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LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, THE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WARNER BRO. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The LEGO Batman Movie is a superb superhero movie which serves as a great homage to many aspects of Batman history. I really liked the animation, voice acting and humor in this movie. This exactly what a Batman fan would want.

This movie is about Batman/Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) who is the crime fighting vigilante of Gotham. Despite all his glory, he feels lonely. He wants to be part of a family, despite his selfish behavior. His butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) soon brings him an adopted kid, Richard Grayson (Michael Cera). Richard grows fond of Batman, and the two go to fight crime, with Richard's superhero name being Robin. Once the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) attacks Gotham with a various variety of villains, Batman must team with Robin, Alfred and the new commissioner of the GCPD, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) to stop the attack. During this, Batman must also learn to accept his new family.

Will Arnett delivers a show-stealing performance as Batman, my favorite character in the movie, and he is great in switching between the dark vigilante of Batman and the charismatic billionaire of Bruce Wayne. Also, he greatly presents the aspect of wanting a family. Ralph Fiennes as Alfred is impressive as a caring guardian for Bruce. Michael Cera portrays another excellent performance as Robin, and his nerdy characteristics are put into play. Zach Galifianakis is good in presenting the Joker with his humor and villainy. Rosario Dawson also manages to deliver with her heroic motives.

The animation by Stewart Alves is incredible. It improves on the what The LEGO Movie did right, and the color pallet used for Gotham really fits how Gotham looks like. The movie's humor impressed me. The movie has a ton of fourth wall breaks. The characters in the movie even act like they know they are movie characters which adds to the fun. The movie even makes jokes about other movie franchises. My favorite scene in the movie is when Batman just happens to chill for a moment and watches a bit of Jerry Maguire. It really gave a good laugh.

The movie has a good message in working as a team. When Gotham is invaded by large number of criminals, the only way to fix the problem is to work as a team. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18 years old. This is a movie which will appeal to all ages. This film opens in theaters on February 10rd, so go and check it out for a unique superhero experience.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

The LEGO Batman Movie is fantastic! I was laughing throughout the entire film! I really enjoy all of the jokes and comedy that was put into it. But I wish they would have added some more jokes into the movie that younger kids would appreciate because after all Batman is a superhero and little kids love superheroes.

This movie is about Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Will Arnett). Batman has been fighting crime for a very long time, but he is starting to do and say some very bad things to the people around him because he is very lonely without a family. Because of his loneliness Batman adopts a son, Robin (Michael Cera), which forces him to be more responsible and take care of his son. Usually, Batman doesn't want to work with others but he is forced to during the film.

This movie is made by the same production company as The Lego Movie so if you liked that movie then you will definitely love this movie. But, if you haven't seen The Lego Movie you will probably still enjoy this movie.

My favorite part of the movie is the use CGI, which made each scene in the movie really entertaining. The action in this movie is so incredible that when I watched the movie in IMAX I was blown away. I recommend that you do not sit in the front unless you want your eyes to actually fall out.

This movie teaches kids how to work together with others, be responsible, and be kind to others. Even though this is a superhero movie, it was not directed towards little kids because of the humor and violence. I give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend this movie for kid's ages 6 to 18 and also adults would really enjoy it. Go check this movie out in theaters February 10, 2017.

Reviewed by Na'im S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


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RIGHT FOOTED
NICK SPARK
Series: INDIE FEATURE, AGES 9-18
Topic - Family
Description - Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a birth defect, but managed to overcome many physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent. She learned to type with her toes, drive a car with her feet, and amazingly -- fly an airplane with her feet. Right Footed follows Jessica as she transforms from a motivational speaker to a mentor, and eventually into a leading advocate for people with disability. http://rightfootedmovie.com/. Screenings and awards include: Best Documentary Film, Mirabile Dictu Film Festival, Rome; Best Social Action Film 2015, Hollywood Film Festival; Best Documentary Film, International Film Festival Manhattan; Best Documentary Film, Offshoot Film Festival; Best Documentary Film, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival; Platinum Award, Spotlight Documentary Film Awards; Audience Award, Awareness Film Festival; Audience Award, Atlanta DocuFest; Audience Award, The Loft Film Festival; Audience Award, Kansas International Film Festival
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is the true story about Jessica Cox, a person born without arms. It is an inspiration to all people of all ages and stages of life. It encourages viewers to really evaluate and appreciate their life.

Jessica Cox takes gives us an experience that is heartwarming, inspirational and encouraging. The story of Jessica Cox born reminds me to be appreciative of my own life. Jessica shares how in her early days she was angry about being different and treated differently. She was defiant to her mother at the times she wanted to take care of her. Jessica was inspired by her own mother whose faith put her daughter's disability into a positive perspective. Jessica learns from her and accomplishes many tasks that able-bodied people fail to accomplish. She learns to dance, earns a black belt in martial arts, learns to drive. Jessica becomes a licensed airplane pilot. But, watching her just get herself showered and dressed is simply amazing. Putting her contacts on with her feet puts life into perspective. Buttoning her clothes with both feet is another.

After graduating from college, she begins to tour as a motivational speaker and falls in love and gets married. She and her husband travel the world together they become advocates for people with disabilities around the world.

I recommend this title for playing at a film festival because there are many lessons about attitude, determination, creativity, humbleness and family. While Jessica commands most of the attention as a young child, her sister and brother support and encourage her and are truly happy and proud of the accomplishments Jessica achieves. Jessica encourages many people with handicaps especially girls and young women who are born without arms. Several young women she mentors really became hopeful. They watch Jessica prepare for her wedding and actually witness the ceremony.

Right Footed has many lessons, words, scenes and people to inspire everyone. There is a never give up spirit throughout. For example, we see Jessica sharing a lesson with a group of five year olds about tying the laces of their shoes. She tells then that she just practiced and practiced until she could time her own shoes.

The Jessica Cox story is an inspiration to parents who have children with disabilities. Jessica's parents encourage her to take care of her own baby. I have renewed determination for my life, after viewing Jessica Cox, born without arms and being right footed. Heartfully accepted and kudos to the filmmaker for making this incredible film about this incredible young woman. Yes!
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
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Media: FeatureFilm


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BARNYARD ACES
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Avelita, a mischievous chick, wants a jukebox. Her grandpa wants a musician to brighten the atmosphere of his restaurant. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very entertaining short film beautiful animation and lots of laughs. The storyline is really cute. A little girl wants to help her grandfather's restaurant business and believes she has the answer - to buy a jukebox. But, he wants musicians to play live music. After sabotaging each audition without her grandfather knowing, she successfully convinces him to get the jukebox and then see that he plays the same droll songs over and over. She can't get a break and her reactions and facial expressions are awesome. They made me laugh out loud a couple of times. The little girl is a bit of a schemer and it's hilarious to see the outcomes of what she does to the musicians who audition. Visually, it's very appealing. Everything flows well with a beginning, middle and end. It's perfect for school aged kids. There is very little dialogue. It is more of a visual piece. The message is "be careful what you wish for." We see the little girl so determined to get the jukebox that, after messing with the musicians and finally getting the jukebox, it backfires on her. Happy to recommend for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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WAVES FROM THE SKY
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-10
Topic - Family
Description - Pedro, a bird who cannot fly in sync with his flock, decides to branch out on his own. After plummeting to a beach, Francisca, the friendly sea turtle, will teach him to connect with rhythm and harmony. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this as a cute film with a cute story. It is well animated with great audio. A child would enjoy this because it's well produced, has really cute characters and a child-friendly storyline. There's no dialogue. The set, sound, clarity and everything about it is great. It flows well with a beginning, middle and end. It's very watchable. It's a story about a little bird who takes a break from flying with his herd to have fun with his imagination and meets a turtle on the beach who enjoys being silly. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 3-10. Reviewed by Melanie s., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-10
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Media: VIDEO


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PORT CHOPS
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The only relief to Valentina�s solitude is an imaginary friend, until the arrival of Pork Chops, a pig who is destined to become her best friend, as well as her family�s Christmas dinner. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This live action film has a sweet story about a young girl who is determined to not have her new pet pig get eaten by her poor family. She loves her piglet very much and when she learns that her father has a plan to fatten it in order to eat it later, she is determined to put the pig on a diet and even goes as far as to eat its food, causing her to get sick. Because of this, her mother learns that it's a sow and is pregnant and the little girls protection causes the sow's life to be spared so there is a blessing after all. The family is no longer going to be poor or hungry because they can create a business from the sow. She essentially saves the pig and at the end there is the nice surprise that the pig is a sow and is pregnant with piglets. It has a beginning, middle, and end because you see her relationship with the piglet develop but I don't think the story makes sense. It first starts with her mother preparing dinner and her father annoyed that it is the same meal of beans and tortillas. I think so. There wasn't anything inappropriate except for when the father goes behind the mother a little too sensually about craving meat for dinner. We got to see a lot of where she is from while walking her piglet around. We saw that she lives in a nice open land and she's not too far from town. Overall, it was well done. I just don't care for the delivery of the story. In Spanish with English sub-titles. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8-12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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Media: VIDEO


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TRUMPETEER, THE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A trumpet player is trapped in an army marching band in the epitome of authoritarian control and fear. His nature prevents him from playing the note he's being told to play, and he is punished as a consequence. In his recurring arrest and, after engaging in a musical dialogue, he recognizes his creative power; it's in his confinement where he finds freedom to play his own music. Once he is deprived of his instrument, he finds another expression: a brave and disobedient act that will provoke an awakening in the conscience of his platoon and result in his subsequent freedom.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a most short film with amazing animation, beautiful colors and a really cute storyline about a little boy that simply wants to play what he feels from his heart as opposed to playing his trumpet with military-like structure. The story has a great structure with a beginning, middle and end. It is colorful, has great music and is well produced. The animation and design is flawless and it has a great lesson about not being afraid to be yourself. Who doesn't love that? I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it teaches kids a valuable lesson of always staying true to who you are. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: VIDEO


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PICKMAN'S MODEL
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 13-18
Topic - Family
Description - In his quest to obtain a painting by his favorite macabre art painter, Richard Pickman, art collector, Thurber Phillips, unlocks the mystery behind the artist's work.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short horror film has an interesting, creepy and scary twist. Most kids are into horror these days and it definitely has a creepy element to it. This film flows well with a beginning, middle and end. The production quality is great, with awesome sound affects, and excellent animation. I definitely recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for the story and delivery alone. Recommended for ages 13 to 18. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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Media: VIDEO


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TEACHER AND THE FLOWER, THE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In a selfish and violent world, where everyone is against everyone, a teacher finds refuge taking care of a delicate flower, to which he tells his dreams and desires. Nevertheless, one day he stumbles upon a pretty young woman, and falls in love with her. Without money and not much else to offer, he decides to give this young woman his most precious possession in an attempt to win her heart.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great message. The protagonist seems to have bad luck but continues to live optimistically and never gives up. Children often give up and, even though we don't see if the protagonist succeeds or has a good day, he continues to push through and seize the day again which we should all remember to do. The story flows well, makes sense, has a beginning middle and end and is very watchable. The animation is nicely executed with great sound and outstanding production qualities. The message is appropriate: remember to keep your chin up and never give up. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it reminds us to always think positively no matter how horrible a day we have. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: VIDEO


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MISTER MIRROR MAN
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-12
Topic - Family
Description - A stubborn fish collector faces his own boundaries in this maritime history.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable. The illustration and sound affects are exceptional well done. This is a story about a fisherman who enjoys studying fish as a hobby and finds a fish that he has been meaning to capture. Unfortunately, the fish outsmarts the fisherman's contraption over and over again. There is no dialogue. All that is heard is the water and the commotion that occurs and a soccer game that is being broadcast via radio. The sounds are all well delivered and the illustrations are beautiful. Simple, clean and well done. The film is well made and I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8-12. Reviewed by Melanie S.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
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Media: VIDEO


