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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This sequel to the reboot of the original Planet of the Apes (1968) explores new and uncharted territory. And, it serves as a prequel to the original films in the series. What we see is a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar that is threatened by a band of human survivors from the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12 comments, "...this is a sequel and an eighth movie. I expected that it would feel a bit stretching, but it isn't." See his full review in youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an exciting and thrilling blockbuster! I was worried about this film. This was the 8th add on to the Planet of the Apes series, second to the reboots. So this Is a sequel and an eighth movie. I expected that it would feel a bit stretching, but it isn't. In fact, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes' main purpose Is to show another side of these super apes and to set up the story for the next film in the franchise.

This isn't just about fighting; in fact, fighting scenes, even though they are epic, take very little part of the film. There is romance within humans and apes families, sometimes, the apes can act funny. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is thrilling and kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time! Also it has a story line no one expects!

The original Planet of the Apes book is about humans that went to a planet ruled by apes. When they come back to Earth, the same thing happened to our planet. The reboots, (Dawn of The Planet of The Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes) are pretty much prequels. So, Caesar leaves civilization with his ape friends while the human race almost goes extinct due to a deadly virus. The remaining humans struggle for power. Will they be able to find a new source of power or will it be up to the apes and their leader to decide the humans' fate?

For me, this is a fantastic addition to the series. They don't try too hard to make it too action-packed and cool looking. The apes look extremely realistic and I really like that. They include some scenes from Rise of the Planet of the Apes which helps to pull it all together nicely. The action and fighting even has some stuff from the original 1963 Planet of the Apes book! The director made it a perfect length and, in fact, this is the first time I've seen what I would call a "trailer" movie (a movie that looks like an hour-long trailer for the next one in the series) that is entertaining and includes a surprise ending.

My favorite scene is when we see a small group of humans working on the power station. When they wake up, the youngest is sitting with an ape that acts as a teacher to young apes and is very loyal to Caesar. The kid gives him a book and reads along with him. It shows how well they actually understand each other and how alike humans and apes are. It shows friendship and how two creatures of different species can be friends.

This film has some violence and intensity so I recommend it for ages 11 to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars for fantastic graphics, a well planned story, excellent cinematography and stupendous acting. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry Orz, age 12.

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


TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
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TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - After the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that leveled Chicago, humanity thinks that all alien robots are a threat. So Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them. But it turns out that they are aided by another alien robot who is searching for Optimus Prime. Cade Yeager, a "robotics expert", buys an old truck and upon examining it, he thinks it's a Transformer. When he powers it up, he discovers it's Optimus. Later, men from the unit show up looking for Optimus. He helps Yeager and his daughter escape but are pursued by the hunter. They escape and Yeager learns from technology he took from the men that a technology magnate and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is part of what's going on, so they go to find out what's going on.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Set five years after Dark of the Moon, this sequel sets out to continue the franchise and take a new pathway to hold our interest. It's a technical extravaganza, to be sure and, if it wasn't for being way too long, sure to be a hit with summer theater-goers. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O comments, "I think t this is a fantastic part of the series. They do an extremely impressive job since it is the first action feature film to use ONLY IMAX 3D HD cameras, which is hard to do with these types of shots." Raven D, age 16 adds, "This film is entertaining and visually very well done. Director Michael Bay uses the first IMAX Digital 3D camera, making the images more immersive and stunning than anything that's been seen on the big screen so far." Their full reviews are under youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is the most action packed film I've seen in a while! I was worried that it won't be as good as the original, but boy was I wrong. Transformers: Age of Extinction is an action packed adventure that all Transformer fans will love! They are definitely back!

This is not just about fighting between bad and good guys (which there is plenty of). Transformers: Age of Extinction has a good mixture of romance, humor and action. It's all related to a main adventure and, of course, who can forget, stupendous looking Transformers!

The story starts when humans are killing Transformers because they think they are attracting aliens. That's when a young dad, who is in kind of a pickle with his finances, starts fixing up an old truck and discovers that it is an Autobot and, not just a regular one at that. So, they go on an adventure to stop something extremely powerful from being made.

I think t this is a fantastic part of the series. They do an extremely impressive job since it is the first action feature film to use ONLY IMAX 3D HD cameras, which is hard to do with these types of shots. In the theater, it looks like you are in the movie and is definitely the right choice. There are a lot of exciting moments such as when the Transformers get their favorite car models back and also, the battles and story line are a lot like the first one. This, in my opinion, is a perfect approach. However, this film is about three hours long and I felt it could have been made shorter. By the second hour, you could guess what the ending is going to be. As much as I love the special effects, when you have too much of a good thing - it's too much.

My favorite moment is when the main character sees his 17-year-old daughter with her boyfriend. When he starts talking about teenage problems, Optimums Prime responds with, "Yeah, I experienced that with Bumble Bee." The timing is perfect and it also fits perfectly and shows that even though they're 90% robotic, they still love their families. I also thought it is awesome how the director portrays Bumble Bee as an unruly teenager.

This film has a lot of action and intense moments so I recommend it for ages 11 to 18. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 stars because I believe the movie should have been a bit shorter. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

It's been years since the Decepticons and the Autobots battled for the fate of the humans in Chicago and human defenses against alien forces are at an all-time high. A government branch of humans is targeting all Transformers, Autobots and Decepticons alike, with the help of a menacing assassin. While all of this is going on, Cade Yeager, a struggling inventor from Texas tries to make enough means to keep his property and put his daughter Tessa through college. While looking for parts to help his inventions, he stumbles upon a broken down, rusted truck and decides to fix it up. To his surprise, the truck turns out to the mighty Optimus Prime. Cade fixes him and decides to help him defeat the forces coming for Earth yet, again once he realizes what the government is doing to Transformers. Now, the fate of the entire human race lies in the hands of Optimus and this family of humans and, without them, we might just face extinction.

This film is entertaining and visually very well done. Director Michael Bay uses the first IMAX Digital 3D camera, making the images more immersive and stunning than anything that's been seen on the big screen so far. It's very intense to be sitting in the IMAX Theater seeing these 50 ft. robots captured in such a realistic way. If you've seen any of the previous films from this franchise you know that they are nothing short of action packed. The cinematography and CGI is able to show the intense battle scenes and large scale attacks in a breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat way. One thing that I don't like about the visuals is the inconsistency of the Transformers from film to film. The main characters look the same but some of the Autobots that are introduced in this film are designed completely different than in any of the previous films. Their faces are constructed to have features that look extremely humanesque and it is strange to see them next to Optimus and BumbleBee who still have the classic Transformer look. Another inconsistency is that, in the last film, every time a Transformer was hit they would spill a blood-like-liquid, but in this film, if they are injured, the liquid that comes from the wounds is bright green.

It is very strange to see a Transformer film without Shia Labeouf but, I am quite impressed with Mark Wahlberg and the way he tackles this role. I think he's a fantastic actor and really grounds the film. I'm also a fan of Nicola Peltz and think she is decent in this film. However, I am really sick of the way girls are portrayed in this franchise. Every single leading lady looks like a Victoria's Secret model, is completely helpless about 75% of the movie, can never figure out how to help them self and has to be told to run before they do. Near the end, they have one moment of courage and that's pretty much all. It's a formula that is completely predictable in all of the Transformer films, but alas, it's what sells.

Like I said before, this film is entertaining and it enjoyable. It kept me engaged, concerned for the characters, shocked and, I'll admit, I did almost cry near the end. However this film is peppered with extremely clich� and honestly annoying lines and interactions. From the very beginning, Tessa is introduced as a stereotypical film version of a teenage girl. She rolls up with her friends screaming and giggling about how excited they are to party and be crazy. The whole interaction is cheesy and unnecessary and sets her up to look like a bimbo. After that, her boyfriend, who looks suspiciously similar to the Hemsworth brothers, comes to save the day and the rude, inappropriate and just plain stupid things he says to Tessa's father drove me insane. There are several lines in the film that prompted me to say to myself, "Really? Was that really necessary?" The last irritating thing is the fact that they really drove the whole "American Way" and patriotism to the ground. In every seen at Cade's ranch there are at least two American flags shown and it is constantly mentioned that they're just good ole' Texas folk, protecting America with cries of: "Don't mess with our country!" "Think of your country!" "Fight for your country!" Previous films were less centered on our nation and more about the human race as a whole.

Despite my qualms regarding this movie, it is entertaining and the visuals are extremely well done. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 due to the violence and language. However, if you have seen the previous films and are under 13, then this film should be suitable for you. If you're a fan of Transformers, action or just want to experience the first film to ever use the million dollar IMAX Digital 3D camera, be sure to check out Transformer: Age of Extinction in theaters now.

Reviewed by Raven Devanney, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

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


LOVE BUG BY RAFFI
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LOVE BUG BY RAFFI
ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - This 16 song collection embodies all of the qualities that have already established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners. These are songs about love ("Love Bug," "Seeing the Heart"), nature ("In the Real World," "Blue White Planet"), play ("Free to Play," "To the Park"), chores ("Mama Loves It"), teamwork ("On Hockey Days"), imagination ("Magic Wand") and the need to slow down and catch one's breath amidst the accelerated pace of modern life ("Cool Down Reggae").
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's start with the obvious, 'Love Bug' is a terrific album filled with lovely and entrancing songs. I could say, ridiculously, where have you been for twelve years? And the answer might be, doing lots of fun and satisfying stuff. It's like we never missed you, Raffi. The soothing voice and positive artistic sensibilities are sharper than ever. The love for the individual child and family, care for our world and the simple joys of playing ice hockey, and enjoying the park are just a sampling of this splendidly produced and performed 16-song set. And a nod to the updated lyrics to 'This Land is Your Land.' Beautiful guitar work. engaging production and that voice that makes a stadium performance sound like a personal concert in your living room. Pick this up, you won't put it down.

I really like the choice of mainly acoustic instruments (guitars, banjo, fiddle, drums, bass piano and dulcimer). This music breathes. Raffi is one of the foundations of children's music - a national treasure that generations have grown up with.

There are terrific songs, exceptionally performed and spot-on for the target audience. The structure and continuity are near-perfect.

The title says it all: Love Bug! Raffi is all about love, respect, our planet and the power children have to change their surroundings for the better. Like Fred Rogers, he is true to himself, respectful of his audience and always in a gentle, loving way. He is a seeker of good intentions for the World we live in.

