Our 2017 KIDS FIRST! Film Critics

Dariana A.

Dariana ADariana A. is a sixth grader from southern California.  She is eleven years old. She and her older brother and parents like to watch lots of movies together and play trivia when they go out to eat. When she is with her friends, who call her Dari, she likes to play Nerf or just hang out and talk. Besides movies, her other interest is drawing.  As for movies, Dariana is a big fan of superheroes, especially The Avengers or Captain America.  Her favorite actors are Emily Bett Rickards and Stephen Amell. The high point of her school life has been getting the Presidential Award from President Obama during her fifth grade graduation.  Dariana wants to be an actress or a director when she grows up and sees the opportunity to be a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic as a way to see more films and meet other actors.

Calista B.

Calista BCalista B. is thirteen, in grade eight and lives in southern California.  She is known as Callie or Cosmo by her friends.  She is an only child and enjoys movies, video games, trips to museums, Comic-Con and the beach with her family.  She and her friends make YouTube videos and play video games. Her other interests include reading and writing. Her favorite films are those by the director Tim Burton, while her favorite actress is Emma Watson.  She hopes to work in film as an actor, director or writer when she grows up.  She has a early start. She has interviewed the cast of  The Walking Dead  at Comic-Con. As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, she hopes she will meet more actors and that her honest opinions on films will be well received.

Imani B. G.

Imani B.Imani B. is an only child from the greater NYC area. She and her mom have very strong relationship. They enjoy conversing about various topics and watching movies or TV at home and at the cinema. During her free time, she likes to  read, engage in social media and hang out with her friends. She admires many actors, but Emma Roberts is a favorite because of her sense of humor and the type of films she appears  in. In the TV series, Scream Queens she plays Channel Oberlin and really delivers an outstanding character. Imani sees herself as a model, fashion designer and editor-in-chief for a fashion magazine when she grows up. She also plans to be involved in the entertainment business as an actress or something else. She recently transferred to a new school and has kept her my grades up really high, something she is quite proud of. As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, she looks forward to attending press screenings and sharing her opinion with others about films that she sees.  

Morgan B.

morganMorgan B, age 13, comes from Colorado but is in Los Angeles most of the time pursuing her acting career. She loves both states. In Colorado she plays in the snow, enjoys the changing seasons and enjoys less traffic. She loves California because she gets to act and swim year-round. She is an Honor Role student. Her favorite movies are My Fair LadyGigi, Kubo and the Two Strings, Storks and The Eagle Huntress. She loves movies of all types – animation, live action, romance, documentaries and comedies. Lucile Ball is her favorite actress and she loves watching reruns of her shows. Morgan aspires to be a actress, journalist and a reporter. Morgan loves interviewing people and learning about them. Morgan has had the pleasure of interviewing Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma and director Ang Lee., Justine Timberlake, Matthew McConaughey, Barbra Eden, Lewis Gossett Jr., Mo McRae, Michael Yo, Kate Linder and many more. She has appeared on TV and national commercials numerous times. She loves being a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and hosting KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, our weekly radio show.

Nathaniel B.

Nathaniel B.Nathaniel B. is 11 years old and lives in Boulder, Colorado with his parents and an older sister, Sydney. He likes to play games, pillow fight, travel, read great books, play multiple computer games, watch TV and movies. He has many favorite films and loves writing. His favorite foods are naan, spaghetti, mac & cheese, and pizza. He aspires to be best-selling author when he is older. He is co-writing a book with his sister and writes multiple short stories with friends. What he likes most about being a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is getting to make video reviews of the films he watches and interviewing talent from the films. He got to interview Jack Black and Emma Stone. His sister gave him the nickname of “potato” when he was in 4th grade and she still calls him that. He has good relationships with his family and enjoys time with friends. 

Keefer B.

Keefer B.Keefer B., age 16, lives in Los Angeles part-time and Washington state part-time. He loves roller skating, being with friends and making movies. Keefer enjoys TV shows such as Sherlock and sees as many movies as possible. Some of Keefer’s favorite films include 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 the weekly radio show, KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions and writing a monthly blog for kidsfirst.org.

Zoe C.

Zoe CanellaZoe C. is 9 years old and lives in the greater Miami area of Florida. 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!


Massimo Antonio C.

MassimoMassimo Antonio C. (Massi) lives outside of New York City and has one sister and a dog named Casper. He joined KIDS FIRST! Film Critics because he loves watching TV and films and talking about them. He also loves playing video games, going on vacation and reading. He aspires to be an actor when he is older, but right now he’s most proud of getting great grades in school. Massi loves meeting new people and learning about them as well as sharing things about himself. He’s 9-years-old and will turn 10 in April.



Michelle C.

Michelle C.Michelle C. is eighteen 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.

Kayenta C.

Kayenta C.Kayenta C. 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.

Sev’n Sieni F.

