KIDS FIRST! Film Critics

Jude Hudson A.

Jude AJude Hudson A. (age 13) lives in the greater DC area. He has three brothers, four dogs and two birds. He joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because he loves reviewing movies and one day a substitute teacher, who is a film critic, she recommended me to KIDS FIRST! In his spare time, he bikes a lot, climbs trees, and when he has enough money to buy a movie ticket, goes to see a movie. He also loves math. He is definitely a Marvel fan. His favorite film is Avengers: Endgame, because he finds it amazing that 22 movies went into creating this giant conclusion of the whole series. His favorite actor is Jim Carry, because he is so silly in every movie. If most actors acted like him, people would just think they’re weird, but Jim Carry pulls it off. He’s allowed to be silly. His favorite film critic is his substitute teacher, Mrs. Jacoby because she got him exposed to KIDS FIRST! Jude’s greatest accomplishment, for far, is getting a job with KIDS FIRST!, because he loves reviewing movies. Just also really likes helping animals and studying biology. He hopes to become a marine biologist. But, in case you didn’t get it yet – Jude really LOVE MOVIES!

Dariana A.

Dariana AlvarezDariana A. is a 13-year-old from southern California. As an actress, she is known for Lalaloopsy Kitchen (2015), Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine (2016) and Little Visitor (2013). She enjoys watching movies with her family and playing trivia when they go out to eat. Dariana is a big fan of superheroes, especially The Avengers and Captain America. Her favorite actors are Emily Bett Rickards and Stephen Amell. When she is not watching movies, she is playing the guitar or the ukulele, going to auditions or taking a dance class with her tap competition team. Dariana also enjoys the theater and singing songs from Broadway musicals. The high points of her school life have been getting the ‘Presidential Award’ from President Obama and being voted her drama class "Leader" at school. Dariana wants to be an actress, movie director or neurosurgeon when she grows up. She sees the opportunity of being a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic as a way to see more films and meet other actors.

Felix Judah A.

FelixFelix Judah A., age 11, lives in Chicago, IL. He wanted to join KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because he loves movies and thought it would be pretty fun to review movies. In his spare time, he likes to draw, listen to music and go out with his friends. His favorite film is Avengers: Endgame. “It was the perfect ending to the Avengers saga and has great cinematography.” His favorite actor is Chance The Rapper who he thinks is an inspiration for people from Chicago, is a talented artist/actor and cares about making the world a better place. Although he doesn’t have a favorite reviewer, he thinks that they help people save money at the movies if they read their reviews, especially when they don’t like them.


Jack A.

Jack AJack A., age 9, hails from Miami, FL, has a sister and a dog named Marley. Jack joined KIDS FIRST! because he likes meeting people and is very social. He loves watching and reviewing movies, playing video games and eating good food! His favorite film is Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, because it’s so inspiring. Tom Holland is his favorite actor, because he was very funny as Spider-Man. His favorite film critic is his sister, Ruby (also a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic), because she is very honest and is his sister. His greatest accomplishment so far in life has been learning how to play the guitar. He aspires to become an actor in film. Most importantly, Jack loves to laugh and make others laugh and really loves Star Wars movies and super heroes.


Ruby A.

Ruby A.Ruby A. (age 12) lives in Miami, FL, has one brother and a really cute dog. She loves movies and sharing and hearing opinions about them. In her free time, she likes to sing, do art and play piano. Her favorite film is The Greatest Showman, because she loves the story line and how it shows how a person can go from nothing to having everything. Her favorite actor is Meryl Streep. She loved her roles in the Mamma Mia movies and others, because Meryl always has a strong presence in any of her film roles. Her greatest accomplishment so far is with her my musical abilities. Ruby aspires to change the world and people’s lives with her voice and music.


Samantha B.

Sammi BSamantha B. (age 11) Lives in New York City, goes by Sammi and has a dog named Bella, a cat named Jazzy and some fish. She was drawn to KIDS FIRST! because she has a lot of thoughts about films and wanted a platform to express my opinions and help others.  She loves watching movies, making art and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Her favorite film is Ferris Bueller's Day Off because she loves how she always wondered if he would get caught for skipping school. Her favorite actor is Alec Baldwin. “He is particularly funny in his Trump videos and as the voice of Boss Baby. She can’t name her favorite film critic because she loves “All of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics! She is quite proud of performing live in her theater program’s production of Godspell. Her goal is to perform on Broadway or be a special effects makeup artist or a veterinarian. She loves cosplaying her favorite characters.


Joshitha B.

Joshitha B.Joshitha B. (age 13) lives in sunny Florida, has an older sister and goes by the nickname Joey. She loves writing and watching movies so joining the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic seems like the perfect fit! In her spare time she likes to draw, create extravagant outfits and act. Her favorite film is Disney’s Lemonade Mouth because it is such a nostalgic film with super catchy music and great talent. Her favorite actor is Timothee Chalamet, who is also her role model. Her favorite film critic is Jeremy Jahns. She doesn’t always agree with his reviews, but admires his craftsmanship. Her greatest accomplishment so far is her writing. (That is what got her accepted into KIDS FIRST!) She aspires to be on the other end of interviews one day, as a professional actress. Surprise! Her favorite movie genres are horror and coming-of-age stories.


Bella-Sichima B.

bellaBella-Sichima B. is 10 years old, lives in Los Angeles and has two older sisters, who were KIDS FIRST! Film Critics when younger. She loves writing and watching movies and couldn’t wait to join our team! In her free time, she plays Minecraft, Roblox and role-plays games like “School” and “Zombie Apocalypse.” Her favorite film is The Sound of Music, because she loves the music, singing and the sweet, romantic storyline. Her favorite actress is Dove Cameron, whom she admires for how she portrays so many different personalities. Her greatest accomplishment is learning to bake on her own (with a little help, of course) and being able to share the food she makes with her friends. “Every time I make a new dessert, I bring it to my friends. Seeing how much they enjoy it fills me with happiness.” She makes a dessert called “cookie crumb cake,” which is not a cake at all. It is two cookies in a little bowl micro-waved and served with whipped cream on top! When she grows up, she aspires to become a NASA astronomer and make her mark in history for her discoveries.

Allison B.

Allison BAllison B. (age 13) lives in Chicago, IL and has an older brother and a dog. She joined KIDS FIRST! because she think kids deserve to have our opinions heard. Also, this is a great experience to work with smart, interesting people, and learn about the entertainment industry from a different point of view.  She plays the guitar and likes reading, watching movies and visiting Six Flags. Her favorite film is Almost Famous, because the story is interesting and unpredictable and the soundtrack is just amazing. Her favorite actress is Emma Watson, because she gives such emotional depth to her characters, while still keeping them fun and light hearted. Allison’s greatest accomplishment (so far) is earning a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She would love to continue being an actor when she is older. And, la voila, she just booked her first TV show! (more on that later)

Calista B.

Calista BCalista B. is fifteen years old and lives in Southern California. Her friends call her Callie. She is vice president and co-founder of Nintendo Club at her high school, is in animation club and theater. She is an actor and loves doing comedy. She has landed roles with DreamWorks TV and "London and The Muse" which was lauded at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Calista is equally passionate about writing and film in general. As a critic for KIDS FIRST!, she says that she "breathes film and TV." Calista also enjoys writing original stories, drawing her own original characters and reading about mythology. Callie has been a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic for almost two years and loves it! Her favorite movie is Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse. She has Asperger's Syndrome and hopes to change the world’s view on autism.

