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The Call of the Wild * An Amazing Film, Based on Jack London’s Book, Some Disturbing Images

Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail-delivery dog sled team, Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime as he ultimately finds his true place in the world. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ruby A. comments, “My feelings about this movie are quite mixed. On one side, the use of CGI helps to portray the strong emotions of the dogs. On the other hand, there are many scenes containing brutal animal abuse that many audiences will find disturbing and unsettling.” Jolleen M. adds, “The Call of the Wild has such wonderful sets, cinematography and CGI. Although the film is pleasing to watch, the plotline itself is predictable and redundant. There are so many films … - read more...


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Registration Open for KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp 2020 @ Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, June 22-27

The One and Only KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp Coming This Summer to Philadelphia, June 22 to 27, 2020 Tweens and teens learn to critique films, interview celebrities and speak on-camera The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp will meet at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University this summer, June 22 to 27. Taught by leading educators, film critics and media specialists, children ages 9 to 16 learn to become entertainment reporters through this intensive program. This camp has taken place in previous years on the Disney lot in Burbank (CA), Discover Communications World Headquarters in Silver Spring (MD), Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network’s Headquarters in Brooklyn (NY) and other locations.  https://vimeo.com/321607711 I found KIDS FIRST! by online research and never imagined it was going to be a total … - read more...

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KIDS FIRST! Partners with Xerb.tv to Launch Family Streaming Service
KIDS FIRST! and Xerb.tv launched a new, ad-free digital streaming service for high quality children’s programming earlier this spring. The content is curated from filmmakers from all around the world and the bulk of the revenue from the channel will go directly to the filmmakers. The rapidly growing Xerb.tb is providing KIDS FIRST! a platform to deliver a collection of family-friendly content that is inspirational, enriching and motivational. “What the KIDS FIRST! Digital Channel (https://xerb.tv/channel/kidsfirst) offers families is engaging, informative and fun content with pro-social values that both kids and parents love,” … - read more...


Harrison Ford, Cara Gee, Chris Sanders, The Call of the Wild, Sonic the Hedgehog, Onward, Meet our new Reporters
Listen in as we interview actors Harrison Ford, Cara Gee and director Chris Sanders about The Call of the Wild and review Sonic the Hedgehog and Onward. Plus, meet our newest KIDS FIRST! Film Critics. Hosts Sahiba K., Arjun N. and Lindalee are joined by Damon, Jolleen, Jude, Ruby, Calista, Felix, Jack, Bailey and Sosambra. Before you spend your hard earned dollars at the movies, be sure to listen to what our youth reporters have to say. - read more...

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Emma * A Cheerful Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Beloved Novel
Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is re-imagined in this film. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N. comments, “Emma is a cheerful adaption of Jane Austen’s beloved novel. Readers of Jane Austen can rejoice as her characters come to screen.” See his full review below. EmmaBy Arjun Nair, KIDS … - read more...


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