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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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MUPPETS MOST WANTED
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MUPPETS MOST WANTED
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It's time to think green. It's March and we have Saint Patrick's Day, the beginning of spring and March 21st Kermit will be on the big screen once again in The Muppets sequel "Muppets Most Wanted."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I give this movie 5 out of 5 twinkling stars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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SON OF GOD
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SON OF GOD
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is the most eye-opening, magnificent film I have ever seen. "The Son of God" is about the story of Jesus. This movie modernizes the scriptures of the Bible along with showing everyone the miracles of Jesus. This movie really touched me because of the intensity and power it contains. From the minute Jesus is born, this movie shows every sin he forgives to the crucifixion and resurrection of the Holy Spirit. This movie will make you want to learn more about the Bible and everything about religion. I think the entire cast does such a great job portraying such powerful characters and I think everyone should watch this movie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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3 DAYS TO KILL
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - A dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)
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WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Director and writer: Hayao Miyazaki. Voice talent: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci and Mae Whitman.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a breathtaking masterpiece of art that allows your mind and heart to soar like the wind. The story is loosely based on the real life story of Jiro Horikoshi (Joseph Gordon- Levitt). He dreams of flying but, because he's nearsighted, decides to be a Japanese airplane designer. We observe his life from child to adulthood as he makes his dream plane and, in the process, falls in love with Naoko (Emily Blunt). Will Jiro create the beautiful plane or realize that the beauty he's seeking is right in front of him all along?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
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ROBOCOP
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ROBOCOP
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "RoboCop" is the all new, fast-paced, futuristic, crime fighting film. A modern rendition of the classic 80s film, "RoboCop" tells the story of Alex Murphy, a Detroit police detective becomes the target of a drug operation when he begins to look into their activities. Alex is attacked and when his wife finds out that his chances of surviving are slim to none, she agrees to enter her husband into a program that turns wounded officers into the ultimate crime fighting machine. When Alex wakes up after months of tests and treatments, he has a hard time coping with what he has become and is conflicted about his personal life and his new profession.

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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SURF'S UP (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE)
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Series: FEATURE 5-12
Description - This story follows a teenage rock hopper penguin named Cody Maverick from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's nothing but a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. Young Cody is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of "Big Z," a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans, isn't just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer, living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two. Starring the voice talent of Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zoey Deschanel, Jon Heder and James Woods.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (HDNET MOVIES 2014)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (HDNET MOVIES 2014)
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Series: FEATURE 5-12
Description - When the cast is removed from his severely broken arm, clumsy 12-year-old Henry Rowen Gartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is shocked to find his arm has become a 100 mile per-hour thunderbolt. His throw from the bleachers directly to home plate alerts the last place Chicago Cubs and before you can shout "play ball!" he is signed as their new ace pitcher. With a few pointers from an aging star pitcher (Gary Busey) young Henry actually manages to pull of the impossible. Directed by Daniel Stern; Writer - Sam Harper. Actors: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Amy Morton and Dan Hedaya.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.98
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MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE)
MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE)
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - Mr. Magorium is 243 years old and still runs his magical emporium, the most magical and spectacular toy store in the entire world. But when he is ready to finally retire and leave the store to the manager, the magic takes a dark turn.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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MONUMENTS MEN, THE
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a dramatic film, with some humorous moments, that shows the importance of human achievement and I loved every minute of it. The story is based on true events that center on the ending of World War II, when Nazi troops hid artwork from around Europe for Chancellor Hitler. President Roosevelt lets Lt. Frank Stokes (George Clooney) gather an unlikely squad of museum directors, curators and art historians to enter Europe and save, not only art, but people's history.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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MR. PEABODY &  SHERMAN
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MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Description - Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist and genius...who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet - being a parent.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I saw the trailers and I expected it to be more concentrated on time travel and not have much of a story line. Well there is. A fantastic one at that! "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is a wonderful story about a dog who adopts a boy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
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LUNCHBOX, THE
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie creates a touching new twist on a story that might have come across as corny, but doesn't. Mr. Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a retiring accountant, is grieving over the death of his wife and Lla (Nimrat Kaur), a young mother, desires more attention from her husband. Lla sends her husband a special lunchbox and, by accident, the lunchbox is delivered to Mr. Saajan instead. Realizing the meal was misdirected, Lla writes a letter, places it inside the next day's lunchbox and what unfolds are sincere and beautiful messages that changes their lives.

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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LABOR DAY
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LABOR DAY
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited. Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Labor Day" is a deeply touching testament to true love and the unexpected ways we can find it. Adele, played by Kate Winslet, is a single mom struggling with severe depression and her son Henry has to take care of himself and his mother since she has difficulties leaving the house. One day, on a trip to the supermarket, Henry and Adele's lives change forever when they meet a man named Frank who is on the run from the law. Intimidated by the stranger, Adele agrees to help the man despite the fact that he is a wanted fugitive. Over the course of the next four days, Adele and Frank fall deeply in love, something that the two of them never thought they would experience again. However, things get complicated as the man-hunt continues and they realize that they don't have many options left.

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

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

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

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

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

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


LEGO MOVIE, THE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson and Alison Brie.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is something special. This movie will make kids' dreams come true everywhere. What movie I'm talking about? Well it's "The Lego Movie" of course.

