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SELF/LESS
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SELF/LESS
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 13-18
Description - A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Self/less is the riveting new sci-fi, action packed, mystery thriller that takes a new look at immortality. Damian, played by Ben Kingsley, is a wealthy man nearing his 70s dying of cancer. He is contacted by a radical medical company that claims they grant "immortality" to the world's most brilliant minds by transferring one's consciousness from their failing body, to a state-of-the-art, new body that has been grown in a lab. Desperate for more time, Damian opts into the procedure and, after a successful operation, is now living in his healthy new body, played by Ryan Reynolds. Damian is at the height of luxury in his new life, until he starts having flashbacks of memories that are not his. In a search for answers, he stumbles upon a secret that was never meant to be discovered, his new body was not designed just for him, but once was occupied by a real person with a life, family and memories. Now Damian has to fight for his life while trying to protect the family of the man whose body he is now living in.

This film is truly brilliant. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I went into the film, but am absolutely blown away with the outcome of this movie. It takes such a unique spin on the age old concept of immortality and the format of the film is a very refreshing take on typical action/thriller blockbusters. The cinematography and visual pacing of the film is wonderful. Many scenes of the film are comprised of montages and voice-overs, keeping the film fast paced and engaging over the course of its two hours. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat with mystery and action, but also has a very strong and thought provoking plot line. This combination of classic action and moral conflict creates the perfect movie-going experience for a wide range of audience and genre preference.

Ryan Reynolds is excellent in this film. He plays "young Damian" or "the new Damian" and goes through quite a large arch of character development and growth over the course of the film. He does a wonderful job portraying the difficulties of occupying a foreign body, and having the mind of a 70-year-old with the body of a much younger man. Once Damian is accustomed to his new body, he carries out a life of luxury a pleasure, going to clubs every night and coming home with different women, wearing the most expensive clothes and going to all the high end parties. At first I was a little disappointed and thought that this is how the rest of the film would be, but once Damian started to realize that he had been lied to about the origin of his body, his strong moral guide comes out, adding depth to his character. Ryan Reynolds executes this character transition flawlessly, he shows the growth and internal struggles that Damian faces in a beautiful way, making him not only a fantastic actor, but Damian my favorite character as well.

This film, as I mentioned before, is very thought provoking, it made me question the way I would respond if I was put in a similar situation and really calls out the selfishness that many people have in our society. It puts a price on life and asks if that is moral. I believe that if a film can leave you thinking about its message even after you have left the theater, it deserves some high marks, so I give Self/less 5 out of 5 stars.

This film does feature some mature language and sexual situations, as well as quite a bit of violence, so I recommend it for ages 15 to 18. This film will also tug on your heart strings so be prepared for heavy subject matter. Self/less is in theaters now so make sure you check it out!

Reviewed by Raven D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 15-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


Z FOR ZACHARIAH
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Z FOR ZACHARIAH
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Some films make you cry, some films make you laugh and some films just amaze you. Well, this one will make you think and digest information that you will see. Z for Zachariah may not be the most romantic film nor may it be an adventure, but hours after watching it, I was still thinking about what this film represents.

The story is set in a Valley. However, it is a post-apocalyptic time. The area outside of the Valley is completely covered in radiation, but somehow the valley is clean. At the moment, only one girl lives there. However, two more men join her at her farm, and soon friendship takes an unexpected turn. If you would like to find out what happens, you have to see the film.

I honestly think the film is good, but the real impact starts after it ends. Let me explain. The film's story makes it feel like it is building up to something big. But the actual "boom" comes to you after the film as you start to think a lot about the story and the characters, which is very unique and I think, genius. The acting and directing is interesting. It feels like the actors truly live through their characters. However I think the ending is a bit abrupt. If there was an epilogue or something like that, it would have felt more complete - even if it was only symbolic.

My favorite scene is when one of the men arrives and he already is rather friendly with the main female character. They just accomplished something big and they decide to have a bit of fun. The girl dresses up the dog and it is one of the few funny scenes. I like how it shows people that even after the worst possible things, we can still have fun and laugh.

Honestly this film is rather mature and it's a drama. So, I recommend it for ages 12 to18. Kids this age could appreciate the story and the concept of this thought-provoking film better than younger ages. I give this film four out of five stars because, although the film has wonderful acting and directing, I think the story was a bit incomplete and some scenes were stretched out which made it a bit boring. This film is in theaters on August 28 so, if you're a sci-fi fan, put it on your list.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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Media: FeatureFilm


ABC MONSTERS: STARRING ABCD
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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING ABCD
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Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5
Description - Meet the ABC Monsters! They are big, hairy and not very scary. The ABC Monsters are on the loose and only Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry can catch them. Twenty Six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet, but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped clean from every book in Capital Town, so it's very important to make sure that all the ABC Monsters are safely back in Alphabet Gardens before the sun goes down. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds. The ABC Monsters are always curious and happy creatures so they tend to wander off from Alphabet Gardens and get lost in the process. In each adventure Alice and her good friends Brian and Cherry Berry, must search high and low for one of the missing monsters. Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children's imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a great DVD! This title offers singing, dancing, puzzles and lots of character/viewer interactions throughout the DVD. This did supports inquiry and problem solving. The viewer is prompted to participate in phonic skills and word building via puzzles, games and songs. The animation is clear and colorful and fun to watch. This title is all about learning the alphabet. Each episode is centered around a specific letter. Within that episode, there are fill in the blank word games, songs and repetition of phonics. Any child learning the alphabet would enjoy this DVD. This title is visually very appealing! The animation is great and the songs are original and fun. The DVD cover and box are colorful and have a raised image that makes it stand out.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really loved it. They sat there forever and were completely entertained. "ABC Monsters is about some kids who try to find Monster letters like one that looks like a G. They find all the letters so that they don't disappear. The monsters do things that start with their letter, like practicing arrows for A and looking for a bell for B. They sing songs when it's the end, and they ask questions. Actually the kids ask the questions in it. The monsters were nice. Kids would learn the ABC song and a little bit of reading and spelling from watching this. The monsters were funny, and I think kids will like that." "We liked that they were trying to find stuff. It was like a mystery treasure hunt. It was exciting, and we liked all the colors. The people in it were nice, and we thought the dancing and singing was fun! We really, really liked it!

Reviewed by 4- and 6-year-old KIDS FIRST! reviewers.

ABC Monsters helps young children learn the difference between all the letters in the alphabet through a fun adventure similar to Dora the Explorer. It captures their small attention span in an exciting way that children can easily relate to. There are four fun episodes on this DVD for kids to learn from.

This DVD stars letters A, B, C and D with 20-minute episodes about each one of these letters. The ABC Monsters live in Capital Castle along with King Wordy, Queen Scribble, their daughter Alice and friend Brian. There is also Cherry Berry who looks like a fairy that assists in finding the letters when they go missing. The hairy ABC Monsters spend all their time happily in Alphabet Garden except when one goes missing. During the adventures of trying to find the missing Monster, kids learn different words that begin with the letter of the episode. There is also an ABC book that gives clues to the direction of the missing ABC Monster. While looking for the missing Monster, the child will also have to fill in the blanks for the clues as a part of the adventure.

My favorite part is when Cherry Berry lines up all the ABC Monsters to see who is missing by singing the Alphabet song. It reminds me of how much fun I used to have singing that song in preschool. The name "Queen Scribble" made me laugh so she is my favorite character. The graphics are extremely colorful which will captures the attention of a child and in each adventure kids learn new words along the way.

This DVD is made specifically for preschoolers and helps with the learning process of the alphabet. Even younger toddlers can benefit from this learning tool. It is a great fit for ages 1 through 5 and both boys and girls will enjoy it because its fun to watch and they can sing along too. I rate this DVD a four out of five "dazzling" stars! ABC Monsters: Starring ABCD is in stores now.

Reviewed by Haley P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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SEVENTH DWARF, THE
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SEVENTH DWARF, THE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - When Bubi, the youngest of the seven dwarves, accidentally pricks Princess Rose, he triggers the curse of an evil ice queen and sends an entire kingdom into a century-long slumber. Bubi and the other six dwarves must travel into the future with a charming prince and a suicidal dragon in order to save their fairy tale kingdom.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Seventh Dwarf is a movie focused around Princess Rose and her curse. This story is very loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. In this story, you have all of the characters from all of the standard Disney fairytales. Princess Rose's rescue team consists of Jack, her Prince Charming, the seven dwarves and a "Suicidal Dragon."

Right away when watching this film you can tell by its animation and the loose story that it's for children in the age range of 5 to 10. I didn't like the animation style used in this film. I believe that a child in this age range would probably enjoy this film. The dwarves sing and dance constantly, which is very charming most of the time. It's nice to pick out subtle yet obvious differences and similarities between the characters. It feels as though the story is trying to teach us a lesson and gers carried away. The story is generally enjoyable and full of cute little lessons, however, I think the "Suicidal Dragon" is a bit inappropriate. The Dragon actually puts a rope around its neck and ties the other end to a boulder. Admittedly the Dragon does not end up killing itself but, of course, that's not until after the dwarves sing a song about friendship.

Had this movie not had the suicidal bit in it, it would have earned a higher rating from me but, because of the Dragon, I am giving this film 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachel V., KIDS FIRST! reviewer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Seventh Dwarf is a family film adventure in which cute little dwarves Bobo, Tschakko, Cloudy, Sunny, Cookie, Speedy and Ralfie embark on a journey to save the beautiful and fabulous Snow White. It's the night before Princess Rose's 18th birthday and everyone in the kingdom goes to the Fantabularasa Castle to celebrate including Snow White, the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood.

Everything is going swell until, just before the clock strikes midnight, Bobo, the youngest dwarf, accidentally pricks Princess Rose's (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) finger with a cursed needle and sends the entire kingdom into a slumber that is a century long. Yikes! The dwarves fall into a huge complication where they must find Rose's true love, Jack, to save her with a kiss! In this tricky and insane journey, they face a fierce and blazing dragon and even defeat the evil, ugly witch, Dellamorta.

I watched this movie along with my little sister and she loved it! It's a pretty basic story but the way it is presented makes it interesting and funny. I feel like they combined all of our favorite kid tales into one and do a great job at it! The only cons that are evident throughout the movie are the songs that they sing. You'll find it nearly impossible to get them out of your head afterwards! Pretty tedious if you ask me. What makes The Seventh Dwarf so enjoyable is the quality of it all. All of the colorful characters create a fascinating adventure and writing that entertain both children and parents effortlessly.

The Seventh Dwarf is rated PG for its thematic elements and some suggestive material. I rate this film four out of five stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18.

It is playing in select theaters in July and will be released on DVD on August 18, 2015.

Reviewed by Michelle C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

There are cute and funny dwarfs in this all new adventure. This new story line is adorable and fun for the whole family.

BoBo, the smallest Dwarf, is played Joshua Graham and he is my favorite character. His clumsiness leads the story line through its many adventures. The message is "Hero's come in all sizes" - which is a great message.

Peyton List voices the famous Sleeping Beauty and she has been updated. Although there are many plans in place to protect her, she still cannot escape pricking her finger and falling into a dead sleep.

Norman MacDonald portrays Burner, the dragon. He is fierce and quirky. His voice matches perfectly with his character. Then, of course, there is the dancing. This is one of my favorite scenes and we learn that Burner is great dancer.

The music is catchy and I found myself still singing the songs the next day. They are original songs with great uplifting lyrics. There are many belly laughing moments.

The graphics are classic animation style done in German 3D computer animation. It is bright and colorful. The backgrounds and castle scenes are very detailed. Each character is well thought out with each matching its own unique personalities. Every fairy tale needs a villain and her name is Dellamorta (Nina Hagen). The movie all flows beautifully but this charter is done in a completely different style which makes her seem oddly out of place.

The story line is easy to follow and full of surprises. Many different characters show up from various fairy tales. The story is based loosely on Sleeping Beauty with many twists and turns. The characters are much different from the original versions we all know and love. There are several new ones you will be adding to your favorites list.

The Dwarfs have all new names with different traits and personalities. Their differences help them as they try to rescue Princess Rose and everyone in the castle from the evil sleeping spell. They must go on a quest in search of her true love.

This movie has many messages including 1) Don't be afraid to be who you are, 2) Believe in yourself and 3) Don't judge people before you really get to know them.

I recommend this movie to ages 5 to 8. It is definitely most suitable for a younger audience.

This movie gets 4 � toe tapping stars. It is sure to put a smile on your face and many new songs in your heart. It has a limited release in local theaters beginning July 31, 2015 and will be available on DVD August 18.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The Seventh Dwarf is an animated film directed by Boris Alijinovic and Harald Siepermann. I really enjoyed the movie. It is hysterical. The movie is about Princess Rose (Peyton List), who has an 18th birthday celebration and accidentally pricks her finger on a needle that is held by Bobo and cursed by the evil queen, Dellamorta. The needle puts her immediately into a deep sleep. After Princess Rose falls asleep, Bobo then accidentally puts the rest of the castle into a slumber. The only way to get Princess Rose to awaken is by a "true love's kiss".

The film takes place at a castle. There is a party thrown for Princess Rose and all of her fairytale friends attend: Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf, Cinderella, The Seven Dwarfs and others. The main characters are the Seven Dwarfs but, they have different names than we are used to. There is Cookie, Sunny, Cloudy, Ralphy, Speedy, Tschakko and Bobo. Bobo is the clumsy one of the group. Every time his shoelaces come undone, something bad happens. Even though the evil witch, Dellamorta and her dragon, Burner are not invited to the celebration, she makes a grand appearance anyway. The dwarfs are taken on an adventure when they set out to find Jack who is the only one who can wake up princess Rose with a "true love's kiss". The dwarfs get into so many sticky situations along their journey to find Jack. Finally, they find Jack and they hurry back to see if the "true love's kiss" will save Princess Rose. You'll have to watch the movie to find out.

The Seventh Dwarf is an outstanding movie. It is full of comedy, adventure, music and dancing. The actors have great comedic timing. The actors amazed me with their singing performances. I have to commend the directors for bringing these characters to life.

My favorite part of this movie is when the dragon, Burner shows Bobo one of his favorite things he likes to do. He asks Bobo to promise not to laugh. After he shows Bobo his secret, their new friendship takes a bad turn. Soon afterwards, Bobo and the Dwarfs make Burner feel better and they end up being best friends. My favorite character is Bobo because he is always happy and is hilarious.

The message of the film is: As long as you have friends by your side, you can accomplish anything.

I rate this movie four out of five stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 18 as well as adults. This film is playing in select theaters in July and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on August 18, 2015

Reviewed by Brooke S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.97
Media: DVD
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TERMINATOR GENISYS
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TERMINATOR GENISYS
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future...
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "I'll be back!" and indeed he is. This action packed adventure movie is an all new story about going back and changing the future. I liked this movie but thought that it needed more cyborgs.

Paramount brings this 3D block buster movie out just in time for the 4th of July weekend.

I have seen the other Terminator movies. I was also a fan of the TV show based on the Terminator series. This seems like a movie that follows the franchise brand at times and other times doesn't tie in at all.

Unlike other franchises, with the exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger, there are all new actors. The actors portray their characters in a believable way but I find it difficult to watch a franchise story line when there are different actors. It makes it harder to connect to the characters. Somewhere in the back of your brain you are remembering the original actors.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is entertaining, funny and believable. In the previous movies, he was always the Terminator. Now he is known as the Guardian. There are a few surprises as we learn more information about the cyborgs and their ever changing transformations. We also learn more about how the war started and how it almost ended.

