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COMING TO MY SENSES

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COMING TO MY SENSES
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - In 1999 Aaron Baker broke his neck in a motocross accident, leaving him completely paralyzed from the neck down. Despite doctor's grim prognosis over the next 16 years Aaron decided not to listen to those who said 'he had a million-to-one odds of ever feeding himself again' and instead, through painstaking effort, endeavored to regain as much mobility as possible. This journey through the unknown took him from the depths of depression to the joys of cross country road tripping via tandem bicycle with his mother and friends, and finally, culminated in his opening a socially conscious low cost gym focused on increasing mobility for the disabled. Now in Coming To My Senses we watch as Aaron takes one final journey which symbolizes his recovery: to cross a 20 mile tract of Death Valley unsupported on foot. But will he make it?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Coming to My Senses is an inspiring film about love, determination and overcoming the odds. This film will touch the hearts of everyone who watches it. The documentary not only puts life into perspective, but it teaches everyone that life's not about the destination but the journey and the steps we have to take to get there.

This is a documentary about Aaron Baker, a motorcyclist who breaks his neck and is left completely paralyzed. Doctors tell him he has a million-to-one chance of ever being able to feed himself again. Even after he receives this news, he chooses to ignore the people who doubt him and, over the course of 16 years, fights to gain as much mobility as possible. The documentary follows his final journey, which is to walk 20 miles across Death Valley.

This documentary is one of the most inspiring films I have ever watched. I cannot comprehend how brave and strong Aaron Baker is. The film gives the audience the perspective of his entire family throughout his journey of recovery. I immediately felt a strong connection to his family and truly felt their struggle. My favorite relationship in this film is between Aaron's mother and himself. They both go through depression and overcome it together. Aaron's mother sticks by his side through his hardships, which allows their relationship to grow strong. One of the most powerful lines in this film is when Aaron's mother is released gets out of jail for drunk driving and gets onto a bus where Aaron is waiting for her. Aaron gives his mother the choice to pack her bags and leave so she can do what she needs to. She is in a very bad place at the time and responds to him by saying, "You might not need me, but I need you." This line is absolutely beautiful. I can feel the love that Aaron's mother has for her son.

The one rather extraordinary aspect of this film is how humorous it is. It covers such a serious subject (spinal cord injury) so I expected it to be austere. This assumption was completely wrong. Aaron Baker is a very silly and playful guy. He chooses to make light of his situation and occasionally makes fun of his injury. This surprised me, because I have never watched a documentary about a serious topic that joked about the topic. That silliness and pure happiness that surrounds Aaron allowed me to stay interested in him and his journey.

My favorite scene is when Aaron is in the hospital right after his motorcycle accident. His sister decides to paint his nails, which makes him frustrated at first. After she is finished, he looks at his toes and visualizes which color toe he wants to move. He then discovers he is able to move the toe he wants to. The doctors don't believe he is able to do this, but he decides to ignore them. This is the first step on his long journey to recovery. This scene is funny and heartwarming at the same time. Aaron paints his toenails throughout the film which symbolizes his recovery. This quirky and sweet action gives the documentary great character.

This documentary is one I will never forget. The story is very influential. It blows my mind how he was able to go from paralyzed and dependent on people for his most basic needs, to walking on his own and even cycling. The film helps bring attention to people who struggle with mobility. A topic such as this is important to share with the world since it gets people talking and more educated about spinal injuries.

I recommend this film for people ages 13 to 18 as well as adults. The film deals with some harsh topics such as depression, which is why it skews towards teens. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

By Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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FEARLESS AND FLUFFY
DILPREET KAUR WALIA
Series: SCREENPLAY
Topic - Family
Description - The friendly Grim Reaper Junior is not a chip off the old block, leaving his dad open to being hoodwinked by the evil Birthday Candlewicks.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screen play is not what I expected and I mean that in a good way! The ones I thought would be bad are the good guys and the ones I thought would be good...are bad. This is a refreshing change! I really like the imagination and creativity of the characters and the story line and could see this as a movie that tweens and teens would enjoy. I recommend it for ages 8 through 18. I also like that it is entertaining but has a message about not changing for others and being yourself. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: Screenplay


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MINNIE NOIR
KATIE GROTZINGER
Series: SCREENPLAY
Topic - Family
Description - Minnie Hughes is a hardboiled noir detective that also just so happens to also be the shortest girl in the fourth grade. When a candidate for class president's show and tell South African ostrich egg goes missing, Minnie jumps on the case. Meanwhile, she also deals with her best friend Lincoln Park feeling under appreciated after she calls him her secretary and struggles with asking her crush, Vijay Sampat, a kind of male femme fatale, to be her dance partner for gym class.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The script was enjoyable to read. The term Film Noir (French for suspense film) is most likely a double-entendre since the main character is African-American and is a mystery solver. Strengths- Multicultural cast of characters, main character is an African-American female, which is unusual for any story. Weaknesses- One character is a bit stereotyped. Yes because the WHODUNIT mystery theme is very universal and the school setting makes it relatable to most viewers. Theme- Helping another out in a time of crisis and helping them receive justice. In an increasingly terrifying world and last years headlines exposing injustices against women, Kids need to know that they can attain control over some situations and feel empowered. Plot and Structure- Narrative Logic: A good example is when the viewer can sense that Minnie will get to dance with Vijay when in gym class by the end of the story. Emotional Impact: the best example is when the viewer wonders where Minnie's parents are (or what happened to them) at the synopsis' conclusion. Dramatic drive: a good example is when Vijay kicks open the bathroom door and Dash appears with a bloodied nose. Structure of the storyline: Introduction of characters and story, mystery to be solved, finding the culprit, and conclusion are clear and straightforward. Characters and dialogue: Minnie is the most thoroughly developed character because she is the main protagonist. She is quick-witted and adept, yet comes across as bashful to her crush Vijay, and is annoyed/irritated by her ally in crime-solving, Lincoln. The characters, such as Lincoln and Dash, are not as fully drawn out. They can be described as geeky and devious, respectively. Dialogue- an example of the wittiness, humor, and power in the dialogue includes Lincoln injecting comments at Minnie which irritates/annoy her, but makes the audience laugh. Rhythm/ pace: script does not seem to lag and is easy to read from beginning to end, making it a good film production choice (viewers would not zone out.) Tone of script is light-heartedness. Narrative voice: Minnie is the type of character who is driven and will fight for justice of the deserved and will not stop until she finds the justice. Nothing will get in her way. Highly recommended for ages 5-8. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
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Media: Screenplay


WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR

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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Won't You Be My Neighbor? is the best documentary I've ever seen! I still hear its catchy theme song in my head. I usually don't like documentaries because they are very slow paced. But this one has jokes throughout that makes it so much more interesting to watch. I not only learned a lot about Fred Rogers' life and career, but also about how television shows were made and produced back in the 1960s.

This documentary is about Mr. Rogers and his television show for young children "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, we learn about Mr. Rogers' ideas on how important it is to talk to children about every aspect of life and how television can be used as a positive influence. During his show, Mr. Rogers sings songs about specific topics so that kids, as young as pre-school age, can understand the topic of the day.

The film shows scenes from the actual show as well as behind the scenes. I really enjoyed the interviews with the crew from the show. Those parts made me belly laugh. The film brings back the original lessons of the show and re-promotes them. For adults, this film might make them remember watching the show as a child and they might find some episodes to share with their own kids. For children, this film might spark an interest in the show and make them want to watch it, just like I did. The film gives everybody something. One thing I love about the film is that it really goes in depth about Mr. Rogers' sunny disposition and how he truly was like that in real life, even through all his struggles. It shows us that there are still kind people in the world. My favorite scene is when Mr. Rogers goes to Congress to try to get the funding to save PBS. That scene shows who Mr. Rogers really is, his personality and love for children. By the time he finishes his speech, I was tearing up and could hear the audience sniffing.

The message of this film is to love yourself as you are, just like Mr. Rogers says in his song. I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 because it talks about topics such as divorce and war, in a serious way, which is not appropriate for very young children. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars because of its amazing message and all the cool inside facts about Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This film opens nationwide

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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Media: FeatureFilm


INCREDIBLES 2

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Series: FEATURES, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Incredibles 2 is here! It has been 14 years since Incredibles and, I believe that the long -awaited sequel is quite good. I thoroughly enjoyed this Pixar super hero sequel.

The storyline is about the Parr family - Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) returning to save the world. The Incredibles continues their battle in balancing family life with saving the world with their super powers.

I like the addition of the new cast of super heroes including Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and Voyd (Sophia Bush). This film continues with action similar to the original film and the animation is truly amazing as it shows the various adventures of the family members.

The storyline features Elastigirl taking the lead in a campaign to bring Supers back, while Mr. Incredible is given the responsibility of caring for the kids. Their mission is derailed, as a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don't shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. This is what makes this family so incredible.

My favorite scene is when Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible discovers baby Jack Jack has super powers. He goes through walls, becomes a ferocious beast and duplicates himself, just to name a few of his powers.

This film contains action, adventure, comedy and It could be too intense for very young or sensitive kids. I think it will surely be a fun summer movie for many families.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Many adults will enjoy it also. The film opens in theaters nationwide June 15, 2018. Be sure to check it out.

By Juanita L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fourteen years after the first film was released, we finally have the continuation of the Pixar animated hit and I would dare say, every year of waiting was worth it because this film is truly incredible.

The story follows the Parr Family, as it looks like being super heroes (Supers) is against the law, but then an opportunity for Elastigirl to change people's view of Supers occurs, while Mr. Incredible stays at home with the kids.

I always talk about the animation first, so let's do that. The animation in the first movie was pretty good by 2004 standards. What I find interesting is that this movie looks really similar to the first. It feels as if it's the same animation, just updated. That isn't a bad thing. In fact, I actually like it. I love how you can actually see such small details such as the fabric textures on the clothes. You can see the sleep deprivation on the characters' faces and not just in bags under the eyes. I really like seeing all these details.

Since the main characters are all super heroes, there's lots of action. I feel like this movie is really creative with all the different powers, particularly those for Violet and Elastigirl. There's lots of cool stuff they do with Violet's force fields and Elastigirl's stretching. They also introduce a group of new Supers who are very creative. From the design, to the powers, I think the group is a cool addition to the story.

Of course the elephant in the room is Jack-Jack. In the first movie, they show that Jack-Jack has powers. They never specify what powers he has. An important plot point in the movie is about Jack-Jack's powers. However, now I'm even more confused. Off the top of my head, he has 11 powers and I may have forgotten some. The movie also has slight implications that this isn't normal and now I'm incredibly curious. Hopefully it won't take 14 years for an answer. Yes, I am ready for Incredibles 3!

This movie also excels in character development. Since the typical parent roles are switched, with the mom working and the dad staying at home watching the kids, it very subtly shows off both Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl's character and motivations. It genuinely feels like a continuation, as it does address Mr. Incredible's desire to be a super hero again. It also shows how raising a family is team work.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as the movie is kind of dark at times. The movie opens in theaters June 15m 2018 so check it out!

Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Incredibles 2, directed by the legendary Brad Bird is a timeless classic that has been reborn fourteen years after The Incredibles! Although bound to be compared to the original, Incredibles 2 creates a legacy and masterpiece in itself with a myriad of creativity and uniqueness. The story takes me back to my childhood and into the future with the retro, but futuristic feel created by integrating new superhero technology and vintage technology.

The story picks off from where the Incredibles ends, when the Underminer threatens the city and superheroes are still illegal. To try and bring the superheroes back into business, a rich entrepreneur by the name of Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) enlists the help of Helen Parr, also known as Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to win the people's hearts once again. Bob Parr, also known as Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays at home to take care of his three super children.

The same voice actors play the same characters in The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 except Dash Parr, played by Huck Milner. It made me feel as though no time has passed since I was a young child watching The Incredibles. When I was watching this film, I didn't realize the actor was different for Dash. He has the same childish innocence and humor in his voice, as well as Dash's famous sarcasm. Due to the fact that the same cast plays the same characters fourteen years later, Craig T. Nelson's voice is more raspy, but it adds an element that elevates Bob Parr's character. Bob is a lot more exhausted throughout the film and the raspy addition makes the character feel realistic and relatable.

The animation uses many of the features from the first film, while adding new perspectives and elements of modern filmmaking. The animated camera angles are a special component. During a variety of fight scenes and other relaxed scenes, the perspective switches from third person to first person quite often. This engaged me as a viewer and adds to the intensity and excitement of a superhero chase and being in a world with superheroes. The fight scenes are memorable with each one becoming better and more innovative than the last. The director, Brad Bird makes sure each of the superhero's powers are used to the best of their ability. For example, Elastigirl acquires a new motorbike that can split apart while she provides the bridge keeping it intact, allowing for easy mobility in difficult situations.

The message of this film is that parents are heroes, whether or not they wear super suits. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Be sure to check out this long-awaited sequel in theatres nationwide June 15, 2018. Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The Incredibles 2 is a great sequel to an amazing movie. The animation is brilliant, plus, the two main plots balance out well to create a well-rounded film.

The Incredibles 2 continues the story of the Parrs, a super hero family that had to go into hiding because of a law banning supers. This film focuses on Elastigirl as she tries to end the anti-super laws that stop her from being a superhero. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible struggles to keep the kids in check.

My favorite part is when Jack-Jack uses his powers to fight a raccoon because he thinks it's a criminal. This scene is hilarious. I really enjoyed how Mr. Incredible is sleeping in the foreground, while all the action happens in the back. I also like the scene when Elastigirl chases after the new hover train. This scene is fast paced and funny.

The animation in this film is great. I specifically like the glass breaking, the water features of the house and Frozone's ice. The glass and the water are both super realistic and I really like how they kept the same style as the original film for Frozone's ice. I felt they underused Dash in this film though. His only part in this film is needing help with math. I feel this wastes Dash, because I really enjoy him as a character. The Incredibles 2 has some very topical morals in it. It asks the question of whether a law should be followed if it is unlawful. It also focuses on the concept of "when enough people have the same idea and they fight for it, that things will change".

The voice acting is quite good. You can hear the emotion in the actors' voices, so you can really connect to their characters. The music in this film is truly brilliant. They wrote theme songs for Frozone, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl that are written like 60s super hero themes. These are scattered around the movie and really make a major comedic effect.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because, while it's not as good as the original, it is still an incredible film. I recommend it for ages 7 through 18 because it's really a film a huge variety of different people will enjoy. I believe adults will really enjoy watching this film as well. It opens in theaters nationwide June 15, 2018 so, check it out.

Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 1

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: FeatureFilm


OCEAN'S 8

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Danny Ocean's estranged sister Debbie attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City's star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect all-female crew: Lou, Rose, Daphne Kluger, Nine Ball, Tammy, Amita, and Constance.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I happen to be a fan of heist movies, don't ask why. Maybe it's their Robin Hood aspect in many cases. This one differs from most with it's all female cast of thieves spearheaded by the charismatic Sandra Bullock and filled out with a veritable who's who of women - Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway who steals the show. The plot is a romp, the costumes are absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous and the jokes work. If you are looking for a lightweight summer movie, this is it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Ocean's 8 is the best comedic action movie ever! I like it because of the fantastic animation and storyline. I enjoyed the way the movie flows, as if it's a normal day stealing a billion dollar necklace. The comedy is the icing on a cake. It makes the movie sweet and enticing to watch.

The movie's main character is Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock). In the beginning, we see her being released from jail after five years. During that time, she has planned the greatest heist with hidden intentions. Debbie Ocean's team includes one of her old friends, Lou (Cate Blanchett). Lou and other highly intelligent cheaters are all part of the team, Ocean's Eight. As the heist unfolds, it exposes the twists and turns behind the storyline to the audience. Sandra Bullock's charisma in this role draws you to love her even more. The beautiful Rihanna is also in the film as "9-Ball", the Jamaican hacker. The amazing actress from 12 Years a Slave, Sarah Paulson plays a caring mother who loves to shop for home goods. In the mix of the film celebrities pop up everywhere. You just have to pay attention to notice them.