Raffi's voice is an instrument that soothes and draws the audience to scoot just a little bit closer. The kid choruses are lovely. The production fabulous. The musicians add so much energy and propulsion. I hope that children will see a bigger picture of their involvement and heir apparent to a smaller, brighter and more loving world.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming soon
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


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BOXCAR CHILDREN, THE
HAMMERHEAD PRODUCTIONS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-8
Description - Based on the best selling book, a touching tale of family togetherness that explores themes of personal integrity, generosity and kindness. Four orphaned siblings mysteriously appear in a small town on a warm summer night. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. They make a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar they discover in the woods. Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life for themselves. Time passes and they discover the struggles and rewards of independence as well as the joys of family until one day, Violet gets too sick for the others to care for her. They must take Violet to a doctor and risk discovery and the loss of their secret forest home.

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

NEXT STEP, THE
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
NEXT STEP, THE
HULU, LLC
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18 ANIM
Description - As the A-Troupe dancers prepare for the regional dance competition, relationships and loyalties are put to the test at the Next Step studio. Created by Frank Van Keeken. Starring Victoria Galdesarra, Isaac Lupien and Trevor Tordjman
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The pilot episode of this TV show was full of so many amazing dance moves that it was hard to keep my eyes off of the screen. The drama that occurs within a group or a team was conveyed perfectly, and every dancer on the show performed flawlessly.

This first episode basically provides the background as to what the season will be about. The Next Step is a dance studio in Canada, and in the first episode, teenage dancers whose lives are devoted to dance compete for a spot on the coveted A-Troupe. Auditions took place, and each teen dancer showed off his or her moves to the adults who would decide on the members of the groups. There is a sort of "queen bee" of the teens named Emily, who heads the A-Troupe and is the studio's best dancer. The episode made it clear that drama and tension will certainly sprout from her.

The audition portion of the episode was very interesting. Some of the girls who spoke about themselves very highly and as if a spot on the A-Troupe was guaranteed failed to dance as impressively as some of the more humble ones. It was also interesting when the new girl, Michelle came along, and seemed to put all the cocky dancers in their places when she danced. The dancers, especially the girls, spoke about Michelle as if she were inferior, so I found it nice how Michelle rose up like a dark horse and performed ten notches above the other dancers.

Tiffany, who is played by Tamina Pollack-Paris, is shown to be a standout actress in the show. Her personality is very bubbly and optimistic, yet it doesn't seem artificial or forced at all; she seems like a genuine person. Brittany Raymond's portrayal of Riley, Emily's younger sister, also stood out. While Emily seems like a diva who simply wants to hold her tiara as the head of A-Troupe, Riley seems much more down to earth. She doesn't say anything rude about others, and seems to be a complete foil to her older sister.

Since it was merely a pilot episode, the general moral of the show cannot be said. However, it could be said that we should throw words to the side and simply let our actions do the talking. Words are merely words, while actions actually prove our abilities and what we have to offer the world.

The talent and the genuine passion that the teenagers have is a nuance that stands out. Without the abilities of the teenagers, the concept of a dance competition and drama show would not appear realistic. Although some of the teens dance more impressively than others, all of them clearly have the skills. They are all truly passionate about dance, and it is nice to see that while they perform.

The episode meets the KIDS FIRST! criteria and would suit kids the ages of 9-15. Girls would enjoy it more because of the typical drama that females tend to endure, although boys would like it as well. This first episode would receive a 3.5/5 star ranking from me, and the rest of the episodes of the season would be interesting as well. Reviewed by Carissa Payongayong, age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE KEYS OF FRIENDSHIP
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MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE KEYS OF FRIENDSHIP
SHOUT! FACTORY Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends -- Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike -- Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a Princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you The Keys Of Friendship. from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. The 5 episodes include "Rarity Takes Manhattan," "Pinkie Apple Pie," "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies," "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1," and "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2." A fun sing-along is included as a bonus feature.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My Little Pony is a perennial favorite with kids of a certain age and adults as well, as I discovered last year at the premiere of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. A huge following of 20 and 30-year-olds arrived in costume to celebrate the feature film debut of this iconic series. About this DVD Gerry O, age 12, a self-proclaimed fan comments, "This collection has more than just favorite characters - there are a lot of family matters, some good lessons, a lot of comedy and some pretty thrilling moments as well as great and catchy music." Kendyl P, age 12, adds, "(This DVD) is an adorable collection of episodes complied on one DVD! While watching the different episodes it reminds me of the fun times my sister and I shared when we were younger watching My Little Pony on television." Their full reviews are in the youth comment section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fantastic collection of My Little Pony episodes. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Keys of Friendship is a collection of the best episodes from My little Pony including a sing-along. If you are as big of a fan as I am, you will be very entertained by this collection.

This collection has more than just favorite characters - there are a lot of family matters, some good lessons, a lot of comedy and some pretty thrilling moments as well as great and catchy music.

The episodes show, as usual, the pony friends learning about friendship. However, Twilight, who recently became an alicorn (unicorn and Pegasus) doesn't feel like she is doing enough of her job as a princess. However, she will become more important than ever when an ancient beast comes back from his prison to rain chaos in Equestria! (The country where ponies live.)

I thought this was a very smart choice of episodes since the DVD contains about half of the full season. These episodes really are exciting and, even though some people may not know it, pretty funny and really show some good lessons. For example, in one episode about family, ponies argue a lot but at the end they are still just a family.

My favorite episode is when one of them learns that she is a cousin of another friend. When they realize there may be an error, they go on a road trip to find out the truth. On the way there, the family argues and feels bad that they may look like a dysfunctional family. At the end, they see that even though they argue, they are still a great family. I like it because so many families in real life feel like that and we all need to understand that it happens with everyone. Nobody is perfect.

There is nothing parents should worry about and even infants will like the bright colors of the show and its wonderful sounds. I give this DVD an age rating of one to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry Orz, age 12.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Keys to Friendship is an adorable collection of episodes complied on one DVD! While watching the different episodes it reminds me of the fun times my sister and I shared when we were younger watching My Little Pony on television.

This DVD includes four different episodes and each one offers a different friendship lesson. The DVD is filled with beautiful music, great family lessons, a bonus sing along and wonderful comedy!

My favorite character is Rarity; she is a beautiful pony! Rarity and I have some similarities - she likes fashion, enjoys working with her friends and working hard to get the job done - just like me!

My favorite episodes are Twilight Kingdom, Parts 1 and 2 when Twilight has to defeat the evil monster but has to find her own special power! I enjoyed watching the ponies work together to help Twilight discover her special gift.

The message of this series is everyone has a special talent or character trait that makes him or her unique and important. After each episode, one of the ponies does something brave and commendable by putting its friend first. The pony then receives a little object, as a reminder, and it is very useful at the end of the show.

I love the voices of actors, Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball and Andrea Libmar in this DVD Their voices are perfect for their characters.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Keys to Friendship is the perfect show for little girls. I highly recommend this movie for girl's ages 2 to11. They would love this movie! I give it 5 out of 5 shining stars. You can purchase this DVD in stores near you July 29, 2014.
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


KRISTA-LINK-A-LA AND THE SIZE 13 SHOES
KRISTA-LINK-A-LA AND THE SIZE 13 SHOES
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Series: BOOK, AGES 2-8
Description - Krista-link-a-la is a precocious 8 year old immigrant girl from Eastern Europe. Her family settles in a remote town in Northern Ontario to make a better life for themselves. Surrounding herself with friends and family, she finds a clever way to build a bridge between her old life, and the new. She writes a hysterical homage to the classic Cinderella story- casting herself as Cinderella replacing the glass slipper with her oldest brother's Sze. 13 Red Running Shoes.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-9
Suggested Retail Price: $ 3.59
Media: Book

SIGNAL, THE
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
SIGNAL, THE
ENTERTAINMENT ONE Click to purchase directly from the producer Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare. Starring Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke and Beau Knapp. Directed by William Eubank.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Best friends Nic and Jonah embark on a road trip with their close friend Haley to help her move to California. Along the way, Nic and Jonah continue corresponding with a computer genius known to them as Nomad. Nomad previously hacked into their college's computer system and, being computer programmers themselves, they aim to one-up this mysterious hacker. They trace the IP address from the emails they've been receiving and intend to confront who ever is "messing" with them. But when they are lead to a small abandoned home in a desolate area, things take an unexpected turn. When Nic awakes from unconsciousness he finds himself in a government testing facility and what he learns is more shocking than anything he could have ever imagined.

This is one of the weirdest films I have ever seen but, I love it. The cinematography is absolutely incredible. Most of the film is centered more around the visuals than the dialogue. This film shows a lot of flashbacks and memories throughout that are shown mostly in slow motion and the film work is very artistic and thoughtful. The soundtrack is incredible. Since there is little to no dialogue, at times the music often carries the emotion and intent of the film. The music contains quite a bit of ambient noise and definitely has a spooky sci-fi feel to it. Not only is the music a vital part to the film, but there are almost always strange, off-setting, whirring sounds that play in the background. It gives the feel that something is about to happen which is a nice way to add some edge and unease.

The reason I say this is one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen is because I can honestly say there were very few moments when I completely knew what was going on in the film. This movie does not explain what is happening throughout the whole thing, it gives no real background info on the characters, what happened to them, where they really are, nothing. Throughout the movie I kept thinking that there would be a big reveal and everyone would say "Oh, I get it now!." But, that came in a very surprising way. There is a big reveal at the very last minute of the film but honestly, it left my friend and I with more questions than before. Although I spent the 95 minutes of this film terribly confused, it isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, it's brilliant. Director William Eubank only gives the audience as much information as the character Nic has in this film. And, after suffering major head trauma and being told very little, Nic has barely any information to work off of or any idea what is going on. So in a sense, the audience is being forced to feel what Nic is feeling complete with his frustration and confusion. It's a very immersive movie experience and, like I said, it's brilliant.

Unfortunately I can't share my favorite scene, or any scene really without taking away from actually watching the film. But I can talk about the incredible cast and characters. There are very few speaking roles in the film, only six actually. But these six characters are fantastic. Of course there is the main trio, Nic, played by Brenton Thwaites, Haley, played by Olivia Cooke and Jonah, played by Beau Knapp.

