Video Trailer Click to see video reviews PARAMOUNT PICTURES Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18 Topic - Family Description - The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" te... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Selma is a powerful new film that tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. as he fights for equal voting rights by assembling the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
I absolutely love this film. It details one of the most pivotal and epic protests during the civil rights movement in such an emotional, educational and inspiring way. The cinematography, musical score and stylistic editing techniques re... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18 Topic - Family Description - "Strange Magic," a new animated film, is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Story by George Lucas, screenplay by David Berenbaum. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Kristin Chenoweth. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This is an original, visionary, animated musical, inspired by a classic tale by William Shakespeare. An assortment of characters, from fairies to goblins to elves, who live in two different worlds clash over a magical love potion. Their encounter teaches them all that everyone deserves to be loved.
While the story is inspired by Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream, George Lucas has adapted this story in a manner... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WARNER BRO. HOME ENTERTAINMENT Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - After the Dragon leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Lake-town see a threat coming. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies is a breathtaking movie that is visually stimulating and very interactive. There are lots of scenes in the movie that invoke a variety of emotions and realizations of life lessons. This is a fantastic adaptation of the book and does it justice. I agree with the rating of PG-13, although the movie shows violence it is not overwhelmingly graphic. Children will most definitely appre... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy. Bilbo and his company of Dwarves have just unleashed the Dragon Smaug upon a small lakeside village and chaos breaks loose. Once word is out that the dragon has been driven from the mountain, armies from Actionm all over the land come to battle for the treasures that lie inside. It is a fight unlike any before and Bilbo must fin... read more
NEW GAMES LTD Series: SHORT, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - For the first time, Dale N. Le Fevre presents a visual leadership guide to accompany the New Games he offers. While he has always offered written guides of the qualities needed to lead the games in his DVDs and books, this time these are not only discussed but demonstrated graphically to maximize the most effective way to lead. Naturally, many of these leadership techniques can be applied to other situations.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cooperative New Games Leadership is for both adults and children. Although, the leadership section is slightly more adult friendly. The games are shown visually and makes learning how to play them easy. It's not only a way to become more active but a way to learn leadership skills, and other important social skills. It has educational, social and entertainment value and would be great for ages six to adult. It is pos... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This VD provides visual instruction on how to lead a group of people to enjoy one another's company and to have fun. It is quite enjoyable seeing a large group of both old and young people play games together, something that is not seen quite often.
This DVD is divided into categories called "Leadership Section" and "Games Menu." The games menu shows various group games that people can play in different size group... read more
Video Trailer WARNER BROS. PICTURES Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - After the Dragon leaves the castle, the people of lake town see a threat coming, the orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries helping everyone. Meanwhile, Gandalf still needs to break out of the orc prison. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy. Bilbo and his company of Dwarves have just unleashed the Dragon Smaug upon a small lakeside village and chaos breaks loose. Once word is out that the dragon has been driven from the mountain, armies from all over the land come to battle for the treasures that lie inside. It is a fight unlike any before and Bilbo must find a way ... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis biography, drama, sport spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Starring Jack O'Connell, Finn Wittrock, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson. Directed by Angelina Jolie. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Unbroken tells the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who joined the armed forces in World War II and endured tortured until the end of the war.
Although Unbroken is the third film Angelina Jolie has directed, Jolie skillfully recounts Zamperini's life. The first half weaves in and out of Zamperini's childhood and life in the Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
Some of the cinematography is gripping, such as... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-18 Topic - Family Description - Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
I confess that I binge listened to the soundtrack before seeing this film and was thoroughly impressed with the vocals. It got me excited going to the screening. I also admit that I am a fan of the Broadway musical. I've seen the play this film is based on starring Bernadette Peters, Vanessa Williams and Phylicia Rashad. All three have played the witch. I have watched Johanna Gleeson light up the stage with energy, c... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-18 Topic - Family Description - Academy Award� nominee Quvenzhan� Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the ... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This is a wild, adventurous and funny film. This last installment of the Night at the Museum trilogy is takes you on an adventurous journey and is defiantly a must see. Robin Williams' final on-screen portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt is amazing. He has a great sense of humor and is in tune with his character completely.
The magic that brought the characters to life in Night at the Museum 1 and 2 is in danger. Larry Da... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18 Topic - Holiday Description - In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rul... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This timely film based on Langston Hughes' award-winning play is touching and delivers a great message with a wonderful musical score and performances. Jennifer Hudson is always a joy to listen to and her acting talent continues to grow and expand her range. Her performance alone makes this film worth watching. The musical variety of this film takes many forms from hip hop to blues to gospel.
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This is truly an inspirational film and a joy to watch.
Langston, played by Jacob Latimore, has to spend the Christmas holiday in New York City with his grandparents, Reverend Cornell Cobbs played by Forest Whitaker and Aretha Cobbs played by Angela Bassett, who he doesn't really know. While there, he has to go by their rules. He wants to get back home to his mother Naima played by Jennifer Hudson. He goes throug... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WEINSTEIN CO, THE Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 4-18 Topic - Family Description - A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Paddington is a great adventure, with lots of twists and turns. This film is playful, comedic, enjoyable and definitely a great film for friends and family.
Paddington (Ben Whishaw, voice) is a rare breed of bear that travels all alone to London. He wants to find a home after his is destroyed. While there, he discovers that it's not what he expects, but finds a family that's willing to take him in and look after h... read more
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 0-2 Topic - Family Description - Allons chanter! (Let's sing) Allons danser! (Let's dance) Apprenons le Francais! (Let's learn French) Get in the language-learning groove with this fun-filled collection of original tunes and beloved traditional favorites. Makes learning French as easy as un, deux, trois! KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Allons Danser (Lets Dance) is a charming and inviting way for young children to learn French words and phrases through familiar children's songs. These twenty ditties for little kiddies will have the whole family dancing from 'Bonjour Les Amis' (Hello Friends) to 'Au Revoir' (Goodbye) and did I mention the highlight of 'Le Vieux MacDonald' (Old MacDonald)? He had a farm in France too, apparently. Renowned French arti... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Filled with songs for learning the French language, this CD is so fun and pleasant I found myself dancing as I listened to each and every song. The vocals and catchy songs stuck in my head even when I wasn't listening to the CD!
Allons Danser! contains 20 short songs intended to teach children French. Song topics range from the classic Old MacDonald to parties for kids. The songs are sung by a woman and children, w... read more