What I love about the film is the all women cast planning on doing something not good. Most heist movies are about men robbing banks, planning their moves and then executing them. Ocean's 8 has the same idea, but without the men. The costumes at the Met Gala for each of them are simply amazing and match each character's personality and abilities.

My favorite part is the ending when everything is pulled together, from Debbie Ocean's release to the creation of Ocean's Eight. My favorite character is Constance who is played by Awkwafina, because of her funny attitude throughout the film. Also, her pick-pocketing skills blew my mind.

Ocean's 8 is a movie to enjoy just because it's an amazing film. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Some jokes are questionable and there is some mild profanity, but nothing is extreme. I recommend it for ages 14 to 18 because of some language, alcohol and drug usage. It opens in theaters June 8, 2018 so check it out.

Reviewed by Kamryn B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

I have never seen any other Ocean films and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. The dialogue is realistic and it is really funny. There are some flaws. It does feel like a lot of other heist films. For example, it has a recruiting phase where one character is the hacker and another is talented at stealing things. Also Debbie Ocean has been in prison for five years plotting her plan, but her plan doesn't take into account that technology changes.

Ocean's 8 follows Debbie Ocean and her plan to steal a 150 million dollar necklace at the Met Gala. She has spent five years in prison and goes to her friend Lou, who helped her in past crimes and asks her to recruit people for the job. Her plan is to get Daphne Kluger, a world famous model, to wear the Cartier necklace and then they will create a fake one to replace it. After that, she would place one of the gems on the person that framed her with the intent of framing him and making it seem as if he stole it.

My favorite part is Rose's character. She is entertaining and realistic when she tries to comfort Anne Hathaway's character when her dress isn't turning out the way she wanted. In another scene, she acts as if she isn't interested in her and that makes her want Rose to be her designer.

There are a lot of big names in this film such as Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok, Lord of the Rings, Cinderella), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Colossal). The director is also a really big name too, Gary Ross who wrote Seabiscuit and the Hunger Games.

There is some mild profanity but nothing too extreme. It is a heist movie, so there are lots of risky actions such as hanging from rafters and escaping prison. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed any of the previous Ocean films or other heist movies. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, as well as adults. It opens in theaters June 8, 2018 so check it out.

Reviewed by Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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GOOD GIRLS DON'T
ANA DE LARA
Series: SHORTS 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A comedic short film about a Filipina-Canadian girl who defies her mother's warning that she will turn into a boy if she plays basketball.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this short film The most appealing thing about it is the interesting and unique plot. My only concern is that some things may only make sense to Filipinos. I believe that a child would enjoy this because it is hilarious, has a great plotline and a great message. Everything flows well. It is very watchable and the subject is handled well. Some parts may not make sense to those who aren't Filipino or who don't know the culture. It uses vocabulary and concepts suitable for the target age. The sets, costumes, sound and production quality are all very well executed. I believe that both children and their families will love the comedy, the plotline and the message. I highly recommend for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 11 to 15 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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DANIELLE'S BOAT
SHAELYN KOOPS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 10 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - 14yr old Danielle moves with her family from the city to the country. Lonely and missing her former friends, Danielle builds a boat. As she does, the neighborhood bully continually seeks to thwart her plans and make life difficult. But after an unexpected near tragedy, and a closer look at the neighbor bully, Danielle learns that to have a friend, one must be a friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a charming student film about Danielle, a young teenage girl who decides to build a boat because she finds it difficult to make friends, especially when a particular group of bullies makes it difficult for Danielle to fit in. What I enjoyed most about this film is the strong message of how bullying is not the answer and that everyone is a friend, if you get to know them. I also enjoyed the performance of the actor that played Danielle. Her character development is particularly well executed. The production quality of this film is absolutely spectacular, especially for a high school submission. Everything, from the sound quality to the lighting is fantastically well done. I am extremely impressed and satisfied. My favorite part of the film is when Danielle finishes working on her boat and takes it out on the water. She is incredibly proud of herself (as she should be) and ends up creating an awesome boat that does not sink. Another one of my favorite aspects is the strong anti-bully sentiment and the positive ending. This has girl power and conflict resolution all wrapped into one. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it goes above and beyond my expectations. It is such a creative idea that translates beautifully on the screen. I absolutely recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I believe it will go very far in the festival circuit. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Chandler D., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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TOGETHER NATION
MARK BIGGS
Series: SHORTS 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Together Nation is an engaging and entertaining TV pilot where kids and puppets teach adults life lessons on how to behave better. This adult "kids show" will challenge you to thing about how you interact with others, and encourage you to to treat all people with respect, tolerance and compassion.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute. Great graphics, fun music, talented cast. This puppet character TV pilot strives to make us better people. It gives great examples of how we tend to generalize, stereotype and stigmatize people who are different than us. This prevents us from gaining a true understanding and appreciation of the world around us. Learning new ways to cope with the stresses and pressures of life is very important. We all benefit from curbing our anger, better managing our time and being more patient with others. Maybe some new friendships could result! The original music performed by the puppets is catchy, but many of the songs that the human characters sing sound a bit over simplified. I did have some issues with some of the audio, particularly in the opening scene when the host's voice is somewhat muffled. The puppets are terrific, ranging from a mop-head hairdo to a hip-flask carrying rat in overalls. The character who dresses up like an apple is great. His annoying scrap-tossing behavior is quite memorable. My favorite part was listening to the green-colored puppet on the bus, who speaks with a comical Indian accent. Foreign accents are often the target of prejudice and ridicule in our society. We should realize that diversity is great! The message is to do your best to respect and get along better with everyone, regardless of race, religion or gender. We all have positive things to offer this world, if given a chance. I recommend this to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival without hesitation and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-16
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WE ARE ERCOLINI
GIACOMO DEL BUNO
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - the history of the first youth soccer team made up of young Roma, dreams, expectations and hopes of a group of young players towards integration.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this film and highly recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This documentary film from Italy shows how life-changing team sports can be! The enthusiasm of a great coach can raise kids' confidence to amazing new levels. Insisting on good school grades, in order to play on the Ercolini team, is a powerful way to improve kids' futures. Gypsy boys from the "wrong side of the tracks" in Italy are helped by a terrific soccer coach who is stern, yet generous. He demands that the kids attend school and that they study a lot at home. In return, he offers free transportation for them to soccer matches in different towns. The coach teaches them the power of a positive attitude and good teamwork. He encourages an energetic, brave outlook on life, and shows these boys how to set the world on fire, with or without him being there. It is fun to watch the boys all singing together in the team van after losing a game. This keeps their spirits high and their sense of belonging alive. Their first trip ever to a beach is a real treat for them all. The set and location of the trailer park and abandoned gypsy camp where the coach first met these boys is a moving scene. It makes you appreciate how sports combined with education can be a way to escape this poverty. My favorite part is when the boys unfold a large sign in front of the hospital, pleading for the coach to recover and come back to the team soon. What a display of love and caring for their adult hero! The message of this film is that a kid's real goal and victory in his or her young life is to get good grades in school to ensure a better future. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 16. In Italian with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 52 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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ALL IN GOOD TIME
DYEHOUSE FILMS
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - All In Good Time is a comic fantasy for children. It's about the friendship that develops between Mal, an Irish boy who lives on the west coast of Ireland in 1918 and Sam, an Indian-Irish girl who lives in the same place in 2018. They are magically able to communicate across the ages through messages in a bottle they throw into the sea. Their parents are too busy or sceptical to believe them but they don't care. They're having too much fun learning about each other's world and sending each other things through the bottle. Sam is also able to help Malachy confront the older boy who bullies him with the help of some modern intervention. But when Sam's Dad tells her they have to move away due to financial difficulties Malachy and Sam hatch a time-twisting plan to solve the problem. This is a visually-driven story with an emphasis on fun about the culture clash and unique friendship that develops between two mismatched kids who come from different worlds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this charming short from Dublin, Ireland. This is exactly the sort of film that we look for! The fantastical time and space elements are particularly enjoyable. I believe children will be drawn to it as they tend to love magical stories. This has an enticing story which draws the viewer in from the beginning to end. It flows well. The cinematography is excellent with clear audio and visuals. The sounds of the ocean and the breaking of the bottle stand out. The cinematography in coastal Ireland are stunningly beautiful. The lighting correlates well with the fantasy nature of the story and adds to its mystery. I love the key cast characters, the boy and the girl both give quite believable performances that make them seem quite real. Their expressions in their close-ups are completely charming. I really enjoyed the soundtrack. It is quite suitable for the storyline with sort of a Celtic sound and it adds to the sense of wonder throughout the film. To differentiate the 100 year difference in time, the characters' costumes obviously have to be different - some for the early 1900s and others for present day. They are well executed and suitable for the two time periods. The language is appropriate for the target age as well. This would make a great addition to any children or family film festival that wants to show how different cultures live in different times. I love the ending! The whole film is magically realistic! I heart fully recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kimberly M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SHERLOCK GNOMES

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnome & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Breaking news from London - garden gnomes have been kidnapped! "Oh fertilizer!" This is one of many amusing jokes from the very British characters in Sherlock Gnomes, sequel to the 2011 animated film Gnomeo and Juliet. Although the plot of this family-friendly movie is somewhat predictable, it is still quite funny and clever.

In this sequel, the formerly star-crossed lovers Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) are married and have just moved to London where they are appointed by their parents as joint heads of the garden. Both Juliet and Gnomeo feel the pressures of their new leadership roles and the marriage begins to suffer through lack of communication and mutual appreciation. Meanwhile, their gnome friends are disappearing from homes all over London, and they attempt to search for and save them. With the help of Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the adventure begins - to defeat the evil pie company called Moriarty (Jamie Demetriou) and save all gnomes. We also see that poor Watson is quite ignored and under-appreciated by Sherlock.

My favorite aspects of this movie are the music, Johnny Depp and the "planning" sequences. I love the song choices used in transitions between scenes. If you are a fan of Sir Elton John, you will be pleased to hear many of his hits, including "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "I'm Still Standing," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and a fantastic new song performed by the great Mary J. Blige. Johnny Depp is hilarious with his condescending British accent. I have seen almost every movie he has ever been in and he never disappoints with his comedic intensity. Another interesting thing that happens is when we see the inner workings of Sherlock's mind in 2-D black-and-white animation. One clinker for me is when super-intelligent Watson, looking for Gnomeo, says "Gnomeo, Gnomeo! Oh don't make me say it - wherefore art thou, Gnomeo?" (Of course "wherefore" means "why" in Romeo and Juliet.)

The message of this story is a good one - that you will succeed by respecting the people who support you. Sherlock learns that lesson when he realizes that Watson feels that Sherlock isn't listening to him or respecting him. Juliet learns it when she realizes that Gnomeo feels as if Juliet is ignoring him, too.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars because, almost all the scenes kept me laughing, the music is great, and I love the message. I recommend this movie for ages 7 to 18. This is available on DVD/Blu-ray June 12, 2018 and on Digital June 5, 2018. If you are looking for a fun family movie, this is it!

Reviewed by Lucia F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 19
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Sherlock Gnomes is a great movie! I really like the storyline because it has an amazing good versus evil plot.

The story follows Gnomeo and Juliet's move to London where they become the new leaders of the garden. On their first day, somebody kidnaps all the gnomes in the garden! Luckily, Sherlock Gnomes and Watson are there. Gnomeo and Juliet help Sherlock save all the gnomes in London.

The animation in this movie is excellent. The gnomes look like real life gnomes with a small touch of cartoon. I like how, in the beginning, a couple of gnomes are standing on a book talking about how they are going to read about Sherlock Gnomes. Sherlock Gnomes is a great detective just like Sherlock Holmes, but instead of protecting people he is the sworn protector of Gnomes. This gives the feeling that the entire movie is about those three gnomes reading us a book about Sherlock Gnomes.

The movie has lots of characters named from other movies and books such as Gnomeo and Juliet whose names are take offs of Romeo and Juliet. Sherlock Gnomes is based on Sherlock Holmes. I like how the gnomes freeze around humans. They just stay completely still so humans don't realize they move. The frozen position is also what they do when fall asleep. As soon as they get frozen, they can choose to fall asleep instantly or not.

The characters in the film include Gnomeo (James McAvoy), Juliet (Emily Blunt), Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor). My favorite character is Benny, (Matt Lucas) because he is smart with technology, but otherwise very clumsy. I find that funny.

My favorite scene is when Benny trips and he is forced to put on a show to distract the guard while Gnomeo escapes. That scene is a mix of action and comedy. Another of my favorite scenes is when Gnomeo comes up with a plan to get past Reggie the gargoyle (Dexter Fletcher). I like how they show the plan with paper versions of all the gnomes.

The message of this movie is never take advantage of your friends. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 11 because of its great storyline and message. I think adults will like watching this movie as well. It comes out on DVD and Blu-ray June 10 so, be sure to check it out. Reviewed by Damon Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

Sherlock Gnomes is a frequently clever animated film that has a few fun moments, yet suffers from a jumbled story and too many characters to fully engage you in the movie as a whole.

Sherlock Gnomes is a sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet and brings together garden gnome versions of the famous detective and the Shakespearean couple from the first installment. Gnomeo and Juliet move to a new garden in London that disappoints their entire faction of gnomes. Gnomeo and Juliet are appointed the new leaders to turn the garden into a beautiful wonderland for their little village. Meanwhile, several gardens have been erased of all signs of gnomekind and soon, Gnomeo and Juliet's is too. The dynamic duo of the incredibly smart, but sometimes selfish detective and protector of London's garden gnomes Sherlock Gnomes and his trusty sidekick Watson are on the case and intend to catch the culprit and track down the missing gnomes, with the help of Gnomeo and Juliet.

Unfortunately the collision of these literary duos doesn't work very well. Their stories have very different characters and tones. The film makes clever references to Sherlock Holmes and his works that will be enjoyable for fans of the character's inspiration, but the collaboration still feels forced. Gnomeo and Juliet go through a storyline that feels out of place and their conversations have a repetitive message. The characters feel less developed against the more engaging Sherlock Gnomes.

My favorite character is Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). He embodies the qualities of the literary detective and makes his portrayal of Sherlock his own, giving him a more fun and comedic manner. He also nails Sherlock's complex relationship with Watson.