Nic is an interesting character and also the main one. I'm assuming he suffers from MS or some degenerative disease because in the beginning of the film he is walking around with forearm crutches and mentions that he'll need a wheelchair but, in flashbacks you see him running and walking around freely. However this is never explained. He is such a great character because as I mentioned before, he is confused about what is going on throughout 95% of the film. Brenton does a phenomenal job portraying this sense of panic and frustration at being so lost. His actions and reactions seem so authentic to his character and he has a wonderful way that invites the audience to join him in his ups and downs. Jonah is also a really great character. He is very quirky but also crazy intelligent and, although he is not in a large portion of the film, he is able to shed some light on what is potentially happening to them. I love Haley because Olivia Cooke plays my favorite character on "Bates Motel" so it is really cool to see her playing a more mature role. Haley is what drives Nic to do pretty much everything he does in the film because the two of them are in a relationship. It is very nice to have such sentimental and caring interactions throughout this film since everything else is quite intense. I can't discuss the rest of the characters without, again, taking away from your movie watching experience.

I wholeheartedly recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 because of the difficulties around following the plot, some very intense and violent situations and also, there is a lack of dialogue. You're just viewing images from the past and present which may be confusing and not very entertaining for a younger audience. At first, I was very hesitant about this film because it starts off a bit slow and is, as you know, confusing as heck, but after watching it all the way through I give The Signal 5 out of 5 stars and am eager to see it again. If you're into sci-fi film, aliens or just want a mind-bending experience, then check out The Signal in theaters now.

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

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

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler. Directed by Dean DeBlois.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an awesome animation! It is adventurous, funny, and suspenseful. The producer (Bonnie Arnold) does a great job keeping everyone on the edge of their seats throughout the whole film.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an incredible sequel to the first movie. It is a 3D animation about a boy named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless (Randy Thom), who are trying to stop a bad Viking named Drago (Djimon Hounsou) from capturing all the dragons and making an army out of them. Hiccup and his friends must work together in a battle to protect the peace.

This movie has you feeling many different emotions throughout the film. It is suspenseful, funny and even a little bit sad. The amount of thrilling scenes in this film is incredible. I kept wondering if Hiccup and his friends were going to get caught when they went on all their adventures. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is also very funny. All the characters and the dragons have a good sense of humor. The characters scripts are hilarious and the dragons have very comical body language. The animation in this film is also amazing. The 3D animators do a great job with the special effects. The dragons look like they are popping out right in front of you! My favorite part of the movie is when the two alpha dragons fight with each other. I like it because the special effects make it look like it is happening right in front of me. Like I could reach out and touch them!

How To Train Your Dragon 2 has a great message. It shares with us that you have to believe in yourself if you want to accomplish big goals or dreams. This message is used a couple times with a couple different characters throughout the film.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is suspenseful and funny. Kids and adults will love it, especially those who love fantasies with dragons and Vikings. I recommend How To Train Your Dragon 2 for children ages 8 and up. This is a movie the whole family can enjoy.

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

The movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 is absolutely spectacular and even more improved than the first one. It is a battle between peace and dragon domination or in today's world, as I see it, the battle between good and evil. This movie is definitely a mind blowing journey and I love it.

The plot begins when Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless (Randy Thom) go exploring. They find an old city that looks like an ice explosion and run into unfriendly dragon trappers who try to attack them and steal Toothless. They claim that a man named Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) is going to overcome all the dragons and achieve world domination. Bludvist is a very evil man. However, Hiccup has some peace making he wants to do with Drago instead. The good in Hiccup makes him want to restore peace in the land. Hiccup's determination for peace costs him both happiness and disappointment. However, in the end Hiccup finds out what his true destiny is.

My favorite part is when Hiccup runs into his long lost mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett). Everything immediately falls right into place. It turns out that Hiccup receives his peace making personality and love for dragons from his mother. They have a lot of things in common with each other.

All the dragons, I mean characters do a fabulous job and play each part well. My favorite human character is Hiccup because he is determined to make peace and show that dragons can be as loyal as humans. My favorite dragon character is Toothless. He proves his loyalty and stands up for Hiccup no matter what it may cost. The moral of this story is not to judge someone negatively before you get to really know him.

This movie is a good fit for ages 8 through 18. Both boys and girls will enjoy this action packed movie because it includes emotion as well as adventure with many unexpected turn of events. Therefore, I rate this movie a five out of five "dazzling" stars! How to Train your Dragon 2 is playing in theaters now. Reviewed by Haley Powell, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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Media: FeatureFilm


FAULT IN OUR STARS, THE
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FAULT IN OUR STARS, THE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff. Directoted by Josh Boone.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Every summer film line up should have a heart-warming love story, right? Well, this one suits the bill but isn't quite like the usual fare that comes out this time of year. Based on the novel by John Green, the story follows two teens that meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D., age 16 comments, "I was very hesitant when I saw that they were making a film based off of the novel by John Green because the book is so amazing and I wasn't sure if a movie would do it justice. But this film goes above and beyond." Jailene A., age 13 adds, "This movie shows the hardships of being in love and fighting for your life in such a beautiful but realistic manner. I absolutely love this film." See their full reviews in our youth comments section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Never have I seen a movie so heart wrenching as this one. The Fault In Our Stars is an exceptional movie that will have you crying, laughing and anxious all at the same time. It is based on the amazing novel written by John Green. In this movie, Shailene Woodley plays Hazel Grace, a girl diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Ansel Elgort plays Gus Waters who is diagnosed with cancer as well. They fell in love with each other the way we fall asleep, slowly and then all at once. Their journey goes from meeting their favorite author in Amsterdam to rushing to the hospital for immediate chemotherapy. This movie shows the hardships of being in love and fighting for your life in such a beautiful but realistic manner. I absolutely love this film.

There are so many great aspects about this movie that it's hard to highlight a few. However, one of my favorite things is the whole plot and its meaning. It creatively captures a teenager's perspective of love but also of dealing with cancer. It reaches out to a younger audience but still allows an older audience to enjoy it. John Green knows how to grab the audience's attention by intertwining the two most heart-wrenching aspects of life - love and death. Another thing I really love about the movie is how well it depicts the book it is based on. I read the book a few months ago and I loved how the director put in just enough of the details to keep its authenticity. I didn't feel like there was anything missing. Overall, this movie is extremely great and I want everyone to enjoy it as I did.

My favorite character is Hazel Grace Lancaster. Hazel is witty and smart but also strong and understands things. She teaches Gus a lot about books and how not to be afraid of oblivion. Hazel knows she's going to die but she accepts that and she wants her parents to accept that too. I think a lot of teens going through love or even pain can relate to Hazel Grace.

My favorite scene is when Hazel, Gus and Isaac go to Isaac's ex-girlfriend's house. Isaac's ex-girlfriend, Monica, dumped Isaac because he was going to have eye surgery which would leave him blind. Right before the surgery, Monica dumped Isaac and never even asked if he was okay. Hazel, Gus and Isaac want revenge so they go to egg her house. This part is so funny because Isaac is blind and he can't see where he's throwing the eggs. This struck me as so funny because he's throwing the eggs in the bushes and at the trees but Hazel and Gus try to keep his spirit up by giving him encouragement. It is just a funny scene.

I recommend this movie for ages 12 to 18 because it is a lot to comprehend and some of the information about death may be too much for young children. I am 14 and have never cried so much in two hours. This is an amazing movie and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. This is a great movie for teens to go out and watch with friends. It comes out this weekend so make sure you get to watch this movie, you won't regret it! Reviewed by Jailene Arias, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

The Fault in Our Stars based on the best-selling novel by John Green is a beautiful, refreshing and witty love story about two teenagers and the remarkable love they share. Hazel, played by Shailene Woodley, is a teen girl living with cancer. Accompanied by her oxygen tank, she attends support groups in the hopes that it will ease her parents worry for her. One day at a group gathering, she meets a boy unlike any she has ever met before. Augustus Waters is a cancer patient with a prosthetic leg and a heart of gold. The two of them bond immediately over their shared sense of humor and disdain for ordinary things. The two of them go through incredible ups and downs dealing with their illnesses while taking a beautiful journey of love places the never thought they'd go.

This film is incredible. I was very hesitant when I saw that they were making a film based off of the novel by John Green because the book is so amazing and I wasn't sure if a movie would do it justice. But this film goes above and beyond. It stays so true to the characters and their personalities. The feel of the book is captured perfectly in the film and I cannot wait to see it again. The sets and locations are great because it really shows everything as I imagined it in the book. I feel like everything is as it should be. They even captured Hazel's depressing and run down swing set exactly as I imagined it. The musical score by Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott fits the film amazingly well. It really helps carry the emotions throughout the film and is wonderful to listen to.

I'm very pleased with the actors chosen for this film. I honestly did not imagine Shailene Woodley when I thought of actresses to play Hazel Grace but, she does an incredible job portraying her. Hazel is such a wonderful character. She looks at the world in such a unique and honest way and is such a genuine person. She has a very interesting, witty personality and even though her life seems very bleak at times, she is a very positive. John Green created such a complex character while also keeping her extremely real and I think Shailene was the perfect choice to play such an imperfect role.

I think what makes this film so amazing is its uniqueness. You don't hear many stories about two teenagers with cancer meeting and falling so deeply in love at a support group. Yet, even though this film is so unique, it sends a universal message about love and loss that everyone can relate to in some way. This film is so refreshingly real and authentic and I think it's been a while since I've seen that in theaters. We get so caught up with all the explosions and fantasy and unrealistic scenarios that big blockbuster films bombard us with that it's really nice to finally see a film like this. These two individuals are able to share such a deep connection and love each other for all of their flaws and quirks, which is something that everyone deserves to have in their life. This film shows love on such a real level in so many ways, from romantic love to the love of parents and children. But it also shows loss and heartbreak just the same. I can't accurately describe everything I felt while watching this movie, but I can say that it is epic.

The entire audience was sobbing by the end and this film does look at life and death in a very blunt and real fashion. There are also a few moments with mature language and some sexual situations so I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18. I think this is a must see and definitely a wonderful summer film, whether or not you're a teen. This is a wonderful love story that everyone in their teens and older should experience. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars so make sure you see this remarkable film in theaters June 6th!

