Into Film reporters review the week’s big kids movies!

We’ve teamed up with the film and education programme, in-school club for kids, Into Film who will be helping us bring you the very latest film news, interviews and reviews every week!

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Islands of Lemurs: Madagascar (U)

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar – the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs, is out in cinemas now. Into Film reporter Manasi went along to see the documentary – find out what she thought it of here!

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar takes the viewers on a journey through the time lemurs lived on Earth. Their ancestors lived with the dinosaurs in prehistoric times. Surviving the meteor that wiped out the whole population of dinos, the tiny lemurs landed on Madagascar as castaways but since then have evolved into more than a hundred different types through time. However now, there numbers have dropped lower than ever!

After I watched the film I realised how important lemurs are. I just couldn’t believe how long they survived on the remote island of Madagascar! Lemurs are so unique and now I‘ve learnt a lot about them. The movie was truly influential and told me that anyone can make a difference to our world. I think Dr. Patricia Wright was inspirational because a few years ago, ‘the greater bamboo shoot’ lemur was thought to be extinct but she discovered one feasting on a young bamboo shoot! The movie was really informative and Drew Fellman made it even better by structuring the film in an intriguing way. I loved the close-ups, as when I was watching I felt I was actually looking at the animals in person.

Many people don’t know much about lemurs but I think this documentary will change that and raise awareness about them. I hope lemurs will get off the ‘endangered species’ list and live in abundance like they did once before.”

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The Wizard of Oz – IMAX (U)

The timeless classic film, The Wizard Of Oz is going to be showing at IMAX for the first time this week!

It may have been made in 1939 but this musical fantasy film is still thrilling audiences today with the tale of Dorothy and her dog Toto from Kansas who are whisked away to the magical land of Oz by a tornado!

While on their mission to reach the Emerald City, in the hopes of getting back home, they meet a collection of characters including Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion and the dreaded Wicked Witch of the West!

Read what some Into Film members reviews to find out what they thought about the film:

Rose, age 9: “I will always love this spectacular film and my favorite character is, like most people, Dorothy. It is the most magical film ever made! As Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion go on a journey to the Emerald city they meet the witch who tries to take the ruby slippers. I would definitely recommend it in the future.”

Vay, age 15: “A classic fairy tale depicting Dorothy’s (an innocent young girl) attempt to re-unite with her family once more and make her way home after a brutal tornado brings her to somewhere far far away, over the rainbow (I couldn’t resist XD).
She meets companions along the way – as well as enemies. The wicked witch of the west attempts to take Dorothy’s magic rep slippers for herself, with any means necessary.
Fun for all ages, The Wizard of Oz is a classic, and should remain a classic for years and years to come.”

Georgia, age 9: “I would personally recomend it to familys and every single age group. It shows a lot of seprate emotions and can really touch your heart. I am not to keen on the black and white but love the coloured bit. It also shows that even if you feel that you have your brain missing doesn’t mean you haven’t got one.”

Jordan, age 11: “I am 11 years old and I love this film still just like I have done all of my life. I have introduced it to my younger brother and he loves it too. I don’t know any one who doesn’t like it because of all of the charecters and the way that they act so well and the songs are great aswell! SUPERB FILM WATCH IT AND YOULL SEE WHAT I MEAN! 5 OUT OF 5!!”

Caitlin, age 8: “I loved this film, it was great fun watching it!”

Sam, age 8: “I really enjoyed this film because it was exciting, scary in parts and funny. I think the aim of the film is to show you about friendship and how you can make new friends.”

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Jurassic Park (U)

In memory of the wonderful actor Richard Attenborough, who passed away recently, Into Film members review one of his most famous films – Jurassic Park.  T

he actor played the creator and owner of the Dinosaur theme park, which, during a preview tour, suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Next year sees the 4th instalment of the film, Jurassic World, released – but find out what these Into Film members thought of the first film!

Arjun, age 13: “I think this is one of the best movies ever made. It is meticulously thought through it has everything action, thrills, fantasy and an amazing plot.”

Racheal, age 11: “OMG this film was absolutely FAB-U-LOUS. At the start i thought it would be some terrible boring film for nerds but it turns out i was right wrong. Steven Spielberg, you’ve done it again…”

Rachel, age 12, said: “Ahhh, Jurassic Park, the best film in the UNIVERSE. The CGI was AMAZING, and I couldn’t believe certain things were animated when they looked so real! The way they interpreted what the dinosaurs would do was brilliant, and the acting of the cast was first class. The way Richard Attenborough acted so much like his brother was cool.”

Alex, age 11, said: “I believe that Jurassic park is a brill movie even if you have seen it 4 or 5 times, its that good. Love the movie!!”

Emily, age 11, said: “This film was a great thriller, scary but also really cool. It is now one of my favourite films at the moment. I really enjoyed it 5/5 I could watch it again and again…”

Bethany, age 8, said: “1 word AMAZING!!!!!! Wonderful special effects. I thought that it was soooooooooooooo scary. One of the best PG’s I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Harry, age 12, said: “This was a great film. It was thrilling with real tension in it sometimes and it would entertain almost everybody who enjoys a real thriller. I can understand how good it must have been when it first came out because the graphics were amazing and the special effects were outstanding, even today they still look great. I rated this film five stars because I thought the plot to the film was good and I thought that all in all it was a film that I would enjoy anytime. I thought that the cast played a great job and they played their parts very well. I would recommend this film to anybody who is into dinosaurs and to people who can stand gore because if you don’t you may find the film disturbing at times.”

Brian, age 15, said: “Jurassic Park is one of the best films you will ever see! It’s originality is outstanding and the idea of a zoo with dinosaurs instead of animals was genius. The acting is superb from the beginning and the CG effects are unbelievable, especially as the film came out in 1993.”

Into Film is a new film and education charity (formerly FILMCLUB and First Light) and supported by the BFI, which helps young people learn through and about film!

From film clubs in schools, to interviewing the stars, to learning how to make your own films, there is lots to get involved with!

Click here to find out more about Into Film

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