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-15
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WIDE AWAKE
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - A 10 year old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies. Starring Denise Leary, Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Loggia, Camryn Manheim. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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MICROCOSMOS
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD

RIDE ALONG
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sister. Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and brief strong language.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 11-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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INTO THE WEST
INTO THE WEST
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Description - A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveler grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveler father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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WADJDA (TWO DISC COMBO: BLU-RAY / DVD) (2013)
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WADJDA (TWO DISC COMBO: BLU-RAY / DVD) (2013)
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Director Haifaa Al-Mansour, Starring Waaad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani and Ahd.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A poignantly triumphant movie, the storyline of "WADJDA" is just as phenomenal as the story of how the film came to be. In short, "WADJDA" represents quite a number of firsts. It's the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, a country where cinema is prohibited. Writer and director Haifaa Al Mansour is Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker. It is also the first submission from Saudi Arabia for the Foreign Language Category for the 2014 Academy Awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
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JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC
JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Series: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - An underwater voyage to Indonesia to learn about its inhabitants such as giant rays and whale sharks as well as efforts being made in the region for ocean conservation. Narrated by Cate Blanchett.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
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JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes - misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities - discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, "Justice League: Origin," by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment's "The New 52."
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I expected this movie to be about heroes hating each other and becoming a team in a heartwarming story! Right? Wrong! "Justice League War" is a great and action pack animated film many people will adore.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keefer Blakeslee, KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic

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

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

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

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


SPY KIDS 3-D:GAMEOVER (HDNET KIDSCENE)
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - The spy family is back. When Carmen gets caught in a virtual reality, her brother must save her before they run out of lives and the game defeats them.
Runtime: 84 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (HDNET KIDSCENE)
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - The daughter of strict Indian parents defies her family and joins a soccer team instead of planning for a traditional life of marriage and motherhood.
Runtime: 112 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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FLICKA (HDNET KIDSCENE)
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - To prove to her father that she can one day run the family ranch, a young girl tames a wild horse.
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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CLOUDY WITH AS CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tells the story of an eccentric wannabe scientist, Flint Lockwood. His latest contraption is a miraculous device designed to solve the world hunger crisis. But when Flint bites off more than he can chew, he sets in motion a global disaster of epic proportions. Based on the #1 best-selling book by Judi and Ron Barrett.
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD

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THOR: THE DARK WORLD
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THOR: THE DARK WORLD
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is amazing! It is pretty scary at times and really cool. It also had a lot of action and suspense, but it also is kind of confusing at times because it switches back and forth through different worlds a lot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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Media: FeatureFilm
      This title is available for purchase from Amazon.com


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

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

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

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

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

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


BLACK NAVITY
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Description - A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.

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

TURBO: F.A.S.T.
NETFLIX Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-8
Description - The first-ever Netflix original series for kids, "Turbo FAST" is a high-octane ensemble comedy that amps everything up to the extreme as Turbo and his adrenaline-fueled crew go on daring new adventures, race on the coolest tracks, and take on the craziest challengers. No matter how wild things get, these snails always have each other's backs.
Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: -
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

ANGELS SING
LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Click to purchase directly from the producer Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - As a child, Michael Walker wished every day could be Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for the holidays, despite encouragement from his playful wife and well-intentioned parents. But when his young son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick gives Michael a gift and instills in him the courage to find the joy that he lost. Starring Harry Connick Jr, Connie Britton and Chandler Canterbury.
Runtime: 87 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

This title is available for purchase from LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT Click to purchase directly from the producer Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena.
Runtime: 199 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 35.99
Media: DVD
      This title is available for purchase from Amazon.com


This title is available for purchase from SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

DINOSAUR STOMP - MOTHER GOOSE CLUB NURSERY RHYMES
This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
DINOSAUR STOMP - MOTHER GOOSE CLUB NURSERY RHYMES
SOCKEYE MEDIA, LLC
Series: SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - Join Eep the Mouse and Mary Quite Contrary and dinosaurs on a prehistoric learning adventure. Chomp-chomp-chomp and stomp-stomp-stomp your way to dancing, learning and fun. Just be sure to share your veggies!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

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

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LIGHT OF FREEDOM, THE
KICKS MINISTRIES & VICTORY HARVEST CHURCH INC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Description - It is the year 1861 and President Lincoln has called for 75,000 men to join the Union Army. As the Civil War begins, another battle has been raging for decades. It is the fight for freedom waged by the Underground Railroad.

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

CLIFFORD'S BIG BIRTHDAY APP
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
CLIFFORD'S BIG BIRTHDAY APP
SCHOLASTIC MEDIA
Series: APP, AGES 5-8
Description - Happy Birthday, Clifford! Watch as Clifford arrives and the party gets started revealing three exciting and highly interactive party games that teach essential literacy skills, including one that brings Clifford and his friends right to you through augmented reality.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a cute app that has a variety of components from word games to matching games. The background music could be annoying but thankfully can easily be turned off. It introduces simple words and concepts, allows you to create a "party" by identifying objects for that party. It is easy to install and easy to use. You just press buttons.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids enjoyed this although the older ones, age 8, said their friends would not like it. Younger ones, age 6) said their friends would enjoy it. It is easy to navigate, the characters treat one another respectfully. Older kids thought they didn't learn anything, younger ones found it somewhat challenging. Their favorite part with the song, "Shout and Cheer Your Friends are Here." They could not stop singing this song.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 0.99
Media: App



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