Keefer B.

Keefer B.Keefer B., age 19, hails from both Los Angeles and Washington state and is currently attending MetFilm School in London, a private film school within Ealing Studios. Keefer is known for his work on Dad vs. Lad (2012), Orchid Sunday (2012) and Suspense (2014). Keefer plays the trumpet and sees as many movies as possible. Some of Keefer’s favorite films are Good Morning Vietnam and Thank You for Smoking for their comedy and commentary of society. Mel Brooks, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey are among his favorite actors because they all know how to capture audiences’ hearts with humor. He aspires to be a producer, director and cinematographer. His favorite film critic is the late Roger Ebert. "I read Roger Ebert's film reviews until the day he died and his passion for movies continues to inspire me.” As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer enjoys expressing his own opinions to people who love movies because, “Movies are my life and being able express my passion for them though KIDS FIRST! is amazing.” He loves hosting our weekly radio show, KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions. Personal quotes on directing and acting: 'It's that human being part that I want to be involved with; it's the person that I want to connect with. On himself: "I finally found something that I love and I'm good at," Blakeslee says. "I finally found an outlet I adore." Keefer graduated from Orange County High School for the Arts in Spring 2019 and is a college freshman.

Ian C.

Ian CampbellIan Richard C., age 11, lives in Las Vegas, NV and has three siblings. He joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because he loves the idea of watching movies as a job and also enjoys critiquing. In his spare time, he rides his skateboard, practices with his ventriloquist dummy and (of course) watches movies. His favorite film is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, because it is exciting, action packed and suspenseful. His favorite actor is Will Arnett. He loves his humor and how he plays Batman in The LEGO Batman movie. He would love to become an astronomer when he grows up, but for now, watch him reviewing movies!


Zoe C.

Zoe CanellaZoe C. is 11 years old and lives in the greater Miami area of Florida.As an actor, she is known for Cootie Katie (2018).She has a dog and her friends call her Zozo. She loves films as well as playing, singing, auditioning, dancing, playing guitar and doing crafts. Her favorite films are The Greatest Showman, La La Land and Miracles from Heaven. Her favorite actresses are Eddie Redmayne,  Millie Bobby and Emma Stone because she loves how they stand out in their films. She aspires to become an actress when she grows up. Her favorite film critics are Evangeline Lilly and Calista B. She is very excited about becoming a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic at age 9!


Will C.

Will C.Will C. (age 10) lives in Denver, CO. He has one sister and a dwarf hotot rabbit named Coconut. In his free time he ride his bike, plays video games, writes stories and comics.  His favorite films are A Shot in the Dark, because of the slapstick humor and Shazam! because he loves the action and the humor. Chris Pratt is his favorite actor because “he’s really funny.” His favorite film critics is Josh Horowitz because he does interesting things with the actors instead of only asking questions. His greatest accomplishment so far is playing the role of Les in the musical, Newsies. He aspires to become an actor and writer of middle-grade fantasy novels. Will loves to travel and hopes to visit all 50 states.


Kyla C.

KylaCKyla C. (age 11) lives in the greater Boston area and has a younger brother who loves sports. She really love films of  all different genres, especially action and adventure. She often writes movie reviews for fun, so joining KIDS FIRST! was a natural thing to do. She loved learning how to expand her writing skills. She also loves the idea of interviewing talent and looks forward to that. She also loves to sing, act and read. She has been in 15 musical theater productions, and loves being on stage and on-camera. Reading is a favorite hobby. She read all seven Harry Potter books in about nine days! Her favorite sport to play is soccer. Kyla’s favorite film is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. She loves Harry Potter and this film has action and adventure, plus some of her favorite actors. Her favorite actress is Emma Watson who is also a feminist and works on environmental issues. “I love that she models for companies that make clothes in an environmentally safe way. Kyla would like to be an actress, maybe star as Hermione when they remake Harry Potter! She does musical theater productions three to four times a year, plays soccer year-round, plays the recorder, ukulele and piano. She also cares about the environment, particularly global warming. She loves to perform whenever there is a chance, including family gatherings.

Elle C.

Elle CohenWelcome to the team Elle C., age 11, who lives in New York City and has a pet Maltipoo named Max. She joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because she thought it was a great opportunity to learn how to review and critique films as well as interview talent. Elle loves to read and has her own blog reviewing books. She also sings, acts, does musical theater and loves science and inventions. She is a huge fan of all the Harry Potter books and films. She has read the books six times! “There is nothing more magical!” Naturally, she is also a fan of Daniel Radcliffe. She also likes LEGOS, dolphins, sea creatures and loves to travel. She’s not going to guess where life will take her, but she loves movie scores and soundtracks, especially instrumentals. John Williams is one of her favorite composers.

Michelle C.

Michelle C.Michelle C. is twenty one years old and lives in Miami, Florida. Her friends call her Michi and she has three sisters and three brothers. She enjoys cooking, attending movies and film festivals, reading, singing, dancing, acting and even films her own makeup tutorials that she uploads to her YouTube Channel. Her favorite film series is Harry Potter because she thinks that the films bring the books to life flawlessly. Her favorite actress is Jennifer Aniston because she can be hilarious in one scene and serious in another. Her favorite types of food are Italian, Mexican and Chinese. She aspires to be in the entertainment industry whether it's behind the scenes or on-camera. Her greatest accomplishment is interviewing Genesis Rodriguez at the age of sixteen. As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic she enjoys meeting new people, expanding her horizons in the community and interviewing talent. She is one of our bilingual reporters and her reviews appear in both Spanish and English.

Izzy C.

Izzy C.Izzy C. (aka gamer tag "EpicIzzy65”) is 11-year-old SoCal girl raised on radio broadcasting and social media thanks to her Mom's popular LA Morning Show on KOST 103.5 FM. She's a natural on the mic and a savvy young film critic. Izzy has been featured in video content for Disney Cruise Line, Garnier Whole Blends, YouTube: iHasCupquake and more. When she's not on her horse or her surfboard, Izzy is animating her own films, writing short stories and reading graphic novels . 


Kayenta C.

Kayenta C.Kayenta C. (age 13) lives in Candler, NC. She has three (much) older sisters, four chickens, a chameleon, a rabbit and a dog. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, acting, dancing, singing and making YouTube videos. Her favorite films are Mary Poppins Returns and The Greatest Showman, because they are both amazing musicals with strong plots. Kayenta’s favorite actors are Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Keala Settle, Emily Blunt and Hugh Jackman. They all inspire her!  Her greatest accomplishment so far is winning the Sourwood Festival Singing Competition in the children's category. She aspires to be an author that writes fantasy novels for children and teens. She also wants to open a cat rescue shelter. Interestingly enough, she has an extensive collections of American Girl Dolls, Breyer Horses, a collection of needle felted objects and more books than she knows what to do with.

Dominic D.

Dominic DDominic D. (age 10) lives in Upstate, NY, with his parents, brother and many pets as his family is involved in animal rescue. He is a Cub Scout, which gives him the opportunity to interact with the natural world which he loves. Dominic enjoys watching and analyzing movies. His favorite film is A Wrinkle in Time, because it is filled with exploration and scientific concepts that make you critically think. His favorite actor was Cameron Boyce who he started watching on Disney shows as a young child. His greatest accomplishment is being an inventor. In fact, he appeared on The Tonight Show and Wonderama showcasing his invention “The Shortie No More 360” shoes, which give short kids, like himself, four inches of extra height. He loves acting and has taken on a variety of roles. Dominic enjoys school; his favorite subjects are math and science. Dominic also dances and models. The most important thing he wishes to share about himself is that he is a good friend to others, he has a HUGE heart, and always put others first! 