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 9 due to some crude humor. Younger kids will enjoy the film's bright colors and caper elements and older kids and adults might enjoy some of the humor. However, this film lacks the vivid animation and nuance that offers the same wide appeal of other animated films. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars because the story is a bit confusing, although it has some characters and good laughs.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 86 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


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FINDING SHAKESPEARE
MARGARET MCGOLDRICK
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Maeve, a thirteen year old student whose teacher, Miss Hayes, is determined that she and her class understand the triumph of literature that became William Shakespeare, urging them to look beyond the aged dialogue and see at the heart of each Shakespearian sonnet and play is a story than transcends the time it was born to. Unbeknownst to her, Miss Hayes has a surprising ally and one which is only visible to Maeve. Puck, our mischievous partaker and audience narrator from Shakespeare's own A Midsummer Nights Dream takes it upon himself to show Maeve that the even famed bard himself drew inspiration from the lives and histories around him. And that maybe she should look to the same.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This amazing short film from the U.K. has a very original idea. It addresses how Shakespeare's stories are quite applicable to experiences in everyone's lives today and how his stories are as interesting as they are difficult to understand. I love that this film also puts A Midsummer Nights Dream into terms that are easily understood by viewers of any age. The production value is admirable, both the video and audio quality are very clear. The lighting is well executed. The location in a real school makes it very realistic. Although the actors are not people I know, many of them have been in other films and all of them fit their parts quite well. One thing I noticed is that some of the actors seem a bit green and don't show much emotion throughout the film. The school uniforms are so British looking, with both girls and boys wearing ties. One costume that stands out is Puck's, who wears the same costume as we see later on the cover of the book. That is a clever little thing. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it is both educational and entertaining. If a festival has a Shakespearean focus, it would be a fabulous addition. It teaches you about how interesting Shakespeare is and how relatable it is as well. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 10 to18. Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 17 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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Media: VIDEO


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BREAKFAST CHICKEN
THOMAS KASTRATI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - Life from the point of view of an egg.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this short animation film to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It examines life from the point of view of an egg and two pieces of bacon. I love the simplicity of the animation. It is straightforward, comical and a bit sad all at once. When an egg has eyes, it makes you think twice about consuming it. The sound quality is excellent. The animation is simple, yet well executed. The storyline flows very well and is easily watchable as well as entertaining. The film has a funny way of expressing how being eaten by a human might be an animal's nightmare. I believe children will appreciate the funny aspect of the film and, at the same time, understand and think about the message. In its subtle way, it teaches you about caring how other beings feel. I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially if the venue is focused on ethics or insight. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18, as well as adults and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Elizabeth V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
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Media: VIDEO


NATURE: ANIMALS WITH CAMERAS
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 7-18
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan and animal behaviorists join forces to explore stories of animal lives "told" by the animals themselves. The series explores the secret side of the animal kingdom where human cameramen can't go, and camera-wearing animals film their own stories. Sprint across the savannah with a cheetah, plunge into the ocean with a seal, and swing through the trees with a chimp!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary is exquisitely remarkable, thanks to the engineering of tiny camera and collars the animals wear. I was quite impressed with everything about this show. It offers rare glimpses into the lives of many animals including chimpanzees, penguins and meerkats. And, that is only in Episode 1! There are three episodes included in this collection. It is fascinating to see the birthing chamber of the meerkats and see their new pups at five days old. It is wonderful to see how bonded the chimpanzee family is. The film is educational and thoroughly entertaining as you observe these animals lives from their own point of view. The film shows many things that have never been seen before. I really enjoyed watching how the young penguins learn to hunt in the ocean and how the adults feed their babies. Thanks to these little cameras they wear on their backs we see a totally new aspect of these animals. I was just amazed as I watched them swim past shrimp and to reach their superfood - anchovies. I recommend them this film for ages 7 to 18 as well as adults. The groundbreaking footage will truly sweep you away. I give this 5 stars out of 5 stars. It is absolutely one of my new favorite Nature films from PBS. I plan to watch it again! Reviewed by Denise A. Bloomfield
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Runtime: 180 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.45
Media: DVD


SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins a gang of galactic smugglers, including a 196-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission -- the Millennium Falcon.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I was excited to see the origin story of Han Solo, as he has been a character favorite of mine for years. The young man was boosting scams from age 10 and lived a life of adventure, for sure! Learning how his last name came to be was interesting - think passport control questioning. But, I digress.

While the film strives to tell the story of how Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca, everyone's favorite Wookie (Joonas Suotamo) became BFFs after a contentious beginning, it had some stalls and at times, I wondered if Han was attempting to be our hero or villain. I felt the origin story of Han Solo did not go deep enough to show us who he is, and what lead him to be, Solo.

The most interesting character is Becket, played by Woody Harrelson. He is a true team player, but what team does he play for? His chameleon-like persona is wonderful to see and a testament to this talented and beloved actor.

The film begins centered on a bunch of bad dudes who all fear the reptilian and then, our hero Han, who eventually joins the Imperial armed forces to reconnect with his love, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke). Being the rebel he is, Han is kicked out of pilot training and ends up in one of the many Empire wars. His quest to find Qi'ra lands him in the clutches of the dreadful mob boss Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) and a gambler named Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).

Long ago, in a vision far-away, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were off-loaded from the payload and rescued by super Director Ron Howard. Howard's optimistic effort on this prequel doesn't save the film. He made a good film, but if it was a stand-alone film, I would not predict a plethora of sequels.

I give this film of 4 out of 5 stars for the performances, which are spectacular, especially Glover, Harrelson and Ehrenreich, along with special effects, creepy wardrobes, action scenes and Star Wars references that any true fan will 'get' (like the Kessel Run, the Millennium Falcon and of course, the necklace hanging on the rearview mirror). I recommend this film for ages 8 to 18. I caution younger viewing due to adult themes and fight scenes which may be disturbing to younger children.

Reviewed by Kimbirly O., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Solo: A Star Wars Story is a perfectly serviceable origin story for the famous titular character. The acting and direction provide an outstanding mix of visuals and characterization. This is definitely an essential watch for any Star Wars fan.

The movie follows young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) on his journey to become the famed hero pilot. As a talented maverick, Solo joins forces with the thief Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and his crew to escape poverty and become part of something bigger. However, one of their heists goes wrong resulting in a life or death deal with Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) which will determine the fate of their lives. To rectify this, Solo and newfound friend Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) enlist the help of old flame Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) and the charming Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) to take part in the second heist.

Alden Ehrenreich, as Han Solo, wonderfully portrays his hero's journey from a poor, oppressed dreamer to heroic pilot. His mannerisms and line delivery excellently match up to the standard set by Harrison Ford. Joonas Suotamo, as Chewbacca, encompasses an extraordinary counterpart Peter Mayhew's mantle as he perfectly portrays his growing friendship with Han. Donald Glover, as Lando Calrissian, is my favorite character due to his exact interpretations of Billy Dee Williams's zany parlance. His banter with Solo only forwards the character's legacy. Woody Harrelson, as Beckett, provides for a flawed yet effective mentor to Solo by guiding him about motivations and how to deal. Emilia Clarke, as Qi'ra, is great with what she is given, but her character falls into the stereotypical "will they or won't they" love interest loop. Paul Bettany, as Dryden Vos, is menacing with his passive aggressiveness building to volatile outburst when his orders are disobeyed.

Ron Howard efficiently grasps all the characters' tales by providing great interactions with known Star Wars lore. My favorite scene is the initial train heist as it showcases how unprepared Beckett's gang was and is intense as regards the fates of all characters involved. Also, there are great displays of special effects with the train's movement patterns. The one flaw is that it really doesn't Solo any character transformation as he always remains heroic with the only change being how he goes from rags to riches. The love triangle between Solo, Qi'ra and Dryden also feels uninspired.

The message of the movie is to always abide by morals rather than selfish instinct. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 because of its intense action. The movie releases in theaters May 25, 2018, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

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


EQUAL

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EQUAL
MELIH KOSIF
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Teaching how to take photos with semi-pro equipments, which they may not experienced before, to kids who have been educated in village and by doing that trying to see what they can see, to show people what they are capable of and show these images to crowds by organizing an exhibition is solely purpose of this documentary.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Equal is an endearing and inspiring documentary about children learning photography in a small village in Turkey. The village where the children live is a poor town with few resources. Equal brings in a photography teacher, who is also from a small village, who teaches the students how to photograph using semi-professional camera equipment. The most appealing aspect of this film is seeing the children become inspired to become photographers or artists because of the opportunity they receive. I really enjoyed seeing the kids have an exhibition of their photos. They get to show off their work and experience what it's like to be a professional photographer. The production of this short film documentary is absolutely incredible. The colors are so vibrant and vivid. My favorite part about this documentary is seeing these children, who would normally not have the opportunity to learn about photography, really excel. The only problematical thing is that the subtitles are not translated very well. There are quite a few grammatical errors. However, it does not detract from the film in a big way. The message of the film is that no matter your background, everyone deserves an equal opportunity, whether it involves trying out photography or even taking dance lessons. Everyone is equal. This is a remarkably touching and true story that is sure to pull at your heart strings. I loved that, out of the small class, at least one student was able to recognize that she has a passion for photography and that it's something she wants to pursue in the future. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. I recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Chandler D., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


URBAN LEGENDS/ AUNTIE VERONICA

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URBAN LEGENDS/ AUNTIE VERONICA
MARIA BOROS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A story about auntie Veronica, to whom Jesus had appeared many times in various forms and poses.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this film! It is wildly creative and made me laugh multiple times. I liked it so much, I had to watch it twice. It goes by so fast that I needed to watch it again to catch everything. It is incredibly clever and has a unique storyline. I absolutely love that the story is told by a man who had only heard of Auntie Veronica. The concept is wild. It shows someone's imagination running amuck (in a great way). It truly exceeded my expectations in every way. I truly enjoyed it. The animation is quite different from anything I have ever seen. It seems to be made from paper cut outs, in layers. It is adorable, quirky and has lots of different patterns and colors. The images are clear and the images are constantly creative. The background music is also fun and playful and fits the film very well. The whole mood of the film is light, silly and fun. The story flows well. It has a beginning and ending, but there are no pressing conflicts or issues. The narrator describes and introduces Auntie Veronica who is quite the character. The description of her, her associates and her take on life is the whole storyline. She is some character. Silliness is the overriding theme of this film. It is very much watchable and completely enjoyable. The vocabulary and concepts are terrific and suitable for the recommended age. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Children will enjoy it because it is silly and humorous. And, adults will truly get a kick out of it as well. You should know that the narrative is in Hungarian with English sub-titles. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It has a brilliant story and it is told so well. Reviewed by Chandler D. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors. My congratulations to Katalin Glaser, the filmmaker, for her cleverness in creating this. It is short at 3 minutes - and well worth every second!
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: VIDEO


GYPSY TALES/ THE FIERY RED SNAKE

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GYPSY TALES/ THE FIERY RED SNAKE
MARIA BOROS
Series: EPISODICS
Topic - Family
Description - The events of a little boy's life usher him into the world of life among the gypsies, where he seeks unconditional love, and his closest family members are put to the test.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this! The animation in this short film from Hungary is absolutely incredible. The colors are magnificent and truly catch the audience's eye. The music is beautiful and unlike anything I have ever heard. The overall production quality is excellent. You can see the hard work the animators put into making this. This episode has a strong main character who learns that money is not everything. It imparts an important message and teaches young viewers the importance of family and love. The most appealing aspects of this film are the animation and story, both of which are very child friendly. The animation includes such brilliant and beautiful colors. Also, it is worth mentioning that this is an episode of a television series. This episode stands alone quite well, has a clear story that is easy to follow and will keep the audience engaged. I found it a bit confusing when Aluno meets Lunica and he tells her that his father told him that she would come one day. It does not make sense because Aluno's father rarely speaks to Aluno. There are some words in this short that may be a bit too advanced for younger children but can easily be explained. One theme that is prevalent is greed, although it is emphasized that family and love are far more important than money. I highly recommend this for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival programmers. It is overflowing with positive messages, gorgeous animation is gorgeous and beautiful songs and music. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. You should know the dialogue is in Hungarian with English subtitles. Reviewed by Chandler D., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


IN THE TREES

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IN THE TREES
WILL NORDSTROM
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 10 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Teenagers on a school field trip become lost in the woods and disturbing things start to happen. A stranger is watching them. In The Trees blurs the line between paranoia and reality.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Decent quality horror films are sparse, but recently horror movies have been making a comeback. This film is exceptional. It goes above and beyond what a short horror film generally does. The most amazing fact is that it is made by a high school boy. The location is in a beautiful, coniferous forest, which is a perfect location for the story. The production quality goes above and beyond my expectations. Everything about this film is impressive, from the location to the prop camera. The cinematography stands out above anything else. The natural lighting is incredible. Although, at some points it is too dark to see the actors' faces. For the most part, the visuals are stunning and clear and grab the viewer's attention. The film is well edited. The sound quality is its weakest component. I had to boost my speakers in order to hear some of the dialogue. I really enjoyed the soundtrack. The sound effects provide suspenseful noises that both create suspense and startle the viewer. The storyline flows wonderfully, with a clear and thrilling story line. The plot makes sense. The concepts are appropriate for the target audience. I enjoy how the ending is left open to the viewer's imagination. This film will show well at festivals suited for tweens and teens. I think this film will go very far, as will its director and crew. I heartily recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 13 to 18, as well as adults and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Anyone who enjoys horror films will love this 8 minute short. Reviewed by Chandler D. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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Media: VIDEO


OLD BLOO

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OLD BLOO
JACK NORDSTROM
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 10 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Idaho teenagers start an unconventional rock band in their garage. It proves to be more complicated and challenging than they expected.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun and enjoyable film that kids and teens will easily relate to. Who has never wanted to start a band or run away to the circus? Although the production quality is fairly weak. Keep in mind that it is a student film with a small budget. For a low budget student film, it is still pretty well done and incorporates some positive messages. One of those is about never giving up - a message I think is important and for any kids' films. Most appealing are the visuals and cinematography. The audio, on the other hand, has some issues and inconsistencies. The story flows well and makes sense. In my experience, kids like to start bands, so that storyline is relateable. It is slightly choppy and fast paced, but it still is very watchable. I recommend this short student film for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals and give it a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MYTHATANIA (2018)

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MYTHATANIA (2018)
NICHOLAS JULIUS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 11-18
Topic - Family
Description - Scottish siblings, Erin and Owen Macdonald, are swallowed by The Loch Ness Monster and brought to the magical land of Mythatania where all creatures heard of in Myth and Folklore have gone to escape the outside world. There they meet THE MYTHFITZ, a group of mythical youngsters and embark on a wonderful adventure.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - MYTHTANIA is a made up place with mythical creatures that are entertaining and fun to read about. I can imagine this film on a big screen with amazing scenes featuring the creatures and humans. It has conflict, resolution and lessons to be learned about pride, friendship and working together. The characters are the strongest aspect of this screenplay. I loved the dialogue and scene descriptions. It is entertaining, fun to follow and flows well. Besides that, there are some moral lessons to be learned about friendship, pride and not being a bully. It has amazing mythological creatures and some pretty cool humans. The scenery descriptions are really done well. I like that there is a reference to the music soundtrack. I do think it has the potential for some pretty amazing scenes. It is entertaining and, although it is mythological I believe that teens would relate to the human characters, especially Owen. I also think the dialogue is realistic and there is adventure and humor. There is conflict when the two human kids show up in MYTHATANIA and it is resolved as the two kids become friends with the creatures. I really liked how UNEE the Unicorn learns to swallow his pride and learn what friendship is all about. The Characters and dialogue were my favorite part so I would score this with 23 points out of 25. I felt that I got to know the characters and look forward to reading about their future adventures and I got the impression that this is more or less a series. I think that the script is done quite well and I don't really have any changes to point out. I did find very few grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes but nothing problematical. A good copy editor could take care of that. I recommend this for ages 11 to 8 and rate it 4.5 stars out of 5.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 11-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay


TENKARA KID

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TENKARA KID
MARK STEUDEL
Series: SHORTS 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - For many of us, we work hard all year and then only get to spend our two weeks of vacation on fly fishing. We fly hundreds of miles to rivers that measure fish-per-mile in the thousands and have elusive new species to catch. We spend thousands of dollars on gear to maximize our precious time on the water. This film hearkens back to the time in our youth when our fishing gear was easily carried in one hand, when we measured our trips in steps, where each fish mattered and every species was relished.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended!. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite short films of this season. It is exactly what I look for in terms of programming for youth and families. It is bright, happy, imaginative and inspiring! What a delight. And the ending just brings a huge grin to your face. This short film shows how meditative fishing can be while on a summer vacation or weekend getaway. It's a great incentive to wake up in the morning, especially when you've got a special fishing pole to use. The Fisher Girl goes straight for her fishing rod and fly lures, skipping breakfast. Dressed in bright pink jacket and matching shoes, she wades out into the pond water, casts out her line and quickly catches a couple of fish. Based on how gently she removes the hook from each fish's mouth, you feel her admiration for the creatures. You get the sense that these fish will live happily ever after in her indoor fish tank. They will skip the dinner table! I love the cinematography. It has great camera angles and a wonderfully playful point of view. The underwater shots are exceptionally fun. The camera angles make the fish seem a lot larger underwater, compared to how puny they look dangling from the fishing line out of the water. The background music sounds very Oriental and gives the impression of underwater motion. The outer cylinder that the fishing rod is stored in raises my curiosity. Why is a fishing pole stashed inside a decorated container? It seems very Japanese in nature. My favorite part is watching just the girls' feet and hands move across the screen during the first half of the film. You do not see her face for quite a while, so it makes one wonder where she is going and what is she about to do. I also like the way she gingerly and respectfully removes the rod from its container. It seems as if it is some type of traditional ceremony, maybe passed down from one generation of her family to the next. The message of the film seems to be about respecting your property and also valuing what nature has to offer. Treat your equipment well and you will live to fish another day! It inspired me to try fishing as a hobby. Maybe it will help me wake up earlier in the morning with a stronger sense of purpose. Perhaps it will motivate me to set up an indoor aquarium at home and raise some tropical fish. It gets me thinking about tying my own fly lures, since I like making things and working with my hands. Fishing would also be a fun thing to do with friends. It seems like a pleasant social activity. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. I think it would make a dandy addition to any film festival for youth and families. By Jeff M., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Critics
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ASTRONAUT, THE

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ASTRONAUT, THE
ADAM MURRAY
Series: SHORTS 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Jacob's dream of becoming an astronaut may be at risk.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Astronaut is an adorable short film that touches upon the importance of inspirations. One appealing aspect of this film is that it teaches children that their dreams are not ridiculous and anything you dream can be achieved. You can be anything you want! The short film also stresses the importance of not letting bullies get you down and to believe in yourself.