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LOST IN SPRING
FRED WALL
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - A confidence stricken seven year old, embarks upon a journey to self belief.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Accepted! This is exactly the kind of film that KIDS FIRST! champions. This short film tells a simple story with honesty and a touch of humor. The main character is a young girl who is smart and capable but lacks confidence. This film is about the girl overcoming her fears and gaining confidence. Through her journey, we see her meeting adults who help her find the courage to own who she is and who she wants to become. The teacher is a positive character and other students are presented in a genuine light. This film features strong performances from both children and adults, and effective cinematography. It is a well-made film that audiences of all ages can enjoy together. Both boys and girls can relate to the main character. For example, in math class, Rosie tells the teacher that she doesn't know the answer when, in fact, she knows the right answer. There is an added element that children will enjoy when Rosie takes a walk in the park and meets a film crew where the lead actress welcomes her and inspires her to dream of being an actress because "she can become anyone". It makes her happy. The story has a solid structure, with a beginning, middle and end. It makes sense and flows smoothly. The language, concepts and vocabulary are appropriate for its audience. It is well directed, has strong performances from both the adult and child actors, simple and effective cinematography, good sound and a simple but effective music track. Recommended for ages 6 to 18.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
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Media: VIDEO


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VOM SMOLICEK
BARBARA LACKERMEIER
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The little laddie Smoli k lives with his grandfather in a cottage on the edge of a dark forest. A spell forces the grandfather to delay his existence as a deer. He exhorted Smoli k to lock the door well and not to let anyone in. All goes well. Up to the day a creepy old forest fairy is knocking...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully shot fairy tale set in charming interiors and natural locales. The live-action is combined with occasional, simply-drawn animated animals, which lend a storybook element and charm. The traditional fairy tale structure of "Once Upon a Time" to "The Moral of the Story" is told with well-performed narration and character portrayal, as if the storybook is being read out loud. While there are some goblins, they are more comical than frightening. Their fantastical costumes and makeup are inventive, colorful and fun. Kids will likely recognize some of their favorite fairy tale characters including Red Riding Hood and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The grandfather character is loving and tender, and the little boy is adorable and well-behaved. But like most little boys, he does disobey his grandfather and gets into trouble. Fortunately, he knows how get out of it using his wits and courage and so, the ending and message is a happy one. The cinematography is excellent, the musical soundtrack, almost like folk music, is upbeat, and the lighting is evocative and appropriate. Overall production quality is high. The film is in German with English subtitles. While I recommend it for ages 8 to 12, it may be suitable for younger children since the visuals are compelling and convey the story even without the subtitles. This makes a great addition to any film festival. Reviewed by Ann B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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YOU ARE NOT DREAMING WITH ME
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - After his mother's death, Tosni, a child of the Seri tribe, must complete the ritual that allows the soul of his mother transit to the after life. It's not easy for him to let go.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This stunning film deals with sensitive subject matter in a heartfelt way. This film is for older audiences because of the subject matter. The story follows a young boy who has just lost his mother and, in order for his relatives or guardians to help him, part of his tribe's practices is to let the deceased's belongs go in order for their spirt to transition to the after life. Unfortunately, this is something very hard for him to grasp. Teens would definitely see a lot of symbology in this film and it could lead to great discussions. The story flows and is watchable. For the most part, it makes sense. There were some sections where scenes cut away to something else that seem a little random, but it could be that the boy is dreaming. There's very little dialogue but everything is appropriate and the concepts are suitable for older kids. The idea of letting go of her belongings would be too intense to younger kids. Even the subject of losing a parent is a bit too traumatic for younger ones to be exposed to. This is quite well produced. The audio is great. You only hear his surroundings when he is by himself. The setting is perfect, especially when we are shown where he lives by the beach. He doesn't live in the best conditions but his living conditions are typical of most people in his town. It's a simple life and they are all happy. This film would be very appropriate for any teen who is dealing with the death of a loved one, whether it is a relative or a friend. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because, what the young boy goes through is just one of many examples of unexpected things that happen in life and how we have to learn to accept and deal with them in order to move forward. In Spanish with English sub-titles. Suitable for ages 13 to 18. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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Media: VIDEO


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BEHIND THE BLUE DOOR
ANNA PIETKUN
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 13-18
Topic - Family
Description - For 11-year-old Lukas, an incredible adventure begins the moment he and his mom set off on a long awaited summer holiday trip. The joyful travel is suddenly interrupted by a car accident that results in the boys and his mom hospitalization. When it turns out Lukas' mom is in a coma, the boy must be taken care of by his only relative - aunt Agatha, whom he gets to meet for the first time in his life. Agatha brings the boy to her own pension by the seaside, and places him in a room his mom used to live in. It's the room where Lukas accidently discovers a secret passage to a different dimension and soon learns what amazing and yet frightening mysteries the newly disclosed world hides. This experience will challenge the boy confronting him with the difficulties of his situation; his fears, loneliness, helplessness and longings.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Behind the blue door is a film about a boy named Lucas who finds a whole other world after he and his mom are in an auto accident on their way to their holiday. What's most appealing about this film is the fantastical supernatural element of the whole new world that Lucas finds, including the villain, the Entrailor. The only thing that concerned me about this film is how scary some of the scenes with the Entrailor and the aunt (once she's under the Entrailor's spell) can be. I think a child would really enjoy the fantastical element, as long as they were old enough to not be frightened by it. The film flows very well. We get the whole story - beginning, middle and end, including minor bits and pieces of the backstory. Everything makes sense, though not everything is revealed at the beginning. The production quality is wonderful. The cinematography is very well done. (no shaking cameras except when intended, no fuzzy images.) The sound is crisp and clear. The setting is beautiful and the animation is quite impressive. The fantastical supernatural theme definitely would appeal to a very broad audience and would attract a good portion of people. I think this movie, while briefly scary at some points, is quite an adventure and could be greatly liked. I recommend it for ages 13 to 18. You should know that the dialogue is in Polish with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Kelsey M, KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 84 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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Media: VIDEO


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NOTORIOUS CORN
MALLORY GROLLEAU
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The story of a small grain of corn that dreamed about glory. He's going to succeed but unfortunately...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film follows a single grain of corn whose ambitions are quite extraordinary. He dreams of becoming an entertainer and we see him in all his glory. The animation is pretty simple 2D with bright colors and delightful graphics. It's only 1:35 minutes but, at that, is quite fun and entertaining. From France. Accepted, recommended for ages 3 to 12.
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Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
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Media: VIDEO


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ZTRIPES
NICLAS WARNER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - Ziggy is the coolest zebra on the savannah. All the other zebras worship him. You cannot wash black with white so when Ziggy goes for a dip in the water hole, he takes his stripes off. To his utter horror the stripes are stolen, and can he now return to the herd? Does it make sense to say that you are a zebra if you have no stripes?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Excellent animation, fun story, humor, animal characters, positive message that real friends will like you for who you are. Good storyline as told through the story of a cool-dude zebra who loses his social status when his stripes are stolen. The music style is suitable for kids and enjoyable for adults as well. Excellent production design. The quality of animation is as good as some of the feature films that play in theaters. Audiences of all ages can relate to this story about peer pressure and having to decide whether you can be yourself in order to be accepted. The story has a clear beginning, middle and end, with good pacing. It makes sense and is enjoyable to watch. The Zebra's fight with the giraffe could be scary for very young children in the same way as the violent parts of The Lion King are scary for very young children. I recommend this for ages 6 to 15. Reviewed by Katarzyna K., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
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Media: VIDEO


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GERM
ZOE COHEN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-14
Topic - Family
Description - A germaphobe embarks on an adventure in the real world as he attempts to solve an unfortunate problem.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ha ha, I've seen this guy on an airplane I think! Zoe has captured the essence of a crazy germaphobic whose computer stops working and he has to deal with the whole idea of venturing out in public to take it to get repaired. He dresses in the most outrageous outfit, just short of a complete hazmet suit and encounters, what others might deem normal people but, to him are true threats - a girl eating a meal, a woman taking out the trash! But, he's victorious as he enters the computer repair shop and in the next scene see him happily sitting at his computer station with a glass of fine wine. And then, something else breaks down. Can't tell you what but, it's worth watching to find out. Nice student work. Good visuals and audio, well paced, good actors and storyline which is delivered in under 5 minutes. Recommended for ages 10 to 18. 4 out of 5 stars. Waiting for student ID to identify age and school level of student. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-14
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Media: VIDEO


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LOOP
ZOE COHEN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - In the future technology of virtual reality, a man breaks the law to experience the thrill of other worlds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Intriguing student short. This film delivers an interesting look at the world of virtual reality and how someone might become addicted to it. It's well constructed with clear video and audio and an engaging protagonist. The editing makes you wonder at times when the guy is experiencing VR and when he is not which, I suppose is the point of the whole film. The set, a rather sleazy building and sleazy looking proprietor is apropos to the theme of the film. In fact, the VR addicted man reenters the building after the proprietor has sent him off, in order to further his VR experience. The ending leaves you with a sense of wondering what is real and what is not. Recommended for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Julie Smart, KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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Media: VIDEO


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ANAA
ASAL GHARIB
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - In a stricken village by earthquake, a boy with his friends search an intact television to watch football match. ( This innovative documentary focuses on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in East Azerbaijan. We follow the lives of several children in the temporary camps set up to provide relief to those who lost their home in the village of Bajeh Baj. Interestingly, the children themselves take control of the sound and filming, creating a first-hand glimpse of the disorder their lives have become. Director Asal Gharib's interactions with the children and other villagers provide additional insight into the realities of coping with a major natural disaster. )
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Anaa has good visual appeal, sound and clarity. This is a very inspirational type film showing that even in the worst circumstances, people, especially children can find joy and happiness. I really enjoyed watching this documentary because it is a good story about a boy and his friends who live in a village devastated by an earthquake. They are a group of determined young people who are in search of a TV so they can watch an upcoming football game. These children exhibit such joy and happiness despite their village having been destroyed. The film begins with an overview of the village after the earthquake. You view the landscape and see some of the adult villagers and the happy children. The film has excellent cinematography, sound and vision. It takes place in East Azerbaijan in the village of Bajeh Baj. One scene I found particularly interesting is the conversation between Akbar, young man who is the primary videographer and Reza. They are discussing the plight of their village and asking about being punished by GOD because the village did not fulfill their religious obligation of fasting. The interaction and language are interesting and suitable for the age of the audience. I recommend this for ages 8 to 18. The filmmaker, Asal Gharib is a woman with a BA in cinema and an accomplished actress and filmmaker. We are delighted to accept for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Recommended for ages 9 to 18. Reviewed by Juanita Seon L., KIDS FIRST! Jury
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Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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FEAR
JANAM PATEL
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A teenage girl walking out of a shopping mall, finds herself being followed by a dangerous looking black sedan with headlights that keep blinking. In a bid of escaping from a confrontation, she tries other exits but this mysterious car keeps appearing as if it is stalking her. 'No matter how many exits you try to escape from, FEAR keeps chasing you'.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. This short film certainly grabs your attention as fear is something that everyone has. It can also come across as pretty scary. The story is about a girl who faces her fear when she is followed by a car at a shopping mall. The film opens with a description of different ways to handle fear - "some face it in the eye, others run away from it." The viewer is then shown eyes from different animals and segues to the panicked look in the girl's eyes as she realizes she is being followed. This is a well produced short student film by a first time 18-year-old filmmaker with locations in Dubai UAE. The film shows a montage of images of the car, apparently following the girl, her trying to get help from the security people at the mall only to find the car has disappeared. It addresses her feat and you wonder how much is real and how much is imagined. The production quality is quite good with excellent visuals and audio and good editing. The viewer is really drawn into each scene. The eyes that are shown coupled with the fast paced glimpses of the space around the girl allow the viewer to experience the girl's fear with her. It is not appropriate for very young viewers as it would be too frightening. I have a bit of an issue with the girl confronting the car. It may not be appropriate to approach a strange car that is following you. I recommend it for tweens and teens, ages 12 to 18. Adults may enjoy it as well. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jennifer V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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Media: VIDEO


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SNEAKY
MATT SADOWSKI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Boy loses cat. Boy meets girl.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This is a very clever and cute little film. The twist is adorable. The setting are quite appropriate for tween and teens. I particular enjoyed the music which really enhances the story, especially during the search scenes. It goes very well in the story. I particularly enjoyed the scene when the kids are searching for the cat. The conversations between the two kids are cute and awkward. It's very easy to relate to, because I'm sure we can all remember our first crush and the difficulty of talking with someone of the opposite sex. This film flows very well and is well produced with good camera work and good audio. The beginning is a bit awkward but it picks up in the middle and the end is a delight. There is a surprise ending that makes you giggle at the cleverness of the boy. It's funny and wonderful. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HALF TICKET