Bailey Rae F.

Bailey RaeBailey Rae F., age 9, lives in Southern California, has two siblings and pet cocker spaniel. She enjoys watching films and loves giving her opinion on just about everything.  She gets inspired by some of the stories in films or totally entertained. She enjoys cooking with her family, traveling to new places and loves to dance. Her favorite film is Prince Of Egypt, because it tells the story of Jesus and Moses. Bailey Rae is a working actress having appeared on HBO’s True Detective Season 3, Netflix’s Klaus, Her Only Choice (BET Network, BET Her, Netflix), Nick Junior’s Paw Patrol, Disney Junior’s Flavors of the World, the TV show, Vacation Creations, and will be on ABC Family Network’s Best Bite Ever. She recently filmed a project with Disney Muppet Babies and NBC’s Red Nose campaign.  She has hosted red carpet events throughout the LA area and has appeared in several national commercials.  Her greatest accomplishment so far, is learning to play the violin. She aspires to become a veterinarian when she grows up. She truly enjoys talking and making people laugh and loves to make food for her family and friends.

Nancy F.

Nancy FifitaNancy F. is 12 years old and lives in Los Angeles, CA although she was born in the South Pacific on the beautiful island of Tonga. She has four siblings and would love to have a dog one day. As an actress, she is known for her work on "Jane The Virgin" (2014) and "Totally TV" (2017) and the movie: The Halloween People by Baseline Films. What drew her to KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is watching some of them in action and thinking that it would be a cool job. She loves to interact with people, watch movies and share her opinions, so it was the perfect move to join our team. In her spare time she loves hanging out with friends and doing girly things, spending time with her family cooking and vacationing, and dancing, singing and acting in front of the mirror. Moana is her favorite film because she can relate to her and loves that she is the very first Polynesian Disney Princess. Her favorite actor is Zendaya, because she loves how she empowers others. Her greatest accomplishments so far were winning the Tongan Tauolunga Pageant, being select to be on Team USA & then winning the Gold Medal in singing at the World Championship Talent Olympics 2018. Singing is her passion so she hopes to be a professional singer someday. Her favorite film critic is David Edelstein because of his work ethics and accomplishments. She absolutely loves to entertain as a dancer, singer, actress, model and host and KIDS FIRST! is glad to welcome her to our national team.

Abraham F.

Abraham FinerAbraham F. (age 14) lives in San Francisco, CA and is called Abi by his friends. In his spare time, he loves to eat, watch movies, play video games, go to amusement parks and vacation in other countries. His favorite film is Wonder Woman, because "it is the only superhero movie with a great story." His favorite actor is Eddie Redmayne. Abi's favorite food is bacom (mine too). When he grows up he would like to be an IT Manager or something like that. His greatest accomplishment so far is becoming a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. What he looks forward to most as a member of our national film critics team is being able to see movies before they come out, for free! .


SaniyaRain F.

SaniyaRain F.SaniyaRain F. is 11-year-old from New Jersey. She loves movies and joined KIDS FIRST! in order to be more engaged in the entertainment industry. She loves meeting new people and talking with them. In her free time, she likes playing with dolls, roller skating, riding her bike, dancing and playing on computers. Her favorite film is The Grinch That Stole Christmas because she feels that Jim Carrey’s performance is so incredible and he finally gets a heart. You might guess that Jim Carrey is her favorite actor! She is most proud of having won trophies for dancing and cheer leading. But is most proud of being on the honor roll five times. She has been in four independent films and loves acting as well as making her own movies. She would also love to be an entertainment reporter, just like what she’ll be doing with KIDS FIRST! Film Critics.

Damon F.

Damon f.Damon F. lives in New York City and is 12 years old. He loves watching movies and telling people what he thinks about them. He also enjoys reading, playing computer games, playing with his brother, LEGO and running. His favorite film is LEGO Batman because he Batman is his favorite superhero and he likes explosive movies that are really exciting and this one is that. His favorite actor is William Emerson Arnett because he plays Batman in the LEGO Batman movie and he likes how he plays that role. Damon aspires to be a scientist when he grows up. His favorite film critic is his brother Rohan who is also a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. One of the most memorable things he has experienced as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, is when he filmed his first review. He looks forward to reviewing more films and continuing with his life. Next year, he starts middle school.

Rohan F.

Rohan F.Rohan F. is fourteen and a resident of New York City. He and his younger brother and their parents like going to parks, New York City events and attractions and they watch movies every Saturday night. Hopefully after the movie he gets to enjoy his mom’s lasagna, his favorite food. Rohan enjoys enjoy playing sports such as soccer and baseball. His favorite movie is The Matrix. He has won a couple essay contests, enjoys reading books and watching television. He likes to play video games such as Minecraft. His favorite books are the Skullduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy and the Artemis fowl series by Eoin Colfer. His favorite television show is Doctor Who.


Katie F.

Katie F.Katie F. (age 11) lives in Glasgow, Scotland, has a younger brother and two dogs. She loves writing, watching films, singing, dancing, acting and talking. She likes to make Tiktoks and write imaginary stories.  Her favorite film is Disney’s Descendants for its music and that it based on the descendants of Disney icons. Her favorite actor is Indina Menzel, because she does both movies and plays on Broadway. She loved her as the original Elphaba in Wicked. Her greatest accomplishment (so far) was being involved on set in the Netflix original film Outlaw King. She learned so much from being on set for 18 days.  In the future, you just might catch has as a performer on The West End and on Broadway, as she has set her sights on those. She also loves llamas and Stitch. And, she loves all musicals! Her current favourites are Six, Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen.

Alejandra G.

Alejandra G.Seventeen-year-old Alejandra G. lives in Miami, FL, is an only child and starting college in the fall. She loves to watch videos, talk and share ideas, dance, travel and have fun.  She loves sushi, Subway, arepas, cheesecake and frozen yogurt! She was accepted into the TV production program with a goal of working in the entertainment industry.  “I want to be a successful and happy woman who accomplishes her dreams and is proud of who she is." Her favorite film is The Notebook because of its unique plot, which completely drew her into the film. She admires Blake Lively as an actress because of her versatility. Her favorite film critic is KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Michelle C. who is also from Miami. Alejandra loves being a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because it offers her opportunities to grow and develop skills needed to work in this industry. “I enjoy learning from all the other KIDS FIRST! Film Critics and run with it.”  

Mia G.

Mia GonzalezMia G. (age 8) lives in Miami, FL, has an older brother, a dog named Harley, a turtle and a dwarf frog. She joined KIDS FIRST! because she loves doing product reviews on YouTube and thought this would help her develop her skills further. In her free time, she dances, makes YouTube videos, creates slime, draws, watches movies, practices jujitsu, bakes, writes, plays sports, model, rides her bike and sings. Whew! Her favorite film is Avengers, because it has so much action, is really funny, but dramatic at the same time. Scarlett Johansson is her favorite actor because she’s beautiful, tough, and one of the best fighters. She is most proud of writing and illustrating a short story called “Lola and the Llama” a few months ago for PBS kids and won first place! As an adult she plans to be a teach or a dance teacher. She likes helping others, being creative and performing. She has been dancing since she was three and danced competitively for two years. Watch for this young girl’s reviews as she is something else.

