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Pup Star – A Fun, Fantastic, Family-Friendly Film With Talking And Singing Dogs

pupstar.e.jpgFrom Air Bud Entertainment comes the new film Pup Star about an adorable Yorkshire terrier competing in a televised singing competition who is separated from her owner by an opportunist dog pound worker and goes on a huge adventure to get back. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “To make a perfect family-friendly adventure film is a difficult task to achieve. You have to make it both entertaining and kid-friendly while including a positive, preferably inspirational messages. Pup Star, the latest installment in the Air Bud series, succeeds in this goal with assistance of wonderful music and fantastic acting.” Abigail Zoe L. adds, “Pup Star is a fun, fantastic, family-friendly film! It really is an amazing and inspiring movie with talking and singing dogs. I found myself cheering for the super talented Tiny and booing the bad guys, or should I say bad dogs!” … - read more...


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Ben-Hur – Spectacular, Action-Packed Version, Best Suited for Older Teens and Adults

BenHur_1.jpgThis epic story follows Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “The famous story of Ben-Hur has been done in film multiple times throughout the years, but none has reached this level of excitement and beautiful special effects. And none has ever been this action packed and intense.” Ryan R. adds, “Although it is two hours long, it does not drag. Morgan Freeman gives a very regal performance as Ilderim. His voice makes you want to pay attention when he narrates the story. I love this character because he helps Judah and they make a fantastic team!” See their full reviews below. Ben-Hur By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14 The famous story of - read more...

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Granny Ranny's Coming Attractions

Deadline to submit to KIDS FIRST! September 15
SUBMIT_NOW.jpgWe are accepting submissions for KIDS FIRST! Endorsement and Film Festival now through September 15. A KIDS FIRST! endorsement is recognized by media industry leaders and can open doors for you to get your film into distribution and into the hands of your audience. If you have a great film for kids and families that you wish to get played at venues all across the country, this is your opportunity to submit it. We have more than 50 venue affiliates who use the programming we select for their you and family programs. Each KIDS FIRST! venue partner offers their own awards and prizes. So, there are a plethora of potential awards awaiting you. Just think, for … - read more...


The Jungle Book DVD, Pup Star, Suicide Squad, Nerve, Ben-Hur, Pete's Dragon, The Dressmaker
KFCA.2015.DEC.V2.jpgListen to our youth critics review the DVD release of The Jungle Book and Pup Star as well as the feature films Suicide Squad, Nerve, Ben-Hur, Pete's Dragon and The Dressmaker. Hosts Keefer Blakeslee and Gerry Orz are joined by KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Morgan, Abigail, Ryan and Benjamin. Before you spend your hard earned dollars at the movies, be sure to hear what our critics have to say. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1950/kids-first-coming-attractions - read more...

From the Jury

Movies that Portray Men as Stupid, by Clayton Pickard, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
dumb.dumber.jpgIn today’s society, men in movies, TV shows and ads are often depicted as bumbling, idiots. Since my family doesn’t have cable, I see this trend happening in movies as well. Some recent movies that have done this include the Ted franchise, the Jump Street franchise, The Internship, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Central Intelligence and The Interview. All the men in Melissa McCarthy films are portrayed as dumb fools. In the new Ghostbusters, instead of having a “dumb blonde” as a receptionist, they show a dumb, young hunk, wonderfully portrayed by Chris Hemsworth. Most movies with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron typically portray men as ridiculous … - read more...


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