December 12, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox
Kent Turner

About Kent Turner

Kent Turner (kturner@mediasourceinc.com) edits SLJ's DVD reviews and is the editor of Film-Forward.com

Top 10 DVDs | 2017

Environmental studies and early language arts were the dominant themes this year. However, there were plenty of surprises from an eclectic range of subject matter.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

‘Wonder’ Movie Review

Author R.J. Palacio’s voice is heard loud and clear in the exceptionally sharp movie version of her popular 2012 novel.

‘Wonderstruck’ at the Movies

Fans of Brian Selznick’s book will have little to complain about in this often enthralling adaptation.

‘Jane,’ the New Documentary on the Trailblazing Primatologist

Featuring never-before-seen footage of the early days of Jane Goodall’s landmark research and discoveries.

A New Season of “Nature” | On the Screen

The visually rich, compelling PBS Nature series returns this month for its 36th season, with episodes that are ready-made tie-ins for classrooms studies.

‘The Big Bad Fox’ and ‘The Breadwinner’ Movies Premiere

Two book-to-screen adaptations recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Romance with a Twist: The New “Everything, Everything” Movie

Nicola Yoon’s acclaimed YA novel Everything, Everything comes to the big screen, starring Amandla Stenberg.

Are We There Yet? | “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” Movie Review

The film series of Jeff Kinney’s wildly popular books returns to the screen after a five-year hiatus.

Earth Day, Every Day | On the Screen

Leaping lemurs and the pure blue orchid are among the photogenic stars of three visually arresting documentaries.

Viewers’ Advisory: 3 Netflix Series with YA and Kid Appeal

Is Netflix the future for book-to-screen adaptations? SLJ’s resident movie reviewer checks out new series that your patrons and students can binge-watch.

Baby Brother Blues | “The Boss Baby” Movie Review

Author/illustrator Marla Frazee’s titular tyrannical tot from her acclaimed picture book waddles onto the big screen, wreaking his own brand of mayhem.

A Bully Backtracks | “Before I Fall” Movie Review

A popular high school senior relives the same day over and over again, caught in a repetitive time warp.

On the Screen | Black History Month

From the world of sports, music, dance, and politics, these portraits of tenacious trailblazers will give a boost to curricula and offer a varied range of subject matter year round.

A Tween and His Tree | “A Monster Calls” Movie Review

Director J.A. Bayona unleashes the destructive, tough-talking, and tale-spinning colossal, based on author Patrick Ness’s 2011 novel.

Top 10 DVDs | 2016

Kent Turner, SLJ’s DVD editor, hand-picked these top-shelf productions that offer educational—as well as entertainment—value.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Grumpiness, Gumption, and Gratitude | “The Great Gilly Hopkins” Movie Review

The film remarkably retains the book’s essence, even though the main character is a few years older on screen, as played by Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse.

Island of Misfit Boys (and Girls) | “Miss Peregrine” Movie Review

At first glance, the pairing of Ransom Riggs’s macabre 2011 coming-of-age novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and director Tim Burton would seem like a match made in movieland heaven.

Savvy Survivor | “Queen of Katwe” Movie Review

This is a quietly triumphant adaptation of Tim Crothers’s nonfiction account of a Ugandan teenage girl from the slums who becomes an international chess champion.

Page to Screen: Rowling Returns and “Children” Cut Loose

In two high-profile releases, J.K. Rowling pens her first screenplay and director Tim Burton meets his match, Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine.

Alone and Abandoned | “The Little Prince” Movie Review

The new animated feature film of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella premieres on Netflix.