Cadence G.

Cadence GCadence G. (age 10) lives in beautiful Minnesota and has two younger siblings. She was attracted to KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because she thought it would be fun to share her opinions about films especially since, as an actress, she has an idea about how much work goes into producing a play or film. She loves hanging out with friends, singing, dancing and sewing. She’s also learning sign language. She loves films with a princess in it and her favorite film is Sleeping Beauty. Typically, she doesn’t like creepy things, but loves Maleficent as a villain. Her favorite actress is Kristin Chenoweth, because she’s small with a big personality, kind of like herself. She enjoys watching her fellow KIDS FIRST! Film Critics. “It’s fun to hear what other kids have to say about a film.” She is very proud of the fact that she got to play Chip in Beauty And The Beast at the NorShor Theatre and was the only child in the production. She aspires to become a doctor for people with special needs, because she likes to help people. She would love the opportunity to sing, dance or act for a living and hopes she can use those skills no matter what she does.

Sara Lea G.

SaraGSara Lea G.  (age 10), lives in Atlanta, GA, has one sibling and three pets! She joined KIDS FIRST! for the opportunity to know more about the film business and to learn to write film reviews. She enjoys practicing martial arts, dancing and watching movies. Her favorite film is Ruby Bridges, because it is about a young girl who stands up to desegregate her school and changes the lives of millions. Her favorite actor is Angelina Jolie because she changes from heroine to villain so easily, plus she is so gorgeous. Sara Lea is proud of learning a second language in one year! She was bullied for her poor English, yet today she is a straight A student and an ambassador for her school. She also joined the group Be Strong, which is anti-bullying. Sara Lea would like to pursue a career in modeling and acting, but plans to go to college and become a veterinarian. She loves making videos in Tik Tok and YouTube and loves being part of KIDS FIRST!  

Ivey H.

Ivey HIveyanna H. (Ivey) is 13 years old and lives in the greater Atlanta, GA area. She has two dogs, Cheeto and Bentley. She learned about KIDS FIRST! from her mom and signed up to audition. She is very outgoing, loves animals, watching movies, acting classes, swimming, skating, jumping on a trampoline and volley ball. Her favorite films are Goonies, Kissing Booth and most Disney movies. She enjoys funny movies, scary movies love stories. Her favorite actors are Adam Sandler and Kevin James, becaue they make her laugh. Her greatest accomplishments to date are winning 2nd in her weight class in wrestling, premiere acting and competing in Jiu Jitsu. She aspires to become a physical therapist when she grows up or pursue a career in broadcasting. She is a natural leader or some may call her bossy! (lol)

Deena H.

Deena H.Deena H. (age 12) lives in Wichita, KS. She joined KIDS FIRST! because she wanted to expand her journalism skills and improve her interviewing and writing skills. Deena loves to having family game night with her family, or just hanging out. Her favorite film is Akeelah And The Bee, because she feels that youth can relate to it today, particularly the lack of support from people around us. Her favorite actor is Keke Palmer. “I grew up watching her in many different movies and she is very inspiring to me.”  She is proud of having passed the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot camp and joining the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team. Deena aspires to be a model and motivational speaker when she is older.  She loves doing pageants, acting as a runway model, and loves going to school both in person and online. Also, she can proudly say that this summer she took her first college summer class (at the age of 12). We think she’s terrific!

Nathalia Marie J.

Nathalia JNathalia Marie J., age twelve, lives in southern California and has a younger brother.  As an actress, she is known for her roles in South Central Love, Blue Laces (2018) and Burt and the Wall Children (2018). She enjoys hiking, going to church, taking day trips, dancing and eating BBQ ribs. She is an active volunteer in her community and believes in the importance of “giving back.” Her favorite film is Miracles from Heaven, an American Christian comedy directed by Patricia Riggen and written by Randy Brown. “I love this film because miracles can come true if you believe and have faith!” Her favorite actress is Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, who she feels is the ultimate role model, brilliant on screen and a strong, powerful and loving person. Nathalia is an excellent student and plans to attend UCLA majoring in cinematic arts. She also has an interest in fashion and has already launched a clothing line called Naji, which taught her confidence in overcoming obstacles. What she looks forward to as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is meeting new people, discussing her opinions with others and being the best she can be. “I am ready to accomplish so much more and see what God has in store for me!”

Talia J.

Talia JTalia J. or Tali-wali as she is sometimes called, is 16 and lives in Southern Califormia.   She and her sister love vacationing with their parents, going to movies or just talking - with lots of laughing. She enjoys spending time alone with a good book or writing her own stories. With friends, she plays Wii, goes out to lunch (especially for Pho) or plays volleyball.  Her favorite actress is Emma Watson because she is a strong inspiration for young women. The Harry Potter series is adored, but her favorite film is Moonrise Kingdomfor which Talia appreciates the director’s quirky style and fine cinematography. Her keen visual sense leads her to want to be a director or writer. She has enjoyed writing and directing videos for the school yearbook team.  Being a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic will give her the opportunity to find herself in the film making world.  

Alexis J.

Alexis J.Alexis J. (age 9) lives in Los Angeles, CA and has a younger brother and a dog.  She likes swimming, ice skating, playing with toys and watching movies with her brother. Her favorite film is Sonic the Hedgehog, because the main character is super cute and even has a superpower. “It is so hilarious watching him run around fast using his superpower and exploring the world.  Her favorite actors are Emma Watson and Elizabeth Gilles. She loves their acting and that they are both great singers. Her biggest accomplishment so far is appearing in a Disney Now Commercial. She aspires to be a great actress or singer when she grows up. As you can see she is a very outgoing person and enjoys being on camera.

Sahiba K.

SahibaSahiba K. hails from the Bay area of California and joined the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics in early 2017.  She is 17 and joined KIDS FIRST! because watching movies and sharing feelings about them is one of her favorite activities. She also enjoys drawing cartoons and has played the violin for more than twelve years.  She is proud of her musical accomplishments.  She hopes to be a doctor when she grows up, one who keeps up her interest in movies and writing critiques.  She does not follow a particular critic but keeps up with Rotten Tomatoes because she thinks their reviews are accurate.  Her favorite film is How to Train Your Dragon because the animation is amazing, the story is humorous and it is so thrilling. She feels as if she is actually flying on a dragon when watching it.  Her favorite actor is Benedict Cumberbatch because he makes very different characters come to life. In interviews, he is witty and hilarious.  As a 2017 KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, her most memorable moment so far was attending the premiere of The Boss Baby  and be able to watch the movie from a reserved seat.

Liam K.

Liam K.Liam K. (age 12) lives in New York City, has an older brother and a French bulldog named Lola. Liam loves movies, and loves to critique films, so this allows him the opportunity to share his views with others. He also likes playing soccer, video games and reading books. His favorite film is The Departed, because of its masterful acting, direction, suspense and action. Jack Nicholson is his favorite actor, because he plays so many different characters and acts his best every time. Liam would like to become a lawyer or a screenplay writer as an adult. You should know that he always gives his best to achieve his goals. Just watch him, we think you will agree.

Ella L.