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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EARTH TO ECHO
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EARTH TO ECHO
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. Starring Teo Halm, Astro and Reese Hartwig. Rated PG for some action, peril and mild language.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - For those of use who hold a special place in our hearts for the sci-fi films of our youth such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, this film may seem like a blast from the past, only with new and fun twists. The story follows a group of kids who embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "This movie brings the old sci-fi feel of the 80s back to life. It has the same style, which is my favorite." Kendyl P. adds, "Earth to Echo is a mind blowing movie. If you are a fan of movies like E.T. or discovering aliens from space, this movie is perfect for you." Kayla P has one last thought, "The actors are spectacular. They make the film come alive and make you feel like you are on the journey with them. Earth to Echo is the perfect summertime movie for the entire family." See their full reviews in kid comments and video reviews and interviews with cast and creators are in the video links below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is an adventure Hollywood has been waiting for. This is not just another story about helping an alien to get to its home planet, Earth to Echo is an emotional and fun adventure that many kids will love and cherish for generations.

The story has a little sprinkle of romance, displays a true friendship, thrills when they discover Echo, and, of course, will pump you up with adrenaline. If you are the type of person that likes action - this film has plenty of it since there are also BAD guys chasing after them.

The adventure starts when four young kids have to move out of their homes because a highway project is going to demolish them. On their last day together, they follow maps that randomly appeared on their phones. What they find is greater than any of them anticipated. Now, if you want all the juicy details - you have to watch the film.

This movie brings the old sci-fi feel of the 80s back to life. It has the same style, which is my favorite. It relates a lot to the legendary film, E.T and I see Echo as a sort of E.T. Jr. character. However, the story starts rather abruptly. It feels like there is no well-defined beginning. Otherwise this is great adventure that kids will love and perhaps even look for their own Echo's in the neighborhoods.

The directing, I think, is very unique since it seems as if the movie is shot from the kid's prospective. There is a lot of complexity around this type of technique but I believe the end result is well worth the time and the effort that was put into the movie.

My favorite scene is when they are escaping BAD guys. The thing they find, which they name Echo is in danger because of those bad guys. They are about to crash into a truck, but Echo takes the truck apart in midair and puts it back together behind them! The special effects are amazing and it also shows that Echo is very protective of her friends.

I recommend this movie for ages 6 to 18. Younger kids may not understand the full complexity of the film. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Earth to Echo is a mind blowing movie. If you are a fan of movies like E.T. or discovering aliens from space, this movie is perfect for you. Earth to Echo is about a group of friends, Tuck (Astro), Alex (Teo Halm), Munch (Resse Heartwig) and Emma (Ella Wahlesedt) who are forced to move because of the construction of a big freeway near their houses. Before they move, their cell phones start acting up. It turns out to be a map and they follow it. It leads them to an alien that is trying to get back home but can't go. It's up to Tuck, Munch, Alex and Emma to save the day.

My favorite character is Alex because he is very helpful and cool. He sticks by the alien's side and he really cares about him. He is like the alien's best friend. My favorite part is when small parts of the space ship fly in from all over the neighborhood to form a really large spaceship and the main part of the ship is in Alex's backyard. I really enjoyed watching that.

The actors, Astro, Teo Halm, Resse Heartwig and Ella Wahlesedt do a great job expressing different emotions in the film. The message of this film is "true friendships can last a lifetime." The friendship the boys have continues long after they go their separate ways.

This is a great film. I recommend this film for kids age 9 to 16 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Earth to Echo is a fantastic family movie to watch this summer. This film is about three boys, Tuck, Alex and Munch who have a very close friendship. Unfortunately, their homes are being demolished because there are plans to build a major highway right through the middle of their community. As the boys prepare to pack up and leave their community, their cell phones began receiving strange pictures, which they learn is a map. The boys decide to follow the map and discover a robot named Echo. After communicating with Echo, the boys learn he is trying to build a key to unlock his space ship to go home. While the boys are helping Echo, they learn the real reason why their homes are being demolished. They may be able to save the community from being destroyed.

Tuck and his friends are told to stop trying to help Echo. They learn that by helping Echo they are also helping the families in their community. The message of the film is "do the right thing." You might face some opposition by some people, but you still have to do the right thing that will benefit all people.

My favorite scene is when Tuck, Alex and Munch discover Echo. At first they think he is a beeping machine. Every time Echo beeps Munch starts running for his life and acts crazy. He is my favorite character because he brings a lot of the humor to this film.

The actors are spectacular. They make the film come alive and make you feel like you are on the journey with them. Earth to Echo is the perfect summertime movie for the entire family. I recommend this film for kids ages 7 through 18. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. Earth to Echo will be in theatres July 2, 2014, don't miss it.

Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
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THE NEXT STEP
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Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18 ANIM
Description - Follow the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio as they train hard, rehearse and hang out. With the regional championships coming up, the A-Troupe needs to come together if they want to win and qualify for the national title. The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama series shot in a reality television style. The show was created by Frank van Keeken.

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

SLUGTERRA: GHOUL FROM BEYOND
SLUGTERRA: GHOUL FROM BEYOND
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Description - Just when the evil Dr. Blakk has been defeated and it seems like Eli Shane's duties as protector of Slugterra are getting easier, a new danger emerges from beyond the 99 caverns. Eli and the Shane Gang rush to the rescue, but nothing can prepare them for what they encounter: a slug that can do something no one in Slugterra has ever seen, or heard, a slug do before! Traditional slugslinging no longer applies. Eli will have to engage in a very different kind of duel to save Slugterra...and himself!
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD

MALEFICENT
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MALEFICENT
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Description - A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Sharlto Copley.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Maleficent is a remake of the Disney classic "Sleeping Beauty." I assumed that I knew what it was going to be about but, it turned out to be a totally unpredictable and amazing movie. Maleficent is about a betrayed fairy (Angelina Jolie) that curses the king's infant daughter Aurora as revenge. She soon discovers that when Aurora grows up, she is the only one who can restore the peace and happiness that everyone needs to get them out of the depression caused by revenge and war. This movie takes "Sleeping Beauty" and turns it into a completely different movie.

By far, this is the best Disney movie I've seen and one of the best movies I've seen in a while. Everything is just right. For example, the music sets the right mood in every scene. It is strong and loud when it needs to be and quite and shy at other times and, at certain points, it is playful and happy. It really pulls the whole movie together. Along with the jaw-dropping music, this movie has amazing actors starting with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning (Aurora). They fit each role perfectly almost as if they were born for these roles.

This movie is very interesting to watch because it isn't entirely based on "Sleeping Beauty" so you get to see a completely different side of Maleficent before she becomes the villain that she is known as. Throughout the movie I found myself wanting the movie to go quicker to see what would happen next but not wanting it to end anytime soon. I think that the director Robert Stromberg and the writers Linda Woolverton and Charles Perrault really outdo themselves with this movie because I cannot stop obsessing about how great it is.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 perfect stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18. To be honest, this movie is a movie that you should be sure not to miss because IT IS THAT GOOD! Reviewed by Samantha Alexander, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I am not necessarily a fan of the X-men films - too violent for my taste. This film starts out very violent and dark and I thought it was going to continue like that the entire time. It doesn't! Much to my surprise and delight, what follows is a compelling storyline about going back in time to change the turn of events and prevent the darkness we see in the opening scene. Are they successful, you'll have to go see the film. Suffice it to say that I think this is the best X-Men film yet!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - X-traordinarily perfect! I've been waiting for this movie for a while and what a payoff. The future, as we know it, is a wasteland for mutants: hunted and eliminated by the Sentinels. To stop this from ever happening, Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent into the past to prevent this dark outcome.

I adore the X-Men series and to see it again is beyond fantastic. Bringing back the original iconic actors such as Sir Patrick Stewart (Professor X) and Sir Ian McKellen (Magneto) makes me overjoyed! Even the younger versions of them - Micheal Fassbender and James McAvory are their own 3-dimensional characters because they're not trying to be replicas of their older selves. Their interaction and relationships are strong and, just as in "X-Men First Class," I love seeing Eric and Xavier just talking. These two started as friends and the film shows that perfectly. They have different pathways and ways to fix events but they never give up on each other.

The action and special effects in this film are grand. Showing different mutant powers is what made X-Men unique to begin with. It's not entirely combat action, like "Avengers," it's more letting their powers do the work. Magneto slowly lifts an entire baseball stadium, which allows us to marvel at how powerful mutants can be.

The story is astounding! This film has to pick-up from the previous films and tie-up loose ends. Not only do they succeed but, they also remember little details. Example: the young Wolverine doesn't have metal claws. They're bone because he doesn't get the metal ones until sometime in the future. Specifics like that add to how incredible this film is. It can also confuse people who haven't seen the other films. There are inside jokes and character connections that could be lost.

My favorite character is Quicksilver (Evan Peters), a mutant who has incredible speed.

This is by far the best representation of a comic-book character. Evan shows the mischievous and cocky side of Silver that is always a kick to watch.

My favorite scene is Quicksilver's super speed sequence. This is when the team breaks Eric/Magneto out of a Pentagon prison and the group is cornered by security. Quicksilver, without a care in the world, pranks the guards by poking the bullets in mid-air, pulling their guns out of their hands and more. This is such an incredible ride that it just needs to be experienced.

The message of this film is, "Choices you make in the present, affect your future." The whole reason for this story is that one careless act has changed the world forever. We need to think through the choices we make to have a bright future.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 13- to 18 year-olds. This film shows dark images and language that is not intended for younger audiences.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, age 13, KIDSFIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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BLENDED
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BLENDED
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - After a blind date gone horribly wrong, Jim and Lauren agree they never, ever want to see each other again. Well, that's all about to change when the two find themselves and their respective families (including children) all stuck together in one suite at an African Safari vacation spot. Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film made me laugh till my jaw hurt. Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are back together for another comedy that is fun, smooth and has so many one-liners that everyone will repeat and remember for years to come! Blended is one of the funniest films of 2014 so far. I also believe this is the best and funniest of Sandler's film to date.

The amazing thing about this film is that it has a great story line with deep meaning. It isn't just about comedy. There is a romantic family get away with jokes, dancing and heartwarming scenes and a very special treat for all animal lovers out there.

The story starts when two single parents, Lauren and Jim, have a horrible blind date...at Hooters! After that, and quite by accident, the two families end up enjoying a family vacation together. It is a funny adventure that makes you laugh, cry and stay at the age of your seat, pumped with excitement and anticipation of what is coming next.

