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ENDLESS LOVE: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

Written by Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara    Tuesday, 18 February 2014 21:32   

Great romantic movies always stay great, but sometimes need a little updating. Endless Love's  tweaks include turning the teen romance into a movie teens can see, it's rated PG-13 (the 1981 original was R). KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) rate Endless Love a PICK, but barely:

"Endless Love follows the story of Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) who, after losing her older brother Chris to cancer, isolates herself by dropping out of any social life. That is, until she meets David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer). Overnight, he turns her entire world upside down, opening her eyes over the everything she missed in the past four years in one summer. Bruce Greenwood gives a great performance as an over-bearing and controlling father looking who only has his interests at heart. The supporting cast of Rhys Wakefield (playing Jade's older brother) and Dayo Okeniyi (David's best friend) steal the show. Pettyfer and Wilde beautifully portray a true love that can overcome any fatherly or worldly obstacles. 3 stars."

What did YOU think about Endless Love?  Once you've seen it, join Kat and Joel in reviewing it HERE

Watch for Joel and Kat's movie with Jake T. Austin, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, to hit theaters this year, as well as Joel's film Mercy and Kat's Little Savages. Follow them on Twitter @Joel_Courtney and @Kat_McNamara (follow us too @KidsPickFlicks !) 


Come Vote in the 8th Annual KPF PICK Awards!

Written by Tara the Mom    Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00   

Voting is now open in the 8th Annual KidsPickFlicks.com PICK Awards and YOUR vote is important! The PICK Awards is the way teens, tweens and kids can show what we think is BEST and what is important to us in movies. Check out the categories and the nominees and then go to the home page of KidsPickFlicks.com to vote - you can vote once a day in each category! 

PICK Movie of 2013:

Despicable Me 2



The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Monsters University

ICK Movie of 2013:

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

The Host

The Lone Ranger


PICK Actress:

Abigail Breslin, "Valentine Wiggin" in Ender's Game

Joey King, "Emily" in White House Down

China Anne McClain, "Charlotte Mackenzie" in Grown Ups 2

Katherine McNamara, "Sarah O'Malley" in Contest

Hailee Steinfeld, "Juliet Capulet" in Romeo & Juliet

Sophie Nelisse, "Liesel Meminger" in The Book Thief


PICK Actor:

Asa Butterfield, "Ender Wiggin" in Ender's Game

Cameron Boyce, "Keithie Feder" in Grown Ups 2

Kenton Duty, "Matt Prylek" in Contest

Ty Simpkins, "Harley Keener" in Iron Man 3

Jaden Smith, "Kitai Raige" in After Earth


PICK Scene Stealer:

Fabrizio Guido, "Tomas" in World War Z

Katelyn Mager, "Young Thalia" in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Kamil McFadden, "Bumpty" in Grown Ups 2

Judah Nelson, "Walter Burgandy" in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Willow Shields, "Primrose Everdeen" in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

PICK Music Documentary:

Justin Bieber's Believe

Mindless Behavior: All Around the World

One Direction: This is Us

PICK Superhero Movie

Iron Man 3

Man of Steel

Thor: The Dark World

The Wolverine


PICK Villain

Chester V (voiced by Will Forte), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor: The Dark World

The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), Iron Man 3

Theodora (Mila Kunis), Oz the Great and Powerful

Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), The Wolverine

General Zod (Michael Shannon), Man of Steel


PICK Hero (Non "Super" Variety)

Ender (Asa Butterfield), Ender's Game

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), Despicable Me 2

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

R (Nicholas Hoult), Warm Bodies

PICK New Character

China Doll (voiced by Joey King), Oz the Great and Powerful

Eep (voiced by Emma Stone), The Croods

Foodimals, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad), Frozen



"Happy" by Pharrell, Despicable Me 2

"La Da Dee" performed by Cody Simpson, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

"Let It Go" performed by both Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato, Frozen

"Ooh La La" performed by Britney Spears, The Smurfs 2

"We Remain" performed by Christina Aguilera, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Now, go vote!



RoboCop: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

Written by Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara    Friday, 14 February 2014 10:54   

RoboCop is a movie - if not a punch line - from 1987. KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) rate RoboCop right on the line between PICK and ICK:

"In the year 2028, OmniCorp has a monopoly on robotic technology. Outside of the USA, their robots are being used for police force and military operations. OmniCorp builds a machine-man hybrid (Joel Kinnaman) in order to bring robotic peacekeepers to the USA. Although the film is set 14 years in the future, the movie presents several current issues: the use of unmanned drones, questions of personal liberty vs. safety, and cable news being passed off as unbiased reporting. Abbie Cornish gives a fantastic performance as a wife and mother whose life is spinning out of control as she struggles to support her critically injured husband. Samuel L. Jackson gives a tremendous performance the type of charismatic and entertaining newscaster that we've become so familiar with in this day and age. The special effects of the robots combined with the sounds of battle completely immerse you in the story. 3 stars."

What did YOU think about RoboCop?  Once you've seen it, join Kat and Joel in reviewing it HERE.

Joel and Kat have a bunch of projects coming out this year - Joel's will give you a scare in Mercy and Kat's film Little Savages, as well as the movie they made together, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @Joel_Courtney and @Kat_McNamara...and follow us, too @KidsPickFlicks!


SPIDER-MAN Asks You to Use Your Power for EARTH HOUR

Written by Dave B.    Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:55   

They don't call him The Amazing Spider-Man for nothing. Your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler is about to save the world in a whole new way!

The cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and director Marc Webb, are pleased to announce that Spider-Man has teamed up with Earth Hour for an amazing new crowd-funding project.

Earth Hour has recruited Spider-Man as well as other participants to help conserve energy, provide homes, and preserve natural wonders in places across the globe like Madagascar, the Philippines, and South Africa (see video with the cast below):

Emma Stone, the actress who plays Gwen Stacey in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 said about the project, "Earth Hour gives you the power to inspire anyone, even if you're just one person, and Earth Hour is much more than an hour. There are great projects from the crowd, for the planet, happening all over the world."

We are so glad that the cast has united for such an amazing project. And don't forget to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it swings into theaters on May 2.


Adorable 5-year old reviews BARBIE™: THE PEARL PRINCESS

Written by Tara the Mom    Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:59   

KidsPickFlicks is a movie site for kids ages 7-17 but, you know, since we're the ONLY movie site for kids, we can't really leave the little ones out! So we asked adorable Kingsley P. to review Barbie™: The Pearl Princess, the first Barbie movie to play in theaters! See her review below (spoiler: she loved it!) (disclaimer: Kingsley ia a huge Barbie fan, but then, aren't we all?)


Kingsley's mom, actress Cheryl Tsai, helped her to make this review. See Barbie™: The Pearl Princess with your little sister or cousin and then help them write a review here at KidsPickFlicks....you're never too young to have an opinion!


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