The Ages 10-18 category has 2264 KIDS FIRST! endorsed titles

Below are the 50 most recently endorsed
(see more by clicking the button at the bottom)

You may narrow your search WITHIN these results by entering a keyword and/or topic category
Enter Keyword:
Select Topic:

You may also start a new keyword search


HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Starring Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful feel-good movie that will bring tears to your eyes. Based on a real story and a #1 New York Times best-selling book by the same name, it brings to the screen the true story of a small-town preacher and father who has to look deep inside himself to deal with his son's experience of seeing heaven after a near death experience. Great cast, especially the young boy who is played by Connor Corum. The pace is a bit mundane but the story is exhilarating.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thought this film would be about a 9-year-old kid dreaming about heaven and speaking about it across the country. Boy was I wrong! "Heaven Is For Real" is a fantastic movie that people of all religions and walks of life will appreciate! It gives us hope.

This film has a lot to offer; more than people think. "Heaven Is For Real" has action, adventure, family, comedy, religion and drama.

The film starts with a look into a day of a Reverend. He has a wife, a 4-year-old son and a daughter. Soon however, the 4-year-old son gets very sick. However, while he is in surgery, the little boy has an out-of-body experience which he later shares with his Dad. What happens next is truly remarkable and unexplainable by all laws of science. If you would like to see it for yourself - you have to watch the film.

My favorite scene is right before the little boy gets sick. The family takes a vacation to Denver. On the way, they sing different songs. Then the boy asks, "Can we sing 'We Will Rock You?'" Everyone looks at each other for a second and then they all sing out of tune, "We Will Rock You." It's funny and lighthearted.

This film may seem like its all about God and heaven, but really, it's not. "Heaven Is For Real" is a loving story about a community that experiences something extraordinary. I think the fact that they made a movie based on the real story is fantastic! It also benefits the film that the actors are so in touch with their roles and the camera shots are one of a kind and perfect for the scenes.

This film has a bit of mature content so I give it an age rating of 9 to 18. Also this film deserves 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ANTBOY

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
ANTBOY       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
CINEDIGN
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - 12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Aided by comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as superhero Antboy. When a super villain The Flea enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Antboy is based on a popular Danish comic book series and although I have never read the comic series, I think this movie is pretty cool. It is funny and has a small amount of action. It is really good and I think other kids would enjoy it too.

This movie is about a boy named Pelle who is bitten by a rare and genetically altered ant. This ant gives Pelle superpowers. Eventually, Pelle realizes these super powers only work when he eats sugar. He finds out his real powers when he runs into a boy named Wilhelm, who later becomes his friend and helps him discover what super powers he has. Pelle decides that his super hero name is going to be Antboy. When a super villain named "The Flea" captures a girl and invades the school, Antboy has to figure out how to stop him.

The main characters in the movie are Pelle, Wilhelm, Ida and the Flea. My favorite character in this movie is Wilhelm because he is a really nice guy and he is the reason Pelle decides to help people and become Antboy. He also loves comics and, while I wouldn't say I love comics, I do like them.

My favorite part in the movie is when Pelle figures out his super powers. He can bite through hard things. He can climb walls. He is really strong and his pee is acid. Sadly, his super hero powers only work when he has eaten sugar. Sometimes he doesn't realize he has eaten any sugar at all. Sometimes he sleepwalks and eats all the candy in the house.

I recommend this movie for ages 5 to 10 because it is really good with a lot of weird and quirky action. It is more of a movie for kids as teens and adults usually prefer films with more action. Reviewed by Anthony Aranda, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 77 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BEARS

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
BEARS       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food-ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run-while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. "Bears" captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses-Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thought this documentary would be like a usual educational lecture-like film about bears and the life of a Mama-bear. Boy, was I completely wrong. Bears is a fantastic and inspirational wild life adventure that many people will adore and watch again and again.

The movie has a mix of action, thrills, adventure, education, comedy and, of course, adorable human-like cubs. They make you fall in love the second you see them on the screen.

The story begins when a brown bear who lives in Alaska's national park has just gave birth. She is planning to leaves her winter nest soon with new born cubs (Amber and Scout). Then she begins her big and hard journey trying to store enough food through the season. Her name is Sky. She meets a couple of friends and protects her little ones from predators.

This film has crazy close-ups on the bears. At one point I swore the bear was less than an inch from the camera. Unlike other documentaries, this one has a storyline. Honestly, I thought that this fit better as a movie. The narrator makes us believe that the bears have feelings. I would love to know how the cameramen got so close to the bears and watched bear when she was in her winter den. That was perfect and nearly impossible. Kudos to Disney Nature for bringing us this unforgettable experience.

My favorite scene is when they search for salmon. Scout and Amber go to the beach for the first time. While Amber keeps close to mommy, Scout is in the water getting clams stuck to his claws. The scene shows that there is some family fun time anywhere in the world. Even with bears.

This movie has some thrills and some violence, remarkable since it is unscripted. I recommend this for ages 9 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

Disney Nature's Bears is a heartwarming documentary that shows being a parent is definitely not an easy job.

Filmed in Alaska, directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey's cinematography captures the breathtaking beauty of the bears' in their natural habitat. The cameras are so close to the animals, it makes you want to reach out and touch them.

The movie follows Sky, an Alaskan Brown Bear and her cubs Amber and Scout through their first year together. Sky must teach her cubs how to survive in the harsh world outside their den. She must also find food so she can prepare for the long winter ahead of them. We learn that life for a bear cub is not easy and they must stay close to mom if they want to make it to adulthood. Sky must protect her cubs from the countless dangers the Alaskan wilderness has to offer and get them to their destination before it's too late.

My favorite part of this film is when the bears try catching their first salmon of the season. This scene is hilarious because the fish seem to land everywhere but in the bears' mouths. Although I'm more of a city girl, nature lovers will enjoy the many shots of Sky and her cubs roaming across the wilderness.

John C. Reilly's talent for story telling shines through in this movie. He does such an amazing job voicing what Scout and Amber would say if they could talk that I sometimes forgot it was just a narration. George Fenton's music is a perfect fit with the emotion and tone of the film. I could feel the suspense whenever the bears found themselves in a scary situation.

The message of this film is that nothing is stronger than family. The message is easy to recognize because it is obvious throughout the entire movie that Sky would do anything to keep her cubs out of harm's way, including not backing down from a bear three times her size. Also, no matter how bad things get Sky and her cubs are always there for each other.

Disney Nature's Bears is a great movie for all audiences; especially for boys and girls ages 7 to 13. I give this movie 4 out of 5 dazzling stars.

Celebrate Earth Day with this inspiring film when it hits theaters on Friday, April 18. Reviewed by Simone Sharrieff, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


NOAH (2014)

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
NOAH (2014)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth reviews
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is an unexpected, thought provoking film, based loosely on the biblical story, and I was pleasantly surprised. The world was created and mankind was born. Soon humans became wicked and made the world black. The Creator tells Noah (Russell Crowe) that Earth will be cleansed through a flood. Noah and his family build an ark to save the innocent. The journey begins as Noah wrestles with what the creator is asking of him.

This is not a family film, nor is it a film based entirely on the Biblical story. It is a movie. The word God is not used. Instead, the word Creator is used which opens the film to audiences of any belief. The story shows the joy of a second chance but gives a gruesome look at the world. Noah witnesses the barbaric nature of the people and it's hard to watch, however necessary. It makes Noah question if mankind should live at all and how far he'll go to fulfill his task.

The actors portray their roles marvelously. The women cast members are particularly outstanding. Emma Watson ( Lla) and Jennifer Connelly (Naameh) are both fantastic. Connelly simply blows you away showing the strong partnership she has with Noah and the struggle that results from it.

The cinematography is grand. The locations are unlike anything of this world from the flourishing mountains to the desolate black-paved land. The ark is beyond compare in its massive size. I only wanted them to show us more of the vessel.

My favorite character is Noah. Playing a figure of faith is no small feat. Crowe shows the drive and love for the Creator but also the obsession and confusion of his task. This is what makes him human and an interesting character.

My favorite scene is when one of the fallen angels, known as The Watchers, tells Noah the tale of how they were cursed. I enjoyed the interesting designs of these characters and their tragic story. It made me empathetic with them.

The main message is, "Higher power is a guide, but it's your personal choice that makes the final decision." Noah is told, through a dream, that the world will be cleansed. Noah is the one who figures out to build the ark. The Creator doesn't give clear instructions and, in the end, you're still left wondering what the higher power really wants.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 14 to 18 year olds. This film has violence, disturbing images and brief language. This film took a risk that I highly respect. It sends a Biblical message but is executed differently.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS IRST!, Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 14-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 39.99
Media: FeatureFilm


CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Whether you are a Marvel fan or not, you'll find the latest installment of Captain America to be a great political thriller with a compelling story line. There are a few twists, some expected, some not. The story revolves around Steve Rogers struggling to embrace his role in the modern world, dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D., and battling the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. This is rated PG-13 for good reason. From the very start, there is lots of action and violence but it's not graphic. "The special effects are completely off the charts!" comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. "Another action packed movie full of twists and turns and I thoroughly enjoyed it." adds KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B. See both of their reviews in our youth comments section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I heard there was a comic book where Captain America (Chris Evans) is a soldier working with another super hero before he turned into a super human. I expected movie to be like that but I was brutally wrong. "Captain America: Winter Soldier" is a cool movie many Marvel fans and non-fans will enjoy.

This film has lots to offer for all fans. This blockbuster includes action, romance, conspiracy, adventure, comedy, thrill and, of course, super heroes.

The story starts when Captain America is doing his thing - saving everyone. Soon however, Shield starts to act more privately about a new project that is being formed. Something is going on that worries Captain America. What is it? And how does he fix it? To find the answer to these questions you must watch the movie.

This movie has a great cast (Robert Redford, Scarlett Johansson) and a great concept. However, because we all know how amazing this super hero is, the ending is somewhat predictable. Some moments drag a bit but the special effects are completely off the charts. The story line is well conceived. However, I would have liked this movie more if it was not told from Captain America's point of view. I think this film would be fantastic if it was told from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)'s point of view. Some camera shots are so fast that they are a bit difficult to follow but overall, the special effects are spectacular! The technology alone in this movie will satisfy even the most discerning sci-fi fans.

My favorite scene is when Captain America is in an elevator and all kinds of people equipped with weapons enter on different floors. This is when Captain America realizes for the first time that something is not right. Finally, Captain America asks, "Does anybody want to get off before we start this?" Then, all people in the elevator attack him. It's an amazing action scene. I don't think this has ever been done before - such a complex fight scene in the tight space inside an elevator. The director and editors make the whole movie not only very engaging but very funny too which is a great mix of emotions.

This film has tons of action, gunplay, death and some intense violence, so I recommend it for ages 9 to 18 and I would rank it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O., age 12.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a great Sci-Fi film with lots of adventure and action. Steve Rogers AKA Captain America (Chris Evans) is quietly living in Washington D.C. trying to adjust to his new world. However one of his S.H.I.E.L.D. associates is not doing so well and is being attacked. A lot of things are happening that are putting the world, as we know it, in danger. Steve gets help from Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to reveal what is going on and try to save millions of lives.

This film is easy to understand and follow, even if you're not a die-hard Marvel follower. It's good! I like the overall story line, the pace of the film and the costumes. The fighting scenes and stunts are well choreographed and really keep the action going. The actors' performances are truthful and show real dedication to the characters to the point that you totally dislike the villains. My favorite actor is Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) because he is funny with some of the expressions and words he uses. Also, I like his Falcon suit that gives him the ability to fly around like a bird. I have a lot of favorite scenes in this film, but one that stands out is the elevator scene. It starts off with Captain America on the elevator and at each floor more and more people get on. Captain America senses that something is about to happen and knows he will have to defend himself as usual. So, right before the fight breaks out, he gives says, "Before we start, does anyone want to get off?" I like this scene because it has lots of action in such a small and confined space.

A message that I get from this film is "Stand up for what is right even if not that many people are standing with you." It's a good message and one I can relate to.

I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 and anyone who loves The Avengers and Marvel. It's rated PG-13 for some very intense violence scenes with a lot of gunplay. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14. Another action packed movie, full of twists and turns and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Captain America aka Steve Roger (Chris Evans) has new enemies to fight - not only a deadly adversary, Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) but S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. Roger can't trust anybody in his battle to crack the secrets of the world in which he now lives.

This film has everything I look for in a superhero film. The characters are already established which allows the writers to explore these characters and to introduce more personalities. I get a kick out of their relationships and the witty remarks they share with each other. Action is essential in a film like this and I appreciate how the Captain's shield is used in these sequences. How it bounces back and forth, hits a target and returns to Roger is impressive. The camera angles show everything that's going on. It's fast paced, entertaining and not just mindless violence.

The story, while based on the comic book, stands on its own. This film captures the sheer mystery and conflict between the characters. Even if you're a not comic-book fan, you can still be shocked by the twists this film throws at you.

My favorite character is one I've loved for a long time, Falcon aka Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). As a fan of Marvel, I'm ecstatic to see this character reimaged. Mackie performs exceptionally in this part; he is dignified, smart and an expert in high flying combat. Seeing him soar though the skies and fight alongside Captain America ignites my inner geek.

My favorite scene is when Nick Furry (Samuel L. Jackson) is out-numbered and fights for his life during a car chase. This has amazing action and shows Jackson being awesome. It's primitive, but it's true.

The moral here is, "You don't have to destroy an old philosophy to create a new one." Captain America is stuck in his old ways. Fury says "You need to look at the world as it is, not as you would like it to be." While to some extent that's true, Roger needs to show them that sometimes it's not.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this for 11 to 18 year olds. There is violence and occasional language, but kids can enjoy seeing their stars and stripes hero back in action and be excited for "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Another action packed movie, full of twists and turns and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Captain America aka Steve Roger (Chris Evans) has new enemies to fight - not only a deadly adversary, Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) but S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. Roger can't trust anybody in his battle to crack the secrets of the world in which he now lives.

This film has everything I look for in a superhero film. The characters are already established which allows the writers to explore these characters and to introduce more personalities. I get a kick out of their relationships and the witty remarks they share with each other. Action is essential in a film like this and I appreciate how the Captain's shield is used in these sequences. How it bounces back and forth, hits a target and returns to Roger is impressive. The camera angles show everything that's going on. It's fast paced, entertaining and not just mindless violence.

The story, while based on the comic book, stands on its own. This film captures the sheer mystery and conflict between the characters. Even if you're a not comic-book fan, you can still be shocked by the twists this film throws at you.

My favorite character is one I've loved for a long time, Falcon aka Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). As a fan of Marvel, I'm ecstatic to see this character reimaged. Mackie performs exceptionally in this part; he is dignified, smart and an expert in high flying combat. Seeing him soar though the skies and fight alongside Captain America ignites my inner geek.

My favorite scene is when Nick Furry (Samuel L. Jackson) is out-numbered and fights for his life during a car chase. This has amazing action and shows Jackson being awesome. It's primitive, but it's true.

The moral here is, "You don't have to destroy an old philosophy to create a new one." Captain America is stuck in his old ways. Fury says "You need to look at the world as it is, not as you would like it to be." While to some extent that's true, Roger needs to show them that sometimes it's not.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this for 11 to 18 year olds. There is violence and occasional language, but kids can enjoy seeing their stars and stripes hero back in action and be excited for "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - A documentary that follows Dr. Patricia C. Wright's mission to help lemurs, the highly evolved creatures who arrived on Madagascar millions of years ago as castaways but are now highly endangered.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the true story of nature's greatest explorers - lemurs. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O says, "Island of "Lemurs: Madagascar" is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy." See his full review in youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

This documentary has more to offer than lemurs. It has action, comedy, adventure, thrill, education and so much more. Of course, who could possibly know that there are so many species of lemurs - the unforgettable bamboo lemur, the brown lemur, the hustle lemur and the adorable (and my personal favorite) - the mouse lemur.

The story begins when a scientist by the name of Dr. Patricia Wright goes to Madagascar to study lemurs. She goes to the wildest part of the vast jungles to look for one thing: bamboo lemurs, which were thought to be extinct. Lucky she proves them wrong and spends many years saving their species from extinction. We join her adventure and learn about the real dangers to the cute and furry animals and hear about her stories in Madagascar.