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HALF TICKET
SAMIT KAKKAD
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - A film about desires and the yearning for the unattainable, Half Ticket is a story of two slum kids who are fascinated with the arrival of a new pizza shop in their locality. Expensive beyond their means, they long to try one. But, fate has a different game in store for them. Weaving a story of myriad relationships in the world of the Have Nots, Half Ticket interlaces the story of the kids' desires for a Pizza with a mother's desire to bring her husband back home and a low-rent thug's desire for easy money. The film also metaphorically accounts the world of the 'Haves' and their desire for the little things in lives that eludes them and the desires invoked by television, which teaches us to salivate over things we never knew, otherwise existed. In a world divided, the desires explored through the film showcase a world filled with expectations and aspirations -- an entry ticket to an Exclusive Club.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film grabbed me because of its excellent and touching story. Two young boys, brothers who live in the slums of Mumbai India, along with their mother and grandmother struggle to survive in a world of poverty while their father is in jail. This film contains great emotional elements including humor. I was inspired by the closeness and connection of the brothers who were able to know what the other was thinking and come up with ideas to raise the money they needed to reach their goals. This is a film the entire family could enjoy. For me, it brought back memories of childhood. The opening scene offers an interesting way to deal with a bed wetting issue. Another production element I enjoyed is the use of music and the sounds of the train tracks, giving you the sense of living in the slums of the city. It is inspiring in the way it portrays goal setting and determination. Highly recommended for ages 6 to 18 and adults will enjoy this as well. Reviewed by Juanita S.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I would recommend this movie for a youth and even adult audience. It has an excellent story and a great message. I really liked the way the film portrays the wonderful relationship between the two brothers and their family. The set looks very original, just like slum area in India. The acting by all the characters is excellent especially the two brothers. The film gave me a sense of gratitude to be thankful for all the facilities I have and made me realize how kids like me and my brother in another part of the world might have to struggle so much just to get a bite of pizza. The film also portrays how people assume and take kids for granted and insult them such as these boys who have no money to pay for pizza since they are from the slums. The quality of movie is excellent especially the cinematography. All the characters and kids look like people from a slum in Maharashtra. The location seems very real life. The sound quality also is good and clear. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for an audience between ages 8 and 18. And, I believe adults will also love this movie. This movie has a great flow right from beginning to end. It shows a poor family from the Maharashtra state in India and the struggles they go through. It has an interesting middle and a tense ending. It is surely a watchable movie. The relationship between the brothers in the movie was very touching because it really presents an actual sibling relationship. The movie really appealed to me as it gave me a sense of gratitude to everything we get from our parents which we take for granted. I believe children will enjoy this movie because it is shows a child's point of view. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Arjun N. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.
Runtime: 100 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: NY TIMES V. UNITED STATES

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FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: NY TIMES V. UNITED STATES
THE DOCUMENTARY GROUP
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - This documentary examines the First Amendment's protection of a free press as well as the historic origins of this right and the ramifications of the landmark ruling in New York Times v. United States, the Pentagon Papers case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that prior restraint is unconstitutional. Justice Hugo Black wrote: "Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government..."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. The information is very appealing, as is the approach to the storytelling. It never gets boring and uses multiple filmmaking techniques to tell the story visually and orally. It is informative and very appealing to its target audience. The development is beautiful in style. It is a perfectly constructed documentary. It starts with our origins which serves as exposition. It transitions to rising action which would be the WWI segment. Then it goes to a climax regarding the Pentagon Papers and concludes nicely. It employs beautiful animated work and filmmaking magic. The editing is top notch and the cinematography is nice. There are very good filmmaking techniques used. Recommended for ages 13 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Recommended. The information is very appealing, as is the approach to the storytelling. It never gets boring and uses multiple filmmaking techniques to tell the story visually and orally. It is informative and very appealing to its target audience. The development is beautiful in style. It is a perfectly constructed documentary. It starts with our origins which serves as exposition. It transitions to rising action which would be the WWI segment. Then it goes to a climax regarding the Pentagon Papers and concludes nicely. It employs beautiful animated work and filmmaking magic. The editing is top notch and the cinematography is nice. There are very good filmmaking techniques used. Recommended for ages 13 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


STELLA AMORE

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STELLA AMORE
OH!PEN ITALIA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Stella Amore is a girl and her shoe size is 28 and a half. Today is a very important day for her, because she's about to fulfill her greatest dream: being an actress. But the magic world of cinema is not as magic as she thought, it is also made of people that no longer believe in dreams, and on the contrary some of them like to destroy them. How will Stella react to this new cruel and silly reality?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I am so in love with the color palate of this film. The costumes are so great because they look really good on camera. It is eye catching and full of color. The director really spent time on props and making the movie set look like a movie set with trailers, props table, and craft services. The story takes through every aspect of shooting a film: costume, hair and makeup, waiting room, and on set. The story looks even more believable with the amount of extras in the background standing in as a crew member. The most appealing thing about this film is the camera that the film was shot on. There are very clear images of the actors and the color scheme makes the film more visually appealing. It definitely has a clear beginning, middle and end. The director includes subtitles in the film but the language is spoken so clearly. For people that are, like me, trying to learn some Italian, watching this film is a way to pick on some words and learn about the culture. The overall message and moral of the story is appropriate. However, the film does say one curse word throughout it - the word "bitch". I think a child would definitely enjoy this film because it shows what is like to be a child actor. The director really tackles all of the little things that actors must go through when shooting a film. It is about a young girl pursuing a big dream. Overall the film has great cinematography, costumes and a strong plot. I really related to this story because that's what it is like being on set with adults. They are all grumpy and tired and want to go home as soon as possible. They have to deal with divas and repeating the same motion for hours at a time, just to shoot one scene. The director definitely answers the question that most young kids have "What's it like being a movie actress?" Recommended for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Shelby R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The movie is overall very cute. It is a nice story that makes you smile and the protagonist is incredibly likable. The film is lit beautifully so it is very vibrant, attributing to a lighthearted tone. I would buy this film. I believe a child would enjoy this because it is clearly shot and it is a story that is easy to follow. It flows very well, and has a clear exposition, climax, and conclusion. It clearly makes sense, and is immensely watchable. There is one word in particular that may not be suitable for children, but it isn't wasted or used for shock value. It's used for effective comic effect. The film is shot beautifully. It is clear and crisp and everything can be seen. The colors are vibrant and the lighting makes the movie very appealing to watch. I enjoyed the sets and the Italian actors who are quite charming especially Eleonora Gentileschi. The dialogue is in Italian with English sub-titles. Recommended for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WHAT'S WEARING MUMMY

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WHAT'S WEARING MUMMY
MARIANA NASCIMENTO
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - What's Wearing Mummy? tells the story of two little sisters, Sofia and Matti, who believe their mother has been taking over by aliens due to her suspicious behavior, and will do anything in their power to get mummy back.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is one of the best student films I have seen this season. It is very well written, acted and executed. Great video and audio. Excellent performances by all the actors. Fun and imaginative storyline. I would love to see this expanded into a feature! Highly recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners for ages 8 through 12 and could go older, to 18 and adults. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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PRIYANATH

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PRIYANATH
ANIETIE ANTIA-OBONG
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Six year-old Priyanath imagines himself to be a superhero taking down imaginary villains with his extraordinary powers. But when he learns of a real danger near his home, Priyanath must decide if he's actually got what it takes to be a real life superhero.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this film for our film festival partners. The story is simple and is acted out realistically. It has a good message about looking fear in the face and having courage to deal with it. The acting is quite good and the film is suitable for school aged children. It is truly entertaining, makes sense and has a happy conclusion. It teaches your to look fear in the face. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Denise B. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


VISIT TO AUSCHWITZ, A

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VISIT TO AUSCHWITZ, A
LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - This is a documentary about a group of middle school students traveling to Poland with Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor for the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. The video is from the kids' perspective. It includes highlights of the trip and reflections of what they learned.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This middle school student production is remarkable in that it offers insight into the history of the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz and Holocaust survivors. This film would be suitable for history teachers to show to their students when studying the history of the Holocaust. It provides an inside look by a group of middle school students who visited the camp on the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. This topic is very sensitive and something that anyone would watch and learn from. The production of the film is clear and clean and the audio is clear. My biggest concern in recommending it for inclusion in a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is that it lacks the pace and entertainment value for a film festival. The narrative is a bit too laid back and I am uncertain that the film quality would show well on the big screen. The beginning of the film, which tells the background of the story, has no video. It is all done with still pictures and a voiceover. The cinematography, visuals, and sound track are very simple. The best part of this short film is that it was filmed in Auschwitz and we see the first hand experiences of the students who visited on this auspicious anniversary. I really like that this film takes place there as it offers an inside look at the place, the history and the people who survived as well as those who did not. The information presented here is accurate and specific. It is reliable, has legit sources and provides an interview with a survivor. The film flows well, is very clear and informational. It is structured smoothly and is understandable. Although the continuity and structure is well done, I question whether it would hold the attention of film festival attendees unless the festival's theme is about the Holocaust. In a general themed festival, the viewers may not find this well enough presented to hold their interest. I would have liked to seen more about the experience of the students who went on this trip, hear their comments and how this experience influenced them. That would have given it more personal appeal. I cannot wholeheartedly accept it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic although I admire the work. If accepted, it would be suitable for ages 11 to 18. Reviewed by Maria G., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is informative and made out of personal desire. The kids behind show genuine effort and care and are successful in their message. It shares a universal message that appeals to all ages capable of understanding. The language is age appropriate and the concept is carried through quite well. They didn't try to make it overly complex. It flows well and has a good arc. It is quite watchable. The only thing I'd say, is that certain moments captured of people talking or being interviewed are a tad long and perhaps having some different angles edited into those moments would help the pace. It is nicely shot in documentary style. The picture is clear and concise. The audio is quite acceptable. The kids behind this have such a passion and it shows. The use of their real life subjects are nearly expertly used and the style of the production is very close to being expert level as well. There are a few minor things here and there that could be improved, but overall, the drive with which the kids tell the story is too much to pass over. This deserves to be seen. Recommended for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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Media: VIDEO


ONE FRIEND

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ONE FRIEND
LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is an animation created by middle school students out of duck tape that shows the power of one person standing up for a victim of bullying / exclusion. It is a PSA reminding the viewer the power of one person standing up for another person has.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The original way in which this story is told is extremely appealing. It leaves a smile on your face. I can't get past its originality. This deserves to be seen, and a crime if it isn't. 52 seconds of great filmmaking. This movie is so very original in the way it was told. The 52 seconds it was on was pure bliss to watch. So interesting and so enjoyable. Very watchable. It's fitting for a youth audience group because of its simplicity. And the concept is so clearly presented. A child would enjoy this because of the objects used and how they're used. The effects used to cause the tape to roll in all different directions and continuously is very cool. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ELIMINATE HATE IN ONE GENERATION

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ELIMINATE HATE IN ONE GENERATION
LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a video about how hate causes a lack of peace in the world and leads to wars and genocides, Hate is learned and students encourage others to teach their kids to not hate so we can repair the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The message of this film is its strong point. As a middle school production, the production values are commendable. It does feel a bit didactic but you have to give credit to the young filmmakers who worked on this project. It is very watchable and has a variety of people of different ages and backgrounds give their opinions about what hate is and how to eliminate it. It would work well in a student film festival. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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Media: VIDEO


VOICE OF VISIT

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VOICE OF VISIT
YASER TALEBI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Roya is a small rural girls who wishes for her family to reunite. Her father is a coal miner who works far away from home. Her hardworking mother weaves rug and Roya helps her. One day, the postman delivers a letter from Roya`s father and everything changes. Director's Biography: Mitra Roohimanesh (Persian: ????? ???? ???) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Roohimanesh was born 1969 in Tehran, Iran. Roohimanesh began her artistic career as a director of photography. She entered the world of cinema as a director and later as an Producer of documentaries. His works have often received admiration in national film festivals.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This touching story brought tears to my eyes. The love between the father and mother and their daughter, while dealing with the harsh realities of their lives is something that is expressed throughout the film. The filmmaking is well executed with beautiful visuals and thoughtful editing. It makes you think about how much of your own life you take for granted. It gives us insight into another culture as we see how hard the lives are of the father working as a miner and the mother as a rug weaver. Recommended for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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Media: VIDEO


PIGEONHOOD

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PIGEONHOOD
PARTHO GUPTE
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - My film is about the life cycle of a little pigeon, which came to be born in my own bedroom balcony. My film traces his 'coming of age' and examines his role in shaping my own development as a teenager. His fear of flying was no different from my fear of exams and somehow we both crossed those difficult times together. I will forever be grateful to him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This has a good message and compares the life of a teenager to the life of a pigeon. The photography and camerawork is a bit shaky at times, but the message is a wonderful one. This is a different but meaningful message about being a teenager. Showing the life of a pigeon in comparison to a teenager who is getting ready for the rest of his life is brilliant. It's a powerful and good message and I give it 3 out of 5 stars. It has potential. I am uncertain how well it will project on the big screen. The music is good and the narration is very positive, but at times the photography is slightly out of focus and shaky. It is suitable for teens but I'm not sure if a teen would lose interest. I think that a older teenager would get the message but am not sure about younger kids. The message it portrays is a wonderful one. Recommended for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed this movie and the way it compares a pigeon's life development and narrator's student life issues which is quite unique. There are no actors on screen and we only see pigeons and hear the narrator speaking. It is shot well. The sound quality is quite good and clear. I think it would play well at a film festival. The comparison of the pigeon's life and development to issues the narrator faces as a student is quite interesting. The set is mostly the balcony area of the narrator's house which looks natural. The camerawork is quite good. I recommend it for kids ages 10 to 18. They can relate to student life and challenges. It does show the life cycle of a pigeon until it is independent enough to fly. The comparison makes sense although I would say it is a one time watch film. It is appealing and different. Recommended for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Arjun N, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


RED TURTLE, THE

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SONY CLASSICAL
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A massive sea turtle destroys a stranded man's raft every time he tries to sail away from a tropical island.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The latest Studio Ghibli release, The Red Turtle is a quiet, visually stunning film that represents a new direction for the Japanese film studio. Directed by Dudok de Wit, the animated film is the first time the studio has commissioned a director from outside Japan.

