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Gibby – Heartwarming, entertaining, funny and adorable

Gibby_1.jpgA young girl finds an unlikely and uplifting friendship with an adorable monkey in this charming, light-hearted film. Katie has lost interest in her school, her friends, and gymnastics following the loss of her mother, but her outlook changes in the summer when she is asked to monkey sit Gibby, her science teacher's Capuchin monkey. Taking care of the monkey challenges Katie and reorders her life in a big way, and Gibby's happy-go-lucky personality renews Katie's zest for life. Gibby helps her with gymnastics, renewing friendships (including finding a potential boyfriend) and overcoming her nemesis, a mean girl who is out to beat Katie at everything. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan B. comments, “This film is heartwarming, entertaining, funny, and adorable all wrapped up into one great movie.” See her full review below. Gibby By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, … - read more...


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The Secret Life of Pets - Wonderfully woven plot, dynamic characters and strong jokes

TheSecretLifePets_1.jpgFrom the producers of Despicable Me, The Lorax and Minions comes another family-friendly animated film in this story about a terrier named Max whose quiet life is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. With vibrant animation and a great cast, this is one you can share with your entire family. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Willie J. comments, “This film will not dazzle you with a wonderfully woven plot, but it will undoubtedly entertain you with dynamic characters and strong jokes that land more often than not.” See his full review below. The Secret Life of Pets By Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16 Let the debates begin and if they haven't begun, allow me to start: Zootopia or The Secret Life of Pets? - two acclaimed comedic animated movies featuring talking animals. Well, I'd like to throw in my opinion – The Secret … - read more...

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Granny Ranny's Coming Attractions

Space still available at HTIN/KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp Aug 1-5 & 8-12
2016.AD.Brooklyn.jpgDo You Know a 9 to 15 year old who... Loves, really love films? Love talking about the latest films? Envisions him or herself talking on the Red Carpet? A few slots are still open at our August Boot Camps at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Sign up Now! And there are some Scholarships still available for youth from all NYC boroughs Parents ... Your kids are not just "talking about film" they are learning life skills that will truly last a lifetime. Dates & Locations

August 1-5 Beginners Camp, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily August 8-12 Advanced Camp, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily August 6: Parent's Digital Media Workshop 9:30 a.m. - noon

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Finding Dory, The BFG, The Legend of Tarzan and more.
KFCA.2015.DEC.V2.jpgListen in as we review Zootopia which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, the new Disney / Pixar film Finding Dory, Steven Spielberg’s latest film The BFG and The Legend of Tarzan. Host Brianna Hope Beaton is joined by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan, Abigail and Harmony. Before you spend those hard earned dollars at the movies, be sure to listen to what our youth reporters have to say. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1950/kids-first-coming-attractions - read more...

From the Jury

I’m not afraid of no Ghosts or Haters by Keefer C.Blakeslee
ghostbustera.jpgJune 8th,1984 the original Ghostbusters was released. It blew up the box office, amazed critics and became a comedy classic. June 8th, 2016, to celebrate my 16th birthday and my slow progression into old age, I took a couple of my friends to go see the original Ghostbusters on the big screen because my local movie theater was having a special anniversary screening. We sat down with our soda and popcorn surrounded by fellow fans wearing slimer T-shirts ghostbuster.jpgand Ghostbuster snapbacks. Then the house lights dimmed and the original director, Ivan Reitman appeared on screen. He shared a few words about the film and thanked fans for attending. The movie began and … - read more...


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