I love this film. The most mind-blowing part is how the camera crew gets so close to the wild, and sometimes imposing, lemurs. There are some angles that look simply impossible to accomplish with wild animals. The film is enhanced by Morgan Freeman's narration which makes this documentary truly unique. The filmmakers are so smart, using simple techniques to get their dream shots. The entire cast of lemurs (no, they are not paid actors) are adorable and, the coolest thing is, they are not trained. Every lemur in this movie is wild.

My favorite scene is when they talk about the adorable, but powerful hand-sized, smaller primate, the mouse lemur. This little guy is captured in a trap that does not hurt him and is then taken to a place where they study and scan him. Afterwards, he is released back to the wild with a story to tell his family.

This movie is meant for all ages but does have a bit of intensity. So, I recommend it to kids ages six to 18. This move also easily deserves 5 out of 5 stars. The only thing I would add is that it is too short. I wish it was longer because it is so well made and so interesting. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O., age 12.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE: BY THE ROYAL BALLET CINEMA

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE: BY THE ROYAL BALLET CINEMA       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
NATIONAL CINEMEDIA
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - NCM Fathom Events, Mr. Wolf, Arts Alliance Media and the Royal Opera House invite you to journey to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells with the captivating Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty as it comes to the big screen in a special one-night event on Thursday, March 20 at 7:00pm (local time) to select cinemas nationwide.

Don't miss Marius Petipa's enchanting ballet as a wicked fairy places a fatal curse on the baby Princess Aurora, which the good Lilac Fairy softens to a sleep of 100 years and only a prince's kiss can break the spell.

Special Fathom Features: Behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet with exclusive cast interviews.

Tickets are available by clicking on the orange "Buy Tickets" button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating cinema. Marius Petipa's classic 19th-century choreography is combined with newly created sections by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. First staged in St. Petersburg in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage of Petipa's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music and a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage. Today's The Sleeping Beauty not only captures the mood of the original but shows that this is very much a living work for The Royal Ballet, growing and changing with the Company while celebrating its past.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful presentation of this classic ballet which includes aerial shots of London to set the scene. Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae are both wonderful dancers and you feel almost as if you are actually at a live ballet performance. Definitely a "must see" for balletomanes.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What takes 700 fittings, 500 costumes and 80 tutus? Each season the Royal Ballet dancers go through 1200 dancing shoes. Wow, this was my first professional ballet and I loved it. Great Britain's Royal Opera House in collaboration with Arts Alliance Media presented this ballet via movie theater experience to more than 350 cinemas at the same time.

We start off with a brief history and orientation about the ballet. Then you are taken into the theater to await the movie. You really feel as if you are part of the live audience as you see people on the screen sitting in front of you. You get to see all the beautiful details of the opera house and glimpses of its architectural details.

Then, the curtain goes up and you feel like you are really there at a live ballet. The orchestra is amazing as you see all the instruments and players up close.

The ballet, "Sleeping Beauty" was the first to be performed, in 1946, after the theater reopened following WW II.

The story is about a new-born princesses' party. Everyone is invited. OOOPS, they forgot to invite one and this fairy is not happy. Although everyone tries to apologize, she does not believe them. She rides a jet black caboose pulled by black rats. A spell is casted over the new princess which means if she pricks herself on a spinal before her 16th Birthday that she and everyone in the castle will die.

The princess Aurora is then visited by a good fairy who casts another spell that says Aurora will not die but along with everyone else in the Kingdom will fall into a dead sleep until she is kissed by true love. All spindles are then removed from the castle and outlawed.

The big day arrives and Princess Aurora celebrates her 16th Birthday. My favorite scene is when Princess Aurora, danced by Sarah Lamb, is visited by four handsome Princes. I cannot stand on my tip toes for more the a few seconds and she manages to do this forever. She is so incredibly strong and elegant. I was astonished. All 98 members of this production are incredible dancers.

The evil fairy, in a disguise, tricks Aurora into taking a spindle from her, thus pricking her finger and throwing everyone in the castle into a deep sleep.

Many years go by until the good fairy finds a prince true of heart that is brave enough to find and kiss Aurora and wake up Sleeping Beauty and the whole kingdom. Steven McRae is a wonderful prince and his dance is powerful and believable.

All the dancers are marvelous. They show outstanding technique and elocution. I also loved seeing the rows of dancers in perfect sync with each other while forming lines and arches.

Peter Farmer does a stunning job with all the various costumes. They have intricate details and amazing textures which are fabulous to see up close through the movie experience. The scenery is awesome and flows flawlessly into the next scene. The best part is when a dancer disappears before your eyes.

This is an unbelievable experience. Even if you paid hundreds of dollars to go in person you would still not get the up-close experience of this new media. Much like in a really opera house, play house or live theater there are acts and breaks. This gives you the opportunity to use the facilities and get popcorn. The applauding part is a ton of fun which adds to the feeling of being there live.

I give this new movie experience of "Sleeping Beauty" by The Royal Ballet 5 out of 5 twirling stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 18. Reviewed by Morgan B., age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


SCOOBY DOO WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
SCOOBY DOO WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY
WARNER HOME VIDEO
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, the entire gang travels in the Mystery Machine to WWE City to attend the epic event. However, when a mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show, Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred work with WWE Superstars to solve the case. Starring John Cena, Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is about Shaggy and Scooby winning a trip to WWE city to see WrestleMania. The gang runs into trouble when Scooby is accused of stealing the WWE championship belt. Some of their new friends must prove Scooby's innocence before it's too late and the mysterious Ghost bear ruins the main event. Daphne (Grey DeLisle) is my favorite character because she is in love with John Cena and it reminds of me of myself when I have a big crush on a celebrity. I love when she confesses to Fred that she gave John her phone number, cellular number, email address and home address. That is pretty funny and cute and - Fred gets jealous. Scooby (Frank Welker) is my second favorite character because I love his voice and he is a better fighter than Shaggy because his moves are so swift and smooth.

I enjoyed the wrestling scenes in this movie, especially when Scooby is dreaming of being in a video game and he is up against a slice of a pizza, two delicious hotdogs and a huge cup of soda.

My favorite scene is Scooby playing the bonus level of the video game by doing Sin Cara's victory dance because Scooby has some nice dance moves. I is really cool to see WWE city animated because you get to experience what it is like to be a wrestler and what it is like to see a fight in the stadium. The upbeat music allows the audience to feel the excitement of the opponents. My least favorite part is the beginning because it takes forever to get to the plot and I is confusing for the first 30 minutes of the film.

The moral of the film is to not allow one's anger to turn into revenge. It's okay to be angry. It is not okay to act on the anger and make bad decisions. Parents should be aware that there are fighting scenes and a Ghost bear before allowing small children to view this movie. I recommend this movie for ages nine year to 18 years. I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Shelby E., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
Media: DVD


NEED FOR SPEED

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
NEED FOR SPEED       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I did not expect what happened. I expected a whole bunch of bad guys pulling off a huge robbery. Right? Wrong. "Need For Speed" is a fantastic and action-acked film that all gamers, car fanatics and action lovers should see!

The movie has a taco full of stuff to appreciate like action, romance, suspense, cars, and of course, racing. Also, is a need for speed.

The race begins when a group of friends who own an awesome car repair shop race for money on the weekends. Soon however, an accident puts one of them in jail, even though he didn't do anything. When he gets out he swears revenge on the man that committed the horrible crime. He goes on a crazy adventure to get vengeance.

There is so much to love about this film - the cars, the actors and the cinematography. The car, I think is the main character and honestly, is fantastic. Ford does a fantastic job making this Shelby Mustang incredible. The actors do tend to overact a bit. Otherwise they are fantastic.

My favorite scene is when the main characters are trying to escape a bunch of bad guys and almost fall off the cliff. At that moment a helicopter shows up, clips them on and lifts them up in the air. Kudos to the special effects and stunts crew - I have never seen anything so advanced when it comes to car's tricks in the movies. It is very impressive.

This movie has some adult humor and lots of action so I recommend it for ages 12 to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars. I also can sense a sequel coming up, can you? Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


DIVERGENT

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
DIVERGENT       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
LIONSGATE FILMS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves... or it might destroy her. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Based on the wildly successful novel by Veronica Roth, "Divergent" tells the story of teens struggling to find their place in post-war Chicago. Society is separated by factions based on personality traits and virtues in attempts to keep the peace and encourage the population to participate equally in maintaining a functioning community. When a person turns 16, she takes a test to determine what faction best suits her characteristics to help her decide whether she should stay in her home faction or move elsewhere. Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, is a modest girl from Abnegation, but her entire life is turned upside down when the test reveals something about her she didn't know was possible. She is a Divergent, which means she does not fit into any category, therefore cannot be controlled and is a threat to the system. With the advice of an older faction member, she is warned not to tell a soul or her life will be at risk. Young Tris then decides to leave her home of Abnegation and transfer to Dauntless, a fiery group of individuals that show no fear and protect the people. There, she has to learn to fit in and test herself physically and mentally, all the while guarding a dark secret.

I really like this film. I went into it not knowing anything about the book trilogy so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I was pleased with the outcome. The visuals are interesting because even though this film is set in the future and it features some advanced technology, everything is kept quite simple looking. There are, however, some flaws with the visuals and effects because at times it is very apparent that green screen is in use. The soundtrack is absolutely incredible. It features a variety of artist that I really enjoy and I've already downloaded music from the film because it is something I actually listen to on a daily basis which isn't the case with me for most motion picture soundtracks.

My favorite character is surprisingly not one of the leads, but a supporting role. I like the character Will, played by Ben Lloyd-Hughes, who is a boy Tris meets during her training in Dauntless. Will is a sweet, kind-hearted person who is always very supportive of Tris and her friend Christina, played by Zoe Kravitz. He is very level headed and is someone you can always count on. I had the pleasure of meeting Ben Lloyd-Hughes and I think he is perfect for the role of Will. The rest of the cast works very well together. Shailene Woodley does a great job portraying her emotions and showing Tris's character development. She goes through quite a lot over the course of the film and Shailene is really able to embody Tris and show how she transforms from a timid, modest Abnegation, to a fearless young woman who is not defined by anyone or anything. The only problem I have with the casting is that Four, played by Theo James, is supposed to be 18 in the book series. However in the film, he appears to be in his mid 20's, since Theo is 29 years old. He does a wonderful job playing his character, but it makes the romance between him and Tris really uncomfortable.

My favorite scene in the film is when Tris and the rest of the new members of Dauntless are heading back from playing a capture the flag like war game. They each strap up to a high-speed full body zip line that goes rocketing through the empty city. I think this scene is visually appealing even though it is very short and has really no importance to the film. The CGI and landscape in this scene is just well done.

Since I have not read this trilogy, I was a little let down with certain aspects of the film. In "Divergent" the film, the whole movie is mainly Tris training in Dauntless and it feels like the plot takes far too long to develop. The last 15-20 minutes of the film is where the action and the conflict begins to happen and then the movie is over. I found out that this is how the first book is written as well, but as someone who has very little prior knowledge of the series, it seems a bit odd. The second thing that threw me off was that it seems as if quite a bit of the dialogue is taken directly from the book. This is something that fans of the book will love since the films stays so true to the novel. However, from my point of view, a lot of the dialogue does not translate very well to the screen and appears a bit cheesy and forced at times. Like I said, this is really only an issue for me since I have not read the series nor was I a fan prior to watching the film. Overall, I was entertained despite these points.

I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 or for anyone who has read the novel. The movie gets a bit violent during training scenes and towards the end but is nothing too bad and if you've read the books you know what to expect. Overall I give Divergent 4 out of 5 stars because it is entertaining and I'm already eager for the next installment in the series. Plus I and all my friends that saw the film have been quoting the movie non-stop and making "Divergent" references in almost every conversation, so it clearly left its mark on us! Be sure to check out "Divergent" in theaters on March 21st.

Reviewed by Raven D, age 16, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


MUPPETS MOST WANTED

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
MUPPETS MOST WANTED       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It's time to think green. It's March and we have Saint Patrick's Day, the beginning of spring and March 21st Kermit will be on the big screen once again in The Muppets sequel "Muppets Most Wanted."

Can you say World Tour? Kermit finds he's been confused with the world's most dangerous frog "Constantine." Constantine has a diabolic plot that involves fleeing a Siberian Russian Gulag and taking the Muppets from Kermit. He needs a good cover while he and his side kick #2 use them as a cover to steal the crown jewels. First, he and #2 must travel the world unraveling the clues. They need to find a way to open the secrete passage way into the Tower of London where the jewels are kept.

I really enjoyed seeing the Muppets in many different settings around the world. It just proves the Muppets are loved every where they go.

My favorite scene is when Kermit tries to get Constantine away from Miss Piggy at their wedding. That's right, there is a huge wedding between Kermit and Miss Piggy, kind of. Miss Piggy has the most beautiful dress and Kermit looks so handsome in his tuxedo. We were lucky enough to see this movie at the El Capitan in Hollywood, California. They have the costumes and props on display there including her elegant wedding dress.

I was a bit disappointed that Miss Piggy didn't give anybody her famous "Hi yea" karate chop.

My favorite character of course is Miss Piggy. She's unbeatable in her duet with Celine Dion. There are so many guest appearances I can't even list them all here. You'll have to see the movie to see who all shows up for cameo appearances.

The cast itself is awesome. Ricky Gervais is brilliant as Dominick Badguy (pronounced as Bad G, it's French). I love Tina Fey as Nadya. She is adorable and has a great singing voice. Ty Burrell as Inspector Napoleon is very funny.

In true Muppet fashion the music is terrific and I enjoyed the "Sequel" song in the beginning of the movie. It's the best.

It is wonderful seeing the whole Muppet gang back together again.

From beginning to end it's a ton of fun for everybody. You are sure to leave with a smile on your face and a new quirky joke to tell everyone.

The age range is 5 to 18 because all your favorite Muppets make an appearance in the movie at some point in time.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 twinkling stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

"Muppets Most Wanted" is a thrilling movie. I love it because it is full of puppets (Muppets)! During this adventure, the Muppets decide to get back together as a group and then go on a world tour. However, the world's "most DANGEROUS frog" who looks like Kermit escapes and uses the tour as a cover to steal all the jewels in Europe.

My favorite part is when Ms. Piggy whacks Constantine, the villain, in the face for tricking her into believing he is Kermit. Now, that is funny!! Another funny part is when Kermit gets mistakenly taken to prison. He eventually trains the prisoners to do a musical but it just doesn't work - they do a horrible job. This movie totally cracks me up.

I absolutely love Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson). She decides on her own that she is going to marry Kermit even though he does not propose. She says he can propose on their honeymoon. How crazy is that? Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is having a hard time because the Muppets aren't listening to him about how to make the tour work and he has to deal with Miss Piggy forcing him to get married. What a disaster. Constantine (Matt Vogel) uses a horrible accent. He doesn't sound like Kermit even though he tries. Also, I do not like the mole on his face. However, as a villain, he plays his character very well. All the other actors do awesome jobs too.

The moral of this story is "if something is working for you don't be so quick to change it for something else that comes along just because it may seem like a better idea."

This movie is a good fit for ages 5 through 12. Both boys and girls will enjoy this classic puppet adventure. If you like silly, imaginative musicals, this is the one for you. Therefore, I rate it a five out of five "dazzling" stars.

Reviewed by Haley Powell, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

I did not know what to expect from this movie. Believe it or not, this was my first experience with the Muppets. I kind of thought it would be a show for little kids, but boy was I wrong. "Muppets Most Wanted" is a great family movie many people would enjoy.

This film has quite a bit to love. It has action, adventure, comedy, mystery, suspense, thrill, romance, history and of course everyone's favorite, The Muppets.

The adventure begins when Kermit and the Muppets are about to begin a world tour. However at their first destination, something terrible happens to Kermit. If you want to find out what happens, you got to watch the film.

I love this film. The idea is priceless and original and of course, just the concept of Muppets is fun. The directing is fantastic - the Muppets move, run, kiss, jump and fall smoothly and realistically. The Muppets are hilarious. The voice talent also are fantastic. You can't loose with a cast that includes Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey just to name a few.

My favorite scene is when there is a crime at a famous European museum. The European agency and the CIA are at the scene. Two of the agents are seeing who has the bigger badge. It looks like a the French agent wins but, 5 minutes later, A UPS guy (What is he doing here by the way?) comes with a big box. The CIA agent pulls a rope and a gigantic badge is there. It's funny, lighthearted and the idea alone is kind of ironic.