The film follows a young boy, Jacob, whose dream is to become an astronaut and go to outer space. As the film progresses, Jacob is teased at school by a fellow classmate who tells him that he can't become an astronaut because it isn't a real career. An interesting aspect about all the key actors is that they are all related. The director, Adam Murray, uses his children to play the young boy and girl which makes the film seem even more realistic and relevant because they are so believable.

The production quality for this short film is extremely well executed, especially for a first time filmmaker. The special effects in the beginning are astounding and out of this world. The lighting is well done and the visual quality is impressive. The only issue I have in terms of audio quality is that the filmmaker should have put a microphone on the boy, because it is difficult to hear him speak.

My favorite aspect of this film is the relationship between the father and the son. Also, I like the costumes. They are adorable and really showcase Jacob's love for space. The message of the film is simple: never give up on your dreams and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. I give this 4 out of 5 stars because it is a great story with a very positive message. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12 and adults will enjoy it as well. Reviewed by Chandler D., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SGT STUBBY - AN UNLIKELY HERO

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SGT STUBBY - AN UNLIKELY HERO
RICHARD LANNI
Series: FEATURE, AGES 6-12
Topic - Family
Description - With World War I looming, a young Army Pvt. Robert Conroy is adopted by a stray, stump-tailed terrier. Conroy names his new friend Stubby and gives him a home, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The two quickly find themselves in the trenches of France and on the path to history. French soldier Gaston Baptiste befriends the duo and accompanies them along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film tells a beautiful story about the bond between a decorated war dog and a young private that lasts an entire war. The storyline follows Robert Conroy who joins the war effort when the U.S enters World War I. At his training camp, Conroy meets a stray dog named Stubby and his platoon takes in the dog as its own. Stubby becomes their mascot and subsequently heads to war after he shows great performance training with the soldiers. I like the World War I setting of this film. It is quite a somber historical period for an animated film to take place in. Few animated films have ever taken place during this conflict. While it does not address the bleaker parts of WWI, it does explore some sad topics. I appreciated that it does this, since most animated films don't. Stubby is very likeable as a relentless protagonist. The film puts ventures into interesting territory placing such an innocent creature in a non-innocent world. The 2D animation suits the film and well executed. The production design by Celine Desrumaux is very true to the time period, without romanticizing it. The score, by Patrick Doyle, is very patriotic, giving a sense of pride for one's country. The first and second act flow well, but the third act gets to be a wee bit long. I particularly like how WWI is explained as it helps you relate better to the conflict. This film makes an excellent way for children to learn about WWI. The voice over cast is terrific, key cast members include Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter and G�rard Depardieu. Yes. This film is entertaining and heartwarming and I highly recommend this it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is particularly suitable to any festival with a focus on war heroes or history or dogs! I recommend it for ages 6 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer.
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Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


RBG

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MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have been a fan of Justice Ginsburg since she first came into focus in the 70s, as an advocate of women's rights. This documentary about her life offers insight into her personal history and the people around her who supported her for so many years. She is an inspiration in so many ways. Shy and somewhat introverted, she never let that keep her from pursuing a career path that was unique for woman at the time. She entered Harvard Law School in 1956, one of 9 women in a class of 500 men. I resonated with her story about the Dean reportedly asking the female law students, "How do you justify taking a spot from a qualified man?"

Justice Ginsburg proudly speaks about being born and bred in Brooklyn. In the 70s she co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU. We listen to Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg reveal tales of her past that make you realize how pivotal her involvement in the women's movement was. Filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West dig into the substance of this woman with a judicious zeal usually reserved for our deceased heroes. As a staunch feminist, her nomination to the Supreme Court could have been way-laid had not President Clinton been wowed by her in the first 15 minutes of her interview with him. Then, he knew that he had to put her on the Court.

The love story between Ruth and Martin Ginsburg is nothing less than awe-inspiring. I love how she tells about her undergraduate years at Cornell where there was a four to one ratio of boys to girls. "Every mother wanted to send their daughter there because, if you couldn't find a husband there, you were hopeless." She reveals that during her freshman year, she never dated the same boy twice. That is, until she met Marty, who was the first guy that recognized she had a brain. When President Carter brought her to the federal bench, Marty gave up his success career as a tax attorney in New York to move to DC to support her. He recognized Ruth for the super star that she is and later, when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, rallied on her behalf with endless enthusiasm. Also noted is that he was the cook in the family. Her children tell how they had to keep her out of the kitchen.

One thing I really like about this film is that it focuses on Justice Ginsburg's life long fight against gender discrimination. She experienced it first hand as a fresh law school graduate that could not get a job in any law office in New York City because "they didn't hire women." She has never given up the fight, and there have been many - for women in the military who were discriminated against for pay and benefits, for widowed men who couldn't get survivor benefits. She chose her plaintiffs carefully, picking a male to show that gender discrimination worked against both men and women.

Although this film may lack verve in terms of groundbreaking filmmaking, it is stunning beautiful in telling the story of a contemporary hero. 84-year-old Justice Ginsburg is an icon of our times. A woman who has weathered extremely difficult conditions and sits on the highest court in the country as someone dedicated to equality - for women, for people of different races and cultures - for all of us. She is a modern heroine and, as shy and quiet as she is - carries a big stick! I have been touting this film to all the young women and men in my universe and sending them to it. Most walk away stunned. My 20-year-old friends never even knew who she was before going to see the film. Many weep as they watch it. Now, that's something. That's important. If this film manages to get one young person's attention and give them the courage to stand up for what they believe, then these filmmakers have something to be outrageously proud of. I believe they have.

Reviewed by Ranny L., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - In one of the most divided political times in the recent history, it is good to look back to the previous decades and see the changes and inspiration that occurred in America. This documentary, RBG, tells you about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and not only inspires you, but motivates you to change the world just as she did.

At its core, this documentary will inspire people. It doesn't hide the many aspects of life's challenges. Throughout Ruth's life, there are moments of romance as well as drama. On the opposite side of the coin, there are many comedic moments, ranging from fun antidotes about Ruth's workaholism to Saturday Night Live skits.

Starting from her childhood to the present day, RGB reveals the essence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is the female attorney who, not only fought for women's rights in the United States, but also spent years on as a Supreme Court Justice fighting for women's rights. This film truly gives real insight into the fight for women's education, equal payment in the workplace and equal treatment in every situation. Despite gender discrimination (which still occurs worldwide), few know the efforts women have gone through, in order to receive the same rights and treatment that men have. The film also shows many aspects of her personal family life as well as struggles she has survived, such as surviving cancer.

One of my favorite parts of the film is when it shows how political differences don't mean that two people cannot get along. Antonin Scalia, also a Supreme Court Justice, and Ruth were best friends for many years. Scalia was a staunch conservative and Ruth was always quite liberal. Often, in court, they differed in opinion. Yet, as the film shows, they were friends in real life, with no hard feelings despite their political differences. Their friendship delivers an important message for our nation today - that politics should not be something that breaks and blocks relationships.

RBG doesn't rely on a single narrator to explain the life of Justice Ginsberg, there are many people who talk about her. Throughout the documentary, the person we hear from the most is Justice Ginsberg herself telling her stories. Skilled research and editing incorporate real-life speeches at the Supreme Court, as well as many hearings when Ruth was a lawyer. This gives a unique realistic feel to the film. Instead of being lectured about the subject, you feel as if you are part of her story. This also has its downsides. The documentary flows chronologically, but it also focuses on many aspects of Ruth's life. In some ways, the film deals with so much information that it can become overwhelming.

While Ruth's story is something we all should hear, it is complex with many mature details and important subjects. I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 as well as adults. It truly is a film that teenagers should see, as it demonstrates how anyone is capable of change. I give the film 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


DINO DAN TREK'S ADVENTURES: THE COMPLETE SERIES

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In this complete series set, enjoy 50 dino-filled adventures with junior dinosaur expert, Trek Henderson, as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world! While Trek's brother, Dan, is away helping his dad, it's time for Trek to get his own dino time. Trek is going to finish some of the experiments in Dino Dan's Field Guide including seeing at least eighteen dinosaurs that Dan has never seen before! Trek will even meet marine reptiles for the very first time! It's time to join Trek Henderson as he embarks on one dino adventure after another and all in his very own way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures: The Complete Series is a series for young kids with a lot of excitement, and fun adventures to go on! Kids will love this series if they have a big imagination and of course, have a love of dinosaurs.

On this DVD, there are 50 dino-filled adventures with the dinosaur expert, Trek Henderson. Trek imagines different types of dinosaurs in the real world throughout all of his experiences! While Trek's brother, Dan is away helping his dad with something, Trek takes over and entertains himself with his dinosaur world. The goal is to finish up some of the experiments that Dan has started. Trek even meets some new dinosaurs and marine reptiles that he hasn't seen before! Join Trek on his wonderful adventures throughout the world of dinosaurs!

One reason I really like this show is how they incorporate educational lessons into it. It's not everyday that you see a kids TV show that includes all kinds of educational facts within the story line. This is exactly what this series does. For example, in the episode "Trek Rex," Trek is having trouble figuring out what dinosaur he wants to dress up as for a party. Throughout the episode, he has various encounters with several dinosaurs to help him make his final decision. Trek and the dinosaurs' encounters happen in the real world, in front of real people, so he is imagining it. I believe that creates a connection between Trek and kids in the real world, since many have big imaginations.

The overall message in this series is that it's okay to have an imagination and even share it with others! Trek has no problem sharing his findings out loud for everyone to see and has no shame about doing that. This is what kids should feel. And, sharing their findings throughout their childhood is a cool thing to do.

I rate this show 4 out of 5 stars for its playful storyline, exciting cast, imagination and much more. I would love to see the storyline develop more, but it's perfect for younger kids. I recommend it for ages 5 through 10 . This is available now on DVD, so check it out.

By Imani B.G, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This series is great for keeping younglings entertained over the summer. With over 500 minutes in its 50 episodes, this will keep them busy and will keep them interested. I found Trek talking to an imaginary dinosaur somewhat strange but hey, it doesn't seem to bother his mom.

The storyline is about when Trek's brother who goes away to dig up fossils and Trek misses him. Then, one day a package arrives in the mail with a message from Dan asking Trek to help him do some dinosaur experiments. In later episodes, he gets better and better at conducting these experiments. One of his tasks is to find out if albertosaurus hunt in packs. For this, he gets a ham sandwich and gets the albertosaurus to chase him.

Trek is played by Trek Buccino who lives in Toronto, Ontario and attended Claude Watson School for the Arts. He has also been in Pacific Rim and PJ Masks. Trek's mom is played by Allana Harkin who has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy award for Full Frontal which she produced.

What I like about the show is that it is enjoyable to watch while you learn some facts along the way. I recommend it for ages 3 to 8 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. It is available now on Digital and DVD/Blu-ray so, check it out.

By Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 575 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD
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LITTLE PRINCE, THE: THE PLANET OF THE ROSE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Follow the Little Prince, a hero of multiple generations, as he experiences brand new adventures with iconic characters based on the masterpiece by Antoine de St. Exup�ry. In The Planet of the Rose, the Little Prince believes he has succeeded in getting rid of the Snake after a deadly battle. He can now finally continue to find the Rose's planet for his dear Rose. When the Little Prince and Rose reach the planet of the Rose, strange crabs live on the surface and are hardly hospitable. There is no trace of vegetation and no trace of the Rose people. Convinced they have reached the wrong destination, the Little Prince is ready to leave when they find some of the people. However, the Rose people are asleep and fossilized. The Little Prince and Rose need to bring them back to life. Unfortunately, that's not all they will need to do as the Little Prince's enemy, the Snake, hasn't died after all.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I truly enjoyed watching this show. Based on the book series, it has a ring of positivity to it. The Little Prince is an incredibly good and popular book series and a wonderfully animated film series. The symbolisms associated with Rose, the Fox and the Snake may be lost on the youngest viewers. However, school age children will benefit from an increased imaginative mindset and the good vs. evil theme. The flow of the story lags a bit at times, but it is quite pleasant to watch. The Little Prince is definitely a positive role model in terms of protecting the ones he loves such as Rose and other protagonists. They all help each other out of peril like when the spirits help Fox from falling into outer space. The computer animation is exceptional. The characters, locale and colors are easy for viewers to identify with.

One aspect that really stands out are the geographical indicators notating inter-dimensional aspects of outer space. The cover design showing the Little Prince looking out into the distance along with Rose is big, colorful and enticing. Young people would enjoy this film because it is adventurous, the setting is unusual and the graphics are terrific.

The Little Prince series is based upon the teachings of Saint Exupery and holds morals based upon religious values. Although secular in tone, the theme of good overtaking evil is important for children to hear in order to give them hope in this world. The adventure of outer space will draw most children in. This film might get children thinking about other planets and the science of astronomy and geography. It definitely will expand their imaginations. Questioning and probing take place. For example, when the Little Prince talks about traveling to the Rose planet and the Geographer states that they might possibility be "lost forever in infinity" while trying to voyage there. The Little Prince determines it is worth the risk for Rose.

There are no bonus features on the DVD. One issue I have is that when you stop the movie and come back to it later, it starts all over at the beginning. It does not start where it left off, which is a nuisance. Also, there are no foreign language subtitles, which is something I missed. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 13, as well as adults. It is available on DVD now, so check it out.

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Once again, the little prince and the adorable Rose are getting back together and it's fantastic how everything is all happy and joyous for their reunion.

It's very fun and interesting and I absolutely love this DVD. The thing about this story, which is very fun and adorable is that they put a new twist on it. And there are lots of new characters as well as old characters from the series. I absolutely love that they brought the King and the Salesclerk back. I really like that they add new characters to the old ones we love and adore. Everyone will have a character that they can relate to. It is really fun and I love the scene when the Fox comes and they gets knocked off the rope and then he gets to meet the King and the Salesclerk again. It's a glorious movie, very hilarious and silly, which I like. Also, the Little Prince is, once again, a fantastic character. He is definitely my favorite character because he has a lot of wonderful traits. He's very kind and generous, which is glorious. At the same time, he serves as a great role model, and one that kids should see more often. It is good to see someone take their duties seriously, especially helping others. That's what we get in the prince, all the time. I also love little Rose. She's very adorable. She is very funny when she is arguing with the Fox. The two of them are just like yin and yang.

Now, one thing that is just fascinating about this show is the animation. If you think about it, when you look at it you think, "Wow! I'm stunned." I think this show is something that will inspire many young children who might think about traveling to another the moon or Mars. I think that idea is fascinating. I have always loved astronauts. That's what makes this DVD so perfect. The animation is so detailed and colorful and each planet has its own unique twist and turns. By just using words, a little bit of script and then adding all the colors in the DVD make this show perfect. I love that the animation seems to be a mix of anime and origami. They work perfectly together.

I really love that this show is something the entire family can enjoy together. I think it's suitable for ages 5 to 18, as well as adults. I definitely give this 5 out of 5 stars. This is available now on DVD so be sure to check it out! You don't want to miss this one.

By Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 7.99
Media: DVD
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MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: APPLEJACK

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Think work on the farm is easy? Then you don't know jack - Applejack, that is! Honesty, patience and friendships are tested in a new collection of adventures featuring everypony's favorite four-hooved apple lover! Join Applejack and her very best pals - Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Spike - as they experience the power and magic of true friendship. Bonus Feature: sing-along.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Each episode in this collection is approximately 25 minutes in length. The storylines are very straightforward and the moral messages are charming and clear. They are very engaging for the target age. The characters draw you in with their multi-dimensional human personality traits. The language is quite suitable for the audience as well, although younger kids may not pick up every single word. The overall messages are what are important. Applejack, the main character, maintains an integrity even if others do something different. If she does something wrong, then she accepts the mistake as well as its consequences and, more importantly, apologizes. The other characters hold the same level of integrity as well. Questioning and probing are developed when certain problematic situations take place. An example is when a pair of scam artists dupe a crowd at a circus presentation into believing that a miracle product cures ills, Applejack instantly feels there is something fishy going on and is concerned when grandma pony purchases the elixir. In another episode, Applejack's younger sisters and friends want to help build carts for a race, but the older sisters take over designing the carts. The race ends in a big crash, destroying the carts. The younger siblings assert that the holder ones took over their project and the resolution is for the younger ponies to rebuild their carts without interference from the older siblings. I love the humor in these stories, the visual appeal, interesting storylines and great morals that children can easily pick up. The animation is big and colorful. There are five episodes and bonus singalong. The messages address how to be a person of high character, getting along with others, owning up to mistakes and apologizing. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 9. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Even though these episodes are clearly for younger kids, I can't deny that I actually really like these episodes. I don't think I'll actually start watching the show, but this show can be enjoyed by the whole family because it is very entertaining.

This DVD is a collection of five shorts from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, with most of the episodes centered around the character, Applejack. She is an important character in every episode, even the ones that are not centered around her. I am aware that My Little Pony actually has some pretty interesting stories and can get pretty dark, but these episodes are filler. They do also reference major events in past episodes and one episode has two characters who appear to be recurring characters, so I really wouldn't recommend this DVD as a way to fully understand what takes place on the show.

That being said, Applejack has a sweet southern accent, works on a farm and appears to epitomize honesty. I like that My Little Pony shows have a moral compass that teach positive lessons. This show should make lots of parents happy. My Little Pony has a ton of effort and care put into each episode. I'm very impressed with this show. Often times in shows, filler episodes are boring and they make you wish you were watching a story driven episode. This isn't the case with these stories!

Now, My Little Pony has some really interesting characters. I love character driven stories and that best describes this series. The main cast consists of six characters, or "The Mane 6" as they're often referred to outside the show. By the way, it's an amazing pun. I really like when shows have a large cast of recurring characters that really make their world feel real. It helps world-building, character dynamics and of course, I love talking about characters in media. As I mentioned, these episodes focus mainly on one character, Applejack, but sometimes the other members of The Mane 6 share the spotlight. If you like Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and Rarity, then you will love this series because they are highly featured. My main issue is that, ironically, my favorite member of The Mane 6, Fluttershy isn't in any of these episodes. I know the episodes are about Applejack, but from what I've seen of recent My Little Pony, Fluttershy is the most under-developed of the group. So please, My Little Pony creators, show some love and character development to Fluttershy.

I give this DVD 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12. The DVD is available now, so look for it.

Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Howdy there everyone. Get ready for a brand new adventure with my favorite pony, Applejack! We will be exploring the terrific apple farm and seeing all the wondrous things Applejack, and her wonderful family, do there. I enjoyed all the new episodes in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Applejack because they show Applejack and her family in Ponyville.

Who can argue with Applejack? I know I can't! After all, she personifies the element of truth and that is one of her best qualities. Since she knows how to spot a lie at first sight, she makes the perfect detective. This is why "Leap of Faith" is my favorite episode, hooves down. I can't get enough of Applejack's detective skills and Granny Smith reliving her youth. There is just too much fun and humor in one episode and therefore it is so enjoyable to watch. Two of my other favorite characters are in this episode and they are brewing up trouble - aka Flim and Flam are back in town.

The pony who steals the show is defiantly Applejack. After all this DVD is all about her and she surely takes advantage of that. I would love to have Applejack as a friend and a neighbor, not only for her honestly, but because she is kind and gracious as well. Her sweet southern accent is hard to resist.

The animation in these episodes is very detailed and, once again, looks as if there is a pony running around this wonderful city. I adore the way the town looks with all the bright colors and fun characters. The barn is especially great. It looks as if you could go and pick apples right from the trees. That is one of the great things about this series. The colors appeal to both young and old audiences because of how vivid they are.

Another thing to look for in this DVD are the fun bonus features such as the sing-along and the amazing new cook book from Applejack. You will find recipes for caramel apples, baked apples and spiced apple cider - all of which are kid friendly. The sing-along is great for kids who want to become world renowned singers because they can sing along with their favorite My little Pony Songs with Applejack and the rest of the main six.

I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 15 and give it 5 out 5 apple stars. It is available on DVD and Digital now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.98
Media: DVD
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MAYA THE BEE 2: THE HONEY GAMES BLU-RAY/DVD

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Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - After a slow harvest season, the very survival of the hive is threatened. Maya, and her sidekick, Willy, go to Buzztropolis, where the Empress invites them to participate in the Honey Games. But if they lose, the hive will have to give the Empress all of their summer honey! Needless to say, Maya and Willy's teammates are neither enthusiastic nor athletic, but Maya remains positive and exclaims that "every bug has a talent!" Can Maya and Team Poppy win and secure her hive's future? Only if Maya is able to gain new friends and learn about teamwork, responsibility, and overcoming their differences! Bonus features: The Making of Maya the Bee 2; Original teaser and trailers.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My six-year-old granddaughter really enjoyed this DVD. The storyline is quite interesting in showing the life of bees and how they gather honey and support the Queen and all the other bees in the colony. The story line continues with the Queen Bee of Poppy Meadow and her bees gathering honey for the winter. She realizes that they may not have enough honey for the hive to last the winter when she gets word that the Empress, her estranged sister, has declared that the Queen's colony has been selected for The Honey Games. The Hive of Poppy Meadow is required to honor the Empress to donate 50% of their honey. They don't have enough honey for their own hive to survive the winter, so the request is a difficult one to abide by. Maya and her best friend Willie go the Empress and please their case.

The story line is easy to follow and suitable for the target audience. The vocabulary and concepts are also right on target. There is a lot of teamwork shown and sometimes Maya tries things on her own but soon realizes that is a mistake and relies on her friends to help. There are some consequences and they are repaired by the characters in a nice way. Each becomes more respectful of the others as time passes.

The visual appeal of this DVD is appropriate and interesting enough for the youth it was designed for. The DVD is animated and colorful and lively in action to keep the interests of the intended audiences. I feel that the storyline of this is quite entertaining for youth and the pictures of the bees are so cute! The characters on the cover are so interesting you wonder what kind of trouble are they about to get into!

In terms of the message of this story, as the story develops, we discover that the Empress and the Queen are actually sisters that do not get along. Towards the end they make up and realize they love each other and miss being together. Forgiveness becomes the overall theme as we see the sisters resolve their differences. Also, during the competition games the contestants learn a few lessons about fairness and love. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 9.

Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed watching this! This animated film has many underlying messages without becoming confusing. Each of the characters have their own strong personalities which makes their interactions interesting. The plot line is intriguing also.

The main character, Maya is a bee who dreams of competing in The Honey Games. One day she has a chance to make her dream comes true, but it will put her entire city at risk. The Empress demands Maya's city to give up half of their honey to contribute to The Honey Games. They aren't allowed to participate, but are forced to give up their honey. Maya believes that this is outrageous and challenges the Empress. If Maya wins, she doesn't have to give up any honey. But if she loses, they have to give up all of their honey and her city will starve.

Maya (Coco Jack Gillies) is a well developed character. Coco Jack Gillies makes her voice distinctly sound differently which is good for Maya who goes through a lot of emotions. Gillies can sound distressed, guilty, ecstatic and hopeful.

The animation is done really well. The quality is great and all of the little details contribute to make it seem very realistic. The music also is very suitable for the film and sets the mood in the various scenes.

My favorite part is when Maya's best friend Willy realizes that Violet, a bee who is a bully, is trying to sabotage them. Willy has a slight crush on Violet, which blinds him of all the mean things she is doing to Maya. Finally Willy realizes what is happening and stands up for Maya. Even through all these hardships, Maya and Willy find it in their hearts to forgive Violet for everything that she has done. That is one of the messages in this film.

Other messages address how everyone has their own special talent, how you should believe in yourself and that no matter how small you are, you can still make a difference. These messages are really important and give kids a lot of self confidence. I love how they incorporate all of these wonderful messages into the story without making the film trivial.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 10. This DVD is available now so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

The animation in this film is very high quality, except for the characters' hair. It's a bit odd that they put so much detail into the bodies of the bees, but none into their hair. For me, this movie is a bit too predictable. I like more exciting movies.

The storyline in Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games follows a little bee named Maya who accidentally embarrasses the empress of Buzztropolis and is forced to try to win The Honey Games to prove that her hive are not all foolish bees. The Honey Games are a series of physical challenges. Maya must win them with a team of oddball bugs or the Empress will take all her hive's summer honey and Maya's hive won't survive the winter.

The main characters in this movie are, Maya, (Coco Jack Gillies), the leader of Team Poppy and Willi (Benson Jack Anthony), Maya's sidekick. Other characters include, Bedford, (Cam Ralph), a bedbug, Spinder (Jordan Hare), a vegetarian spider, Craig, (Jimmy James Eaton) a cockroach that fears dirt, Arnie, (David Collins) and Barney, (Shane Dundas) two ants with helmets, and the villain, Violet, (Linda Ngo). My favorite of these character is Willi because he is scared to do all the stuff Maya wants to do, but Maya won't listen to him and he is forced to do those things anyway. I find this funny.

My favorite scene is when Maya tries to get a honey treat away from Willi so she can give it to the Empress, but instead she accidently throws the treat at the Empress and embarrasses her. This scene is funny, because of the way Maya tries to help her but instead she gets stuck to the Empress's face. Throughout the movie Maya must learn about teamwork and overcoming differences. That leads us to the big message of this movie which is everybody has a talent or, as Maya says it, every bug has a talent. That means that nobody is useless.

I rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 7 because it has a good message. I think adults might enjoy watching this movie with their children. This movie is available now on Blue Ray and DVD so, check it out.

Reviewed by Damon F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 83 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 18.97
Media: DVD
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DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI: LOSS

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Series: DVD, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Digimon Adventure Tri: Loss is the fourth in a series of six feature length movies. After the "reboot" and Meicoomon's rampage, Tai and friends arrive in the Digital World. They reunite with their partner Digimon, who have lost all their memories. As everyone discusses what they should do from here in the Digital World, Meicoomon suddenly appears and then disappears. She still has her memories for some reason as she wanders around, looking for Meiko. Meanwhile in the real world, Nishijima receives word that Himekawa has gone missing. As he investigates, he determines that there's been some hidden agenda behind her behavior up to this point. It has something to do with an event in the past that determined both their destinies... Special Features: "The Evolution So Far" - Star Joshua Seth Catches Us Up To The Events Of Digimon Adventure tri.: Loss Digimon Adventure tri: Loss is the sequel to Digimon Adventure tri: Confession.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD will certainly entertain the viewer. It has many moving parts, flows well from beginning to end. Younger kids will not understand all the themes, unless they are familiar with the series. The protagonists are polite to each other and concerned for one another. They express emotions in an appropriate manner such as speaking directly about their feelings - "I was scared when you left me." Problem-solving is demonstrated by the characters working together. This concept fits the target age group. Viewers learn that when people work together, the results are positive. This film utilizes Japanese animation which is appealing to children. The color scheme is not brightly colored and the artwork is quite detailed. Young people need to have hope in this world and the theme that prevails here is of good overcoming evil. The storyline is very involved and mind-stimulating. The DVD's menu allows you to select specific scenes and there are bonus feature. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 13. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Digimon Adventure Tri: Loss entertained me because of its wonderful animation and impressive voice acting. This is sure to be a watch for Digimon and anime fans.

The story follows the events after the reboot where all Digimon were forced to forget their partners. In wake of this, the shrewd Joe Kido (Robbie Daymond) sets out to hunt them while they are at their weakest. To defend themselves, the team must unite and strengthen their Digimon to match up to Kido's wits. During this, a hopeless Sora (Colleen O'Shaugnessey) tries to reunite with her estranged Biyomon (Cherami Leigh), as Kido targets her first.

Colleen O'Shaugnessey, as Sora, excellently presents her sorrow and selflessness for Biyomon. However, their sullen interactions become rather repetitive and forced as the story progresses. Miho Arakawa, as Meiko, splendidly portrays her reformation from saving Meicoomon, using this hope to brighten Sora. Robbie Daymond, as Joe Kido, is my favorite character due to his clever performance full of charisma as he proves to be a force to be reckoned with. Also, his deceiving escapes add a theatric grandeur to the character. Tom Fahn, as Agumon, exhibits his leadership through his care and demands of the other Digimon. Cherami Leigh, as Biyomon, depicts an equally well acted counterpart to Sora with her inability to pair with her. Kate Higgons, as Meicoomon, spectacularly reforms from being the main antagonist of the last movie to one that is heroic following the reboot.

The direction by Keitaro Motonaro wonderfully adapts with a similar approach to the source magna. My favorite scene is the resolution between Sora and Biyomon. Its conclusion adds a touching ending to this mixed bag of a plot. My only problems with this movie are in its inconsistent writing which switches from one tone to the next or even underplays many character arcs. Also, the amount of farcical humor could have taken a break to service the plot's serious developments.

The message of the movie is to always take care of yourself first before concerning others. Sora's insecurities increase while trying to reconcile with Biyomon, but this leaves her and other team members susceptible to attack. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18 because of its frequent action. The movie is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 100 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 11.98
Media: DVD
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PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR

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Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - PUP STAR is back, with an all-new movie that takes the popular singing dogs on trip around the world, where Tiny and friends find fantastic new songs and meet exciting new canine singers that prove music really is the universal language.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In some ways, this film reminds me of a combination of The Voice and American Idol, but with dogs as contestants and judges. I have to admit that I had some trouble getting into the film at the beginning, because it seems a bit too unrealistic. I had trouble imagining these dogs as music and rap stars. The beginning is a bit slow and then, someplace in the middle, it became much more entertaining. The songs and soundtrack are my favorite part of the film, but some of the dog characters really grow on you. Even though the storyline is quite predictable, it is entertaining. I really like that the tour goes to different countries. The characters are fun to watch and it has a great ending. It is a good film for families to watch together. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 11. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is definitely made for younger kids. The storyline isn't very complicated and it is pretty predictable, but still very enjoyable for the whole family.

The story is about the puppy celebrity Tiny, now a Judge on Pup Stars World Tour, and has selected a dog named Julio as her representative. The issue is, Julio is helping Bark, the villain from the first two movies, win Pup Stars.

Because almost the entire cast is comprised of talking dogs, the editing needs to look good. And, like previous movies, it really does look like the dogs are talking. I can't even imagine how difficult it must be to film and edit this movie. In the scenes where Julio performs, he does all these crazy moves and twists and - he looks really good. Kudos to the editors, Jason Dale and Nik Svab. They say it is difficult to work with kids and animals.

One thing I liked in the previous Pup Star movie is the song that Tiny sang. It really was an ear worm. In Pup Star: World Tour there are tons of new songs, with some really talented singers and interesting cultural backgrounds. Because each contestant is from a different country, the songs differ depending on the culture. I really like that about these songs. It fits well with the message they are trying to spread about being united through music. Shout Out to Brahm Wenger.

