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“The Lone Ranger” Fantastic To Its Core! BY GARRY O. KIDS FIRST!

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This film, based on the iconic 1950s TV series gives the Native American warrior Tonto, played by Johnny Depp, top billing. “The Lone Ranger” tells the story of lawman John Reid and how he transforms into the Wild West legend known as the Lone Ranger. When justice is threatened by Butch Cavendish, John (Armie Hammer) teams up with Native American Warrior Tonto to save the day. The story is told by an elderly Tonto years after the Lone Ranger’s reign and begs the question, “Is the legend just a fable? Or, did this crusader of justice really roam the Wild West?” Our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics viewed it last week and, all of them loved it. “This movie is fantastic to its core!” claims Gerry O, age 11. “It is funny, entertaining, and very thrilling,” remarks Raven D, age 16. See their full reviews below.

I already had an idea what this movie would be like, cowboys fighting each other. Based on all the stories about Lone Ranger, I also anticipated one of the characters would be the Indian, Tonto. I was right! This film is worth waiting for – amazing adventure, action, romance. It is funny and has the most gorgeous horse ever!

At first I thought this movie was about a cowboy and Indian fighting bad guys, I was very wrong! It starts off so nicely and ends so action packed!

The adventure begins when it’s 1930 and there’s an old western amusement park. A child is walking around dressed like the Lone Ranger and he goes to this exhibit where he finds Tonto the Indian. Tonto tells this boy about the story of the Lone Ranger who was being held captive in a train. The criminal escapes and a man helps Tonto escape as well. The train crashes but they and the passengers don’t get hurt. This man joins his brother to look for the criminal. The brother and everyone else in the group die but the man, whose name is John, lives. Tonto escapes jail and finds John and what’s called a spirit horse. The two men and the horse go on many adventures and run into many problems (that the horse usually ends up fixing!) as they search for the criminal. Along the way, they get a little surprise!

The movie is immaculate. The actors are great! I mean who doesn’t like Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp?! The cinematography is stupendous! Everything is just fantastic! There’s really nothing to complain about in this movie.

My favorite scene is when Tonto finds all the dead rangers. He digs up little graves and tries to take what he can from them. Thinking all of them are dead he goes to John and he tries to take something and then John wakes up. Tonto is all surprised and just knocks him out and starts putting sand back on him.  The house saves John in this situation, but you have to watch the film to see the most hilarious scene of all.

Since this movie has quite a lot of action and quite a bit of violence as well, I recommend it for ages 12 and up. This movie is fantastic to its core so I give it 5 out 5 stars plus a few more if possible. This movie will be available in theaters everywhere July 3rd

 

Credit:  KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions.  

KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions is a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Kids Network, hosted by eighteen KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, ages 7 to 15. These kids win a spot as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic through a national competition annually in the fall. They review all the latest film and DVD releases rated PG-13 and younger, attend Red Carpet events and premieres and interview talent on and off the Red Carpet.

KIDS FIRST!, a program of the 22-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, is the country’s most valued source for reviews of children’s media. As a national, nonprofit organization, KIDS FIRST! teaches children critical viewing skills and engages them, together with adults, as jurors to evaluate, rate and review films, DVDs, TV shows, games and apps.

Listen for KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions every Tuesday at 1PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel.

 

KIDS FIRST!, a program of the 22-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, is the country’s most valued source for reviews of children’s media. As a national, nonprofit organization, KIDS FIRST! teaches children critical viewing skills and engages them, together with adults, as jurors to evaluate, rate and review films, DVDs, TV shows, games and apps.

Despicable Me 2 BY RAVEN D., KIDS FIRST!

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Despicable Me 2 BY RAVEN D., KIDS FIRST!

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Following on the heels of the highly loved Despicable Me, comes the sequel, Despicable Me 2 which, as our KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D says, “is a very cute sequel and, good news, the minions are in it even more!” “Despicable Me 2″ follows Gru, the girls and those crazy minions on yet another mission of madness. This time Gru is teaming up with the Anti-Villain League to save the world from bad guy El Macho. The Anti-Villain League recruits Gru to help find El Macho since Gru is an ex-villain and knows what goes on behind the mind of a bad guy. But Gru is having a hard time balancing his career and his new full time job as being a dad to Margo, Agnes and Edith. Plus, Gru finds himself falling for his partner in anti-crime, Lucy. Will this lovable hero save the day in time to tuck his girls in for bed?

I think this film is a very cute sequel to “Despicable Me” and good news, the minions are in it even more. The 3D animation is wonderful in this movie and the designs and colors are very fun visually. I can tell the creators of this film paid attention to what audiences enjoyed most out of the first movie and that is what influenced a lot of “Despicable Me 2.” I think all of the voice actors suited their characters perfectly. This film brings back the familiar voices of Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Carell and Russell Brand, while also adding in newer characters such as Lucy voiced by Kristen Wiig, Antonio voiced by Moises Arias and many others.