This film is meant for younger kids but is a bit of violence in it. So I recommend it for ages 9 to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I'm sure that this new Muppet adventure will very quickly become a favorite among families everywhere and I can't wait to see what's next in store for our beloved Kermit and Piggy - will they finally get married and perhaps go on their honeymoon? Stay tuned.

Reviewed by Gerry O., age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

The Muppets Most Wanted is a fantastic movie packed with comedy and excitement. The crowd was laughing so loudly that sometimes it was hard to hear the movie. This film is fantastic because it has the perfect combination of catchy songs and talented actors. It keeps you on the edge of your seat because you never know who was going to show up next.

The Muppets are back for the eighth time and before they finish catching up with each other, they meet Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais.) Dominic convinces the Muppets to go out on a world tour. At the same time Constantine, the world's most dangerous frog, escapes from prison and hatches an evil plan to hide his identity. Constantine kidnaps Kermit and takes over Kermit's identity. Kermit is mistaken for Constantine and is sent to prison. This leaves Constantine free to steal the crown jewels of England. It is up to the Muppets to save Kermit and stop Constantine before the world's most beloved puppets become the world's most wanted criminals.

The scene where the inmates put on a show in prison is hilarious. It's my favorite part of the movie. Watching scary looking men sing and dance like they are on Broadway is priceless. I also enjoyed watching Constantine act like he is Kermit. You will laugh out loud when you see what happens to him as he gets ready to go on stage during a musical performance.

All the actors do an amazing job in this movie. One actor who really stands out for me is Ty Burrell who plays Jean Pierre. His witty comments and funny attitude really add to the comedy. My favorite actress in this movie is Tina Fey who plays Nadya. What makes her performance great is that on the outside she is so strict, but on the inside she is really very warm and caring. Her accent is so realistic that I thought she was actually from Russia.

The message of this movie is that true friends will always be there for you no matter how bad things get. "The Muppets Most Wanted" is perfect for both boys and girls ages 8 to 16 and I give it five out of five shimmering stars. You definitely don't want to miss this one.

Reviewed by Simone Sharrieff, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


RIO 2

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
RIO 2       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12 ANIMATED
Topic - Family
Description - It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they're hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law. Starring voice talent of Anne Hathaway, Rodrigo Santoro, Leslie Mann, Jamie Fox, John Leguizamo and Jesse Eisenberg
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This sequel to the 2011 movie Rio, takes the loveable Blue Macaws, Blu, Jewel and their three kids on an adventure in the wilds of the Amazon. They are faced with adversity in the form of an overbearing father-in-law but, more importantly, some humans who are cutting down the trees where the Macaws live. "I like the story line which has lots of humor as well as some amazing songs which really enhance the film," comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brianna B, age 14. And critic Jeremy B (age 7) adds, "Another thing I really enjoy is the setting. The Amazon is so colorful and beautiful. The brightly colored birds and butterflies are incredible!" Their full reviews are in the youth comments section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Rio 2 is a wonderful animation with great comedy for the entire family.

Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) are back in Rio 2 with their three children. Their kids really need to learn to live like actual birds so Jewel insists that the family take an adventure to the Amazon where she is from. However on this trip there are some dangers that could lie ahead for them like meeting the revengeful Nigel (voiced by Jemaine Clement) and other things. Will they survive the jungle?

I like that this film is a clear continuation of the first one. It's just not about Blu and Jewel but it also lets us know more about their family and their roots. I like the story line which has lots of humor as well as some amazing songs which really enhance the film. I love the romance and really love all the dancing in the rain forest. It's so pretty, especially in 3D. The animation is stunning with lots of bright colors and spectacular attention to detail, especially of the Amazon.

I truly like everything about this film but my favorite part is in the beginning when we hear the first song, "What is Love" by Janelle Monae. This song puts me in an upbeat and happy mood. I knew immediately that this was going to be a great film. My favorite two characters are Pedro (voiced by Will I Am) and Nico (voiced by Jamie Foxx). These two are so hilarious to watch especially when Nico tries on different items he wants as a hat.

Director, Carlos Saldanha, directs a much bigger and better film in Rio 2 with sounds, exciting new songs and great comedy. A message in this film is that "Family is extremely important and you need each other to support each other."

I recommend this film for ages 6 to 15 and anyone that loved the first Rio. The whole family will definitely enjoy it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because everything about it is great. Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14.

Rio 2 (3D) is an adventurous, exciting and funny animated film. It has a lot of music, dancing and fun! The music director (John Powell) chose fun and festive music that plays throughout the film. Be careful, you might want to get up and dance right along with the characters!

The story line is about Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), his wife Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their children who travel to the Amazon to find other Blue Macaws who might be family. Once they arrive they find that some bad people are cutting down trees where the Blue Macaws live. They must work together to stop the humans and save the rainforest.

I really enjoyed this film. The 3D animation is incredible! The images pop right off the screen in front of you. I like the new characters added in this film from the first Rio movie, especially Eduardo the father-in-law (Andy Garcia) who is very funny. I also like that some of the old characters reappear such as Nigel (Jemaine Clement), Nico (Jamie Foxx) and Rafael (George Lopez). They bring lots of humor and excitement to this film. Another thing I really enjoy is the setting. The Amazon is so colorful and beautiful. The brightly colored birds and butterflies are incredible! There lots of great parts in this movie but my favorite part is when the Blue Macaws and the Parrots play soccer in the Pit of Doom. It is so crazy and suspenseful!

This film has a couple really good messages. One is that it teaches us to always put family first. If Blu does not learn this he will end up alone. Another one is to believe in yourself. Blu has to prove to himself that he is important no matter what anyone else tells him. You have to watch the movie to see what happens in the end!

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It is funny, exciting and adventurous. Kids and adults will love it, especially those who love nature, music and Brazil! I recommend this movie for ages 5 to 18. I think young children will Anreally like the music, the colorful setting and all the animals throughout the film. Reviewed by Jeremy B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 7.

As I started watching this film, I had mixed feelings. I wondered if the sequel would be as good as the original. I loved Rio and was excited to see what awaited my favorite characters in this new adventure. When I saw the film, it pleasantly surprised me. Rio 2 is a fantastic and original story that will make fans of these Rio movies watch it again and again. Rio 2 has more to offer than what people expect from most animated films - comedy, romance, action, sports, family, thrills, nature, adventure and, of course, great characters - Blu, Jewel and their adorable offspring. The story begins with Jewel and Blu's three kids being a bit unruly. The oldest girl, Carla only wants to listen to her music. Her younger sister, Bia, knows everything. And, the youngest brother Tiago is a trouble maker. He just wants to have fun. They discover that more of their kind exists and travel to the Amazon to meet them but stay a bit longer than expected. If you would like to know why they were delayed in the Amazon and how city boy Blu reacts to the wild life, you have to see the film.

I love this movie! One big thing I adore is that one character is back who I did not anticipate coming back. Also, the filmmakers added some pretty funny characters such as Bruno Mars who plays a 'perfect strong and athletic bird' who all the females adore. The animation is similar to the last one - bright and colorful. I think the whole plot is perfect and right on the mark. Another cool thing I love is the message in this film. "What looks small may be your biggest fear or your biggest friend." This is a great production. With a bunch of new songs and sound effects, you will get 100 minutes of perfection.

The scene I found the greatest is when Nico and Pedro are holding contests in the Amazon for the carnival, similar to what American Idol does. A whole bunch of animals audition and it shows how they keep are affected by predators. It's funny and cute. Plus, Carla shows off her skills as the show's producer and talent agent.

The story line of this film is a bit complicated so I would recommend it for ages 4 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Anyone who enjoyed the original film will definitely love this one. Reviewed by Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


SON OF GOD

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
SON OF GOD       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is the most eye-opening, magnificent film I have ever seen. "The Son of God" is about the story of Jesus. This movie modernizes the scriptures of the Bible along with showing everyone the miracles of Jesus. This movie really touched me because of the intensity and power it contains. From the minute Jesus is born, this movie shows every sin he forgives to the crucifixion and resurrection of the Holy Spirit. This movie will make you want to learn more about the Bible and everything about religion. I think the entire cast does such a great job portraying such powerful characters and I think everyone should watch this movie.

This movie has so many qualities that make it great but a key quality is the incredible location where they shot the movie. The movie is filmed in Morocco which is an incredible touch because it really makes the surroundings look like Jerusalem. I really like how Diogo Morgado, who plays Jesus in the film, really got into character and prepared for such a powerful role.

My favorite character is Mary Magdalene because of her bravery and intense courage. She was one of Jesus' disciples. She is the first one to find out that Jesus has resurrected and she never had one doubt about who Jesus was. I admire her loyalty and I think she doesn't get as much recognition as she should.

My favorite scene is when Jesus gets into Peter's boat and Peter says that there are no fish in the lake anymore. Jesus puts his hands in the ocean and in a matter of seconds; Peter's net is filled with tons of fish. Peter asks what they are going to do and Jesus says that they are going to change the world. I think this is the best scene because of how touching and inspirational it is. It really shows that if you have faith and believe in the Son of God, anything is possible. This scene is the start of something powerful and I loved it.

I recommend this movie for audiences 13 and over because of the intense and bloody depiction of the Crucifixion and other violent scenes. This movie is very touching and inspirational. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it a lot and it makes me want to know more about the life of Jesus and more of his miracles. This movie is in theaters February 28th 2014 so make sure you check it out! Jailene A., 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


NON-STOP

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
NON-STOP       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account. Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Scoot McNairy
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film really does hold your attention from the get go. You have no idea who the real hijacker of this plane is and, the more you find out about Bill Marks (Lian Neeson)'s background, the more suspicious he becomes. The mystery that unfolds has you guessing who the real culprit is right until the very end. It quite successfully builds tension and suspension as the minutes tick by. IF you don't mind biting your nails, check it out. But, please don't take your kids under age 13.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a suspenseful film that keeps you guessing until the end and it had me biting my nails from the beginning. This plot starts with an air marshal named Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) who is on a plane from New York to London. On the flight he receives a disturbing text that tells him, "I'll kill someone every 20 minutes," if he doesn't do what the person says. While trying everything to find the person who's sending him these messages, the passengers, crew and his boss start to think he's hijacking the plane. Even Bill starts to question himself. So with no one to trust and everyone against him, he must try to stop this anonymous character in this crowded plane.

With a plot like this, how can you not be somewhat interested? The movie keeps your attention and you really want to know what's going to happen. This movie's atmosphere is uncomfortable, which it's supposed to be. The wide angle lens is appropriate and makes the confined space even more real. The script is terrific! It's a perfect example of a movie where, once you watch it, you want to watch it again. All the pieces of the puzzle come together. There are reasons and evidence that lead you to the outcome without giving it away. That's a sign of a great mystery.

The acting in this film is fantastic and all the actors like Julianne Moore as Jen Summers, who had to act in these claustrophobic sets, do an impressive job portraying their roles. I enjoy Liam Neeson and fully appreciate his acting skills in this film. He shows why he continues to be a top rated star.

My favorite scene is when Bill thinks he's found and stopped the terrorist. For a moment Bill is relieved it's over. Then he hears his phone bing an incoming text and the music gets your heart racing.

The moral is, "Honesty is the best policy." The passengers and crew are against him because Bill's hiding the truth. As humans we automatically think the worse if we have to piece a situation together. Bill finally realizes that.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 12 to 18-year-olds. There is smoking and intense moments that are not intended for kids. This is a investing and spine tingling film that is worth checking out.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film critic

I expected this movie to be about a plane hijack, that sort of thing. It was that, but WITH A HUGE TWIST! I was so surprised and lots of other people will be too. "Non-Stop" is a great action packed dramatic film many people will want to see over and over and over again.

Non-Stop has an extremely great selection of styles as well, there is action, drama, romance, suspense, adventure, education and so much more to wrap up in awesome movie. The story is about an Air Marshal with a kind of dark history. He's on a plane to London. So far so good - it's a normal flight. Soon he gets a text on a strict network threatening him. Chaos strikes the plane as he tries to find the culprit. Will he (or she) be caught? Or will something even more terrible happen? You have to watch the film to find out.

This movie must have been hard to make with the plane action and the fighting and crashing and all the special effects, but they pull it off. I came out of the theater feeling like I had been on the plane and it was different than just walking out of a movie theater. I could barely walk. The main character Bill (Liam Nelson) is fantastic and, I was amazed by the camera work. Not one shot could have been better.

My favorite scene is when everybody is thinking he's a terrorist, because of spoiler reasons, so he stops looking and tells everyone his past and what he is doing. I love that scene because his story is close to my heart and very sad too. However, it's probably one of the most important scenes in the plot of the story. I'd say this movie is definitely for older ages, so kids 11-18 would be comfortable with the style of the movie. I give "Non-Stop" easily 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed By Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

KIDS FIRST! "Non-Stop" Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, March 3, 2014 "Non-Stop" has lots of action and suspense.

Air Marshal, Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is on an international flight from New York to London. He receives text messages from someone he does not know with very specific demands. Passengers on this flight are in danger of being killed every 20 minutes if the demands are not taken seriously.

I actually like this film. The acting is good, strong and very intense. The plot held my interest because it is not predictable in any way. You really don't know who to trust. With plenty of action, anticipation and some great fighting scenes, there is not one boring moment. The fighting scenes are basically done in small confined spaces of an aircraft so it may be difficult to see at times who has the upper hand. One of my favorite actors in this film is Liam, as he is such a great performer. You can tell he is in tune with his character's emotions and behaviors and he gives another great show. My favorite scene is when Bill Marks helps the little girl Becca (Quinn McColgan) get on the plane. It is her very first time flying and she is flying alone to go and visit her Father. Becca does not want to get on the plane and stops right at the aircrafts door. Bill hands her the stuffed animal that she left in the waiting room and says that the stuffed animal needs help to fly and then Becca gets on the plane. This scene is so sweet and genuine. It almost feels as if Bill can relate to her somehow.

"Non-Stop" also stars Julianne Moore (Jen Summers), and Michelle Dockery (Nancy). The music by John Ottman, is basically un-noticeable until the excitement comes and then it works its way into the scene which makes the scene even better.

A message that I find in "Non-Stop" is to never assume anything because you may assume wrong. Also, I did learn a little bit about Air Marshals, how they work and some of their responsibilities.

I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 and anyone who loves action and suspense. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Take a car, train or a plane and see this thriller of a film. This is Brianna reporting for KIDS FIRST! Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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


KIDS FOR CASH

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
KIDS FOR CASH
SENTART FILMS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American secret. In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town celebrates a charismatic judge who is hell-bent on keeping kids in line...until one parent dares to question the motives behind his brand of justice. This real life thriller reveals the untold stories of the masterminds at the center of the scandal and the chilling aftermath of lives destroyed in the process - a stunning emotional roller coaster.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This documentary is very informational and extremely interesting.

"Kids for Cash" is a true story about two Luzern County, Pennsylvania judges, Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. and Michael T. Conahan. They commit crimes and send almost 3,000 kids to juvenile detention for minor offenses, taking punishment to a whole new level. One kid's mother stands up to Ciavarella's strict type of justice and meets with lawyers, Marsha Levick and Robert Schwartz, from the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, to lead an investigation which uncovers the judges' true motives for locking up so many kids.

I like that this film has so much information surrounding the events of this story. It follows five of the teenaged kids, their parents, news media, attorneys and yes, even interviews with the two judges. It's an eye opener with detailed facts about this case and our judicial system. It gets very emotional and powerful at times while looking at all the families. It's really sad seeing kids in handcuffs and learning about the length of time they are put away and taken from their family and friends. I understand that kids need to suffer the consequences for their bad decisions and poor actions, but the reasoning and excuses behind Mark Ciavarella's mind set of "zero tolerance" is just a little too much for these minor offenses. The overall production could be a little shorter with simpler terms; however this is a true story that definitely needs to be told in its true light. "Kids for Cash" is so much more than a story about two judges. It also brings more attention to our overall juvenile justice system while revealing mind blowing statistics.

A couple of messages that I found in this film is that sometimes high authority figures do wrong things and must suffer the consequences. Also, it tells us to be happy with what we have because the greedy desire to have more leads down the wrong path.

I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18. It has terms that younger children may not understand. I give it 4� out of 5 stars.

Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


3 DAYS TO KILL       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
RELATIVITY MEDIA
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This movie is a spoof on the James Bond/Jason Bourne type of spy movie with a twist. When Secret Service Agent Ethan Renner finds he has months to live he tries to reconcile his differences with his estranged wife and daughter. Promising his wife that he's no longer "in the business," he's lured back in by the promise of an experimental drug that could cure him. What rolls out is the humorous way that his parenting is integrated into his last assignment and we see him asking for advice from the very people he's trying to torture. It makes you laugh but then, you realize how it is really trivializing torture. Kevin Costner's performance is outstanding. You really are drawn into this character who is torn between his impending death, the realization that he's truly missed out on the most important thing in his life - a relationship with his wife and daughter, and his efforts to try to parent a misbehaving teen while on a challenging assignment. I definitely would not take a kid under the age of 13.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I am reviewing a movie called 3 Days to Kill. This movie is really cool and has a lot of action. You have got to see this movie if you are 12 and over. It's just that good.

This movie is all about a guy named Ethan who is a secret service agent. He then finds out that he has a few months to live and he wants to spend the rest of his time with his family. He bumps into a girl named Vivi who offers him an experimental drug that will extend his life but he would have to join their team in the CIA and defeat the Wolf who is selling bombs to people.

The main characters in the movie are Ethan (Kevin Costner), Vivi (Amber Heard), Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld), Christine (Connie Nielsen) and the Wolf (Richard Sammel). My favorite character in this movie is Ethan because the only reason he is with the CIA is to live longer with his family and to spend more time with his daughter. He wants to reconnect with his daughter before he dies.

My favorite part in the movie is when Ethan throws someone under a train. Even though throwing someone under a train isn't a nice thing to do, this guy was really bad.

I recommend this movie for ages 12 to 18 because this movie has a lot of violence and scary things; but if you like adventure and action I would recommend this movie.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! critic Anthony, age 11

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


WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Director and writer: Hayao Miyazaki. Voice talent: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci and Mae Whitman.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a breathtaking masterpiece of art that allows your mind and heart to soar like the wind. The story is loosely based on the real life story of Jiro Horikoshi (Joseph Gordon- Levitt). He dreams of flying but, because he's nearsighted, decides to be a Japanese airplane designer. We observe his life from child to adulthood as he makes his dream plane and, in the process, falls in love with Naoko (Emily Blunt). Will Jiro create the beautiful plane or realize that the beauty he's seeking is right in front of him all along?

The film is a work of art. Hayao Miyazaki (Director and Writer) creates unique color palettes and designs. Since the movie takes place in the sky, the animators go above and beyond to hand draw backgrounds and movements for the planes. We witness them majestically soaring through the skies and you feel as if you're with them. The voice acting is well done. I think they portrayed the characters and their relationships exceptionally well. Much of the film focuses on the romance between Naoko and Jiro. Their connection is both loving and tragic. The film was first released in Japan, so American voice-overs are dubbed over the animation and yes, it can be distracting. They confront actual events that happened in Japan, such as the Kanto earth-quake of 1923 and Japan entering the war. I love the truth in this film. It doesn't shy away from talking about the real issues that happened during this time.

My favorite character is Mr. Caproni (Stanley Tucci) a historical Italian aircraft designer who is Jiro's mentor in his dreams. I enjoy Stanley's voice acting skills. He's one of those character actors who is fantastic at everything he does. The character himself is fascinating. He looks at aircraft not as a bringer of war, but a creator of dreams.

My favorite scene is the last dream sequence, after Jiro goes through a life changing experience. This is one of those bitter sweet endings, where you don't know what to think at first. You just need to take it all in.

The message in this film is, "Sometimes the outcome to your dream is not always what you expect." Jiro spends his whole life wanting to make his aircraft, determined to do anything to fulfill his goal. After a few sacrifices, he realizes his potential but it's not what he expects. Mr. Caproni then asks him, "Did you have a good ten years?"

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 11 to18-year-olds. This film shows people smoking and deals with serious issues of the time. This is a must see film! This film is released widely in theaters February 28.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, age 13, KIDS FIRST Film Critic

I didn't know what to expect from this movie. When I saw it, however, I was pleasantly surprised! "The Wind Rises" is a heartwarming movie that many people will love. Especially, since it is based on true events.

This film has something for everyone to enjoy - action, drama, suspense, romance, history, Japanese culture, adventure and, of course, planes.

The story is about a life of a young boy, who dreams of flying and designing planes. However, he can't see very well and has to wear glasses. Luckily, he grows up during pre-World War II in Japan to become a super successful engineer. Then, though, he needs to build a plane for the military - a powerful one.

I lov this movie. The animation is breathtaking and pretty. The plot is interesting and it is also based on a true story as well. However, there are many time transitions and some can be a bit confusing. Everything else though is fantastic. This is the last film of a famous director Hayao Miyazaki and it sparked a lot of controversy in the U.S. and Japan.

My favorite scene is when the boy is a bit older. He is on a train and everything is fine until - BAM, the infamous earthquake of Japan that shook the world. The boy gets off the train very calmly. He sees a girl crouching next to a lady and goes to them. He rescues the lady who was injured and becomes a hero.

I recommend this movie for ages 13 -18. It is very mature and contains a lot of adult concepts that younger kids may not understand or appreciate. I also give it 4.5 out 5 stars.

Reviewed by Gerry O. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ROBOCOP

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
ROBOCOP
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "RoboCop" is the all new, fast-paced, futuristic, crime fighting film. A modern rendition of the classic 80s film, "RoboCop" tells the story of Alex Murphy, a Detroit police detective becomes the target of a drug operation when he begins to look into their activities. Alex is attacked and when his wife finds out that his chances of surviving are slim to none, she agrees to enter her husband into a program that turns wounded officers into the ultimate crime fighting machine. When Alex wakes up after months of tests and treatments, he has a hard time coping with what he has become and is conflicted about his personal life and his new profession.

I love this film. It is absolutely stunning in Imax. The special effects, CGI and sound effects are fantastic. This movie put me on the edge of my seat with its non-stop action and suspense. Something that really stood out is all the sound effects during the explosions and shoot outs. The storyline of this film definitely strays away from the original "RoboCop" of 1987 but, I think it's great and enjoyed the modernization. This film also touches on the subject of the American military presence in developing countries and how our government's ideas of "peace" are quite distorted. I really like when, in the beginning, there is a scene that shows drones and robots that look like something you would see in "Star Wars." They are considered "peacekeepers" even though they appear less than peaceful and it really shows the over use of military weapons and fear tactics that the government uses in the name of peace.

My favorite scene would be when Alex begins to regain his emotions after being shut down and he is able to use his senses as well as his robotic features and technology to solve his own murder at an incredible rate. I like this scene because it is very fast paced and a lot is revealed about many characters in the movie. It is also really cool to see how his programming works and how he is able to detect people's intentions and emotions before they have time to act on them.

My favorite character is Alex Murphy, played by Joel Kinnaman, because he goes through so much in this film. It's really cool to see his character development throughout the movie. He loses everything because of his injuries and almost loses his life, and when he gets it back he's very conflicted on whether or not he wants his wife and son to have to deal with his new condition and if he wants to be so controlled by his creators. Joel does a wonderful job portraying all of the internal conflict of his character and also shows the robotic lack of personality and numbness that Alex experiences.

I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars because it is very entertaining, extremely action-packed and visually stunning. I recommend it for ages 13 to 18 because of the strong violence and weapon use. So, be sure to check out "RoboCop" in theaters now! Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D, age 16.

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


SURF'S UP (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This story follows a teenage rock hopper penguin named Cody Maverick from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's nothing but a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. Young Cody is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of "Big Z," a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans, isn't just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer, living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two. Starring the voice talent of Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zoey Deschanel, Jon Heder and James Woods.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Do you have a passion you believe in? I know I do and I love the way this movie inspires me to follow my passion. In the movie Surf's Up, Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) definitely has a passion for surfing. This movie is about a penguin that loves to surf and wants to enter a major surfing contest. His goal in life is to surf like his idol, Zeke Topango (Jeff Bridges) also known as Geek. Cody leaves home to enter the contest. However, no one believes in him. Even so, he trains with a mystery person and becomes a great surfer in the end. The plot of the story is for Cody to prove to his mother (Dana Belben) and brother Glen (Brian Posehn) as well as others that he is not a failure and that he will ride the top of a wave.

The most entertaining part of this movie is when Cody challenges Tank (Deidrich Bader), the nine year winner of the contest. Cody falls off his surfboard, into the ocean, steps on a sea urchin and almost drowns. The sea urchin tells his version of what happens which is hilarious. You have got to watch this movie to see how Cody is cured from the sea urchin's poison. Just be prepared to say "eeewwww!" My least favorite part is the narration and interviewing process. Between each scene there are interviews with the characters. They talk about how they feel and what is happening with Cody's quest to become a great surfer. Instead, it seems more like an interruption to the movie.

Chicken Joe (Jon Heder) does a great job. He is the funniest character in the movie. There is a scene where he thinks he is being served dinner by wild penguins, not knowing he is actually their dinner. The animation is also great. I love the surfboards in Antarctica that are made out of ice. They look crystal clear.

The moral of this story is to never give up and to believe in yourself even when nobody else does. I recommend this movie for ages 8 through 18. Both girls and boys will enjoy this movie as it is a fun family comedy.

I give this movie a 3 out of 5 dazzling stars!

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Haley P.

Surf's Up is a hilarious comedy that will have you rolling on the floor laughing throughout the entire movie! This movie is so funny I can't remember a time when I wasn't laughing. Directors Chris Buck and Ash Brannon did an amazing job making this movie stand out from the thousands of other family comedies. Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) is a penguin surfer stuck in the boring town of Shiverpool, Antarctica. It is always Cody's dream to follow in the footsteps of his idol, surf champ Big Z. Just when it looks like Cody will spend the rest of his life sorting fish, a surfing scout comes to Shiverpool to see how much talent Cody actually has. With hard work, Cody gets a shot at surfing in the Big Z Memorial tournament. Cody meets Tank, a bully, and the island's best surfer, at the tournament. Cody decides to stand up to Tank and challenges him to a surf off. Unfortunately, the surf off doesn't end well for Cody. His luck begins to change when Cody stumbles across fellow surfers Geek and Lani. They quickly become Cody's friends and mentors. With their help, Cody learns the real reason for surfing and that competition has nothing to do with it.

There are many humorous scenes in this movie. One funny part is when we meet Ivan the sea urchin. Cody accidentally steps on Ivan during his surf off with Tank. Ivan lets Cody know just how unhappy he is about being stepped on. Another comedy scene is when Tank introduces his trophies and calls them his "ladies." Tank also gives his trophies names like Lea and Brianna. The voice talent did an amazing job in using their voices to add to the comedy. My favorite character in the film is Chicken Jo (Jon Heder). Cody meets Jo early in the movie and they become good friends. What makes his character stand out from the rest is his "go-with-the-flow" attitude. Jo is by far the funniest character in the movie! As a 13 year old, I could really relate to the message of this film which is, you don't have to win everything to be a winner.

I recommend Surf's Up for kids 7 to 14 and I give it 5 out of 5 shimmering stars! Surfs Up is airing all month on Kids Scene so please make sure you check it out.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Simone S., Age 13

This is a story about a penguin who is an independent thinker named Cody Maverick (Shia La Beouf) who wants to be a world famous surfer. His ideal is BIG Z (Jeff Bridges) who died in a surfing accident. There is a world class surf contest held each year in his honor. Cody dreams on being able to surf and win the big race.

His family doesn't understand him. His brother Glen wants him to be like all the other penguins and work at the fish company.

Fate comes along and Cody gets his wish. Are you ready for some big waves?

When we arrive on Pen Gu Island where the big competition takes place we are introduced to Chicken Joe (Jon Heder). Yes, that is right another Maverick but this one is a chicken. We also meet Lani Aliikia Zooey Deschanel) a beautiful life guard.

The waves on the island prove to be bigger and faster than the ones Cody is used to. After a bad fall, Lani takes Cody to a relative's hut so he can heel. He ends up learning many life lessons here and finds out who he really is. You'll have to watch the movie to see if he learned enough to win the competition and walk away with the big trophy.

My favorite character is Chicken Joe because he makes me laugh. My favorite scene is when he meets the native penguins on the island and thinks he is in a hot tub, being feed delicious fruits and vegetables.

Through a penguin's journey we learn a lot of great lessons: Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. You should follow and do what you are passionate about. Everyone is different and unique in their own way.

The animation in this movie is awesome. The waves and the ocean look life-like and made me want to surf myself. This movie is perfect to get you into the mood for spring and vacation planning. It will make you feel as if you are at the ocean. I recommend this movie for age six to 18 and give it 4 � twinkling stars. Younger ones will love the animation but might not understand the story line. Adults will also enjoy it since they have added a lot of humor to the movie. So grab a beach towel and settle in to enjoy Surf's Up.

Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (HDNET MOVIES 2014)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (HDNET MOVIES 2014)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When the cast is removed from his severely broken arm, clumsy 12-year-old Henry Rowen Gartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is shocked to find his arm has become a 100 mile per-hour thunderbolt. His throw from the bleachers directly to home plate alerts the last place Chicago Cubs and before you can shout "play ball!" he is signed as their new ace pitcher. With a few pointers from an aging star pitcher (Gary Busey) young Henry actually manages to pull of the impossible. Directed by Daniel Stern; Writer - Sam Harper. Actors: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Amy Morton and Dan Hedaya.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fun fantasy. Contains some socially inappropriate actions, such as insults from the coach in opening scene, the mother punching her boyfriend and saying, "I should have killed him." Overall, enjoyable, nicely paced, girls and boys both like this.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I expected this movie to be about an inspirational story of a legendary player, but it's not exactly what happens. "Rookie of the Year" is a wonderful story that all kids and families will enjoy.

This movie has quite a bit to love. It has adventure, comedy, a bit of suspense, romance and, my favorite, baseball.

The story is about a kid who loves baseball, but kind of stinks at it. However something happens and he has a chance of greatness.

I love many things about this film - the storyline, the acting, the editing, but most importantly, how the producers show that anybody can fulfill their dreams. The directing is also amazing. Everything wraps up very nicely in the end. I almost wished I was that kid and had a chance of at least a few minutes in MLB.

My favorite scene is when the boy is getting pushed around by his manager and his mother pops out of nowhere, argues with the manager and finally punches him down stairs, which I think is pretty awesome.

I recommend this movie to ages 9 to 18. Kids under 9 probably won't enjoy it as much but there's certainly nothing objectionable about it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Gerry O., age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

"Rookie of the Year" is such an inspirational movie! A lot of kids dream about playing in the Major Leagues one day and this movie makes it seem real. Linda Lowy, the casting director, does a great job picking a cast that is really good at making such an unbelievable plot believable.

"Rookie of the Year" is about a boy named Henry (Thomas Ian Nicholas) who likes to play Little League baseball, even though he is not very good. He breaks his arm while playing baseball at school with his friends, and magically gets a special power in his pitching arm. When his cast comes off he can throw a ball 104 mph! While Henry is at a Major League baseball game, general manager Larry Fisher (Dan Hedaya) sees Henry throw a ball 435 feet! He wants him to be a pitcher on his Major League team, and then Henry, amazingly, ends up playing for the Chicago Cubs.

There are so many great parts in this film. One of my favorite parts is when Henry and his friends build a boat with wood, paint and a motor. The boat they make goes so fast that water sprays up in an arc and they get soaked. After they are wet, they start grabbing more water and have a water fight. I laughed so hard and wished I could join them! I also really enjoyed seeing all the different Major League Baseball stadiums throughout the film. Robert Harper, the producer, does a great job selecting some really cool stadiums for the onsite filming.

"Rookie of the Year" shares a really good message with its audience. It teaches us that friends and family are way more important than glory, fame and money. Before Henry gets his special power, he thinks his friends and family are the most important people in the world, but after he gets his power he feels that fame is more important. Because of this, his friends do not play with him anymore and his mom is sad. In the end, Henry has to decide what is more important to him.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it is funny and inspiring. I recommend it for kids ages 8 to 14, but it is definitely a movie the whole family can enjoy, especially those who like baseball.