Ella LElla L.  is 15 and lives with her family in southern California. She has a 19-year-old brother who attends U.C. Berkeley. Her family enjoys traveling to Berkeley to see him, vacations, snorkeling together and family dinners, especially sushi. With her friends, Ella enjoys watching movies, hanging out, shopping and eating pizza - her favorite food.  She aspires to be an actress or possibly a lawyer when she grows up. Her favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio and her new favorite film is IT. She appreciates films that tell a story in a captivating way and actors who can portray different characters with intellectual depth, but who are easy to relate to. She enjoys being a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because it offers her the opportunity to view movies more analytically, to write critically and to see her work published.


Anokhi L.

AnokhiAnokhi L. (age 17), lives in New York City. She heard about KIDS FIRST! from the  Girl Scouts Council in NYC and immediately jumped on the opportunity as likes to create mini videos, write screenplays and learn more about film. Anokhi is involved in fine arts, dance, writing, acting, singing and filmmaking. She has trained in classical Indian, hip hop, jazz, African and contemporary dance and writes poetry, fiction, prose and screenplays. She loves traveling, eating out and doing photo shoots. One of her favorite films is Mr. Nobody. She loves it because it is abstract and unconventional. Other films she has an affinity for include Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and Little Women. She admires the work of Jared Leto, Zendaya, Saoirse Ronan, Darren Criss as well as vintage actors such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Tony Curtis.  She is particularly proud of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout as she tackled an issue in her community and creates a project titled “Self Expression through the Arts.”  Anokhi is pursuing a nursing career, but plans to blend a career balancing the arts with medicine.  Be sure to check out Anokhi’s art page on Instagram, The Expressive Account of the Arts (@T.E.A.A). This young woman is one you need to watch!  

Abigail Zoe L.

Abigail Zoe l.Abigail Zoe Lewis, age 12 is an actress, singer, songwriter and dancer from Southern California who began her acting career at the age of 4 and since then has accumulated over 70 professional credits including a recurring role in AMC's Better Call Saul where she plays Kaylee Ehrmantraut (Mike Ehrmantraut's granddaughter played by Jonathan Banks). Other television credits include This Is Us, Criminal Minds, Powerless, Teachers and RocketJump: The Show. Most recently Abigail booked her first feature film, Ex Gratia: Alpha which will be filmed in Canada. Abigail's voice-over work includes numerous animated characters for Disney including her recurring role as Dallas in the upcoming international animation series 101 Dalmatian Street, Megan in Fancy Nancy, Chipper in Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets and more. She voices the character Shelby in Dreamworks' animated Netflix series, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. Abigail has also done ADR work for Disney's Billy Dilley and Warner Bros' Castle Rock. Additionally, her singing voice can be heard in the thriller movie, Lucifer. Abigail enjoys her time as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and loves being the first youth ambassador for The Joyful Child Foundation, which is dedicated to preventing crimes against children.

Milika Analaine L.

Milika LomuMilika Analaine L. is 11 years old, goes by Mili, and lives in the greater Los Angeles area with three siblings and her parents. As an actress, she is known for her roles on God's Gracie (2018), Just A Little Competition (2018) and Teachers (2016).She joined KIDS FIRST! because she aspires to become a reporter (Plan B). In her free time she likes making YouTube videos, reading, shopping, dancing and acting. Her favorite film is The Greatest Showman, because she loves the singing and the message. Her favorite actor is Jayden B. who started on YuTube and now is on a TV show. Her greatest accomplishment is performing on the stage of World of Dance Vegas. She loves acting, dancing and singing and would love to have her show some day. (Plan B is to be a reporter) She loves socializing and meeting new people. She is part of the Gen Z team, spreading positivity and helping other tweens. Love who they are! She is dedicated to growing her own YouTube Channel!

Eshaan M.

Eshaan M.Eshaan M. (age 14), lives in Houston, TX. He loves watching movies and telling stories! Joining KIDS FIRST! allows him to explore storytelling within the realm of movies. He hopes to provide an enjoyable and reliable retelling of his experience of watching movies to KIDS FIRST! audiences. Eshaan loves musical theatre, playing videogames, spending time with family and friends, writing, exploring new cuisines, traveling, and watching films (surprise, surprise). Eshaan is a huge fan of the Bourne series for their intricate plotlines. His favorite actor is Matt Damon because most (if not all) of Damon’s films are masterpieces, thanks to his incredibly believable acting and hard work he puts into every performances. Peter Travers from The Rolling Stone captures his eye for his film criticism. Peter's writing style is indicative of his lively personality and his knowledge is wide-ranging, from obscure historical facts about the Soviet Union to trivia about airplane technology.  Eshaan was one of ten kids selected nationally to report for Time for Kids magazine for the 2019-2020 school year. One of his highlights there was covering the Democratic Debate in Houston where he scored a viral moment with Senator Kamala Harris (Featured in Time magazine) Eshaan plans to explore a career in the humanities as an adult. He loves reading and writing of any kind and is tons of fun! We think you'll love him as much as we do. Online portfolio

Brad M.

Brad martinBrad M., age 18, is called B(e)-rad, hails from southern Illinos and has three siblings plus a pet tortoise. He is a huge movie and reality TV fan and plans to have a career in the film industry as either an actor, director or producer and perhaps all three. He loves working out, competing in athletic events, acting in stage plays and playing board games. His favorite reality TV shows are Survivor, Big Brother and The Amazing Race. He’s a superhero movie fan and loves all the MCU films  His favorite actor is Cole Sprouse, who he lived in the Suite Life of Zach and Cody as well as Riverdale. Brad’s a fan of Chris Stuckmann’s film reviews because of his comedic and engaging personality. He’s quite proud of getting elected student body president, because it took a lot of effort and dedication. Brad joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic in the spring of 2019. Be sure to watch for his reviews.

Jolleen M.

Jolleen MJolleen M., age fourteen, comes from southern California. She and her parents and her younger brother watch movies together, play sports and travel.  She gets together with friends to talk, play games and shop.  She also enjoys reading, singing, playing guitar and dancing.  The magical creatures and spells of the Harry Potter films create a whole different world, making them her favorite movies. Emma Watson is her favorite actress because of her acting skill and intelligence. Magic is interesting in food, too. She likes tempura ice cream. Not only does it taste good, it does seem magical to fry something frozen.  She has done well in a singing competition and hopes to keep on singing, even while planning to be a doctor. Being a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic interests her because she will enjoy interviewing celebrities in person.

Erin M.

Erin MErin M. (age 15) lives in New York City, has a sister and a dog. She joined KIDS FIRST! to find a network of young people that shares her love for films! She loves watching new movies, writing her own scripts and taking pictures. Her favorite film is The Social Network, because she loves biopics and David Fincher! Her favorite actors are Mark Ruffalo because of his versatility and Kate Winslet for her multigenerational charm! She is most proud of earning her Girl Scout Silver Award for her work with senior citizens and for helping direct her school’s musical! She aspires to be a writer or director. We think you’ll be impressed by her writing and her thoughtfulness.


Jordan M.

