FOCUS FEATURES Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan's stewardship and Antonina's care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives ... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
This film is truly incredible because it shows how kind hearted people are. Given that the movie takes place in Poland during World War II, there is a lot of tension among the Jewish and German residents because the Jewish Holocaust is occurring. But, the main characters, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, still manage to take care of their zoo and try to keep the animals safe.
In the midst of World War II, Adolf Hitler's... read more
DAWNSIGNPRESS Series: DVD, AGES 5-12 Topic - Family Description - An off-the-grid village in the Southwest is preparing to celebrate their Juice harvest. Their friend Wolf helps by bringing the Juice to the city to sell, and upon his return, the annual celebration kicks off. Small One is responsible for alerting the village of Wolf's return but will he remember the complicated directions? KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I think this is absolutely brilliant. I have never seen anything from Once Upon a Sign before this and, the wait was well worth it. The actors are artists with their sign language. They really have the body language and visual expressions down. The voice over work is great and its lovely that I can enjoy something like this as well. I was actually catching on to some of the ASL and I looked up more of their videos af... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18 Topic - Family Description - A hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Dreamworks' The Boss Baby, is an extraordinary, fun and lighthearted animated film based on an award-winning picture book by Marla Frazee.
7-year-old Tim (Miles Christopher Bakshi) had the perfect life and the full attention of his parents until one day, a new arrival took it all away and became the Boss of his family. Tim and Boss Baby face sibling rivalry, trying to both win the affection of their parents. Muc... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18 Topic - Family Description - Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth reviews KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon is a whimsical yet captivating film that I highly adored watching. This live action film has made my "Top 10 List" due to its incredible singing performances, marvelous set designs and accuracy of the original Disney story. As a Disney fanatic myself, I absolutely love that this film has the power to take me back to my younger days.
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - A United Kingdom is the true story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth review KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
A United Kingdom is a film that is very much in love with its own story. Director Amma Asante is obviously very passionate about the subject of this movie, which is about how a biracial couple in 1940s Africa nearly tears apart an entire village and breaks down the relationship of colonial Britain and Africa. We feel Asante's passion for racial equality, and social justice. We clearly see how adamant she is about doi... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews WARNER BROS. PICTURES Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - A diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers unites to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belon... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I saw this last week and have to say that it is definitely an amazing work visually. The special effects teams have truly outdone themselves with their extravagantly detailed Kong and other gigantic creatures. In terms of storyline, meh! Performances are also so so with the exception being John C Reilly's performance. He walks away with the show in my humble opinion. Samuel L. Jackson's character is probably the sec... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Kong: Skull Island is a fun sci-fi movie which is a breathtaking visual treat. I really found the direction and special effects to be fantastic in this movie. This will appeal to all those sci-fi fans.
This movie is about a diverse group of travelers which includes former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), an anti-war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), a government agent Bill... read more
XXX Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5 Topic - Music Description - Dana Cohenour, a pioneering independent singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids. Dana's sixth highly interactive album includes 12 mostly original songs designed to get kids ages one to seven up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies and to... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dana is a seasoned, veteran performer and her work shows it. Her vocals are crystal clear and engaging, the production values are terrific featuring some smoking good musicians. The songs are high-energy and demand participation unless you are Velcroed or hot-melt glued to your seat. Great for classrooms, home schools and for kids you just need to tire out with good positive, down-home, funky fun music! Pick up this ... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
coming soon Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age:
1-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ 13
ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5 Topic - Music Description - A career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children's troubadour Raffi. The album includes 16 classics including "Down By The Bay" (1976), "Bananaphone" (1994) and, perhaps his most iconic hit, "Baby Beluga" (1980). Beginning with 1976's Singable Songs For The Very Young, pioneering troubadour Raffi Cavoukian (better known simply as "Raffi") is one of the world's best-selling and mo... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I need not remind you that Raffi came to prominence in the Plasticine Period when most children's music was seeking its way in the woolly wilderness - most things were molded in brightly colored clay and deemed most precious. And then, this clarion voice came shining through the stark wilderness, broke the mold and boldly mixed traditional songs in clever ways and wrote original insightful songs of social relevance w... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
I love to sing dance and just be a child at heart so I love this CD. It is simply wonderful because it has songs for kids of all ages. It has songs that had me wanting to get up, dance, sing and have fun and I found myself doing just that. I love that Raffi sings songs that are fun and memorable and just plain silly!
Included are 16 unique songs kids can dance, sing, learn and just have a good time along with Raff... read more
AMAZON.COM Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18 Topic - Family Description - The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, so... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
I really enjoyed The Lost City of Z, an interesting nonfiction film that highlights certain aspects of history from the viewpoint of an explorer in the 1900s. The film is based on true events, revealing the history of the lost city.
The Lost City of Z explains the tale of British Explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who finds various artifacts that prove to be evidence of a lost city that once resided in the A... read more
Video Trailer Click to see video reviews SHOUT! FACTORY Series: DVD, AGES 8-15 Topic - Family Description - The lovably simple residents of peaceful Kikoriki Island are thrown kicking and screaming into big adventure when their resident scientist invents an amazing device (a helmet called "the Improverizor") which takes personality traits from one person and swaps them with someone else's! But when spineless young Wally tries to use the untested device to cure his cowardice, he ends up even more spineless: by getting accid... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kikoriki is about a character named Wally trying to cure his cowardly ways by using a local scientist's invention which allows you to swap personalities with someone else. Wally accidentally switches personalities with a caterpillar and things really take off from there. It's lovely seeing Wally wanting to be himself again and working so hard to get there. I personally thought this was funny. This is one of those kid... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon is a family-friendly animated film based on the television series GoGoRiki. Directed by Dennis Chernov and originally voiced by Russian actors, this film is one of two DVDs that are being brought to American audiences by Shout! Kids Factory.
The story begins with the local scientist creating a machine called the "Improverizer" which swaps people's personalities. But somethin... read more
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age:
8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.96
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Video Trailer Click to see video reviews N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT Series: DVD, AGES 2-5 Topic - Family Description - Join Mack, a blue moose with a heart of gold and two left feet, and Moxy, a perky pink raccoon, on four new exciting adventures! Watch Mack & Moxy rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. In the first adventure, Mack & Moxy start a lively game of foursquare at the HelpeeLand School. When a disagreement develops over who won, Trooper Sydnee suggests Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the... read more KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has a beautiful way of explaining and expressing important ways of helping children understand some of life's complicated issues. Friendship, honesty, tolerance, patience, healthy eating habits, dancing, singing, playing together, solving conflicts and working together are not always easy for children to understand and the Mack & Moxy series really helps parents instill good values in their children and help... read more KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland! is a great DVD for preschoolers. It teaches basic lessons that kids will need for school. This colorful DVD contains four episodes that combine animation, live-action, puppets and songs. The first episode teaches how to solve and arguments using "Rock, Paper, Scissors." The second teaches you about buckling your car seat belt. The third talks about healthy eating and the fourth ... read more Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age:
2-6 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
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Video Trailer Click to see video reviews UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION Series: FEATURE, AGES 13-18 Topic - Family Description - When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
The Great Wall is a fun monster movie and a good visual treat. I really like the special effects, cinematography and costume design in this movie. This is one movie that monster movie fans will appreciate.
This movie is about William (Matt Damon), a traveler who comes to China with his friend Pero (Pedro Pascal) to find black powder. When they try to enter the Great Wall, the Chinese soldiers of the secret milita... read more