The Red Turtle is a desert island, castaway story that morphs into a charming fairytale. A man is stranded on a desert island. He tries to leave by building a raft, but each time he gets shipwrecked by a red turtle. The rest of the story is magical, so I don't want to be a spoiler. The story is completely told through imagery. There is no real dialogue in the film.

The animation is quite beautiful. It appears to be hand-painted with water colors. It does not have a saturated, south seas palette as one would expect, but rather a more subtle use of color. Some of it monochromatic. The music helps tell the story as well. All the music goes well with the scenes, rising in intensity when needed.

This is a very contemplative film. At first, I thought it didn't fit into the Studio Ghibli oeuvre. But after thinking about the last few films from the studio, I see why they commissioned it. I'm thinking of the later Ghibli films from 2011 and onward - From Up on Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises, The Tale of Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There. They are all of a much softer palette and slower pace than earlier Ghibli films.

The other aspect that this film has in common with other Studio Ghibli films is its inventiveness. There are cute, charming creatures in The Red Turtle, which help move the story along and provide comic relief. Another is the Ghibli respect for nature and for dealing with important subjects, such as life and death, survival and ecology.

The Red Turtle is the complete opposite of today's fast-paced entertainment and, for that reason I think the film is appropriate for more mature kids, ages 13 to 18. Seen in context with other Ghibli films, it's a satisfying entertainment experience. I give the film 4 out of 5 stars.

Review by Clayton Pickard, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed the film The Red Turtle, even though I didn't understand some parts of it. This movie is mostly without words except words like "Hey!" and "Ugg!". It starts with a person being flung around by waves who then swims over to a boat that has tipped over. I'm guessing that might have been the boat he was in. Then we see him being washed up onto an island. He starts to explore and he thinks he sees another person but it's only seaweed. He hears a voice but it is only a seal. Then he goes out to explore the island and you get to see what it looks like. There is a mountain, a bamboo forest, a beach and a cluster of boulders. Next, he is on top of a mountain and yells out to see if anyone else is on the island. No one replies and he accepts that no one else on the island. He climbs back down and begins to search the jungle, finds a tree with fruit and begins to eat it. He also finds a little pond.

He is going along pretty well when he decides to build a raft to get of this island he is stranded on. He gathers bamboo to build the raft and, once he gets it done, he sets of to sea. A bit into the journey, his raft starts shaking and breaks apart. He does not find the source of his raft breaking and swims back to the island where he faces troubles and has to problem solve many times.

This film has a way of drawing you in and getting you emotionally connected to the characters, so you get worried when they are hurt or something bad happens. I believe that is a good thing to see in a movie because it means the people who made this film made it seem real. That is a good trait that films should have.

There is one thing that is not realistic, and that is the animation. Even though it does not look real, it is beautiful because of its amazing colors and the movement of the trees, water and animals. I also enjoyed the music which is lovely and shows the emotions that the characters are feeling which is definitely a good thing since there is no dialogue.

The Red Turtle is a wonderful movie that I would recommend for ages 7 to 18 and 4 � out of 5 stars because of its beauty.

KIDS FIRST! Reporter, Nathaniel B., age 10

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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DOG'S PURPOSE, A

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There are many movies that focus on a dog's world but not about what the dog is actually thinking. A Dog's Purpose does the opposite, by focusing on the dog and a dog's place in the world. This perfect story will make you laugh, cry and question the true purpose of life. The movie sets out to inspire the audience and does it by taking the main character through an emotional and long adventure filled with comedy, drama and even some romance.

The story begins with a happy puppy entering the world, ready to play and explore. Sadly for the puppy, his life doesn't last long. After passing away, the puppy is surprised to come back as a puppy again. This time in a different body. Soon, he becomes a family pet named Bailey and specifically, is a best friend to the son of the family. As time passes, the boy grows up and heads to college. Bailey passes away once again, but this time he's happy to have lived a long life with a human he loves. Bailey comes back again and again and again. Each time Bailey comes back as a different dog breed (or gender) with a different life purpose. Finally, after many lives, he realizes that his main purpose is to spend time with the people he loves and to help them in their lives as much as he can.

Only a few movies truly make me cry and, within the first 15 minutes, this became one of them. This was done not by blasting sad emotions with sad music at the viewer, but by building a real connection with the characters. The story doesn't put a smile on everything. It is realistic and very sad and depressing at times. People who own dogs, like me, will never look at their dogs the same way. They will look at them as true companions and family members.

I really enjoyed the voice-over (Josh Gad) for Bailey and his other incarnations. His voice-over work is phenomenal and suits all the dogs in the story so well. The cinematography is also spot on. It often shows specific scenes from the dog's perspective which is a genius idea and truly allows one to have a deeper connection with the character. The entire cast evokes emotion and keep a complex story entertaining.

The scene where Bailey/Ellie swim in the water is my favorite because it is an action-packed scene that is exciting but also very sad. Another reason to bring up this scene is that it is the scene that has elicited accusations of animal abuse by some animal activists. In this scene, you can clearly see the dog is not in distress. The dog is happy and greatly enjoying the activity as is the case for almost every single scene in the film. Throughout, you see things happening to the main character which would make anyone want to adopt a dog. The message of dog adoption is so strong that it makes me wonder why animal rights activists are boycotting this film when it does nothing but hurts this wonderful and inspirational story to come out and support animal adoption. A Dog's Purpose will inspire hundreds, if not thousands, to go out and adopt dogs to take care of and love.

A Dog's Purpose has some brutally sad facts about the world around us which would be too much for younger kids. There is also mild violence in several scenes, so I recommend it for ages 9 to 18. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for its beautiful message about the purpose of life, its call to action for dog adoption, spectacular voice-over work, emotional acting and unique cinematography. It opens in theaters nationwide on January 27, 2017 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

This charming, appealing film had me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It has many beloved scenes that captivates the audience's heart such as when Ethan saves Bailey from a steaming heat car and adopts the dog as his new companion. Additionally, throughout multiple scenes you see the heartwarming relationship and bond between dogs and their owners. For example, Maya has such a strong bond with her dog that the dog can guess what she is thinking.

The storyline of this film is about a caring dog (Josh Gad) following him through several lifetimes with several different humans as he discovers the purpose and the reason for his journey. Throughout his several lifetimes, every time he is reincarnated he comes back as a different breed, in a different decade and with a new owner. Although he meets several different owners and faces a different experience every time he is reincarnated, he is mostly impacted by Ethan (Bryce Gheisar) who is a young caring boy that rescues him. As Ethan matures and faces the challenges of life, their relationship will be lost but they are reunited in future years.

The idea and structure of this film is very creative and rare. Great attention is paid to all the details and ideas that make up this film. My favorite concept is how it's told from the point of view and perspective of the dog. I love that you can hear the dog's thoughts as he experiences several lives. I really like that every time he reincarnates he is a different breed of dog. For example, in one life he is a male German Shepherd who works with the Chicago Police Department and in another he is a college women's companion. All these different point of views make this film great, although it might get a bit repetitious every time he is born.

The protagonist of the film, Ethan, is played by three characters as they portray his different ages. Young Ethan is played by Bryce Gheisar (Walk the Prank, The Bus Stop). Young high school football star Ethan is played by K.J Apa (Riverdale). Adult Ethan is played by Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point, Frequency, The Day After Tomorrow).

Although this film is told by a dog and is about his experiences, there are several morals and messages that the viewer can take in. As the dog experiences five different decades from the 60s to the 90s, it tries to find its calling in life. This can be reflected in society, in the sense that each and everyone of us has a mission here on earth. Just like the loveable dog trying to figure out its journey and purpose, people also can relate to the goal of discovering what their calling is. Teenagers can particularly relate to this as they are maturing and discovering who they are as a person. I personally can connect with this moral and my philosophy in life is in sync with it - we all have a special unique purpose in this world.

I give A Dog's Purpose 5 out of 5 stars. It's a great film to watch with your friends and family. Its perfect for ages 6 to 18. Young adults and adults will also enjoy watching this heartfelt film about man's best friend. This film comes out January 27, 2017 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Maria G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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SPLIT

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 different personalities they have work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them. James McAvoy produces a master class performance playing the psychotic kidnapper and 24 roles.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Most importantly, I want to say that this movie is amazing! It is very well made! What I like most about it is the acting. The actors' performances truly deliver a great story. In particular, James McAvoy and Ana Taylor-Joy really stand out. They make you feel they truly are the characters they portray in the film. James McAvoy plays Kevin, the insane man that kidnaps three girls. His performance of this complex character is really incredible. Ana Taylor-Joy plays Casey Cook, one of the girls that is kidnapped. Additionally, the plot takes your breath away. M. Night Shyamalan's direction stands out. He is a master of this genre and this is excellent. The scenes are so well set up and all the questions get answered at the end of the movie. The movie is full of suspense, which I love! But, if you get scared easily, this might not be the film for you.

Kevin has a dissociative identity disorder, something that has always fascinated science. It is believed that some can also show unique physical qualities for each personality, which is Kevin's case. Though he has revealed 23 different personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, there remains one still hidden which is set to dominate all the others. By kidnapping three teenage girls, Kevin plays a war for survival among his different personalities and everyone around him, as everything around him collapses.

My favorite part of this film is when Casey starts winning one of Kevin's personalities. She is determined to do whatever it takes to run away, because she knows she could lose her life at any moment. And, one of those ways is to win his little boy personality to find a way out. She is super sneaky and super careful in how she does it, because she has to remember he is a psycho. I love this film because it shows how smart Casey is, how she knew what she was dong and how she had to do it. She almost achieves her goal in escaping, but Kevin turns back into another personality and reverts back to his original self. When he turns back, he does not let her do anything.

There aren't any lessons per se in this film other than not to befriend a psychopath. I recommend it to ages 14 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Split is in theater now so, if you like horror films, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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SPACE BETWEEN US, THE

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he's eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars - from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is visually breathtaking with magnificent scenes of the Grand Canyon, flowing Lakes in Colorado and the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas that make it difficult to say "What is your favorite thing about earth?" In my opinion, Gardener is a good example of what young people who are smart, inquisitive and have talent can create. He uses his life of 16 years on Mars to help him travel to and experience Earth. His example of determination and following a dream is inspirational for any age group. The behaviors in the film run both positive and negative. For example, we see negative behavior in the decision of Nathaniel Shephard (Gary Oldman), the founder of the space project to keep the birth of Gardner, the first child born on Mars a secret. On the other hand, an example of a person's respect for another is seen in Tulsa's willingness to show Gardner the wonders of Earth. She puts aside her anger and cynicism to show him the beauty of the Earth. The film gives us an opportunity to see the Earth from a different perspective. When Gardner asks, "What is your favorite thing about earth?" We are reminded of the differences between Mars and Earth in respect to the gravity and environment. I recommend this to ages 13 to 18. They will enjoy the relationship between Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield and Tulsa (Britt Robertson). Gardner, a young man born on Mars who desperately wants to travel to Earth connects with Tulsa, a young woman on Earth who is about to age out of foster care and is very angry about her life experiences. The most appealing element for me are the beautiful locations and breathtaking scenes of New Mexico, Las Vegas and California.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I loved this film because it is a romantic and dramatic science fiction film that took me to a whole other world with its amazing cinematography, advance futuristic technology, inspired acting, unique plot and unexpected ending. This film has many astonishing scenes that will make you want to visit space and take a trip to Mars. Most of my favorite scenes deal with Gardner experiencing planet Earth for the first time.