Jordan MillarJordan M. is 13 years old, lives in Brooklyn, NY, has a younger sister and goes by the nickname J. Milly. Since she loves watching movies and aspires to be a journalist, joining KIDS FIRST! offered the perfect opportunity to get experience in the entertainment business. In her free time, she loves doing art, reading, writing and playing board games with her family. Her favorite movie is Spirited Away. She loves the artistic style and the plot, is a fan of Studio Ghibli films by Hayao Miyazaki. Her other favorite movie is the 3D stop motion animated film, Coraline. Her favorite actor is Lana Parilla who plays the evil Queen on Once Upon a Time, her favorite TV show. She also likes Ben Savage who played Cory on Boy Meets World. Her greatest accomplishment is being a Time for Kids reporter and composing a piece called Boogie Down Uptown which was played by the full orchestra of The New York Philharmonic and featured in the New York Times. She is inspired by Sandy Kenyon, whom she has met, as her favorite film critic. Across the board, her greatest strength is that she is creative in many ways. She is a composer and plays the piano and clarinet.

Beatrice Marie N.

Beatrice NBeatrice Marie N. (B.B.) lives in South Carolina, has a younger sister and a dog named Rosie. She has starred in plays and one short film. She loves being on camera. With KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, she looks forward to reviewing films and interviewing talent. She also loves watching movies as well as creating and directing movies.  B.B. does musical theater after school and at summer camp. She also loves reading, art, exploring, roller coasters, riding her bike, swimming and going to the beach. Her favorite film is Into The Woods. because it is a musical and is so funny. Plus, it has a lot of really good actors in it like Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt. Her favorite actor is Lin-Manuel Miranda. She loves Hamilton, which he created and wrote all the songs for. She also loves his performance in Mary Poppins Returns and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. She wants to direct and act in films.  Next year her family is taking a RV trip across the USA for six months. If they are in a location where there is a red carpet event or another KIDS FIRST! event, she hopes to cover it.  She is excited to attend events outside of South Carolina. (And so are we B.B.)

Arjun N.

Arjun NairArjun N. hails from Brentwood, TN, is 17-year-old and is a high school senior. He has a younger brother and enjoys watching movies, visiting new places and taking walks with his family. He also enjoys playing video games and participating in school clubs with friends. His favorite film is Inception because it is such a mind-blowing thriller that requires multiple viewings to understand it. Leonardo DiCaprio is his favorite actor because “he delivers the best of the best.” His favorite type of food is Japanese and he aspires to become a doctor when he grows up. His greatest accomplishment so fat is representing his school and winning a medal for “duet acting” in an inter-school forensics (speech and debate) tournament. Arjun’s favorite film critic is Chris Stuckmann because he delivers great opinions and all types of film reviews. What he likes about his role as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is getting to watch and review movies before they are released, meeting and interviewing celebrities and improving his writing and on-camera skills.

Calee N.

Calee N.Calee N. (age 10) lives outside New York City, has one brother and two dogs. She joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because she loves the idea of getting to watch movies before anyone else, plus the opportunity to interview celebrities. And, she loves being on camera. In her free time she enjoys acting, playing sports, dancing, singing and spending time on the beach with her dogs. Her favorite film is Ghostbusters (2016) because “it makes me laugh and scares me just a bit.” Her favorite actor is Melissa McCarthy, whom she became a fan of after watching Ghostbusters. She also loved her on the KIA commercial. One of her greatest accomplishments is getting the top score on the NYS Math Test for her grade in her school district. She is also proud of being cast as Gloria in the play Madagascar Jr.  She hopes to star on Broadway one day and work for NASA. Her favorite school subject is math. We think she’s going to accomplish all this and more as she is talented and driven.

Gerry O.

Gerry Orz Gerry O., or “G” is 17 and lives in SoCal. Gerry's been a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic for four years. He is a writer and producer, known for Day of Silence (DOFS) (2012), Lucky or Not: Here I Come (2017) and The Equation of Life (2014). His love of film and desire to learn as much about filmmaking as possible led him to KIDS FIRST! where he had been submitting his own films since age 9! He enjoys watching movies, filming and editing videos and cooking and aspires to direct films as a career. His favorite film is Schindler's List because it is a masterpiece that portrays a story very few people know about and he relates to it personally. Directed by Steven Spielberg, he thinks it is a “perfect piece of filmmaking.” His favorite actor is Robin Williams because his ability to portray so many characters in both comedy and drama is unsurpassed. Leonard Maltin is his favorite film critic because of his honest criticism and outstanding writing style. His greatest accomplishments are getting his films into festivals, finishing his book and receiving the KIDS FIRST! "200th Film Review Award." Most memorable of his experiences as a KIDS FIRST! reporter are meeting Morgan Freeman and visiting Dreamworks Studios. Next up: G hopes to complete another 100 film reviews before starting college and will continue to write and create videos.

Jada P.

Jada paceJada P. (age 12) comes from Denver, CO. She joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critics because she saw an opportunity to express how she feels about films. Her favorite film is Ralph Breaks the Internet, because of its inspirational messages and great animation. Her favorite actor is Lin Manuel Miranda, because of how he brings his characters to life. She admires KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia J. because of how she describes a film with such outstanding attitude and vocabulary. What she likes about watching movies is that they help her relate to real life and learn how she might learn how to deal with situations different than her own experiences. She is very proud of joining KIDS FIRST!  “To be honest, I did not expect to see as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, but here I am. I’m proud of the reviews I’ve done so far and how my work steadily improves.” She dreams of becoming an actress and  has been acting for 4 ½  years. “I’m always learning and growing! I never give up.”

Carla P.

Carla PazFifteen-year-old Carla P. hails from the greater NYC area and has a younger sister. As a family, they like going out to eat and to try different types of food, shopping at the mall, biking and going to the park. She likes to hang out with her friends, listening to music, and doing community service in her town. Her favorite film is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty because it is so imaginative. Her favorite actor is Cole Sprouse whose performance on Riverdale caught her eye.  When she matures, she sees herself as a writer or music critic. Her greatest accomplishment so far is getting onto her school’s honor roll. What she likes most about being on the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team is providing her opinion about movies, as well as meeting actors, directors and seeing films before they are released.

Ethan X. P.

Ethan pEthan X. P. (age 11, Miami) has three siblings and three pets. He joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critics because he likes meeting and interacting with new people and enjoys working in the entertainment business. He swims competitively for Coral Springs Swim Club, enjoys watching movies and playing video games. His favorite film is Incredibles 2 because it's a funny movie and he waited a long time to discover what Jack-Jack’s super powers were. His favorite actress is Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things). “I think she is an amazing actor. At her young age, she has the responsibility to portray a young child with super powers.” His greatest accomplishment was filming an Arabic short film named Aisha’s Garden because he had to learn Arabic and this was his first acting job. He is most proud of getting on a competitive swim team. He aspires to be an Olympian, a marine biologist and an actor. Ethan is a fast learner. He seems to be shy, but once he knows you, he becomes very talkative and outgoing. He follows instructions and is very disciplined.

Kori Anise P.

Kori Anise P., age 12, lives in Houston, TX with her three siblings and is called MooMoo by her friends. She loves everything about the art of filmmaking and thought that joining the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic would be a good starting point for acting and directing. In her free time she likes to eat, cook, play video games, watch YouTube and watch TikTok. Her favorite film is Ratatouille, with The DaVinci Code a close second, because it’s about cooking and France. She loves cooking, plus the film is just fun to watch, especially seeing Gordan Ramsey yelling at people. A plus is that the movie is set in Paris, France, which is the #1 place she wants to visit on my bucket list. Also it’s a Pixar film and, pretty much all Pixar films she thinks are amazing!  Her greatest accomplishment right now is joining KIDS FIRST! Film Critics!  She want to become a professional actress, activist, director and entrepreneur! She prays that one day she will win an Oscar or a Nobel Peace Prize, or maybe even both! You might like to know that she is very cray cray, but once you get to know her, she thinks you’ll like her! : )

Benjamin P.

