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Penguins of Madagascar - A Wonderful Animated Film to Share with Your Younger Kids

Here's a super cute animated film that you can feel comfortable taking your younger kids to. The story follows a super spy team - the hilarious, covert birds of the global espionage biz - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite join forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified, they set out to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. KIDS FIRST! Critics Haley P. comments, "The movie Penguins of Madagascar is hilarious!  It is the funniest movie I have seen in a long time." Brianna B. adds, "Besides the message of revenge not being good, I also like the message that everyone is a valuable member of a team." And, Samantha A. had this to say, "You may have already seen the penguins in DreamWorks original movie Madagascar but now you are seeing them in … - read more...


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KIDS FIRST! 2014 Holiday Gift Guide -The Best DVDs for Kids and Families for 2014

HolidayGiftGuide.jpgAs you head out for your holiday shopping this weekend, you are looking for the perfect gift for that niece, nephew, sister-in-law and of course, your own kids and family members. You know what the people closest to you want and need but those relatives who you don't see that often are a bit of a challenge. We have compiled a collection of DVDs, Feature Films and E-Books that we think make great holiday gifts for your loved ones. Those that our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics have watched and reviewed have a link to their video reviews which gives you the benefit of the kids' point of view.  Since kids are the audience for these films, it makes sense to listen to what other kids think about them. More film reviews are available at www.kidsfirst.org. Happy holidays, Ranny Levy, KIDS FIRST! FOR ACTION FANS Dawn of Planet of the Apes A growing nation of genetically evolved apes … - read more...

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We are extending our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Search to December 31 so, you still have some time to submit your application. We are looking for kids ages 7 to 17 in the following cities: 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.
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Reviewing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Penguins of Madagascar, The Song of the Sea and AFI Fest 2014
KFCA.2014.jpgListen in as we review the new feature films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Penguins of Madagascar, The Song of the Sea and talk about this year's AFI Fest 2014. Catch all this and more with your hosts Keefer Blakeslee and Brianna Hope Beaton joined by Samantha Alexander, Haley - read more...

From the Jury

First African American Woman to Win Best Supporting Actress by Brianna Hope Beaton
Studio_publicity_Hattie_McDaniel.jpgClassic films have paved a way for today's films. What I would classify as classics are The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), King Kong (1933), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Mary Poppins (1964) and Dr. No (1962) - just to name a few. Another classic, is Gone with the Wind (1939). In this film, there is a phenomenal actress who clams the title of the "First Female African American" to win an Oscar in 1940, for her supporting role as Mammy - Hattie McDaniel. Hattie McDaniel was born on June 10, 1895, to Henry McDaniel and Susan Holbert, in Wichita, Kansas. She was the thirteenth child in the family. When she was six, she … - read more...


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