The story line is about Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), a young man who at age 16, has spent his whole life living on Mars as the first human born on that planet. On Mars, he lives in a bubble and was raised by astronaut scientists after his mother passes away. While searching for his biological father, Gardner builds an online friendship with a young Colorado teenage girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). After 16 years of living on Mars, Gardner receives the opportunity to visit Earth. He has two goals he desires to fulfill - meet his father and be united with his online friend Tulsa. Tulsa and Gardner go on adventurous expeditions to unite Gardner with his father while withstanding Earth's atmosphere. It's a race against time for Gardner to find out who he really is.

Fantasy and science fiction is a genre that I'm not really interested in, but I honestly enjoyed watching this film. During the 121 minutes of this film, there are several scenes and factors that contributed to my enjoyment - the relationship between Gardner and Tulsa, the scenery and the unique ending. The chemistry and unbreakable relationship between Tulsa and Gardner is truly heartening because they have totally opposite personalities, but complete each other. It is charming to see innocent Gardner win the heart of Tulsa by expressing his true feelings and emotions to her. Additionally, the various locations of the film, shot in New Mexico and California, are magnificent. As they are on their mission they see the beautiful, breathtaking scenery of the mountains and the astounding greenery of the forests. Furthermore, I love the ending of the film. it is very unexpected and different from typical Hollywood movies.

The Space between Us has a heart warming message relating to home, family and belonging. Young, intelligent Gardener hacks the computer system on Mars, doing whatever it takes to gather every bit of information about his mother and father. The love he has for his father and the ambition he has to meet him is truly inspiring. The importance and value of family and home is reflected throughout this science fiction film.

Each of the actors' contributions to the film is incredible. The young English actor, Asa Butterfield plays the first human born on Mars, Gardner Elliot. This talented 19-year-old actor has long career ahead of him. He has been in several other films such as: Ender's Game, Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and several others. Britt Robertson plays the rebellious, fearless and adventurous Tulsa. She is highly known for her role in Tomorrowland, The Longest Ride and A Dog's Purpose. Gary Oldman plays the character of Nathaniel Shepherd, one of the incredible scientists in charge of the trip to Mars. Known for his role in Harry Potter and The Dark Knight, the renowned Carla Gugino, plays Gardner's mother and scientist. She is known for Elektra Luxx, Spy Kids, Night at The Museum among several others.

I highly recommend this science fiction and fantasy film to ages of 13 to 18. Teens will enjoy watching this film because of the endearing relationship and charm between Tulsa and Gardner. Adults will also find the film fascinating with Gardner's mission of finding his father and surviving in the Earth's atmosphere. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend that you to catch this film at your local theater when it opens February 3, 2017.

By Maria Guerrero, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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FOUNDER, THE

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WEINSTEIN CO, THE
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed this movie. I thought it was provoking and made me look at McDonald's in a different way. I am a huge McDonald's fan and I have to say, I still am, but after watching the origin story, my view is slightly tainted.

The story is about a man named Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) who is always looking for the next big thing. He comes across a small burger stand called McDonald's, where he promises to help the brothers who created McDonald's turn their burger stand into a franchise. After they agree, Ray slowly becomes more and more obsessed with money and corporate greed.

I will say that one thing that is really good about this movie is how amazing it is paced. Ray's transformation isn't rushed and that's how it becomes believable. You see him becoming more of an antagonist over the course of the film. And, it's actually sad to watch a decent man turn evil so easily. Michael Keaton is excellent in his portrayal of Ray Kroc. The story begins and ends with a monologue that Keaton nails. He gets very invested in his role and it creates a believable character that is very human.

I certainly didn't expect it to be so dark. This is the company that brings Americans Happy Meals. My favorite scene is when the brothers tell Ray about how they set up the first McDonald's. This scene is the first scene that really sets them up as characters and it is really well done. I genuinely liked the brothers and their relationship. They definitely are each other's best friend.

The sets and costumes are also pretty genuine. This movie takes place in the 1950s and the set directors and costume designers have outdone themselves at making the film look authentic to that period. The recreation of the original Golden Arches, right down to the hamburger wrappings is spot on.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18. Adults will most likely enjoy it as well and it certainly is not suitable for really young kids. Whether you like eating at McDonald's or not, I recommend going and checking out The Founder when it comes out in theaters on January 20th, 2017.

Review by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

The Founder is an entertaining, fascinating and interesting film that gives you a glimpse of the formation of one of the greatest and powerful food restaurant chain in America and worldwide - McDonald's. Throughout the film you experience the historical formation of this corporation and discover how a 50-year-old became the owner of a dominant corporation. As a viewer, I personally love the concept of the film and the rich iconic history of this massive food chain.

Ray Kroc, a salesman, finds himself struggling selling milkshake machines for a couple bucks to support himself and his wife, Ethel Croc. As a salesman living in Illinois in the 1950s, Kroc has to face numerous rejections and several doors slamming in his face before he rises to become CEO of a grand corporation. On a drive across Route 66, Kroc comes across a family-friendly restaurant whose philosophy is "30 seconds and not 30 minutes." Amazed by this unique concept, Kroc will do whatever it takes to franchise and popularize this exclusive restaurant.

American actor Michael Keaton delivers the perfect performance as Ray Kroc. Keaton's physical appearance and excellent acting skills bring us a perfectly believable ruthless, greedy, egotistical portrayal of Ray Kroc. Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation) plays the McDonald brother who invented the idea of the "speedy system" and the iconic "golden arches." The supportive brother Mac McDonald is played by John Caroll Lynch, known for several film such as Shutter Island, Gran Torino and Zodiac. This review would be amiss without giving kudos to the film's amazing director, John Lee Hancock and its writer Robert D. Siegel.

I really enjoyed watching this movie and watching the history of McDonald's unravel before my eyes. I like how the director and producers made this film so precisely accurate to the actual events that took place. The history of McDonald's is fascinating and intriguing. Minutes after the film, I was on my phone reading and learning more about its rich history. I learned that the director used exact locations, exact character names and exact details to produce this documentary exactly as he could.

A clear and straightforward message is depicted throughout the 115 minutes of the film. A message of persistence and ambition can be seen through the actions of Mr. Kroc. He was a 50-year-old struggling business man who faced rejection after rejection, yet he does not give up or stop from archiving his dream. It's his persistence, hunger to succeed and ambition that lead him to achieve his goal. There is something we can all learn form Kroc, since we all have personal dreams and goals.

As a history lover myself, I recommend this film to any history enthusiast who is interested in learning about the formation of McDonald's. I also recommend this film to ages 15 to 18 and believe adults will enjoy this too. I give this documentary four out of five stars. It is playing in theaters now so, go check it out.

By Maria Guerrero, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, 17

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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ANAA

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ANAA
ASAL GHARIB
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 9-18
Topic - Family
Description - In a stricken village by earthquake, a boy with his friends search an intact television to watch football match. ( This innovative documentary focuses on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in East Azerbaijan. We follow the lives of several children in the temporary camps set up to provide relief to those who lost their home in the village of Bajeh Baj. Interestingly, the children themselves take control of the sound and filming, creating a first-hand glimpse of the disorder their lives have become. Director Asal Gharib's interactions with the children and other villagers provide additional insight into the realities of coping with a major natural disaster. )
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Anaa has good visual appeal, sound and clarity. This is a very inspirational type film showing that even in the worst circumstances, people, especially children can find joy and happiness. I really enjoyed watching this documentary because it is a good story about a boy and his friends who live in a village devastated by an earthquake. They are a group of determined young people who are in search of a TV so they can watch an upcoming football game. These children exhibit such joy and happiness despite their village having been destroyed. The film begins with an overview of the village after the earthquake. You view the landscape and see some of the adult villagers and the happy children. The film has excellent cinematography, sound and vision. It takes place in East Azerbaijan in the village of Bajeh Baj. One scene I found particularly interesting is the conversation between Akbar, young man who is the primary videographer and Reza. They are discussing the plight of their village and asking about being punished by GOD because the village did not fulfill their religious obligation of fasting. The interaction and language are interesting and suitable for the age of the audience. I recommend this for ages 8 to 18. The filmmaker, Asal Gharib is a woman with a BA in cinema and an accomplished actress and filmmaker. We are delighted to accept for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Recommended for ages 9 to 18. Reviewed by Juanita Seon L., KIDS FIRST! Jury
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Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


SLEEPTALKER

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SLEEPTALKER
JILLIAN LEBLING
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - A group of girls go to a sleepover. There is one girl that doesn't quite fit in, but maybe the sleeptalker can help with that.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Sleeptalker is a creative film with a plot line that isn't often seen and would be enjoyable for the majority of the family to watch together. It's suspenseful, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and keeps you wondering what's going to happen next. This is a good movie for just about anyone mainly because it's really easy to relate to the main character, Meghan (Jillian Lebling), when she is being bullied by the other girls. I think what Meghan's alter ego says to the mean girl is along the lines of something we've all probably wanted to say to someone who was being mean to us at some point in our lives. Children will enjoy this because everyone can relate to the main character, Meghan, who's the subject of bullying. Kids can be mean this film has an interesting plot twist that turns the meannies around. It has a slight suspenseful feel to it, but there are no jump scares or anything really scary at all. This short film is about a young girl, Meghan, who is disliked by some of the girls in her class and yet invited to a class sleepover. During the night, there is a mix-up of identities and the result is that the meanest girl tells everyone to stop being mean to Meghan. The plot line is creative and not overly done. It's very relatable because most people have been bullied at some point in their life. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what's going to happen next. It flows rather well and gives you a little backstory on what is going on before we get to the scene where the meannie goes into action. It's suitable for the target age group and while some may say it's a horror film, there is really nothing scary in it and it doesn't give off much of a horror movie vibe. All of the language is understandable and not outrageous and none of it would go over a child's head. The cinematography is well done and smooth. As are the transitions between scenes. The sound is pretty good, always understandable with occasional room noise in the background. Directed by Jillian Lebling, a versatile young actress who played Peggy Donovan in Bridge of Spies and Elizabeth Keen on The Blacklist. Happy to accept for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 8 to 15. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
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Media: DVD


SUMMER WITH MONKEY KING

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SUMMER WITH MONKEY KING
EWING LUO
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - A five-year-old Chinese girl's dream to become a "boys-only" superhero.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This movie is adorable and fun to watch. The whole time, you'll find yourself rooting for the little girl. You might even find your heart breaking when she's told she can't play the Monkey King because she's not a boy (I know I did). This is a fun, heartwarming movie for the whole family to watch. This short film is about a little girl who wants to play the Monkey King in her class play. Repeatedly, she is told she can't be the Monkey King because she is a girl, has long hair and she might get hurt practicing kung fu. She finally convinces her teacher to let her audition for the part and the entire class votes for her to play the Monkey King. What is most appealing about this film is watching the little girl overcome the obstacles that prevent her from doing what she wants to do just because she is a girl. The message of this movie is very important and very clear: just because you are a girl, doesn't mean you can't achieve what you want to achieve. A child would like this film because of how relatable it is. We're often told when we're young that we can't do this or that because of multiple reasons. Any kid would like to see that they are not the only one who gets told things like that, and then see this young girl achieve what she wanted. I definitely think it's a very important film for little girls to see so they know that they can do whatever they put their mind to and shouldn't listen to people who tell them they can't do something just because they're a girl. The movie flows very well. While the movie dialogue is in Chinese, the English subtitles are easy to follow and understand. The vocabulary is suitable for the target age group and the subtitles move slowly enough that you can read them. The cinematography is impeccable. Everything is perfectly clear and the camera moves smoothly and captures everything quite well. The sound is crisp, clear and easy to hear. Happy to accept for play in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Recommended for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
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Media: DVD