Benjamin priceFourteen-year-old Benjamin P. lives in McLean, Virginia and is a single child. He enjoys going to museums, to the movies, traveling, playing outside games, playing with action figures or LEGOs and reading. His favorite film is The Avengers because he really likes superheroes. His favorite food, like most kids, is pizza. His greatest accomplishment so far is being featured in the newspaper for his website. His favorite film critics are Roger Ebert and Ann Hornaday. As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic he likes seeing movies and helping people know which ones to see by reading and watching his reviews.

Exxie P.

ExxiePExxie P. (age 12), lives in New Mexico, has a sister, two dogs and two Guinea pigs. She loves all aspects of theater and movie making - music, direction and acting. She joined KIDS FIRST! to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in films. She likes doing improv nights with her family. During quarantine, she hasn’t been able to practice improv with friends, so this started a great new tradition with her family. She loves drawing, painting and other types of art. Her favorite film is The Little Mermaid. “It is such a classic and watching it makes me nostalgic.” Her favorite actor is Robert Downey Jr. “He always brings lots of personality to his characters.” Her greatest accomplishment has been becoming part of the theater community. Acting has taught her so much about herself and helped her be less shy and know herself better. Exxie aspires to be an actress or be involved in the film business in some way when she grows up. We love her and think you will too!

Ginebra Q.

GinebraQGinebra Q. (age 13) lives in Tampa, FL. She joined KIDS FIRST! because it gives kids the chance to have a voice. She loves watching movies and being on camera! KIDS FIRST! has so many amazing opportunities that I would not want to miss out on. She loves playing the piano, singing, playing tennis, watching TV and hanging out with friends.  Her favorite film is Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast, because the storyline is unique, it has such an incredible message and the actors really make you believe in the story. Her favorite actress is Emma Watson, because she makes her characters very believable and she is gorgeous. She is most proud of being getting invited to join the International Model and Talent Association. When she grows up, she want to be an actress and make music! Ginebra loves acting and has been in a bilingual thesis film was launched in the spring of 2020. She is bilingual in Spanish and English! She loves music and her favorite artist is Billie Eilish.

Leandro R.

LeandroLeandro R. (age 14) lives in Branford, CT, has three brothers and two dogs. He joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because he loves watching all types of movies and wants people to hear his opinion on them. In his free time, he rides his bike, plays on his tablet, watches movies and hangs out with his friends. His favorite movie is Avengers: Endgame because of its amazing script, cast, directors and crew. He loves that it has so much action, a wide range of emotion, character development, and is all done the right way. Robert Downey Jr. is his favorite actor, especially as Iron Man. Leandro’s is proud of his performance as  Cructhy in Newsies the Musical and he is now performing in Legally Blonde the Musical. Leandro is an actor, model, a bass drum player in his school’s fife and drum corps, sings in his church choir and is an alter server at church. Leandro aspires to become a great actor and writer. He hopes to write a script for a big blockbuster movie and perform in one as well. We hope he’ll achieve that and think he will.

Ryan R.

Ryan RRyan R. is fifteen years old and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has two older sisters, loves to travel and see shows with his family. He also enjoys playing with his dog, video games, watching movies, listening to music and reading comic books. His favorite film is Inside Out because of its plot and humor. When he grows up, he wants to be a film director and actor. His greatest accomplishments so far have been facing his fear of heights and having appeared on ABC News when ABC News Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon aired his photograph and quoted his review for The Good Dinosaur. He was also on the news with his KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team members alongside Mr. Kenyon for Pete’s Dragon.  As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, he likes gaining a better understanding of the entertainment industry by reporting from premieres and interviewing celebrities and being able to share his opinions about films with others. Most recently, he attended a press screening and reviewed The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Lindalee R.

Lindalee RoseLindalee R. is 11 years old, lives in Southern California and has three younger siblings and a golden retriever named Daphne. She has been a reporter since she was 4 ½ and loves interviewing people. She also loves dancing, going to theme parks with her family and making music videos on Tik-Tok. She’s a huge fan of the Disney Channel’s Descendants movies, because she loves the mix of songs and dancing. Kristen Bell, whom she has interviewed, is her favorite actor. She loves watching her fellow KIDS FIRST! Film Critics’ reviews. Her greatest accomplishments (so far) is when Huffington Post, in 2016, called her “One of the Best Celebrity Interviewers!” and when Netflix selected her as the Official Junior Reporter for the animated series Miraculous Ladybug. Lindalee has also been flown to London and New York to cover fan conventions and special events. She plans to continue her entertainment reporting and wants to study oceanography, perhaps becoming a dolphin trainer. We’re thrilled to welcome Lindalee as a member of our KIDS FIRST! team!

Brandon James R.

Brandon Ray J.Brandon James R. is 10 years old, has one sibling and lives in the greater Los Angeles area. As an actor, he is known for his roles in Sugar and Toys (2019), Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square (2018) and Her Only Choice (2018).He joined KIDS FIRST! because he loves giving his my opinions about movies and meeting new people. He enjoys playing video games, partying, going to the park, movies, building forts, playing football, watching sports and socializing with family and friends. His favorite films is Transformers (all of them) because they are full of action and he likes seeing them transform into all kinds of vehicles, dinosaurs, electronics and stuff. They also have a lot of humor. His favorite actor is Kevin Hart because he was hilarious in Captain Underpants. His greatest accomplishment so far has been becoming an actor and being on network television. He is most proud of being chosen to be Lil Steve Harvey for New Years Eve in Time Square in 2018. He would like to star in a really huge movie with Kevin Hart and make a lot of money. His favorite film critic is his dad because they always seem to fight about each other’s opinions of what they watched. His favorite thing to do is dance. He really enjoys sports too and would love to commentate for football or basketball. He loves dinosaurs and working with partners. He is very outgoing, loves to fly and be in the water. His favorite person to play with is his little sister, Ashley. He’s originally from Houston, TX and would love to do a project there. He is also a great food critic and likes to give advice about a variety of things.

Katherine Elizabeth S.

Katherine S.Ten-year-old Katherine Elizabeth S. hails from both Chicago and Kansas City, MO. She has three brothers, eight dogs and goes by the nicknames Kit Kat, Nugget or Koko. She loves making her own films, doing crafts, playing dress up, making slime, reading with her dad and playing tennis and volleyball. Katherine and her mom love to paint and play hockey together. Legally Blonde is her favorite movie, because it’s so funny and she adores Reece Witherspoon’s character Elle. Her favorite actors are Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Eric Stone Street and David Dastmalchian, because they are kind and supportive of the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where she lives. She also loves Rachel Brosanhan, who she thinks is one of the coolest girls. Her greatest accomplishments are her mission trips to help victims of Hurricane Sandy and Moore Oklahoma Tornados and helping family friends in need. She wants to make lots of money so she can help people and animals. Bottom line, Katherine loves to make people happy.

Siaki S.