 

My favorite character is actually all of the minions. I loved them all so much in the first “Despicable Me” and I think it was a great decision to include them for in the sequel. Their banter is so funny, even though I can’t understand their gibberish, their motions tell the story of what they’re trying to communicate. I think the way they work together and fight is very comical and all of their interactions are very funny. The minions really are the perfect side kicks to Gru since he is so wacky.

 

My favorite scene would probably be when Gru finds out that Margo is on a date. He freaks out so much and goes running around the mall trying to stop the two of them from being alone. It’s really funny and although it is a bit over exaggerated, it still shows what all fathers go through when their daughters start showing an interest in dating. I also think it’s funny how Margo’s sisters react to her new romantic interests. Edith, being a total tomboy, thinks that it is disgusting for her sister to go on a date with a boy. Agnes on the other hand thinks it’s the cutest thing and immediately starts saying that they are in love, which only worries Gru even more. The entire scene is filled with very funny, memorable dialog and interactions between the main characters and is definitely a scene that stands out for me.

 

I recommend this film for ages 6+ and anyone who enjoyed “Despicable Me” will absolutely love “Despicable Me 2.” I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It has the perfect mix of humor for children and adults so it makes for an enjoyable experience for all. So go check out Gru and the girls for more minion madness in “Despicable Me 2!”

 

Credit:  KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions.  

KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions is a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Kids Network, hosted by eighteen KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, ages 7 to 15. These kids win a spot as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic through a national competition annually in the fall. They review all the latest film and DVD releases rated PG-13 and younger, attend Red Carpet events and premieres and interview talent on and off the Red Carpet.

KIDS FIRST!, a program of the 22-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, is the country’s most valued source for reviews of children’s media. As a national, nonprofit organization, KIDS FIRST! teaches children critical viewing skills and engages them, together with adults, as jurors to evaluate, rate and review films, DVDs, TV shows, games and apps.

Listen for KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions every Tuesday at 1PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel.

 

KIDS FIRST!, a program of the 22-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, is the country’s most valued source for reviews of children’s media. As a national, nonprofit organization, KIDS FIRST! teaches children critical viewing skills and engages them, together with adults, as jurors to evaluate, rate and review films, DVDs, TV shows, games and apps.

“Man of Steel” Is Not Your Typical Superhero Flick BY GERRY O.

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“Man of Steel” Is Not Your Typical Superhero Flick

by KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

“Man of Steel” is a story about more than just good guys and bad guys, like most superhero films. In fact, it’s very different from Superman stories of the past. Yes, Superman is still trying to save Earth, but “Man of Steel” also tells the story behind the hero. This addition of a more personal storyline adds a more human touch to the superhero we have come to know and love through the years. “Man of Steel” is rated PG-13 for intense and violent scenes.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Gerry O., age 11, says, “the events, the story line and amazing effects will blow your mind” and Anthony A., 10-year-old KIDS FIRST! Film Critic also likes the special effects saying that Superman, “has cool powers such as superhuman strength, x-ray vision, ability to shoot lasers from his eyes and of course, he can fly!” You won’t want to miss this new film after reading and watching Gerry’s review below.

 â€œMan of Steel”  

Reveiwed by Gerry O.

If you have seen the Superman films and read the comics, you will hear about this film and think to yourself – another Superman movie?!  My moms are big fans of Superman so I was positive I knew what to expect. Well, I was in for a huge surprise.

This movie is not at all like other movies about famous superheroes. It starts by showing where Superman is born on another planet and what happens to his home. It touches your heart to see what sacrifice his real parents go through in order to save his life.

The movie shows Superman’s life from a little kid to a grown man; how he has to adjust to Earth’s atmosphere and learn to control his powers. Other kids think he is weird and pick on him, but his earth parents teach him to be patient and not to attract too much attention so he can grow up and fulfill his destiny. You probably would like to know what his destiny is, but you have to watch the movie to find out. The events, the storyline and amazing effects will blow your mind, especially if you get chance to see it in 3D.

I like this film for number of reasons. The graphics and storyline are very engaging. I also think they couldn’t have done a better job with the cast. The funny and courageous reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams), proud warrior and real father of our famous superhero Jor-El (Russell Crowe), Clark’s earth father (Kevin Costner) and a new face on the Hollywood horizon, Henry Cavill, who plays Superman.

My favorite scene is when Clark surrenders to FBI so he can save the Earth and while he is there, FBI agents observe him through a one-way mirror window. Superman has super powers so he can see through the glass. He starts making funny comments and shocks the FBI agents with his skills. But best of all is the reaction of the agents on the other side of the glass. You can see that they struggle to believe that this is real and they are also amazed and fascinated by Superman.

I recommend this great movie to ages 10 and up. It has elements of violence and a bit of harsh language. The graphic depiction may be too intense for a younger audience. I love the film and would definitely enjoy watching it again, though it does get a little predictable in the last 15-20 minutes. You can catch this film in theaters everywhere starting Friday, June 14, 2013!

You can also see Anthony A.’s full video review here:

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