Emilia Clark plays Sarah Conner when she first encounters Arnold Schwarzenegger and learns what her role really is in the world. This time she is teaching Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese what his role in the world is. She is a sweetheart but lethal when she needs to be which makes her my favorite character.

John Connor is a different character then what we are accustomed to. He is all grown up and Sarah meets her adult son when she time travels to see if she can change the future.

J.K. Simmons is a confused cop, O'Brien, who gets caught up in the story as he keeps seeing the same people who have not changed many years later and finally realizes he is not crazy. There are several questionable moments which make you wonder about the ever pesky time rifts.

Kudos to the graphics department which have created incredible sets that make you feel as if you are really in another dimension. I saw the movie in 3D and the screen just pops out at you. The graphics are awesome but they lack the cyborg scare factor.

The age range for this movie is 13 to 18 because it is complicated story line. There is violence but, as long as you do not mind a few dead robots, you will be OK. There's no blood and guts.

I give this movie four out of five cyborg stars. We will see if Arnold ever comes back again.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

If you are a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially in his role as The Terminator, you'll be happy to see that "he's back" for the fifth installment, Terminator Genisys. This time, his co-stars are Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke and the director is Alan Taylor. After having no Arnold in number four, it's a treat to have him back in this one. He delivers a funny and cool performance. Definitely, his performance is the best part of the movie for me.

Now, I must say that I had high hopes for this movie because I loved the first two and was hoping that this one would recapture some of their intense action and emotional drama. Unfortunately, I think this one fell flat. Here are four reasons why.

First, I began to have my doubts when I saw the trailer a few weeks ago. Just as they did in the trailer for the fourth movie, this trailer reveals the biggest plot twist in the entire movie. What a let-down!

My feelings about the cast are mixed. I like how Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Conner. She reminds me of Linda Hamilton's gritty portrayal in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. However, Jai Courtney's portrayal of Kyle Reese is unemotional and bland.

The Terminator series is built on heart-pounding, inventive action scenes, which use a mix of CGI and practical effects. This movie has no detectable practical effects, it's mostly CGI. And, the action is nothing new or creative. There was not one scene where I said to myself, "That's awesome!"

The fourth reason I am disappointed is the story. It's rated pg-13 to get a wider audience, but that means it lacks the edginess and intense action that I enjoy. The plot is all over the place. It's confusing, even if you saw the other movies in the series. If you are a kid, and can't see the other movies because of their "R" rating, I imagine it would be very hard to follow.

I am a big fan of Terminator 1 and 2, so I was very shocked that I did not like this movie. Arnold's scenes are memorable, but they can't overcome the rest of it. Because I suggest that you have to see the previous movies to begin to understand this one and you have to be old enough to watch an "R" rated movie, I would rate Terminator Genisys 2 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 14 to 20.

Reviewed by Will S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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LEGO BRICKUMENTARY, THE
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LEGO BRICKUMENTARY, THE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Description - A look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - If you ever wanted to know everything there is to know about the wonderful brick building toy, LEGOs, this is your film, with not only insight of the full history of LEGOs but also about how large and diverse the LEGO community is! A LEGO Brickumentary will be loved by the millions of LEGO fans, and really anybody who wants to know how LEGO became a worldwide known phenomenal.

This of course is a documentary with many educational aspects, but they did it in a style which almost told an adventure of the LEGO history, and showing how the community was created. The narrator, Jason Bateman, did a wonderful job putting life into the narration of the whole film.

The movie is about LEGO's history from its humble beginning in the 1950's to today, almost 70 years later! From the idea, to the challenges, the actual reason it became the brick company we know today, of course with some changes on the way, including the design that allows them to stick together. This movie also takes a look into the massive community of LEGO, from the conventions, to the people who work in LEGO, to even the medical treatment LEGO offers! If you wanted to know about LEGO, this movie certainly does the job.

I love a lot of things about this movie did to make it educational but yet still entertaining. However, this film was a bit all over the place. For example, it started off talking about the largest LEGO set ever built, then it talked about something else for 10 minutes, and went back to it. I thought that was a bit confusing, and could have been edited better. I did however like what they did with the narration, Jason was shown as an animated LEGO character, the way they animated in the LEGO Movie. Also, at times they showed him, "legalized" while for example, a LEGO convention was happening behind him. Combined with his wonderful narration, I thought it came together very nicely.

My favorite scene is about the huge LEGO set I talked about earlier, a branch of LEGO designers, called Master builders, who are responsible for the massive LEGO statues in amusement parks and conventions, are tasked to build a life size replica of their X-Wing set which will be displayed in time square, to see the outcome of the set, and the adventure they had to make it, including placing over 3,000,000 pieces! I loved this scene for the sole reason it showed you how extreme LEGO creations can get.

I believe this is film is good for all ages, of course older kids would get more of the terms and enjoy it more, I also give it 5 out of 5 stars because despite the thing about it being a bit random, they did a wonderful job making it educational and entertaining.

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

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


SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
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SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Loved the first movie and enjoyed the sequel as well. It's probably more suited to adults, especially older adults who will resonate with the trials and tribulations of the characters in this film. But, it is filled with a positive spin on how to deal with aging, limited finances, and the craziness of friends and family.

It's incredible cast is partly what makes this so charming. Judi Dench and Bill NIghy certain light up the screen. Maggie Smith adds her acerbic form of humor and Seema Azmi and Tina Desai are both quite wonderful. The addition of Richard Gere was unexpected and his performance was really so so.

It is very warm, uplifting and charming in every way. Can't wait to see the third installment, if there is one.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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Media: FeatureFilm


CRAYOLA DJ
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CRAYOLA DJ
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Series: APP, AGES 5-12
Description - Create the perfect music and play with tracks in different genres, including dance, pop, and hip hop. Layer your loops and add fun sound effects, then take your beats to the dance party. Your color-coded music creates an exciting color and light show. Perform for an audience and earn points for mixing and scratching your music! You can then save your music and share with friends and family!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Young kids gain enjoyment from the simplest of games, whether it be tag or crab racing. Crayola DJ is another one of those easy, fun games that lets children create their own music in the palm of their smart phone device. Perhaps the most enjoyable part is listening to the music change genres so quickly from funk to pop to hip hop just from pressing the devices on the game.

Crayola DJ opens up and the player is immediately faced with two turntables. The player is helped by a woman's voice giving basic instructions on how to create music. There are buttons that provide different rhythms, basses, melodies and sound effects to create the player's desired tune. These beats all come from different genres such as dance and holiday. This sort of "practice mode" provides a chance to creatively experiment with balance of the music, tempo and more. There is a two player mode where two kids can compete with one another and show off their mixing skills and also a performance mode where the player gets to feel like he or she is performing for a show.

Available on both Android and iOS, Crayola DJ is a very inventive game that many will enjoy. One aspect of the game that I really enjoyed was the interactive aspect. Lots of games out there that kids play are very singularly noted and simply require button pressing or aiming at a target. This game is much more intricate than that and provides children an opportunity to actually learn while playing on a device.

One criticism I have of the game is the lack of clarity. Yes, it is good to have kids learn for themselves and creatively experiment with a game. However, I had trouble understanding how exactly to make music and how to get from the "practice" area to the "performance" area. The woman's voice who helps guide you through the game is pleasant enough, but she lacks information on how to make the game really easy to comprehend in the beginning.

All in all, I would give the game a 3 out of 5 stars due to the confusion and lack of clarity in instructions. Still, it is a very enjoyable game and I recommend it for kids ages 4 to 8. This is a creative new game for kids to learn more about music and, most of all, enjoy themselves. Reviewed by Carissa P. KIDS FIRST! juror, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Crayola DJ app is very fun, especially if you love music and creating music. This app helps you to make a song then spin your track at a party like a real DJ. The app is easy to learn, do and is fun to create with your friends. There is not a super wide selection of music beats to make your song but you can make a lot of tunes. I enjoyed the bright visuals, easy to follow instructions, the creativity of the app and the idea of being able to be a DJ on your tablet. I recommend this app for 6- to 12-year-olds because it's fun to create songs and it is a blast to listen to what you create. I'd rate this app 4 out of 5 stars. Crayola DJ is for kids to have fun and be creative.

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

The app Crayola DJ is neat and fun to play with. This is a kid's app where you can learn basic beats. There are so many combinations of music beats that you can make. The music areas covered are pop, hip-hop, dance, fusion and holiday. I thought the holiday beats would be weird to use, but it sounds real interesting. There are some loop buttons that you can add to the sound. Crayola DJ is about complete creativity. The Crayola DJ app does not disappoint. I downloaded this app under Google Play. The screen for this looks very simple. There is a voice tutorial which walks you through the app. I like that is has two turntables that you can actually spin backwards or frontwards. There is also a tempo slide and turntable slide. Crayola DJ has a one and two-player game. This game is based on creating and mixing up beats to earn the most points. It is interesting to play, but I didn't like that the screen was completely different from the main one. It has a voice tutorial also. I read online that you can add your own music. I have not seen anywhere on this app that shows where to do this. That would really bring this app straight to the top. Crayola DJ is fun for all ages. I recommend downloading this app especially for kids who has an interest in mixing. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 18.

Reviewed by Kamren W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 4.99
Media: App


SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
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SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Aardman Animation is known for its thought-provoking animated films such as Wallace & Gromit, Creature Comforts, Chicken Run and Flushed Away. It is a British animation studio located in Bristol, England. Their latest installment, Shaun the Sheep, does not disappoint. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Willie J., age 16 comments, "But, the backbone of any and every Aardman film, including this one, is the screenplay. Shaun the Sheep has a wonderful screenplay - full of wit, cleverness and humor." Tre'ana H., age 11 adds, "This film is dazzling, amusing and comical." See their full reviews in youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Being a fan of Aardman, I was very excited to see this movie. And I was not disappointed. Shaun the Sheep is a charming, funny, and entertaining movie that continues the tradition of good movies by Aardman.

The animation is beautiful. Claymation is my favorite type of animation because of how off-beat it makes everything look, so I'm already partially biased on the cinematography. That is a huge reason I love Aardman.

But, the backbone of any and every Aardman film, including this one, is the screenplay. Shaun the Sheep has a wonderful screenplay - full of wit, cleverness and humor. I can't tell you how hard I laughed at the Silence of the Lambs' reference (the only one in my theater who did laugh at it). There is a restaurant named "Moon," and, in the film, a cow jumps over it...get it? It's the little things like that make this film so great. Without dialogue, this movie is still more intelligent than many. That isn't to say it's a silent film, but it doesn't have any talking. It doesn't need it. The saying, "A picture is worth 1000 words" applies to motion pictures as well. The way the movie uses images to convey messages or to tell jokes and to advance the story is impressive and entertaining. It makes us feel smart, that we're able to put the pieces together and not have to be told everything. I'd even say it's refreshing.

I wish I could say more about the movie, but it's excellence was so expected and it's formula is so familiar, that I can't elaborate too much. It's vintage Aardman, basically. Fortunately, that is a fantastic thing. So I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. It can be seen at a local theater near you. Reviewed by Willie J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

This film is dazzling, amusing and comical. Shaun (Justin Fletcher), the antagonist is tired of the farmer's (John Sparkes) everyday routine. He wants a day off, a change. So he causes chaos on the farm. He convinces the duck to trick the dog by stringing him a bone to distract him from watching the sheep. A mix-up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City. That's when it all begins. This spectacular film is loaded with visual delights for the young and old.

Directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak bring these animals alive as people and give them so much personality. The sheep don't talk but through imagination, expressive grunts and hand movements and looking at the story through the sheep's eyes, you can figure this unique movie out. The music makes it extra groovy. The storyline is what you perceive it to be. The sheep costumes are stylish and appealing. Their dark faces and mouths on the side of their faces add to the visual humor of the movie. The movie is tricky because you would never think animals would be this clever. It makes you curious as to what might happen next. I can't wait to get my dog, so I can see if he will be this smart.

My favorite part is when the sheep goes into the clothing store running from Animal Control. The sheep buys and puts on the new clothes in the store disguising themselves as Animal Control employees. They get dressed up and come out of the store looking and walking like normal people. It is so funny!

The message of this film is to treat animals fairly just like you want to be treated and consider them smart.

I recommend this film for ages 8 to 18 and I give it 4 out of 5 Stars because it is a family-oriented funny movie.

Reviewed by Tre'ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


FANTASTIC FOUR (2015)
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FANTASTIC FOUR (2015)
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Description - Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a disappointing film that has a riveting first half but a rushed and forced second half. Four young minds create a machine that transports them into a alternate universe. Once they come back they have acquired unique powers that they need to control.

The first half looks quite promising. The pace, character development and story are very engaging. The darker direction they take with the story makes it enjoyable. My favorite scene is when the four discover their abilities. There is a sense of fear, tragedy and betrayal with the characters. It starts out as another successful origin story, then it feels as if the editors pressed the fast-foreword button once it starts to get interesting. The second half feels as if it is a long sneak peek for the next Fantastic Four film. It has a great head start but it left me wanting more in a negative way. There is enough four, but it lacks "fantastic."

The updated special effects are one of the redeeming qualities of this film. The presentation of each power is stunning. The impressive design of Ben Grimm/The Thing (Jamie Bell) and the fluent stretching effects of Mister Fantastic give this film an updated edge.

At first there is a connection among the characters; both with each other and the audience. The actors pull this off seamlessly and you are sincerely captivated with their goals and struggles. However, they suffer during the second half as all their hard work is painfully rushed.

My favorite character is Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic (Miles Teller). Richards is one of the people who help build the machine. He ends up getting the ability of an elastic body which means he can stretch any part of his anatomy. Miles Teller has been on a roll with his career and for good reasons. He's a talented actor who dives deeply into the characters he plays. This part is no exception.

The moral of the film, though a bit forced, reminds me of Abraham Lincoln's quote, "A house dived against itself cannot stand." The four heroes face Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell) and attack him individually. Soon they realize, that together, they are stronger.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 10 through 18-year-olds. There's some dark material and language that younger audiences may not be able to handle. This film has some saving aspects but sadly, they do not recover the whole film. This film is in theaters August 7th

Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

In Marvel's latest reboot, Fantastic Four, they failed miserably in trying to create a flawless superhero movie. And, when I say that, know that the movie is downright disappointing.

The film commences by introducing the young genius Reed Richards going through trials and tribulations with his new teleportation device. No one seems to pay attention or truly care about his work until his soon-to-be best friend Ben Grimm comes along. Reed and Ben thrive together through their years to make someone notice their hard work and make a difference in the world--this is where Franklin Storm comes along and gives them a full ride to Baxter Building for their ingenuity.

In Baxter Building they gain some new co-workers; Victor Domashev, Sue Storm, and Johnny Storm, who all happen to be your ordinary geniuses, and together they figure out what interdimensional travel is all about.

I have so many things to say about this movie that I wish were good ones. For starters, it is so boring. Seriously, it is probably the lamest film Marvel has adapted. Contrary to the other movies, the graphics weren't even breathtaking. The one time we FINALLY change settings and enter a battle scene, it lasts two minutes. They made Doctor Doom seem so weak and vulnerable and also gave him some new powers in this movie which is truly unnecessary when the character is already a perfect villain. Last but certainly not least, the acting was extremely dull. I felt depressed just looking at these monotone, boring "heroes."

Overall, Fantastic Four was a huge letdown. As a die-hard Marvel fan, I was really upset that this movie was so rushed and discouraging considering the original film was pretty great.

