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Luca * This New Disney-Pixar Film Has The Potential Of Being One Of Your Favorites

Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water's surface. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Giana N. comments, “Luca is an entertaining animated film filled with fun, lots of scooter rides and unforgettable moments.  It has great messages and shows you that you can have a good time if you just “Silencio Bruno.” This new Disney-Pixar film has the potential of being one of your favorites.” Heather S. adds, “Pack your bags for a trip to the Italian Riviera! Luca is the feel-good flick to get audiences … - read more...

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Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It * Stunning In-Depth Look at One Of Hollywood’s Most Trailblazing Actors

Over a 70+ year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was cast as any ethnic minority the Hollywood studios needed filled, be it Polynesian, Native American or Egyptian. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in "West Side Story" (1961), the studios continued to offer Moreno lesser roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent. Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It illuminates the humor and the grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known … - read more...

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Granny Ranny's Coming Attractions

Register Now for KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Online Boot Camps in June, July and August
If you're passionate about movies and see yourself in front of the camera as an entertainment reporter or actor, look no further, this is the camp for you!  This summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic our KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camps are all online. We have three camps meeting for one week each in June, July and August. Each camp meets for 2 hours a day, Monday through Friday. The June and July camps are for beginners. The August camp is for any child that has been a member of our KIDS FIRST! team, or has a background in journalism or filmmaking. During the camp you will be coached by seasoned professionals and learn to… Critique and … - read more...

KIDS FIRST! Radio

Congrats Calista!; 12 Mighty Orphans, Censor, Introducing Jodea, Rock Dog1: Rock Around the Park
Listen in as we congratulate KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. on her High School Graduation, review the films Censor and 12 Mighty Orphans and interview guests Chloe Traicos (Introducing Jodea) and Ashleigh Ball (Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park). Host Katherine S. is joined by KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Calista, Benjamin, Ethan, Josephine, Giana, Maica and Carlee. Before you spend your hard earned dollars at the movies, be sure to listen to what our youth reporters have to - read more...

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Americanish * A Breath Of Fresh Air Looking At Rom-Coms Through A New Lens
The 2021 CAAMFest Audience Award-winning film debut by Iman Zawahry takes place in Jackson Heights, Queens where two sisters and their fresh-off-the-boat cousin try all the conventional ways to earn the love and respect of their mother. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Abigail L. comments, “Although still containing classic rom-com clichés, this film introduces diverse cultural and ethnic characters and story arcs to American film audiences. Writer and director Imam Zawahry highlights the strength of feminism and family ties as she explores the ups and downs of women in the work force and romance.” See her full review below. AmericanishBy … - read more...

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