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GOOD DINOSAUR, THE (BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD)

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GOOD DINOSAUR, THE (BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - From Disney/Pixar comes a hilariously heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you're meant to be. In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he's truly capable of. Bonus content includes: Sanjay's Super Team; True Lies About Dinosaurs; Every Part of the Dinosaur; Following the T-Rex Trail; The Filmmakers' Journey; Deleted Scenes; Just Listen; Commentary; Hide and Seek; and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Good Dinosaur, which comes out on Blu-ray and Digital HD on Feb. 23, asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend and learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan R. (age 11) comments, "I like how it touches our emotions and admit that it made me cry in some parts. I also liked the jokes because they are really funny." Willie J. (age 16) adds, "It is some of the most beautiful animation I've seen with a story so familiar that its heartwarming qualities hit home." KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer added, "It was way too scary for my 4 and 6-year-olds." See the kids' reviews in the kid comments section.
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Runtime: 94 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 39.99
Media: Video and DVD
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SUNNY DAY
CHENXIN YANG
Series: COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A 2D animation depicting a sweet moment of the old lady use magic comforting the sad little boy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short animated film is very interesting. Something about the story is extremely compelling, as simple as it is. The 2 D animation is delightful. The music plays to the simplicity of the art form. The story is so simple and yet, could be interpreted in many very complex ways. Over all, I adored this. I would definitely consider it for a youth or family film festival and would definitely watch more by this filmmaker. Reviewed by Megan C. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


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GIFT, THE (KEN PETRIE)
KEN PETRIE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift - little knowing that his choice will change the world.

Director's statement: THE GIFT is a unique short film in that, not only does it have commercial potential, but its huge global resonance means that it has an inordinately large audience. In this regard, the film is a statement as to what's possible in British short film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The ending makes this film! I can't tell you what it is but, I do promise you it will bring a smile to your face. This short film takes place in rural America in the 1940s. The setting, costumes, and behaviors of the characters are right on target and the pace is so appropriate for this time period. It brings up some interesting issues when the boy spots a rifle in the local store that he eyes as the perfect gift for his birthday. There is a bit of tension between Mom and Boy and it is the elderly shop owner who intervenes and makes peace with everyone. Well shot, good pace, interesting story. I think you'll like it. Highly recommended. Ages: 8-18
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


PLACES YOU'LL GO, THE

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PLACES YOU'LL GO, THE
JESSE SALAZAR III
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - An 8 year old's adventure across America. Director, Jesse Salazar III is an independent Texas filmmaker that has made an impact on the South Texas film and journalism community. Since 2009, he has worked in virtually every area of digital video and cinema production, winning the accolades and approval of his peers and mentors along the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A lovingly created film documenting a young boy's experience traveling across America as he is observed by his own father. His fondness for LEGOs which he brings everywhere is a nice touch. Well filmed, good audio, good visuals. Would make a nice addition for a kids or family film festival.
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Runtime: 21 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD)

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - Forever enchanting and inspiring, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs embodies The Walt Disney Signature Collection's legacy of animation. In this epic story of love and friendship, the kind and beautiful princess SNOW WHITE wins the hearts of the Seven Dwarfs and triumphs over the evil plans of a wicked Queen. Share the movie called "The Greatest Animated Film Of All Time," in High Definition Blu-ray and for the first time ever on Digital HD, with special features for the entire family!

Special Features include: In Walt's Words - For The First Time Ever, Hear Walt Talk About Snow White; Iconography - Explore How This Film Influences Pop Culture, Art And Fashion at Disney Animation: Designing Disney's First Princess - Modern-Day; Disney Artists Discuss The Design Of Snow White and how it influences the look of some of your favorite Disney characters; The Fairest Facts Of Them All - Disney Channel Star Sofia Carson Reveals Seven Intriguing Facts About Snow White; Alternate Sequence - Never Before Seen Storyboard Sequence Where The Prince Meets Snow White; And Much More!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - One of the hardships I encounter as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is trying to objectively review older films. The difficulty is mostly because they are often better than many films today. Even more difficult is reviewing a film objectively that was a part of my childhood. It's so easy for nostalgia to cloud my view. So, before I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, I told myself to review it without passion or prejudice, and tackle it like I would any other film. Then I started watching it and everything I had prepped myself for went out the window. I got caught up in the songs, the vintage style of animated filmmaking and the general feeling of classic, feel-good Disney. Then I realized that the nostalgia that befell me WAS the appeal of the movie. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is timeless because it transcends generations. Watching it now as I did ten years ago, took me back 10 years. It felt nice to return to an innocent state for 80 minutes.

The film hasn't lost anything. The songs are still just as catchy, the story is still just as cute and the animation still puts a smile on your face. It's interesting watching the first Disney animated feature today, because we're all so taken with the animation and maturity of Pixar. Even the Disney Renaissance films which are now 20 years old aren't as cute or innocent as Snow White is. Fortunately, that's not a bad thing; it's actually quite refreshing. It's feel-good and puts a smile on your face. The simplicity of it all is a great contrast to the complex animated features of today and it's quite affecting. It transports you to a different state of mind that allows you to let go and enjoy.

So many times parodied and adapted, watching where it all started gives you a great appreciation for all the other adaptations, and reminds you of which is best. I actually contend that Snow White is the best of the classic Disney princesses. It has the best collection of songs with "Heigh-Ho," "Some Day My Prince Will Come," and "I'm Wishing/One Song." The band of dwarfs are still an entertaining, eclectic group of characters than compliment the more one-dimensional princess. I watched it with my younger sister and she was in love with it from start to finish. I was in love with it, all over again, from start to finish. I recommend this classic film for ages 3 to 18 as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is a Disney favorite of mine since I was a young child many years ago. It is such an enchanting story of friendship, love and good prevailing over evil. I enjoyed watching this again on Digital HD. This is truly an enchanting classic that young and old will enjoy and I recommend for both adults and children. The music and the characters really make this film! I found myself singing along with such songs as "Hi Ho, Hi Ho off to work I go." It has a message that good wins over evil and is entertainment at its finest. I also was delighted to see deleted scenes included in the Bonus Features. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Before Cinderella lost her slipper and before Aladdin met the Genie, Walt Disney did his most crazy and insane project ever - a feature animated movie, the first of its kind. The title of the film is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Parents and kids loved this film decades ago and, a generation later, families can now enjoy this beautiful classic in Blu-Ray.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a musical with catchy, and beautiful singing done by Adriana Caselotti, (Snow White), Lucille La Verne (Queen) and others. There is also a sense of adventure, and a magical romance, between Snow White and the Prince.

The story begins when the Queen discovers that she is not the fairest of them all, and that Snow White is. Out of jealousy, she orders the death of Snow White. However, Snow White gets away. She comes upon 7 dwarfs which she befriends. The Queen angrily learns about her failed death, and decides to poison the young princess!

Since this is the Blu-Ray/Digital HD Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it is packed with extra features including a tour of the animation studios in the 1930s, actual interviews with Walt Disney, cool facts, (Did you know Snow White was originally designed to have gold hair? Who knew!) and so much more. My favorite part concentrates on how Walt Disney hired over 300 artists, how he spent so much money on making it perfect, and just how much speculation and hate he got for attempting to make (and being very successful as a result) a 90 minute animated film.

Even though this film was made almost a century ago, the quality of the animation is as good as films made today. Hand-drawn animation has a quality of from the human touch that CGI can never achieve. In terms of the soundtrack, Walt Disney had a knack for making his animated films not only have background music, but he created it in such as way that the music becomes an integral part of the story. For example, when Snow White and the Prince first meet, they sing a song together and it represents almost, "Instant love," better than words ever could. This story is based on a classic European fairy tale, and Walt Disney hired a few people who specifically made European-styled drawings, to make the film feel like the original fairy tale, which was perfect for the film. The voice-over sound quality is also top notch, amazingly so since again, it was made almost 100 years ago. I would easily compare it to the voice over acting and quality of the late 90s. This film was ambitious in terms of being the first animated feature film, but also was first feature film to have a female lead.

My favorite scene is the meeting of The Prince and Snow White. In the scene, Snow White is cleaning outside and she explains to her bird friends what a wishing well is. A prince overhears her fantastic singing and is love-struck when he meets her. This scene is one of my favorites because the music is beautiful, the animation is spectacular and this scene specifically illustrates my point about European artists designing the backgrounds. It really looks like a European castle of some sort.

This film was designed for all ages and I still agree. I recommend it for ages 6 to 13 specifically. Younger kids will enjoy the bright colors, dancing and singing. Older kids can appreciate how difficult it was to make this film and the storyline itself. Adults who have happy memories of seeing this film years ago will also enjoy it. Overall, it's a great film for the family. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars because of the spectacular animation, exciting story (typical of films made by Walt Disney) and clear voice acting. The Blu-ray/Digital HD Edition of Snow White is available in stores and online on January 19.
Runtime: 83 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.99
Media: Video and DVD


KUNG FU PANDA 3

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kung Fu Panda 3 is a great film with excellent animation, a great villain and hilarious humor. My favorite dumpling-loving panda is back. I liked this movie because it was a lot of fun and it still has a captivating plot even though it's a sequel. I also really like the new villain. He was so evil and greedy, it made me want to SKIDOOSH! him so bad.

As you can see, I am a big fan of this franchise and I promise you this latest installment does not disappoint. Kung Fu Panda 3 is about Po figuring out who he wants to be and adapting to a lot of changes in his life. As the movie begins, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) tells Po that next to being the Dragon Warrior, it will be Po's job to teach the Furious Five. Before Po can learn how to be a teacher, he meets his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston). Their celebration is cut short by the arrival of Kai (J.K Simmons), the villain who is stealing the energy of Kung Fu masters from all over the land and who wants to destroy Po. To fight back, Po has to learn to master being a panda after he finds out pandas have special powers that might be able to help defeat Kai.

The lesson of this film is figure out who want you to be and then be your best self, even if you have to try new things you don't know how to do. Po has to try to figure out how to live like a panda and become a teacher by trying things he's not good at.

It's nice to see the original characters back and it's hard to pick a villain as a favorite character, but Kai is an excellent bad guy that I love to hate. He is surprisingly funny while being Po's most formidable foe so far.

I love the animation because it uses a lot of different styles. There is a lot of detail. It's very colorful and the animators use Chinese calligraphy and other cultural symbols to give the movie's setting an authentic feeling. I also really enjoyed the score by Hans Zimmer because it has a lot of energy that goes perfectly with the high-action scenes.

I recommend this film for ages 4 to 12 because there are some scary scenes that may upset younger viewers. Adults will also enjoy this film. I give Kung Fu Panda 3 four out of five stars.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., age 10.

In the third installment of the popular family film series Kung Fu Panda, you will find yourself on an emotional roller coaster, with just enough action, comedy and love to go around.

Large and adorable panda Po (Jack Black) realizes he has a lot to learn if he wants to surpass his next obstacle from his role-model instructor. During this long, adventurous process, he finds himself reunited with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston). Po must find a way to morph into the teacher he was always destined to be. With help from his new panda family, the martial-arts masters come together to fight the envious and malevolent Kai (J.K. Simmons), a warrior who came back from the spirit realm, in order to steal everyone's chi.

I have always been a kid at heart but watching this film truly made me feel like it was my first time ever watching Kung Fu Panda in the movie theater. Since it brought back a ton of memories, I couldn't help but notice all of the fantastic, quality changes the film has gone through. This has always been a great series from the start, but this movie takes the gold when it comes down to storyline and visual effects. There is no doubt in my mind that the creative directors and graphic designers behind this film spent tons and tons of hours developing such amazing oriental scenes within this movie. Every single color, movement, saying or setting in this film truly embodies what Kung Fu Pand" is all about, which makes the meaning and experience for an avid movie-goer all the more understanding and worthwhile. Because of the sincere storyline, it will hit home to lots of viewers and family members. One thing I do wish I had the opportunity to see more of are the famous and Furious Five (voiced by Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, David Cross, and Seth Rogen) and Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) in action altogether, especially when attempting to defeat the evil Kai.

Ultimately, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a hilarious and charming film for everyone in the family to enjoy. Whether it's moving you to tears from laughter or gloominess, you'll find it hard not to smile with satisfaction when the credits begin rolling. This movie is rated PG for its martial arts action and some mild rude humor, so I think this will be just perfect for kids ages 5 to 18. I rate this film 4.5 out of 5 five stars.

Reviewed by Michelle C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

This film rocks! It holds nothing back as it is full of adventures that are fun and full of heart. This third film of the awesome Kung Fu Panda series has us once again rooting for the most loveable Panda, Po. Watching Po in this movie is like watching myself because of his endless enthusiasm and passion for life which is just like me! He's silly, funny and clumsy and still able to save the day!