Fantastic Four is rated PG-13 for its intense sci-fi action violence and some mature language. I give this film 2 out of 5 stars.

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

Marvel's Fantastic Four, fills itself with great action, in depth special effects, and a talented cast. This film held my interest and makes me want to see other Marvel films. It's definitely an exciting film.

After being teleported to a perilous and different universe, the physical form of four young adults, changes in dramatic ways. The four of them are left with the challenge of controlling their new found powers and saving the world from a former friend and colleague who becomes their enemy.

The special effects, clarity and attention to detail is outstanding and I really enjoyed watching it. There is a sense of togetherness that you feel from the four main characters throughout their journey. They are working together for a common goal. Even though I haven't seen most of the other Marvel films, I still understand what's going on and can easily follow along. I also enjoy the different abilities the four main characters possess. If I had to choose out of the four powers to be my favorite, I would definitely pick the ability to become invisible, because there is so much you could do with that. I'm sure it would be a lot of fun. Something that I didn't enjoy is the slowness in the first half of the film. I feel as though the beginning of Fantastic Four ought to be shortened down to the essentials and another part should have more action in it, making it closer to what I'm anticipating from watching the trailer. However, the length of the film is good where it's not too long for you to get bored and not too short where you would want more.

My favorite character would have to be Sue (Kate Mara). She exemplifies traits of intelligence, self-control, and kindness. Also, being the only girl in the group, I relate to her most. My favorite scene is really any scene that the characters are using their powers, because I love when people have special abilities and they show them to others.

A great message in this film is of course team work. Many people working together is much stronger that one person working alone. It also communicates a message of helping others and in doing so, it shows people that you are reliable and that they can trust you.

I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 and anyone who loves Marvel films. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Fantastic Four is in theaters now, so please check it out. Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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


RICKI AND THE FLASH
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RICKI AND THE FLASH
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Description - A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This family drama stars three-time Academy Award� winner Meryl Streep as an aging rock star who has abandoned her young children during their formative years and returns when her ex asks her to return to help her youngest deal with a failed marriage.

Ms. Streep has surprised us in the past with her singing talent in films such as Mama Mia and returns with a whole new gig - a hard-rocking singer/guitarist. Jonathan Demme directs this film which, in my humble opinion is one of the hidden gems of the summer. IN what could be a rather sappy story, screenwriter Diablo Cody has created an amazing and uplifting comedy that will leave you walking out the door singing and dancing and a smile on your face.

This film is loaded with music and live performance. Streep's real-life daughter Mamie Gummer plays her on-screen daughter. The film is dedicated to bassist Rick Rosas who passed away last November after an unsuccessful fight with cancer.

This is a win win film that will be enjoyed by kids and parents alike.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This live action feature film directed by Jonathan Demme is definitely entertaining and a feel-good movie. Ricki and the Flash is loaded with non-stop music, mostly from the 80s and presumably sung by Ricki (Meryl Streep) and Greg (Rick Springfield). I enjoy this laid back comedy drama for its intense and strong family relationships.

This movie is about Ricki who walked out on her husband and three young children in Indiana to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a rock-and-roll star in Los Angeles. Her decision alienated her from her family and soon her ex husband Pete (Kevin Kline) married Maureen (Audra McDonald) who fills the role of mother. One day Pete calls Ricki to help him with their daughter Julie (Mamie Gummer) who is reeling from her very recent separation from her husband. When Ricki arrives in Indianapolis, she has a lot of work to do to rekindle the relationship with her kids.

This movie makes me think about what it could feel like to be a kid whose mom abandons them, or be a mom who walks in one day and her kids hate her. This movie is very realistic. My favorite character is totally Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter in real life, because she really portrays her role as Julie and makes me laugh and feel bad for her in some parts of the movie. I really like Meryl Streep as an actress, but I didn't buy her being a rock star as much as I would have liked. The lead band player, Greg, is her boyfriend, and he tones down Ricki's edgy personality.

My favorite scene is when Ricki and her daughter Julie are at a donut shop. There is some inappropriate humor in this scene which lays out the first steps to bonding and rebuilding their relationship.

The target audience for this film is definitely for anyone who was alive in the 80's and it may appeal more to women than men. There is some adult humor, mild language, and drug use in this film, so I would recommend Ricki and the Flash for ages 13-18. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars because overall it was a fun movie for the summer.

Come see this movie in theaters, Friday, August 7! Reviewed by Lainey A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.

I was totally entertained watching this movie. The plot is awesome and has a great story line about a Mom leaves her family in order to follow her dream. It is also about the consequences of choices. The theme for young people is that you can be anything you want to be. Rarely do you hear people talking about the hard work and sacrifices you have to make to achieve your dreams. Ricki, played by Meryl Streep, pays the ultimate price - her children and family. This is a very believable plot with an outstanding cast.

Take an old warehouse in Brooklyn, throw in same chairs, a bar and keep the Shirley Temples coming. The band scenes with Meryl Streep singing are some of my favorite. You can tell they are all having a great time and love being there. There are many Rock 'N roll songs that you can sing along with (in your head) and I loved the music.

Rick Springfield plays her band mate and boyfriend and they seem like they belong together. I found myself rooting for their success. Meryl has said they he helped her learn to be a Rock 'N Roll Star. This, once again, shows what an A+ actress she is. She excels at portraying different characters constantly. She is fearless. Congratulations to Rick Springfield for his amazing performance in this film and for coaching Ms. Streep.

Meryl Streep did not know how to play a guitar before this role and managed to snag a 45 minute private lesson with rock legend Neil Young in preparation for this film.

Kevin Kline plays Pete, her patient ex-husband who was left to raise their three children on his own while his wife tried to make it in the Rock 'N roll business.

Mamie Gummer plays Julie the daughter. This was not a far stretch since this is Meryl Streep's real daughter. They definitely look alike. At the beginning of the film, she is very upset and depressed and plays this part well. I could not decide if I wanted to get mad at her or feel sorry for her. This movie is really about a mother, her daughter and her sons trying to reconcile their past. Some people should get a second chance but only if they want one.

The age range for this movie is 10 to 18. It has a mature topic and there are many bars scenes. Young ones might not like it because it is a drama. I give this movie 4.5 Rock Stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

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


HOT AIR
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HOT AIR
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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - Flight, adventure and unexplored territory are all part of the concept behind Hot Air, a CD with DVD. Recess Monkey is known for expressing what kids adore most, and in this case, everyday experiences like meeting the new kid in school, wearing hand-me-downs, flying a paper airplane and watching a balloon drift up in the sky, are all related through smart lyrics and layered musicality. Band site: www.recessmonkey.com
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - 'Hot Air' rises to the occasion and delivers a potent punch of fun, danceable and delightfully listenable tunes that will lift your spirits and take you on flights of fancy that are frown resistant. Recess Monkey is a tried and true band of experienced and educated musicians who have inhaled the wonderful songwriting and production values of top groups from the late 60's and 70's and have exhaled a new, original and pleasing paradigm of songs that are kid-friendly but more importantly, kid-conscious. Up up and away, the sky is the limit, or is it?

As far as the DVD portion of this goes: The DVD is rolled into the same CD package which is clever and visually stimulating. The colors and sets are vibrant and stimulating and appealing to a child's' artistic sense and sensibility. Hot Air rises to the occasion and is chock full of fanciful characters and situations animating a fun and engaging narrated story of a boy to man, Andrew, who makes a colorful balloon out of hand me down male and female sibling clothing. When he joins an air race contest and helps a penguin in trouble when his magic carpet is hit by lightning, the excitement and thrills build. Vintage newsreel footage of early flight vehicles and pilots of the time, adds credence to the contest. Through perseverance and dogged determination Andrew finishes the race dead last but due to a technicality actuality wins. Terrific songs, creative artwork and humorous storytelling make Hot Air a winning package.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - See adult comments, youth comments coming soon.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 17
Media: AUDIO


ANT-MAN
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ANT-MAN
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Ant-man is one of the lesser known Marvel characters and, with this new film, has quickly become a new favorite for many. The storyline reveals his origins and how he develops his astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. And, of course, like any super-hero movie, how he has to work to save the world. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Harmony, age 16, comments, "From Marvel comes the newest superhero thriller, Ant-Man with a mixture of comedy and action that brings pleasure for people of all ages." Wille J, age 16 adds, "Despite its small (pun intended) initial impression, it is the content that is able to allow Ant-Man to hold its own amongst the star-studded, big named Marvel films like Avengers and Iron Man."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - From Marvel comes the newest superhero thriller, Ant-Man with a mixture of comedy and action that brings pleasure for people of all ages. The film is about a scientist, Dr. Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, who gets forced out of his own company and left searching for someone to bravely take on the missions he requests. With his invention of a super suit which provides superpowers, shrinking abilities and the control of an army of ants, Pym finds his talent, Scott Lang, to be the one and only "Ant-Man." Seeking redemption for his past criminal behavior, Scott accepts the challenge to save the world and fight off enemy scientist, Darren Cross from using his similar suit for evil. Things take a turn when the world is not the only thing that needs saving.

The film's many wonderful aspects start with the amazing performances from actors including, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll. I always know an acting performance from an antagonist is amazing when I actually believe the person is evil in real life. The acting job from Corey Stoll proves to be great when I find it hard to believe that he can be nice in real life. With his past experience in many comedic films, Paul Rudd easily and naturally portrays the witty character Scott without seeming fake or cheesy.

The movie is uplifting and funny in so many ways. The movie throws out jokes about other Marvel characters and icons, which are surprising and hilarious. The film is authentically different in style from the typical superhero or even Marvel film.

The film does include lots of violence and scenes with foul language which is why I'd definitely say the film is for people 13 years of age and older. Furthermore, I would recommend the film to people of ages 13 to 18. Adults will enjoy this as well. The film guarantees laughter and entertainment to people of all interests, including those who are not fans of Marvel or superhero movies. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Check it out coming to theatres on July 17th

Reviewed by Harmony M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Falcon...Ant-Man. The very last name sticks out for a reason, it's the only one that sounds like the lead character in a kindergartener's comic book. And boy does the movie try to up the ante on his powers, which, if you think about them, are lackluster. Sure, his size may not affect his strength, he can get through key holes and do secretive things without being noticed. But, let's be honest, there's nothing "cool" about this hero. It is not the hero, but the company attached that will attract audiences. But it is, surprisingly enough, the script that will keep audiences.

Paul Rudd is the lead. He is best known for his comedic performances in This is 40, Anchorman and I Love You, Man. He is perfectly cast, especially considering who the writers are. The screenplay was written by Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Edgar Wright, and Paul Rudd himself. All of them are comic geniuses. Adam McKay is the writer of both Anchormans and the director of Anchorman, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights. Edgar Wright is writer/director of The World's End, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead (the latter three also known as the Cornetto Trilogy). And Joe Cornish is a collaborator with Edgar Wright. That team of writers for this screenplay are the forces behind Ant-Man, which is the funniest Marvel film of all-time.

Despite its small (pun intended) initial impression, it is the content that is able to allow Ant-Man to hold its own amongst the star-studded, big named Marvel films like Avengers and Iron Man. I mean, the special effects are fine (no surprise), the plot itself is conventional and expected and the hero's back story is no more or less compelling than any other hero's. What truly sets it apart is the overall entertainment. It is an entertainment that knows what it is and goes at it with intention and blatant direction. What I mean is: it's not overly clustered like Age of Ultron was. Ant-Man is fully aware of what it is and even goes the length to make fun of itself, without ever being ridiculous. You know those over-dramatic moments we usually see in Marvel films? Such as a monologue or a big secret being revealed? Well, this screenplay takes those moments and saves us from their clich� and tiring nature. Just how its done, you'll have to see. The audience I watched this movie with was dying with laughter at the witty and the timely satirical moments that pervade the movie.

Throw in Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly (who I kept mistaking for Jessica Chastain for some reason) for the needed dramatic contrast and you've got everything you need for a perfect Friday night blockbuster. Comedy, melodrama and things blowing. Oh, did I mention that Michael Pena and T.I. are in the supporting cast? Yes, it's that funny.

The only weak spot I found was in the villain. Corey Stoll, who many of you may know for playing Peter Russo in House of Cards, is inconsistent in this movie. He is a very good actor (see Midnight in Paris), but between the script and the direction of both his performance and his scenes, he looks bad - overblown. Of all of the aspects in this movie, the villain is the one that needs the most spoofing. Despite that, I still give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. I was surprised by some of the language used (which I shouldn't have been considering the writers), so I recommend it for ages 12 to 18. It can be seen at a local theater near you.

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

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


PIXELS
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PIXELS
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The highly toted film, Pixels opens this weekend to much applause. When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan, this is sure to be a hit with families looking for their summer entertainment. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "This film is fantastic! The special effects are absolutely mind blowing." Mia adds, "The computer animation is fantastic. The animation is realistic, detailed and just so incredible. " See their full reviews in kid comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - From Donkey Kong to Pac-man, from Adam Sandler to Josh Gad, this film really has anything you could imagine. Pixels is the funniest film of the year so far!

This is, of course, a comedy. However, along with that, there is a lot of drama and a hint of romance all packed into one huge adventure made for the entire family to enjoy.

The story features Brenner (Adam Sandler) who installs electronic equipment for a living. However, when an alien species attacks in the form of 1980s classic video games, Benner and his friends are the only ones capable of stopping them. And, to do so, they must beat the aliens, as if they were in the game.

This film is fantastic! The special effects are absolutely mind blowing. There are no boring scenes and some special effects are simply mind-blowing fantastic. I still can't figure out how they did it some of them. The acting is spot on. One scene I really liked is where two kids are competing on classic arcade machines with Donkey Kong loaded on them. The director makes it so you see them playing, their points and the screen as well as the reflection of the games in their eyes. It looks amazingzing!

My favorite scene is when they are facing Pac-Man in mini coopers that are designed to be the ghosts who chase and destroy Pac-Man. When Brenner is the only one left and Pac-Man just gets a power up which allows him to eat the ghosts, Brenner pulls of an awesome and insane stunts to run away and it is action packed and just stupendous to watch!

This film is good for kids, adults and gamers of course. I do believe people in their 30s and 40s would like this the most because they can understand a lot of the older game references. I don't think younger kids should watch this due to the adult language and mature references. I recommend it for ages 9 through 18 and older and give it 5 out of 5 pixelated stars.