I absolute love the chemistry. You can see that the actors are good friends and they play their emotions perfectly. The comedy is an Adam Sandler / Drew Barrymore classic but, it is not the usual everyday Hollywood comedy that you expect. This film has a message. Even though it is a funny movie, it has a story line that is easy to follow and easy to cry, to laugh and to be happy.

My favorite scene is when the two people, Jim and Lauren, first see each other. They get in line to buy something and in front of them is someone from another Happy Madison movie. Yep, they brought an old character from another movie that everyone adores. So, when this happens, it surprises everyone and it makes the audience laugh out loud. If you want to know who I am talking about, you have to watch the film.

Even though this is a comedy, there are a lot of jokes that are somewhat mature so I recommend it for ages 12 to 18. I also give it 5 out 5 stars for good chemistry, comedy and great acting. I hope this will not be the last film with this amazing duo because their partnership clearly works. It gives the film that little something extra that makes for an instant blockbuster.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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Media: FeatureFilm


FED UP
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FED UP
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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Description - Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry-far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent expos� that uncovers why-despite media attention, the public's fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig. Starring Michele Simon.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Eye-opening! I love the way this film's message comes through in an intellectual and impactful way. This documentary tackles the issue of childhood obesity and follows the lives of kids across America. In between, we learn that everything we know about losing weight is wrong and that the content in our food products is a lie.

I want you to find any processed food product and look on the nutrition label. You will find that sugar does not have a percent daily value. All the other ingredients do. Why not sugar? Because, "80% out of the 600,000 food products sold in the country have added sugar and since 1995 the government has provided over eight billion dollars in subsides for corn based sweeteners." Revealing these surprising facts was no easy feat however, director Stephanie Soechtig brilliantly shows the struggle that all kids go through as they battle obesity. The half a dozen kids they follow through their physical and, more important, emotional pain - are amazing. We see them living different lives but dealing with the same obstacles. Their everyday struggles prove this film's theory. Many doctors, authors and, even presidents, are interviewed. Each has their say in the issue and all have wise words. The animation showing graphs, pie charts and ratings are clever. Mixed in with the informative, stock footage of news and food commercials showing the history of obesity, make this an exciting and insightful film.

I was blown away by Maggie Valentine's story. This beautiful girl is going through the heartache of trying to control her weight. She works everyday to release weight but, in the end, it's futile. To see her tears, frustration and sadness is unbearable to watch.

The message in this film is, "Change the food industry!" Being overweight is not entirely a personal fault. Our processed foods are a huge cause of the obesity rate in America. Food companies continue to grow bigger and stronger. Thus, we need to change the way we eat. We need to stop putting gasoline on to the fire. It's not easy. As Margo Wootan says, "Healthy eating is like swimming up stream. If you want to eat better you have to work hard against the food environment."

The interview with David Allison, PH.D, Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, is both tragic and funny. Allison has repeatedly taken research money from Coke, Pepsi and America Beverage Association. Asked about sugary beverages, David says, "one question you might ask is 'weather sugary beverages contribute more calories than other foods'" The interviewer asks, "Do they?" David replies, "It's a good question but I don't think the evidence is quite clear." The interviewer asks, "What is the science behind that?" David replies, "The ideal study might be to require people to ... (he stumbles) Ah, let me start again on that. Let me get my thoughts together..." Allison can't even form words. This made me chuckle because he can't even devise a logical explanation.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 6- to 18-year-olds. Kids need to be aware of what's in the food they eat and learn how to make better choices.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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BELLE
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BELLE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew, Goode, Emily Watson.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Belle is remarkably interesting, informational and captivating. It's a wonderful film that I enjoy watching. I would really like to see it again soon.

Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is of mixed race and an illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. She is being raised, reluctantly, by her noble great-uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife. They find out that, surprisingly, Belle is part of their blood lineage and is entitled to certain things such as money, land and education. However, due of the color of her skin, she cannot attend some of the traditions that the family has, such as dinner with the family when guests are present.

There is so much that I love about this film. I love the story, the costumes, the intensity and the scenery. The acting is so genuinely real and all the actors make this story come to life on the big screen. The wardrobe is breathtakingly beautiful, especially the dresses that Belle wears, and has tremendous historical details that are very accurate. This story touches base on slavery and equal rights. It is by no means over-bearing or too much to handle and definitely needs to be told to everyone who will listen. My favorite character is, of course, Belle. She transitions from being a confused little girl, who is scared and alone, to a strong-minded supporter of human rights. I like her witty comebacks and how she does not settle for anything she does not want. One of my favorite scenes is when Belle is playing outside with her cousin when they are children. They go behind a tree, laughing and playing together, and when they come from behind it, they are two beautiful young women who obviously still love to play and fool around. The resemblance from the young Belle to the older one is almost exact except for the eye color.

Belle is based on a true story and sends a great message that everyone is created equal. It doesn't matter what color their skin is or how they look or even, how they are brought up - everyone should be treated equal.

I recommend Belle for ages 10 to 18 and to anyone who likes the eighteenth Century. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Belle comes out in theaters on May 23rd, so please check it out. Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
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AS THE CROW FLIES
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AS THE CROW FLIES
ALLS HOUSE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - Family recording artist Dan Crow offers a brand new collection of original songs that celebrate his fun with travels around the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dan Crow's "As the Crow Flies" boasts the talents of a seasoned, much-traveled performer who knows his audience. The album is packed with outright fun and danceable hits that will have its audience on their feet and moving right along. Some of the highlights, supported by a band of all-stars, are the surf-inspired "Stevie's Got a Maui Owie," the multitude of fun available on the "Playground" and the timeless log of a little dog in "Greyfriar's Bobby" complete with authentic Scottish instrumentation. A fun, inspired album the whole family will enjoy. There are lots of opportunities for participation, out and out fun, and movement. The children's chorus is particularly appealing. The artist recalls growing up in his first house, the love of eating mac n'cheese, the fun of traveling, anti-bullying and something we can all remember - waiting for the Tooth Fairy. The recording quality is terrific and the guest musicians and youth singers are all top notch. We love this one! `
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD has a lot of fun and catchy songs. The lyrics don't always make sense and are sometimes just silly but they will make kids want to laugh out loud and dance around the room. The instrumental part is a very strong part of the CD. It is what will make you want to get up and dance around. Even when the words are a bit too silly the instrumental section holds your attention. Although, young kids may not learn a lot from listening to the CD, they will enjoy the music and sometimes that is just as important as learning something new. I did learn something from the song "Bully Girl and Bully Boy." The music styles are pretty similar throughout the CD. There is some rhyming and the songs touch on topics such as the tooth fairy and the playground, things kids can relate to. I recommend this for kids ages 4 to 8.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: AUDIO

SMART SONGS FOR ACTIVE CHILDREN
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SMART SONGS FOR ACTIVE CHILDREN
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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - The 7th CD by early childhood music specialist and award-winning composer Vincent Nunes. The sixteen tracks are original songs, each curriculum rich and loaded with catchy melodies which make you want to sing along
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What is the adage you can't tell a book by its cover? Well in the case of 'Smart Songs for Active Children' the cover artwork for all the songs is there but, with that in mind, when you open a book and play an album - in whatever format you choose - the artist, the story, and investiture takes over. This album comes from a pure place of what communicates to children, what uplifts and involves them and ultimately what brings joy and the 'play it again phenom' we have experienced as parents. This album works on a multitude of levels. The music strides a variety of styles with lots of room for participation. Vincent is a consummate writer and performer who knows his audience. Great continuity and variety of styles. The lyrics are filled with love, fun and positive values throughout. The title gives it away. These are indeed smart songs and kids will be dancing and singing along from the first downbeat. The vocals are well placed out front of the tracks. The production values are very good with a nice mix of instruments. Check it out.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really like some of the songs and lost interest on some. They really liked the Spanish song, the store song and the washing hands song. They also seems to like Manuel the great and danced around to all the music. Overall, they had a fun time listening to it and remembered a lot of it afterwards.
Runtime: 48 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO

POPPY CAT: BIRTHDAY TREASURE AND OTHER ADVENTURES
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POPPY CAT: BIRTHDAY TREASURE AND OTHER ADVENTURES
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Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5
Description - Join Poppy Cat and her friends in these 7 fun-filled episodes as they embark on extraordinary adventures through fantastical lands. Seen through the eyes of Poppy's imaginative young owner, a little girl named Lara, each episode tells the tale of a very special cat and her colorful band of friends. In Birthday Treasure, it's Poppy's birthday and one of her presents is a treasure map. All aboard the hot air balloon for an exciting ride to Mystery Jungle, plus lots more adventures to enjoy! Episodes include: Birthday Treasure, Bad Robot, Magic Show, Sunken Ship, Bumble Fumble, Cheese Mountain, Marshmallow Mines
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun and entertaining collection of short episodes that are narrated by Poppy the Cat's owner, Lara who is a little girl. Lara tells imaginative stories about Poppy the Cat and her animal friends that teach about kindness, friendship and using your imagination. Poppy is a positive role model who although is just a cat, has a positive outlook on life. Great for young children who will love the bright colored characters and their adventures.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is an exciting, funny, and adventurous series of animated films for preschoolers. They are based on the best-selling books by Lara Jones. They have a lot of bright colors and friendly characters throughout the film which will keep kids entertained for a long time.

This DVD is a collection of seven animated films. In the main episode, Poppy Cat is celebrating her birthday. She receives a lot of presents from her friends including a treasure map. Poppy and her friends journey to the Mystery Jungle to find the treasure.

Each episode on this DVD takes you on a different adventure and they all are really cute. The characters are friendly and treat each other nicely, which is good for preschoolers to see. Each episode only lasts for eleven minutes so it is a good length for young children whose attention span is pretty short. The episodes are full of bright colors that are very appealing and I think young children will really like. The music is very pleasant too. My favorite episode is "Marshmallow Mines" because one of my favorite characters, Rocket Cat, is in it. Rocket Cat is brave and thankful throughout the episode, which I really appreciate and I know parents will too. Another great thing about this DVD is that it made my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat.

What I like best about Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is that each episode teaches an important lesson about friendship and teamwork. At the end of each segment, Poppy Cat's owner explains the message and gives examples.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars because it is educational, adventurous and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to5, especially for kids who like animals, music and bright colors. I think young kids will really enjoy the friendly and silly characters.

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

Are you ready for fun and adventure?