We find Po battling a villain, discovering his true father and discovering his true self. The villain, Kai, wants to take the chi from all the great Kung Fu masters so he can become the most powerful grand master of the world. Kai will stop at nothing and the only possible way to defeat him is Po. Po must channel his inner chi and confidence to stop Kai.

Part of Po's adventure is set in Panda Village where the student must learn how to become the teacher. For the first time Po meets other pandas. He changes this panda community and they also change him. Also, with the help of his mentor Shifu and the Furious Five, Po learns what it is to overcome challenges and become his own hero. At the heart of the story is the lesson that what is important in life is to become the best you can be. Po finally realizes this.

My favorite part of this film is when Po meets his real dad, Li. This occurs in his adoptive father's restaurant when Li breaks Po's dumpling eating record. This is both a touching and yet hilarious scene as everyone in the restaurant realizes that they are father and son except them.

While all the voices are amazing and perfectly match the characters I really like Jack Black's voice as Po. I really can't think of any other actor's voice better for this role than Jack's. Po's look, personality and most importantly his soul is just totally Jack Black. I also love J. K. Simmons who voices the villain, Kai. His voice is so perfectly evil yet it also has this lack of confidence in it that can make you giggle at times. For instance, Kai considers himself very special and famous but when he escapes the Spirit World and arrives on earth he finds that no one has ever even heard of him.

There are many wonderful and positive messages in this film. One of my favorites message is that you have to believe in yourself and never give up. Another beautiful message from the film is that you are not alone in this world and that family is important. However, the message that stands out in my mind is when Shifu tells Po: "If you only do what you can you will only be what you are." This means a lot to me because I think everyone is special and we all have something very special to offer and bring to the world.

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: FeatureFilm


DADDY'S HOME

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Stepdad, Brad Whitaker, is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when the biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoy watching this funny movie directed by Sean Anders. It is pretty hysterical and enjoyable for preteens. I think adults might like this as well. This movie made me laugh because the movie has a lot of humor and the jokes are spot on.

The movie is about the good stepdad, Brad played by Will Ferrell. He wants to be accepted by his family because the kids aren't happy that he is their stepdad. Eventually, they do accept him, but things change when their dad, Dusty played by Mark Wahlberg tries to come back into their life. Brad and Dusty slowly begin to start a "Dad Off". They try to beat one another to show the kids who the cooler Dad is. Will they fight until there is a winner or will they make a truce and end up liking each other?

One of the things I enjoyed most about this film is the cast. They are really great! I love the message because it talks about acceptance. I also like the jokes in this movie because they are very hilarious.

My favorite character is Dusty because he is comes off as this mean person but he is actually not so bad. Dusty makes changes throughout this movie and makes many hilarious jokes that will make you like him.

The message of this movie is acceptance. Both of the dads are trying to get acceptance. Brad wants to be accepted by his step kids so they can be one happy family. Dusty wants to be accepted again after the divorce. Dusty wants to have a family, but he can be irresponsible. In this movie, acceptance is a huge thing. It takes a long amount of time since things don't happen overnight.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this movie for kids ages 11 to 18. It is perfect for tweens and teens but it does contains some inappropriate mild profanity, rude humor and mild violence that make it unsuitable for younger children. I think adults will enjoy this as well. It comes out on Christmas Day so mark your calendars.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: FeatureFilm


NORM OF THE NORTH

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LIONSGATE FILMS
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - In this abnormally ambitious first feature film from Splash Entertainment, Norm of the North is about Norm (Rob Schneider), a Polar Bear who is able to communicate with humans. When his home, the Arctic is threatened by the evil developer Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong), he must journey to the concrete jungle and convince people to save his home.

This feature film offers laughs and appealing characters for young audiences and I think it also represents something bigger that older audiences will also enjoy. Splash Entertainment is an independent animation studio that has been given the chance, by its association with Lionsgate, to create a film for the big screen. That's not an easy task especially with so much competition from other animation companies. Is it revolutionary? No, but it's a nice start for Splash Entertainment's movie making journey.

The film's delightful animation is colorful and fluent. I love how the characters move and dance. I particularly enjoyed watching Mr. Greene's rubber legs. Much like his personality, his movements are snake like - always slithering from place to place. He is my favorite character because he's so over the top. It also helps that he is voiced by the hilarious comedian Ken Jeong. Speaking of which, all the voice actors in this film portray their characters very well. I'm not particularly a Rob Schneider fan but, in this film he makes Norm a lovable and plush Polar Bear.

For me, the humor is hit and miss. But, I'm not really the audience for this film. A lot of the comedy is geared for younger kids and there is a lot of potty humor. Although there are some jokes for parents and older kids to chuckle at, it is best suited for the younger set. While the slapstick is fast paced, I have a problem with how the characters come in contact. What makes slapstick funny is cause and effect. Tom and Jerry are a perfect example. When Tom runs smack into a pole his whole body makes solid contact causing him pain. In this the film, the characters seem to be made of rubber. When they come in contact with each other it's like silly putty being squished together. Now it does kind of work with Norm's furry sidekicks, the Lemmings, because their running joke is that they feel no pain. However, it does not work when the other characters react like rubber. With that said, while watching the film the kids in the theater went nuts and loved every moment of it. Just goes to show you that humor is diverse.

My favorite scene is the opening of the film when Norm tries to hunt. Not only does it reveal the status quo of the main character, it also provides a lovely introduction to the comedy that will follow. The Arctic landscape adds to the visual ambiance of the animation.

The moral of this film is "nature belongs to the animals." Mr. Greene plans to build condominiums in the Arctic and that's why Norm goes to New York and tries to convince them not to do that. I was glad to see this environmental message presented to young children.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 3 through 12- year-olds. This film proves that just because you're not a big Polar Bear does not mean you can't make a big splash. I can't wait to see more from Splash Entertainment. This film is in theaters January 15 so mark your calendars now.

Reviewed by Keefer B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: FeatureFilm


FINEST HOURS, THE

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952. Starring Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck. Directed by Craig Gillespie.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Finest Hours is a Walt Disney film that is filled with much determination that captivates your mind on a realistic approach of being in the ocean on a boat wondering if you will survive. This moved me because you have to be a thinker, organizer and strategist in order to achieve the obstacles that you will be encountering. I really loved this movie because it is in 3D which makes everything appear to be coming right at you and you feel like you are a part of the film, especially during the ocean scenes. This film is based on a true story and it is filled with action, drama and history. The director, Craig Gillespie draws you into this film by his realistic portrayal of events.

One of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England in February 1952. It damaged an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripped it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members, Bernie Weber (Chris Pine), Ben Foster (Richard Livesey), Andy Fitzgerald (Kyle Gallner) and Ervin Maske (John Magaro) of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. The captain gives the orders and sends them out to accomplish the goal.

My favorite part of this movie is when Bernie Weber and his fellow crew members set out to find the people on the sinking ship. They lose connection with the captain and also lose their compass. The crew members want Bernie to turn back around, but he says, "no point". Bernie just keeps on going to see if he can find any type of vessel. He becomes obstinate and passionate about his Coast Guard duty.

The setting is a 1950s snowy and cold day with distinguished vintage cars the town people drive. The women's dress is classy and stylish and they definitely make a statement upon arrival to any event.

I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 Stars because it is action-packed with some romance and tense moments. Younger audiences may not understand and might be scared. This movie hits theaters Friday, January 29, 2016. Come and check it out. It is a must see!

Reviewed by Tre'ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I had good expectations for The Finest Hours, especially in IMAX 3D. It has a great, true-life story about a few men accomplishing the impossible on the high seas. It has a good cast, but no blockbuster stars. And, it has a director, Craig Gillespie, with a great Indie pedigree (Lars and the Real Girl, Million Dollar Arm). Unfortunately, the film is riddled with clich�s, which points to the writer (Scott Silver) and the director. The Finest Hours is an epic rescue story but ultimately a let down.

The Finest Hours is a true story about a rescue mission to save an oil tanker that gets partially destroyed during a big winter storm off the coast of Cape Cod. The Wellfleet Coast Guard is expected to help in the rescue but most of their large craft are out helping other distressed tankers. So, it comes down to four Coast Guarders to go out in a small boat to save the sailors on the tanker. The Coast Guard rescue team is lead by Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and Richard Livesey (Ben Foster). Bernie is a quiet, inarticulate man who plays by the rules. They have to get past the "bar" to get out on open seas and the first time, they get fully submerged by the waves and lose their compass. It's like an ant trying to save a huge whale in the middle of a storm! Meanwhile, the crew of the tanker is trying to ground themselves on a shoal. They are being led by the head mechanic, Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck), who is an unlikely hero. He is an obsessed mechanic who is not part of the social fabric of the tanker. But because he knows the ship better than anyone, he takes control. He doesn't believe in luck, only hard work and ingenuity.

The beginning of the film is a preamble that sets up the love interest between Bernie and his girl, Miriam (Holliday Grainger) and the other characters in the town of Wellfleet. This part of the film feels rushed and clich�. Bernie is set up as a broken man for some reason, but you don't know why. Other failed rescue missions are hinted at. I feel like I don't know the characters' personalities like I do in other films. The rescue sequences are very exciting and intense, especially in IMAX 3D. The cinematography and graphics are great. The depiction of the roiling water is very realistic. I also liked the fact that both of the men leading each of their crews are unlikely heroes. There's a point in the rescue where they meet and you can see Sybert size up Webber as a similar animal to himself.

I give The Finest Hours 3 out of 5 stars due to the stereotypical and confusing screenplay and direction. It is appropriate for ages 10 through 18.

Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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5TH WAVE, THE

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez. Directed by J. Blakeson.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This live action feature film directed by J Blakeson is a truly epic movie with crazy special effects. I love this movie because it is a dystopian science fiction film with a twist of romance.

Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a typical 16-year-old girl who has life pretty easy. She loves her little brother Sammy (Zackary Arthur) more than anything in the world. One day she wakes up and her whole world has turned upside down. A series of aliens known as "the Others" has attacked planet earth and are trying to get rid of all of humanity in order to take the earth for themselves.

The Others want to get rid of the human race with five waves. The first wave is a forever lasting power outage. The second wave is an enormous earthquake with a gigantic tsunami which wipes out many people. The third wave is a disease that spreads everywhere and very few people survive it and not many are immune. There are very few survivors.

The fourth wave is when the Others disguise themselves to look just like humans and move among the humans. The people can trust no one because they have no idea who is human and their very existence is threatened.

Cassie forms an alliance with a young man named Evan Walker (Alex Roe) who is determined to help her find her brother. Fighting for their lives, the fifth wave comes which is a fight between the survivors and the Others. The future of humanity is dependent on the humans outliving the Others.

This movie has such cool special effects that look so realistic. My favorite scene is when the second wave comes with its massive earthquake and wave because it made me feel like I was there experiencing this, which would be absolutely terrifying!

My favorite character is definitely Evan Walker! He is a very determined, hardworking, independent, brave and strong person. I love the way he plays this role because he is super believable and you can really tell that he cares about Cassie.

The message of this film is to never give up hope. As Cassie says, "It's our hope that makes us human."

I give The 5th Wave 4 out of 5 stars because it is pretty predictable, but overall this move is entertaining and enjoyable. I recommend this movie for ages 12-18 because it definitely has its scary moments.

If you are a sci-fi fan and love special effects, then definitely come see this film in theaters January 22!

Reviewed by Lainey A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.

There are dozens of films with aliens caring less about how humans go extinct, just that they do. From weapons of mass destruction to giant armies, this movie is about an alien race attempting to take over the Earth, in an efficient, dramatic, and action packed story.

The 5th Wave is an action film with gun shots, earthquakes and more. However, the story is very dramatic and there is some romance between main characters. The romance is displayed between actors more as if it was meant to be funny instead of sweet or sincere.

The action begins when a strange object appears in the sky, a massive object. No one, not even NASA can get in contact with it. Then, a mass EMP hits the Earth and makes any electronic device 100% useless, like planes, cars, phones, computers and anything else that runs off of a battery of sorts. This is the first of five waves. What follows is worst and worst. The second wave is an extremely powerful earthquake that causes tsunamis that destroys all coastal cities, islands, ships and anything else close to the water. The third wave is a disease and by the fourth wave, very few humans are left. The story follows Cassie (Chloe Moretz) and her family as they attempt to survive and also, fight back. If you want to find out what happens in the 4th and 5th wave, you have to watch the film.