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

This detailed movie directed by Chris Columbus is a fun summer movie full of action! Pixels starts off in 1982 when 3 young teens compete in the Video Arcade World Championships. After the championship, Sam's (Adam Sandler) life goes downhill. Years later his best friend, now the President of the United States, calls on Sam to help with an alien invasion that could destroy the world. Sam and his team have to defeat the 1980 video games in real life. The plot is very interesting, unique and original and could lead to a very good sequel. The computer animation is fantastic. The animation is realistic, detailed and just so incredible. I know some people don't dig Adam Sandler but I really think he is very good in this role. The audience was so into the movie. They clapped at achievements and laughed at all the funny parts. It was so cool to hear their connection with the movie. The actors are great and very hilarious. All the actors work like a team. One of my favorite characters is Eddie also known as Fire Blaster (Peter Dinklage). He is very funny and he is very committed to his character. My favorite part of the movie is when Sam, Violet (Michelle Monaghan) and Will (Kevin James) go up against Donkey Kong. All of the computer animation is incredible. It is so realistic and I found myself wishing I had been part of the action on set when the characters all jumped over the barrels and up the ladders. This movie is an interesting blend of comedy, science fiction and action. Even though there is some inappropriate language and questionable jokes and in one scene kind of inappropriate dance moves, I still enjoyed this film. Since this movie is new, funny, has amazing computer animation, is well casted and transformed me, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this movie for 11 to 18-year-olds and think adults will enjoy it too. I do believe some younger kids still could enjoy this film. It just depends on how much they understand the jokes and if they recognize the video games from the 1980s. To be the first to see this creative movie, watch Pixels in theatres July 24. The highly toted film, Pixels opens this weekend to much applause. When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan, this is sure to be a hit with families looking for their summer entertainment.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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PAPER TOWNS
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PAPER TOWNS
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 13-18
Description - A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The highly anticipated film, Paper Towns is adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green. Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brianna B. comments, "Paper Towns is a really good film that I'm sure that teenage girls will definitely love to watch. This well-anticipated film is interesting, fun and different." Harmony M. adds, "The film is great and entertaining, no doubt about that, but the ending does not seem to do justice for the amazing build up." See their full reviews in youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - John Green's adaptation of Paper Towns is a really good film that I'm sure that teenage girls will definitely love to watch. This well-anticipated film is interesting, fun and different. The comedy is great and will absolutely keep you laughing.

Quentin (Nat Wolff) and Margo (Cara Delevingne) spend an exhilarating and heart racing night together as they go on an adventure through their hometown. Afterwards Margo unexpectedly vanishes. As Quentin and his friends go on a quest to find Margo, the mystery of her life begins to unravel and Quentin discovers a little bit more about himself.

Paper Towns is a mystery, drama and romance all wrapped up in one. It offers a view of high schoolers that is pretty true to life. I'm sure it will remind some adults of their younger days and the adventures they took. This is Cara Delevingne's first leading film role and I appreciated her acting and the chemistry she seemed to have with the rest of the cast. As a Floridian, I feel great pride and joy that this film is set in the state where I live. I enjoyed seeing some familiar places.

My favorite character in this film is Ben (Austin Abrams) because he's very funny. His actions, words and expressions all have great humor. Even though I don't have a specific favorite scene, a couple of the scenes that I really enjoy watching, are the scenes during the long road trip from Florida to New York. The conversations and situations that take place during this drive and, especially while in the rest area, are very funny and it definitely made me laugh. The score fills itself with many familiar songs and I enjoyed the music throughout the film.

I had some confusion throughout the film and questioned many of the characters' decisions and their reactions to some situations they were dealing with.

I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 due to some language and mature content that are inappropriate for younger ages. I give Paper Town 3� out of 5 stars, because of the confusion in the film.

Paper Towns is in theaters now, so please check it out. Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

The highly anticipated film, Paper Towns is a great, complex, well thought-out movie that sadly falls a little short from my expectations. The film is great and entertaining, no doubt about that, but the ending does not seem to do justice for the amazing build up.

Paper Towns, adapted from the famous book by John Green, is about a shy teenage boy named Quentin whose long developed love for his mysterious neighbor, Margo influences him to join her mission to get revenge on the people who have betrayed her. After a long night of adventurous mischief, their completely different personalities connect and Quentin realizes that he may be the only one who really understands Margo and decides he cannot get over his love for her. The next day, Margo goes missing and it is when Quentin gathers her clues and uses his ambition of love to search for her.

This film is the hardest film I have ever reviewed because it left me with mixed emotions. The character that the movie revolves around is not one that the audience gains a connection with. Margo, who is amazingly well played by the wonderful Cara Delevingne, is not loved by or emotionally connected to the audience, which is intentionally used to provide unexpected depth but doesn't leave the viewer with any sort of attachment to the character. The movie is wonderful, but disappointing because the ending is not a happy or sad, it is a confusing in-between where you feel that no one really gets anything out of it. However, many would appreciate that because it shows realism and avoids a clich� ending. The film has great cinematic value and proves to be of great quality but I can understand how people can either love it or dislike it due to the unpredictable ending and feeling like there is no climax. Most films are either good or bad based on the quality of the aspects such as storyline, dialogue, acting, sets, music or costumes. This film's aspects are good but the depth and realism may not give the audience what they want and lead to some people appreciating that and some people not. Because of that, I definitely recommend people watch it and decide for themselves if they think it is good or not.

On the other hand, the movie is hilarious while also maintaining the complexity to make the audience think. The film is really well written and directed. It is extremely satisfying for all the John Green fans to see the reappearance of Nat Wolff and a cameo of Ansel Elgort, which made the theatre gasp and squeal. At times I also found myself laughing really hard and not wanting the movie to end. The acting, cinematography, music and dialogue are works of art. I recommend the film for people between the ages of 13 and 30 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is in theaters July 24 so go check it out. Reviewed by Harmony M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This highly anticipated sequel in the Mission Impossible series stars Tom Cruise as Ethan who, along with his team take on the most impossible mission yet - eradicating the Syndicate, an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are committed to destroying the IMF. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B. comments, "This film has incredible car chases, mind blowing stunts and gadgets that even James Bond would beg for. Every scene is better than the last." See his full review below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A roller coaster of non-stop excitement! Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) faces a new threat called the Syndicate, a network dedicated to establish a new world order via terrorist attacks. Ethan has another problem - his agency, IMF, is shut down. Now, his team consists of rogue agents with the most impossible mission yet.

I'm just going to be frank, this is my first Mission Impossible film and Rogue Nation makes me want to see more. As a movie lover, I get excited when I'm introduced to new film franchises and boy was this an introduction. Having no history with the franchise, it did not damage my extreme enjoyment.

The film itself is an absolute blast. When the credits rolled, I felt as if I'd just come off an amusement park ride. This film has incredible car chases, mind blowing stunts and gadgets that even James Bond would beg for. Every scene is better than the last.

Action is not the only thing that fuels this movie. It also has tremendous actors. Some of the feats pulled in this film are absurd and stretch your belief system. Performers like Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg successfully help you buy into these impossible situations. Even the characters they play are aware of the insanity but they treat it like an everyday occurrence because it's their job. Like magicians, there is a charm and elegance from the performer, so you don't catch the strings and mirrors.

Even if you haven't seen other Mission Impossible films, I bet you recognize the iconic music. Many films and TV Shows have satirized it and who can blame them? The theme is grand! Many composers have added their own touch to it like Danny Elfman and even Hans Zimmer. This film's track is composed by Joe Kraemer and is one of the best versions, if not the best. The music starts out with two notes and then grows. As the music got louder, my pulse rose until the title came up and the Mission Impossible theme burst through the speakers. The music really gets you into the mood.

My favorite character is Benji (Simon Pegg). I love the characters that have the gadgets and technology to help our hero. Benji is not only a loyal friend to Ethan, but their history makes the interactions between them funnier and sincere.

My favorite scene is when Cruise is under water switching the security codes. When you hear about actors doing their own stunts, one man comes to mind - Tom Cruise. Cruise is known for his authenticity with stunts. (That's really him hanging on to the outside of the plane - with safety precautions of course) You'd think he's at his limit. Well, according to the director (Christopher McQuarrie), in this scene Cruise held his breath for six minutes. I looked it up! Even McQuarrie thought it was, "too real." While you're watching the scene, you're holding your breath as well.

The moral of the story is, "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer."

Ethan has teamed up with Lisa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), an agent who may or may not be part of the Syndicate. Ethan is unsure if he can trust her, but he knows if he stays with her, the closer he is to stopping the Syndicate.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to ages 10 through 18. There is, of course, violence and language but nothing you wouldn't expect in a PG-13 film.

Your mission is to see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. It is in theaters July 31.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
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ARI
AZURE PRODUCTIONS
Series: SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - After a humiliating quest to become someone else, Ari finds that he and his way of being are of surprising value.
Runtime: 9.5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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Media: DVD

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HINOKIO
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - This is a very unique and poignant coming-of-age story of loss and first love. Satoru is a withdrawn boy who uses a very advanced remote-controlled robot (Hinokio) to communicate with his schoolroom from home. Through the eyes of the robot, Satoru experiences real life friendships and his first real love. Eventually he realizes that he must go out into the real world.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 17.95
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LOTTE AND THE MOONSTONE SECRET
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Description - Lotte and Uncle Klaus are going on a treasure hunt to unlock the secrets of the three magical stones Klaus and his friends took from a secret temple. But they don't realize they are being followed!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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NATURE: ANIMAL HOMES
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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Description - The series features a blend of CGI, animation, CT scans and signature blueprint graphics to highlight engineering principles inside the structures. A variety of cameras, including tiny HD versions, capture unprecedented views inside animal homes without disturbing natural behavior. When appropriate, filmmakers shoot behaviors in slow motion and use infrared and time lapse to reveal how animals create their structures over time and through the seasons. Over the course of three episodes, the series delves into the amazing flexibility animal architects display, the clever choices they make and the ingenious ways they deal with troublesome habitats. Contains the following episodes: The Nest; Location, Location, Location; Animal Cities, Animal Homes. Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry. Throughout its history, Nature has brought the natural world to millions of viewers. The series has been consistently among the most-watched primetime series on public television. Nature has won over 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 12 Emmys and three Peabody's. The series received two of wildlife film industry's highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Recently, the International Wildlife Film Festival honored Nature executive producer Fred Kaufman with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.

Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry. Throughout its history, Nature has brought the natural world to millions of viewers. The series has been consistently among the most-watched primetime series on public television.

Nature has won over 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 12 Emmys and three Peabody's. The series received two of wildlife film industry's highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Recently, the International Wildlife Film Festival honored Nature executive producer Fred Kaufman with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.
Runtime: 180 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD


DESCENDANTS
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DESCENDANTS
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Series: FEATURE 5-12
Description - A present-day idyllic kingdom where the benevolent teenage son of King Adam and Queen Belle offers a chance of redemption for the trouble making offspring of Disney's classic villains: Cruella De Vil (Carlos), Maleficent (Mal), the Evil Queen (Evie) and Jafar (Jay). Directed by Kenny Ortega. Starring Sarah Jeffery, Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth and Cameron Boyce.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - See youth review.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Descendants is a Disney Film, Directed Kenny Ortega. It is a musical film about four descendants of Disney's most infamous villains: Mal (Dove Cameron), the daughter of Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), Carlos (Cameron Boyce), son of Cruella De Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson), Evie (Sophia Carson), daughter of Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy) and Jay (Booboo Stewart), son of Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Ben (Mitchell Hope), the son of Belle (Keegan Connor Tracy) and Beast (Dan Payne), wants to give the children of the villains an opportunity to live a different life than their parents. He wants them to work at being good versus evil. However, Ben's parents do not feel the same way. They do not think it is possible for the kids to change, since they were raised by evil parents. Maleficent appears to be the leader of the villains and she sees this as an opportunity for their kids to go to the Kingdom to steal something that will give them more power.

The film takes place at the Kingdom where the good Disney heroes live and the Isle of the Lost where the villains live. The kids of the Kingdom attend a prep school. This is where the descendants will stay while working on their character flaws. Once the kids are at the Kingdom, they find it difficult to fit in. Mal, is not too happy there. She wants to make her mom proud and will do anything to do so. The longer the Descendants stay, the more they change. In the end, you will see if they change for better or worse.

Descendants is an incredible film. It is filled with action, comedy, drama, music and dancing. I laughed at some parts and even cried at others. The singing is outstanding! I love every song and will purchase the soundtrack. The choreography is filled with tons of energy. The cinematography is excellent as well. The film is bright, fun and very colorful. Mr. Kenny Ortega directs the film and also choreographs the dances. He is one of the most talented people in the world. Mr. Ortega does an amazing job making sure the actors stayed true to their characters.

I do not have a favorite part of the film. The entire film is spectacular! My favorite character is Mal. I like her because she is not afraid to express herself and she doesn't care what other people think of her. She is fearless, strong and beautiful. Dove Cameron is superb in the film. She makes her character seem so real and relatable. I think the entire cast did an awesome job in their roles.

The message in the film is: Do what your heart says and not what others say.

I recommend this movie for ages 6 - 18 and also adults. I rate the movie 5 out of 5 sparkling gold stars!

Reviewed by Brooke S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - First off, in my approximate ten years of watching movies, I have never seen a movie that was so emotionally investing. Between the comedy and the incredible ending, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon does an incredible job in incorporating such a serious subject matter into a movie that is fun and entertaining. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age, PG-13 movie that tackles the serious subject of a young girl being diagnosed with leukemia by making it a distant part of the movie. The film centers around Greg Gaines, played by Thomas Mann, a lonely teenager who is forced to spend more time with his acquaintance Rachel Kushner, played by Olivia Cooke, because she has been diagnosed with leukemia. Greg and his friend Earl, played by Ronald Cyler II, tries to bring some light into her life throughout the course of the film.

I applaud the film for its great cinematography and use of different shots to portray certain feelings and emotions throughout the movie. I was engaged throughout the whole movie because of the great audio and music that is used. I was greatly intrigued by the great chemistry between all of the main actors. Lastly, as a 17-year old young man, I thoroughly enjoyed the great and raw comedy that is presented. The director could have gone a completely different way with the movie and I greatly appreciate the fact that Alfonso and the people working with him "stuck to their guns" to create a refreshingly real and raw movie that I loved in every way.

On a personal note, I loved how real the movie was. There are certain plot holes in movies that I will notice and say, "What happened to this?" or "What about this?" For example, I asked myself, "What about their homework? Do they do any homework?" Surely enough, my question was answered in the matter of a minute and I love and appreciate that aspect of the film. As far as the writing goes, Jesse Andrews and his crew have made a script with incredibly funny jokes and great back-and-forth dialogue.

In conclusion, the only thing negative I could gather from this movie was that it starts a bit too dramatic for my tastes and is a bit too realistic. However, once you get past those parts of the movie, I believe you will definitely enjoy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I strongly recommend not taking your children to see the film if they do not understand what leukemia is and they have a tough time grasping with death. Also, it has strong sexual humor and profanity throughout the movie. I was a bit surprised the movie was rated PG-13 because of the dialogue. In the end, I give Me and Earl and the Dying Girl a whopping 5 out of 5 stars for its incredible attention to detail, laugh-your-socks-off comedy, strong writing, and great camera work. Please take my advice, young adults and up, PLEASE watch this movie. Thanks for reading.

By Brandon Cela, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a brilliant new coming of age film that follows coworkers Greg and Earl through their senior year of high school. Their seemingly quiet and low key lives are altered forever after befriending a classmate who has been diagnosed with cancer. In this new age masterpiece, Greg, Earl and Rachel must navigate through the treacherous territories of high school and growing up while dealing with Rachel's illness.

This film is beautiful, truly a must see for not only teens, but adults as well. It is so refreshing. It's very rare that I find a movie that depicts what it's like to be a teenager and grow up in this day and age with such honesty and genuine emotion. The movie is narrated by Greg, played by Thomas Mann, with his internal dialogue. I resonated with that so much. This is not your typical high school, coming of age movie. This is a raw, real film that will move just about anyone.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and cinematographer Chung Hoon-Chung do an extraordinary job with the visuals of this film and creating characters out of the locations and sets. The unique and creative stance taken with the shot sequences and camera angles is fascinating. There are many scenes that are one long continuous shot or filled with unique zooming and panning techniques. Every shot is captivating and draws you deeper into the film, making every aspect of the movie flow seamlessly and take on a personality of its own.