These stories begin with Poppy's owner, Lara, telling her cat a story. In Poppy Cat Birthday Treasures and other Adventures we see seven episodes with Poppy's friends - Owl, Zuzu, Mo, Egbert and Alma. My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent.

I loved "The Birthday Treasure" because it has lots of adventures. This episode is about Poppy receiving a treasure map for her birthday and following the treasure map as it leads them to a mysterious jungle. A Bad Robot attacks Poppy and her gang's favorite superhero, Rocket Cat so they take a spaceship to see if they can help him. When Owl performs his magic show, Owl makes Zuzu's skateboard accidentally disappear. Then, Owl's magic wand breaks and the gang must find a way to fix it or lose the skateboard forever. This leads them to a dark and dangerous cave. "Sunken Ship" has the gang making a statue for their friend the Frog Prince. Egbert the Badger ruins the day by telling them they need gold for their statue and they set out to find some. They head to the ocean in hopes of finding a sunken ship full of treasure. "Bumble Fumble" is about a bird that loses her baby egg. Poppy Cat and friends are at a picnic and they spot the lost polka dotted egg. Owl notices that the egg is from a Bumble Fumble who is known for his poor eyesight and the gang tries to find the mother and the nest. "Cheese Mountain" begins when the gang slides down a slide and decides to go to Cheese Mountain. "Marshmallow Mines" is another story featuring Rocket Cat. The electricity goes out during a show and they decide to help Rocket Cat out of his marshmallow world.

All the episodes feature Egbert the Badger causing some sort of trouble. Plus, there are all kinds of ways that they travel - an airplane, rocket ship, car, submarine and a hot air balloon. My favorite was the rocket ship. I like the animation of the ship traveling in space.

I really enjoyed the DVD because it took back to my youth when I used to love watching Poppy Cat on Sprout. I recommend this for ages 2 to 9. I loved this DVD because it is fun and full of adventure.

Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

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MILLION DOLLAR ARM
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MILLION DOLLAR ARM
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Starring Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wonderfully played! This film has a well thought-out story with genuine interaction between the actors and their characters. Based on a true story, a sports agent from America, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) seeks to find a fast armed cricket pitcher in India for a reality show called, "Million Dollar Arm." His goal, to teach them the game of baseball and get them signed to a major league baseball team. However, JB may have gambled more than he thought.

The natural relationship and connections with these actors are what sparks the charm in this film. Seeing JB handle the streets of India or entering an elevator with Rinku Singh (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh Patelv (Madhur Mittal) is what builds this film's character. The actors look and act their roles. During the credits we see a short video and pictures of the real Rinku, Dinesh and JB. The actors' looks sell the illusion. Even the real JB Bernstein, who was present during shooting, says, "He had several out-of-body moments watching Hamm recreate his life. It was spooky, almost like reliving the moment," he admits. This made my reaction stronger.

The cinematography is beautiful! This film captures the crowded streets and beautiful culture of India against the 21st century concrete jungle of L.A. Once these two worlds are established, it makes the collision on these characters even bigger.

My favorite scene is when Pitobash gives Rinku and Dinesh a pep talk. Think of this as the last stand speech. Saying, "Go out there and make our country proud." The irony of this is how a little Indian man has a huge voice.

My favorite character is Amit (Pitobash), he helps JB in document Rinku and Dinesh's journey. He loves baseball and hopes to become a coach one day. I admire how enthusiastic he is. The first time we see him he's up and ready to work - a little ball of fire with a huge heart.

The moral of the story is, "Don't put business in front of what's right." JB worries too much about another client and loses track on his main project. He needs to make it fun for Rinku and Dinesh.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 9- through 18-year-olds. There is tiny bit of bad language and some gross scenes that younger kids may not want to see, but this is a film that's well worth a view.

Reviewed by Keefer. C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS FIRST, Film Critic

Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of a sports agent and three young men from small villages in India as they make baseball history. Jon Hamm plays a sports agent named JB whose business is teetering on either making it big or failing completely. When his big plan of managing a major league NFL player falls through, all seems lost. That is until one night when he finds himself watching Indian cricket with his friend and gets a brilliant idea. Cricket is such a huge sport in India. He wondered what would happen if he found two cricket players, brought them to America and trained them for major league baseball. His idea seemed foolproof, he would make baseball history by recruiting the first Indian players plus, he would get an entirely new following of Indian fans. Once JB finds the boys he is looking for, it becomes less about business, and more about friendship.

I found this film very pleasing. I didn't know much about it and wasn't quite sure what to expect but, once I got into it, I was very touched. The cinematography is very well executed and, during the portion of the film that is shot in India, the landscape and culture are captured beautifully. Even the slums and run down villages are filmed in a way that makes you feel as if you are under the sweltering heat of the sun or in the chaotic mix of vendors and civilians on the crowded streets. The music in this film is fantastic. It features the essence of Indian music with a twist of modern American pop, making it perfect for this multicultural film.

My favorite character is Amit played by Pitobash. He is recruited early on in the film, almost by accident, to be an assistant and translator for JB. He is one of the funniest characters because he is so polite and hospitable to JB and his recruiting team but he often gets himself into funny situations while trying to accommodate everyone. In one scene, Alan Arkin's character Ray says something along the lines of "...this guy has juice" as a way to express the potential he saw in a player. However, Amit overhears this and immediately goes sprinting away to find his boss some juice to drink. It is quite hilarious. My favorite scene is when Amit, Rinku and Dinesh come to America for the first time. They have spent their entire lives in small villages in India so you can imagine their adjustment to the extravagant LA lifestyle JB is living. There is such a funny scene when they all get into an elevator for the first time and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) is so impressed by its motion sensors that he repeatedly sticks his hand in between the doors right as they close just to see the "magic" of them automatically opening again.

I was very touched by this film. Not only does it show the historical achievement of the first Indian major league baseball players but, it also made me laugh out loud and tugged on my heart strings. JB starts out viewing the boys as his project, a way to make a lot of money and propel himself forward in the sports industry, but soon he realizes that they are so much more than just a paycheck. As he lets his defensiveness down, he sees how kind, funny and talented they each are and an unforgettable bond is formed between them. Because of this, I give the film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Million Dollar Arm hits a homerun into theaters on May 16th so be sure to check it out at a theater near you!

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


MOM'S NIGHT OUT
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MOM'S NIGHT OUT
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong? Starring Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mom's Night Out is a heartwarming and hilarious film that is great for the whole family.

Allyson (Sarah Drew) wants to have a night on the town with her friends. She wants to enjoy grown up stuff and have adult conversations. However, in order for this to happen, their husbands must watch the kids for a few hours and take care of everything at home. This should be easy enough, right? Wrong! All kinds of things happen which shows that a Mom's job is extremely important. Mom's Night Out is a little snapshot of the parenting journey.

I love this movie! It has real life situations that I'm sure a lot of Moms can relate to. They probably relate to the pain of struggling to be the perfect parent. The cast is so talented and their acting is so natural and real. The chemistry between them is great with the way they feed off of each other. They take this story and make it so believably funny and have you laughing out loud. I like the action sequences as it keeps your interest and it adds to the humor. My favorite character is the Cabbie (David Hunt) because the things he says makes no sense at all but cracked me up. Also, he is able to actually pull off an English accent although he is not from England. My favorite scene is when the ladies go to the Tattoo Parlor looking for the Baby and speak to the Desk Guy (Manwell Reyes). The ladies are hysterical and anxious but he is so cool and calm. He acts like he doesn't have a care in the world.

Andrew and Jon Erwin (October Baby) both direct this hilarious yet gratifying film. The comedy, action sequences and the genuine portrayal of the characters make it an enjoyable film. I like it when some of the words of wisdom come from the least likely person that you would imagine and it really touches your heart.

There are many messages about a mother's job in this film but, I like the unconditional love message. A mom's job is very important and, although she can take the place of others, no one can ever take her place.

I recommend this film for ages 6 to 18 and all the mom's who need a night out. This comedy is rated PG with no inappropriate language and is suitable for the whole family to see. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Give your Mom an extra treat and take her to see Mom's Night Out. It comes out in theaters on May 9th just in time for Mother's Day weekend.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

What a funny family film, I expected an over the top try-too-hard comedy, but I was way off! Moms Night Out is a great film that is not only funny but also has a heartfelt story many moms can relate too. It gets you excited as the storyline unrolls and offers a mix of romance and thrills.

The story starts when a way-over-worked mom feels like she has had enough and really needs a break. So, she and her friends plan a girls' night out. However, the night doesn't quite work the way they expected. They 'enjoy' this insane night and have some pretty funny adventures. It is a movie that all moms can relate too and a film that is a perfect way of showing how hard mothers work.

I love this film for many reasons! The actors, Sarah Drew (Allyson) portrays her emotions well. The camera shots are smooth and perfect for the film. They catch the main idea of the scene and represent it at perfect angles. However, the comedy is on a smaller scale than I expected. Some of the jokes feel a bit outdated and are pretty predictable such as those about auto correct, cartoonish moves and stuff like that. Sadly, some of the jokes and situations have already been done a number of times in the movie industry.

My favorite scene is when they first introduce Sondra who has a teenage daughter. She tries to text on her phone and is terrible at it. Her auto correct version is way off from what she is trying to say. The brilliant Patricia Heaton portrays one of the lead characters so, you can imagine how entertaining it is. She types some interesting things to her daughter. It's a good scene to introduce her and funny as well. It made me laugh, while telling me a lot about the characters.

This film does have some adult content so I recommend it for ages 12 to 18 and give it 4.5 out 5 stars because it could use a bit more humor. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


JODOROWSKY'S DUNE
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JODOROWSKY'S DUNE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an inspirational and meaningful story. When I first started watching this film, I thought it was a story about a director but, it is completely different, unexpected and unique. It is the marvelous story about Jodorowsky's Dune journey.

This documentary has tons to offer if you are a sci-fi fan or simply interested in inspirational stories. It is thrilling, funny and interesting, especially for cinema enthusiasts like me. I also believe that anyone who loves classics will enjoy it as well. The documentary is unique and different, in its own way.

The story is about a "French Steven Spielberg" named Alejandro Jodorowsky who made famous and mind-blowing films that always had a deeper meaning behind them. He had a dream of making a movie based on the famous book "Dune" by Frank Herbert. We join this extremely inspiring adventure where he tries to make this film but sadly fails after two years of hard work. Fortunately, his work is not wasted as it became the basis for many sci-fi movies that followed thus making Jodorowsky's dream become bigger than he could have ever imagined.