Reviewed by Jeremy B.A, KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 7.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.98
Media: FeatureFilm


MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE)

MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Mr. Magorium is 243 years old and still runs his magical emporium, the most magical and spectacular toy store in the entire world. But when he is ready to finally retire and leave the store to the manager, the magic takes a dark turn.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a great movie. It is magical, literally. Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is a 243 year-old-man who owns a magical toy store. He has to leave and plans to pass the toy store on to the manager, Molly Mahoney, who is also like a daughter to him. Even though Molly doesn't want him to leave, Mr. Magorium hires an accountant to help sort out all his paperwork so she can manage the store more smoothly. Molly doesn't want the store and is confused. She tries to find her inner talent but doesn't know where to go to pursue it. Mr. Magorium helps her find her potential and shows her she has the power to control all the toys and the whole store.

I like this movie because there is a lot of excitement involved. This is not a normal toy store. All the toys are alive. Legos walk around, paper air planes fly themselves through the air and balls bounce on their own. Even the stuffed animals move. My favorite part is when the store gets mad and throws a temper tantrum because Mr. Magorium is leaving. The walls turn grey and the toys go psycho.

Eric (Zach Mills) does a spectacular job. He is the only one who doesn't give up on the store. He, also has an awesome hat collection, and I like him the most. Henry, (Jason Bateman), is a boring adult but in the end he finally lets his inner child out to play with Eric. Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) does a great job of showing how an adult gets stuck and doesn't know where to go next in life. The special effects are phenomenal because it seems like the toys are really moving which kept my attention.

The moral of this story is to have faith in yourself which goes along with a quote in the movie stating "Your life is an occasion, rise to it." This movie is perfect for ages 8 through18. Both boys and girls will love to watch this movie because it is all about magical toys. I give it a five out of five dazzling stars.

Reviewed by Haley P, KIDS FIRST! Critics, age 11

This is a whimsical, heart-felt film that has a lot going for it, but it doesn't exploit the story to its full potential. It takes place in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, a magical toy shop. Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) plays an eccentric child-like character who's over 240 years old. Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) a piano-prodigy works for him When Magorium tells Mahoney that he's giving the store to her because he's going away, she panics and the two embark on an emotional journey that will change their lives.

This film has me whistling the musical score while I'm writing this. It matches the film's visuals and atmosphere. Just listening to the piano, mixed in with the orchestra, is superb. The acting is amazing. I love Hoffman's performance. Magorium looks at the simple things in life and lives each second to spread joy to the world. It's surprisingly inspiring. The other actors such as Portman and Jason Bateman (Henry Weston A.K.A. Mutant) share a friendly connection on-screen and do a fantastic job working with one another. Eric (Zach Mills) plays an avid hat wearer/collector who has trouble making friends. He's a fantastic child actor.

With great characters and an okay story line, what could go wrong? Well, the ending. Without giving anything away, we see the characters go through their personal transitions, then wham, Mahoney and Henry have a confusing scene. It's almost as if they cut a line or two. What happens doesn't fit the film. It really angered me because we go through so much and then there is a rushed ending.

The moral of the story is, "Live your life so that people can remember your legacy." Mr. Magorium creates his legacy by spreading joy to people with his toy shop. He now wants Mahoney to live her life and create her legacy.

My favorite scene is when Mr. Magorium talks about his departure with Mahoney. I love this scene because of the truth and sincerity behind it. Magorium doesn't want her to be sad, but wants her to remember him as he was. It's touching.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommended this to 6- through 11-year-olds. While I didn't like the ending, this is a family film with enough magic, creativity and goodwill for an evening of enjoyment.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MONUMENTS MEN, THE

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
MONUMENTS MEN, THE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a dramatic film, with some humorous moments, that shows the importance of human achievement and I loved every minute of it. The story is based on true events that center on the ending of World War II, when Nazi troops hid artwork from around Europe for Chancellor Hitler. President Roosevelt lets Lt. Frank Stokes (George Clooney) gather an unlikely squad of museum directors, curators and art historians to enter Europe and save, not only art, but people's history.

What makes this film strong is its story and how it shows the characters' passion for their goal. I'm not an art critic, but I recognized some of the artists and their work. But I'm not into art like these people were. However, when you see the soldiers torching the art, my heart broke and my stomach tied in knots. Watching this film reminds me that art isn't just paintings or sculptures, it's people's accomplishments and, if that's gone, what do we have?

The screenplay is beautifully written by Grant Heslov and George Clooney, who also directs this movie. This film can be humorous, but it also shows the reality of war. For example, they talk about concentration camps and that's a risky move. It refers to the inhumanity that happened, but they balance well so it's not "Shindlers List." This dream cast includes Bill Murray (Sgt. Richard Campbell), John Goodman (Sgt. Walter Garfield), and more memorable actors that play fantastic people. Just watching them interact is entertaining enough.

My favorite character is Pvt. Preston Salvitz (Bob Balaban). I pick this character because when I see Bob play Preston he becomes a little ball of fire and I love this person's passion for art.

My favorite scene involves Sgt. Campbell (Murray) receiving a recording from his daughter while he's fighting in the war. Preston plays the recording on the announcement intercom and your heart turns to mush as Bill sits by himself smiling with tears in his eyes while listening to his daughter's voice.

The moral of the story is, "Sometimes our achievements are worth dying for." "The Monuments Men" love art and that's why they are picked for this team. They are willing to die to protect it.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this for 12 to 18-year-olds. There's some action, blood and language that younger kids shouldn't experience, however the film shows our human side and how we live to create achievements.

Reviewed by Keefer B., Age 13, KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic

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


MR. PEABODY &  SHERMAN

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist and genius...who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet - being a parent.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I saw the trailers and I expected it to be more concentrated on time travel and not have much of a story line. Well there is. A fantastic one at that! "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is a wonderful story about a dog who adopts a boy.

The film also has lots of animated things to love - like history, comedy, romance, suspense and so much more. To make it even better - characters come to live thanks to the brilliant voice-over actors such as Ty Burrel and Max Charles.

The film starts when a young puppy is growing up in different shelters. From a very early age he shows everyone how very special he is. He is intelligent, athletic and smooth. He wins many prizes, but his greatest adventure happens when he adopts a boy. Together they go through multiple adventures and troubles but able to stay together.

I love so much about this film. The film itself is fantastic! I love how they take twenty five-minute shows that had old, colored 2-D animation and turn it into modern 3D animation with the use of modern technology.

My favorite scene is when they show the story of how Mr. Peabody adopts Sherman. They show points throughout Sherman's little life of great moments, like his first step in 1709. Then it shows how he finds Sherman. That is definitely a sweet and loving part!

This movie has a bit of violence in it, therefore I recommend it to ages 5-18. I also believe that adults who admired this cartoon kids, will love this new version of these beloved characters. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

The movie Mr. Peabody and Sherman is an extremely funny film to watch AND it is educational. This is a great film because you learn a lot about history plus it has a funny storyline.

In the film Mr. Peabody, a dog, adopts a child named Sherman. When Sherman goes to school, a girl named Penny starts to tease him. Mr. Peabody creates a time machine called the WABAC to teach his son Sherman important things about history. Sherman tries to impress his friend Penny and use the WABAC without permission. That's when the problems start. Sherman and Penny accidentally disrupt history and it is up to Mr. Peabody and Sherman to fix it.

The message of the film is to be obedient and listen to your parents. Throughout the film Mr. Peabody tells Sherman to do things and at times Sherman does not listen and tends to do the opposite of what he is supposed to do.

In the film, Ty Burrell does an amazing job portraying the role of Mr. Peabody. It is a PERFECT match. My favorite character is Penny because she learns a very important lesson which is not to judge people by their looks or what seems abnormal.

My favorite part is when Penny gets a boyfriend, and Sherman gets mad and makes a comment that's not very nice. However, it was so funny my eyes began to water. The historical characters really stand out to me because it teaches me about history. I really enjoy seeing the historical characters come to life. They are also pretty hilarious.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a great family movie and it is very educational. This film is for boys and girls ages 5 to 16. I give this film 5 out of 5 shining stars! This movie is a number one movie to watch and it will also be shown in 3D.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Kendyl P., Age 12

The movie Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a hilarious film. This is an enjoyable film because the storyline is fantastic.

The movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman is about a dog who is a father to a human boy, Sherman. In the film Sherman is teased by a girl named Penny. Sherman and Penny are forced to work out their issues all alone. Although he is not supposed to, Sherman tells Penny about the WABAC, which is a time machine. Penny and Sherman take the time machine without permission and find themselves in a whole lot of trouble. Now it is up to Mr. Peabody, Sherman and Penny to fix the time machine.

The message of this film is to be obedient. In the film, Sherman is told not to touch the time machine. Sadly, he does not listen. He ends up breaking the time machine and it creates problems for the past, present and future.

The voice actors Ty Burrell, Max Charles and Ariel Winter do an amazing job portraying their characters and making the film very realistic. The animation is fantastic. My favorite part is when a Trojan soldier's armpit wreaks so badly, he uses it as a weapon during the war. You will have to watch the film to see exactly what he does. It made me laugh out loud.

This film is for boys and girls ages 5-18. I give this movie 5 out of 5 golden stars. Remember your glasses as this film will be showing in 3D.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Kayla P., Age: 12

The movie "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is absolutely fantastic! This movie is about an exceptionally smart dog that adopts a boy because, when he was a kid, no one would adopt him. Mr. Peabody makes a time machine called the WABAC so Sherman can learn all about history. They travel to different time periods all over the world. However, when Sherman tries to impress his classmate, Penny, to prove he is no different from her, things go terribly wrong because he shows Penny the WABAC.

I like this movie because there is back-to-back on-going adventure. Sherman and Penny almost kill themselves while in Italy when Penny tricks him into taking Leonardo Da Vincci's flying machine without permission. They soar through the air but eventually crash after Sherman loses confidence in himself about flying the machine. Mr. Peabody and Sherman also have to save Penny in Egypt before she marries King Tut. The wildest scene is when they all end up in the middle of the Trojan War! It is a disaster waiting to happen. I love the way this movie mixes history with fun such as when Sherman takes Penny back in time to prove to Penny that George Washington did tell him he didn't really chopped down the cherry tree. It's like getting a fun history lesson without having to be bored in school.

All the characters are great! Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), Sherman (Max Charles), Penny (Ariel Winter) are my favorites because they play their part exactly like what you would see in real life. The animation is outstanding and the 3D special effects make everything pop right out which keeps you drawn into the movie.

The moral of this story is no matter who your parents are listening will keep you out of trouble. This movie is perfect for ages 5 through18. Both boys and girls will enjoy it because it is animated, adventurous and best of all, in 3D. I give it five out of five dazzling stars! Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be released in theaters on March 7, 2014.

Reviewed by Haley Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

"Mr. Peabody and Sherman 3D" is a great movie! The characters scripts are funny and the 3D animation is incredible. The images pop right off the screen and I loved it.

"Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is a film about a Nobel Prize-winning dog named Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) who adopts a human boy named Sherman (Max Charles). Together they travel to different time periods to learn about important historical events. When Sherman uses the time machine without permission he accidentally rips a hole in the space/time continuum. Mr. Peabody and Sherman must team up to fix the hole.

This movie is so exciting. I really like all the adventures that the characters go on. They travel to amazing time periods such as Ancient Egypt, Italy during the 1500's and Troy during the Trojan War. It has a lot of educational facts throughout. Even the jokes are based upon facts from the different time periods. While I found the jokes to be really funny, I think that young children might not understand them. Older children and adults that know a lot about history will understand more of the jokes and find them hilarious. Along with being educational, this film was also very adventurous. My favorite part is when Mr. Peabody and Sherman travel to Troy and fight in the Trojan War. It is so funny to see little Sherman fighting with the huge Greek warriors. I loved the animation and the special effects with the Trojan horse. At one point it looks like the horse is rolling straight toward you and is going to squish you. I loved that!

I also love the message in this film. It shows that families can come in all different sizes and varieties. It teaches us that it if someone's family is different than yours, it is not right to treat them badly or tease them. Sherman experiences being bullied by a classmate because his family is different. This happens a lot in the real world, but in the end it is important to learn that it doesn't matter what others think.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. It is adventurous, funny and educational. I recommend this film for kids ages 9 and up. Mr. Peabody talks really fast and uses big words which might be difficult for some younger kids to follow and understand.

Reviewed by Jeremy Badour, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 7

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


LUNCHBOX, THE

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
LUNCHBOX, THE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie creates a touching new twist on a story that might have come across as corny, but doesn't. Mr. Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a retiring accountant, is grieving over the death of his wife and Lla (Nimrat Kaur), a young mother, desires more attention from her husband. Lla sends her husband a special lunchbox and, by accident, the lunchbox is delivered to Mr. Saajan instead. Realizing the meal was misdirected, Lla writes a letter, places it inside the next day's lunchbox and what unfolds are sincere and beautiful messages that changes their lives.

The plot's not unique, but the writers produce an atmosphere in this script that sets it apart. Shot in Mumbai City, India, we roam through the streets and are allowed to observe the people, their traditions, their homes and their work establishments. The dialog is in English much of the time but at times in Hindu with English subtitles which immerses you further into the culture. Irrfan and Nimrat's characters have their own stories that are spectacular to watch and, once these characters start writing to each other, we see a whole new side to both.

My favorite character is Mr. Saajan. Khan creates this man who reaches out to someone who he does not even know. His role is heartbreaking to see and you feel the emotions he is experiencing. For anyone who has lost a loved one, you can really identify with his emptiness.

My favorite scene is when Mr. Saajan is watching a show that his wife had taped. He remembers watching her and watching the show that made her laugh. You see his face change as he understands the joy she got from the comedy. We see how, a moment that brought joy in the past can still bring joy now, only in a different way.

The message in this story is, "Sometimes the wrong train can bring you to the right station." Lla is unsure what to do when she realizes the lunchbox is going to a perfect stranger. Mr. Saajan is not sure what to do when the notes start to touch his heart. So they both feel they are on the wrong train.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to age 11 to 18. There is use of cigarettes and subject matter that is not appropriate for younger audiences. Check it out to see what I'm talking about. Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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


LABOR DAY

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
LABOR DAY       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited. Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Labor Day" is a deeply touching testament to true love and the unexpected ways we can find it. Adele, played by Kate Winslet, is a single mom struggling with severe depression and her son Henry has to take care of himself and his mother since she has difficulties leaving the house. One day, on a trip to the supermarket, Henry and Adele's lives change forever when they meet a man named Frank who is on the run from the law. Intimidated by the stranger, Adele agrees to help the man despite the fact that he is a wanted fugitive. Over the course of the next four days, Adele and Frank fall deeply in love, something that the two of them never thought they would experience again. However, things get complicated as the man-hunt continues and they realize that they don't have many options left.

I am absolutely in love with this film. It is so powerful and takes a new look at love and the second chances people can have. "Labor Day" is so incredible - every aspect of the movie mixes together perfectly to create a work of art. The visuals are incredible because the scenes are all relatively simple, but each shot is so sensory oriented that it allows the audience to experience what it was like for the character. The locations, costumes and set design are so authentic, and the soundtrack is very fitting for the film and it all comes together to create the perfect the perfect experience.

The acting in this film is phenomenal. There are very few characters and minimal dialogue, so everything is conveyed primarily through simple facial expression and the amazing film work. Kate Winslet does a superb job in this role and is able to communicate more emotions with her technique of subtle expressions than words ever could. Josh Brolin portrayal of Frank is absolutely perfect. He's able to break down the stereotypes placed on his character in the beginning of the film and shows that there is always more to the story than what is on the surface. I also think Gattlin Griffith, who plays Adele's son Henry, shows his characters struggle of having to be the "man" of the house in a very powerful way. You get the sense that he is terrified about what could happen to his family - his mother and himself - once Frank enters the picture, but he still tries to be strong. I love watching his character develop as Henry realizes that Frank might just be the best thing to ever happen to him and his mother. There are so many moments in the film where it seems as if something is going to go terribly wrong for the couple and the suspense of waiting to see what will play out adds an unexpected element of fear to the film. Kate, Josh and Gattlin are fantastic at giving the sense of not knowing what will happen to them in the near future and it really raises the stakes for the family.

Something else that I love about this film is how throughout the movie there are short flashbacks of the past and it is done in such a way that it is hard to tell whose past it is. I think this is neat because it shows that Adele and Frank are more alike than it seems and it is a miracle that they found each other. "Labor Day" is so touching that by the end of the film I was crying harder than I have at a movie in a really long time. It was so incredibly beautiful to see how love can endure no matter what trials surface and no matter how long people are apart. I'd like to believe that everyone can find a love like that and this movie shows that no matter how hurt you have been, there is always another chance for love.