Sev'nSev’n Sieni F. is 8 years old and lives in the greater Los Angeles area. She has 7 siblings and 1 pet turtle! She loves playing soccer, dancing Tahitian and swimming with her cousins. Wreck it Ralph is her favorite film because it has talking foods and a Candy World. Her favorite actor is Cole Sprouse whom she loved when he was on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. “He’s super cute and I love watching him on Riverdale.” Her greatest accomplishment so far is receiving numerous awards at school for citizenship, math, English and character strength. Her favorite film critic is KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia Marie J, because she is so good at reviewing films and very helpful to others. Sev’n is a straight A student, loves to shop with her mom, sing at church and loves to cook. She would love to become a featured star on Superhero movies! And, as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, she looks forward to interviewing talent.

Nancy F.

Nancy FifitaNancy F. is 12 years old and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She has four siblings and would love to have a dog one day. 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.

SaniyaRain F.

SaniyaRain F.SaniyaRain F. is 11-year-old and comes 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.

Rohan F.

Rohan F.Rohan F. is an eleven-year-old, sixth grade resident of New York City. He and his nine-year-old 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.

Damon F.

DamonDamon F. lives in New York City and is in 5th grade. 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.

Lucia F.

Lucia FLucia Funaro is an 18-year-old high school senior in New York City.  Film Critic Clayton P. suggested she join KIDS FIRST!, knowing how much she loves movies and sharing her ideas with others. Her favorite actor is Johnny Depp, because she likes how he dramatically transforms himself in every film. Her favorite movie is Bye Bye Birdie which is about a girl who chooses her boyfriend over her favorite music idol. This fits in with another important part of her life. She is a singer who has performed at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and in her school’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in Motown. She hopes to become a professional singer or DJ and is interning at Scratch DJ Academy now. In the meantime, she enjoys working hard as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Alejandra G.

AlejandraFifteen-year-old Alejandra G. lives in southern Florida, is an only child and a freshman in high school. She and her friends watch videos, talk and share ideas, dance and go out to different places. With her family she travels, watches old videos and has fun.  She loves sushi, Subway, arepas, cheesecake and frozen yogurt! She was accepted into the TV Production program at her school with the goal of working in the entertainment industry.  She is studying acting and videography. “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 she of her versatility. Her favorite film critic is KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Michelle C. who is also from south Florida. Alejandra looks forward to being a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic because it offers her opportunities to grow and develop skills needed to work in this industry. “I desire to thrive in my passion so I can be closer to achieving my life goal and to learn from all the other team members in KIDS FIRST! Film Critics and run with it.”  

Lexi G.

Lexi G.Alexa G., (Lexi) is 13 years old and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She has a younger sister and two dogs. She joined KIDS FIRST! when she saw the opportunity on a casting website. In her free time she likes to listen to music, watch videos on YouTube and Netflix, play cards and shop. Her favorite movie is Instant Family because she is really interested in foster care and liked learning more about it. She also enjoyed the humor and emotion in it. Her favorite actor is Lin-Manuel Miranda because she loves the play, Hamilton and thinks Miranda is incredibly talented to be able to write such a great musical. Her greatest accomplishment so far was being able to pull off her bat mitzvah, because she was super nervous about it and all of the surprises her family planned. She aspires to become an actress when she grows up (and we think she will do quite well in that) She absolutely love singing, acting, hanging out with friends and family and being independent. She is not shy at all and loves to take on lifetime opportunities when offered.  

Ivey H.

ivey h.Iveyanna 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)

Talia J.

Talia JTalia J. or Tali-wali as she is sometimes called, is in the eighth grade.  She is fourteen and her sister is eighteen. They go on vacations with their parents, go to movies or just talk - with a lot 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.  

Nathalia Marie J.

Nathalia JacksonNathalia Marie J., age nine, lives in southern California and has a younger brother.  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!”

Willie J.

willieWillie J. (age 17) enjoys watching movies, television and theater. Willie has many interests - acting, writing, directing and sports. His favorite film is A Few Good Men. His favorite actors are Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. His favorite writer is Woody Allen who also happens to be his favorite director. Willie aspires to be a professional actor, director and writer of both the stage and screen. Film critics he admires include Roger Ebert and Robert Osborne.  As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Willie enjoys learning more about films, studying the art and craft of film and being able to articulate his opinions about film in an intelligible way to others. 


Sahiba K.

SahibaSahiba K. hails from the Bay area of California and joined the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics in early 2017.  She is 15 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.

Ella L.

Ella LElla L.  is thirteen 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.

Ava Marielle L.

Ava L.Ava Marielle L. is 11 years old and lives in Las Vegas, NV. Her friends call her Binks. She has one sister and two pugs named Lula and Mimi. What made her join KIDS FIRST was looking at the kids’ video reviews. When she discovered there was going to be auditions, she decided to go for it. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, art, baking and playing video games. Her favorite film is Stranger Things because she loves love horror. It brings her into the film so fast she could watch one whole season in a day! She also likes the comedy and adventure. Her favorite actress is Millie Bobby Brown, because of her role in Stranger Things. She finds her so funny and loves that she seems to always be herself. She is most proud of being a model and being featured on a modeling website. She aspires to be a professional model and actress when she grows up. She likes acting because she is dramatic and, for a long time has wanted to be on Disney or Nickelodeon. She also loves reading and would like to publish a book sometime.  