I absolute loved this documentary. The angles of the camera are very different, never fixed on one person or one place, which makes it look like you are there in the same room with the people that are talking. It includes narration by people that helped make the film which fits really nicely. The director also includes clips from some of the films that used some of Jodorowsky's ideas to support what the narrator is discussing. That made me want to watch those films. The layout is unique and clean because it shows the passing of time. Since the film was never made, they animated the drawings to give you an idea of how it would have look had it been finished. That, in turn, made me want to watch it over and over again. The story inspired me and will inspire others.

My favorite part is when they talk about the very opening scene. The scene opens in a galaxy than zooms in on a specific area. For the 70s, this was very advanced and hard to do. Since they drew it, the animators made it come to life in the documentary. Also, at the end, the film shows how this work inspired other producers to create similar shots. There is a secret meaning, which I love, and that is advanced and was never before done.

This movie has a lot of adult content and terminology so I recommend it for ages 13 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: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


SOPHIA GRACE & ROSIE A ROYAL ADVENTURE
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SOPHIA GRACE & ROSIE A ROYAL ADVENTURE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - Sophia Grace and Rosie are sent to Switzelvania by The Ellen DeGeneres Show as special correspondents tasked with covering the coronation of a new queen.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Eleven-year-old Sophia Grace Brownlee and eight-year-old Rosie McClelland are irresistible as singers, dancers, Red Carpet correspondents, and charming guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show -- and now as talented actresses in this lively and entertaining family film.

Playing themselves in the movie, the adorable British cousins are sent to Switzelvania as Ellen's correspondents to cover the coronation of a new queen. They find two princesses aggressively vying for the job, and are determined to do whatever it takes to help the kind and true -- but shy - third princess gain confidence and, ultimately, the throne.

Hijinks and adventures ensue, punctuated by well-choreographed song and dance production numbers, cameo appearances by a magic duck, and the encouraging message that being yourself - and believing in yourself - will win the day.

Silly enough for giggles from young audiences, yet with enough cleverness for the older set (including parents), the film successfully borrows from classics as far afield as Cinderella, Aladdin and King Lear! Energetic and fine performances from the supporting cast, high production values, and fast-paced editing add to the plotlines.

Sophia Grace and Rosie's Royal Adventure appeals largely to girls ages 5 through 12, and to their fans who have followed their ascent to stardom from their original viral videos, to Ellen's show, and now to their own feature film. I watched the movie with an audience of girls, boys, and adults, and while some jokes might have gone over the heads of the younger kids, there was plenty of action and fun to keep everyone captivated.

Reviewed by Ann B, KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The movie Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure reminds me of a Cinderella fairy tale. There are two bratty sisters and a very innocent one named Abigail. It is similar to the Cinderella story because Abigail has two girls looking out for her as if they are her fairy godmothers. This movie is definitely an exciting royal adventure.

The story begins when Sophia Grace and Rosie are sent on a special assignment to meet the princesses of Switzelvania to see which one will be crowned Queen. However, they loose their guardian and become mistaken as the King's great grand nieces. They end up having to teach the King's daughter, Princess Abigail, the ways of being a real princess. In the process, they get thrown into a dungeon because the bratty princesses (Abigail's sisters) don't want her to become Queen. However, at least they have their secret weapon. To find out what that is, you will have to watch the movie. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve!

My favorite part is when the security guard tells the guardian, Phyllis Bunt (Amy Louise Wilson) that she can get out of jail if she reveals her true identity. She gives a made up name of Dynasty Composition knowing no one believes her real identity anyway. However, the security guard lies and won't let her out. Phyllis then jumps the security guard, ties her up and duck tapes her mouth. I didn't see that coming! It was hysterical.

All the characters are great, especially Princess Cordilla (Emma Pierson) one of the princesses who makes fun of Abigail. She has a funny voice and isn't very smart and plays the part well. The main idea of this movie is that if you believe in yourself, you can make anything happen.

I recommend this movie for kids ages 5 through 12. Specifically, girls will enjoy this movie, as every girl wants to imagine herself as a princess at some point. Therefore, I rate this movie a four out of five "dazzling" stars! Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure is available now on DVD.

Reviewed by Haley Powell, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 89 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.95
Media: DVD


SON OF BATMAN (BLU-RAY)
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SON OF BATMAN (BLU-RAY)
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Series: FEATURES, AGES 8-12
Description - Ra's al Ghul is dead, slain by former League of Assassin Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. His victory is not without a cost, the price his right eye; taken by Ra's own grandson Damien. Fearing for her sons' safety Talia al Ghul decides now is the time for the boy to meet his father. Half a world away a trail of chemical plant heists finds the Batman catching the culprit in the very act. The thief is Killer Croc, but Croc has changed mutated by some unseen hand. With the shocking appearance of the lovely but deadly Talia, Croc is quickly taken down. Back at Gotham harbor Talia gives the Detective the news of Ra's fate along with the surprise of introducing him to Damien, their son. Talia sets out to handle Slade while Damien falls under the guardianship of Batman. The young man possess great fighting prowess but his cocky self confidence creates friction back at Wayne Manor. Batman's investigation into Croc's actions leads him to the home of Dr. Kirk Langstrom, creator of the Man-bat ...Starring Jason O'Mara, Stuart Allan, Thomas Gibson.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I was pleasantly surprised by this original and great story. Son of Batman is a great, action-packed animation many people will enjoy.

This film has a lot of elements to admire - thrilling Batman-class fighting that kept me excited and at the edge of my seat. There is also some romance between Batman and his 'special person' which is short, but nice and I thought it fit well.

The story starts when a training camp is destroyed. A young boy escapes with his mom and flees to Batman who, as it turns out, is the boy's father. For his safety, Batman takes the child and, as Batman, tries to protect and train him. Batman teaches his kid to take criminals alive but, a new mystery arises - one that will have a significant impact on the story line. We join Batman, Robin, and Batman's son as they face off deadly people while Batman makes sure his kid doesn't hurt himself. It's a fun and action adventure that all Batman fans will appreciate!

Overall, I think this movie had some ups and downs. The animation is rather interesting but, I thought it was a bit too much at times. It is gory at times, yet plastic and 2D like most superhero animations. I believe that the animators could have cut down a bit on the violence and mature content. Also, the animation of the faces looks a bit fake to me. The directing is interesting. I thought that the angles were good and fit the storyline quite well. The voice-overs are excellent. For example, Jason O Marra who is the voice of Batman, doesn't show much emotion and talks in a quiet and dark whisper - perfect for the character. The plot is original and surprising, which I am fond of. For the most part, Son of Batman turns out to be a very unexpected and surprising adventure.

My favorite scene is the first scene when the academy is destroyed. Even though this is a sad moment, it sets the tone for the entire movie. I love scenes that may not seem important but have a big impact on the rest of the film.

This movie has lots of adult lines and a lot of gory scenes, so I recommend for ages 11 to18. I also give it 4 out of 5 stars because of some hiccups with the animation. This film comes out on DVD on May 6 so look for it in your favorite retail store.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 74 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.98
Media: DVD


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, THE
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, THE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Directed by Marc Webb. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes out this weekend much to the delight of fans world-wide. This film explores the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man and Peter experiences his greatest battle yet. Keefer B., age 13, comments, "The special effect's department really gets creative on how Spider-Man moves and fights, especially when he's in spider-sense mode and everything slows down." "I love this fast-paced, emotional and action-packed film," comments Raven D, age 16. Gerry O, age 12 adds, "The CGI is off-the-chart and extremely realistic! With both 3D and IMAX, I felt as if I was in the film with Spider-Man and Gwen flying from one building to another." See their full reviews as well as our coverage from the red carpet and the "Be Amazing" event at Larchmont School in LA.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I was blown away by the groundbreaking effects, huge action scenes and memorable characters and actors! Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man / Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is back on the big screen in this gripping story about a boy who has the powers of a spider. He's up against Electro / Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), a man seeking attention, Harry Osborn / Green Goblin (Dane DaHaan), Peter's best friend and Spider-Man's foe, while still having to keep a promise and not uncover his parents' secret.

In this film, the writers allocate time to explore the alter-ego of Peter Parker without making the film run too long or lose action. The strong relationship between all the characters, whether it's love or hatred is all 3-Dimensional. It helps when you have capable actors filling these roles.

The story creates a darker look at being a hero and throws in some comic book jokes once in a while. This movie had a chance of becoming too unfocused but doesn't. It has two villains to establish, the romance between Peter and Gwen, Peter trying to figure out the truth about his parents' past and more. However, with the help of a very talented director, Marc Webb and wonderful writers, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner, they pick a goal for the plot and follow through with it, while bringing all the characters' stories together naturally.

The special effects in this film are beyond amazing! Electro's design makes him the most unique villain. The special effect's department really gets creative on how Spider-Man moves and fights, especially when he's in spider-sense mode and everything slows down.

I gained a new respect for Jamie Foxx who portrays my favorite character Electro / Max Dillon. He plays a menacing villain, but also shows the tragic and even pathetic side of Max Dillon. On the Google+ Hangout which I was fortunate to be part of, Jamie confided that he "based this character on a person he knew." Behind all the CGI you see Jamie honor this person.

The battle in Times Square between Electro and Spider-Man is my favorite scene. It encompasses all the incredible CGI effects mentioned. It's where Max finally gets attention, once he gets his powers and he sees himself on T.V. When Electro says, "You see me?" You genuinely feel sorry for him.

The moral of this story is, "It doesn't matter how hard you fall, it matters how fast you get back up." Peter goes through a life changing event and can't move on. However, in a clever and Marvel way, Aunt May gives Peter some advice that changes things.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 10- to 18-year-olds. There are violent and intense scenes that some kids may not be able to handle, but this is a marvelous adaptation of Spider-Man. It will be released in theaters nationwide on May 2 so don't miss it. Reviewed by Keefer B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.

It's the end of senior year and Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, is busy saving the streets of New York while also managing to graduate on time. Life seems to be working out for him when all of a sudden fate throws a series of misfortune his way. He is forced to distance himself from the love of his life in order to keep her safe. He discovers mysterious clues to his parents' past. An old friend of his is back in town and causing a bit of trouble for him. And to top it all off, there's a new super villain on the streets that is about to change Peter's life forever.

