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The Christmas Chronicles 2 * Heartwarming, Filled With Magic and A Daredevil Santa

It's been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom's new boyfriend (Tyrese Gibson) and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno). Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell). Written and directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter) and co-starring Goldie Hawn, The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two is an action-packed adventure for the whole family that's full of heart, humor, and holiday spirit. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ethan P. comments, “I like The Christmas … - read more...


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The Croods: A New Age * Sensational! Colorful and Clever Graphics; Funny & Realistic Conflicts

Searching for a safer habitat, the prehistoric Crood family discovers an idyllic, walled-in paradise that meets all of its needs. Unfortunately, they must also learn to live with the Bettermans -- a family that's a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. As tensions between the new neighbors start to rise, a new threat soon propels both clans on an epic adventure that forces them to embrace their differences, draw strength from one another, and survive together. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Bailey Rae F. comments, “The Croods: A New Age is sensational because of the clever and colorful graphics, funny and realistic conflicts… The message in the film is that we do not have to look the same and we all have far more in common than we realize. It’s okay to look different.” See her full review below. The Croods: A … - read more...

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Join our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Team
Are you a kid who loves film, loves talking about film and loves to be on-camera? If so, we want you on our national KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team! This audition is open to those wishing to be join our national KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team. To audition, click on the link below to apply. Auditions are open tweens and teens, ages 9 to 16. There are three short steps to enter. There is no fee to participate in this program, but there is a fee to take either our quick start course or one of our boot camps. Go here to apply: https://forms.gle/tJhe7EhtMAZg7sJV9 Deadline to apply: Jan 1, 2021. Before applying, please familiarize yourself with our … - read more...


The Christmas Chronicles 2, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Team Marco, Rainbow Rangers: Rangers to the Rescue, Octonauts: Operation Deep Freeze
Listen in as we interview Jahzir Bruno, Darby Camp and Julian Dennison from The Christmas Chronicles 2, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Madelen Mills and Keegan-Michael Key from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey and review the films The Christmas Chronicles 2, Team Marco, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Rainbow Rangers: Rangers to the Rescue and Octonauts: Operation Deep - read more...

From the Jury

Mr. Soul! Focuses How Ellis Haizlip Used His Program To Show Black Talent In Positive Ways
Mr. Soul! is right on time given the subject - Ellis Haizlip - and his accomplishments as America’s first Black nighttime talk show host during the Civil Rights Movement/Black Power Movement from 1968 - 1973.  It is a rich story that will resonate with audiences across the nation and across generations.  With Black Lives Matter and the current state of our country and our communities addressing racism in a meaningful manner - Haizlip’s story and his inspiration is now even more important.   Ellis was innovative, political and gay. In his personal fight for social equality, this man ensured that the revolution would … - read more...


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