In this movie, Greg and Earl occupy most of their time by making parodies of classic and foreign films. In many scenes, we get to watch a few clips from their homemade movies and it is very interesting to see all of the different styles and filmmaking tactics they use. They experiment with puppetry, stop motion, live action and many other film styles. It is so cool to see all of these different techniques in one movie, making Me and Earl and the Dying Girl feel like a true ode to cinema.

The heavy subject matter of cancer, life and death is balanced by brilliant humor that will leave you laughing out loud. But, this film is definitely not a comedy. I found myself crying on multiple occasions. This film really makes me think about my life and the people that are in it. I think one of the best things about film is when it makes you think long after the credits have stopped rolling. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of those gems of a film that really leaves you asking questions and delving into your thoughts.

It's difficult to pick my favorite character because the cast is so studded with insanely talented individuals. The three main characters - Greg, played by Thomas Mann, Earl, played by RJ Cyler and Rachel played by Olivia Cooke, all work together so flawlessly. Watching their relationship grow and develop over the course of the film is wonderful. Thomas Mann is an amazing actor and this film really shows off his talent. In most of his feature films he plays the goofy awkward teen and it's never much of a serious character, but in this film you are able to see the variety he brings to the screen. I am a huge fan of Olivia Cooke, she stars in Bates Motel and The Signal which is one of my favorite movies, watching her in this very challenging roll is phenomenal. Her character development over the course of the film is so moving. She deals with her illness in such a raw and real way while gracefully accepting what she cannot change. This is RJ Cylers' first feature film and he does a wonderful job. His character Earl provides quite a bit of comedic relief while also staying very real and grounded. Although he's not one to talk up a storm, when he does speak he often delivers a powerful message. There are so many amazing supporting actors in this film that really tie everything together, but it would take me forever to go over all of them so I'll move on.

I can't say I have a favorite scene because as I said before, every shot and every scene is captivating. There isn't a single moment when I am uninterested in what I am seeing. The brilliant use of color, lighting, movement and setting to convey emotion is truly remarkable and should be inspiration for filmmakers everywhere.

This film does feature a bit of mature language since it is centered around high schoolers who are not always known to have the cleanest mouths, but I don't think the profanity is gratuitous or unnecessary. It keeps the film very real. This movie is heavy because of the topics of illness and death. It definitely brought most of the audience to tears, myself included. So be prepared to have your heart strings pulled. I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 and highly suggest that adults watch it as well because I believe that people of many age groups can relate to the film and find it enjoyable.

I give Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 5 out of 5 stars, so make sure you check it out in theaters this summer!

Reviewed by Raven D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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BEYOND THE MASK
BEYOND THE MASK
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - The chief mercenary for the British East India Company, being double crossed by his former employer, has made his way to the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name, William Reynolds (Andrew Cheney) now hides behind a different mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte, a woman he has been lying to, as well as a colonial intellectual by the name of Ben Franklin. All the while he races against time to defuse a plot that could have devastating effect on the birth of a new nation.

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INSIDE OUT
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INSIDE OUT
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo del Carmen. Starring Diane Lane, Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a masterpiece on our hands. Pixar has done it again. They already lay claim to two of the top 100 movies of all-time with Up and Wall-E and they have now added Inside Out to their mantelpiece. I will gladly go on record by calling this one of the finest animated features to ever be created. Why? Because it's THE most innovative, imaginative and creative film to be made since 2008s Synecdoche, New York.

The beautiful thing about this movie is that both adults and children can enjoy it. As a matter of fact, I'd say that adults may enjoy it more, because they can have a more fundamental understanding of what this film is. It is 100 minutes of analogous brilliance, that changes our idea of what goes on in our heads. Is this idea fathomable or true? No. But the analogy provides the very product film was invented to produce: a stimulation of the imagination.

Children will enjoy the beautiful colors and the basic plot. What the children can understand is what they can relate to: growing up and adjusting to life as they enter puberty. They will laugh at things that SEEM funny or the more, for lack of better word, simple pieces of humor. But the true jokes, the pieces of humor that have the most intellect are the ones children won't understand. I appreciate those the most because they're fathomable. It's the moment when you laugh, not because the joke is ridiculous, but because you can actually imagine that happening.

Amidst the hilarity there is also a certain depth of emotion. There is a tear-jerking moment, yes, but I mean more along the lines of nostalgia. The way the movie portrays the effects of the emotions and the rationalization that go along with them, conjure a desire to reflect on oneself in their pre-teen days. This film may literally get into the mind of a pre-teen, but the metaphorical representation is what seals the reflection. "I was like that?", "Is that how I thought then...I that how I think now?" may be questions you find yourself asking yourself. These are the effects of a brilliant screenplay.

On a final and personal note, I'll tell this short story. There is a scene in the film, where two officers are questioning a cloud in Imagination Land about her dead husband. Then, in the middle of the interrogation the cloud herself is killed as she is run through by our main character. One cop goes, "Hey wait...", but as he says that, the other cop grabs him and says, "Forget it Jake, it's Cloud Town."...get it? It's a parody of the famous final words from the classic 1974 noir, Chinatown. I'll tell you, it wasn't very comfortable being the only person in the theater laughing at that joke.

It's just one joke amongst many. Beyond the hilarity and, mainly due to the aforementioned reasons I explained, I happily give this instant classic 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18. It can be seen at a local theater near you. Enjoy.

By Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Pixar's New Inside Out is a Brilliant Creative Masterpiece!

Inside Out is one of the most creative movies that I have ever seen. Created and directed by Pete Doctor, Inside Out features the voices of Amy Poehler, Phillis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling. The film was produced by the wonderful animation house, Pixar and is being distributed by Disney.

Inside Out is about the mind of a young girl, Riley and the emotions that rule her day to day existence. The emotions are characters: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear--and they live in her brain, at headquarters. When Riley and her family move to San Francisco from Minnesota, this presents a huge emotional challenge for Riley. Joy tries to keep Riley thinking positively about her new home, but the other emotions have other ideas and make the transition to San Francisco more complicated.

My favorite part of Inside Out is when Riley and her parents are at the dinner table and all their emotions are battling for center stage. "Anger" in Riley is fighting against "Anger" in the father. Meanwhile, the Mother's emotions are frustrated by the Father and they are remembering some hot Brazilian guy that the Mother knew and wishing she had married him! This sequence is hysterical!

The writing of Inside Out is rich and complex. The script takes the audience and their emotions on a rollercoaster ride as well. At one point I saw my mother and many other people in the audience crying!

The directing of Inside Out is terrific. Like Pete Doctor's previous films, Monster's Inc. and Up, Inside Out is not only entertaining but also reveals something brilliant about what it means to be human. There's a great sense of invention to how the film lays out the mind with different areas like the subconscious, long, short and core memories and train of thought. The animation in these sequences is really surreal.

Inside Out has a wonderful, simple message. We need all our emotions to be an actual human being. It's not enough to just have Joy--you need Sadness to offset the Joy and to be compassionate. You need Fear to help you to make good decisions and to not be too risky. You need Anger to stick up for yourself. And, you need Disgust to make the right fashion choices!!

Inside Out is appropriate for ages 6 to18. It can be appreciated on lots of levels. Kids will enjoy all the slapstick humor and teens will enjoy the sophisticated writing and inside jokes about the brain. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

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


JURASSIC WORLD
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JURASSIC WORLD
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly. Directed by Colin Trevorrow. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Judy Greer.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - After over 20 years, the park is back. The dinosaurs are back. The breathtaking directing, producing, acting, camera shots, special affects and story is back too. Reboots are one of the hardest things to pull off and not ruining the entire series it self. Director Colin Trevorrow and co-producer Steven Spielberg pull it off way over 100%.

When I say this is dramatic, that is a under statement. Although it is not scary, at times every person in the audience shivers in thrill, fear and just excitement of what is going to happen next. A classic part of Spielberg is adding that comedy in what would be expected impossible places, but yet the comedy fits perfectly. In parts, there is romance and even adventure. Of course, who can forget, dinosaurs!

The story begins when Jurassic World, built around 30 to 40 years after the original Jurassic Park closed down on the same island is a massive resort and theme park, with many dinosaurs, attractions and even a baby dinosaur petting zoo! (I want to go there!) Like all theme parks, management is trying to pop out with new attractions so people stay entertained/ Well they decide to go over-the-top with a genetically modified dinosaur Indominus Rex, which is a combination of many animals making it smart, powerful, fast, strong, big and over all a T Rex 2.0!

This film is just WOW! First, let's talk about the camera shots. They are able to achieve 360 degree shots, 20 feet off the ground and close ups all in one. It is fantastic and perfectly timed too. The director doesn't just do it for the sake of doing it, which I like. I think the acting is perfect. It is dramatic, action packed, romantic and much more. The actors, young and old all are perfect. The director and producers came through in a way that is beyond amazing. Steven Spielberg hasn't stopped making films one of a kind and it is as if he brought back a feel from the original Jurassic Park.

I do want to mention the moral of the plot because it pretty much shows something we see time and time again, and people in the film see time and time again as well, that it is a BAD idea to make dinosaurs a attraction. Yet, it gets people to empty their wallets so the attractions makers do it. The moral is "When it fails, it fails. Don't try to stretch out something that shouldn't exist. (Because it's dangerous)" Not only do people think it is a good idea to make a whole bunch of massive man-eating beasts a petting zoo, they also decide to make a dinosaur, that is pretty impossible to kill, an attraction. And then, they think, "Oh nothing bad will happen."

I have to say that this is a rather violent film (pretty typical of the Jurassic series). It is border line horror because of how dramatic it is. It will give people chills. And, it is just not meant for younger kids. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars for being a wonderful film. It is dramatic with revolutionary camera shots and crystal clear special effects. I am predicting now that this film will win at least one Oscar.

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

Jurassic World is an action packed extravaganza that is an amazing 3D experience. Its part action, part disaster and part science fiction film. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this recent installment of the Jurassic franchise is startling in its special effects imagery. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.

The Jurassic World theme park features fully functioning dinosaurs in their natural habitat. Attendance at the park is declining, so the owner commissions a new dinosaur attraction called Indominus Rex. The Indominus Rex is a genetically engineered dinosaur that has many attributes from other species. It was designed to put the WOW back into Jurassic World. The story concerns two brothers, Gray and Zack who go to Jurassic World to visit their Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works at the park. When the boys are touring the park, they go off- road, just at the time when the Indominus Rex breaks out of his habitat. The boys do not listen to the emergency announcement telling the visitors to return to the main building. Claire gets anxious about her nephews so she enlists the aid of the head animal trainer, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to help her save the boys. Meanwhile, the head of security for InGen, Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), is trying to use the Indominus Rex and other fearsome dinosaurs at the park as weapons for the military.

The special effects in Jurassic World are really amazing. The dinosaurs look totally real. It must have taken a lot of time and money to create such realistic effects. Especially in IMAX, all the special effects really pop. My favorite part of the film is when Owen Grady "clicker" trains the velociraptors. It's so cool how they respond to him. They look so real! The film is also gently humorous. There aren't that many funny scenes, but when there is a funny scene, it's well played. The moral of film is how important family is, especially the bond between brothers. Also, Jurassic World shows the danger of tampering with mother nature. Jurassic World is typical of the genre of big disaster movies with a lot of clich� elements. Being a sequel, the film isn't that unique story wise. The acting is serviceable. Some of the reactions aren't believable in terms of the scare factor of Jurassic World.

Jurassic World is appropriate for ages 12 to 18. It is surprisingly gory and scary, so parents should accompany younger kids. The film may not be appropriate for all kids under 13. I give the film 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15.

As a movie buff who disapproves of stretching a franchise out too long (especially if the last two have been lack luster) and, as a fan of the first Jurassic Park, I admittedly went into this film with low expectations. After Jurassic Park 2 and 3, I had little hope that a 4th one would be much better than it's two predecessors. I'll put it this way: I couldn't be happier, that I was wrong. Jurassic World is almost better than Jurassic Park. It has the best acting of any of the films, it brings back the tension the original had, and above all, it is fun.

It was strange, for a while, to see a film in the Jurassic Park franchise without Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, or the late Richard Attenborough. But Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt give great performances and inherit the reigns of this series exceptionally.

Now, to the part the fans REALLY care about - yes, the dinosaurs are awesome. Why? Because they've finally gotten a new one! The villain of the film is bigger and better than the last two and is genuinely scary. But the real key to this film is the development of relationships.

Director Michael Giacchino and the screenplay writers (there's a lot of them) have made us CARE for these characters, dinosaurs included, and what happens to them. They aren't annoying nor are they boring or static. They are well rounded (for a film of this genre, which suffices) and with some kind of noticeable depth. They develop over the film and we watch them grow. Because we care for them, suspense is created when they are put into intense situations. Relationships are also developed with the dinosaurs. No longer is every dinosaur a threat, instead there are actually some creatures we root for. As a matter of fact, the best supporting character in this film is a sea dinosaur.

And finally, the icing on the already delicious cake, is how many allusions to the first Jurassic Park the film has. How many inside jokes there are between filmmakers and fans. That's classic filmmaking. That's a throwback to those great cheesy, fun, fan-favorite 80s films when the audience and the filmmakers are in sync, and BOTH parties are having genuine fun. It's most noticeable in the actual filmmaking - the angles and the pacing and editing, it's all very Speilberg-esque. Therefore, the original is honored in both content and style.

I applaud this film for having fun and for being mature. I actually want another one, I want to see these characters and these actors again. That's how good it is. I'd like to see this movie again. That's why I give this film, 4 out of 5 stars. It can be seen at a local theater near you starting Jun3 12. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. For fans of the franchise, here's your consolation for the last two, go have fun.

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

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


MAX
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MAX
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Series: FEATURES, AGES 5-12
Description - A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience. Directed by Boaz Yakin. Starring Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Mia Xitiali.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is about a marine who faces challenges on and off the battlefield. However, this marine is not a human. This marine is a dog, a dog that inspires many. Max is truly an inspirational adventure many will love and enjoy.

This movie is truly a thriller with a pinch of mystery, however in the form of an adventure that is full of dramatic scenes. There is action with a sparkle of romance spicing up the story as well. At the end, and at its core, it is an inspirational and heartwarming story.

Max starts off when a soldier named Kyle, his squad and his search dog Max are heading to a town in Afghanistan to do their mission. On the way there, they get ambushed and Kyle passes away. Max is traumatized and develops post dramatic stress disorder. The only person who seems to have a positive affect on Max different is Kyle's younger brother. Soon the two bond and start an epic adventure that holds a answer to a mysterious question. If you want to know what it is you have to watch the film!

This film tells an original story and very nicely too. Actors of all species are wonderful in portraying their parts and showing all the varied emotions of those characters. The director makes the story unfold smoothly. I think that some parts of the film are a little bit stretched out. However, Max will make you laugh, cry, gasp and awe. It is a joy to watch.

My favorite scene is when Max and Kyle's little brother, Justin are just starting to get to know each other. Justin brings Max to his group of friends and they race down the hill together. Justin quickly picks up speed and not only does Max easily follow but, he also guides Justin down a safe path. I like the scene because it's really the first time that Max and Justin work as one and it shows the full range of skills that Max has.

This film is rather violent and also has some very mature scenes. The story itself is sad at times and it does contain a bit of gore and intense violence, so I recommend it for ages 11 to 18. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. For even with its minor imperfections, the creators did a wonderful job showing a heartwarming and original story that generation after generation can be inspired by.