I recommend this movie for ages 13 to 18 because it is very emotional and a bit mature so it may be challenging for younger kids to understand the storyline fully. Overall I give "Labor Day" 5 out of 5 stars because it made me laugh, cry, and it tugged on my heart strings. Be sure to catch this amazing story of love and trust in theater now!

Reviewed by Raven D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

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


LEGO MOVIE, THE

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
LEGO MOVIE, THE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson and Alison Brie.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is something special. This movie will make kids' dreams come true everywhere. What movie I'm talking about? Well it's "The Lego Movie" of course.

This great film has comedy, adventure, suspense, music, romance, LEGOS and a great story line.

The story is about an unlikely hero, who turns out to be part of a big prophesy and a lot of exciting battles and adventures. But, is this just all a part of a kid's imagination or do Legos truly come to life when we are not looking?

I love so many things about this movie! A very unique part is the animation. It's plastic, smooth and looks a lot like real Lego pieces. At parts it feels like its stop motion but it's not. Most of the sets where were made out of hundreds of Legos. Imagine it, five adults playing with a whole bunch of Legos for work. I am sure most kids would wish to be a part of such production. If you add to the mix the voice-overs by amazing actors such as Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell - you get an animated film that will captivate your heart for sure.

I have a couple of favorite scenes. First, when Batman, Emmet, Wyldstyle, the Wizard and Benny are all stuck in the ocean on a 'double decker couch.' Batman says "It's not like a gigantic ship will show up" and right when he says that, a ship comes out of nowhere. Then later, when they need a part and he says "It's not like there's a spaceship or anything" and what do you know, the Millennium Falcon drops by!

I recommend this movie to ages 2 to 17. Older people may not enjoy the humor as much as younger kids. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


WIDE AWAKE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
MIRAMAX FILMS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A 10 year old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies. Starring Denise Leary, Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Loggia, Camryn Manheim. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - If you are a family film lover like me, then you'll love "Wide Awake." It's a wonderful family film that deals sensitively, and even with humor, with a fairly unusual situation for the screen: a 9-year-old's struggles with his faith in God.

In this movie a young boy learns lessons about life and God during a trying year of discovery in fifth grade at a Catholic boys' school. As the school year opens, Joshua Beal (Joseph Cross) is sad over the recent death of his grandfather (Robert Loggia) . On his first day at school, Joshua is harassed by the class bully. Because his grandfather played football, Joshua tries out for the school team, over the objections of his parents (Dana Delaney and Denis Leary), two physicians who don't like the risk of injury. But Joshua is not very athletic and does not make the team. Joshua continues to seek answers from God about his grandfather, so his teacher, Sister Terry (Rosie O'Donnell) advises him to approach a cardinal who is coming to visit the nearby girls' school. Joshua meets a young girl at the school and falls for her. As the year goes by, Joshua continues his quest for spiritual answers and finds them in unexpected places, such as a winter snowstorm.

The main characters are Joshua Beal (Joseph Cross), Mrs. Beal (Dana Delany), Sister Terry (Rosie O'Donnell), Neena Beal (Julia Stiles), grandfather Beal (Robert Loggia) and Mr. Beal (Denis Leary).

I like this movie because of that way that it is structured, meaning the way that it is put together, the characters seem as if they already knew each other for a very long time.

I would recommend this movie to kids age 5 to 12 but, it's really a family movie that parents would enjoy as well. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars because some of the music doesn't go well with the scenes.

Reviewed by Valdi Belizaire, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD
      Order WIDE AWAKE Now!


MICROCOSMOS
MIRAMAX FILMS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth reviews
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There are about 950,000 species of insects on Earth. This was an amazing movie that lets us see just a few of them in their everyday lives - caterpillars, ladybugs, bees, wasp, butterflies, beetles, snails, grass hoppers, spiders and many more.

The cinematography is breath taking. I still wonder how they got a camera tiny enough to fit into an ant colony so we could watch them store food. Watching a spider eat a shrimp under water is head tilting.

It is an amazing film which lets you watch insects being born. I never thought of bugs as cute before. Well, maybe a lady bug and I do have a pet preying mantis but, this film actually made me want to pet a few of them. You could actually see that bumble buzzes are cute and fluffy, that snails fall in love and ants like to have clean faces. The birth of the insects is fascinating. They all come from eggs and eat them when they are born. Then they dry off and are ready to play in the world.

My favorite scene is watching a butterfly come out of its cocoon. They are stunning and you get to see every detail of their beautiful wings. I also loved watching the lady bugs take off and fly with their hard, bright red spotted shells and hidden wings for flight.

The caterpillars are very cute. There is a large variety of them, all with different faces.

Viewing the flowers waking up each morning and how they wrap themselves up for a good night sleep was stunning. I never knew how insects got pollen and now I do.

The time lapse photography of watching a Venus fly trap capture a bee is another wow moment in this movie.

This is a visual film with the audio being that of the surroundings. Insects don't really talk so it is all about natural sounds.

I recommend this film for ages 4 to 18. I think an audience as young as 4 would love this movie. It might seem a bit long so I would split it up into a few viewings. For bugs lovers, this is a must see. I give this movie 4 � Twinkling Stars.

Even though this movie gave me a new prospective on insects and I found them to be incredible I think I will still keep my fly swatter handy.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan B.
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


RIDE ALONG       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
UNIVERSAL CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sister. Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and brief strong language.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Ride Along" is the new fast paced comedy starring Kevin Hart who plays Ben, a video game obsessed, school security guard who wants to make it big in the police academy. His cop friend James played (Ice Cube), is less than thrilled when he finds out that Ben plans on marrying his younger sister. In order for Ben to prove he has what it takes to provide for his fianc�, he has to go on a ride along with James. What is supposed to be a mundane day of handling small complaints and annoying police work turns into a high stakes situation when Ben and James come face to face with a menace that has been hunted by the law for years.

I really enjoyed this film. It is a perfect mix of action and comedy, making it a movie that practically everyone will like. The cinematography is great and the action sequences are captured very well. "Ride Along" is one of those movies that I and my friends will be quoting because it has so many hilarious comments and the comedy balances out the suspenseful situations as the film heats up. There are definitely several twists and turns in the plot which kept me on my feet while laughing the whole time.

My favorite scene is when Ben and James find the group of men they have been searching for in an old warehouse. Ben is told to just wait in the car, but when backup fails to be of assistance, it's his turn to come to James' aid. This scene is hilarious and also super suspenseful because Ben doesn't have any real training on how to handle these situations. He has to use his wit to talk himself and his partner out of harm's way. However, Ben is a loud mouth and he only ends up getting even deeper in trouble. Kevin Hart does a fabulous job in this scene and a very unexpected move on Ben's part shows his bravery, which is neat to see. Another fun thing about this part in the film is when the warehouse shootout takes place Ben uses his knowledge from his love of video games to assist him in the fight which made for some very comedic moments.

My favorite character is definitely Ben. Kevin Hart is one of my favorite stand-up comics and his energy and sense of humor are perfect for the big screen. His character is hilarious and he pairs very well with Ice Cube. The two of them really embodied their parts and it really pays off. I love that you can see Ben's character develop as the movie progresses. He goes from being very sure of himself, to almost accepting defeat, and then bounces right back again to be the hero. He has so many hilarious moments throughout the movie and really makes the film what it is.

I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 because there is definitely quite a bit of realistic violence throughout the film, strong language and sexual situations. I give "Ride Along" 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Raven D, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 11-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


INTO THE WEST

INTO THE WEST       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
ECHO BRIDGE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveler grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveler father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I loved this movie, having seen it when it first came out. It is brilliantly mysterious and draws you in from the beginning. The acting, particularly from the boys, is charming and believable. Gabriel Byne's portrayal of Papa Reillyl is equally stunning. And, one of the key components is the incredible cinematography showing the gorgeous scenery of Ireland. It is a film that can be enjoyed by your entire family as it ties together both myth and fable. It gives insight into the urban poor in a way that is compassionate but not overly romantic. For those who haven't watched many foreign films, this is a good entre since it's in English and yet thoroughly explores a different culture.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Today we are headed for Ireland.

What better way to get the Irish spirit then to watch a movie with fantastic scenes of Ireland.

A quick review of this movie would be: It is a movie about two young boys and horse.

Once you watch it you will see that it is so much more. This movie has many laugh out loud moments, serious moments and OK a few times I yelled at the TV hoping things would turn out.

A great white horse from the sea of Dublin, follows a Grandfather (Gabriel Byrne) who is a Traveler. The horse is soon the love of his two small Grandsons. They will do anything to keep the horse. Other people find the horse to be magnificent also and want it for their own.

The two brothers, Tito (Ruaidhri Conroy) and Ossie (Clarian Fitzgerald) set off on adventure or so they think. The horse is really in charge. The boys are very resourceful and do a great job of surviving the great outdoors. They begin to believe that they are cowboys headed for the Wild West. The scenery is amazing and made me want to go and visit Ireland.

Their father has issues and misses his wife. He was once King of the Travelers but has lost his way. He has own story and adventure in finding out who he really is and where his children have gone.

I found this movie adorable. My favorite scene is when the horse is eating popcorn, drinking punch and enjoying a movie. The horse is beautiful and made me want, what all kids want, a pony.

The acting is superb and authentic. The two little boys are at ease with T�r na n�g, a large beautiful white horse they all had bond. There wae truly friends on and off screen.

The story line is complicated and you really have to pay attention. If you do, the movie will be well worth it. It is truly a fairy tale come true. Not all fairy tales have good endings or do they?

I recommend this to ages 7 to 18. The drunken father might be a bit much for younger ones. And, there is very, very mild violence. I would watch this movie over and over and so I give it 5 out of 5 twinkling stars. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 9

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


WADJDA (TWO DISC COMBO: BLU-RAY / DVD) (2013)

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
WADJDA (TWO DISC COMBO: BLU-RAY / DVD) (2013)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Director Haifaa Al-Mansour, Starring Waaad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani and Ahd.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A poignantly triumphant movie, the storyline of "WADJDA" is just as phenomenal as the story of how the film came to be. In short, "WADJDA" represents quite a number of firsts. It's the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, a country where cinema is prohibited. Writer and director Haifaa Al Mansour is Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker. It is also the first submission from Saudi Arabia for the Foreign Language Category for the 2014 Academy Awards.

Set in a country known for its repression of women, the movie follows our title character--a 10-year-old spirited girl--in her journey to buy a new bicycle so she can race her best friend, neighbor and crush Abdullah. Even though Wadjda's mother warns her to stay away from both bikes and boys because of their culture's strict customs, Wadjda is determined to buy her bike with her own hard-earned money, no matter what the consequences. This, in turn, leads to joining a Koran competition at school. If she wins, she will have more than enough to buy a bike and therefore beat the boy next door.

Subtly, the film explores the repercussions from this society in which girls should only be seen, not heard and, in public, only their eyes should be seen, with the rest of their faces covered by black veils. Wadjda tests boundaries in her search for freedom of expression. Although she discovers the contradictions in her world, she's determined to challenge women's traditional roles. The movie covers major topics such as polygamy and child-brides, as well as smaller oppressions such as the restriction of driving and rules of women in the presence of men.

It's mind-blowing to me that a movie about the oppression of women was made in the exact environment it depicts. On DVD, the making-of featurette explores in-depth the struggles and challenges that faced director Haifaa Al Mansour. The line, "respectable girls go inside," is said to Wadjda in the film, and Mansour confronted the same problems. She had to direct her cast out-of-sight using a walkie-talkie to communicate with her cast and a monitor to watch the filming. She could not be seen working with men and often, when religious officials would come to inspect the bustle, production would be halted and moved to another location. It took close to five years to make the movie, but the effort is worth it.

First timer Waad Mohammed is perfect as the fun-loving rebel Wadjda. This film is rated PG and I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. The pace may be slow for kids under ten. This is truly a landmark film that the world needs to watch. I give it five out of five stars. Perhaps the most uplifting message is that although the plot is fiction, the remarkable story behind the movie is not, and that shows that revolution is possible. This film played in theaters last year and will be released on February 11 on DVD/Blu-ray. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Cassandra H. age 15.
Runtime: 97 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 40.99
Media: Video and DVD

Buy Here (from SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT)


NUT JOB, THE

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
NUT JOB, THE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
OPEN ROAD PRODUCTIONS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12 ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is pretty cool. It is funny and has a good amount of action. It is really good and I think you would like it too.

This movie is all about a squirrel named Surly who, at the beginning, fends for himself and only himself (with his friend Buddy) until his actions contribute to the burning of the large tree where all the squirrels live, along with what little food they have left. He is banished to the city and soon finds a shop full of nuts. He makes a deal with another squirrel named Andie that he would get half and they would get half. They run into a lot of obstacles such as mouse traps, rats, guns and people.

The main characters in the movie are Surly (Will Arnett), King (Stephen Lang), Grayson (Brendan Fraser), Raccoon (Liam Neeson), Andie (Katherine Heigl) and Precious (Maya Rudolph). My favorite character in this movie is Precious because she is such a funny dog and helps Surly and loves him after a while. She is also really funny.

My favorite part in the movie is when Surly and Buddy meets Precious because, as I said she is my favorite character, and she is so funny. She thinks she has to hate the squirrels because her owners don't want animals in their shop but she soon realizes she loves them. She starts showing them tricks likes fetching, playing dead, sitting and she thinks that her tail is amazing because it wiggles a lot. She says it has a mind of its own!

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this movie for ages 4 to 10 because it is really suitable for a younger audience. I think younger kids will really love it. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Anthony A., age 10.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
HORSE FOR SALE (SCREENPLAY)
KATARZYNA KOCHANY
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Youth-friendly comedic drama. A mysterious letter spurs a young girl to sabotage the sale of her sister's prize horse.

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


ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN:  HAPPY HOLIDAY SPECIAL

ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN: HAPPY HOLIDAY SPECIAL       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
JPG, INC.
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-8
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Elena and Razzle make treats for the holidays! In this episode they make a Snowman Cookie, and a Reindeer Candy Cane ornament. They exchange gifts and Razzle anxiously awaits a visit from Secret Santa Sock.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD teaches crafting with sugary sweet food and has an adorable puppet as Elena's co-star. In some ways, it makes sugary sweet food even more sweet. If you are concerned about your child's sugar intake, this is not for you. It's cute. Elena is cute and the green sock puppet, Razzle is adorable. The interaction between Elena and Razzle tends to be a bit confrontational though. Elena's presentation skills need a bit of work. For example, she shows everything needed to make the snowman but when it comes time to make it, she already has the colored icing made and doesn't show how it was done. An adult can figure that out but a child, the audience for this, might not get it. We could do without the laugh track as well. To benefit from the instructions here, we recommend parental involvement. It's a good start for Elena who is a young and promising talent.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a colorful holiday shows that shows you how to make Christmas crafts. It has a quirky puppet that wants in on the action.

There are cute and easy crafts to make. Two things that I would have liked added were a close up shot after the crafts were complete and a list of all the items you needed to make them.

The bright colors and puppet make it suitable for a young audience but they will need help if they want to make the crafts. The older children will enjoy making the crafts and all of them will enjoy eating them. I would say the age range is 4 to 10.

You will find out about a new Christmas present called the Christmas potato. I give it 4 � twinkling stars. Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN:  SPOOKY TREATS SPECIAL

ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN: SPOOKY TREATS SPECIAL       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
JPG, INC.
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Holiday
Description - Elena and Razzle create some spooky party treats! On this episode they make skeleton cookies, monster cookies, and ghoul grog.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - One should keep in mind that Elena is a student. She is charming and good-natured and this is a commendable attempt but it does have some short comings. What is most appealing is seeing treats made into fun finger foods. What is unappealing is the apparent lack of interest from the host, Elena. A set of purple hands, called Hand, does the actual touching of the food while she does her nails. Elena does one item, the drink. A child would enjoy this to some extent. It would get their imagination going about wanting to engage in making things to eat. Plus the sock puppet, Razzle, is adorable. Booth Razzle and Elena make jabs at one another's costumes. It seems to be in good fun but comes across at not too nice. The sound and video quality are okay for the most part though at times the soundtrack is too loud and too frequent. The ending has Elena and the others singing Elena's Crazy Kitchen over and over again - a bit over the top. We would love to see Elena grow as the host of this series and become more of an instructor than just a pretty face.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Elena's Crazy Kitchen Spooky Special" is a great video that is cute and funny!

