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The Book of Life - Funny, Cute and Festive Halloween-Themed Film

TheBookofLIfe.jpgJust in time for Halloween comes this new animated feature by producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez. In a unique visual style, The Book of Life reveals the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments, "This film has a terrific message:  To never stop fighting for what you believe in, to follow your own dreams and be true to your heart." Morgan B. adds, "This animated feature is set in South America.  It is colorful and festive and I enjoyed learning about all the different cultural beliefs of South America." See their full reviews below. The Book of Life By Katherine S. I love this … - read more...


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PUMP - How, When and Why to End Our Oil Reliance

Pump.jpgPUMP is an eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it and finally win choice at the pump. This film is well researched and easy to understand. The directors, Joshua and Rebecca Tickell won a Sundance award for their 2008 documentary Fuel. They have honed their skills and come across stronger than ever. This film is a wake up call offering alternatives that you can implement today and help break the oil monopoly. Appearances are made by John Hofmeister, Elon Musk and Luiz Inácio da Silva. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer Blakeslee comments, "The purpose of this film is to spread the word that oil is not the only source of fuel for the U.S." Gerry Orz adds, "This film should be seen by everyone who thinks we pay too much for … - read more...

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Last Chance to Submit your Films, Audio Recording, E-Books, TV Shows for KIDS FIRST! Endorsement
KIDSFIRSTlogohighres.jpgRemember, you have until October 31 to submit your titles for either a KIDS FIRST! Endorsement or KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Acceptance. Send in your films, DVDs, audio recordings, TV shows, web sites, web series, e-books, screenplays no later than October 31. 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 … - read more...


Reviewing the latest and greatest films: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, Scary Movies for Halloween and, the student documentary, The Equation of Life
KFCA.2014.jpgListen in as we review the latest and greatest films: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, Scary Movies for Halloween and the student produced anti-bullying documentary The Equation of Life.  Catch all this and more with your hosts Brianna Hope Beaton and Keefer Blakeslee joined by KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Willie Jones, Patrick Nguyen, Simone Sharrieff and Raven Devanney. LIsten here! - read more...

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A Spooktacular Time for Scary Movies by Raven Devanney
RavenHeadshotLR.jpgAs the weather begins to chill and the leaves turn marvelous oranges, reds, and yellows, we all prepare for a slew of holidays. October is my favorite month because it’s packed full of pumpkin carving, apple cider, chilly nights, big sweaters, corn mazes and of course, Halloween. But with that package comes the best of all, scary movies! There’s no time like October to curl up with a bowl of popcorn and feast your eyes on a Scary-Movie-Marathon. Recently Annabell, the prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring, was released to the big screen, and it is absolutely terrifying (especially due to the fact that it’s based on true events!) Now I’m all for … - read more...


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