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The Grinch (2018) : Funny, Cute, Reminds Us of the Real Spirit of Christmas

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder … - read more...

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – A Wondrous, Visual Experience

All Clara wants is a key - a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N., comments, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a wondrous, visual experience that is somewhat light on substance. Apt acting and sensational ballet dancing excel and make this something more … - read more...

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Submit to KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Now! It’s like submitting to 50 festivals all at once!
We are accepting submissions for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. 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 KIDS FIRST! vetted programming for their youth and family programs. Each KIDS FIRST! venue partner offers awards and prizes, and may cover your travel expense to attend. There is a plethora of potential awards awaiting you. Just think, for one entry fee, you have 50 venues considering your film. That makes our application fee dirt cheap! Upcoming deadlines are: November 5, 2018 Regular … - read more...

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Newton Thomas Sigel, Dr. Nimali Fernando (Bohemian Rhapsody), Dr. Yum’s Preschool Adventure, Middleburg Film Festival, More
Listen in as we interview Cinematographer, Newton Thomas Sigel about Bohemiam Rhapsody and Dr. Nimali Fernando of Dr. Yum’s Preschool Adventure, review Bohemian Rhapsody and discuss Middleburg Film Festival (Middleburg, VA). 

Hosts Sahiba K. and Benjamin P. are joined by KIDS FIRST! Critics Zoe and Rohan. Before you spend your hard earned dollars at the movies, be sure to listen to what our youth reporters have to - read more...

From the Jury

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – From the Beginning, Your Senses Will be ALIVE!
All Clara wants is a key - a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Kimbirly O., KIDS … - read more...

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