I feel that, in this movie especially, the writers work with the fact that dogs in this make believe world are actors, singers and similar. There are dog soap operas and there are also tabloids covering dog news. It is as if dogs are not our pets, but more like our equals. Some people already consider them their kids, so I guess it is not that far fetched. Little stuff like that really helps the world building. Also, one of my main issues with the second Pup Stars movie was that I felt the human characters were too oblivious and easily manipulated by the villain's plans. Thankfully, it's different here. The villain's plan is a little more complicated, so I could actually see how the human characters could believe what was going on. Also, I surprisingly laughed a lot. The way certain scenes are shot and acted is just hilarious!

Now, my one question is, how many more Pup Stars movies will there be? The ending of this movie serves really well as the conclusion to the series. But, my guess is that this won't likely be the last movie.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 18. If you like dogs and music from all over, I recommend this for you in particular. It comes out on May 5, 2018 so look for it.

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

Pup Star is back and bigger than ever, as the hit singing pup competition goes global! I am totally into this movie! It is absolutely hilarious - very entertaining, witty, sassy, incredible and completely a family Friday- night movie to enjoy. It is also perfect for dog lovers.

I love this heart-warming film because it is different, talking dogs... now that's pretty different. The dogs bring a fun and quirky style with the singing and dancing that will bring the best out of you. This is definitely a fun, big scale musical adventure.

The story follows Tiny, a charming Yorkie, as she joins the launch of the Pup Star World Tour as a celebrity judge. It takes the popular singing dogs on a trip around the world where Tiny and friends find wonderful new songs to sing from different countries. Each judge chooses their favorite contestant to compete for the new title of Global Pup Star Champion. This film literally makes you get up and dance. When the contest faces a severe threat from a trio of conspirators, you have go see the movie to find out how that is resolved.

Directed and written by Robert Vince, the lead characters and the talent that voices them include Tiny (Kaitlyn Maher), Julio (Jorge Diaz), Grandpa Growl (John Ratzenberger), Simon Growl (Steve Valentine), Bark (George Newbern), Shep (Reggie De Leon), Rover (Jonathon Mangum), Jimmy Kibble (Brian Hull), Steven (David DeLuise), Butch (Danny Woodbury), Raji (Maulik Pancholy), Lou (Makenzie Moss), Ming (April Hong), Juan (Steve Zaragoza), Kano (Diedrich Bader), Dog Gnarly (Ziggy Marley) and many more.

The dogs' costumes are glamorous, with all the sparkles, glitter and beautiful colors. The colors really bring great visual effects to the film. When all the dogs from different countries come out to sing in their cultural customs, it really drew my attention. I loved seeing all the different backgrounds and vibes in all of the dogs. The music is remarkable. It really fits the theme of the film and paints pictures of all the different cultures.

My favorite characters are Tiny, who unquestionably is the most adorable judge, Shep, the funny service manager and Julio, the Mexican pup with a big heart. Most importantly, all the characters are amazing. My absolute favorite part is when the cheaters (I'm not going to tell you who they are) get disqualified from the competition.

The message of the story is "cheaters never win; winners never cheat." I'll admit, I've never understood the utility of cheating. This film definitely calls you to action. It has a positive message that promotes positive social behavior. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it for ages 5 to 14 years old, as well as adults. The film will be released on May 5, 2018 in Canada and USA so look for it!

By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 87 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


AVENGERS: IINFINITY WAR

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - s the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - See it! When I reviewed Black Panther, I wholeheartedly admitted I am not the target audience for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This week, as I took my seat, I STILL thought I was not the target audience for Avengers: Infinity Wars and yet I would not have traded my seat for the universe. I felt as if my old friends had invited me to visit and I loved every minute of our time together.

This film rolls out like a reunion story, with old wounds and new challenges. The superhero liaisons are interesting and all the characters work together when every star system is on the line. My favorite character is Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Throughout the trials and travails, he is led by a moral compass. I also like seeing Thanos' (Josh Brolin) conflict and emotion. Yes, emotion. Thanos' quest to collect all six super powerful Infinity Stones is tough to watch - especially when revealed his plans to wipe out 50% of the population. When our superheroes realize he is on a genocide quest, the action truly ignites.

I love this film! It has all the feels. I cheered for the heroes and loathed the villains - and Thanos' crew are a creepy bunch. When I think about the behemoth task of directors Anthony and Joe Russo, I want to evoke the "mind-blown" emoji! More than 76 characters with multiple, simultaneous plotlines! The cast is immense, yet everyone has their featured and focused action. Speaking of which, the action is intense at times and the CGI creatures are wicked. The superheroes' costumes are like old friends or your favorite shoes that you can't wait to see again. It is rare for a summer blockbuster to truly deliver on its "epic" promise. This one delivers.

I give this 4.6 out of 5 stars for the cast, special effects, life lessons, awesome comedic pop culture references throughout, make-up (men and women) and female empowerment. This film will appeal to ages 8 to 18. I caution younger viewing due to fight scenes which may be disturbing to them. Stay for the end crawl! This opens April 26, 2018 in theaters nationwide. Look for it!

Reviewed by Kimbirly O., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wow! Just, wow!! Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to this movie for ten years. This movie is glorious. All I can say is, you will not be expecting what happens. It left me screaming inside. I still cannot believe it.

The storyline is about the Avengers and their allies needing to team up to stop the titan Thanos from collecting The Infinity Stones and destroying half the universe.

Now, because all the Marvel characters are finally coming together, Marvel fans will obviously be excited. And when basically every single character appears on-screen, the theater erupts into claps and screams of joy. I always love it when a studio or company can make people feel such excitement for their characters. It's just really cool.

This movie features lots of different locations that the characters travel to. I must admit, some of these locations are absolutely gorgeous and others, totally desolate, but still incredible. I love the shots in space and on different planets, especially the snowy planet that Thanos goes to at one point. In fact, the whole movie looks fantastic. Everything - from the costumes, the camera angles, the scale, the special effects - everything! I was so invested in the visuals the entire time.

Also, let's be honest, this is Marvel, we all expect this movie to be absolutely hilarious. And it is. No surprises there. I laughed so hard at Iron Man and Doctor Strange arguing, Star Lord being jealous of Thor and basically all of Spider Man and Drax's dialogue. Comedy always seems to be Marvel's greatest strength. The writing, in general, is fantastic. I love the interactions these characters have, even the dramatic moments. That's coming from someone who usually hates dramatic moments, because I hate being sad in movies.

This is a superhero movie, so obviously there are some pretty cool action scenes. And yeah, this movie has some awesome action scenes. Probably my favorite is the huge fight in Wakanda that is shown in the trailer. The fight is absolutely massive and straight up amazing. The shots and the way the characters work together are just glorious. I felt so immersed in all the action.

Since this movie is connected to the other Marvel movies in their Cinematic Universe, there is the possible question about whether you need to have seen all the other movies in order to understand this one. I would say, not all of them, but at least a few certain ones. I recommend that you brush up on your Marvel characters before you go, just to be ready.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, as it gets pretty dark. It opens in theaters nationwide April 27, 2018 so, check your local listings.

Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

As everyone knows, the hype for this movie was extreme. Even with expectations so high, I can honestly say that it is one of the most exciting and enjoyable movies I have ever seen. I was dazzled by this enormous spectacle of a movie. There are so many surprises, laughs and even sad moments. The production values, acting, special effects and writing are top-notch, of course.

The plot of the story involves Thanos, motion-captured and voiced by Josh Brolin, who is arguably the most evil bad guy yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This character is intent upon collecting all six Infinity Stones, crystals that control each aspect of existence (time, space, reality, power, mind and soul). The plot involves the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and others because each of them has an infinity stone that Thanos wants. If someone gets all six stones they can control reality and Thanos, concerned about overpopulation, wants to destroy half the population of the world. The whole team has to figure out how they can stop Thanos from getting all six stones, so they can save the world.

Besides the impressive production values, what people will most enjoy about this film is that it is a really funny movie. The jokes keep coming and simply don't stop, which definitely makes for a kid-friendly film. As in every Marvel movie, the music is terrific. Alan Silvestri of Polar Express fame wrote the rousing score. Last, the realistic makeup fooled me into believing that many of the characters were bleeding. Although, it's not really gory.

I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars for being a gorgeous and colorful blockbuster film. Of course I love everyone's acting, especially (let's be real) Benedict Cumberbatch, who is the best Doctor Strange. Am I right? The masterful special effects, the humor and even the many surprising emotional moments combine to tell an entertaining story of how everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe come together to save the world. I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18. It opens nationwide in theaters April 27, 2018, so go check it out.

By Lucia F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 19

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


SECRETS OF THE DEAD: SCANNING THE PYRAMIDS

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: SCANNING THE PYRAMIDS
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - Passionate about ancient history, the global team of Scan Pyramids consists of particle physicists, experts in innovation and 3D technologies, and engineers in thermal imaging from Egypt, France, Japan, and Canada. For more than two years, they explored every corner of the pyramid, using non-invasive technologies including infrared cameras, 3D scanners and cosmological particle detectors located inside and outside the monument. Their search detected unknown cavities in the Great Pyramid of Khufu for the first time since the Middle Ages. Viewers are able to witness Scan Pyramid's adventures and successes in this extraordinary scientific and historical journey through time and space that led to this historic discovery. A production of Bonne Pioche T�l�vision in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, Curiosity Stream, France T�l�visions, HIP Institute, and NHK. Directed by Florence Tran with the collaboration of Pascal Cuissot. Produced by Bonne Pioche. Stephanie Carter is executive producer for Secrets of the Dead.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is simply fascinating. We follow a remarkable scientific team of people using physics, science and technology to unlock the secrets of the pyramids. It is not only entertaining, but has so much educational value as well. It is amazing to watch as those involved in the scanned pyramid project unlock the secrets of the pyramids and find proof and real evidence. It flows well. The scenes of the pyramids are truly amazing! It's a real mystery and a great opportunity to see what lies within the Great Pyramid at Giza. This is an historic discovery that the whole family will enjoy learning about. I really like learning about the non-invasive way this team of scientists use technology to scan the pyramids and, once again, this film shows just how far technology has come even in the last 20 years. I give this 5 out of 5 and recommend it for ages 6 to 18 as well as adults. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 55 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD


BLUMHOUSE'S TRUTH OR DARE

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone -- or something -- begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Truth or Dare is a new thriller that has the audience questioning their real abilities and intentions behind the fun-filled game. I am a huge fan of horror and thriller films and was so excited to see the amazing acting and suspense behind this work. This film offers jump-scares, second guessing and is loads of fun to watch with friends.

Olivia (Lucy Hale) and a couple of her college friends take a trip to Mexico for a final getaway before graduation. Little did they know it would turn into something more. While there, they meet a stranger who convinces Olivia to play a harmless, fun game of "truth or dare" with the others. The game starts and so does chaos which follows the group back to their hometown, releasing all their deepest and darkest secrets. The rules are quite simple, but fearful: tell the truth or die; do the dare, or die. No one gets out alive if you don't play by the rules. Or do they?

Growing up, my friends and I always played the game "truth or dare" at sleepovers. This movie made me question what secrets are we all hide in this game? If the consequences were real, such as they are in this film, how would we react? My favorite part of this film is how I was able to somewhat relate to the characters. They are all teens, as am I. So, it really had me feeling as if I was in their shoes and made me question what I have done in order to survive. I adore the cast, because each one has something to offer to the character they play.

The message in this film is about being honest with your friends and family and to trust one another in any circumstance. Olivia and her friends are torn apart towards the beginning of the film, due to their belief about whether or not the game was real. Once their eyes are opened, they work together in hopes of beating the game and surviving.

I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars. It has a great storyline, cast and cinematography. I it for ages 13 to 18. I recommend seeing it with a group of friends to really get the full effect. Also, it would be more fun! It opens nationwide in theaters on April 13, 2018 so, be sure to check it out. Think about this film the next time you play "truth or dare" with your friends!

Reviewed by Imani B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Blumhouse's Truth or Dare is a somewhat disappointing thriller with lots of initial potential. However, the acting and direction allow for some fun thrills. Fans of thrillers and horror movies may want to check it out but proceed with caution.

The story follows teenage friends Olivia (Lucy Hale), Lucas (Tyler Posey), Markie (Violett Beane), Penelope (Sophia Ali), Tyson (Nolan Gerard Funk), Ronnie (Sam Lernie) and Brad (Hayden Szeto) on a trip to Mexico. Along the way, they encounter Carter (Landon Liboiron), an amicable person with a dark secret, playing a game of "truth or dare". This quickly takes a turn for the worst, once the game summons a curse among the friends. Upon returning home, the curse sequesters the friends, forcing them to play a deadly game of "truth or dare" - one which will result in death if lost. Realizing they are all being forced to play the same game, the friends try to find a way to remove the curse.

Lucy Hale, as Olivia, delivers a commanding performance as the main lead, willing to go to any lengths to stop the curse. She excels in presenting her unstable relationship with her best friend Markie. Tyler Posey, as Lucas, is extremely determined to save his friends using logic to outthink the curse. Violett Beane, as Markie, is excellent with what she is given, but her character could have been more aptly written. She denigrates a repetitive plot point used to propel her inconclusive relationship with Olivia. Sophia Ali, as Penelope, wonderfully presents her character's nonchalant attitude to circumstances, until it's her turn to play the game. Nolan Gerard Funk, as Tyson, prominently portrays a smart yet misguided teen. Sam Lernie, as Ronnie, is the most careless of the group. Hayden Szeto, as Brad, is my favorite character due to his clever comic relief. Landon Liboiron, as Carter, mysteriously presents his character's involvement in the story.

Jeff Wadlow directs the movie with some fun thrills, but also many that are predictable. My favorite scene is Olivia's first dare for Markie to break her hand. It is well-acted with a visceral intensity. The flaws in the movie are in its inconsistent writing, which completely steal all the potential we see initially. Most of the characters end up in situations that are unintentionally funny. The characters are written to be hate-able and bipolar for the sake of the movie's plot. The conclusion ends up feeling rushed and used as bait for a sequel.

The message of this film is to always be careful of strangers and unknown places. I give this film 2.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 because of the horror, sexual references and language. The movie releases in theaters on April 13, 2018, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

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


BOXCARE CHILDREN, THE: SURPRISE ISLAND

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 6-14
Topic - Family
Description - One of the most-read children's book series of all time comes alive on the big screen in the Boxcar Children - Surprise Island based on the second book from the series by Gertrude Chandler, featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen, J.K. Simmons, Griffin Cluck, Joey King, Dane DeHaan and more! The Alden children have a home with their grandfather now - but their adventures are just beginning! The first surprise comes when they learn they'll be spending the summer on their private island. A kind stranger who lives there is always happy to help the children out, but does this new friend have a secret?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The film, The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island is based on the second book in the series by Gertrude Chandler. In this series and film, the children now have a home with their grandfather (Martin Sheen).

The first surprise comes when the children learn that they'll be spending the summer on a private island belonging to their grandfather. Once on the island they meet Joe, an overseer of the island. During their visit, they turn an old barn into their home base and explore throughout the island. The children encounter many surprises as they cope with living on their own (as they always have), survive a perilous event and have many other adventures. Near the end of the film, a final secret "surprise" involving Joe is revealed.

The success of the book series is a definite draw and the "Surprise" feature will definitely entice young people towards the film. In many ways, the film comes across as very sophisticated and smart. It does not "dumb down" to the viewer. It is equally enticing for adults for those reasons. It is also very scenic and takes the viewer away as they envision themselves on the island with these characters. One drawback is that the plot is slow in developing, which could be a problem for some viewers. The CGI visuals are amazing and the sound quality is exceptional, especially the song that plays during the closing credits.

I recommend this film for ages 6 to 14 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Fathom Events will be offering a special after school screening in 700+ theaters nationwide on May 8, 2018 so, be sure to look for one near you.

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Summer is just around the corner, and there's no better way to start it than by watching this alluring animated film. I could not stop smiling the entire time, because I felt as if I was at the beach, enjoying my summer vacation. With humorous jokes, unexpected challenges and adorable animals, you will become captivated for the full hour and a half. If you are trying to figure out your fun plans for summer vacation, all you need to do is watch this film.