This short video has a surprisingly quite a bit to love about it! Its educational while including comedy and cooking tips! This film shows 4 quick and simple cute recipes that are fun and easy to do.

This video has pretty much expected story line. It's about a girl and her two companions who are getting ready with treats for a Halloween costume party!

I liked the way it was set up and scripted nicely. This was adorable video and great to watch. However, the main character sounded a bit too much rehearsed. I also did not like the speed of it. They may have been able to go into more depth and make a video just a little longer. Otherwise it was a great and fun episode.

My favorite scene is when cook's puppet friend pops up and makes fun jokes. I love comedy and he had a lot of it. He was adorable and cute.

This film really is nothing that parents should worry about, so I recommend this film to ages 1 to 10. I also give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC

JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
IMAX FILMS
Series: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - An underwater voyage to Indonesia to learn about its inhabitants such as giant rays and whale sharks as well as efforts being made in the region for ocean conservation. Narrated by Cate Blanchett.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - See youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This documentary, as you can guess from the title, is about fish and sea. Unlike many documentaries, this one doesn't just educate you it also tells you a warming story.

This film has a lot of different things that everyone would love. It has education, geography, comedy, music, fish, culture and many more things everyone would enjoy.

The story begins when a young boy lives on an island in gorgeous Indonesia. What is very unique about the story is that it follows a boat that travels to different islands and takes kids from each on a "floating school" where they dive, play fun games and, of course, learn about fish. When the young boy goes on this boat, he leaves home for a couple months for a wonderful aquatic adventure.

My favorite scene is when they talk about the corals singing and they show different marine species making sounds with music-like voice overs and, the funny thing is, they do it in a chorus-like rhythm. I love it because it's light hearted and funny.

Unlike most new movies, this film was taped on a real film, not digital. This gives more in-depth colors. And, it's shot on Imax film which is ten times larger than 35mm which gives better quality because of the larger frame. Not only that but this film is in 3D as well, together making a spectacular IMAX adventure that make you feel like you're in the movie. The director does a wonderful job as does the narrator. I'm impressed.

This movie is definitely suitable for ages 1 to 18. Younger kids would not understand it completely but they would still enjoy the colors and the music. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 11.

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


JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR

KIDS FIRST QUALIFIED ENDORSEMENT
JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WARNER HOME VIDEO
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes - misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities - discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, "Justice League: Origin," by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment's "The New 52."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I expected this movie to be about heroes hating each other and becoming a team in a heartwarming story! Right? Wrong! "Justice League War" is a great and action pack animated film many people will adore.

This adventure has much to love! It has action, adventure, comedy, romance (well with Wonder Woman...), suspense, and so much more including, of course, the heroes!

Now, everything is fine on Earth. Heroes are chilling, doing their thing. But, it's all interrupted when each of them is stopped and has to find the others to destroy a horrible alien race that will harvest humans to destroy the planet! Will the group of super heroes be enough force to stop the 'the Dark Side'? You have to watch the film to find out the ending!

The movie is surprising in a couple of ways. For one, I did not expect the adult language! And second, that there would be a couple of other heroes that the Justice League has. Like Aqua Man who is replaced by Shazam. The film is extremely intense for a DC Comic animation. I think that this film has wonderful voices though. The only small flaw is the voice of Wonder woman - for such a wonderful character, her voice sounded a bit fake. The script and animation are also done nicely.

My favorite scene is when they introduce this kid that gets into a football game for free, gets front row seats and also steals one of the players jerseys. It takes you time to realize it but, that scene shows two people that look ordinary, but are not.

I recommend this film to ages 12-18. The movie does have a lot of adult language and intense scenes. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Justice League: War has good animation and action scenes that comic-book fans can devour but for me, it's mediocre. The story is about the origin of the most powerful team in the D.C universe, The Justice League. Aliens place unknown technology around the Earth and heroes such as Batman (Jason O'Mara), Cyborg (Shemar Moore) have to save the Earth from the invasion of Darkseid (Steven Blum).

This film provides great animation through its characters and sets. The animators give these super-heroes, that we've seen time and time again, enough of their own voice to make their personas different. The action scenes are fun to watch. We see all of these individual powers fight together to create impressive fight sequences. When you watch Green Lantern (Justin Kirk) use his ring to manifest weapons and Batman using his gadgets, it gets your blood pumping. The characters' dialog can be corny but that's what the general audience is looking for - comic-book lines and humor. One aspect of the film that bothered me is the unnecessary fowl language. Yes, this film is PG-13 and you would expect some language, however I wouldn't mind it so much if it wasn't in every scene. It's just not needed.

My favorite character is Cyborg (Shemar Moore). Victor Stone's an all-star football player who is injured in an explosion. To save his life, his father makes him half-human, half-computer. thus creating Cyborg. All Victor wants is his father's acceptance but once he's turned into this machine he feels he has no place in this world. However, when he fights he kicks alien butt.

My favorite scene is the big ending battle with Darkseid. I can't help myself, when I see a superhero movie I'm a sucker for the big battle. This one is no exception with the most monumental visuals being all the heroes giving everything they have to defeat this unstoppable force.

The moral of the story is, "When we fight together, we can do anything." These heroes are used to fighting crime by themselves, so at first there's no teamwork. Solo failure forces them to quit bickering and work together.

I give this film 3-5 stars and recommend it to 13 to18 year olds, because this is not a kid's movie. It has fowl language, brief graphic blood and violence. It's well worth checking out on DVD now.

Keefer Blakeslee, KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic

The superheroes are united again in the new movie "Justice League: War." This movie is straight to DVD and offers a unique plot with the combination of Superman, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern and Flash. Out of all the superheroes, one new icon is introduced. Flying through the darkness to save people, Batman is the new hero in Gotham City. The plot begins with Batman saving a woman from the villain Parademon. Soon the Green Lantern and Superman join Batman in fighting crime. After collaborating, all three visit headquarters at S.T.A.R Labs. Unfortunately, the place is attacked by multiple clones of Parademon. Wonder Woman and Cyborg come to rescue the workers in the lab and discover Parademon's evil secret. With S.T.A.R lab destroyed, Parademon can now terraform the earth. The heroes have a huge mess to clean up ,and they must now work together to conquer the evils of Parademon.

The writers of the movie make the plot thrilling and action packed. The plot is unexpected and will shock audiences. Along with the writers, the artists and the animators have brought each hero to life. Each of the characters are so detailed that the heroes seem to be living humans. For a moment audiences will believe the heroes are presently in our world saving people. The superpowers of each of the heroes are effortlessly animated. The DVD also features a behind-the-scenes look at the animation. Everyone will enjoy the amount of detail in this animated movie and will even think it is a real filmed movie. Since the movie is animated, the voices are very important to portray the characters. The voices of each hero are perfectly matched. Superman's voice is strong and very determined, while Wonder Woman's voice is soft but very strict. Overall the voiceover work of the movie is as superb as the plot.

Although this is a superhero movie, one important lesson can be taken in: "There is no I in Team," because each of the heroes is constantly trying to lead rather than working together. The movie is action packed but the age limit for this movie is about 7 and above due to the dark and violent plot. The rating of this movie is 5 out of 5 because of the exhilarating plot and meticulous animation.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Patrick Nguyen, Age 15
Runtime: 78 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.98
Media: Video and DVD


SPY KIDS 3-D:GAMEOVER (HDNET KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
MIRAMAX FILMS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The spy family is back. When Carmen gets caught in a virtual reality, her brother must save her before they run out of lives and the game defeats them.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is absolutely fantastic! The movie is based around a virtual reality video game. The greenscreen special effects are mind blowing and make me feel like I am actually in the game. The plot of the story is for special agent Juni Cortez, played by Daryl Sabara, to save his sister who is stuck in the game, and then stop the Toymaker, an evil villain, from controlling the minds of all kids and taking over the world.

I like this movie because there is a lot of adventure and it involves kids my age acting as under cover spies. In the game, you travel through different dimensions and your character is like an updated version of yourself. There are different levels and programming that make the levels even harder. There is a trick part in the game when the characters have to jump off a cliff into what they think is hot lava but on the way down they land on rocks they use to surf with, on the lava. Turns out that the lava is cold and they can swim through to the level that shuts down the game.

My favorite part is when Juni's dad, played by Antonio Banderas, is working on a mechanic brain. He says it is the most important part of his life and nothing can stop him from activating the brain which will make him smarter. However, when Juni desperately needs him, he smashes his invention and flies to rescue his son. It is a moment when a father plays hero.

Demetra played by Courtney Jines does an awesome job. She actually helps Juni escape. Even though she is a deceiver, her outfit rocks! My favorite character is Grandpa played by Ricardo Montalba. In the real world, he is in a wheel chair. However, in the game, the energy he has in his legs from 30 years of sitting make him twice as strong which is helpful to Juni because he is protected by his overly powerful Grandpa.

The moral of this story is revenge solves nothing and forgiveness is a key to feeling free inside. Also, it is better to work as a team than to stand alone.

This movie is perfect for ages 5 through18. If you are a gamer, and most boys are, you will definitely love the animation. If you are a girl, you will still enjoy it because it's just fun to watch with lots of excitement. I give it a five out of five dazzling stars!

Reviewed by Haley Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 84 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (HDNET KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The daughter of strict Indian parents defies her family and joins a soccer team instead of planning for a traditional life of marriage and motherhood.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this film. It touches me in so many ways but mostly because of the courage we see in this young girl to pursue her own dreams in spite of her family's traditional values. She does it with grace and courage and does her best to not be disrespectful in any way. It makes a wonderful statement about standing up for yourself.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Bend It like Beckham is a fantastic movie with a great plot and talented cast. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat.

I am fascinated by the main character Jess Bhamra, played by Parminder Nagra. It is easy for me to relate to Jess as a teenage girl who loves the game of soccer. The movie is set in West London and introduces us to Jess's very traditional East Indian family who does not believe that girls should play sports. Jess refuses to give up soccer even when it means lying to her parents.

The story becomes even more fascinating when Jess meets Jules, played by Keira Knightley. It's friendship at first sight and Jules convinces Jess to join the girls' soccer team. A conflict builds when both girls develop feelings for their soccer coach Jo, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Life for Jess gets worse when her parents find out about the soccer team. Jess's parents become even stricter about what she is allowed to do. Thankfully, her sister's wedding distracts Jess's parents and they do not notice that she is still sneaking off to play soccer. The girls' soccer team makes it to the top of their league and Jess must make an important decision. She can either live a life making her parents happy, or live a life chasing her dreams. Jess also has to find a way to make things right with her best friend Jules.

My favorite part of the film is the climax. Jess is taking the final kick in the last game of the season. Everyone is watching including a soccer scout from America. Right before she takes the kick, Jess visualizes the players on the other team as her family members. This is a brilliant way of showing that Jess was not going to let her family stand in the way of her dreams. The message of this film is reaching your goal is not always easy but it is always worth it.

The movie also does a great job of showing the East Indian culture through its costume and set designs.

I recommend this movie for girl's ages 13 to 16 and I give this movie four out of five stars. Reviewed by Simone S. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.
Runtime: 112 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD

Buy Here (from TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT)


FLICKA (HDNET KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - To prove to her father that she can one day run the family ranch, a young girl tames a wild horse.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great film, beautifully made. Stunning cinematography of Wyoming. True to the original story. Alison Lohman plays Katy in a very credible way - not always the most charming teen, and very believable. Tim McGraw's acting is only surpassed by his music. Ryan Kwanden's role of Katy's brother should not be overlooked, nor should Maria Bello's.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love animals and after watching the adventurous movie Flicka, I decided I want a horse instead of a cat! This movie is about a girl named Katie who grows up on a ranch with a major passion for horses. She falls in love with a wild Mustang and wants to train it to be her own. However, her father is completely against it because he feels wild Mustangs cannot be trained and will cause trouble for his ranch and other horses, which it does. The plot of the story is about a girl wanting to raise a wild Mustang she names Flicka on her own to prove to her father she is responsible and capable of taking care of the family ranch, unlike her brother who chooses to leave for college instead.

This movie captured my attention because it's an emotional and dramatic piece and the background music enhances all that. I didn't know what was going to happen next which keeps me on the edge of my seat. It's shocking to see Flicka stand on her hind legs to scare a lion away. There are many climaxes in this movie such as when Katie, against her father's orders, tries to catch Flicka with a rope but falls off her horse. Flicka escapes dragging Katie on the ground then runs near the ranch startling the other horses who all take off following Flicka heading towards a cliff. Katie's father chases Flicka down, ropes her and gets Flicka to turn just before she runs off the cliff with all the other horses. When you least expect it there is more excitement and at the end, Katie makes her most dangerous attempt to get Flicka back.

My favorite character is Flicka because she is fierce horse. Katie, played by Alison Lohman, is just like her, fierce and also determined. Tim McGraw plays Katie's father. He realizes in the end that he is just like Katie. The entire cast is great!

The moral of this story is when you are passionate about something, fight for what you believe in and follow your heart. This movie is perfect for ages 11 through18. Even if you are not familiar with ranches or horses it's a great film with life lessons for the entire family, even parents.

I give it five out of five dazzling stars! Reviewed by Haley Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD

Buy Here (from TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT)


CLOUDY WITH AS CHANCE OF MEATBALLS       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tells the story of an eccentric wannabe scientist, Flint Lockwood. His latest contraption is a miraculous device designed to solve the world hunger crisis. But when Flint bites off more than he can chew, he sets in motion a global disaster of epic proportions. Based on the #1 best-selling book by Judi and Ron Barrett.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a somewhat distorted version of a wonderful children's book. In this, a young scientist devises an invention to get food from the sky when the town has nothing to eat but sardines. At first this works pretty well, but when a food tornado hits the town and threatens the rest of the world, this kid has to do something to save everyone. Throughout the film there are a number of side adventures resulting from the different types of food that have fallen.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is a deliciously hilarious comedy. This film is so funny it made my eyes start water. It has a lot of sections that made me laugh out loud!

First, Bill Hader who plays Flint acts as if he does not know anything and he acts like he is not thinking straight. In some parts Bill Hader reminds me of a kid in my class because some of his actions are like a kid.

In the film, Flint Lockwood makes many different inventions that no one else even thinks of. Unfortunately, all of his inventions do not work; they turn out to be flops. Then, Flint makes an invention that turns water into food. Flint makes three meals per day. The mayor thinks it's a great invention that will attract more tourists. After almost a month of creating all this scrumptious foods, things start to change a bit. Flint is excited that his new invention becomes a great success, or so he thinks.

My favorite part is the ice cream scene. I LOVE ice cream and it is really funny when Flint starts chucking ice cream balls at random people.

Anna Faris and James Caan do a splendid job showing emotion while they are talking. The moral of this story is bigger is not always better. The mayor continues to eat all the food and he puts on a few pounds. Then he wants Flint to make bigger and bigger foods. The animation really stands out because the animator makes the food so big and realistic that I wanted to eat some of it. I asked my mom to make popcorn afterwards because all the food made me super hungry. Be sure to have a little snack nearby when you watch this film.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is a family movie for boys and girls ages 7-16. I mean what kid doesn't want to see all you can eat foods and desserts in a movie?! I give this move 4 out of 5 shining stars! Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

The movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a mouthwatering movie to watch. It has so much action it is epic! I like this movie because of the splendid animation. The animation is totally different from other animated movies I watched in the past because of the different ways the artist drew the people, the town and the food.

This film is about a guy named Flint Lockwood, played by Bill Hader, who is the antagonist and wants to become a famous scientist. His father Tim Lockwood (James Cann), who is the protagonist, tells him that his ideas are just silly. Flint does not listen and makes a machine that can create any food you want by pouring water on top of it. Sounds great doesn't it? Imagine having any food that you would like by just pouring water on top of it.

My favorite part of the movie is when a character named Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) starts sharing the weather report and she starts going crazy over what happens to Flint's food machine. I really enjoyed the background music because it matches the actions in the movie perfectly. The voice over actors do a marvelous job portraying their characters. I am amazed at how well the actor's voices match the characters.

The message of this film is to never let what other people think or say control you. In the film, Flint let's everyone else's thoughts and feelings control him as he designs his food machine.