CHASING RABBITS

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CHASING RABBITS
JACOB SMITH 2017 FF
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Thirteen year-old Ericka suspects her mom might be a spy and launches her own espionage effort - with her best friend - to find out what's really going on.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a cute family-centered, female lead movie that is fun for the whole family. Just about anyone of any age would enjoy this. It's adventurous and suspenseful as we wonder whether Ericka's mom is a secret agent or if Ericka is just overreacting. The storyline follows a girl, Ericka, who thinks her mom is a spy. Ericka and her friend Maggie do a bit of their own spying to try to discover what Ericka's mom is up to, only to find out the other spy her mom is meeting is actually her dad. Little does she know that both of her parents have a big secret. Children will enjoy the spy aspect of this film. It's adventurous and fun and I think it would really keep kids hooked and on the edges of their seats, wondering how it's all going to turn out. Everything flows really well. It all makes perfect sense while watching it. The cinematography is done very well, especially the parts that were filmed by the drone. The drone is a very nice addition and contributed to the overall camera work. The sound is clear and understandable and the editing is quite smooth. While it is definitely suitable for the indicated aged group with age-appropriate language and easy to follow plot, it's also fun enough for parents and other adults to enjoy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: DVD


MALTESE GUINEA PIG, THE

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MALTESE GUINEA PIG, THE
LUKE GRANDMONT
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - When the grade 4 class pet goes missing, self-proclaimed sleuth, Samuel Stapleton takes the case, uncovering playground secrets and classroom conspiracies in his search for the beloved guinea pig. From Canada, in English.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Maltese Guinea Pig is a family friendly movie that everyone will enjoy. It's adventurous and just a tad bit thrilling, making you wonder just what happened to the class pet, Sprinkles. The detective aspect gives the movie a really fun and creative vibe, which makes the movie great for everyone, even parents. This movie taps into the old style of detective movies on occasion. The storyline is about Sam's class's pet that goes missing and he's on the case. Sam runs all over town trying to figure out where Sprinkles went. The self-proclaimed detective is completely puzzled until the last day of class before summer break when he notices something that cracks the case wide open. Children would really enjoy this because of its story line. The detective style telling of the story really makes it fun to watch. The story flows really well. Everything is in chronological order which helps make it easy to follow. The vocabulary and concepts are well suited for the age group. It is really easy and fun to understand and follow along with. The cinematography is well done. I particularly enjoined how it switched between color and black and white. The sound is clear and easy to understand. Very enjoyable. Recommended for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
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Media: DVD


MY HAGGAN DREAM

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MY HAGGAN DREAM
STEPHANI GORDON
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - On the island of Saipan, a young girl's mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles that live around her home. Join her adventure to find turtles, which leads to a wonderful birthday wish.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary style, short film is about a girl named Kaya who has a dream about sea turtles. In the dream, a haggan (also known as the green sea turtle) comes to Kaya and asks her, "If I was born on this island, where will my children be born?" Kaya then goes on a mission to figure out the answer to that question. In her expedition to find the truth, she learns about sea turtles and how they're endangered. For her birthday, her friends and her put signs up around the beach to help warn people to be observant and make sure not to do anything that could harm the sea turtles. This is a lovely film to get kids and adults alike interested in environmental and animal awareness. I think children would enjoy this short film because it makes caring about animals and the environment more fun. Everything flows rather nicely. It all makes sense and no parts seem to be missing or anything that would make it potentially confusing. This film fits well for the intended age group. It features a kid which will help children relate to it and it also shines a light on important issues which can reach both children and adults. The cinematography is excellent and clear. The scenes filmed underwater are truly outstanding. The sound is crisp, clear and easy to understand. Happy to accept this and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


DRIFTING AWAY (A LA DERIVE)

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DRIFTING AWAY (A LA DERIVE)
FABIAN DRIEHORST
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Paul dreams to go sailing with his father one day. But his father tumbles into a depression and literally dissolves right before his eyes. The film is pervaded with a sense of melancholy, but also hope, as the son helps his father along the elder's journey, thus pulling the entire family out of its lethargy. In French and Spanish with English sub-titles.

World Premiere, Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival; Kosovo Premiere, Anibar Animation Film Festival; Serbia Premiere, Animanima; Animasyros Animation Film Festival; Anima Mundi Animation Film Festival; Chicago Int'l Children's Film Festival; Cinekid Film Festival, Cinemagic Chilcren's Int'l Film Festival, Nordic Film Days; Los Angeles Children's Film Festival and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This hand-drawn, moving animation has won a number of awards at prestigious film festivals and rightly so. Every cinematic element is carefully crafted and rendered. The slow pace augments the theme and content, and also allows for the painterly images to be relished. Excellent use of the tools of film in an animated format -- pan, close-up, zoom, editing, etc. Soundtrack is on point with the action and the added mood music is evocative. Every detail is significant to both the inner worlds and outer worlds portrayed. The story line of the film, a father's depression and withdrawal from life, as seen through the eyes of his young son, packs an emotional punch, however the theme is sensitively rendered and handled deftly with a clever animated component. I would say the film is suitable for younger teens with discussion (which the film naturally provokes) and for older teens and adults. Not an easy subject...but with the right age grouping, it would provoke discussion. You should know there is one swear word used (s**t), and the theme may be considered "heavy" for some kids. Reviewed by Ann B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


LOST & FOUND

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LOST & FOUND
MISS MELODEE STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Sent to spend the summer with their uncle on a remote island, young brothers Andy and Mark learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace...taking with him the secret to a vast fortune. Delving into the mysterious past, the brothers discover that their grandfather designed a complex treasure hunt, a hunt that could lead to unimaginable wealth and heal their broken family - if they can find it in time. Sinister forces also search for the money and will stop at nothing to keep the boys from their quest. As the adventure unfolds, the boys learn that the bonds of family are the most valuable riches of all, and that some family secrets can't stay buried forever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed watching Lost & Found. It has elements of mystery, combined with compassion and underlying evil. It has Star Power. Lost & Found opens with Andy Walton (Justin Kelly) competing in a swim meet. Winning the meet can mean a scholarship for college. Andy, an excellent swimmer mentions that he can hold his breath for 90 seconds. Andy does not win and the disappointment sends his life in a different direction.

After breaking the law, he is sent to spend the summer with an unknown uncle. Uncle Trent (Jason Patrick) lives on the remote island, once owned by his grandfather. He and his younger brother Mark (Benjamin Stockham) learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace, taking with him the secret to a huge fortune.

The boys discover a challenging treasure hunt and follow the clues with hope of finding the treasure in time to save and heal their broken family. Along the way, they face many obstacles. Andy is not happy about having his younger brother Mark tag along, but later realizes and comes to appreciate Mark's loyalty and knowledge. I liked one scene in which Mark is lying in bed with his life jacket on and Andy asks him why? He replies to Andy because "Mom" told me to keep it on" and besides it is cozy.

There is a small side story about young love between Andy and Claire Broman (Celeste Desjardins). Claire is the daughter of John Broman (Cary Elwes), who is seeking the Walton fortune and wants to change the island.

Since Lost & Found takes place on a remote costal island, it has a cloudy, mysterious feel. It is filmed partly along the coast of Washington state and Canada. It has good production values and would work well on the big screen. It is very watchable and I plan to watch it again. It has several lessons appropriate for the entire family. The main lesson is voiced in a statement "what we do in the dark will come out in the light." Keeping secrets from family members can lead to discord, anger and pain. I recommend this film for ages 8 to 18 and adults will enjoy it also. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. This is an independent production with big production values so, look for it at your local Film Festival or on DVD. Discover the results of Andy and Mark's treasure hunt! Reviewed by Juanita L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - With beautiful filming locations and promising filmmakers, this Indie film is wonderfully entertaining. The story is about teenage brothers (Benjamin Stockham & Justin Kelly) who embark on a treasure hunt to restore their family's lost fortune. The directors and producers noble attempt at making a fun family treasure hunt film are evident in the production aspect. Joseph Itaya, who has been a part of incredible short films in the past like Monsoon, sits in the directing chair of his first feature and manages to make the look of the film riveting. Delightful use of lighting and outdoor sites invite people right into the adventure. However, looks can only go so far and where this film falls a bit short is in the screenplay. Some lines are droll and there is an unnecessary plot twist. Even with its minor bumps, if you're looking for a campy mystery, Lost and Found will provide enough entertainment for movie night with the family. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Keefer B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: FeatureFilm


BUNYAN & BABE

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Series: ANIMATED FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Travis (Johnny Orlando) and his sister Whitney visit their grandparents for the summer and stumble upon the evil plan of a greedy land developer (Kelsey Grammer) to steal the land of the town's longtime residents. While running from one of the developer's goons, Travis falls through a magical portal which transports him to the world of American hero, Paul Bunyan (John Goodman) & his pet ox, Babe (Jeff Foxworthy). Bunyan and Babe get wrapped up in a brand new adventure, and with the help of their new friends Travis and Whitney, they save the town. Together they learn firsthand that you don't have to be big to do big things. Starring John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, Jeff Foxworthy, Mark Hamill and Johnny Orlando (YouTube Sensation)
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film has entertainment value and also teaches an important lesson. The characters are a strong point and I love the story line. It's original and creative. A young boy goes with his sister to his Grandparent's farm. The young boy, who loves his video games and cell phone, goes off to nature which is a great lesson in itself, but there is much more to the story. There are the greedy villains, who are twin brothers, that need to be defeated. The young boy transports back in time to the time period of Paul Bunyan and Babe. This film flows well and the animation and sound effects really bring it to life. It also has star power with characters being voiced by Kelsey Grammer, John Goodman, Jeff Foxworthy and Mark Hamill. I give this 5 out of 5 stars for its excellent entertainment value and powerful message. I recommend it for ages 7-18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is really unique and interesting. I have never before seen a plot quite like this. The events that happen are quite unusual and I really enjoyed how the ending turned out.

The film follows Travis (Johnny Orlando) who encounters some challenges when he goes to his grandparent's farm for the summer. By accident, he travels to a different world and gets some big help from the legendary Paul Bunyan (John Goodman) and his talking blue ox, Babe. When they get back to the normal world, they realize that he didn't just end up in a different world for no reason. He is chased after witnessing Blackstone, a magician, hypnotize a store owner and force her to sell her land to him. Blackstone's bodyguard is the one who chased him. Eventually, everyone realizes that Blackstone and his brother, Norm Blandsford (Kelsey Grammer) a greedy land developer, are working together. They realize the problem is bigger than they initially thought.

I love how John Goodman's voice perfectly fits what I think Paul Bunyan might sound like. His voice is deep and strong like a macho man, which seems really fitting. I also liked how Travis (Johnny Orlando) uses his voice to help us know what Travis is feeling. For example, when Travis wants to help Paul Bunyan find Babe, his voice sounds really determined, which shows the audience how persevering he is.

The animation is spectacular. I particularly enjoyed seeing how the body language of each character shows what they are feeling. I also enjoyed seeing Blackstone's hypnotic device on his hand. It is amazing how the animators made the light look like it was going toward the character and not just staying on the screen of the device. I almost felt like I was being hypnotized myself!

My favorite part of the film is when Babe escapes and starts drinking the toxic water. It amused me that he was so careless. I couldn't believe that he didn't see how the color of the water was abnormal and it looked really gross. It was funny to me when Norm Blandsford sees Babe who is just lying there, out cold.

This film's message is one that many children and even adults can relate to - even though you are small, you can still do big things. This doesn't only mean small size-wise. It can also mean small, as in just one person in a big world. This message encourages people to keep trying and to never give up, no matter what challenges are in your way, such as being small. The message can also inspire people to not limit themselves as to what they can do, because of things they can't control, such as being small, not pretty, or not being smart. This message is very important and could help a lot of people get over their insecurities and be more confident in themselves.

I really enjoyed watching this movie and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to ages of 4 to 10. You can watch this fantastic film on Google Play on January 12 and in theaters February 3. You should definitely check out this awesome movie. I think you'll be glad you did.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The tall tale legends that everyone loves are back in this terrific, animated adventurous comedy. Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue talking Ox are hilarious once again they bring adventure and fun to Minnesota. I love the tales about Paul Bunyan and Babe, and how they can chop down tress with one swift whack of Paul's Ax. Babe is always by his side to help him, no matter how far they have to travel together. I am so happy to learn about this new comical animated film of 2017. It is the perfect movie to start the year off with your friends and family.