Of course with aliens, explosions, tsunamis and more, there is an expectation of special effects and viewers will not be disappointed. The first ten minutes of the film shows the first three waves and it sends chills down your back seeing sky shots of destroyed cities and diseases spreading everywhere, to the point where you just stare in surprise. The acting is perfect for each role. Nick Robinson (Ben Parish) plays a depressed, quiet teenager and he does it amazingly well. The cinematography, with large aerial shots, is beautiful and then there are the script and the directing.

This is where the disappointment kicks in. Director J. Blakeson does not do the story justice. So many times, the actors are doing things that are cringe worthy and, as a result, many people in the theater laugh at the 100% serious scenes because of this. The acting is good. The entire cast really excels in portraying their roles. Although the directing isn't great. The screenplay is worse. On many occasions in the film you question where they got something or how did they know the main characters need saving. Even the back story is sloppy with massive story errors. For example, in one scene a character is rescuing another character. The savior says that he has the character's gun, but in the scene where they show the rescuing, he is carrying the character with both hands. The romance is extremely cheesy which may have been on purpose to give it a comedic effect. But either way, it doesn't work well with the serious, dramatic plot. Additionally, there is some confusion about what audience this is geared for. If young adults and teens are the targeted audience, then there are a lot of inappropriate scenes.

My favorite scenes are the first three waves not just because they are extremely important to the story, but because each second is dramatic with amazing special effects and spectacular camera work. It almost seems like they concentrated all their skill on those ten minutes, because they were the smoothest part of the film. The scene involves a major earthquake, a disease epidemic and of course, the mass blackout from an EMP.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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


MATH WITH MATTHEW: PYTHAGOREAN PROJECT

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DR. MATTHEW BEYRANEVAND
Series: INSTRUCTIONAL, AGES 7-18
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Math with Matthew is designed to get children interested in a full range of mathematical concepts, in an easy-to-understand, yet informative way that both kids and their parents can enjoy! A fast-paced show that combines comedy and music with mathematics.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Parents, you will love this series! While I was watching Math with Matthew: The Pythagorean Project, my 8th grade daughter stopped what she was doing, sat down with me, watched, chatted and enjoyed learning about the Pythagorean Theorem. SERIOUSLY! Dr. Matthew Beyranevand, a K-12 Mathematics and Science Coordinator for the Chelmsford Public Schools, has created a brilliant episode that teaches and reinforces a variety of mathematical concepts for elementary, middle and senior high students. Matthew and his sidekick Rhombus make learning math both fun and memorable. The show is packed with a variety of skits, gags, songs and graphics that are current, informative, and funny for kids as well as adults. I highly recommend that parents and educators incorporate Math with Matthew into their student's math instruction and review. This math show can help even reticent math students find joy and humor in math and learn to enjoy the subject. Five out of five stars for Dr. Beyranevand and his brilliant Math with Matthew series!

I found myself wanting to join them in having fun while learning about math. The music, games, graphics and clever writing make the videos truly enjoyable. You almost forget that you are learning math at the same time. I love how the videos jump from one activity to another, making it really appealing for kids and teens. Music is interspersed between skits and math demonstrations. Very well constructed for the cognitive development of young students.

The characters are funny, engaging and make you feel like you already know them or want to know them. Behaviors and dialogue are appropriate, but current and in line with how students think and talk. The math demonstrations definitely support inquiry, investigation and help the viewer to see how math can be used anywhere and by anyone. The episodes are full of different skits, each with simple costumes, props, settings, etc. The total package is one of a comfortable, fun school district created show, rather than an expensive, glitzy big studio production. But that is part of the charm, because it makes you think anyone, yourself included, can have fun making a show like this one.

Any student struggling with math, or just interested in math, will benefit from watching the Math with Matthew series. I can see students wanting to try some of the math problems that they saw during the episode. In the show everyone is having such a good time doing math, it makes you want to participate! Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Math for me was a very challenging subject when I was in school. Math with Matthew: Pythagorean Project is a creative presentation of a not so easy concept to learn. It is very important for students to have a good understanding about triangles, right angles, simple problem solving and square roots. Matthew presents these elements in a simple, step by step manner and the contrast between Matthew and Rhombus is very good. Matthew wants Rhombus to agree that the Pythagorean Theory is the most important mathematical discovery and even after Matthew presents all his examples, Rhombus is still not convinced and cleverly leads into the next concept- Pi!

Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I am a kid and I love Math with Matthew! It is a fun and sometimes silly way to learn how to do different things in math. Math with Matthew uses different techniques to teach you what you are learning about, so it is helpful for kids no matter how they learn: visual, auditory, through repetition or songs. In the episode about how to do the Pythagorean Theorem they sing it, write it out and do activities using the Pythagorean Theorem. Math with Matthew would help lots of kids learn math. I recommend it for ages 5 to 8 depending on what you need to learn. I also rate it 5out of 5 stars because of all the ways they teach you. I am going to ask my teachers to show us Math with Matthew at school. Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


LA SLITTA (THE SLED)

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LA SLITTA (THE SLED)
KAOS
Series: FOREIGN INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8 - 12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - A sled brings together two boys from different countries and cultures and carries them through the winter woods of the Italian mountains, far away from their parents' prejudices and isolation. Two children, one sled and a lasting friendship. Dialogue is in Italian and sub-titled in English.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a thoughtfully produced short with good messages for youth as well as adults. The story examines the life of a young boy who lives in a rural environment. The boy seems lonely and doesn't appear to have any friends or social life. His father expresses a lot of prejudice and disgust at foreigners and gypsies and won't let him go to the town square to socialize. One fine day, he ventures out into the snow covered woods and meets another kid who has a sled. They become friends, against all odds and life changes.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BIG FREEZE, THE

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BIG FREEZE, THE
LITTLE MAMMOTH MEDIA
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - SEE what happens when things FREEZE...A FROZEN ADVENTURE where artists carve ice and snow into amazing shapes - some are more than 60 feet high! Join skaters on the world's largest skating rink, and see how they make ice cream at Ben & Jerry's! LEARN about glaciers and how they form and grow and melt. Ride on a giant ice explorer, and see why huge icebergs act like the ice cubes in your drink! TRAVEL around the world, from Sapporo, Japan for the annual Snow Festival, to Canada's Columbia Ice Fields, to the frozen Great Lakes on a US Coast Guard icebreaker! Join us for this freezing BIG Adventure!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Who knew there was so much to be learned about Frozen Stuff! From icicles to snow covered hills to ice skating rinks to ice and snow sculptures to ice cream, think Ben & Jerry's, this informational show examines all things frozen. How about the largest skating rink in the world? Where's that you ask? You have to watch this to find out. Little Mammoth Media has assembled a great collection of ice-inspired situations that give you a new definition of ICE!

The videography is professionally accomplished, the background music quite fun and inspiring and the youth narrator clearly describes every situation. This is a film that could be shown in a classroom setting and works very well as a stand alone that curious kids will enjoy. The language is age-appropriate for school-aged kids. And, even I learned stuff about ice that I never knew, like how water is used as glue in ice sculptures. It almost made me like winter. The quality is excellent. The structure is simple and straight forward.

I am a huge fan of Little Mammoth Media's "big" series and this latest addition is as delightful as I anticipated. My favorite part is seeing all the extraordinary ice and snow sculptures. Reviewed by Sarah S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film starts off showing educational facts about water and how ice is made and then goes to Ottawa, Canada and shows educational facts and interesting things such as ice sculptures. It is pretty cool and there is some music which makes it more fun to watch. I liked that it shows some different places around the world but I think that some parts were too long such as showing the ice skating in Canada. I think it is also good that there is more than one person talking in the film and that kids will learn a lot about ice from watching this film. I liked seeing the different ice sculptures and a building made out of ice. I would recommend this for younger kids ages 5-8. This would be the only downfall. The narration and the educational part would be too simple for kids over the age of 8. There is a bonus treat after the credits which are mainly scenes from the film without the narration. I think that there could have been something more exciting at the end but it was okay to watch. I give this 4 stars for educational and interesting facts and the ice sculptures are really cool. Reviewed by Joshua B., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer

I loved this program! I like to learn and this is the perfect learning experience during cold days like we're having. I really enjoyed learning about glaciers and it made me want to see one person really bad! This show is great for all ages I believe, but I suppose I'd say ages 8 to 15 will enjoy it most! I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Britney V, age 11

I love Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and was a little disappointed when I realized how its made, but it is still really neat! I hope to make ice cream one day and this show made me hope more. I like the other stuff as well, but I liked the ice cream part the most. I think kids ages 5 to 12 will like this show and I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because I didn't care for the narrator so much. Reviewed by Evelynn V, age 9.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: Video and DVD
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LITTLE PRINCE, THE: THE PLANET OF BUBBLE GOB

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4 - 12
Topic - Family
Description - The universe is in grave danger of extinction! The evil Snake extinguishes the stars as he passes through the galaxy, causing chaos and plunging the planets into darkness. The Little Prince must leave his Asteroid home and beloved friend, Rose, in his quest to outsmart the Snake and save the universe from doom.� Accompanied by his trusted companion, the Fox, the Little Prince travels from planet to planet, braving danger and discovering vast and enchanted worlds.� Will the extraordinary gifts of the Little Prince bring each of the planets back to life? And will he ever find his way home?

When the Little Prince reaches the Planet of the Bubble Gob, the whole ocean is covered with items discarded by the Creatall. This causes the water level to rise daily, threatening the Creatall's fragile homes. The Little Prince realizes that the problem is the Bubble Gob.� The Bubble Gob is an underwater mechanical creature, who is supposed to destroy the rubbish and clean the ocean. However, the Bubble Gob is faulty and continues to grow bigger and bigger! �It has grown so big that its slightest movement causes the ocean level to rise dangerously.� Will the Little Prince be able to save the Creatall and their homes?� Find out in The Planet of the Bubble Gob!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob is a fun, entertaining animated treasure! This film brings to life the journeys of the Little Prince as he travels to different planets. On the Planet of the Bubble Gob, The Little Prince and The Fox work with the Creatall's to solve the problem of their litter-strewn seas.

While familiarity with the classic tale of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry, would introduce the characters of the Little Prince, the Rose and Fox, it is not necessary in order for a child to immediately get enthralled with the plot of this film.

The animation sets this film apart from other children's films. The vibrant colors and very imaginative animation bring life to the artistic inventions created by the Creatall's. Because of the richness of the animation, I couldn't help but compare similarities with the setting and use of repurposed materials to that of the 1995 futuristic thriller Waterworld.

While there are antagonists and protagonists alike, I appreciate that all of the humans are positive role models. I rate The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob 4.5 out 5 stars. I recommend the ages 4 to 12 because there are some suspenseful moments that might frighten younger children.

By Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

I really enjoyed this film and it made me think of how important it is to keep our ocean clean. This is an issue that is very important to both my 12-year-old son and I since we participate in beach clean up monthly. The Bubble Bob is not exactly the same concept but it is still endangering the ocean and its creatures. The characters are entertaining and the animation, although a bit simple, ;is a strong aspect of this film. Honestly, I expected this to be a mainly fun film to watch for younger children but it really is packed with meaningful life lesson messages. It shows how important recycling is and how important it is to take care of our planet Earth which includes our ocean. I think that this is shown in a rather unique way with the Bubble Gob. I like that this film may teach and inspire young children to get involved in recycling and in other ways of taking care of our planet. Just when I thought that would be the only message, I found that it also teaches that mistakes can be fixed and that team work is important. This is a film that I would recommend for children ages 4 to 12. I had thought when it first started that my 12-year-old son would not want to watch it and he would think that it was for younger children but it held his interest and he liked the storyline and the main message of the film. I give this 4 out of 5 stars for its entertaining, educational and social aspects. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet of the Bubble Gob is an imaginative, colorful film with great animation and takes some of my favorite characters from a classic story on a new exciting journey. I really like the modern characters the show adds because they have a lot of perseverance and they always want to create something new to help their planet.

The Little Prince: The Planet of the Bubble Gob is based on the characters from a famous French story by Antoine de St. Exup�ry published in 1943. Here, the Little Prince, alongside his best friend Fox, are sent around a futuristic universe saving planets from the evil clutches of the malevolent Snake. One day, the Little Prince and Fox discover a mysterious new planet and find out it is inhabited by a species called the Creatall who are always inventing new things to help their people and their planet, like a kooky machine that shoots toast. Soon, the Creatalls' technology senses a wave coming to destroy their planet. The Little Prince finds out that a giant recycling machine called the Bubble Gob is causing these massive and dangerous waves. The Little Prince must find the Great Inventor who made the Bubble Gob to fix the glitch but he has gone into hiding and no one knows why. The Little Prince must find the inventor before the entire planet is wiped out so the Little Prince, some brave Creatalls and the goofy but loyal Fox set off to save it.