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

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


LEGEND OF LONGWOOD, THE
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LEGEND OF LONGWOOD, THE
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 7-12
Description - Crumbling castles, frightening spirits, beautiful horses and a plucky, fearless heroine all come together in this magical quest film, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of rural Ireland. Mickey Miller is a thoroughly modern 12-year-old New Yorker who has little enthusiasm for her mother's plan to take her and her little brother to start a new life Longwood, a windswept town in Ireland. Their arrival in Longwood, however, coincides with the return of the Black Knight, a legendary ruler whose appearances always mean that something evil is going to happen. Realizing that she is directly linked to the story of the Black Knight, Mickey and her new friend Sean (along with Silver, the wildest, most untamable horse in the stalls of a nearby castle) set out to redeem the knight. But first she must save a precious herd of white horses and thwart the plans of a greedy, ambitious woman: a mighty handful even for the bravest girl!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This movie is a very good watch, being both very heartwarming and captivating. The film is full of lots of suspense and drama as the main protagonist, Mickey, aims to figure out the mystery of the new town she moved to.

In The Legend of Longwood, young teen Mickey Miller has to confront the mystery of the new Irish town her family has moved into. Upon moving, Mickey immediately gets sucked into the curse that the town of Longwood has been under for centuries. The 300-year-old curse concerns a man the people call a Black Knight, who is trying to find his lost baby daughter. Mickey has to try to understand how her amulet given to her by her dead father, the snooty rich palace woman her mother works for, and the seven palace horses all combine to stop the curse and save the town of Longwood.

The most impressive performance is given by Lucy Morton, the actress who plays the protagonist Mickey. Mickey displays extreme courage, integrity and perseverance throughout the whole film as she constantly gets reprimanded for seeking an end to the curse. Without Morton's impressive range of emotions and slight nuances in body language, Mickey's strong character would not be as evident. A strong performance is also given by Fiona Glascott, who plays the money-hungry antagonist named Caitlyn.

One moral of the movie is to have courage in the face of adversity. Mickey outdoes even the adults in trying to bring stability and peace to her town. This proves that even adults need to understand that perseverance and motivation are two key traits that all people need to have, no matter how dangerous or difficult a deed appears to be.

The creators of the film took very wise advantage of natural settings to portray Ireland in an honest manner. The locations of wild, grassy areas and woods are what make the film extremely realistic. Other careful touches that contribute positively to the film are the lighting techniques used to make each actors' expressions easy to comprehend and the lack of overbearing music, which often overwhelm dialogues in some movies.

This movie is perfect for family movie night. Kids and parents could watch a very fascinating movie that is interesting from beginning to end. I recommend it for ages 10 to 15 since it has suspense that some younger kids would dislike. I give the film 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is available now on DVD wherever DVDs are sold.

Reviewed by Carissa P, KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It is not too common that a small production company makes a wonderful film with a nice story line, cast and nicely done overall. The Legend of Longwood is a wonderful dramatic story that will be enjoyed by most who sees it.

The main genre of this film is drama with a sense of adventure and fantasy thrown in. Also, they include from time to time a bit of comedy making the story enjoyable, yet thrilling.

The story begins when a young girl named Mickey (Lucy Morton) is torn away from New York where she lives with her family because they have to move to Ireland on almost the opposite side of the world. She arrives sad and depressed. To add to the problems of leaving New York, she leaves behind the memory of her passed away horse which is the only connection she has to her dad. (If you want to find out more about he dad, you have got to watch the film!) She and her family settle in and she soon learns about a legend and starts a massive and dramatic adventure along with a discovery which leads to a very unexpected ending.

This film is a wonderful production with nicely executed shots and story plot. You never expect what happens so it is just a thrilling thing to watch. The director, Lisa Mulcahy, really excels at creating a compelling story with everything in perfect position. The only con I have is that the acting with some of the younger talent is a bit dull at times. Also, they move through conversations so fast that I missed important parts of the story, making me wondering what happened later.

My favorite scene is when a elderly lady tells Mickey the story of the, 'Mysterious Black Knight' which is a 300-year-old legend. It is shown through animated pictures and narration and becomes a very, if not the most, important part of the story.

This film really has nothing too mature for kids, so I recommend it for ages 9 to 18. I also give it 4 out of 5 stars because, although it is very nicely done in terms of directing, story and camera shots, it lacks somewhat in terms of acting skills and feels rushed at times.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 99 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 16.97
Media: DVD
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1913 SEEDS OF CONFLICT
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1913 SEEDS OF CONFLICT
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - 1913: Seeds of Conflict examines a critical yet overlooked moment of transformation in Palestine, long before the Balfour Declaration and British Mandate period usually considered the matchstick for today s ongoing struggles. It was a time when identities were fluid and few Arabs or Jews living there could imagine the conflict that would engulf their region for the next century.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The film is very eye opening about a very old and difficult conflict between Arabs and Jews and who owns Palestine. I enjoyed the film because it gave me answers to some questions I have about the conflict between Jewish and Arabic people. It enlightened me about the geography. I was not aware of the area called Ottoman and what was the Ottoman rule.

The film opens with the re-discovery of a film from 1913 that documents a time in history that few people know about. I have often wondered what is the cause of this hatred between Jewish and Arab people?

The actors who portray the characters, Albert Antebi, a Sephardic Jew known as the Jewish "pasha", Ruhi al-Khaalidi, the scion of a Palestine family and Jerusalem's elected representative to the Ottoman Parliament, Khalil Sakdkini, a Christian schoolmaster and voice for Palestinian culture and Arthur Ruppin, a German Zionist who opens the Palestine Office to strategize the shape of a Jewish homeland that was to come are very authentic and speak in the native language.

I had to pay attention and read the subtitles. Normally, I really do not like films with subtitles. However, 1913 Seeds of Conflict has very interesting and historical information. The ending leaves you thinking about how something very small can trigger something very enormous.

I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18. The film meets the baseline KIDS FIRST! criteria and I rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juanita S. KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD
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EDGE OF 12
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EDGE OF 12
EV FILMS NY
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - What are the typical decisions facing a 12-year-old suburban girl? And what are their consequences?
Runtime: 8.5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

SAN ANDREAS
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SAN ANDREAS
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this movie a lot. It is a good disaster film. San Andreas is directed by Brad Peyton and stars Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino and Paul Giamatti. While this movie is well done, it doesn't quite compare with movies by the disaster movie king, Roland Emmerich. After seeing one of Brad Peyton's other movies, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, I had my doubts, but he does a pretty good job here.

There are three reasons why I enjoyed this film so much. First, are the special effects. Special effects in a disaster movie can make or break it. In this film, the CGI is eye-popping. At certain moments, it feels like there is a little too much going on all at once. But at the same time, it makes you feel as if you are in an earthquake, which probably feels pretty overwhelming.

The second reason I like this film is the acting. The acting is pretty strong for a disaster movie. Sometimes in disaster movies, it's all about stunts and action sequences. In this film, the acting makes you feel invested in the characters and you are really rooting for them.

The last reason I like this film is the story. Though corny at times, when adding humor or romance into the big earthquake scenes, the interplay between the action scenes and the family scenes keeps you emotionally involved.

There is a bit of a downside. The dialogue, characters and the some of the story are very predictable and filled with clich�s. While some of the lines are clever, they often seem out of place. There are lots of pretty standard panic, action lines such as "Run," "Hold on," and similar. The main characters are well fleshed out, though some of the cast seems like simple stereotypes representing selfishness and greed.

They spend a lot of time showing the destruction of the earth quake and less on the aftermath of the quake, such as having the main heroes trying to survive riots, gas leaks, crumbling buildings, etc. With all the devastation, it is a bit dull seeing the Golden Gate Bridge collapse for the 1000th time in a disaster flick.

It is humorous that scientific accuracy is thrown out the window. For example, they say the earthquake is a 9.1 but, according to what I've read, that magnitude cannot happen on the San Andreas fault.

I give San Andreas 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. If you like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Paul Giamatti and disaster movies, you'll like this one.

Reviewed by Will S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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


BARELY LETHAL
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BARELY LETHAL
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Megan Walsh has been training to be an international assassin for Hardman. However while she is on a mission, she notices how other teenagers her age seem to be having fun and enjoying their lives. Desiring a normal life, she bails out of a mission and enrolls in a student exchange program, in the process, being adopted by a foster family. She soon becomes a part of the high school and is subjected to the pressures and life of being in this environment.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Barely Lethal is an upcoming independent action-comedy film directed by Kyle Newman and written by John D'Arco, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner and Samuel L. Jackson. The unlikely story revolves around a teenage special ops agent who covets a "normal" adolescence only to discover that "normal" isn't all its cracked up to be. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kendyl P. comments, "Barely Lethal is an outstanding movie! ...I was on the edge off my seat waiting to see what would happen next!" See her full review in youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Barely Lethal is an action packed comedy. This film is about a teenage girl named Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld) who is a highly trained special ops assassin taught to fight bad guys at a school called Prescott Scouts for Girls. Megan realizes that she is missing out on being a teenager and decides to fake her own death, enroll herself as an exchange student at a traditional American high school and live with a new family. Megan then realizes that high school is more difficult than she thought. Unfortunately, Megan's former nemesis Victoria Knox (Jessica Alba) tracks her down and tries to destroy her. It's up to Megan to defend herself and defend her new family.

The message of this movie is life isn't always the way it seems. Megan does a lot of research and watches a lot of movies and reads a ton of teen magazines about life as high school student. When she is finally able to attend high school, she realizes it is not at all as she expected. Megan also learns one of her closest friends at Prescott is not really a true friend.

My favorite scene is when Megan is fighting off Victoria Knox. It is an intense yet exciting brawl between the two girls. I was on the edge off my seat waiting to see what would happen next!

My favorite character is Maxwell Hardman (Samuel L. Jackson) who is the leader of the Prescott School for Girls where Megan grew up. He is very caring and acts like a father figure to Megan even when he tries to hide it. Agent Maxwell believes in Megan and proves that he will help her if she is ever in need.

Barely Lethal is an outstanding movie! I highly recommend this film for boys and girls ages 13 to18 and give this movie 5 out of 5 shinning stars!. It opens May 29 in select theaters nationwide so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Kendyl P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
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SURVIVOR
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. SURVIVOR is directed by James McTeigue and also stars Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster.

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

CRIMSON FIELD, THE: PART 1
CRIMSON FIELD, THE: PART 1
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Description - In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses, and volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches of WWI. The hospital is a frontier: between the battlefield and home front but also between the old rules, hierarchies, class distinctions, and a new way of thinking. Kitty (Oona Chaplin, Game of Thrones), Rosalie, and Flora arrive as the hospital's first volunteer nurses and struggle to be accepted by the established medical team. The girls are flung headlong into a world for which nothing and nobody could have prepared them, but this is also an opportunity to break free of the constraints and limitations of their lives back home.
Runtime: 360 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 14-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 34.99
Media: DVD
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MENTALIST, THE: 7TH AND FINAL SEASON
WARNER HOME VIDEO
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Description - The FBI's masterfully manipulative criminal consultant Patrick Jane is back for the seventh and final season of the clever crime series. Formerly employed by the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jane spent two years off the grid and in exile after tracking down and exacting vengeance upon Red John, the serial killer who murdered Jane's wife and daughter. After crafting a deal to work for the FBI, Jane convinced former CBI agent Teresa Lisbon to join him. Supervised by the no-nonsense Agent Dennis Abbott, Jane and Lisbon work alongside their former CBI comrade Kimball Cho, FBI analyst Jason Wylie and the young, ambitious agent Michelle Vega. Now that Lisbon and Jane have confessed their love for one another, they must find a way to be partners in both their professional and personal lives as they begin their new relationship. 13 on e hour episodes.
Runtime: 572 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 39.98
Media: DVD
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NOT YOUR PARENT'S PARADE
PHILIP SURACI, JR.
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 12-18
Description - A 12 year old girl, fears the loss of her skateboarding mentor (and secret crush) when he enlists in the Marines. She decides to try to bring him home by ending all war. With her friends, she embarks on a campaign to force all adults to sign an oath renouncing war by denying their parents their love and laughter. Through social media, courage and creativity, the plan takes off. The adults resist mightily. Yet, the children lead a non-violent rebellion that transforms society when the U.S. President finally signs the Oath for Victory Over Violence.

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

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I had not read the book nor heard of the film Far From the Madding Crowd when I saw it. So, this review is from the point of view from someone with no prior background knowledge of the source material. Please keep that in mind, fans of the book.

When I saw that BBC had a hand in producing this picture I immediately knew a few things, 1) it would have a down tempo pace, 2) The acting would be good and 3) that the cinematography would be good. I was right about all three. Nevertheless, I had no expectations for the script which was inconsistent.

There are times when the dialogue flows well. The conversations fit the tone and nothing is over-the-top dramatic. And then, there are times when I rolled my eyes at the clich� lines. It's that type of romance movie. It became apparent to me though, that the dialogue is specified to show character and relationships rather than good conversation. The dialogue succeeds in moving along the plot and expanding on the characters' situations rather than creating conversational scenes. I can understand that, especially considering the genre of the movie. Yet, it still proved a bit problematic.

This film stars Carey Mulligan as an independent, head-strong protagonist and, what a wonderful job she does. She takes what could have been a very one-note character and makes her complex. Bathsheba (the protagonist) could have easily been portrayed as stubborn and inconsistent, but is instead portrayed as someone fighting for her equal rights as a woman and as a woman dealing with emotions for the first time. And, just her luck, she gets three men to fall in love with her. How about that for first relationship dealings?

The supporting cast does a fine job with a few hiccups. The standout among them is Michael Sheen who takes his supporting part and almost steals the show from the leading lady. Matthias Schoenaerts provides a steady consistency as the moral compass of the film and plays the untainted, instantly likable love interest well.

As for the aesthetics of the film, I was not disappointed. There are scenes of beautiful landscapes and breathtaking shots that aren't necessarily needed, but are surely wanted for the eye-candy effect. They provide good transitions and help keep the pace of the movie in tact.

Because of the acting, cinematography and overall investing quality this film has over an audience, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 14 to 18. I'll end on this note: I spoke to a couple of people at the theater after the film who had read the book. I asked them how accurate the film is and if it does the book justice. They both confidently said, "yes." So, if you're a fan of the book and were iffy about seeing the movie, I hope that testimonial might influence your decision to see this movie. This is in theaters now so, enjoy.

Reveiwed by Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

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


SUNSHINE SUPERMAN
MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight.

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

PITCH PERFECT 2
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
PITCH PERFECT 2
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfield - it's a girl comedy
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a teen-focused comedy starring Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick and Hailee Steinfeld. The humor is silly but the message poignant. When you're not laughing at the antics of these girls, you are tuned in to their becoming better friends and supporting one another. It deals with issues that kids can relate to - secrecy, jealousy, yearnings. The including of the YouTube star Flula Borg is a pleasant surprise and he literally steals the show when he's on-screen. But, actually, all the cast members are pretty well positioned. They may not be the best actors but they can SING! The romance between Fat Amy and Bumper is a sweet addition and, in my humble opinion, I think that Adam Devine's character Bumper is probably the most interesting in the show. Parents might want to know that it does include use of some pretty specific words for genitalia - in context of the big mishap in the opening scene.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fun and compelling sequel. The Barden Bellas are back! Because of a embarrassing performance they become a laughing stock and, in order to restore their title they, enter a world competition which no American team has ever won.

If you loved Pitch Perfect then you are going to enjoy this film even more. Pitch Perfect 2 has updated music, new characters and a lot of laughs. You can see the first film to get in touch with the characters and story, but it's not necessary.

