and lonely until one day her life takes a new turn... KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What's not to like - dogs and happy endings! It's heartwarming to see how dogs enrich our lives. Billie the pooch gets so attached to his new owners as he learns to love them like he did his original owner. Show him a walking cane and he'll show you some great affection.
Billie's original owner, who walked with a cane, dies suddenly in his sleep. Billie has fond memories of playing ball with that owner. When a new ... read more
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Video Trailer Click to see video reviews SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18 Topic - Family Description - An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man's best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countles... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This unpredictable film is a roller coaster of emotions. Although some parts are pretty graphic, it makes the whole thing more real and it helps you feel empathy for the characters.
The film starts off with the turning point scene, then goes to the backstory, then goes back to review what happened in the turning point scene in dramatic snippets and finally continues with the rest of the story. The film tells the s... read more
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This is a beautiful film about survival. I love everything about this live action film. The editing flows nicely and there are many visually stunning scenes. The story is about survival, loyalty and, most importantly, following your instincts.
In this film, a boy named Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is attacked by a buffalo. His father thinks he died, so he leaves him on the cliff where he was attacked. When he finally m... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WARNER BROS. PICTURES Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it - an attack... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Meg is a somewhat entertaining homage to old-era shark flicks. A frightful direction and vibrant special effects provide a serviceable summer-end movie. Fans of shark flicks may want to check it out.
The movie follows a Shanghai-based, deep-sea team as they seek to postulate new discoveries among the underwater trenches. However, their discoveries go awry when a previously thought extinct Megalodon attacks the... read more
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The Meg is a very exciting film to close out summer. The huge shark is very scary and the images look very real. The chase scenes are intense and the action scenes are really entertaining.
The film begins with Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), a marine explorer having to save an underwater exploration team that is stranded after something broke their sub. He saves all but one crew member. He goes back to the explorati... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WARNER BROS. PICTURES Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18 Topic - Family Description - The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring ... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I can hardly begin to describe how much I enjoyed this film. As the first film with an all Asian cast since Joy Luck Club, it comes out of the gate full throttle. The talent is extraordinary, the sets and locations stunning and the storyline engaging. I would like to believe that the film gives Westerners an inside look at what wealthy Asians' lives might resemble. Of course, it is Hollywoodized so, keep that in mind... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
I usually dislike romantic comedies. Romance is probably my least favorite genre. I find it almost impossible to make rom coms interesting or unique. However, every once in a while, a movie like this appears. This movie was actually very enjoyable and made me laugh out loud.
The story follows Rachel Chu as she accompanies her rich boyfriend, Nick Young, to Singapore for a wedding. She meets his family and tries to... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18 Topic - Family Description - An adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh's lost friends. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What day is it? Why it is today, my favorite day. I am a life-long Disney fan. While it is not surprising I loved seeing the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood come to life via CGI transformation, I was surprised to see A.A. Milne's beloved characters in their original book form, not their Disney animation form.
Christopher Robin does not spend a lot of time introducing the viewer to the characters from the idy... read more
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If you're a fan of Winnie the Pooh, it's safe to say you are going to love this movie. But even if you aren't, you might still enjoy it. This film is absolutely adorable and it makes you feel like a kid again.
The story follows a grown up Christopher Robin, with a wife and daughter, as he struggles with his job and runs into Winnie the Pooh. The movie follows him interacting with his old friends, while also rememb... read more