My favorite character is Oddzn'end, the first Creatall the Little Prince meets, because no matter what others think of him, he always tries to come up with inventions to help them.

The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob made me think about what to do to help the environment and be more aware of how to help the planet. It also showed me how important it is to help others even if you won't benefit yourself. The Little Prince helps people even when he knows he could get hurt and it's not his planet that's in trouble.

I really enjoyed the animation because it takes the story to a magical level with the creation of the planet and its oceans. It is rich and lush and made me wish the planet was real so I could go visit it.

I recommend The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob for ages 6 to 12. The Snake and the Bubble Gob are a little scary and may be alarming to younger children. I give The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob, directed by Pierre-Alain Chartier, is a fun and creative movie that I enjoyed, especially because of the animation.

This version of The Little Prince is about the Little Prince going to The Planet of the Bubble Gob, a planet where the people are called Creatall's because they create a lot of things. Sadly, their ocean is completely full of the useless inventions. The Master Creator creates a big trash collector (the Bubble Gob) to fix the problem, but it actually causes big waves. The Little Prince has to help to fix the problem.

The characters, the Rose, Fox and Little Prince, are from the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry. In this movie, the plot is different than the original book, but his friends the Rose and the Fox are included. My favorite character is the Fox because he is the only animal. He is a cute talking animal who is very feisty and just wants to get the job done so he can go eat a snack.

The animation brings a new twist and is as entertaining as the plot of the movie. The colors are especially vibrant and repeatedly draw my attention to the Fox and the settings. I found myself really wanting to look at each of the different inventions the Creatall's have made.

The animation brings the settings in the movie to life! The buildings are very unusual and are made with a lot of cool items that otherwise would have been junk. The houses are very unique because they are on poles that rise up and down to avoid the dangerously high waves of the littered ocean. Even the litter in the ocean is interesting to look at as you can see all the different colors even though you are looking down on it from the sky.

Young girls will like the character of Ilmus. She is a strong female character who is smart, works hard and doesn't give up on people. The moral behind The Little Prince is that even if you make a mistake, people will forgive you.

I rank The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob 4.5 out 5 stars. I recommend the ages 5 to 12 because there are fights in the dark with an evil snake and ghouls, which might be frightening to younger kids.

Reviewed by Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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PLAY DATE

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PLAY DATE
PAIGE MORROW KIMBALL
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - When a little girl discovers a homeless woman in her backyard she invites her inside for a play date, which goes unnoticed by her distracted parents. 'Play Date' invites us to take a deeper look at ourselves and explores what being 'homeless' really means.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Play Date is a story of a homeless woman and a little girl who cross paths. The woman is shown roaming the streets hungry and alone. We see the little girl desperately reaching out to her busy and sports fan dad for affection. After the homeless woman's possessions are mysteriously stolen she takes shelter in the girl's playhouse. When the girl discovers the woman she decides to bathe her, play pretend with her and bake with her. She doesn't tell her parents about the woman. Of course, soon her parents figure out there is a stranger in their house and immediately call the police. As the mother is throwing away the woman's clothes, she discovers a pastry book the homeless woman wrote when she was a famous pastry chef. When the cops arrive the family tells them it's taken care of and they drive the woman to a shelter.

This film is sensitive and heart warming. It reminds me of Pay It Forward. It has a positive message for children to be kind and non-judgmental towards people who are less fortunate. There is perhaps an issue with the girl taking in a stranger without telling her parents that some might find disturbing. But, the kindness factor overshadows that for me. I was sad they didn't hire the woman as their personal chef, but taking her to a shelter was also a realistic and positive reaction. This is a great short film for any family festival. Recommend for ages 8 to 18 as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


EARTH'S CHILDREN

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EARTH'S CHILDREN
DIEGO SARMIENTO
Series: FOREIGN INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Early in the morning, young Jorge sets off with his machete to harvest bananas, making every blow count. After the bananas have been boiled it's time for breakfast. After that, Jorge and his friends are free to wander the lush vegetation that surrounds their home - climbing, having fun, singing harvest songs and splashing about in the headwaters of the Amazon. Seen through the eyes of children, these everyday scenes describe the peaceful lives of an indigenous village community in the midst of their primeval environment. Here, everyone helps to grow food. There's not much left over to sell, but money wouldn't appear to be the most important thing anyway. Screened at Chicago International Children's Film Festival, Berlinale Film Festival and Sao Paulo International Film Festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Earth's Children is an exploration of what it's like to be a child in a Peruvian farming village. We see children harvesting plantains, eating breakfast with family, planting bean, and playing in the jungle. It is a short documentary and an interesting piece to experience. This is a great way for children to experience a "day in the life" of Peruvian children. I recommend it for a children's film festival. It's a great example of how other cultures live, work, play and relate to one another.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


HYBRIDS

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HYBRIDS
TONY SCHWEIKLE
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - When two cultures, separated by centuries of hate for one of another, come together for the sake of family, you have an astonishing love story. "Hybrids" is that story. Teenagers Blaz and his sister Velana come from a very different kind of mixed marriage. Todor, their father is a vampire and Valantina, their mother is a witch. Longing to be like normal other teenagers, they flee their cold and dreary castle for the warm tropics. The parents, fear two things, the normal world will not accept them and may do them harm, and the evil professor Prater, who is trying to capture and hold the teens until Valentina removes a curse she placed on the professor many years ago. It's a PG family comedy. One of the featured actors is Tatanka Means, a co-star in the National Geographic series Saints & Strangers. Shown at International Family Film Festival, Indie Fest. Just accepted as a showcase title at Sedona Film Festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Hybrids is a feature about a brother and sister born from a vampire and witch. Both of them wish to be apart of the normal world while their parents try to hide them inside their castle. The two decide to run away to Florida to follow their dreams of becoming a filmmaker and singer. This film was cute and I can see pre-teens wanting to watch it. The cast is a mix of new starlings and old famous faces. Although it was very campy and silly at times, It is a well rounded film for young people.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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Media: FeatureFilm


SAVE THE BEES

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SAVE THE BEES
MARK MOS C/O MARTA TOPOLSKA
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Short animation shows how important bees are in our environment.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nicely done short. Good message, great visuals, lovely music. Recommended. Accepted. KIDS FIRST!
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Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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GIFT, THE

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GIFT, THE
LISA BELCHER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The Gift is a coming of age adventure story, set in Hong Kong. Bobby Parker is a 12-year-old boy who was given a gift by his father the day he was born. He carries this brightly wrapped package everywhere that he goes. One day, Mr. Parker, the best father a boy could have, presents Bobby with the announcement of a move and a new better, school. Bobby is apprehensive. Dad kisses his forehead and assures him everything will be alright. But Bobby finds out differently on his first day at school. Instead of welcoming Bobby as the new kid, Sammy and his gang of boys tease and harass him for carrying a gift, for being different. Bobby is desperate to have friends and is shocked when Sammy delivers this ultimatum: choose us or choose your gift. Dad has been curiously absent, so Bobby, down and distraught, finally caves and smashes his gift in exchange for friendship. He learns all to quickly that he has made the wrong choice when he and the gang find themselves at the forbidden Jump Rock. When Bobby get seriously injured and cries out for help, Sammy and the gang save themselves and leave Bobby in peril. He is miraculously saved, and given a second chance. The reason for his father's absence is revealed and Bobby now clearly sees the errors of his ways. He learns to be grateful for what he has, and to value the people in his life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a lovely coming of age film that deals with bullies, uncertainty and keeping secrets. It is well produced with lovely cinematography and background music, charming and believable acting. Highly recommended for ages 8 - 12.
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Runtime: 29 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


BOMBEYAATA (GAME OF DOLLS)

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BOMBEYAATA (GAME OF DOLLS)
KN MOHANKUMAN
Series: INDIE FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The film is about Sajjad Khan, who hails from a Muslim family migrated to a small village near Shravanabelagola from North Karnataka. Making dolls using clay is the main livelihood of the family. Sajjad studies in a Government school and wants to join his friends in Celebrating 'Ganesha Festival'. But his Hindu friends are apprehensive about taking him along. They never have a face off with Sajjad but they avoid him in all the events. Sajjad has a friend in the school, who encourages him to make his own Ganesha idol, as making dolls is naturally known art to Sajjad and celebrate on his own. The film in due course reveals, whether Sajjad will be successful in making the Ganesha idol? Whether his family accepts his move since it is not their religious practice.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Bombeyaata or Game of Dolls is a story about Sajjad, a little boy growing up in the slums. It explores the nature of class and religion and how they separate us and connect us. Through lessons in the classroom, meeting his new friend Preetham, and exploring the monuments and temples surrounding his village, Sajjad learns about his culture and how to treat people with respect. This film was overall interesting and could spark creative thinking in children. I recommend this for a film festival. (Addie) This film gives great insight into an Indian family and, in particular, a young boy struggling to fit into the new community they have moved to. The cinematography is quite beautiful and the scenes of the children in school almost documentary in feeling. The background music appears to be authentic and there are parts when the children are singing as well as the adults. The sites the children visit are quite extraordinary as are the scenes of the Ganesha figurines. It has an underlying message about religion and accepting that people can celebrate different religions.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ASTRONOMER'S SON, THE

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ASTRONOMER'S SON, THE
PETER KERSHAW
Series: INDIE ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Henry, accompanied by his mysterious mechanical bear, visits an abandoned observatory to confront memories of his past and follow his father on a journey into the unknown. A magical journey about relationships and what it means to be human.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This haunting animation traverses time and space in less than six minutes, delivering a fully drawn human story (despite one of the two characters being a mechanical teddy bear!). A precise sound track and evocative musical score accompany the mysterious visuals. Taking place in an abandoned observatory, The Astronomer's Son (the name is a clever play on words) depicts a son's yearning to be reunited with his father. The ending is bittersweet and may be a bit sad or frightening for very young children. This exquisite short film exemplifies the potential of animation for poignant storytelling and magical artistry. Reviewed by Ann B.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


CONNECTED

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CONNECTED
ALEXA PAYESKO
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Five adorable seven and eight year-old girls talk about technology and what it means in their lives. From texting, to calculators, to drawing applications these charming and funny future rock stars, artists, and teachers explain how iPhones, iPads, and Leap Pad's both inform and dominate their lives. They love their selfies, but as one charmer notes, "too much technology isn't good for the brain".
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Connected is a view of technology that is good for ages 7 to adults. There is an excitement in listening to the girls share their dreams of the future and talk about what they do now. We observe four young girls who enjoy technology and enjoy being with each other when using their devices. Ella, age 8, is going to be a teacher and a scientist. She is clear that she will be teaching and experimenting all her life. Riley, age 7, thinks that technology is cool. Gina, age 8, is an aspiring rock star like Katie Perry. She has two devices. A cell phone and a computer. She takes selfies all the time. Ava, age 7, is an artist and aspires to become an art teacher. She owns a camera and an IPAD. I feel the excitement from these young girls about technology and being connected. They talk about texting and Facebook and other electronic games. One of them expresses that she knows there should be a limited to use of devices and likes playing outdoors. I recommend this title for playing at a film festival because it is a refreshing and exciting view of being "connected" from young eyes
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


ALONE THIS TIME

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PYPER PROSEN
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A girl travels for her first time alone on an airplane to visit her grandma, and mid-flight her world is interrupted.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nicely done student production. Well edited, has an interesting little blip in the middle of the flight that you're not sure if she's okay or not and find out in the end. Recommended for ages 6-10. The background music is a bit annoying but, other than that, very enjoyable.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


LEMONADE STANDOFF

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LEMONADE STANDOFF
ZOE COHEN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Things quickly turn sour when a brother and a sister launch competing lemonade stands right next to each other. Lemonade Standoff was created by students at Light House Studio, a nonprofit youth media center located in Charlottesville, VA.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well constructed student film, cute original concept. Good visuals, good audio. Would make a good addition for a kid or family film festival.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


ADVENTURES OF CATTY WOMPUS, THE

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ADVENTURES OF CATTY WOMPUS, THE
JULIE HOWE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - An adventurous young girl named Catty Wompus, takes her three best friends on a quest to see a "musical" sandcastle. Once there, they're magically transported inside with the help of their Super-Thinking-Noggin-Toppers and the powers of positive thinking. It's here they meet The Fins, a reclusive group of musician sea creatures who harbor strong fears of the outside world due to their unusual appearances. When Catty and the gang hear about a beach litterbug, they convince The Fins to venture outside to help and it's all uphill from there!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute show. Pretty campy but in a charming way. A variety of locations. Variety of messages. Lots of music and interesting characters. It's not quite ready for prime time but I think it would work at a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially those looking for an environmental message.
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Runtime: 24 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


WORSE THAN POOP!