The highlight of the entire film is the musical performances. Think of the last film and multiply it by 1,000. The Barden Bellas are now a tiny fish in a big pond up against a Capella groups from all over the world. Even the famous group Pentatonix have a cameo appearance. This allows the film to showcase grand productions from all corners of the Earth.

The cast embrace their roles and voices. This is a character driven franchise. Like the first film, you have to buy into the absurdity of these over-the-top characters in order to enjoy it. After you do that, you will find the comedy funny and can fall in love with these characters. Actors like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and many others make this film what it is. I also have to mention the comical cameos from Snoop Dogg, David Cross and even Keegan Michael Key who add to the amusement of this film.

The comedy style is shock humor and pop cultural references. This leads to a lot of jokes being hit or miss. Most of the shock humor comes from the two announcers, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins. Their comments are insulting but the comedy comes from the fact that these people could not exist and still keep their jobs.

My favorite character is Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), the newest addition to the Bellas team. I love Steinfeld as an actress and I usually associate her with dramatic roles and not much for comedy. This film shows that not only can she carry a note but also be very funny.

I have a tie for my favorite scene. The first one is when the Bellas' German rival team, Das Sound Machine performs at the world competition with Light' em Up by the Fallout Boys. The other scene is equally good because it is Fat Amy singing a love song to her boyfriend, Bumper (Adam DeVine). One scene is epic, the other hilarious. Both are absolutely incredible.

The moral of this story is, "Stay in touch with your true voice." The Bellas, as a team, loose who they are, so they go to a retreat to understand each other. With the help of an old Bella member, they find their voice and become the great team they were before.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 13- through 18-year-olds There is adult humor and language that younger audiences shouldn't watch, but for the older crowd it's a thoroughly entertaining film. This film opens in theaters May 15

Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Pitch Perfect 2 is directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks. I love this film because it is very funny and made me laugh constantly throughout the whole movie. Pitch Perfect 2 employs enjoyable aspects from the original Pitch Perfect such as phenomenal music and amazing costumes, wicked humor, the commentators Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) who are quite funny and the beautiful Beca (Anna Kendrick).

It is a bit racist in how it shows the three girls. Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) is an Asian who is more like a cartoon character than having any real personality. Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean) is a gay African American and Flo (Chrissie Fit) plays a South American.

This movie is about seven girls, soon to be eight, who make up the Bellas, an acapella group from Barden University. They are known for their singing and dancing. When they are performing in front of President and Mrs. Obama, Fat Amy has an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. After much ridicule from the press, the group is suspended and is unable to compete or recruit any new members. They are devastated and intent on winning the Acapella World Championship in Copenhagen in order to regain their competitive status. They have to compete against the German group, DSM (Das Sound Machine) which is definitely their biggest competitor. The Bellas are joined by a new member, Emily (Hailee Steinfield), whose mom (Katy Sagal) was a previous member of the group.

The screenplay is very well thought out and the plot is easy to follow. It has several subplots that help keep the action moving. The actors are hilarious in this repeat performance. Rebel Wilson really stands out as Fat Amy because she is completely over the top and steals every scene she is in. There are lots of cameo appearances which keeps the viewer looking for familiar faces.

I give this film a 4 out of 5 stars and strongly recommend it for ages 13 to 18 years old, due to the crude humor and sexual innuendos.

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

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


NOBLE
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
NOBLE
ASPIRATION MEDIA Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Vietnam. 1989. Fourteen years after the end of the war. When Irish woman Christina Noble flies into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) she leaves behind an extraordinary life story. But the best is yet to come. Christina lands in a country "that she wouldn't be able to show you on a map". With a few dollars, a dream and her own hard-won courage, she is about to change everything. For hundreds of thousands of people. Forever. NOBLE is the inspirational true story of a woman who believes that it only takes one person to make a difference. And of how she is proved right.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The inspirational film Noble is very enlightening. It helped me realize that a kid's life in America can be so much easier than a kid's life in other countries. It also inspired me to help others that are not as fortunate as I am. The movie is very well acted, in terms of creating believable character. Noble is a film that touched me emotionally and mentally and definitely put a new perspective on life.

The film is about an Irish woman named Christina Noble. The movie shows three parts of Christina's life - her childhood played by Gloria Curtis, her teens and twenties played by Sarah Greene and her midlife years played by Deirdre O 'Kane. Christina has a revelation through a dream that makes her to decide to help the homeless children in Vietnam to prevent their childhood from turning into an unfortunate childhood. Christina creates very strong bonds and connections with the people in Vietnam while on her crazy adventure of helping children.

The main character, Christina Noble has a very protective, brave and emotionally strong personality. I enjoyed how the director Stephen Bradley separates the film into three parts to show Christina's difficult life as a young child and into teens and twenties. When she gets older, she starts helping kids. One of the interesting part of film is the editing which is not sorted chronologically. Instead, it is all mixed together. For example, there might be a scene showing her in her teens and twenties. Then, it's followed with one from her childhood. The next scene might show her in middle age. The acting is very believable. In fact, at one point, I found myself in tears and, at another point, smiling. The film is like an emotional roller coaster. The cinematography is also very good. It is very good. I was very impressed and inspired.

I rate this film five out of five stars and recommend it for children age 12 to 18 because of some adult content and some inappropriate language.

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


BLANKET QUITE RARE, A
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
BLANKET QUITE RARE, A
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC/ D.G. STERN
Series: BOOK, AGES 5-12
Description - There once was a boy with a blanket quite rare that his mother had told him was made with great care. It came on his birthday with colors so bright It made him feel happy all day and all night.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A Blanket Quite Rare, written and illustrated by Lisa Geotis Ikegami is a rare gem of a book for children ages 4 to 10. A young boy receives a special hand-knit blanket for his birthday. That evening he is frightened during a thunderstorm and takes refuge in bed under the safety of his birthday blanket. Not only does the blanket calm him, but it takes him on a magical journey.

Both boys and girls will find A Blanket Quite Rare to be appealing and engaging. The story is written solely using rhymes, but there are several pages with only artwork which keeps the flow of narration from becoming trite. Using watercolors, the illustrations are attractive and children can depict the emotions of a frightening thunderstorm and the resulting joy in the peace and calm of a sunny day. Some of the drawings are very detailed and might encourage a child to linger on the page and enjoy looking to see what all has been included.

This book meets the KIDS FIRST!. Overall content of the book is good. The story is easy to follow with a clear beginning, middle and end. The production quality and the visual appeal of the book are very appealing. I recommend this book for any child who might ever be fearful during a thunderstorm.

Reviewed by Ruth A.

This title is very whimsical with beautiful watercolor illustrations throughout. The pictures are unique and very colorful. The book mainly takes place in a boy's room while he is under his favorite blanket weathering a storm.This ebook may give children a new perspective on nature and how it is why it is. It may also help them cope with fear or insecurity. The main character's challenge will encourage a child to imagine and inquire in ways that maybe they wouldn't have before. Reviewed by Elizabeth B.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This book by Lisa Ikegami is a very loving story. In the story, a kid gets a beautiful blanket and loves it up. He goes through a problem and the blanket fixes it. Reading this book would help kids not be afraid of thunderstorms. The pictures are not just fantastic, the author painted them too. I love all the water colors and how she blends the colors together. The book is not a long book so it's a good length for a short story. The language rhymes sometimes and sometimes not, it can be a tad confusing but it does not make too big a difference. This is a book for little kids but also may be a good bedtime story for some older kids. I rate this book 4 out of 5 rainbow blankets because of the pictures and tale of a sweet boy and his blanket. My age recommendation is 3 to 10-years-old because it's not a scary picture book and it is a very cute, sweet story. Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12
Media: Book


FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
PURE FLIX ENTERTAINMENT Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul (David A.R. White and Kevin Downes), meet as strangers. Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall-the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This has not been reviewed by adults. Please see our youth review.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This faith-based film is very touching and emotional. It shows us exactly what our soldiers go through to protect our country.

Two fathers of different paths were brought together by the Vietnam War and, after their deaths, their sons are brought together for peace. These two sons Wayne (David A.R. White) and John (Kevin Downes) never had the opportunity to really see their fathers. However, the letters that they received from them displayed messages of love and pride.

One of the main reasons why I like this film is that the portrayal of our soldiers in the war is so realistic. It shows us what they had to go through to claim freedom for our country. The different plot lines are woven together very well and the script is written with smooth transitions from one time period to another. Even though this film has lots of great characters and scenes, I think that some of them are unnecessary. My favorite scene is when Wayne talks about his past in a jail cell with John. It's a tender moment and is a very emotional scene that gives layers to Wayne's character.

My favorite characters are the two main characters, Wayne and John. They feed off each other very well and their different personalities actually complement each other. I like the references of Bible verses this film has which gives comfort and strength in life and death situations. Even when the fathers are facing death, they can have eternal life in heaven if they choose and believe.

This film has a great message about fatherhood and getting along with others. It spreads the gospel of Jesus and touches your heart.

I recommend Faith of our Fathers for ages 12 to 18. Although there are war scenes, it's not overly graphic or gruesome. People who like faith-based films will thoroughly enjoy it.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It is a good film that tells the gospel and has great messages. <[>Thank you to all our service men and women who serve to protect our country on a daily basis. Faith of our Fathers is in theaters on July 1st, so please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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


CHEF'S LIFE, A: SEASON 1
CHEF'S LIFE, A: SEASON 1
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Description - A Chef's Life, Season 1 Join Chef Vivian Howard's personal and culinary journey from the top restaurants in New York to her return to Eastern North Carolina as she explores the rich bounty of farm fresh cooking, family and community. Each episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her seasonal menus. Disc One Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea Strawberry Stay at Home Pimp My Grits Cracklin' Kitchen Tomatoes...You Say Heirloom, I Say Old Timey The World is Your Oyster Muscadine Time Disc Two A Road Trip For Rice Peanut Pastime Love Me Some Candied Yams! Collard Green Queen The Buttermilk Belt Have Yourself Some Moonshine This DVD features subtitles in English
Runtime: 390 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.99
Media: DVD
      This title is available for purchase from Amazon.com


KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
TOMORROWLAND
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. Directed by Brad Bird. Starring George Clooney, Britt Roberttson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Loved this film. Walt would have been smiling I think. Britt Robertson, who we just saw in The Longest Ride, plays this role exceedingly well and outshines her two co-stars, George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. But, the real attraction of this film is the Tomorrowland imagery. Flying trains, personal air packs and all the accoutrements of an imaginary life in the future drew me in. It is fun, fantastic and simple. I would take my younger children to see this.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - How can you describe this film, a film that is original (which is very rare these days), surprising (also rare) and it has a perfect ratio of pretty much everything! Tomorrowland is a movie of wow that makes you want to go out and do something knowing that nothing is impossible.

This film has everything. It has a wonderful, heartwarming plot with a good 50/50 split of drama and comedy and is filled with many wonderful morals and messages. It can be called a tale, sci-fi, adventure and more. But, this film has something for everyone.

Tomorrowland starts off showing a young high school girl named Casey (Britt Robertson) who is told that the world is being polluted, destroyed and slowly ending. She asks why something is not being done about it. One day, she finds a mysterious pin which takes her to a world not in the future, past or present, not on Earth. It is somewhere beyond our knowledge, known as Tomorrowland. She embarks on adventure trying to get there and meets many people including Frank Walker (George Clooney) who is a former child genius and actually lived in this place for some time.

This film is truly an enjoyable experience to watch. Director Brad Bird does an extraordinary job making this a master piece. From the perfect cast to the original story, it is breathtaking to watch. The cinematography is perfect - not too modest and not to forced either. The cast is inspiring. George, Britt and the rest of the cast make jokes, deliver dramatic moments, and everything in between. The relationship between the main characters are sad at times, happy at times. They are heartwarming and draw you in. Disney has really outdone itself so many times and they surprise us again with a very original and nicely done film which will become the next phenomena

My favorite scene is when Casey, Frank and a girl named Athena (you must watch the film to learn more about this very special character) go to Paris and they launch something out of the Eiffel tower. It is action-packed, funny and stunning to watch. The special effects are out of this world and thrilling.

There are so many moral messages. The main one is "nothing is impossible and never stop questioning the world around you." In the film, Casey never stops asking questions and, because of this, a very surprising thing happens.

I recommend this film for kids ages 8 to18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This film is truly one of the greatest films of the year and wonderfully executed. It opens in theaters on May 22 so don't miss it.

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

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


WILD KRATTS: SHARK-TASTIC
WILD KRATTS: SHARK-TASTIC
PBS DISTRIBUTION Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 5-12
Description - Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt are studying the secrets of great white sharks while their nemesis, Chef Gaston Gourmand, is looking for ingredients for his shark fin soup recipe. Later, when Martin knocks the Creature Power Suits into a deep Arctic trench, the brothers search for them in the brand-new Octopod submarine where they witness a Pacific octopus' defense against an attacking shark. Then Aviva takes the lead when she wants to upgrade the Tortuga with swimming capabilities, so the Kratt brothers seek out a sea turtle for inspiration. Finally, the Wild Kratts team is on a mission to decode the secret language of dolphins using one of Aviva's new inventions, but a hungry great white shark puts their animal friends in harm's way.
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This sequel to the Avengers series delivers almost non-stop action. As an adult, I sometimes felt totally assaulted at the amount of violence in the film and began to question the descriptive term "gratuitous violence." This is a term that KIDS FIRST! has long employed as one of its criterion for endorsing a film. You might argue that the amount of violence used is acceptable since it is relegated to good fighting evil. But, on the other hand, I would venture to comment that surely the violence drives the film. The story line is pretty meager, or as one of our youth critics commented, "doesn't really matter." It is all the action shots that draw in the audience.

Did I enjoy it? Would I see it again? I can't say that I found it particularly enjoyable or thought provoking. I certainly wouldn't have the need to watch it again though, many of our youth reporters would, particularly those who are comic-book fans. Even my husband, who does love action adventure films, was a bit worn out after the viewing.

So, there you go. I certainly wouldn't recommend this for young kids even though I'm sure many parents will take them. But, for older kids who can discern the difference between fact and fiction, go at it. It's pure escapism, in the name of good.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Another monumental Marvel movie! The Avengers assemble once again go up against a new corrupt, A.I. Ultron (James Spader). As the troupe pursue their mission, we're given a deeper understanding of our favorite super heroes.

There are not enough words in the world to express how happy I am. As a Marvel fan, this film showcases some of my favorite comic book characters together in one plot line in a bigger and better way. When you are dealing with a sequel, as a filmmaker, you're pretty much trying to top yourself. Thankfully, the filmmakers have out done themselves here. We're given a superior conflict, more characters and action beyond epic proportions.

I love this movie not only because it's a phenomenal Marvel film, but also an outstanding film in general. A movie is supposed to grab the audience and transport them to a universe with characters that not only we look up to but also identify with. Marvel has successfully created this reality. Every time I see a Marvel logo on a movie poster I'm excited to be sent back, once again, into their universe.

Marvel is a genius entertainment company because they establish their characters in previous films. The Avengers are the protagonist. Every character is given their moment in the lime light but, they are not the main focus. They all share the screen and have their own personal conflict, yet they respond as team. That is not to say that there is no character development, there is. Former story lines help save time so that the writers can focus on perfecting the current story. This also leads to much stronger relationships between the characters.

For people who have no history with Marvel films, I suggest that you see some of the previous films that feature the Avengers. The reason is that you may miss a connection with the characters that can be resolved by watching previous films. Although you will enjoy the action and story even without seeing the previous films, the inside jokes and interactions between characters become funnier when you understand the past.