My favorite character is Travis because he is goodhearted, adventurous and comical. He shows that, by helping his grandparents around the farm where he lifts pumpkins, plants seeds and rakes leaves. He does all this because he is compassionate and protective about his grandparents and his family. He also has a funny since of humor and knows how to make a quick remark or two.

The scene when Travis first meets Paul Bunyan is hilarious. This scene reminds me of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, when she falls down it and how everything flouts around and it seems like there is no gravity. Paul is pretending to be a mean scary giant like the one from Jack and the Bean Stalk. He even repeats the lines from the giant. In a deep voice, he threatens to eat him and grind his bones but not even Paul Bunyan cannot keep a straight face.

The animation is great with many dimensions and it makes the story quite believable. There are great details and the scene where Paul Bunyan pushes a car is humorous, especially the expressions on the passengers' faces. And, since they do not know how to drive, it's doubly funny. The scenery made me want to take a visit to the country and go to a fair.

The story begins with a young boy named Travis (Johnny Orlando) who goes to his grandparents farm with his sister Whitney (Lola Wayne Villa). When his Grandpa (Mark Hamill, Star Wars - the one and only Luke Skywalker) asks him to buy a tape measurer, he is chased by a stranger and falls into a tree that leads him to the world of Paul Bunyan and Babe. Paul Bunyan (John Goodman) and Babe (Jeff Foxworthy) help Travis by getting him home to his grandparent's farm. While Travis is with Paul and Babe he finds out that an evil, greedy land developer and his brother who is a hypnotist (Kelsey Grammer) are trying to hypnotize the townspeople to get them sell their land. While they are trying to do this, Travis's Grandma (Kay Cole) is protesting against the mall they plan to build.

I recommend this to ages 6 to 18. Kids will love the funny jokes, the bright animation and the quirky characters and the fun plot. Adults will also like the silliness of the film, but it isn't too silly so they will also enjoy it with their family. It is the perfect way to relax and have a good time smiling and laughing with your favorite tall tale legends and some new characters as well. I give this film 5 out of 5 gigantic blue talking stars.

By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


MONSTER TRUCKS

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is the fun, adventurous comedy that is perfect for the whole family. In this stupendous movie, there is a fun story line, quirky characters and terrific graphics. The way they incorporate each and every person's unique talents and personality traits is incredible. On top of that, there is an adorable comedic monster that is not scary but cute, silly and goodhearted.

This movie is about a teenager named Tripp (Lucas Till) and his tutor Meredith (Jane Levy). One day, Tripp finds a remarkable creature that has never been heard of before. He decides to keep the creature and names him Creech. Tripp makes a huge truck where he can keep Creech inside and use Creech as the engine. He then has to get Creech back home with the help of Meredith. The oil people, which only loves money, want him dead. If people find out about him they will want to study him and protect him. This would cause the company to shut down.

My favorite scene is when Creech Meredith and Tripp are hiding and doing a speed chase with the evil people who want to take Creech away from them to experiment on him. I love this because Creech is climbing walls, jumping on top of buildings and driving on top of the roofs. The graphics in this scene are spectacular and had me staring in awe at how well are executed. The characters have some hilarious jokes that had me laughing until my stomach hurt.

My favorite characters are Creech and Meredith. I love him because he is funny, adorable, sweet and silly. I usually do not like creepy squids but this one is adorable. He provides comic relief that will have you smiling and laughing all the way. Meredith is the smart, quirky kind one who just wants to do what's right and help everyone that she can. Tripp is also very humorous and goodhearted and I love that about him. He brings the film to life and has you cheering for him throughout the movie.

I recommend this to kids ages 7 to 18. Kids will love the characters that they can relate to, the adorable monster Creech and the story. Adults will love the graphics and the well written jokes. It is perfect for the whole family as a silly, feel good movie. I give this 5 out of 5 Monster Truck Stars.

By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I really enjoyed watching the film Monster Trucks. It is a very action packed, science filled and exciting. It's a film that will have younger views hooked from the very beginning. The animation, cast and storyline all help tie this movie together in a way that is so amazing.

The story is about Tripp (Lucas Till) who lives in a small town that he isn't all that fond of. He builds a Monster Truck from pieces of scrapped cars. After an unexpected accident at a oil-drilling site called Trevaax, a strange creature is let loose who meets Tripp and Meredith (Jane Levy). The three set out on a joyride to protect their new subterranean creature friend.

My favorite part about the film is when all three creatures reunite with each other-thanks to Tripp and the gang and are set off to return to their homes. I really like this part because it is almost a happy ending, even though it isn't the end yet. Throughout the film, there are many pleasant scenes and I love the positive way that we see how Tripp and Creech's relationship grows. Friendship is a huge theme which is great because that is something that everyone benefits from.

Without giving away the ending, the message of this film is that family and friends are very important no matter what they look like. Another message is to always fight for what you believe is right in the end. Tripp is skeptical about Creech at the beginning of the film, but as it progressed, so do his feelings for the friendly creature. They form a bond with each other to keep one another safe no matter what the circumstances. Another example is with one of the scientists who works for the "evil" oil-drilling company. He realizes towards the end that what his company is doing could be harming others and has a change of heart for the creatures. I recommend Monster Trucks for ages 5 through 13 due to the lively colors, action packed theme and fun filled excitement. I rate this film a 5 out of 5 stars for its kid-friendly, thrilling storyline and talented cast. This film opens nationwide in theaters on January 13, 2017.

By Imani B. G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-112
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


FENCES

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I saw Fences as a play with James Earl Jones years ago and was very anxious and looking forward to seeing the filmed version. Adapted from the stage play by August Wilson (who also writes the screenplay), it lives up to its award- winning status. I am a fan of both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis who star in this film.

Throughout the film, we see life through the eyes of Troy (Denzel Washington) an African American man struggling with issues of race and economics and all the events of his life. He lives with his family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1950s.

Fences opens with Troy and Bono (Steven Henderson) riding on the garbage truck. As they work, they talk about the inequality of their jobs. Troy questions why "a black man cannot drive the truck"? He asks the question to his supervisor who is a white man and is facing possible firing. so it is thought. Troy and Bono arrive at Troy's house and we begin to learn about a fence. It is Friday and payday. We see Troy and Bono sharing a bottle of liquor. Troy tells stories and his wife Rose (Viola Davis) sits on porch and interacts to keep Troy honest. We learn about Troy's past, his excellent skills in baseball, time he served in jail and how he met Rose.

The film has excellent scenes that let us feel and see the streets of Pittsburgh. The main center of action is the backyard. There is a baseball on a string and Troy's baseball bat. Rose asks Troy to build her a fence. At one point, Bono speaks to Troy about fences. "Fences are built to keep something or someone out or to keep something or someone in." He lets Troy know that Rose wants to keep him and their son Cory (Jovan Adepo) inside. In Fences, we see the relationship and interaction of a father with his sons. His older son, Lyons (Russell Hornsby) comes by on paydays to ask for a loan and his younger son Cory wants to play football to attend college.

Fences is excellent and has many lessons and messages. Because of the language and suggestive references, I recommend it for ages 14 to 18 and believe that many adults will enjoy it also. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It opens on December 25, 2016 so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Juanita Seon Leary, KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fences is an outstanding film driven by great performances from Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. This film took me on a rollercoaster of emotions that had me in a heap of tears by its finish.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson, Fences is set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s and follows Troy (Denzel Washington) and his wife Rose (Viola Davis). Troy works on a garbage truck and has failed to accomplish his dreams of becoming a baseball player. He thinks life was stacked up against him and takes it out on his family. His son Corey (Jovan Adepo) dreams of playing football, but Troy is holding him back. A secret that Troy is keeping threatens to ruin his relationship with his family. As the secret and its aftermath are slowly revealed, Fences takes you on an enthralling and emotional family journey.

Denzel Washington is excellent as Troy Maxson, a man reminiscing about his failed baseball career and the cruel injustice he thinks he's experienced in his life. Washington's performance manages to make this character likable, but paints his character's inner demons very well, too. Viola Davis's performance is great. She adds so much aching, raw emotion to her performance. No other actors could have played these roles this well. They starred in these roles on Broadway in 2010 in a revival of this play and I am convinced this helped build the bond they show as husband and wife in the film.

My favorite character is Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson), Troy's brother and a veteran with a challenging injury. He's a very bright and almost magical character who lights up the screen every time he's on it. He helps balance the tense dramatic scenes in this film.

Denzel Washington also directs Fences. The way he shoots this film really resonates with me as an audience member. He brings the viewer in close to the characters during tense moments and draws you into the emotional core of the scene. One thing that I don't like about how the film is constructed is that sometimes the transitions between scenes are sudden and occasionally confusing. It makes the pacing somewhat inconsistent. But overall, this film is extremely powerful and I definitely recommend bringing tissues.

I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 because some adult themes could be difficult for children to process as well as the racially charged and vulgar language. I give Fences 5 out of 5 stars for its superb acting, captivating characters and drama. This film is in theaters now so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Benjamin, P. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 11. Fences is an outstanding film driven by great performances from Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. This film took me on a rollercoaster of emotions that had me in a heap of tears by its finish.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson, Fences is set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s and follows Troy (Denzel Washington) and his wife Rose (Viola Davis). Troy works on a garbage truck and has failed to accomplish his dreams of becoming a baseball player. He thinks life was stacked up against him and takes it out on his family. His son Corey (Jovan Adepo) dreams of playing football, but Troy is holding him back. A secret that Troy is keeping threatens to ruin his relationship with his family. As the secret and its aftermath are slowly revealed, Fences takes you on an enthralling and emotional family journey.

Denzel Washington is excellent as Troy Maxson, a man reminiscing about his failed baseball career and the cruel injustice he thinks he's experienced in his life. Washington's performance manages to make this character likable, but paints his character's inner demons very well, too. Viola Davis's performance is great. She adds so much aching, raw emotion to her performance. No other actors could have played these roles this well. They starred in these roles on Broadway in 2010 in a revival of this play and I am convinced this helped build the bond they show as husband and wife in the film.

My favorite character is Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson), Troy's brother and a veteran with a challenging injury. He's a very bright and almost magical character who lights up the screen every time he's on it. He helps balance the tense dramatic scenes in this film.

Denzel Washington also directs Fences. The way he shoots this film really resonates with me as an audience member. He brings the viewer in close to the characters during tense moments and draws you into the emotional core of the scene. One thing that I don't like about how the film is constructed is that sometimes the transitions between scenes are sudden and occasionally confusing. It makes the pacing somewhat inconsistent. But overall, this film is extremely powerful and I definitely recommend bringing tissues.

I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 because some adult themes could be difficult for children to process as well as the racially charged and vulgar language. I give Fences 5 out of 5 stars for its superb acting, captivating characters and drama. This film is in theaters now so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Benjamin, P. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 11.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MONSTER CALLS, A

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - 12-year-old Conor, dealing with his mother's illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother, and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith and truth.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This movie adaptation, while a bit confusing, is touching at times and portrays a plethora of different visual aspects. It's interesting and keeps you wondering what will happen next.

Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is a 12-year-old boy who's trying to cope with his mother's terminal illness, being bullied at school and other problems. One night at exactly 12:07a.m., Conor is visited by The Monster (Liam Neeson) who, throughout the film, gives him advice on his situations and tells him stories.

I must say that the visuals have to be my favorite part of this film, from the live action to the CGI, to the visuals of water coloring. I love the detail everywhere, especially the attention to detail with the tree, the set and the wardrobe. It's visually extremely pleasing. I also really enjoy how relatable the different situations are. There are plenty of kids being raised by a single parent, dealing with a sick relative or having nightmares. The relatable moments are not just for kids however, there are some for adults as well. This is a good film that will make you laugh, cry, and sometimes get mad about how Conor is treated. It has little comedic moments, but not a lot. Thee are just enough to lighten the mood. Overall, I like this film a lot, but there are a few things that I don't particularly enjoy. I'm confused about the need for the tree stories or the need for the tree at all. The truth that Conor has to confess to the tree does not measure up to the angst or drama that is presented. I also feel that the film is a bit too long. Some of the scenes are drawn out. Liam Neeson's deep voice with music enhancements is incredible. He is one remarkable Monster. His voice is strong, confident, and a little bit scary in the beginning, but afterwards, you get use to it. Lewis MacDougall's performance is outstanding. He's in that in-between stage of being too old to be considered a child and definitely too young to be a man. A young man you could say, but its still a difficult stage and he is doing great.