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WORSE THAN POOP!
VANESSA WARHEIT
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Who says CO2 pollution can't be funny? In this delightful short, an 8-year-old climate scientist and the Green Ninja take on a fleet of pooping cars to save the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well made, great visuals, delightful host and a catchy title. I can't vouch for the content of the information but, presuming that it is well researched, it certainly makes some stunningly revealing statements. I recommend this for anyone programming for an environmental film festival or, a for youth and family programming at any festival. It is definitely entertaining and holds your attention. It's well produced, very colorful and, did I already say - a great host. This young guy looks like he's around 9 years of age and he has a great online presence. The only thing I would change about it is the background music which just doesn't measure up to the rest of the film.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


SECRET FOREST, THE

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SECRET FOREST, THE
ANNA ANTONOVA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This short children's story teaches us to appreciate the ties between our sisters and brothers more than anything in the World. Only having lost her younger sister, Polina comes to understand, that she has to find her sister, despite all the problems she has to deal with. During her Search, Polina comes across various Magical Creatures. At this time she has to overcome a lot of obstacles, fears and even sacrifices her most beloved thing to get her sister back.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - With colorful costumes, talking animals and a touch of animation magic, this title feels like a classic Eastern European fairy tale. It is an entertaining and well-made adventure that celebrates kindness and a strong family bond. Two young girls learn to respect the environment and be kind to animals. When the younger sister gets in trouble after picking flowers she had promised not to pick, the older sister overcomes her own fears in order to rescue her from the Flower Fairy. This film may encourage children to respect the environment the next time they are out in nature. This film introduces children to classic Eastern European fairy tale characters. Beautiful imagery with colorful costumes for the fairy tale characters: Mermaid, Flower Fairy, talking goose. There are visual effects that make the forest look even more beautiful with butterflies, and a taste of fairy tale magic. The younger sister disobeys the mother's orders not to pick flowers in the forest. The older sister falls asleep and has a dream that becomes like a fairy tale: as a consequence of picking the flowers, her younger sister disappears, hidden by the Flower Fairy. The older sister goes on a quest to find her. She must pass a series of tests, including moving a frog from a talking goose's nest (she is afraid of frogs, but the frog is not scary), and making the decision whether she will kill a rabbit to free her sister. She has a kind heart and cannot kill the rabbit. The Flower Fairy tells her that she passed the test, and turns the rabbit back into her little sister. The older sister promises to teach the little sister how to respect the forest, and to protect her and be there for her always. Older sister is a good role model for the younger sister. She feels responsible to protect and teach her younger sibling. North American parents may object to the mother allowing young girls to go for a walk in the forest by themselves, but in the context of Eastern European culture (where this story comes from), this is a normal scenario. It is also a common scenario in fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood). Reviewed by Katarzyna K. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS       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 - 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat rises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of Heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and more. Everyone knows Star Wars is a sci-fi, action franchise, but this film is very unique for the fact that it goes much deeper. With Evil getting more and more powerful, there is drama and fighting between the characters, but that doesn't stop romance from sneaking in with a little bit of comedy. Granted, I was worried it would turn into a kid's comedy, but quite a few times I found my self thinking that not only are the jokes perfect, they are also not over used! Alright, let's get to the part everyone wants to read, the plot of the most hyped, but hidden film of the decade. The events start out 20 years after what took place in Episode 6, (spoiler alert for people who didn't see episode 6). The Empire has fallen, yes, but a new Evil has risen, known as The First Order. The rebellion needs new Jedi now more than ever, but Luke (Mark Hamill) is missing and they need to find (wait for it) a new hope! Is the film worth the wait? Ever since almost a year ago, people have been talking about new Star Wars episode, and it is SO worth it. Famous directors have taken on some great challenges before, including Spielberg finishing Kubrick's AI. But J.J. Abrams took on something completely out of the ball field trying to continue Star Wars. The cinematography is spectacular, the ending shot (no spoiler) is one of the greatest endings I have ever seen in a film, and the whole story itself is unexpected and very enjoyable. Although there are many aspects that are not in the original Star Wars films, I think it is actually very nice to see Star Wars not get ruined, but go through its own evolving evolution. As for the acting, of course, the original A-Team - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and more - are phenomenal and I think it was the perfect idea to bring these characters back for the pure enjoyment of long standing fans. However, it is really Daisy Ridley who steals the show. Her character, Rey, is so fresh and unique, full of emotion, and this character (still no spoilers, sorry) goes through so much drama in the film. It must have been a very hard role to play. Daisy gives it 110%. I predict she will be win an Oscar nomination for this role. The special effects obviously got better since the last Star Wars film in the early 2000s, and I still want to mention how breathtaking they are. Even for 2015, with all the CGI aliens, ships and spectacular space scenes, it is quite literally "eye candy." My only criticism of the film is that it is a bit too long. However, not one single scene is out of place or feels unneeded. One of my favorite scenes is when we are reunited with Hollywood's favorite space ship. Rey and Finn (John Boyega) are trying to escape The First Order. They have two options for space flight, a "piece of junk" or another space ship. Well, the space ship gets blown up and it turns out the "piece of junk" is the millennium falcon! Of course, everyone cheers, claps and whistles in the audience once the camera shows the breathtaking ship. It is not only enjoyable, and a bit funny, but the camera technique is perfect. If you want to know the rest of the story, go get your tickets and watch the film! This film is actually pretty mature. It isn't as kind as episodes 1, 2 and 3. It has its violence, so I recommend it for ages ten to eighteen. And, adults who saw previous Star Wars films and appreciate them will enjoy this film as well. I give it five out of five stars, because, even if it is a little bit boring in the middle, (it is 2 hours and 10 minutes long) J.J. Abrams, the cast and crew achieved the impossible and created a new masterpiece that can be proudly added to the Star Wars franchise. I am also glad to say that, for the first time in over 20 years, Star Wars returns! You can see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters starting December 18th!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The wait is over! Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens this weekend and, the word is that you will NOT be disappointed! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "People have been waiting for a good Star Wars story ever since Episode VI came out 32 years ago. Fellow Star Wars fans, I am pleased to tell you, it has come." The secrecy surrounding this release has been extraordinary. Even our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics who were scheduled to attend press screenings had to pledge to secrecy the time and location and weren't allowed to even tell anyone they were going to it. You should know that the pace of this film is very fast and the action, quite intense. The original film's iconic characters played by Harrison Ford, Mark Hammill and Carrie Fisher, are back, older and even more incredible than ever. But, the new team, played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, definitely strike out on their own and command attention. The film is long at 135 minutes but then, so were the first ones - Episode IV (121 minutes); Episode VI (131 min.); Episode I (136 min.). Nathaniel B. (KIDS FIRST! Film Critic) adds, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a wonderful film that many people will love. Today's technology really makes the fantasy of Star Wars seem like reality." See our youth reporters' full reviews in the youth section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It is surprising that only 10 to 12 hours of films created the giant franchise we know as Star Wars. People have been waiting for a good Star Wars story ever since Episode 6 came out 32 years ago. Fellow Star Wars fans, I am pleased to tell you, it has come.

Everyone knows Star Wars is a sci-fi, action franchise, but this film is very unique for the fact that it goes much deeper. With Evil getting more and more powerful, there is drama and fighting between the characters, but that doesn't stop romance from sneaking in with a little bit of comedy. Granted, I was worried it would turn into a kid's comedy, but quite a few times I found my self thinking that not only are the jokes perfect, they are also not over used!

Alright, let's get to the part everyone wants to read, the plot of the most hyped, but hidden film of the decade. The events start out 20 years after what took place in Episode 6, (spoiler alert for people who didn't see episode 6). The Empire has fallen, yes, but a new Evil has risen, known as The First Order. The rebellion needs new Jedi now more than ever, but Luke (Mark Hamill) is missing and they need to find (wait for it) a new hope!

Is the film worth the wait? Ever since almost a year ago, people have been talking about new Star Wars episode, and it is SO worth it. Famous directors have taken on some great challenges before, including Spielberg finishing Kubrick's AI. But J.J. Abrams took on something completely out of the ball field trying to continue Star Wars. The cinematography is spectacular, the ending shot (no spoiler) is one of the greatest endings I have ever seen in a film, and the whole story itself is unexpected and very enjoyable. Although there are many aspects that are not in the original Star Wars films, I think it is actually very nice to see Star Wars not get ruined, but go through its own evolving evolution.

As for the acting, of course, the original A-Team - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and more - are phenomenal and I think it was the perfect idea to bring these characters back for the pure enjoyment of long standing fans. However, it is really Daisy Ridley who steals the show. Her character, Rey, is so fresh and unique, full of emotion, and this character (still no spoilers, sorry) goes through so much drama in the film. It must have been a very hard role to play. Daisy gives it 110%. I predict she will be win an Oscar nomination for this role.

The special effects obviously got better since the last Star Wars film in the early 2000s, and I still want to mention how breathtaking they are. Even for 2015, with all the CGI aliens, ships and spectacular space scenes, it is quite literally "eye candy." My only criticism of the film is that it is a bit too long. However, not one single scene is out of place or feels unneeded.

One of my favorite scenes is when we are reunited with Hollywood's favorite space ship. Rey and Finn (John Boyega) are trying to escape The First Order. They have two options for space flight, a "piece of junk" or another space ship. Well, the space ship gets blown up and it turns out the "piece of junk" is the millennium falcon! Of course, everyone cheers, claps and whistles in the audience once the camera shows the breathtaking ship. It is not only enjoyable, and a bit funny, but the camera technique is perfect. If you want to know the rest of the story, go get your tickets and watch the film!

This film is actually pretty mature. It isn't as kind as episodes 1, 2 and 3. It has its violence, so I recommend it for ages ten to eighteen. And, adults who saw previous Star Wars films and appreciate them will enjoy this film as well. I give it five out of five stars, because, even if it is a little bit boring in the middle, (it is 2 hours and 10 minutes long) J.J. Abrams, the cast and crew achieved the impossible and created a new masterpiece that can be proudly added to the Star Wars franchise. I am also glad to say that, for the first time in over 20 years, Star Wars returns! You can see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters starting December 18th!

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a wonderful film that many people will love. Today's technology really makes the fantasy of Star Wars seem like reality. The scenery is great from the beginning to the end. The forests are vast and really fit the movie wonderfully. The beautiful stars, planets and, even the spaceships, are amazingly real looking.

The storyline It tells what happens after peace was established in the galaxy at the end of Episode 6, but now it's more than 30 years later and there is no longer peace.

The actors lured me into believing everything is really happening. Daisy Ridley as Rey shows emotion and strength. John Boyega portrays Finn as a man who starts out being afraid but must overcome his fears. And Adam Driver is excellent playing Kylo Ren, the new bad guy who tries to live up to the evil of Darth Vader and does many foolish things in the process. Each characters enliven the new story. Also, Star Wars fans of all ages will love reconnecting with characters from the original films.

The costumes are great and fit the characters in many ways. Rey's costume, a rugged suit for the desert planet Jakku, shows that she is resourceful and can take care of herself. The unusual and cool costumes fit in well with the previous films in the series.

Many strange creatures add the element of being on other worlds. I really enjoyed seeing all the extra characters in each scene like pirates, gangs and a variety of aliens. A fun new sidekick is BB-8, a feisty round astromech droid that belongs to the rebellion.

The buildings look real and at the same time like they belong in Star Wars. The props, such as blasters and space ships, are also realistic. They are grungy and look like they have seen some use. The only things I didn't like were the Stormtrooper's blasters and armor which looked plastic and fake.

The special effects are wonderful from lightsabers to explosions and lasers from the guns. They are a huge part in the film and bring the movie to life.

I do love this film but some parts of it are not quite the way I expected. There are not many breaks from battles and there's so much action that it feels intense and rushed.

This film is best for ages 7 to 18 because of the intensity of the action. I give this movie 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. It will definitely awaken the Star Wars fan in everyone.

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

After months and years of waiting for the next installment of the epic movie series Star Wars, it finally arrived as the seventh movie in the franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here! The film is set some time after the events of Episode 6 (Return of the Jedi) featuring a mixture of new characters (Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron) and many of the beloved characters from the original trilogy (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker).

The film begins with the premise that Luke Skywalker has gone into hiding and no one knows where he is. From the ashes of the fallen Empire comes the rise of a new evil army called The First Order. Led by the powerful Kylo Ren, The First Order searches the galaxy trying to find Luke and destroy the Rebellion. Meanwhile, a Stormtrooper runs into Poe Dameron (a pilot) who gives him the name Finn and, along the way, bumps into Rey and a new droid named BB-8.

