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Children to catch up with big-screen heroes

Flushed Away

Flushed Away

Going to the cinema is fun, but watching more than one film in a day is a real treat especially for children yearning to catch up with the adventures of their heroes... and it need not come at a huge cost.

KRS Film Distributors is organising Children Cinema Day - now in its eighth year - on March 3, offering a choice of 17 films at a reduced admission price of Lm1, with accompanying adults paying Lm1.50.

Among the expected favourites is the action drama Charlotte's Web about Wilbur the pig who is scared that at the end of the season he will end up on the dinner table.

He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure this will never happen.

Happy Feet, the animated adventure comedy that delves into the world of the Emperor Penguins who find their soul mates through song, should be a hit with all the family.

Also fun should be Ant Bully, an animated comedy about a boy who floods an ant colony with his water gun and is magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labour in the ruins.

Families can also opt to watch Night at the Museum, a comedy starring Ben Stiller as the newly recruited night security guard who discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come back to life and wreak havoc.

Older children too have a wide choice of films from the boxing drama Rocky Balboa starring Sylvester Stallone, to Goal 2: Living the Dream, and Stick It, a film about a teen girl who is forced to return to gymnastics, a sport she hates.

The choice of films includes the animated comedies Flushed Away, Barnyard and Cars; the animated adventures Open Season and Monster House; the epic fantasy adventure Eragon, the action comedy Zoom, the dancing drama Step Up, and the comedies Grounded and Garfield 2.

All the films, with the exception of Step Up (12), carry a rating of PG or U. A film mini poster will be given with every child ticket bought.

Children's Cinema Day will be celebrated at Eden Century Cinemas, in St George's Bay; Empire Cinemas, Bugibba; Embassy Cinema World, Valletta; The New Sun City Cine Palais, Marsascala; Tal-Lira Cinemas, Fgura, and the Citadel in Gozo.

Films at all the cinemas in Malta start at 9 a.m. and run until 7 p.m., while the two-screen cinema at the Citadel, in Gozo will have children's shows between 4 and 6 p.m.

Booking at all cinemas opens on Friday.

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