I love this fast-paced, emotional and action-packed film. It is visually stunning in IMAX and 3D. I am quite impressed by the CGI, especially since so much of the film consists of special effects. This film is electric, quite literally and the way they capture the vivid blue electrical currents shot off by Electro is beautiful. Even though the electricity is obviously a very menacing aspect of the film, it adds an element to the film that makes it aesthetically pleasing. Not only are the effects in this film spot on, but the camera work is done very well. The use of lighting, camera angles and especially camera placement is executed strikingly. I love the direction that cinematographer Daniel Mindel takes with this piece and seeing it in IMAX makes the experience even more enjoyable. Another thing that blows me away in this film is the soundtrack and use of music mixed in with the sound effects. I find myself tapping my feet and on the verge of rockin' out on many occasions throughout the movie. It is interesting to hear how music is used during fight sequences and explosions to aid the sound effects in a big way and make the entire scene even more intense. And I'm not talking about the classic slew of string instruments and brass section that we hear in the background of most films, I'm talking about loud, intense bass you'd experience in the front row of a trap concert and the beats you'd hear booming out of the speakers of a teen's new car. To put it quite simply, I will definitely be purchasing the motion picture soundtrack ASAP.

I am really pleased with how this series of Marvel's "Spider-Man" franchise is developing. I am a devoted fan of the "Spider-Man" trilogy that captured the hearts of the of comic book fans in the early 2000s and I love the interpretation of the comics done by Tobey Maguire and Director Sam Raimi. Those films will always have a place at the top of my DVD shelf and in my heart, but I very much enjoy this modern take on the story. There are so many Spider-Man comics, so many adventures, so many super villains for our favorite Spider Guy to defeat, so I think it's a really wise decision that director Marc Webb is creating films about the stories and villains we haven't yet seen in major motion pictures. The way technology and the film industry has advanced in the last decade, it is inevitable that these more recent films are a bit more flashy than the older Spidey movies. Because of the added visual appeal, the attractive leading roles and the witty comical phrased peppered throughout "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," it has a younger target audience, mostly teens, than Tobey Maguire's "Spider-Man." I also like the way Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker. He treats the character very comically and gives Spider-Man a dose of sharp wit which is very entertaining to watch.

Something that I think is strange about this film, and honestly all superhero films in general, is that the amount of civilian fatalities is never addressed. It's always a main focus to save the woman falling from a building or the little kid who happens to be crossing the street in the middle of a battle and, that's all fine and dandy. But what about the dozens of cars filled with people that get crushed or flipped on their hoods or exploded? What happens to all those families in the building that's destroyed? I feel like it's something to think about when watching a film like this.

It's really difficult to pick just one favorite character from this film, so I'll just cover my top three. Obviously, Andrew Garfield's character Peter Parker/Spider-Man is a favorite. After all, the film is named after him. I really like Andrew's rendition of Spider-Man because he gives the character a very charismatic personality and a lot of charm. I am especially impressed with Jamie Foxx in this film. He plays the super villain Electro and his performance is impeccable. I appreciate Electro as a villain because he's not just some evil guy, he's a real human, with real feelings who's been hurt over and over again in his life. All he wants is for someone to need him, to show him kindness, to value all he has to offer. Instead he is walked all over one too many times and, when given the opportunity to get back at the world, he takes it. It reminds me that every person that has hurt me or others or maybe has gone down the wrong path and done things that we may view as "evil" was once someone who didn't get what they needed. It's a message to be kind to everyone, even those who might seem insignificant to you at the time. And last, but most definitely not least, on my list of favorites, Harry Osborn. Harry is played Dane DeHaan and, my goodness, do I love every performance he's done in every film he's been in. Dane's take on this character is a lot more twisted and dark from the very beginning than James Franco's spin on the same character. I love both versions of this millionaire bad boy equally but, it's really interesting to see Harry in a more destructive light. I am a huge fan of Dane DeHaan. He always plays characters that are twisted or flawed in some way, so I was pleased when I read he was cast in this role. The only issue I have with Harry Osborn is that he and Peter's relationship is not granted enough time in the film. I feel like, all of a sudden, they are best of friends after not seeing each other for eight years and then their dynamic is completely changed in an instant. I would have liked to see a bit more development between the two of them so that when Harry turns against Peter it has more of an emotional impact.

This film is rated PG-13 however, I plan to take my 9-year-old brother to see it. A few things to take into consideration when deciding if this film is right for a child under the age of 13 is whether or not they have seen other Marvel and or superhero films. It has just about as much violence as most films in this genre and doesn't have any profanity I can recall. What makes me think twice about considering this film for a younger audience is the emotional aspect. Because, although this is a movie about a spider kid fighting an electric monster, which seems pretty far fetched to just about everybody, one thing in this film does stay very realistic, and that is that the humans are not invincible and good people don't always make it to the end of the film.

I give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 five out of five stars and I plan on seeing it again. So be sure to check it out when it swings into theaters on May 2nd. Reviewed by Raven D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

I really didn't know what to expect from this film. I predicted that a new villain (or villains) would want to get revenge on Spider-man (Andrew Garfield) or something. Sounds right? Wrong. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a fantastic sequel that everyone will love.

The film has more to offer than just action which feels like an added bonus. It has adventure, suspense, action, comedy, romance, super heroes, science and a little sprinkle of drama in the mix as well.

The story starts when Peter and his girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone) have just graduated. At Oscorp, the original CEO has just died and a new person, his son, (Dane DeHaan) comes in. Soon after, there is a horrible accident and a new villain arises. What's very interesting is a story about the villain himself. Spider-Man must break all the odds to beat this villain.

I love this movie! The actors are fantastic and display their emotions well. The camera shots are a bit wobbly at times but still look awesome. The CGI is off-the-chart and extremely realistic! With both 3D and IMAX, I felt as if I was in the film with Spider-Man and Gwen flying from one building to another. The editing is very smooth and some scenes are in slow motion which is a fantastic idea. Everything comes out clean and makes it a great sequel.

My favorite part is when Peter/Spider-Man needs to tell Gwen something important. However, when he finds her, she is about to walk into an interview for Oxford. He tries to sound somewhat British to a lady at the desk saying things like, "Let me talk to my fair lady," or "God save the Queen!" He also pretends to be a 'young professor at Harvard and recommends Gwen. It's funny, lighthearted, but not overdone either.

This film has a lot of mature scenes so I recommend it to kids age 10 to 18 and I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
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ANTBOY
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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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
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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
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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


SCOOBY-DOO: WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY
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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 R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

To all cartoon fans, WWE fans and even Scooby-Doo fans, this might just be the best news that you've heard yet this year! WWE Studios and Warner Bros Productions releases another surprising and startling movie - "Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery." If you're wondering why we said surprising, well that's because it is! Who would have thought that Warner Bros productions would partner Scooby-Doo with WWE?

"Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery" is actually a pretty cool film to watch. It made us smile at moments, laugh at moments and even scared at moments. We expected it to be a typical kiddy type of show but it actually isn't. The unexpected happens. The movie is very interesting and they unexpectedly keep the villain and ghost mystery involved but this time it was with WWE superstars such as Triple H, John Cena, Kane and The Miz - just to name a few. Watching WWE Superstars in a "Scooby-Doo" movie is fascinating in every way. What happens when WWE Superstars are put in the same city with villains and the Scooby Doo gang?

Here is what happens, when Scooby and the gang win tickets to the WrestleMania event, they all travel through a wacky mysterious machine that gets them to WWE city. A lot of mysterious things are going on that lead them all to figuring out the Mystery. The movie offers cool visual animated effects especially in the chase scenes. Now is your chance. You can figure the mystery out with Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred and all your favorite WWE Super stars. The Storey twins give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It is interesting, funny and kept us tuned in and you don't need to be a Scooby-Doo fan to enjoy it. SCOOBY-DOO Where are you?

Reviewed by Justin S., age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic To all cartoon fans, WWE fans and even Scooby-Doo fans, this might just be the best news that you've heard yet this year! WWE Studios and Warner Bros Productions releases another surprising and startling movie - "Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery." If you're wondering why we said surprising, well that's because it is! Who would have thought that Warner Bros productions would partner Scooby-Doo with WWE? "Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery" is actually a pretty cool film to watch. It made us smile at moments, laugh at moments and even scared at moments. We expected it to be a typical kiddy type of show but it actually isn't. The unexpected happens. The movie is very interesting and they unexpectedly keep the villain and ghost mystery involved but this time it was with WWE superstars such as Triple H, John Cena, Kane and The Miz - just to name a few. Watching WWE Superstars in a "Scooby-Doo" movie is fascinating in every way. What happens when WWE Superstars are put in the same city with villains and the Scooby Doo gang? Here is what happens, when Scooby and the gang win tickets to the WrestleMania event, they all travel through a wacky mysterious machine that gets them to WWE city. A lot of mysterious things are going on that lead them all to figuring out the Mystery. The movie offers cool visual animated effects especially in the chase scenes. Now is your chance. You can figure the mystery out with Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred and all your favorite WWE Super stars. The Storey twins give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It is interesting, funny and kept us tuned in and you don't need to be a Scooby-Doo fan to enjoy it. SCOOBY-DOO Where are you?
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.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Based on the wildly successful novel by Veronica Roth, "Divergent" tells the story of teens struggling to find their place in post-war Chicago. Society is separated by factions based on personality traits and virtues in attempts to keep the peace and encourage the population to participate equally in maintaining a functioning community. When a person turns 16, she takes a test to determine what faction best suits her characteristics to help her decide whether she should stay in her home faction or move elsewhere. Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, is a modest girl from Abnegation, but her entire life is turned upside down when the test reveals something about her she didn't know was possible. She is a Divergent, which means she does not fit into any category, therefore cannot be controlled and is a threat to the system. With the advice of an older faction member, she is warned not to tell a soul or her life will be at risk. Young Tris then decides to leave her home of Abnegation and transfer to Dauntless, a fiery group of individuals that show no fear and protect the people. There, she has to learn to fit in and test herself physically and mentally, all the while guarding a dark secret.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MUPPETS MOST WANTED
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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
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
SON OF GOD
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
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
3 DAYS TO KILL
RELATIVITY MEDIA Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm

WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)
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WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
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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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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