To say that The Force Awakens excels in transitioning into the new a Star Wars series is an understatement. The characters from each series mesh incredibly well together, as if they were all apart from the same series. Director J.J. Abrams has outdone himself again in creating multi-layered characters who are interesting to watch. Even a dark character like Kylo Ren is perplexing to watch just because of his motives and the way he reacts to certain situations.

From a visual standpoint, Star Wars fans will be happy to know that there is just enough CGI that it will not look old like the original trilogy but that there are enough real effects so that it will not look like a bunch of added stuff like the prequels. On the technical side, the only aspect I found unappealing was the music. It felt like the music was just pasted in there and that there was little connection between the score and the scene. In the action sequences, I was in awe of every scene. Even an outsider, someone who has never seen Star Wars, can appreciate the action scenes in this movie, especially the lightsaber battle. The battle seems like an actual fight, in that the attacks are rough and it do not seem like much of it is choreographed.

In the end, as a Star Wars fan, I am very much impressed by how well The Force Awakens is executed. If you have never seen Star Wars before, it may be a little bit tough to sink your teeth into but the experience is still great. If you are a fan, you are in for an absolute treat. I give Star Wars: The Force Awakens 5 Stormtrooper heads out of 5 because of the riveting story, remarkable characters, spectacular effects and, most of all, for living up to the hype.

Reviewed by Brandon Cela, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

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


THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: SECRET LAB MEETING

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THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: SECRET LAB MEETING       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison had a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a nearly-completed robot to guide and inspire future generation of young scientists.

The secret lab, Edison's virtual alter ego, and his prototype robot remained hidden until a 12-year-old prodigy cracked the secret coded message that Edison left behind.� This young genius named Angie and her science club friends move into the lab and the fun begins!� Each episode covers fun scientific topics from dinosaur fossils to minerals to gravity and so much more!� Join Angie, JD, Kent and Nicky as they work with the robot, Von Bolt, and Thomas Edison's virtual alter ego in this wacky world of scientific discovery!�
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very entertaining and informative way to give science lessons to young people ages 5 to 12. Thomas Edison, inventor appears as an alter ego and teaches his young potential scientists. The team includes, Angie, her brother JD, friend Rex and robot Volt Bolt. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of scientific discoveries. One episode I found very interesting was "If Fossil Fits." It gives a very good explanation of what are fossils and how they are created. Rex finds what he thinks to be a fossil of a new dinosaur. After a virtual trip back to prehistoric time, the young scientists learn that Rex's discovery is not a new dinosaur. They learn how the earth creates a fossil and make their own versions of fossils.

The entire show Lab is enjoyable and even I learned some scientific facts that I did not know. I like the way Thomas Edison appears to encourage and motivate his young prot�g�s. For example, in the "Dunkin Zombies" episode, when the young people are squabbling about how to save JD for his zombie addition to donuts, Edison reminds them "Finding solutions not pointing fingers" is the key.

I recommend this DVD to ages 5 to 12 and think adults will enjoy it as well. The film meets the baseline KIDS FIRST! criteria and is very enjoyable and entertaining. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I just love the animated series, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Secret Lab Meeting. I found myself smiling, giggling and bouncing in my seat. I actually never left the couch because science is my favorite school subject and I didn't want to miss a thing! I really like all eight fun-filled episodes that are about solving interesting scientific problems. I like the different animated characters, story line and upbeat music that make science come to life! I also absolutely love that we meet many very important scientists like Thomas Edison, Louis Pasteur and others that help the world be a better place.

Guided by a virtual Thomas Edison, each episode is packed with fascinating scientific information and vocabulary that entertain and inspire the young scientist in each of us! The Lab Team Angie, JD, Kent and Nicky jump into virtual worlds in each episode through a machine called, ALVA where they seek the advice of many important and famous scientists to solve scientific problems. The robot Von Bolt is a nice addition to the team and funny as he tries to attract a girl robot in one of the episodes. At the end of each episode a robot group, the Von Bytes, perform happy, upbeat, catchy, fun songs with pop up scientific vocabulary words used in that episode.

Elements, enzymes, fossils, fertilizers, cloning, animal behavior and even body odor are just some of the fun scientific topics we learn about in this animated series.

While there are many super fun episodes, my favorite is Dunkin' Zombies because the character JD turns into a funny green donut craving zombie after he gets infected by a virus. There are several hilarious scenes in this episode alone like zombies not liking gluten-free donuts and craving donuts instead of brains. By the end of this episode we learn how viruses spread and also how they can be cured by a vaccine. Through challenge and perseverance the lab friends with the help of Thomas Edison and Louis Pasteur defeat the virus.

The only downside to this series are first, some viewers may find the animation kind of square and simple when compared to other more sophisticated animated shows. The other downside is that it would be better for the kid voice-over roles to be actual kids so that young viewers can better connect to the kid characters. At the same time, the kid characters are quirky and you can't help but love them.

This film teaches viewers that science is not only important but fun. All the different episodes spark the imagination and, if you are not someone who likes science, you may just be by the end of this series, or at least you will have a better understanding of the world of science. Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Secret Lab Meeting is a great educational series and an entertaining way to introduce kids to many different scientific topics. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10.

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9.

Our tour guide today is Thomas Edison. What a great person to learn science with. This movie is educational and cute. It is a fun way to learn many science facts that can normally be boring.

There are many quirky characters to guide you through each episode. I like that each one is different with a unique story line. Thomas Edison listens to the problem at hand and then guides the junior scientist to an expert from the past to help them solve problems. We see Zombies who eat donuts. Learn what happens when a robot is too smart and you have no chemistry. And, how to determine if you a real fossil. All your problems are solved with science. This DVD contains eight episodes.

One of my favorite is Zero Chemistry. It is hilarious. No matter what Von Bolt, the ever helpful robot, does he cannot make another robot like him. Now I know what makes people like each other or at least one of the many reasons some people are attracted to other people.

The animation is pretty old style. I know that a lot of work went into making this film but, it is somewhat hard to watch because the graphics don't compare with those of today that are so amazing. It is definitely not as advanced as the newer cartoons we typically see today. I think that with better graphics it might reach a larger audience.

The voiceovers are somewhat hit and miss. Some of them are simply annoying. It sounds as if adults are doing the children's voices. Many sound too high pitched to be actual kids.

I do love the concept of learning science through watching an animated show. It makes it interesting and fun. Having a visual aid is a big help to remember facts. I can visualize the cartoon and remember the answers to questions and the scientist who studied a specific problem. This video makes learning science easier.

The videos are all followed by a music video which is easy to remember and to sing-a-along to. Scientific words pop up during the video so you can see the spelling and have another resource to help you remember.

I give this DVD four out of five stars and I recommend this DVD for ages 5 to 14. The cartoons will keep younger ones interested. The learning of science and big words will keep older ones paying attention because they will learn a lot and remember what they learned, thanks to the animations. Since it is split up into eight separate episodes you can watch one or all of them at once.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-11
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


OPERATION DIVORCE

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OPERATION DIVORCE
ANDREW EVERS
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - When eight-year-old Tommy and his three friends overhear his parents talking about getting something called a "divorce," they rush to execute an elaborate plan to intercept it.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film shows issues for both children and adults. It shows how it is important to have your friend's back through thick and thin, in times of need. Children will enjoy the film because it shows how important friendship is and how friends bond together in a time of crisis. It is well produced and should play well on the big screen. The youth characters are quite believable and engaging. The scenes are quite realistic and there is a good message at the end.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


CATCHING HAIL

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CATCHING HAIL
MAC MCSTRAVICK
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - During the summer months, a high school coach is out mowing yards and sees a young man in need of some help.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - While Catching Hail is a sort film, it is full of messages for adults and children. Enjoy life, especially summer vacations. The film shows that chivalry is still alive when Coach carries Ms. Young's box out to her vehicle. Coach says "it is hard being destructive when you are out being constructive" when he talks about how he mows lawns and pulls weeds in the summer. The very important message is that adults (parents) who have been together for a long time will not always have sunny and bright days. There will be times when they are "Catching Hail". I give it 5 out of 5 Stars! Reviewed by Juanita S. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


MY HEART

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MY HEART
YASER TALEBI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Miss Teacher's heart is sick, and students want to give her a big heart as a present.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My Heart is a short film about a class making cards for their sick teacher. It's mostly narration with shots of artwork the kids have made for their teacher who is sick and in the hospital. This film is short and sweet and might be a nice filler for a film festival. Although it has religious tones, it still has a good message. Accepted.
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Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


STAR TAXI

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STAR TAXI
JURAJ KRUMPOLEC
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Adventures of a little boy Hugo and a taxi driver Peppino on their journey through dangerous universe. One meter faster than light they flee from the furious monsters of Aldebaran. Animated short by Juraj Krumpolec and Igor Derevenec based on the original story by famous author of children's books Gianni Rodari.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From Slovakia, Star Taxi is a clever short film about a boy with a large imagination. On his way home from school he is run over by Peppino and his Star Taxi. Peppino offers him a ride home through space and recounts how he was given his Star Taxi. The animation style is very unique - colorful and grand - and the story is humorous and entertaining. I recommend this for a film festival.
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Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


COPPER WIRE

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COPPER WIRE
HASAN NAJMABADI
Series: FOREIGN INDEPENDENT SHORT, 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - This short film is about a child who collects copper wire and sells them so he can rent a movie. In Persian with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Copper Wire is about an Iranian boy selling copper wire so he can rent a movie. Although I appreciate this story, it is a little confusing due to subtitles and the take away is not as strong as I hoped. It is an insightful piece that shows the dire situation of these two young boys and how their friendship survives despite their struggles. The idea that they go through all this work in order to rent a movie certainly makes an impact on children whose access to films is almost unlimited.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


DARE

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DARE
ALON LEVI
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A group of kids are playing truth or dare. Tom, a brave soul, chooses dare, but to his dismay is faced with a true test that will challenge not only his confidence and bravery, but one that will teach him about life as well. Featured in the Bangalore International Short Film Festival 2015
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dare is a short film about a group of kids playing the game truth or dare. The main character is dared to go into a closet with a beautiful girl for three minutes. The kids taunt him about accepting the challenge. While they are in the closet they say only a few words to each other. While there, they mostly look nervously at one another and stand as far apart as possible. The kids in the room ask him if he's kissed her yet. He reveals how much he dislikes the other boy. The girl gives him some advice. This short student film gives a little insight into the minds of these pre-teens and we see how the boy, after surviving his three minute ordeal emerges a little more secure in himself.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


FORCE-FULL IMAGINATION

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FORCE-FULL IMAGINATION
XXX
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Michelle, an imaginative seven-year old, lies entangled in the schemes of her little brother while trying to save her toys and obey her mom! Screened at 2016 Fam Film Awards, Magic City Comic Con Super Geek Film Fest, 2015 Int'l Family Film Fest, 2015 Rhode Island Comic Con Film Fest, 2015 Adelaide Kids Film Fest, 2015 GeekFest Film Fest, 2015 San Diego Kids Int'l Film Fest, 2015 The From Beyond Online Film Fest, 2015 Fan Film Follies, 2015 Official Lucadfilm Star Wars Fan Film Awards. http://stillpointfilms.com/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Force-Full Imagination is about a girl playing with her Star Wars action figures at home. During a lunch break her sneaky brother drops one of her action figures off the balcony and it is up to her to save him, without leaving the balcony. I love this short because they decided to use a little girl instead of a boy, showing girls also enjoy Star Wars and action figures. The little girl is super cool and had a great imagination. I think this film is perfect for a children's film festival! Reviewed by Addie.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


ACE

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ACE
A.D. COOPER
Series: FOREIGN INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Two bored boys repeatedly harass an old man in a mobility scooter by cycling up to him on their bikes and yelling in his face. His response is anything but predictable. Accepted by LA Femme Int'l Film Fest, Century Short Film Fest, Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Fest, Cinage Film Fest, Discovery Film Fest, Hampshire Film Fest, Amarcourt Film Fest, Chefchaouen Int'l Film Fest, Court de Nuit at La Lanterne Magique, Century Film Fest, Heart of Gold Int'l Film Fest

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KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ace is a non-dialogue narrative about two boys terrorizing an old man in a motor chair. The surprise ending is quite satisfying. The colliding of generations and their imaginations really got me. The comedy is fun and the situations are clever. The ending made me laugh, and I am a sucker for films that convey story without dialogue. This film is a great piece for a children's film festival! Reviewed by Addie.

