April 23, 2017

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Kent Turner

About Kent Turner

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

Earth Day, Every Day | On the Screen

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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

Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why (Photos: Netflix)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

Eva Green as Miss Peregrine (Photo: Leah Gallo)

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

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

Get Squiggly with It: “The BFG” Movie Review

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Direct from Cannes, our in-house film reviewer, Kent Turner, sizes up Steven Spielberg’s latest, based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 novel of the same name.

Movie Reviews: The Bard in Newtown; A Kid Chess Champion | 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

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Of more than a dozen films previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival, two works in particular stand out for teen and young adult viewers and as potential additions to media collections.

Mowgli, Mischief, and Music | “The Jungle Book” Movie Review

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Disney’s new version of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic returns to the murky and mysterious Indian jungle.

New Horizons, New Villains | “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” Movie Review

Shailene Woodley in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (Photos: Murray Close)

After the world-building in the first two movies of “The Divergent Series,” the emphasis shifts toward straight-on action. Fans of the books will be able to keep up with the intrigues and conspiracies, but those now jumping into the saga will be left behind.

A Sneak Peek at the 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival

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The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the largest such event for kids and teens in North America, runs this year from February 26 through March 20. Think of the NYICFF as the movie equivalent of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez | SLJ DVD Review

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14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez. 67 minutes. w/English & Spanish subtitles. Dist. by Graham Street Productions. 14themovie.com. 2014. $125. UPC 857670005114.

Gr 8 Up –From the minute this documentary begins until the end, viewers are confronted with the question of who has the right to be an American citizen. The film opens and closes with Vanessa Lopez describing her hopes and dreams. Viewers meet three generations of the Lopez family and see them challenge the […]

Lunch Love Community | SLJ DVD Review

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Lunch Love Community. 78 min. Dist. by Bullfrog Films. 2015. $295. Rental $95. ISBN 1941545416.

Gr 6 Up –This unique documentary is made up of 12 short films depicting the food reform for school lunches in Berkeley, CA. Though the overall message is that success for school children begins with healthy nutrition, the short films delve into the nitty-gritty details of this concept. Ranging from three to 13 minutes, these shorts give a closer look at how the movement […]

Scaredy Squirrel at Night | SLJ DVD Review

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Scaredy Squirrel at Night. 11 min. Dist. by Weston Woods. 2015. $59.95. ISBN 9780545879231.

PreS-Gr 3 –Scaredy Squirrel lives up to his name. He’s nervous about everything. This picture book by Mélanie Watt (Kids Can, 2009) addresses his nighttime issues—fear of ghosts, bats, polka-dot monsters, and more. It’s delightful on its own, but this production augments the story through clever animation, drawing viewers in and emphasizing all the humorous asides that might be missed by casual readers. It turns […]