The action in this film is awesome! The word awesome is a very primitive word, but it explains everything. While I love to go to the movies and appreciate storytelling and 3 dimensional characters, there are times when I just want to see things go boom! Every Avenger, with his or her different abilities, works together and kicks butt. An example of this is when Thor hits Captain America's shield and causes a devastating explosion. You have to see it to believe it.

My favorite character is, Vision (Paul Bettany) an android created by Ultron. Bettany is originally the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) A.I. companion. Bettany uses his fantastic voice to create Vision. I was excited when I heard he was going to be a new addition to the Avengers team. Not only is the acting and personality spot on, but the costume design is beautiful.

There are so many scenes that I adore, but my favorite is when the Avengers, "get acquainted" with Vision for the first time. This is the second A.I. the group has encountered and they're unsure if they can trust him. Vision is uncertain himself and gives a speech on why it doesn't matter because they all want to stop Ultron. At the end of his speech there is a comedic pay-off that shows which side Vision is truly on.

The moral of the film is, "The way to peace is not destruction." Ultron is built for one reason - to create peace in our time. Ultron is confused on how to fulfill that mission and believes the only way to achieve his goal is to wipe out the human race and start over. However, Ultron underestimates the soul of man.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 11- to 18 year-olds. There is language and intense action that younger kids might not be able to handle. Check out this film in theaters May 1 and remember, a true Marvel fan stays to the end of the credits.

Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

My friends have asked me what I thought of Avengers: Age of Ultron and my answer has always been the same: it depends on who you are. If you are a fan of this genre, superheroes, and/or a general movie goer you'll love it. But if you're me, who sees films differently, then the answer to that question is much more complex.

The plot of this film doesn't really matter in all honesty. I mean, you have the good guys fighting the bad guys, that much hasn't changed and it's not what I want to focus on in this review.

What I want to focus on, is the direction and writing of writer/director Joss Whedon. For those of you who just want to know if this film is tons of fun and entertaining and don't care about the movie buff stuff I'm about to spill in short: see this movie. But, I warn you, the movie buff stuff I'm about to spill may be an explanation for the feeling of incompleteness you may have.Joss Whedon wrote this film very ambitiously. He wanted to add the depth and character development of a drama, and keep the same thrills and mindless entertainment of a blockbuster. The issue is - that's very hard to do in a reasonable amount of time. The film already runs nearly 2 1/2 hours and is still incomplete.

I digress, Joss Whedon would have been better off picking a side: mindless entertainment or depth? Truthfully, I would have preferred depth. Getting to know the characters only increases the suspense when they're put in dangerous situations. It draws you in more. Whereas mindless entertainment doesn't because you know what's going to happen.

The thing about his film is that it develops this depth with each Avenger. It tells of their fears and gets into their personal lives. It develops these relationships and just leaves it on the ground, not to be picked up again. Joss Whedon doesn't follow through the idea and we're left wondering "what happened?"

Then, to top it all off, he begins something new. He doesn't come to a definite conclusion, yet he starts a new beginning. That, in my opinion, is a mistake. It's playing with the emotions of the audience who've invested themselves in these band of characters. Whedon shows us that these heroes are people and then doesn't expand on them. He doesn't conclude their stories. It's frustrating.

Yet, there are action scenes of pure bliss, brilliance and utter entertainment that send chills. They impress. It glues you to the screen. There are shots that are bound to amaze you. I still have the climactic battle in my head. It has a deeper meaning than many may give it credit for and I appreciated that.

Despite all that, this film is a great time. All of the heroes get their big moments, and each character is spotlighted. Before I end my review, I want to commend and point out the fantastic voice performance of James Spader. He gives Ultron such life and personality. It's further proof that there needs to be a voice-acting category at the Academy Awards. Brilliant work, Mr. Spader.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Please keep in mind that I saw this film in Imax 3-D. Those of you seeing it in 2-D may have a different impression that I did, due to the extreme differences in the way we experienced this film.

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

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


AGE OF ADALINE
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
AGE OF ADALINE
LIONSGATE FILMS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This remarkable film truly delivers a compelling love story along with the struggle of a young woman whose life is a nightmare because she never ages. Some of us might love that idea but, as you watch the heartbreak of Adaline as her daughter becomes older than she, and then elderly, you realize the importance of growing old together with your loved ones. Adaline's life is threatened at times during the McCarthy era when the government wants to study her as a specimen and thus, she resorts to moving every ten years and re-inventing herself. She creates new identities in order to escape persecution. When she finally meets someone who pulls at her heartstrings enough to consider sharing her secret with him, a twist of fate pulls her back into her own drama and it is not without great resolve that she proceeds.

This film is worth seeing with your sweetheart, or even your teen as I did. I enjoyed this with my 13-year-old grandson and was surprised that it wasn't too romantic for his taste. The faux science behind Adaline's condition is well narrated and, in some ways it's almost believable.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Age of Adaline was not something I expected to love so much. The idea of tampered aging wasn't anything new to me and I wasn't excited to see another modern love story. But I found myself severely invested in this movie. There were times I completely forgot to jot notes down in my notebook...for there weren't any. This film is one of the best American romantic dramas to come along in a while.

Starring Blake Lively, in a career best performance, The Age of Adaline is a beautiful movie in all aspects. It is Shakespearean in nature. It deals with love in a supernatural context, of which the inexplicable remains unexplained, for its outcome is all that matters to us.

The movie is about a woman who develops the ability to never age. The film focuses on her, almost as a metaphorical character study, on how the major events and emotions of her life are stifled and affected by her condition. Her daughter grows older than her. She avoids love for fear of loss. And, she's always on the move. Attachment is her fear, yet one day, a man comes around and things start to change.

In a wonderful and scene stealing performance, Harrison Ford gives his best and most inspired performance since 42. For some, it may be strange seeing Ford not in his typical action-star tough guy. But, his acting in this film is nonetheless affecting, subtle, and impressive. Alongside him, stealing the show is my beloved Ellen Burstyn. She is simply sublime in everything she does and nothing changes here. She steals every scene she's in, even getting me to choke up in the final scene, as her ability to pass along emotion with a look of the eyes is an unmatched ability amongst this generation of film actors.

I am also impressed with Lee Toland Kreiger's direction and story-telling ability. He doesn't fall into any clich�s with flashback storytelling in a romantic drama. He doesn't present us with every explanation in the beginning. Instead, he associates certain memories with the situation presented so that Adaline's character is presented as the film goes on. As a result, we learn more about her and get to know her better over time.

The opening exposition montage is most impressive as well. The voiceover of Hugh Ross provides an objective, controlled, and un-distilled narration of Adaline's early life and events leading up to the film. He comes in throughout the film as well, providing a nostalgic overtone that comforts us in a way, communicating objectivity so that we understand essential events and plot points.

Lastly, and most importantly, this film, like any film, is geared towards a certain audience. Someone who's into Rambo and Terminator may not like this film as much as someone into The Notebook or Blue Valentine. So if you're reading this wondering if you'll like it or not, I tell you the kind of taste for a film like this is unique and not for everyone. And with that, I happily award this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 14 to 18. It is playing in theaters now. Enjoy.

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

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


MOLECULES TO THE MAX
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
MOLECULES TO THE MAX
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Description - Molecules to the MAX!, a 42-minute film created by scientists and professors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is an animated, colorful and engaging Giant Screen adventure film about a curious oxygen atom ("Oxy") and her friends who have a lot of fun exploring the nanoscale building blocks of matter as they travel through nanospace. In the film, Oxy, Captain of the Molecularium, is dispatched from the Unified Field of Atoms on an expedition to discover the secret of life on Earth. Along with her crew - Hydra and Hydro, the curious hydrogen twins and Mel, the uptight computer- they have many misadventures exploring the Earth's atmosphere and the cycle of water molecules, through clouds, snowflakes and raindrops. Lost in the far reaches of outer space, Oxy and her crew are rescued by Carbon and his gang of intergalactic carbon atoms. With lots of bravado and a little luck, Carbon is able to pilot the ship back to Earth. The film is showing around the globe on select IMAX screens and has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese. In addition to the film, the DVD is packed with bonus features, including behind-the-scenes commentary on the making of the movie; five educational animated shorts from NanoSpace; and a glimpse of the award-winning film "Riding Snowflakes." The DVD is the latest release of Rensselaer's Molecularium Project, an educational initiative designed to teach children about science in an entertaining environment.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This title is really well animated, has cute informative songs, is very funny with comical movie references and word play. The flow of the show is great. There is a clear beginning, middle and ending. And, it is entertaining and really funny throughout. Even if the viewer knows little or nothing about molecular science, the characters explain the very basics in a way that is easy to understand and fun to watch. The animation is really good and there is nonstop action to keep the viewer's attention.

It has cute, informative songs and makes comical movie references. There are lots of complicated information presented in a kid friendly way. The animation is quite good and there is nonstop action to hold the viewer's attention.

It is suitable for ages 6 to 14. It's a great way to learn simple molecular science principles. The characters are molecules. They portray moments of friendship and rejection, depending on which molecules are together in a scene. This title will encourage kids to question everything. It's very informative and yet, acknowledges that there are many unanswered questions in science and in life.

Excellent production values. It has special features such as scene selection, soundtrack in five different languages, filmmaker's commentary and information about Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the producer of this title. It is very easy to navigate and fun to explore.

Our adult reviewers enjoyed it as much as their kids. Reviewed by Eli B.

Molecules to the Max is an exciting trip into the tiny world of polymers, DNA, atoms, and many other microscopic structures. The viewer follows some hydrogen and oxygen atoms, along with a traveling computer and miniature spaceship, into space and to the planet Earth. There, the atoms learn all about molecular structures and life.

This was entertaining and very educational. The concepts explored were things the viewer could identify with. The show included some catchy upbeat songs and some fun characters as the teachers. I was learning along with my kids, as we watched it together.

My only negative feedback is that I felt like some of the wording would not be understandable to the suggested age range. A few of the concepts, such as DNA and polymers, were explained in a way that I'm not sure children would understand. There were also numerous references to carbon dating, along with a song about Carbon, that I think would probably be very confusing to most children. Having said that, my 6-year-old walked in while I was watching the show and said, "Oh I LOVE this movie!" He then sat and watched the entire thing with me. He also watched several of the bonus animated shorts, which explain some concepts more clearly. He may not have understood it all, but he enjoyed it all. And I'm sure when he learns about molecules and atoms, it will be familiar to him. So I would recommend this DVD for ages 8-16, but I think if a child were interested in science, then maybe even down to age 6 would enjoy it. I give it 5 stars. Reviewed by Karyn A.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The movie Molecules to the Max is cool. I like that the atoms are all different colors, and I liked when they went into the person's body. I learned that everything is made out of molecules. Oxy was my favorite atom because she was fun. I think other kids would like it because the atoms do lots of fun things like going inside an American penny, a snowflake, and gum. They also go into a tunnel that leads to the other side of the Galaxy. It's an awesome movie. Luke A., Age 6

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: FeatureFilm


SI
This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
SI
SAMANTHA SMITH
Series: SHORT FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - Si, a temperamental 6-year-old, gets a goldfish from her parents after begging for a puppy.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

CLASSIC SONGS & TRADITIONAL TUNES
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
CLASSIC SONGS & TRADITIONAL TUNES
ANDYLAND MUSIC Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - Fifteen beloved folk and classic children's tunes capture the heart of the songs. Authentic instrumentation, thoughtful arrangements, restored lyrics, and Andy Z's friendly vocals complete this rousing CD that will entertain and engage for years.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From 'This Land is Your Land' to 'Happy Trails,' Andy Z brings a freshness and excitement to familiar songs that we think we may know but after a few extra verses that were part of the original songs and some well-played musical surprises our ears are buzzing with a renewed acquaintance with old friends. The vocals are engaging and the toe-tapping arrangements will have you dancing with a 'Turkey in the Straw' or breaking out a 'Hokey Pokey' or singing along with 'You Are My Sunshine'. 'Oh Susanna' you've got to listen to this CD and don't you cry for me now, girl!

The songs are performed as close to their original intent with all of the original lyrics and instrumentation approximated. This absolutely keeps the tradition of American folk songs alive and well. It is positive and uplifting and the interpretation of songs that a lot of us have heard for years is fresh and engaging.

The quality is excellent. The music mirror the birth of our nation which was an exciting time for America in terms of exploration and strong families along with adventurous and brave people immigrating from all over the world. These songs offer insight into American history from a musical point of view. The artist starts with the premise "maybe you're familiar with this song, but did you know there are other verses?" Particularly enlightening is "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with the wraparound lyrics.

The musicianship, choice of traditional instruments and vocal performances are well-done and engaging. The production value (recording) is very professional.

Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids enjoyed listening to this CD. They clapped and moved along. Overall, they seemed to have fun. All around the Kitchen and You are My Sunshine were two of their favorites. The songs are upbeat and energetic and it was nice to see the kids enjoying some of the old classics, some of which they apparently had never heard before. The performance is entertaining and the songs are fun.

One little boy said his favorite was the first one. Another child was excited about the kitchen song. An older boy said he liked the middle songs best. One girl liked the sunshine song best.

"It is good music." "We like all the music." "It is singing."
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO


CALLING ALL THE ELEPHANTS
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
CALLING ALL THE ELEPHANTS
SONG WIZARDS RECORDS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - Twelve cheeky, laugh-out-loud funny songs. Combining country and children's pop music with a wacky, seesaw feel, moving from a country stroll where the wit sneaks up on you to a rock 'n' roll sprint where an outrageous lyric slams into you.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Put on the headsets and buckle up because 'Calling All the Elephants' is one of the best albums in a long while to make you laugh out loud and snort milk out of your nose! The word-play, songwriting and musicianship are exemplary. Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, two-seasoned performers, flex their musical chops and in the process push the creative boundaries of children's music in a profoundly wondrous way.

These crafty clutch of tunes hatch from basic concepts and happenings into mini-operas of mirth and merriment. Be yourself. Be resourceful. Be different. Be inventive. Be creative. Have FUN! Who could ask for anything more. Love this album!

Lyrics are stellar, brilliant and quite appealing. The music and production are terrific. Plus, there are many wonderful surprises. Very clever!

Everything clicks like an expensive watch. It's rare to discover an album that appeals to older children, doesn't talk down and takes conceptional chances. This is a breath of musical fresh air.

In ways, it is purposely disrespectful of what is considered appropriate in children's music. Therefore, kids will love it!

I love an album that invites frequent listening because you flat-out love it and / or continue to discover new elements and surprises that you missed before. This is one of those albums. Never gets old. Solid vocals and character voices, musicianship rocks and the recording quality is state-of-the-art.

Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is fun and original and many of the songs have a really good beat and rhythm to them. I like that this CD has songs with funny lyrics. My favorite songs are Last Word and Puzzle. I like how the lyrics in Last Word throw in words such as "foot" and then there is a pause and "ball" is added or "cow" and then "boy." Puzzle is just catchy and is fun to dance to it. Most of the songs are pretty cool and make you want to dance. Some of the lyrics are repetitive but I still think they are pretty good. There is only one song I really didn't like as much and that is Acting Like A Baby. I think it is just the topic that I don't really enjoy. The song is still catchy. But, how often do you really like every song on a CD? Over all, this is a CD with fun songs, catchy lyrics and I give it a thumbs up. Best for kids ages 5 to 10. Some older children may not like it as much. I would give this one 4 out of 5 stars.
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO



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