The Alden children have just begun their summer vacation and are truly ecstatic. After running home joyfully to see their grandfather, the kids are presented with exciting news - they are going to spend summer break on their grandfather's secret island. Little do they know, their summer will be filled with marvelous adventures, since they have to do everything on their own. But, the kids end up meeting a boy living on the island named Joe, who has a hidden secret. Join Benny, Henry, Jessie and Violet (four orphaned brothers and sisters) as they have the vacation of a lifetime.

Benny, played by Carter Sand, is such an optimistic, inquisitive young boy. He always wants to help his family, such as asking to drive his grandfather's boat. Jessie, played by Joey King, is a responsible girl with a big heart. She looks out for Benny and gives him his teddy bear when he needs it. I admire her compassion, because she exemplifies the perfect sister. John Alden, played by Dane DeHaan, is humble and thoughtful. He plants an entire garden for the kids to admire. I cannot wait to have my own garden when I am older.

The animation is impeccable. For a few moments during the film, I felt as if I had time traveled from the movie theater to the beach. I could not help but envision myself next to waves, listening to the beautiful sounds of nature. My favorite part is when all of the kids make their own first dinner. Once they sit down at the table, they begin feeding their dog some bread. This is hilarious, because it reminds me of how I always feed my dogs extra food. Dogs are adorable, and, no matter how much food you give them, they will always beg for more.

The message of this film is that when you work as a team, anything is possible. No matter what challenges there are in this world, you can transcend them. Life is short, so we need to make the best of it. Next time you feel that the world is not on your side, just remember that everything happens for a reason. These kids teach us to enjoy summer vacation and to never give up. If they can do this, so can we.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 6 to 12. It is the perfect family-friendly film, because you will see how important family truly is to the Alden children. This film will be offered as an after school by Fathom Events for one day only, on May 8th, 2018. So, go check it out. If you are ever stuck on an island, don't worry. This film will show you how to make an island your next home.

By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Surprises, mysteries and new things to explore sounds like a lot of fun for the Boxcar Children so I suggest joining them on this new adventure to a mysterious island. I really enjoyed the funny characters, amazing animation and unique story line - all of which bring this film and its story to life.

One thing that is mind blowing about this film is the animation. While I watched it, I noticed all the tiny details and how lifelike the characters look. I believed multiple times that I was actually exploring the island with them and felt like I was part of the action. The animation is that good. There is lots of eye candy to look at with great depth so it almost seems to be in 3D even though it isn't. This makes the film very enjoyable and it widens the age rage so older kids would enjoy it as well as younger ones.

Carter Sand as Benny is just adorable. He is very quirky and reminds me of my younger friends. I also like him because he is good hearted and loves his siblings as much as the whole wide world. That is a trait that I think we all should share. J. K. Simmons as Dr. Moore is superb. I did a Farmers commercial once with Mr. Simmons and found him as charming off screen as on. He was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Joey King as Jessie is a smart, lovely young lady. I have interviewed her many times and she is just adorable and personable. The only difference is that last time I saw her she was wearing reindeer ears and in this film she is the older sibling who knows how to cook. I like seeing her cook delicious foods from scratch such as clam chowder, cooked peas and carrots, apple pie and other foods. It made me hungry for dinner.

Martin Sheen as James Alden plays a gracious and kind character. Everyone would love a grandfather like him because he is so kind to others, especially his grandchildren. He is willing to do anything to make them happy and even takes them to a special island for the summer. That is what I call great grand parenting.

One thing that I don't like about this film is that the story is sometimes way too slow. Also, they have a mystery that they discover that goes unsolved. It is weird that the story didn't pursue that. It showed up and then they just dropped it. Other than that, the film is adorable and has a lot heart for families.

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This will play in more than 700 theaters as an after school screening on May 8, thanks to Fathom Event. So, go check it out!

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


NATURE: THE LAST RHINO
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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - This is the tragic story of the last Northern White Rhino who has survived against all odds, and how experts are working to save the rest of the species from extinction. Meet Sudan, the last male of his sub-species, the Northern White Rhinoceros. His harrowing journey is told through the international cast of characters who have been involved in Sudan's life, from when he was snatched as a calf from his mother's side in war-torn Central Africa, to his captivity as a prized exhibit in a cold, concrete zoo behind the Iron Curtain while poaching devastated his kind to extinction back home. Now at 43 years old and half-blind, Sudan is living out his days under 24-hour armed guard, on a protective sanctuary in Kenya. As his kind nears its last hour, scientists and animal experts turn to technology in a race to save the Northern White Rhino before it dies out forever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary is very interesting, educational and enjoyable. The film is about the Northern White Rhino in Kenya. I was unaware that there are only three left in the world and found that a bit sad, but amazing at the same time. It shows Sudan, the very last Male White Rhino and quite well known around the world because of his status. I was amazed at learning how Sudan is protected by armed guards. It made me happy to see how well Zack (a keeper) takes care of Sudan as if he is his own. This definitely is an enlightening film and made me want to research more about this species of Rhinos. The film is appropriate for ages 8 through 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Sudan was still alive when this film was made, at the age of 43. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about him. The sad fact is that Sudan has now passed away and hence, there are no more male White Rhinos alive. Hopefully, this show will teach children and, even adults, an important lesson about preserving endangered species. It is available on DVD now so, be sure to check it out. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD


JAMESTOWN
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Taking viewers back to 1619 Jamestown, Virginia, Alice, Verity and Jocelyn are among the first women to arrive in the English colony. Duty bound to marry the three men who have paid for their passage to the New World, they have little idea of what the future holds or the disruption their arrival is about to bring. Twisting storylines follow the new arrivals as they make an immediate impact and are thrust into a new world of love, desire, power and survival. While love triangles, bitter rivalries and fierce competition cause conflict for the residents, ultimately they are bound together by their resolute will to survive and thrive in their new lives. The cast includes: Sophie Rundle, Niamh Walsh and Naomi Battrick as the leading female roles. The male leading roles include Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Kalani Queypo and Raoul Trujillo. From the producers of Downton Abbey. Written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise), a new episode of the series will be available each Friday on PBS MASTERPIECE Amazon channel by subscription.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Intrigue, greed, jealousy, love and revenge permeate this made-for-PBS series from the creators of Downton Abby about life in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. The show focuses on three British women who voluntarily traveled from England to Jamestown to marry men they had never met but who paid for their voyage. As the three women, fiercely independent in their own ways, strive to create new lives for themselves despite challenging and often brutal circumstances, the plots twist and turn. Each episode is filled with uncertainty and machinations as all the characters struggle to survive in The New World, a place beautiful and bountiful but demanding hard work and with an air of unease due to the heavy hand of the settlers' law-keepers and their uncertain relationship with the Native Americans. The theme of women's roles in society should prove thought-provoking for many viewers. The sets and costumes are impressive, as is the writing and acting with every character, even minor ones, vividly portrayed. With each of the eight episodes running a quick-paced 45 minutes, the series makes for engrossing, binge-worthy viewing. Extras on the PBS Masterpiece Amazon channel and PBS Passport streaming service include several shorts about historic Jamestown and the making of the show. Recommended for ages 14 to 18 and older for mature material, including violent and bloody images. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Review by Mike F.
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Runtime: 360 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MICE WAR, THE

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MICE WAR, THE
DAVID CHESKY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - This dazzling animated musical tells the story of Albert, a young and peaceful mouse suddenly caught in the middle of a war between the Blue Mice of the North and the Red Mice of the South. The reason for war? Blue Mice eat pink cheese, Red Mice eat yellow cheese!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The concept of mice and cheese of different colors and who likes what is entertaining and makes a social statement as well. The animation is excellent. It is very clear and colorful. The movement of the mice in the various musical numbers is charming and the orchestral music is outstanding. The story is pretty fundamental. It reminds the viewer that often when things are going well there will be devilish actions that cause turmoil. In the story, the blue mice community is doing well. Everyone is working and earning money. Then, General Kan decides that going to war will make more money for them. There is no real reason for a war between the Blue Mice and the Red Mice and General Kan cannot really provide a reason to go to war. He is challenged by one young mouse. The results give us a possible answer to why we eat yellow cheese. The story flows very well. Just as in real life, there is sometimes one person who is not content and causes problems. The vocabulary and sequence of events are suitable for target age. We see a very good example of how to resolve a situation when there are differences. I highly recommend it and give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Adults will enjoy it also. It is available now on DVD and digital. Reviewed by Juanita L. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewers.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This astounding, animated film had me smiling the entire time. With comical jokes, catchy tunes and an exquisite plot, you feel allured from beginning to end. Not only am I still pondering about how intriguing this film is, but I am also considering getting a pet mouse. There is a plethora of adorable mice and are sure to steal your heart.

Set in a war between the Blue Mice of the North and the Red Mice of the South, an adolescent mouse named Albert becomes entangled in a constrictive situation, because he is coerced into the military. Such aforementioned war is due to contrasting opinions on the color of cheese that should be eaten. The Blue Mice strictly consume pink cheese, while the Red Mice believe yellow cheese is best. Therefore, the Blue Mice initiate a compelling war, in order to prevent the Red Mice from instilling yellow cheese among the mice of the North. Find out how Albert attempts to encourage the cessation of a grandiose war.

Albert (Sarah Jane McMahon) is a strong-willed mouse who perseveres to the fullest extent in order to end the war for his community's benefit. I admire Albert for his willingness to stand up against the general, voiced by Gregory Jbara. The General is quite controlling over the mice, even though the King is supposed to possess the power. The King (Barrett Leddy) enjoys how the general consistently suggests newfound ideas, and therefore is easily persuaded. All of the characters juxtapose each other consummately.

Music plays a paramount role in the interactions between the characters and the events they encounter. This music is not what you hear on your everyday radio. It is orchestrated. I could not help but sing along and the songs remained in my head the next morning.

My favorite part is when the mice find out they are heading to war. The mice break out into song and dance, which is hilarious. I wish I was as talented as these mice. The message of this film is about not letting others easily persuade you. Everyone is unique in their own way, which makes society beautiful. This beauty can preserved by holding into your own opinions and ideas. Just because someone else wants to change your mind, does not mean you should. Follow your heart, and everything else will fall into place.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 8 to 18, and adults will certainly love it too. This film is available now on DVD and Digital, so I encourage you to watch it with your friends and family. But, before you do, you might want to get some cheese.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18
Runtime: 78 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10
Media: VIDEO


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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Miracle Season is an inspiring account of a true story. The acting and narration respectfully accommodate the actual people involved. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for any sports movie fan.

The story follows talented volleyball team, The Women of Troy, as they seek to win the championship. However, a tragic accident results in the death of team leader Caroline Found (Danika Yarosh). As a result, the team disbands in mourning, with coach Kathy (Helen Hunt) trying to lighten and reunite its hopeless members. Caroline's best friend Kelly (Erin Moriarty) chooses to become team leader and respect Caroline by espousing the championship. This results in a grueling training season where all team members must put aside their grief and work together to compete. With extreme stakes at hand, the team must win in order to fully respect Caroline's legacy and rectify their losses.

Helen Hunt, as Kathy, incredibly presents her tough-love attitude towards her team and their determination to win the championship. She performs wonderfully in depicting Kathy's attempt to imbue the team with a purpose in the most hopeless of circumstances. Erin Moriarty, as Kelly, excellently portrays her growth from novice volleyball player to motivating leader. Danika Yarosh, as Caroline, exceptionally characterizes her teenage friendship with Kelly, including some recklessness at times. This allows her accident to have an emotional weight to it. William Hurt, as Ernie, is my favorite character due to his character arc through his grief of his daughter's death, as he slowly pushes people closest to him away. His friendship with Kathy allows for a humanizing and emotionally charged redemption from his self-pity.

Sean McNamara directs the movie with a scenic chronological representation of the events that happened in real life. My favorite scene is one where Kelly and Ernie talk about their regrets, resulting in Ernie asking Kelly to stop being so harsh on herself. I love how it portrays a relatable aspect of life. The flaw with the movie comes in the first act, when it feels like another clich� teen drama. Fortunately, it improves once the more humanizing aspects of the story come into play. However, there is an overuse of mainstream music during much of the movie, which results in a few of the most emotional scenes being completely nullified.

The message of this movie is to always remain as a source of hope for others. Despite the extreme pressure the team faces, Kelly always finds a way to assure her teammates. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. The movie releases in theaters on April 6, 2018, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

The Miracle Season is a sports film based on a real life incident from 2011 when the captain of West High Schools volleyball team tragically died in a car accident. I found this film interesting because it remembers a teen, not an adult.

The storyline follows Kelly, who recently lost her best friend Caroline in a car accident. Now she has to lead the team. They have to fight through their loss and still play the game. They lose their first two games, but win the next fifteen games and are driven to win the state championship game in Caroline's memory.

Kelly is portrayed by Erin Moriarty who has appeared in the films Captain Fantastic and The Kings of Summer. Her coach Kathy Bresnahan is played by Helen Hunt, an Oscar-award nominee and winner, who has starred in the films Cast Away with and As Good As It Gets. These veteran actors bring the movie up as a whole.

An interesting thing about this film is that, even though it is a low budget film, it looks like a higher budget film. Also, it's based on a true story and is true to the original story including having videos of the actual games in the credits. Last, I found it interesting that the cast is mostly female, when sports movies usually feature all male teams.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. It opens April 6, 2018 so look for it.

Reviewed by Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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


READY PLAYER ONE

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the Oasis to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-aka the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film remarkably resembles its subject. Like virtual reality, it takes you into a world which you would never see without the gear. Like VR, it shows the future of technology. Like VR, it has its ups and downs that can be improved upon. Finally, like VR, Ready Player One has the potential to either change everything or to simply bring us back to the past. Ready Player One entertains the audience with its adventure-packed explosions that run the plot of the film and add a surprising amount of comedy, which the actors deliver perfectly.

Ready Player One's adventure follows the quest to find an Easter Egg. This hidden object requires a lot of effort as it is hidden in the massive virtual world called The Oasis, which has a land size greater than Earth and access to multiple planets. The value of it makes it worth the search, as the finder gets half a trillion dollars as well as complete control of this massive online world. While many of the independent gamers fight for this egg, there is also a large corporation fighting to make it a money-making opportunity instead of a skill-based experience. To them, the richest should win. The race is on to get the egg and to make sure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

My favorite scene is what should solidify this film's nomination for an Academy Award in visual effects. This scene contains a challenge that unlocks another step in finding the Easter egg. The challenge takes place in the classic horror thriller, The Shining. Not only did I immediately love this scene, due to its dedication to the great mind and creator of The Shining, Stanley Kubrick., but I love it because it visually breaks all the boundaries. Despite The Shining being a much older film, with the sets that probably no longer exist, Ready Player One completely recreates the setting from the film and perfectly places the characters' avatars in that world too. Just like the films Star Wars and Avatar, which took your breath away because of ahead-of-their-time visuals, this film and specifically this scene does as well.

Ready Player One excels at bringing the visual world that Ernest Cline describes in the book to the big screen. The surroundings and the story are packed with references to different movies, comic books, games and TV shows. It would take months of constant replay to catch every little detail, which defiantly will delight the fans that are craving nostalgia. The CGI really is what makes this movie stand out. Despite it being branded as live action, it has more runtime in the completely animated environment than it does in live action. However, these visual scenes do not look like the standard animation of Pixar. They look and feel, unmistakably like real life. In a way, Ready Player One fails to portray a virtual world, because it looks so real. The acting has its ups and downs. Inside the Oasis, where acting relies primarily on voiceover and basic body movement, it excels. Outside, where the actors are left to the task completely on their own, they feel rather flat and somewhat monotone. The romance that runs throughout the story feels somewhat forced, partly due to the acting and partly due to the story. Interestingly enough, the romance feels more natural in the virtual world, than it does in the real life. The score of the film is one of the many pleasant surprises. Without the video, the score would still leave audiences satisfied. It does not quite reach the masterful skill of John Williams, but Alan Silvestri, known for his soundtrack for the Back to the Future series, creates beautiful harmonies that sound incredible.