This film opens up the discussion about relationships between generations. The location shows an urban situation, in London but it could be anywhere, and signs indicating all the things that are not allowed: bikes, games, walking on rails, spitting, and in short "no fun." The films shows what happens when young boys are bored. They become creative and sometimes their actions are means and harmful. The old man seems afraid at first but, in the end, he claims his own space! It is a lesson about cause and effect and, as the tag line says, "never grow up, never grow old."
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


LEGO DIMENSIONS

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Series: VIDEOGAME, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - The all-new collection merges physical LEGO brick building and interactive console gameplay. Includes the videogame, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle, plus the LEGO Batmobile, and the LEGO Toy Pad, which allows players to transport special LEGO minifigures and models into the game, as well as direct in-game action all with the movement of the physical toys.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed playing LEGO Dimensions for PlayStation 3. In this game, you must stop Lord Vortex from taking over the world. You can play as any character and there are many to choose from. In the starter pack, there is Batman (from the LEGO Batman series not Batman from the LEGO movie), Wildstyle and Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings.

Something I really enjoyed in LEGO Dimensions is the toy pad. I love how it's really interactive and glows while you are playing the game. You have to actually build the components with the LEGO pieces that are provided in the starter pack and then you can use them in the game. (You can't build a car with your own regular LEGO and put it in the game because it only works with the LEGOs that are provided.)

Something I didn't like were instructions for building characters and vehicles. The manuals are in the starter pack, but if you buy a different character like Wonder Woman, they are no physical manuals for new characters to show you how to put them together. They are available only through the game. Other than that, I really loved the game.

My favorite part of the game is that you can visit a bunch of different worlds. For example, you can visit the DC Universe World or the Simpsons World. My favorite character is Gandalf because I love how this character can hit items from faraway places.

The Starter Pack also includes a poster with all the worlds and characters that are available for you to purchase when you want to expand from the starter pack.

I recommend this for kids ages 7 to 14. I also recommend this to people who like LEGOs, action and adventure, and family games. I give this game 5 out of 5 amazing stars. LEGO Dimensions is available now for most video consoles.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 99.99
Media: Videogame


CREED

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From start to finish, this film does homage to Rocky Balboa in a masterful execution. Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in Rocky IV (1985). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis and the rest is history. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Harmony M. comments, "Creed is delightfully entertaining and beautifully developed...The film starts out amazingly entertaining and engaging within the first few minutes." Tre'ana H. adds, "Creed is a film that sucks you right in, especially when you see a young child in the justice system... I like this film because Adonis Johnson, the protagonist (Michael B. Jordan) is self determined to fulfill his dream." See their full reviews in our youth comments section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Creed is delightfully entertaining and beautifully developed. The film brings the iconic Rocky Balboa back to life after about 40 years. The film is about the son of famous boxer Apollo Creed whose path leads him to a passionate desire to box. Upon finding out that he actually had a father who is, in fact, Apollo Creed, he goes to the only person that can help train him to live up to his father's name. That person is Rocky Balboa.

The film starts out amazingly entertaining and engaging within the first few minutes. The movie starts by showing us the kid's moral background which is really refreshing considering that most movies overstretch the beginning and bore their audience with "when is the movie really going to start?" That alone really establishes the film's great quality because it develops by showing, not telling and captures the audience immediately with the background information without needing a long introduction to describe it.

Spin-off movies are quite risky. The original film has already set expectations and often, spin-offs can ruin the original film for people. Director Ryan Coogler directs this spin-off of Rocky, leaving all the fans content with the continued legacy. Ryan Coogler beautifully creates a funny, emotional and inspiring film full of amazing qualities.

The acting by Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan is brilliant and natural, making me feel connected to their characters fairly quickly. The makeup department includes special effects makeup artist Leo Corey Castellano who creates amazingly realistic boxing wounds. It is so realistic that it is the first vivid visual that comes to my mind when I think about that film.

I am personally not a fan of sports movies but I definitely recommend this film to people of all interests because the story is so touching. The story and moral messages revolve around the idea that "your legacy is more than your name." The movie demonstrates how hard work and determination to fulfill your passion can create exactly the legacy you so desire. You can be the legend you want to be.

I recommend this film for kids age 13 to 18. I do not recommend this for children under the age of 13 due to disturbing visuals, sexual actions and violent behavior. I give this film a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is in theaters now so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Harmony M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17.

Creed is a film that sucks you right in, especially when you see a young child in the justice system. It makes you wonder why? Where is the parent? I like this film because Adonis Johnson, the protagonist (Michael B. Jordan) is self determined to fulfill his dream. I connected with him because I can relate to his desire to fulfill and accomplish a goal. The film is a blend of drama, thriller, sports and romance. The director, Ryan Coogler ties this film to Philadelphia which is known as the City of Brotherly Love and known as the home of the other Rocky Balboa movies. I like the how he draws in Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) in this film and the relationship he develops with Adonis throughout all the twists and turns in the script. He creates a suspenseful filled film that leads up to the ending.

This film takes place in Philadelphia where former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson. He is the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. His step-mother Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad) visits him in the juvenile detention center and offers him a prominent life to with a promising future. Does Adonis Johnson disappoint her? I can't say any more. It is a must see and I promise that you will not be disappointed.

My favorite part of this film is when Rocky is writing down the notes for Adonis to improve his training. When he finishes the notes Adonis takes a picture of it on his phone and as he walks away, Rocky points out that he left the notes. He tells Rocky that he's got it on his phone and Rocky asks, "What if your phone breaks?" Adonis says, "It's saved in the cloud!" Rocky really thinks he means a real cloud in the sky and looks up. It is so hilarious because Adonis is, of course, talking about the cyber cloud. The whole entire audience laughs out loud.

The message of the film is stay determined to fulfill your dreams and don't never give up.

I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars because it is an excellent film to watch and you will definitely find it entertaining, especially those peo9ple from my hometown city of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.

This movie is in theaters now so, go check it out.

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


GAMEPLAY
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Featuring interviews with video game pioneers including Nolan Bushnell (the founder of Atari), David Crane (the co-founder of Activision), Noah Falstein (Chief Game Designer at Google), John Romero (the founder of ID Software), Todd Howard (director of Fallout 4), and many others, the film is a compendium of all of the groundbreaking games of the past 40 years, and includes original animation and iconic graphics. From Pong to Pac Man, Super Mario to Lara Croft, Doom, Grand Theft Auto and beyond, this film tells the remarkable story of the fastest-evolving new media of all time.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found this documentary very interesting and educational. The interviews with the videogame pioneers were the most intriguing and I think that older kids will enjoy watching the animation and graphics. As an adult who was a kid when Pacman was big, I found this a film that I could relate to. This film took me back to my Junior high and high school days. I think for Teens and Tweens, the film will keep their interest and they will enjoy seeing and learning the history of how it all started. I recommend for ages 11-18 for the educational aspects. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 94 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD


SANTA'S BOOT CAMP

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SANTA'S BOOT CAMP
KEN FEINBERG
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When kids and teens become so self-centered and bratty, Santa's elves go on strike, putting Santa in such a vulnerable position that he must bring in 6 teenagers to save Christmas. Imagine the Breakfast Club goes to Willy Wonka's Factory at Christmas time.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is based around a group of naughty children who get transported to the North Pole for Santa's Boot Camp. The need for these naughty children arises when Santa's elves believe they are not getting credit for their hard work and go on strike. The actors are diverse and very talented. The quality of the film is impressive-with many scenery changes, smooth transitions from scene to scene and lots of fun and unique music. The characters face many challenges both socially and personally. There are beautiful and colorful costumes and festive sets. The overall message of the film is that every person has naughty and nice qualities and through realizing and working on them, every person deserves a jolly holiday. The characters also find fulfillment in giving to others as opposed to receiving. 4 out of 5 stars! I would recommend this film to families with children ages 8-13.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


NO ONE CARES ABOUT JUNGLES

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NO ONE CARES ABOUT JUNGLES
YASER TALEBI
Series: FOREIGN INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - The jungles in the North of Iran are known as Hyrcanian forest which dates back to the third periodical geological history called Cenozoic. The old trees on Hyrcanian jungles are considered living fossils of the world. The area of jungles in the North of Iran which was over 3,800,000 acres in 1963 has been reduced to some 1,200,000 acres today. According to the statistics of the Organization of Forest and Rangeland of Iran, over 40 acres of jungles are deforested in the North of Iran. Sub-titled.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film is about the Hyrcanian forest of Northern Iran. The old trees in this area are considered living fossils, but are not protected in the way you might think. It is said that the only man made building which can be seen from the moon is the Great Wall of China. But a huge 30yr old landfill called "the hill of rubbish" or Ash'ghal Tappeh in Behar is soon to be visible as well. The production value of this film is pretty good. There are many photos of the people affected by the loss of jungles and the jungles as well. There are many moments of simply watching non narrated footage. The narrator's English translation is not perfect and sometimes confusing. The music that accompanies this short is eerily beautiful. This short film is full of information and appeals to an older audience. I recommend it for families with children 10yrs and older. This film is a call to action to protect the jungles and to inform listeners around the world. I give this short 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This phenomenal live action feature film, directed by Paul McGuigan, is jaw-dropping! I love this movie because it is an entertaining, action-packed bromance!

I know you've all probably heard of the typical Frankenstein story where a mad scientist creates a monster. Instead of focusing only on Frankenstein and his ghastly creation, this rendition tells the story from the vantage of Doctor Frankenstein's sidekick, Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe).

Set in London in the early 1900's, a hunchbacked clown is destined to live his life nameless and mistreated as a circus freak of nature. The clown is hopelessly in love with Lorelei, the beautiful and kindhearted trapeze artist played by Jessica Brown Findlay. After her horrific fall, the clown uses his extraordinary knowledge of the human body to save Loralie's life. Victor Frankenstein, a gifted surgeon (James McAvoy), notices his medical expertise and rescues him from the abusive circus.

The clown is later given the name of Igor Strausman. Frankenstein helps correct Igor's posture though a very painful and sinister process. Later, the two become extraordinary friends and partners, combining their scientific knowledge and medical expertise to create life out of something that is already dead.

A major subplot involves Roderick Turpin (Andrew Scott), a Scotland Yard investigator who religiously opposes Doctor Frankenstein's work. He is willing to do anything in his power to stop Frankenstein from going against what he believes is God's will.

My favorite scene is when Dr. Frankenstein and Igor are trying to fight off the monster they have miraculously created. This scene involves crazy special effects and will truly leave you hanging on the edge of your seat.

My favorite character, by far, is Igor. Daniel Radcliffe plays him as very loving and compassionate. He finds and loses himself in the complexities of his relationship with Victor. Lorelei helps to keep Igor grounded and is there to guide him.

I give Victor Frankenstein 5 out of 5 stars because it is not only unpredictable but also has impressive performances by the main characters. This science fiction drama is one of my favorite film versions regarding the story of Dr. Frankenstein. This is a really cool rendition and I recommend this movie for ages 11 to 18 because it is intense and is a little scary at times.

This movie leaves you on the edge of your seat rooting for Igor. Victor Frankenstein is in theaters now so go check it out!

Reviewed by Lainey A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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


GOOD DINOSAUR, THE

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 4-12
Topic - Family
Description - "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Good Dinosaur, which opens this weekend, asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend and learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan R. (age 11) comments, "I like how it touches our emotions and admit that it made me cry in some parts. I also liked the jokes because they are really funny." Willie J. (age 16) adds, "It is some of the most beautiful animation I've seen with a story so familiar that its heartwarming qualities hit home." See their full reviews below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I find it strange that Pixar has released two films in the same year. Especially considering that Inside Out has been locked for every Animated Feature award since it was released. It's almost unfair because, The Good Dinosaur is a very good film that, I'm afraid will get lost in the shadow of its all too recent predecessor. Despite such lofty competition, The Good Dinosaur, in just about any other year, would be a great candidate for Best Animated Feature. It is some of the most beautiful animation I've seen with a story so familiar that its heartwarming qualities hit home.

The story is something we've seen many times before in both animated films and live action ones. It is the story of the young boy who's too afraid to live life and has to be shown the world to overcome his fears. Throw in some family death and comic relief friends and you could write the rest yourself. Luckily, this movie features great relational bonding between our protagonist, Arlo, and his young friend Spot. They start out not liking each other and, by the end they're nearly inseparable. It is a relationship that develops with humor and a sweetness that brings tears to the eye.�

That young boy, Spot, is portrayed as a dog actually. That is a part of an interesting dynamic with this movie. The dinosaurs are like people, and the young cave boy plays the pet. He even has a pet name. It adds to the humor of the film and it is full of humor. The opening joke, in which the film plays with the audience and threatens a meteor strike on earth, sets the tone of the film. There are other laughs and, they are laugh out loud laughs at that.

