A feast of selected films marks another edition of the Children Cinema Day taking place today in cinemas around Malta and Gozo.
Fourteen films have been selected across a variety of popular genres. Screenings will commence at 9am and run until 7pm with admission prices reduced for the day.
The films classified for universal viewing (U) are: Pete’s Dragon, a fantasy adventure about a young orphaned boy who grows up in the woods alongside a giant friendly dragon; and animated features Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo about a fish with short term memory loss who sets out to find her parents; Ice Age: Collision Course, an adventure comedy which sees a group of creatures unite to fend off a meteor strike that would destroy the world; Ratchet and Clank, based on a popular video game about a pair of unlikely heroes who team up to save the galaxy; and Angry Birds, about a bird with anger management issues who must come to the aid of his island when pigs arrive to steal eggs.
Those classified as requiring parental guidance (PG) are: Swallows and Amazons, an adaptation of the novel by Arthur Ransome in which four siblings go on an adventure on a boat in the Lake District; Nine Lives, a family comedy about a wealthy businessman played by Kevin Spacey who finds himself trapped inside the body of a cat; The BFG, a fantasy adventure based on the book of the same name by famed children’s author Roald Dahl in which a young orphaned girl is carried away to a magical land by a big friendly giant; The Jungle Book, an adventure drama fantasy based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works about a young boy raised by animals in the jungle; and The Secret Life of Pets, an animated comedy about two pet dogs who embark on an adventure through New York when they find out that an angry bunny is scheming against humans.
The last group of films suitable for persons aged 12 or over or for those younger than 12 provided they are accompanied by an adult (12A) are: Star Trek Beyond, a sci-fi adventure in which the crew of the Starship Enterprise venture into uncharted space when they respond to a call for help from a stranded ship; Ghostbusters, a comedy in which a group forms in order to catch ghosts in New York City; The Legend of Tarzan, an action adventure in which Tarzan and Jane return to Africa to stop their old friends and their land from being exploited; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, an action adventure comedy where the group confront the notorious Krang, an even greater nemesis than before.