I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18. The title would lead you to believe that this is one scary film, however it's not too bad. It's rated PG 13 for the scary scenes, mentions of terminal cancer and bullying. I give this film 3� out of 5 stars, for its sometimes confusing plot and length. This film is in theaters January 6, so please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is just amazing! The monster is very realistic, the plot is new, unique and compelling, and the movie moved me to tears.

This is an adapted story from the award-winning novel. The story begins when Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall) meets a monster (Liam Neeson) during what Conor thinks is a dream. Conor already has enough on his plate with bullies at his school, his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness and the pressure that his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) will take him away from his mother. Plus, Conor's father is living far away where he cannot support his child through the mental and physical challenges that he is undergoing.

Lewis MacDougall portrays Conor O'Malley extremely well. He draws the audience into his world and really makes them experience his pain. The way that MacDougall shows how Conor loves his mother and doesn't want her to go makes everyone feel heartbroken. MacDougall pulls you in with his great acting skills that make this film enjoyable as your mood swings form tears of joy to extreme sadness throughout the whole movie.

The monster's appearance looks extremely realistic. The monster's body is very detailed with multiple branches sticking out of it and you see the branches grow and entangle everything they come across. I also love the sound effects. Whenever the monster wakes up and comes out of the ground, the sound of breaking branches and his growl are very realistic which make him seem completely real.

My favorite part of the movie is when Conor and his mother are together in his mother's final moments and the monster is there watching over them. It is really touching to see them together, but sorrowful at the same time because, you know that the mother has to go. It really moved me seeing how much they love each other.

The message of this story is that you have to learn to face the truth and accept it. You can't hide from your problems and expect them to go away. You must accept the truth. You have to be strong and learn to let go and move on.

This movie is really spectacular and riveting. I give it 5 out of 5 monster stars. I recommend it for ages 12 to 18. There is too much drama and death for younger viewers. You can find this movie in theaters now. It is truly wonderful and you should definitely check it out.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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LION

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - In 1986, Saroo was a five-year-old child in India of a poor but happy rural family. On a trip with his brother, Saroo soon finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta, 1500 miles away from home. Now totally lost in an alien urban environment and too young to identify either himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. Soon, Saroo is selected to be adapted to the Brierley family in Tasmania, where he grows up in a loving prosperous home. However, for all his material good fortune, Saroo finds himself plagued by his memories of his lost family in his adulthood and tries to search for them even as his guilt drives him to hide this quest from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend. Only when he has an epiphany does he realize not only the answers he needs but also the steadfast love he has always had with all his loved ones in both worlds.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lion is a beautifully produced film that truly captivated my heart and became one of my favorite movies. This film captures everything that I look for in a film. It is filled with emotional, heart-touching scenes, a powerful message and wonderful cinematography. It is very unique and special, very different from what you ordinarily see at the cinema.

The story tells about 5-year-old, vulnerable Indian boy Saroo who gets lost on a train and travels thousands of miles across India away from his dear family. Saroo faces many hardships of life all by himself. Eventually he is taken in and adopted by a caring Australian couple. Years later Saroo feels a part of himself missing and is filled with murky memories of his past as a young child in India. Using Google Earth, Saroo is determined and passionate to find his lost family through the use of this tool.

The lovable and kind Saroo is played by the talented Dev Patel who also had the leading role in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Dav Patel portrays Saroo's passionate determination to be reunited with his family and country in the most believable way. Rooney Mara plays adult Saroo's girlfriend who aids him in finding his family. Sue Brieerley, Saroo's adopted mother is portrayed by Nicole Kidman in another stunning performance.

The film runs 120 minutes and I have many favorite scenes, but what touched me most is watching the passion that drives Saroo to find his family. Although he faces many hardships and issues, his love and passion for his family drive him to not quit but overcome every obstacle. Seeing his dedication to be reunited with his roots is inspiring.

The message of this film touched my heart, due to similar personal experience I share with Saroo. As someone who also left their motherland at age six to come to a country with better opportunities I, like Saroo, know how it feels to be reunited with your motherland and have only mercury memories from where you come from. So I relate very deeply to the message of not forgetting your origins and staying true to your background and roots. In addition, the film portrays the message of family and unity, which are dear to me as well.

I highly recommend this film for ages 13 to 18. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and expect to see this film be nominated for an Oscar. It is playing in theaters now so, go check it out. You will be glad you did.

By Maria Guerrero, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


PASSENGERS

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What happens when you blend fantastic acting, beautiful visual effects, intense story and a surprising ending? You get a unique and exciting film called Passengers. Surprisingly, the main genre is not action or adventure, but a romance. With that, of course, comes drama as well.

Passengers begins when a deep space colony ship called Starship Avalon encounters some technical issues. It has only been 30 years into its 120 year voyage and one passenger, a mechanic named Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), awakens from his hibernation pod. After a year of loneliness, he is joined by another person, who also wakes up named Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence). The two live on the ship completely alone and soon realize that the starship they call home needs some fixing. If they don't do something, they and the 5,000 others aboard may die.

The concept of a romantic sci-fi is very unexpected and unique. Most viewers will be surprised because it is advertised as an action-packed adventure. It does contain some action elements, but most of the film is very romantic and dives deep into humans' nature under unique circumstances. The romance itself is smooth and realistic. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are enjoyable as separate characters and together they are simply perfect. They talk to each other very lightly and make the story entertaining despite that we only watch the two of them for most of the film. That is another fantastic aspect of Passengers. Everything is simple from the sets to the characters and even the story. That doesn't make it a boring film. With dramatic acting and beautiful visual effects, it is very much an entertaining story, which is hard to achieve with so few elements.

There is a small issue in one specific scene which slightly ruins the entire story. The scene contains a medical bed that gives you several options, including stem cell regeneration. Although this seems normal in a sci-fi film, the main problem is that it ruins the entire story. Brain stem cells allow you to live much longer than normal, which kills the whole "90 years till everyone else wakes up, and we'll be dead" element. This is the main problem with the characters. Another big thing about the stem cell aspect, is that they never have a role in the story. It is just an option for a robotic medical bed in the background, but because the option exists, it makes a huge part of the plot questionable.

My favorite scene is when both Aurora and Jim are awake and already getting close. One day, the ship's A.I. tells all passengers to go to the observatory as it passes very close to a star. They run to the observatory to see the flames of a red giant, with the ship almost touching the surface. I loved this because it is a stunning visual scene mixed with intense music and spectacular acting which makes your adrenaline pump.

There are several mature moments, which make this unsuitable for younger children. I recommend it for ages 9 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars because, despite it being a fantastic sci-fi romance, with beautiful special effects and fantastic acting, the fact that one scene jeopardizes the main conflict of the story is a big downside. It is still an enjoyable film which I would recommend for all to see and opens in theaters on December 21, 2016 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Passengers is a decent movie filled with romance and sci-fi vibes. The acting and stellar special effects impressed me. However, there are many logic errors and things, which don't make sense. It is still very watchable.

The story is about two passengers, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), who are stranded on a spaceship, Starship Avalon, which is on a course to the Homestead Colony. This journey Is supposed take 120 years. Unfortunately, Jim and Aurora wake up from their hibernation pods thirty years into the journey. With 90 years left in the journey, the two try to go back to hibernation, but it doesn't succeed. During the trip, the two fall in love and try to enjoy their time spent on the Avalon, but aboard the ship a series of malfunctions occur. Jim and Aurora must figure out how to save the ship and the lives of the others in the hibernation pods.

Chris Pratt delivers an excellent multi-faceted performance and steals the show as Jim, presenting both comedy and romance. There are also scenes where Jim emotes his sadness, frustration and loneliness before he meets Aurora. Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Aurora, a writer who wants to capture new adventures, has good chemistry with Chris Pratt's character. Michael Sheen as Arthur, an android bartender, delivers good comic relief and is an interesting character.

Morten Tyldum's direction keeps the movie flowing at a fast pace especially in scenes when the ship is in danger. The special effects are great, especially the space effects and the swimming pool scenes when there is a loss of gravity. My favorite scene is the scene where Jim and Aurora first explore space. Their acting is marvelous. The idea of vending machines that can make all sorts of coffee is a cool one. This movie does have numerous logic issues and the lack of realism makes some scenes really weird. There is a scene where Jim is faced against a big ball of fire. The only protection he has is a small shield. Also, the issues that happen, supposedly caused from something that happened two years back, are not believable because issues come immediately after such a big problem rather than in slow, short installments.

The movie has a great message. Jim and Aurora heroically save the spaceship and more than 5000 passengers in hibernation in spite of the fact they know that they won't be alive when they reach Homestead Colony. I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18 years old. I don't recommend this movie for younger kids because it has few romantic scenes, which are not appropriate for them. This film opens in theaters on December 21st, so go check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ASSASSIN'S CREED

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Through Abstergo a company that creates a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha (Aguilar Of Nerha), in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins and Templars, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Films like these are difficult to recommend for people to watch. Assassin's Creed is a film that isn't bad, but it certainly isn't good. Based on the video game series, it's very divisive and my recommendation depends on the person I am recommending it to. On one hand, the action sequences are engaging and well paced, but on the other hand, the movie takes itself much too seriously and is too thickly plotted. It falls to the conventions of a bad action film and yet it finely executes the entertainment aspects of a watchable action film. Therefore, Assassin's Creed proves to be a very mediocre movie.

One of the major questions is whether the film does the game justice or is it a good adaptation. To that I would say yes. The action sequences emulate the video games very well, but the story is something different. As a matter of fact, Ubisoft said that they'd consider using elements from the film in future games. However, I'm sure that playing a videogame with this plot would be much more exciting that watching it. This movie lacks excitement and, more importantly, it lacks fun. Director Justin Kurzel, director of 2015's Macbeth, takes this movie much too seriously. He attempts to add too much depth to these characters and spends much too much time on the back story, motivation and plot. As a matter of fact, I find the cast to be a waste. Four Oscar nominees? Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Marion Cotillard, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams portray supporting characters and they all look like they're having no fun. There's a difference between serious melodrama and fun melodrama that embraces the cheesiness of the piece. The performances in this film fall under the former and they really doesn't work. An audience watching this doesn't want to invest that much, they don't want that kind of heaviness.

The only redeeming quality are the action scenes, without the big names. There is some sensational fight choreography and impressive stunt work. During the moments of action, the film is engaging, exciting, and even edge-of-your-seat captivating. The stunt doubles must have had fun jumping from 125 foot buildings and jumping from roof to roof. It's these scenes and moments that nearly make it worth enduring the long scenes of dialogue and development. That's where the divisiveness comes in. Are the bad parts of overly dramatic plot and character development worth seeing the exhilarating, entertaining action sequences? Well that's a question that depends on the person. To action movie fans and fans of the game, I would say it is worth it. But to the casual action fan or those looking to be entertained that have no attachment to the game, I believe you'll find the film mediocre. Therefore, I give the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18. It can be seen at your local theater.

By Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Assassin's Creed is an action packed film filled with an amazing choice of actors and actresses. Usually I don't enjoy films that have a lot of violence in them, but this film has a storyline that always has you on the edge of your seat ready to see what would happen next.

The cast is outstanding and their characters are so well written that, at points make you feel sad for them although they are considered bad people. This film is about Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) who finds out that he is the descendent of Aguilar the last known Assassin to have possession of the Apple of Eden. At the beginning, he is in denial of being considered part of the secret society of Assassins because, as a small child he watched his father, a member of the Assassins, kill his mother. Sofia (Marion Cotillard) is a scientist trying to find a cure for violence with the help of her father (Jeremy Irons). This leads to the wonderful sci-fi part of the film with its revolutionary technology that allows Callum to unlock genetic memory of his ancestor Aguilar.

My favorite part is when Callum goes through his genetic memory and learns the same skills his ancestor, Aguilar, had in order to fight off the people that are taking advantage of him and the other assassins. Another part that stands out is when sometimes they speak Spanish. I really like that because it shows how well thought out the film is. Furthermore the CGI is the best I've seen so far and I personally would go watch this film a second time. This film has many amazing plot twist that just leave you speechless, but you have to watch this film to know what I'm talking about.

I recommend this film to ages 13 to 18 due to the amount of violence shown. I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars because, although it is such a good film with its dialect, script and settings, there are very few parts that leave you confused as to what is going on. This film opens in theaters December 21, 2016 so go check it out.

By Lizeth Gallegos, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm



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