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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - A Sure Hit With Teens and Tweens

HungerGames.Mockingjay.1.jpgThe latest installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, based on the best-selling books by Suzanne Collins was released this weekend to an eager youth adult crowd. With the Games now destroyed and in pieces, Katniss Everdeen, along with Gale, Finnick and Beetee, now end up in the so-thought "destroyed" District 13. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her friends, Katniss becomes the "Mockingjay" and the symbol of rebellion for the people. KIDS FIRST! Critics Brianna Hope Beaton comments, "I completely love this film and the overall production. It’s intense and has such a grand feel to it. With scene after scene, it gets bigger and bigger and you see just how powerful one voice can be." See her full review below. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 by  Brianna Hope Beaton, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15 This much anticipated film is absolutely … - read more...


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Calling all Indie Filmmakers! Submit Your Films Now for a KIDS FIRST! Endorsement.

Submit.Nov.2014.Horiz.jpgFor all indie filmmakers, you have until November 30 to submit your films for a KIDS FIRST! Endorsement. To get your endorsement before the end of 2014, send it in today. The sooner you get it to us, the quicker you get your endorsement.KIDS FIRST! has been supporting quality children's media for 23 years and is the most highly respected media endorsement program in the country. Unlike an awards program which limits the number of winners, every title that meets our criteria and is approved by our kids' juries receives an endorsement. Our base-line criteria includes: NO gratuitous violence or abuse NO inappropriate sexual behavior NO bias in terms of race, gender, culture or religion NO condescension toward children NO replicable unsafe behavior KIDS FIRST! Endorsed Titles Receive
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Looking for our next Film Critics


Our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Local Search continues this fall. We are looking for kids ages 7 to 17 in select cities nationwide including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Santa Fe, Vancouver and Washington DC. Here’s your chance to. Watch and review the latest films! Meet and interview celebrities! Report from the red carpet and premieres! Talk on our weekly radio show about films you have seen and interview celebrities. To enter, go to http://2013critic.kidsfirst.org/ You only have to … - read more...


Meet Stirling Gardner, founder of AnOpenApology.com and listen to our kids review the new Disney film, Big Hero 6
KFCA.2014.jpgListen in as we interview Stirling Garener, founder of AnOpenApology.com and find out what the scoop is about apologizing online. Then, listen to three of our top reporters review the new Disney animated film Big Hero 6 which opens nationwide in theaters on November 7. Catch all this and more with your hosts Brianna Hope Beaton and Gerry Orz joined by Jeremy Badour, Katie Griffith and Harmony Makhfi. Listen here.  - read more...

From the Jury

Laughter at the Movies by Keefer Blakeslee
MelBrooks_1.jpgComedy is by far the most difficult form of entertainment. Other film genres are not easy to successfully pull off either, but what makes comedy difficult and serious work is that you don't know what is funny to your audience. Full fledged comedies, satires and parodies in film are not what they were in the days of Mel Brooks or The Three Stooges . So the questions I would like to ask is, "What makes a film funny?" First of all, let's look at some history. Like many things, comedy evolves. In film it started with the silent era which focused on slapstick and optical jokes. The master and legend of this era was, of course, Charlie Chaplin. As the years … - read more...


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