The most impressive part of the movie is the animation. I'd almost call it cinematography, that's how beautiful it was. There is actually a point in the movie I thought J.J Abrams was directing, because there are some beautiful lens flares in there. Lens flares. That's how intricate the animation is and how true to its environment it is. Very good direction!

Unfortunately, the familiar story limits how good this film really can be. Considering that, there isn't anything groundbreaking. There is even an homage to The Lion King included.�

For these reasons, I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It is a fantastic family film and one I highly recommend. Kids ages 7 to 18 should really enjoy this.�

Reviewed by Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

I enjoyed watching this 3D, computer-animated, adventure, dramatic comedy. The Good Dinosaur is very emotional and funny, a perfect movie for the family. This movie is about what would happen if an asteroid missed the Earth and never killed the dinosaurs. In the movie you meet Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), who is a very insecure, scared dinosaur. He meets a human kid named Spot. Something happens. Arlo chases Spot and falls into the water taking Arlo very far away from his family. Will Arlo make it back to his family or will he be lost?

I enjoyed this movie. I like how it touches our emotions and admit that it made me cry in some parts. I also liked the jokes because they are really funny. I love the action scenes that involve the water. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

My favorite character is Arlo who is very ecstatic, extremely compassionate and learns to face his fears. Arlo is very relatable because everyone has fears and people think it is silly but it isn't. I love that he is very motivated.

The moral lesson in this movie is you can discover what you're truly capable of if you are willing to face your fears. Arlo proves that in this movie.

I give this film 5 out of 5 amazing stars and recommend it for kids ages 5 to 18. Adults might like this as well. I also recommend this to kids who like family, action, adventure, drama, comedies, dinosaurs and Disney movies. This movie comes out November 25 so, mark your calendar!

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


HUNGER GAMES, THE: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2

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LIONSGATE FILMS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. Directed by Francis Lawrence, Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields and more
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is surprisingly more creative and suspenseful than all the prior films in the franchise. However, there are a couple of things about the film that are not fantastic. I don't think that Jennifer Lawrence does a great job in this film. It seems as if she was asleep throughout the movie. This film again stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hucherson as Peeta Mellark. They are supported by Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, who directed all the Hunger Games films except the first. At the beginning of the film, Katniss is recruited by Commander Coin (Julianne Moore) to lead the rebellion. They really want her to be the "face" of the rebellion and film fake skirmishes for the ever present media. Katniss plays along but her intent is to assassinate President Snow. Snow is ready for the rebellion. His generals plant POD traps (obstacles designed to release a weapon that can range from a bomb to a group of mutts) all over the Capital, which are motion sensitive. When someone comes near, flame throwers engulf them or huge machine guns appear and blow them up. The PODS are planted every few feet, so it is a deadly obstacle course for the rebels to try to make it through into the heart of the Capital. In the face of all this, Peeta, who had been psychologically tortured and brain-washed by Snow in Part 1, is now ordered to join Katniss on this mission. But, he is unstable and doesn't have a grip on reality.

The best part of this film is the ending, which I can't tell you about because of spoiler alert. But, rest assured, it is a great ending. The middle of the film is very action-packed, scary and suspenseful. Katniss, and the rebel force work their way through the PODS. I love this part of the film and the locations that were chosen. At one point, the rebel force goes down into the sewers to escape detection, adding a bit of horror to the action film setting. The supporting cast is great, especially Julianne Moore, who plays Commander Coin with great conviction.

The screenplay is interesting, especially the dialogue between Katniss and Peeta. Peeta keeps asking Katniss and the others if things are "real or not real" since he has a tenuous grip on reality, due to his brain-washing. I also like the song that plays during the end credits.

Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to the film besides Jennifer Lawrence's performance. I feel that some of the fight sequences are not realistic. One last point I would like to make is that the uniqueness of The Hunger Games is the idea of the games themselves. There are no games in this film and I miss he whole survivalist concept of that.

Overall, I think this film is a great ending to The Hunger Games franchise. I give the film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 11 to 18, keeping in mind that there are some rather violent, scary scenes in the middle of the movie. This film opens November 20.

Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 1

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


LOVE THE COOPERS

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CBS - LA
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei and more
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I saw this with my husband and daughter in law and we all just howled. It reminds me of a Nora Ephron film with all the family and personal drama going on. There is a bit of profanity and sexuality so I wouldn't take your younger kids but, for teens it's a go.

It has a great ensemble cast, each with his or her own personal drama going on. Diane Keaton and John Goodman (who has lost a ton of weight and looks great) make a very believable couple whose kids and grandkids are all slightly off kilter. Steve Martin, who narrates the film through the eyes of the family dog, is a delight. And, the love story between Angie and Sergeant is one of the highlights of the film. "I never believed in love at first sight until now."

As Leo Tolstoy said, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." But, you might just see an element of your own family in this film.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Love the Coopers directed by Jessie Nelson is a holiday comedy full of subplots that get many of the people in the audience laughing. This movie is packed with big stars such as John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei and Amanda Seyfried.

This movie is about an extended family, the Coopers who come together every Christmas and have a big family dinner party. It's about their individual lives and how their family acts when they are together.

My two favorite characters are Joe and Eleanor, played by Jake Lacy and Olivia Wilde, because they have great chemistry together and I kept rooting for them to finally become a couple. Their story provides the most humor and is the strongest subplot in the whole movie. Their scenes are hilarious and made me really believe they should be a couple.

There are many great actors in Love the Coopers, and there are some flaws. Charlotte and Emma are supposed to be sisters with negative history and competition, but the age difference between Diane Keaton and Marisa Tomei (who play them) is too great to be believable. It doesn't make sense. Also, I was disappointed that some of the big stars aren't used to their full potential. For example, Amanda Seyfried, a great actress from Mamma Mia isn't in a lot of scenes and Steve Martin is used only as the narrator. This left me wanting more.

I found the plot and characters a little hard to follow in the very beginning. It's difficult to know who is who because they switch back-and-forth from different family members without telling us who they are.

Every set and scene reminds us that it is Christmas, including the funny, the good and the bad aspects. It gently pokes fun of holiday traditions and made me wonder about some of my own.

I rate Love the Coopers 3.5 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed the clever writing, but I didn't really relate to the sisters or to some of the inappropriate humor.

I recommend it to ages 12 to 18 because there is some extreme kissing and inappropriate public behavior. They also tell some religious jokes about Christians and they use some mild profanity. This film is in theaters now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


SNOWMAN, THE & THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Two films are included in this package: The Snowman - Wordless (save for the song "Walking in the Air") animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. And, The Snowman and the Snowdog - The brand new charming sequel to the Christmas classic the Snowman about a young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house in whose backyard the snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the snowman the boy rebuilds him, fashioning a snow dog out of the excess snow. The trio fly off in a plane to meet Santa, who gives the boy a magical dog collar which will make it the happiest Christmas ever for him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Snowman is one of my all-time favorite pieces of animation. Directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by Jonathan Coates, this non-narrative film truly is filled with wonder. The haunting music by Howard Blake ("Walking in the Air") stays with me for days after each time I watch this film. And, I mean that in a good way. Based on the best-selling book by Raymond Briggs, this is a piece of animation that is true to the original story and one to share with your family during the holiday season.

N Circle Entertainment has done a brilliant thing in creating this two DVD pack and including the sequel to this classic film, The Snowman and Snowdog which was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original. Another non-narrative film, this one brings in a new character in a short film that is as charming as the original. Dedicated to John Coates and featuring a new song, "Light the Night" by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, this is an extremely thoughtful sequel and was made using traditional hand-drawn animation, not CGI. This collection is really a treasure! Reviewed by Sarah S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

These movies are instant classics that bring out the feeling of Christmas Spirit. The first thing you notice is the beautiful animation. The next is the story which is wholesome and great for the whole family. The Snowman is about a boy whom builds a snowman and when that snowman comes to life they embark on a lovely adventure to the North Pole. Similarly, the sequel is about a boy building a snowman and a Snowdog that both come to life. I highly recommend these two short films and recommend them for ages 2 to 9. I also believe some older children and adults will like it as well. I give these 5 out of 5 stars! Happy Holidays!

Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snow Dog is a double feature masterpiece that will bring families closer together for the holidays. The two short films are based on the classic UK picture book by Raymond Briggs, which has sold more than 8.5 million copies since it was first published in 1978. This double feature collector's edition is a true keepsake that includes the original film, The Snowman and the sequel, The Snowman and the Snow Dog. It also includes three bonus features: The story of The Snowman, an alternate introduction from David Bowie, and a behind-the-scenes documentary and interview with Raymond Briggs. The total length of the two films is 60 minutes, plus the bonus content.

In The Snowman, a young boy James wakes up one morning and finds snow on the ground. He quickly gets dressed and runs outside. He then builds a huge snowman. He gives it eyes, a nose, a scarf and a hat. He even gives it a big smiley face. After building the entire snowman by himself, it is time for James to go to bed. When he wakes up he notices that the Snowman has moved a little, so he runs downstairs and out the door. He then notices that the Snowman is glowing, moves some more and then, totally comes to life. James is flabbergasted to see a live Snowman. The Snowman and James introduce themselves and become great friends. The rest the film shows the two flying around having so much fun and adventure throughout the day.

In The Snowman and the Snow Dog, a young boy and his mother move to a new house. The boy finds a box with a snowman-making kit under the flooring. He then runs outside and starts to build a snowman. After he is done, he uses all the leftover snow to make a little, adorable snow dog. When he is finished, it is time to go to bed. When he wakes up he sees the dog move a little, he then jumps with joy and races down the stairs to see what is happening. To his surprise, the snowman and the snow dog start to glow and move. Even more to his surprise, they come alive. He then becomes friends with them and they travel and have adventures all around the North Pole and meet a special someone.

The Snowman book was adapted for the screen in 1982. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated short film. The animation of the drawings is just amazing, bringing to lire so many memories from the days of movie shorts. The silence in the film, meaning that there is no dialogue, makes it even more beautiful and old fashioned. The music by Howard Blake, Peter Auty and the Sinfonia of London is amazing. It fits perfectly with everything the boy and the snowman are doing at given times. Each song tells a story, with each pluck of a string or push of a piano key. The songs in the movie are also catchy and addicting to sing along with. I am sixteen and I sung along with the songs!

The Snowman is directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates. This extravagant film has a little touch of magic which will keep you on your toes with excitement.

The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snow Dog are appropriate for ages 1 to 12. I rate this whimsical double-feature 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


BIRD AND RHINO BY THE POP UPS

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BIRD AND RHINO BY THE POP UPS
THE POP UPS
Series: MUSIC VIDEO, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This is a hit new animated video based on a song on The Pop Ups' "Great Pretenders Club," the Brooklyn musical duo's fourth full album, bringing together a collection of 11 original songs. Through danceable electro-pop beat and smart lyrics, the album looks to engage children in imaginative play as a means of exploration and learning with their environment and others. Animator: Garrett Davis; Catch The Pop Ups' newest album, Great Pretenders Club, on Amazon Prime: Digital: http://amzn.to/1OJvmpv
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Bird and Rhino are best of friends and quite animated in The Pop Ups distinctive adventurous storytelling style. Rhino, you see, has a proclivity for putting out dangerous fires - Don't think I've used that word in a review before but it's a good one, look it up. Bird is along for the ride wherever the fear of fire takes them. At least he gets to eat bugs from Rhino's back (sometimes called a Serengeti win-win). The production value from song to video is a pleasure and the lessons are subtle and true. Onward and upward Bird and Rhino! Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Judge.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


BREAKFAST CLUB BY TIM KUBART

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BREAKFAST CLUB BY TIM KUBART
SUGAR MOUNTAIN PR
Series: MUSIC VIDEO, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Tim Kubart's music video features fellow Sprout Channel host Carly Ciarrocchi, plus special guest Kal Penn and a host of parents and kids, all singing to his new hit "Breakfast Club" from the album "Home." Director: Tim Kubart; Editor: Glenn Garthwaite
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Who knew that breakfast could be this much fun? Well, maybe a few of us...but not this much fun! Tim Kubart's live-action bouncy bundle of hip music and stellar performances will get any family up and ready for whatever their day brings! Carly Ciarrocchi joyous breakfast rap is a high point. The fine dining mixture of adults and kid performances are infectious and adorable. Breakfast Club is a must for any menu and can be served all day...Hint: Turn it up. Not a morning person? You will be after listening to Tim's terrific danceable tune. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Judge.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD



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