This movie will be great for both girls and boys and I recommend this movie for ages 6-13. If you are a person who is a fan of food and one who has a great imagination, then this movie is for you. It is also a perfect selection for a family movie night. I give this film 3 out of 5 Golden STARS!! Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball is airing all month long on KidScene. Thanks for watching. Reviewed by Kayla P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD

Buy Here (from SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT)


THOR: THE DARK WORLD

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
THOR: THE DARK WORLD       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is amazing! It is pretty scary at times and really cool. It also had a lot of action and suspense, but it also is kind of confusing at times because it switches back and forth through different worlds a lot.

This movie is all about a girl named Jane (played by Natalie Portman) who is a scientist and is the girlfriend of Thor (who is played by Chris Hemsworth) who found this place that had a red substance under a rock called the Ether. This substance is absorbed into Jane's body and whenever someone touches her, the Ether zaps them by using her energy and makes Jane pass out every time. There are these evil elves who are trying to get the Ether to destroy the whole universe. The leader of the elves is Malekith. Now the king (Thor's farther) advises against going against Malekith but he does it anyway.

The main characters in the movie are Thor, Jane, Loki, Malekith, Odin, and Darcy. My favorite character in this movie is Darcy because she is really funny and really cool. She is also pretty amazing to help out to save the world.

My favorite part in the movie is when, at the very beginning of the movie, Jane found a building that seemed normal but when she went inside they found out that in the building there are secret passage ways that you can't see and low gravity, which means that you can pick up a gasoline truck with one finger! Why I like this part so much is because Jane found the Ether under a rock which went into her body and could not be taken out! The weirdest part was that when it went in her body, it seemed like it was 1 minute but it turns out that she was gone for 5 hours!

I would recommend this movie for ages 11 and up because this movie is pretty scary and pretty intense that I don't think a younger audience would enjoy it. Go out and see this movie in theaters now! Reviewed by Anthony A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm
      Buy Here (Amazon.com)


HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" is the second installment of the three part series adapted from the best selling novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. A prequel to the epic trilogy "Lord of the Rings," "The Hobbit" follows young Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, as he accompanies Gandalf and the Dwarves on a quest to rid their home of the evil dragon Smaug. In "The Desolation of Smaug," the Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf find themselves not only having to face the evil dragon that destroyed the Dwarf Kingdom, but they also have to deal with the threat of the Orcs, the Elves and the Necromancer. Thorin, the exiled Dwarf King is desperately trying to free his people of the dreaded Smaug, but greed begins to overtake him when he starts to focus his attention on a precious stone that is being guarded by the dragon. Will the Dwarves and Bilbo be triumphant in their epic quest, or will they awaken a power greater and more evil than they could have ever imagined.

I really enjoyed this movie. I wasn't very impressed by the first Hobbit film that was released in 2012, but "Desolation of Smaug" is incredible. The stunning 3D visuals really bring the work of Tolkien to life and, I think the darkness of this film fits a lot better with the "Lord of the Rings" series than the first film did. I really like the fact that they are making three movies off of the one book because I think if they tried to cram everything into one movie it would be way too much. I love the soundtrack in this film. The film has some really beautiful visuals and they are capture the original feel of the Tolkien series while also throwing in some really fun and upbeat tunes.

My favorite character is Bilbo Baggins because I absolutely adore Martin Freeman. He is such a versatile actor and can play very serious roles while also bringing in playful and comedic qualities. Martin also plays Watson in the BBC series "Sherlock" which is one of my favorite TV shows and I just love everything he's in. He really embodies the character Bilbo and it's very interesting to see the way Bilbo changes from the last film. His character development is great and Martin Freeman does a phenomenal job taking on that role.

My favorite scene is when Bilbo encounters Smaug for the first time. The exchange between the two characters is very interesting because Smaug seems very curious about Bilbo and doesn't immediately attack like you expect and Bilbo does everything he can to distract Smaug by complimenting him and talking circles around him. The whole scene has a lot of suspense but it's also very playful. I also love the look of Smaug and the CGI for him is incredible. They capture his features in such a wonderful way. You can really tell what he's feeling by the faces he makes and the very human expressions he has.

I recommend this film for ages 13+ because there is a lot of action, violence and suspenseful situations. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and it is definitely a must see if you are a fan of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. So be sure to catch "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" in a theater near you!

Reviewed by Raven Devannay, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 16.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm
      Buy Here (Amazon.com)


SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very clever remake of 1947 movie and will satisfy all your expectations from a good story line to a great cast. I mean, how you can not appreciate the genius of Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig.
This movie has so many positive things to like. It has some comedy, a few pretty cool action scenes, romance and adventures. But, if you are expecting the usual funny and light Ben Stiller movie - this is not it. This film is full of mixed emotions, unfulfilled desires and, in my opinion, is a bit philosophical.
The adventure begins with showing a guy that has been working for the same magazine for many years and dreams about traveling and experiencing different adventures. He even sometimes daydreams about being a hero or a worldly traveler. This man is Walter Mitty. He also finds a girl of his dreams and is desperately trying to impress her. But then, something unexpected happens that causes him to leave his comfortable life to try to save his job, his new friendship and his reputation.
My favorite scene is when Walter is traveling by foot in Afghanistan and gets a pass to a specific area of the mountains by offering local guards his mother's cake. I just think that was the most heartfelt scene in the movie and showed how a mother's love is truly international even when it comes in a shape of a cake.
The movie is done well. I expected it to have a bit more action scenes but there are very few. Nevertheless, all exciting moments in the film are done so well and the graphics are amazing. Since Walter Mitty demonstrates amazing talent on a skate board, I predict that sales of skate boards after the movie comes out will go up.
This movie is a bit mature and may not be too interesting for younger kids. Therefore, I recommend it for ages 10 to 8. I also easily give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


SAVING MR. BANKS

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
SAVING MR. BANKS       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Saving Mr. Banks" tells the untold story of author P.L.Travers and the journey she takes when meeting Walt Disney and working on the production of the movie "Mary Poppins." Mrs. Tarvers is a reserved, stubborn woman with a secretly troubled childhood. After 20 years of Walt Disney trying to get the rights to her best selling book "Mary Poppins," she reluctantly agrees to travel to Hollywood to meet the man himself. However, Mrs. Travers (Emma Thompson) has no intention of giving her beloved Mary up to someone she believes will ruin the characters she considers family. Mrs. Travers wrote the book and based the characters off of real people in her life as a way to hold onto the childhood she was deprived of and she feels that Walt just doesn't understand how important they are to her. Now. with the help of Walt and the rest of the writing team, Mrs. Travers has to learn to let go and forgive in order to better herself and make something magical happen.

I absolutely love this film. It is so surprisingly emotional and not at all what I expected. I think the entire film is absolutely beautiful and it captures Hollywood in the 60s perfectly. I love the fact that this film gives a huge look into the making of "Mary Poppins" and also opens up the secrets and struggles that both Mrs.Travers and Walt Disney dealt with as a child. Mrs. Travers lived in Australia with her mother, father and two sisters. She loved her father more than anything and he was also there for her with love and support. But he could never hold down a job, so the family had to move to the middle of nowhere. At this point you begin to see the real problems come to light. Her father is an out of control alcoholic and her mother is emotionally unstable. So, a woman comes to save the family and this is who Mrs.Travers bases her character Mary Poppins on. It is so emotional and touching to see the flashbacks to Mrs.Travers' childhood and the way they are seamlessly worked into the film is wonderful. It also gives a lot of insight to the film "Mary Poppins" itself because it shows how certain lines had a hidden message for Mrs.Travers and how her father was forgiven. It is a very sweet film and almost everyone in the theater, including me, was crying by the end.

My favorite character is Colin Farrell who plays Travers Goff, Mrs.Travers' father in the scenes of her childhood. It is so nice to see him play such a sweet and loving character because Colin almost always plays the villain or the tough guy in films. Even though Travers obviously had his issues with drinking, his heart was in the right place and he loved his daughters and would do anything for them. He did such a remarkable job of showing his character's subtle transformation from drinking and behaving in a way to where it doesn't seem like there's an issue, to making it very clear that all is not well for him and the family.

I recommend this film for ages 13+ because it is definitely much more mature than I expected and touches on some sensitive and intense subjects. When I saw the trailers I assumed this would be a good family film, something that is suitable for younger children. But after watching it, I strongly caution parents when considering letting their children see it. Overall this film is very good, despite the surprising maturity level. It is a very sweet, touching and funny film that made me laugh and cry and has a marvelous cast and characters. So be sure to head to a theater near you and see "Saving Mr. Banks!"

Reviewed by Raven Devanney, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm
      Buy Here (Amazon.com)


TURBO F.A.S.T.

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
TURBO F.A.S.T.
NETFLIX
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Join Turbo and his posse, the Fast Action Stunt Team. Filled with comedy, action and outrageous fun, this series amps up everything to the extreme. Starring Reid Scott, John Eric Bentley, Amir Talai.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I was very surprised to see what came out of this show. I thought this would be a bit too much like the movie. Turbo is racing non-stop against other foes. I'm happy to say that my prediction was not entirely correct. This series sort of continue the story from the feature film and allow us to reunite with the characters we all fell in love with when Turbo (the movie) came out. It has comedy, friendship, action, adventure, and of course adorable and fast snails!

The first episode of the series begins when Turbo comes back from touring the world. He comes back to see that there is a built new city for snails and also a built race track too! It's a nice surprise for Turbo and his friends, but then the city gets captured! Turbo has to race to save his city! If you would like to know who he is racing and what happens, you have tune in to Netflix and watch the series! The animation is very different then the animation style in the movie. It's more cartoonish and cuter too! I love it and also the script was formatted for more, well real jokes. Which I absolutely loved! Some voice actors changed but it didn't impact the quality of the production. It was all together amazing!

My favorite scene is when this creature introduces him and he's like I'm the fastest creature on Earth! Well the snails are like, well what about a cheetah, and then what about a grass hopper riding a cheetah. Then Chet (Turbo's brother) looks it up. It's very funny and a great way to start off the series!

This is a first time Netflix and DreamWorks got together to do something creative and this new union definitely works! I predict we will see a lot of great things coming out of this partnership

The series is very childlike so I recommend it to ages 2-18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


ANGELS SING       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - As a child, Michael Walker wished every day could be Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for the holidays, despite encouragement from his playful wife and well-intentioned parents. But when his young son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick gives Michael a gift and instills in him the courage to find the joy that he lost. Starring Harry Connick Jr, Connie Britton and Chandler Canterbury.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a wonderful Holiday film that I really enjoyed watching.

Michael Walker (Harry Connick, Jr.) loved Christmas when he was a kid. Then, an accident crushed his holiday spirit. Years pass and he is married to Susan Walker (Connie Britton) and he still cannot enjoy the holidays. His family tries to help him. When his son David (Chandler Canterbury), faces his own tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past so he can help his son through his tough time. A stranger named Nick (Willie Nelson), gives Michael an amazing gift that helps him find the joyfulness that he lost.

"Angels Sing" is a great family film. The story line is original and unique. The acting, I feel, is very truthful and believable. I also like the singing by the cast, because it is very harmonious. I like how the writers Lou Berney and Turk Pipkin basically take a holiday scrooge and make him into a person that loves and enjoys the holidays with real life messages. This film is entertaining, and funny at times with some great comedy in lots of the scenes.

My favorite character is David because he is a kid like me and I like how he wants to help his dad with what is bothering him about the holiday season.

My favorite scene is when Michael is teaching David how to fly a remote control toy airplane, because it shows me how much David loves his father and how close he is to his father. I also like this scene because it shows how loose and carefree Michael is with his son and vice versa.

A great message that in this film is that that family love conquers all. If you love your family and your family loves you, the love between you will be more important than all your problems and all your worries.

I recommend "Angels Sing" for ages 10 to 17 and adults will enjoy it as well. It is great for a movie night with the whole family.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. "Angels Sing" is in theaters now and will also be available on Video on Demand and DVD December 10th.

Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 87 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

Buy Here (from LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT)


ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth review
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "One Direction This Is Us" had me in tears because I loved it so much. This film is about the five boys in One Direction and everything about them. This movie has amazing footage of the boys performing their daily routines and their life as the amazing boy band group. This documentary will have you fall in love with One Direction because of all their inside jokes and pranks and all their good laughs.

There are so many things to love about this movie but what I liked the most is the cinematography, especially the tour videos and seeing them perform. I felt as if I was standing in the front row of one of their concerts because of the incredible angles the 3D aspect. I love how One Direction made this film to show their fans how normal they are and how they do everyday stuff. This movie really touched me so much because I am a huge fan of theirs.

I love every boy in this band but my favorite is Harry Styles. I love everything about him from his personality to his accent to his curly hair. He has an incredible sense of humor and it really shows in this movie. Harry Styles is perfect and has an amazing voice that I admire.

My favorite scene of this movie is when One Direction is only five minutes away from performing their first show in America and every single member is running around laughing on skateboards or go-carts. It is so funny because their manager and security is trying to catch them but the boys are running around like little boys and that shows just shows you how genuine and humble they really are. I absolutely love them.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 star and recommend it for ages 7 to18 because you're never too old to be a One Direction fan. This is a great and funny family movie. This movie is now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Review by Jailene A, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 199 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 35.99
Media: DVD
      Buy Here (Amazon.com)


Buy Here (from SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT)


EQUATION OF LIFE, THE

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
EQUATION OF LIFE, THE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
GERRY ORZ
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Seven-year-old Nathan is a lively and sweet child who wants nothing else but to please his mother, but getting constantly emotionally abused at home. Five years later, 10-year-old Adam moves to a new city where he meets Nathan who has become a violent bully and abuser himself due to the torment he continues to experience at home. Adam's sister, Miranda, encourages Adam to ask for help but fails to convince him. After 111 days of suffering, Adam makes a mistake and takes matters in his own hands. The tragedy that follows will captivate viewers hearts, show how one act of kindness could have changed the lives of many people and impacted future generations. It stresses how important it is to educate youth about how to take proper safety measures when faced with bullying.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is about a young boy who moves to a new school and is bullied on the way home from school every day by an older boy. In the beginning, we see the bully being verbally abused by his mother, which leads him to bullying himself. The younger boy tells his feelings while videotaping himself and, on occasion, talks to his older sister who tries to suggest solutions. Ultimately, in the process of fighting back, the younger boy has a tragic accident and the older ones goes to prison. The boy's family disintegrates. One mom loses her job and is depressed. His sister runs away from home. There are number of issues presented in this film besides bullying. Among them are the issues of child abuse, gay parents and life as a runaway. This film ends on a hopeful note about what could have happened had the characters grown up differently or handled the situation differently. This is a student production by an elementary student who deserves commendation for the intelligent way this film is produced and the authenticity of its story.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - see adult comments
Runtime: 32 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
LIGHT OF FREEDOM, THE
KICKS MINISTRIES & VICTORY HARVEST CHURCH INC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - It is the year 1861 and President Lincoln has called for 75,000 men to join the Union Army. As the Civil War begins, another battle has been raging for decades. It is the fight for freedom waged by the Underground Railroad.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Light of Freedom is a heartfelt film about the historical civil rights movement. The film centers around a family who risks their safety and ignores the current law in order to do what's right and help slaves escape to freedom, via the underground railroad. This film has likable characters with depth, great moral values, a strong plot, and high production quality. The set and costume design are impressive as well as the overall plot. Children would enjoy the variety of genres in the film, from mystery to action. It is a bit lengthy at two hours. But, there is a precise flow from start to finish and this film resolves every conflict and leaves no ends untied. It is easy to understand though the dialect of the period seems a bit over done. Some sarcasm breaks the historical accuracy but for the most part it seems factual. It has obvious Christian values and often quotes the Bible or has characters praying which might prove an obstacle for some venues.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The most appealing thing about this title is that it takes place is during the Civil War which, in movies, has action and adventure. This movie has that. The acting lacks believability. Their emotions change too rapidly to ring true. It is a bit intense and mature, more suitable for older kids. Some younger kids may get scared or feel uncomfortable. The production values are good. The visual and audio clarity are good though the cinematography is shaky at times. I would have some reservations about showing it.

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



NEW SEARCH

All content ©Copyright 1991-114 by Coalition for Quality Children's Media

Database search interactivity by NET MAN
Kid movie news & Free DVDs:
Join KIDS FIRST! on Twitter Join KIDS FIRST! on Facebook
Loading Search...