The book and film differ quite a lot in a positive way. While the book (one of my favorites) is a joy to read, in many ways it would not translate well into a film. For that reason, while the main story barely changes, the actual events are structured much better for the movie and make it much more interesting. Instead of watching a person playing a game, the viewer is offered an opportunity to watch someone jump over zombies in a ballroom. The book has mainly 80s references, but the film mixes it up much more to include references from the games and movies that became popular in the last few years, which really allows the nostalgic adults, as well as the kids, enjoy the film.

Even though the messages and possible future is shown in Ready Player One should be shown to kids, there are some things that are a bit mature. For that reason, I recommend this to ages 10 to 18. Despite some issues with acting, it makes for a great adaptation of the book while keeping important messages in place. The biggest accomplishment would be the mass scale of the lifelike CGI that truly makes you believe you're in the virtual world of the Oasis. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Ready Player One is a delightfully nostalgic, modern-day sci-fi classic filled with Spielbergian magic.

Based on Ernest Cline's bestselling book, Ready Player One follows Wade Watts, a teen living in dystopian Columbus, Ohio in the year 2045. Like much of the population, Wade plays the OASIS, a multiplayer game in an expansive virtual world created by the eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday died, he told players he left a hidden Easter egg that will win control of the OASIS and his shares in his company Gregarious Games. A malicious corporation called IOI wishes to turn the OASIS from an imaginative escape to an ad-filled wasteland. Wade's avatar Parzival teams up with his friend Aech, his crush Artemis and a pair of best friends named Shoto and Daito, to take down IOI by finding the egg before the company does and foil its evil agenda.

Ready Player One, true to the book, is full of 80s pop culture references from Halliday's early life and his icon status. At the same time, much of the film takes place in the video game and is visually vibrant and futuristic. Steven Spielberg brings the OASIS to life very well. He sneaks in visual gags from Robocop to Street Fighter. The OASIS has an insane color pallet that totally matches the idea of what that virtual world is. There is a lot of CGI used, but it is necessary to tell the story and the characters' avatars look very realistic.

As a huge fan of the book, this film adaptation still holds up for me. Quite a bit of what happens in the book is different on the big screen, but fans should not despair because the film remains true to the book's main themes. This film is also very funny. The entire ensemble gets great one-liners. This is refreshingly different from typical sci-fi and it makes the ride through Ready Player One even more fun.

I give Ready Player One an age rating of 11 to 18 for some language and heavily implied violence. Older kids and adults will enjoy the film's crazy visuals.

I rate Ready Player One 4.5 out of 5 stars. This film is excellent and I recommend it for anyone who is a fan of anything pop culture. Whether it is music, film, video games or anime, Ready Player One has something for you. This film opens in theaters March 29, 2018 so check it out.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Ready Player One is an epic, nostalgic film filled to the brim with pop culture references. It has characters you can really connect to and a digital world we all dream about. It has all sorts of exiting scenes such as races, puzzles, battles and so many others. Based on the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, this adaptation runs very smoothly into a film version.

The story takes place in the year 2045. James Halliday creates the OASIS, a completely virtual world that everyone uses to escape reality. After his death, a competition begins to find the Easter egg in the OASIS. Whoever finds the egg will have complete control over the OASIS. Wade and his friends try to win this competition and stop IOI from beating them for total control of the OASIS. It is filled with twists that make it hard to predict what will happen next even, after if you have read the book.

I love all the references to other films including The Iron Giant, King Kong, Batman, The DeLorean and Martin the Martian. The special effects are also incredible. I really enjoyed the effect whenever someone changes their skin in the OASIS. I also enjoyed the mix between animated and live action characters. This is impressive because it's hard to make these two styles be near each other without one being out of place. I really like how the world seems like a fantasy that people have today, yet is also a dystopia at the same time.

My favorite part is the introduction to the OASIS. This scene is really impressive and has so much squeezed into it. I also like the scene where the common people attack IOI. These scenes both show a huge variety of different characters from different parts of pop culture.

Mark Rylance's acting is incredible. He fills the role of James Halliday brilliantly. He is very erratic, yet sincere and makes the character relatable, even in extreme circumstances. The song choices are also great. I particularly like the use of the original King Kong theme.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and strongly recommend it to anyone ages 7 through 18 as well as adults. It is playing in theaters now so check it out.

Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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


CHEAT CODE KIDS

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CHEAT CODE KIDS
JUDAH RAY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Bug wants nothing more, than to earn the respect of his big brother, Tobi, and his friends. Eager to prove that he can hang with the big kids, Bug uses a cheat code, for their favorite video game, that he found online. Instead of instantly making him a master of the game, however, it transports him, and his brother, to an elaborate, virtual world, where they meet new friends, and battle strange, and powerful adversaries. Now, they must learn to believe in themselves, trust in each other, and ultimately win as a team, in order to beat the game and return home.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screenplay has great entertainment value and I can picture it on the big screen. It is a modern day story. The characters are likable and well developed. It tells an appealing story and, although there have been other stories or movies where the characters explore the virtual reality gaming world, this story stands out enough with its differences. It flows well, has an easy to follow story line and will entertain children. There is a subtle message about teamwork and getting along with others, especially younger siblings.

The story line flows well from beginning to ending and is appropriate for the target age. The characters are a strong point and I found them quite entertaining. Their dialogue is believable and kids will relate to the story. There is conflict between the younger and older brothers and I like that there is a resolution where they learned to work together. The only weakness was the ages of the two brothers. To make it more realistic, the younger brother should be a couple years older or the older brother a couple years younger. Five years is a big difference in age, especially in the beginning with the school situation. Realistically I think the ages being closer would make more since the 7-year-old seems a little older in his behavior and the older brother could be 12 but seems more like 10 years old. I can picture kids in this age range speaking the way they do in the script, so the dialogue is very believable. I believe that it has potential and that the scenes in the Game World are particularly entertaining and would be fun to watch on a big screen. This is well written with very few grammar, punctuation or spelling mistakes. It flows well from beginning to ending and the characters are all developed. It meets or exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria, is appealing and engaging. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Some adults may enjoy it, especially if they like gaming. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
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Media: Screenplay


HER MOVE NEXT

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HER MOVE NEXT
IAN PHILLIPS
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - The top all-girls scholastic Chess Team in the USA is profiled in this short documentary by Ian Phillips.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend it for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This short film is an entertaining documentary about the power of chess and how it brings people together. The storyline follows an all girls' chess team from Chelsea Prep School, New York and their journey to become national champions. With the help of their coach and the commitment of their parents, the chess team begins on a path to victory at the national chess championship in Chicago, IL. Along the way, friendships are formed and an obsession with chess begins. The film is well structured. It spends the first half familiarizing us with the team members so, when their adventure begins, we are invested in what happens to them. The audio and camerawork are very well done. During tournament scenes, you feel as if you are right there playing the game with them and it heightens the suspense of those scenes. This is an entertaining film for anyone who has ever been fascinated by chess or who has been on a team of any kind. I think many kids will identify with the film's universal messages of friendship and camaraderie and a fascination with chess may even stem from watching this. I recommend it to ages 7 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 17 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


OCEAN STORY- A COCONUT'S JOURNEY

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OCEAN STORY- A COCONUT'S JOURNEY
ANDREAS ABSTREITER
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - A coconut is slowly reaching the shore of Medhufushi - an island located in the east of the Maldivian Meemu Atoll. This film is about all the oceanic wonders it has seen traveling by under its shell during its long journey over the open ocean and through the atoll. From Germany, in English.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I wasn't sure about this at first, because I thought maybe it was truly about a coconut and in a way, it is. But, it is more than that! It's about the beautiful ocean and all the amazing creatures that live there. If you love ocean creatures, then you will enjoy watching this film. If you are expecting to learn a lot about coconuts, you will be disappointed. However, there is something to learn from the coconut's journey. The creatures of the ocean are exceptionally appealing, particularly all the turtles, rays and sharks. It has amazing ocean scenes and children will enjoy seeing all the sea creatures. The film flows well and has a good ending which relates back to a beginning. I rate this short documentary 4 out of 5 stars. It is entertaining and educational. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners, especially any looking for short films about marine life and the environment. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MOGU AND PEROL

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MOGU AND PEROL
YURIKO OKADA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A story about two friends living on Yummy Island, where delicious food can be found everywhere! Whenever Mogu is cooking, Perol just pops up and eats the yummy meal. One day Perol finds a very tasty looking Brrrr-berry that Mogu was about to pick. Perol doesn't wait for a second to taste the berry which brings about an unexpected quarrel between the two. Dialogue in Japanese with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This beautifully stop motion animated short film is fun, has cute characters and is very suitable for young children. The music fits well with the simple, slice of life feeling. The subtitles are easy to read. This is the story of two friends living on an island, surrounded by food. The friends bond over food, until one believes he was tricked into eating sour berries by the other friend. During this time one friend says, "Two-faced liar and loser." (This is the only concern that I have about the film.) The friends eventually make up with the help of some yummy food. The film's director, Tsuneo Goda, has made many notable works such as Komaneko, The Curious Kitty &Friends and By Your Side. I love his artistic style! I believe a child would love the fun characters and storyline. The story flows well and is very understandable. My favorite scene is when the two friends are picking berries together. The outdoor set is gorgeous. It's very simple and cute. You should know that the dialogue is in Japanese with English sub titles. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12 (due to the sub-titles) and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HI, DAD

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HI, DAD
LUWEN SHAO
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 13-18
Topic - Family
Description - This film is about a young boy who thinks his father was a fireman, so now he is taking it into his own hands to find his father by setting fires.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Right away this film makes you wonder if the young boy, Billy (Parker Mednikow) is responsible for the fire. Did he set it? He does not look too stunned while watching the building burn in front of him. Confused voices in the background add to the mystery of what has happened. At home in his room, the boy is surrounded by dinosaurs and other toys as well as a wall full of drawings. Some of the pictures depict fires, flames and fire trucks. He talks to his absentee dad. It is clear Billy admires and misses his real dad. His mother's boyfriend Ben is a jerk and speaks harshly about Billy - loud enough for Billy to overhear. Billy had a penchant for playing with fire. What are his motivations? What stands out to me in this film is how Billy displays anger about his dad, tearing up what seems to be notes he wrote to his dad, or drawings that depicted his dad's heroic acts as a fireman. My favorite part is when Billy sets a piece of paper on fire inside his house, after hearing Ben disrespecting him behind closed doors. It seems as if Billy is going to get Ben's goat. But what about possibly hurting his mom? Maybe he blames his mom for his dad being gone. The message of the film is how important it is for kids, as they reach a mature age, to find out what has happened to a missing (biological) parent. Kids can be tormented by not knowing and may resort to drastic measures to discover the truth. Parents should also address signs of pathological behavior, such as careless playing with fire. Ignoring abnormal behavior can lead to drastic results. Kids have vivid imaginations that can cause them to do strange and dangerous things. Foul language from adults is also a bad influence on kids. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 17. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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Media: VIDEO


LITTLE WARRIORS

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LITTLE WARRIORS
SAM MIRPOORIAN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Indiana is not known for reckoning with the scientific reality of climate change. Quite the opposite, in fact. The state does not have a climate action plan, nor does any individual city. In early 2016, a group of young people in central Indiana, from ages 9-20, began the process of crafting a Climate Resilience and Recovery Resolution. With the help of elected and appointed officials, this intergenerational initiative resulted in Indianapolis becoming the largest city in the country to pass a youth-led resolution addressing climate concerns, and promising carbon neutrality and the creation of a Climate Action Plan for the city.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Little Warriors is a powerful documentary that is a hopeful look at groups of kids who are trying to make climate change a thing of the past, rather than a somber look at how much global warming has grown as an issue. The film follows a Jim, who teaches kids about the threat of climate change and the science behind it. He vows to empower these kids to spark beneficial change for the earth by muting the power of climate change. The film follows groups of kids who have been taught by Jim and how they end up making a difference in their community. I believe kids will be inspired by seeing their peers' hard work and how it pays off as something that they might never see the benefits of in their own lifetime. Its 20 minute runtime zooms by and I was a little sad when it was over. I like seeing all the different kids testifying on behalf of climate change. The editing is quite good. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 18. I highly recommend it for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially for those looking for environmental films. Reviewed by Benjamin P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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Media: VIDEO


EDUCATE GIRLS

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EDUCATE GIRLS
GABRIEL DIAMOND
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 9-18
Topic - Family
Description - In recent years, India has enacted policies and invested in girls' education, resulting in dramatic gains in access to education. However, in many areas, community expectations and accountability for educating girls remain low--a majority of girls do not complete their primary education. Safeena Husain founded Educate Girls to ensure that girls in India's most marginalized rural communities are able to achieve their full potential. Educate Girls partners with public schools, trains local champions for girls' education, and mobilizes communities to create their own action plans to make education more accessible and accountable to girls. Since 2007, Educate Girls has grown from a 50-school pilot project into a large-scale effort reaching 1 million children in 7,500 schools. Educate Girls is preparing a generation of young women to enter the formal economy and help lift their families out of poverty.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Educate Girls immediately grabbed my attention with its beautiful animation and a riveting and touching story about a mother whose baby girl has to walk for over an hour to get to school. The girl's mother, Safeena Husain is founder and Executive Director of Educate Girls, an women's organization in India whose members travel to villages throughout the country to ensure that girls are receiving an education. Safeena discusses statistics about Indian girls and mentions something that still shocks me - "We live in a time where a goat is an asset and a girl is a liability." The message that I took away from watching this film is to be grateful that I was fortunate enough to receive an education and had the resources to ensure I stayed in school. I am inspired by Safeena's actions and my hope is that one girl will see this film and will want to take action and fight for equality.

What is most appealing about this documentary is learning about people all around the world fighting for women's rights and women's education. This film is incredibly inspirational and teaches audiences about the obstacles that women in India face on a daily basis. I believe children will enjoy this film because it makes you appreciate the resources you have been given and reminds you not to take our life for granted. The structure of this film flows well and is easy to follow. The concepts and vocabulary used are appropriate for the target audience. Younger kids may find some of the words mentioned in the statistics at the beginning of the film to be challenging. The sound quality throughout the film is superb. Right from the beginning this film is incredibly visually appealing, starting with its gorgeous animation. The live cinematography is also visually appealing and the individual interviews have superb lighting. The background music is wonderful as well. The locations in this film are remote and fascinating to see. I recommend this film in a heartbeat for any children's film festival. I am so impressed by this five minute documentary and its ability to "pack a punch" in such a short amount of time. By screening this film at a festival, my hope is that it will reach at least one member in the audience to go out in the world and make a difference. I recommend it for ages 9 to 18 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Chandler D. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
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Media: VIDEO


IMAGINE BARRY

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IMAGINE BARRY
JORDAN HARFF
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A young man is visited by the imaginary friend he never had as a child, who has arrived 20 years late for their "playdate".
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is very humorous. There are definitely some very corny parts, but it's all in a good spirit. I really like how silly the main character is, even though he is a 25-year-old. I love the personality of the little puppet guy and, I have to say that the puppet is my favorite part of this short film. I also think the song is really good. It sounds like something the Muppets would sing. There are some technical issues with the audio and the camera work. But, the acting is pretty solid, especially the main character. I enjoyed watching this and laughed a lot. I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I think a child may would enjoy this because it has a lot of silly humor. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Leah R. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: VIDEO


IRL

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IRL
STERLING SMITH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 9-18
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl wants to make a connection with her new step-sister but must compete with her many social media contacts.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this short film and believe children will enjoy it because the story is very good. The only issue I have with it is that the audio is a bit weak. At times I could not hear the dialogue, even when I turned it up as high as I could. The music compliments the scenes very well. It uses vocabulary and concepts that are suitable for the target age. The locations and sets look like a normal home. The story flows well, makes sense, the subject is handled well and it is very watchable. The camerawork is pretty good, except for the scene where the girl falls off the trampoline. She goes out of the frame and I didn't realize she had fallen off it until they showed her lying on the ground. The most appealing thing about this film is its important message about two step-sisters becoming friends. I can only imagine how difficult that must be. The ending is rewarding and made me smile. I highly recommend this short for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 7 to 11 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO



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