Abigail Zoe L.

abigailAbigail Zoe L., 9-years-old, is from Orange County, California. She has appeared in multiple commercials, TV episodes and short films. Recent projects include voicing Shelby in DreamWorks’ animated series, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show and a recurring role for AMC. Abigail has a Black Belt in Taekwondo, loves to sing, dance, ice skate and swim. Some of her favorite actors include Johnny Depp, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz. Her favorite food is lasagna. When Abigail grows up she hopes to continue acting and be a veterinarian. Abigail is most proud to be part of the Points of Light PSA project that inspires young people to make a difference. As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic she enjoys interviewing, being on the red carpet and prescreening awesome movies!

Lukas Julio L.

Lukas L.Lukas L., who goes by Luk, loves to critique films and point our things that could be better in everything he watches. It’s what attracted him to KIDS FIRST! Besides watching movies, he likes to draw, knit, loves music and singing. He pretty much memorizes all the lyrics to every song he hears, the first time he hears it. His favorite film is Space Balls because it is really funny. He is not a huge fan of Star Wars. His favorite actors are Aquafina because she is so funny and Anne Hathaway because she nails every role. Lukas has two siblings, Jude and Jona who are twins. The thing he is most proud of so far is getting accepted into Orange County High School for the Arts (and we’re proud of him too).

Milika L.

Milika L.Milika L. is 10 years old, goes by Mili, and lives in the greater Los Angeles area with three siblings and her parents. 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!

Samantha M.

Samantha MSamantha M. is 17, lives in Southern California and has a younger sister. She enjoys taking her dogs to the beach, playing basketball and singing. She loves dancing with her friends and going to the arcade to win stuffed animals. She has over 75,000 arcade tickets saved! Her favorite film is Up because Doug, the dog, is simply hilarious. Dogs are her favorite animal and, whenever is in a film, it’s at the top of her go-to list. Her favorite food is candy! She owns two gumball machines, a crane game and a stuffed Tootsie Roll. When she grows up, she aspires to be an entrepreneur and develop a business helping people. Her greatest accomplishment is starting her own foundation, Linking Individuals Network Connections, which helps teens choose careers best suited for them. She has interviewed book publishers, lawyers and a scout for the LA Clippers on her radio show on KHTS. As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, she looks forward to watching films and telling other kids about them so they can enjoy them as much as she has.

Jolleen M.

Jolleen MJolleen M., age twelve, is in the seventh grade in 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.

Jordan M.

Jordan M.Jordan M. is 12 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.

Arjun N.

Arjun N. Arjun N. hails from Brentwood, TN, is 15-year-old and in the ninth grade. He has an 8-year-old 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.

Katherine Elizabeth S

Katherine S.Eleven-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.

Gerry O

Gerry O Gerry O., or “G” is 15 and lives in SoCal. Gerry's been a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic for four years. 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.

Carla P.

Carla P.Eighth grader Carla P. hails from Cliffside Park, NJ and has a younger 10-year-old 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.

Clayton P.

Clayton P.Clayton P. is eighteen years old and lives in New York City. He is an only child and has two dogs named Connor and Athena and a cat named Yin. He enjoys movies, playing soccer, tennis and skiing. He also likes gaming and anime. For the past four summers, he attended outdoor Shakespeare camp. His favorite director is Hayao Miyazaki and his film Castle in the Sky because of its great animation and music. Samuel L. Jackson is his favorite actor and his favorite food is grilled corn with Manchego cheese. He aspires to be an actor, a YouTube celebrity, a vet and a chef. He is currently taking a gap year prior to entering college in the fall of 2018. As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic he enjoys interviewing actors and directors and seeing films before they are released. Clayton is also a monthly blogger for KIDS FIRST!

Benjamin P.

Benjamin P.Eleven-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.


Ryan R.

Ryan R.Ryan R. is thirteen 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.

Brandon James R.

Brandon Ray J.Brandon James R. is 9 years old, has one sibling and lives in the greater Los Angeles area. 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.

Na'im S.

Na'imEleven-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.

Hennesi V.

Hennesi V. is 18 years old and lives in Puerto Rico with two siblings, two dogs, one cat and a Macaw. Hennesi has always had a fondness in the fine arts, but her favorite thing to do is acting and being in front of the camera. She feels that KIDS FIRST! Film Critics offers her an amazing opportunity to explore that further. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, playing games or going out to touristic areas of Puerto Rico. Her favorite film is Divergent because it brings together so many different things from action to romance and humor and the plot is so intriguing. Her favorite actors are Tom Holland and Zendaya, because they both have amazing acting skills and started from the bottom to get to where they are today. Although they both very famous they’re humble and caring. Her greatest accomplishment has been acting in a movie as a speaking character. She aspires to become an actress and be a good role model for children and teens. Hennesi is multi talented. She sings, dances and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Spanish is her native language. She tries to improve a bit every day and learn from her mistakes.

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