Siaki SiiSiaki S. (age 16) is a Polynesian teen entertainer, born in the South Pacific Islands of Tonga and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He is called Jack by his friends, has one sibling and one pet. He joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because he thought it was an opportunity to strengthen his skills as an actor. In his free time, he likes to play games and sports, play the guitar and the piano. His favorite film is Black Panther because of its powerful message that loyalty is royalty. Dwayne “Rock” Johnson wins his admiration as his favorite actor, because he can see himself doing what Johnson does and loves that he is a positive role model for Polynesians teen boys such as himself. His favorite film critic is KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia Marie Jackson, because she is awesome! His greatest accomplishment is leading a dance troupe of 200 kids to victory in a dance competition. Though a specialist in Hip-Hop, Siaki gained his highest recognition as a Tahitian dancer, at age 9, Siaki won Best Lead-Role Dancer at Tahiti Fete 2012, known to be one of the largest competitions outside of Tahiti. It was the fist time in San Jose Tahiti Fete history of 20 years that a child dancer was awarded this great honor. As the lead dancer, it was intense, but well worth it. He aspires to become a professional dancer in modern hip hop and perhaps an actor as well. He is fairly quiet and private, but once people get to know him, he is really funny and nice.

Tiana Sheree S.

tiana sirmansTiana Sheree S. age 9, hails from Delaware. She loves movies and interviewing people either at red carpets or press junkets. She loves to travel, read, cook and build with LEGOS. Her favorite film is Annie because Annie reminds her so much of herself in her love of singing, dancing, cooking and taking photos. She admires Kevin Hart as an actor, because he is hilarious and does a lot of comedies. Her favorite critics are Statler and Waldorf from Sesame Street, because they are so darn funny. Her biggest accomplishment is becoming a journalist. Last year she was TIME for Kids’ youngest reporter and now she is the youngest journalist in Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists’ history. She plans to continue as a journalist as an adult and hopes to and have her own TV show. Most importantly, Tiana really loves to have fun and, being so very curious, ask lots of questions. We’re happy to have her on our team because she brings a certain spark to the table.

Na'im S.

Nain S.Fourteen-year-old Na'im lives in Brooklyn, New York and is an only child. He enjoys playing video games, guitar and drums, playing and watching basketball and watching movies with his parents. His favorite films are Ride Along 2 and Central Intelligence because they are both filled with action and comedy. His favorite actor is Kevin Hart  because he is funny and he makes movies interesting. His loves Thai food, especially pad see ew. When he grows up he wants to be a famous athlete, musician, basketball player and a film critic. His greatest accomplishment is being in a kids band that has performed all around New York. His favorite film critics are Gerry and Keefer from KIDS FIRST! As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, he enjoys attending movie screenings and interviewing famous actors.

Carlee S.

Carlee SCarlee S. (age 15) lives in the DC area. She joined KIDS FIRST! because it seems that reviewing films and meeting new people would be fun. She loves to read and currently, is in a competition with a friend trying to see who can read the most books. She enjoys cheerleading and tumbling. She also loves acting, having first appeared on stage at the age of six and started dancing at age three. She has acted in some short films, plus appeared as an extra on some TV shows, commercials and in movies. “It is a lot of hard work, but  so much fun. Plus, you get to make some great friends doing them.” Her favorite films are the Harry Potter series, because of the mystery and magic. Jennette McCurdy (Sam and Cat) is one of Carlee’s favorite actresses, because of her sense of humor and hard work. Carlee aspires to work in the film industry in some way. Being a reporter or a film critic would also be a great job.  She definitely enjoys communicating with and reporting on people in the entertainment industry.  She also likes interior design, so set design might be fun too. You might appreciate that she is a big animal lover (especially dogs), enjoys being outside and hanging out with friends, loves to shop for clothes and loves spending time with her family at camp in the summer. She joined us in July, 2020.

Heather S.

Heather S.Heather S. (age 14) lives in Miami, FL. She joined KIDS FIRST! so she can expand her knowledge as an actress about the entertainment business. I love shopping,  going to acting class and watching films with her mom and discussing them. One of her favorite films is The Green Book, because Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen’s performances are outstanding. Her favorite actor is Timothee Chalamet, because he completely becomes every one of his characters. Her favorite film critic is KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Zoe C. because of her questions and how natural she is on camera. Heather is quite proud of what she has accomplished so far in her acting career and aspires to become an Academy Award-winning actress in the future. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and  an ardent fan of Disney, Marvel and Harry Potter films. We see a very bright future for her!

Sosambra T.

SosambraSosambra T., age 12, lives in Washington state, has eight siblings and a ca named Olly. She joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because she was looking for an opportunity to start her acting career. In her free time, she likes to play with her friends, watch movies and play board. Her favorite film is Baywatch, because it has her favorite actor in it (Zac Efron) and it’s hilarious. She likes Zac, because he is so funny and sweet to everyone he meets. She is most proud of joining KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, because all of my friends said she probably won't make the audition, but she did! She aspires to a career in acting and loves comedic movies.

Brianni W.

Brianni WBrianni W. (age 12) lives in Los Angeles, CA and her friends call her Bri. She has already been a reporter on the red carpet but looks forward to doing more of that as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. In her free time, she loves playing with her dolls, her friends, her dad and being on Wi-Fi. Her favorite film is An American Dream, based on the life of Michael Jackson and his family. She loves how it shows all the hard work and dedication that MJ and his siblings had as they started their singing career. Her favorite actress is Ariana Grande because she’s multi-talented, very sweet and she worked with her on Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat. Her greatest accomplishment so far is being nominated three times for the Young Entertainers and Young Artist Awards. Brianni is a survivor of bullying and suicide. She loves volunteering when needed and tutoring younger children.

Eva W.

Eva WassomEva W. is 10 years old and lives in Detroit, MI with her parents and a dog named Lola. She joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because she thought it would be an awesome experience, sounds fun and she loves watching movies! In her spare time she likes to ride bikes, play with her dog, read, make craft, paint, play softball and do karate. Her favorite film is The Greatest Showman and Chris Pratt wins her affection as her favorite actor. Her greatest accomplishment so far has been talking her dad into getting a dog. (Good Work Eva.) She aspires to be a chemist, an actor or a director when she grows up. What you should know about her is that she loves people and has a wonderful sense of humor. She joined KIDS FIRST! in the spring of 2019.  

Selene W.

SeleneSelene W. (age 11) lives in the greater Miami area, has one sister and a dog named Shadow. She joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because she loves film and theater, and loves interviewing people. She believes this experience will provide her opportunities to learn more about the entertainment industry and meet new people. In her spare time, she plays competitive tennis, swims, dances, acts, reads and FaceTimes with friends  She also loves animals and taking care of them. Her favorite film is Devil Wears Prada because she loves fashion and is a fan of both Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Her favorite actress is Anne Hathaway and her roles in both Devil Wears Prada and The Princess Diaries.  Selene’s greatest accomplishment (so far) is being on the Principal’s List at school and maintaining straight A’s. When she grows up, she aspires to use her creative talents in either acting or fashion.  

Raquel Y.

Raquel YoungRaquel Jeanette Y. (age 15) lives in New York City and has one dog. She joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because she believes there is no other organization like KIDS FIRST! that gives children the opportunity to explore their interest in film, which was the perfect reason for her to join. In her free time she likes to shop, eat out at restaurants and go to the movies. Her favorite film is The Hate U Give, because it vividly depicts a large portion of the experience of a whole culture while seamlessly including other genres such as comedy and romance. Her favorite actor is Taraji P. Henson, because she’s able to take on roles of any genre or background. Her greatest accomplishment is launching her own online retail store called Boujalae Collection. She aspires to become a civil rights attorney. Go Raquel! You rock!

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