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Alexander and his ... Very Bad Day - Coming out on DVD/Blu-Ray Feb. 10.

Alexander.Vert.v4_1.jpgComing out on Feb 10 in DVD/Blu-ray, mark your calenders now. This film, based on the beloved children's book by Judith Viorst and starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Ed Oxenbould as Alexander, is a wonderful family movie that can be enjoyed with your school-aged kids without worrying about violence, profanity or other unsavory behavior. There is some rude humor and a bit of reckless behavior but, overall, it's pretty tame yet funny. Alexander's bad luck spreads to his family members and once they experience their own "bad" things, the end result brings everyone closer together. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O., age 12, comments, "This film has comedy that isn't just little jokes or things that are commonly seen in lots of normal comedies but, unique and creative comedy that is really funny."  See his full review below as well as coverage from the premiere. - read more...

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Strange Magic Is Just That - George Lucas Meets Shakespeare

214144.jpgGeorge Lucas has turned his charms onto the tale, Strange Magic, a new animated film, that is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B. comments, "The animation and design are exquisite. The character designs look exactly like something George Lucas would create." Samantha A. adds, "I have to admit, this movie is different from anything I have ever seen before, but I’m not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing." See their full reviews below.

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KIDS FIRST! Radio

Reviews of George Lucas's Strange Magic, Paddington, Belle & Sebastian and interviews with the stars of Odd Squad
KFCA.2014.jpgListen in as we review the new George Lucas animated film Strange Magic and everyone's favorite bear, Paddington in his own movie. Our special guests this evening are Filip and Dalila, stars of PBS Kids new show Odd Squad. Last, we'll review the new indie film Belle & Sebastian about a boy and his dog who help Jewish refugees escape the Nazi soldiers in WWII France. Catch all this and more with your hosts Raven Devanney and Brianna Hope Beaton joined by KIDS FIRST! Critics Samantha Alexander, Katie G, Kendyl Powell and Jeremy Badour. Go here to listen to our most current show.  - read more...

From the Jury

Top 5 Oscar Hosts By Keefer C.Blakeslee
Oscar_Awards.jpgIt’s a wonderful night for Oscar! Oscar, Oscar, Who will win? Ladies and Gentleman, the biggest night in Hollywood is coming up, the Academy Awards. The time to honor the films from the past year. What makes award shows like this amazing? For me it’s the host. The one who sets the tone for the night, keeps the show moving forward, all while having the audience rolling in the aisle. The Academy, throughout the years, have hired the best hosts. In honor of the 87th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, I have compiled a list of the top five best Oscar hosts. These are the hosts that I think are the most memorable, creative and … - read more...

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