Young film buffs are in for a treat over the next fortnight as the annual Cinemagic festival gets under way, promising over 100 movies screening in venues all over Belfast. The festival's Claire Baxter picks out essential viewing for different age-groups
FOR LITTLE ONES:
Monsters Inc (Cert U)
November 24, 2pm, Storm Cinemas, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
This multi-award-winning film is a joy to watch and it's back on the big screen. There is a reason why there are monsters in children's closets - it's their job. Monsters Inc is the most successful scream-processing factory in the monster world, and there's no better 'scarer' than James P Sullivan. But when Sulley accidentally lets a human girl into Monstropolis, life turns upside down for him and his buddy Mike.
Rudy the Return of the Racing Pig (Cert 8+) (German with English subtitles)
November 27, 7pm, Storm Cinemas, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
A laugh-out-loud tale of a young boy, a little piglet and two silly crooks. Up to now, Nickel and his single dad, Thomas, have been managing very well together until Nickel goes on a school excursion and comes home with a piglet in his rucksack. On finding out his dad has a new girlfriend - who has moved in with her daughter in tow - Nickel makes a deal with his dad: if these two stay then so can Rudy. It's the beginning of an adventure that ends up in the swamps of the Oder Valley, where Rudy saves the lives of the two children.
Elias and the Royal Yacht (Cert 8+) (Norwegian with English subtitles)
November 29, 7pm, Storm Cinemas, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
A fun-filled animated adventure with Elias the little rescue boat who is on a secret mission to find the 'Royal Yacht'. Tragedy strikes the Royal Fleet when the Princess Boat vanishes without a trace. The Royal Yacht has not been himself since the disappearance and now he has gone missing. Join in the adventure to solve the mystery ...
American Graffiti (Cert PG)
November 17, 7pm, Movie House Cinemas, Dublin Rd, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
Rediscover drag racing, 'Inspiration Point' and drive-ins all over again in this nostalgic look at the 1960s. The incredible soundtrack brings you the most memorable rock 'n' roll hits of the era.
Curt and Steve are due to leave for college in the morning but both are having doubts. They spend their final evening together cruising the California strip determined to have one last blow-out before dawn.
Kidz in Da Hood (Cert 12+) (Swedish with English subtitles)
November 19, 7pm, Storm Cinemas, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
This film tells the gripping and touching story of young refugee Amina who travels to Sweden with her grandfather. After three years Amina is yet to receive her residence permit and when her grandfather dies suddenly, she is forced on the run to avoid deportation. The story follows Amina as she finds shelter in a run-down public-housing block and we witness her burgeoning friendship with an eccentric punk rocker.
Hansel and Gretel (Cert 15+) (German with English subtitles)
November 28, 7pm, Movie House Cinemas, Dublin Rd, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
The classic Brothers Grimm fairytale adapted for the silver screen.
When their stepmother abandons them in the deep forest, young Hansel and Gretel are lost and struggle to find the path that will lead them home. Lured by goodies on the outside walls of a cottage, they accept an old lady's invitation to eat and spend the night. Next morning the children find themselves imprisoned ... Can they escape and defeat the old witch?
FOR ALL THE FAMILY:
West Side Story (Cert PG)
November 18, 7pm, Storm Cinemas, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. The feuding families are replaced by two warring New York City gangs - the all-American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. The gang's hatred for each other escalates to a point where neither can live with the other, but when Riff's best friend and Bernardo's younger sister meet at a dance, no-one can do anything to stop their love, and tragedy and heartbreak are just around the corner.
The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar (Cert 12+) (Danish with English subtitles)
November 18, 10.30am, Storm Cinemas, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
This epic adventure film guarantees to enthral its audience ... Young Katrine is spending the summer on the Baltic island of Bornholm. With the help of her friends she sets out to solve the mystery of a lost treasure buried hundreds of years ago by the mythical Knights Templar. One late night, the kids witness a crime committed by mysterious men in black cloaks. Fully aware they are up against formidable forces, the kids vow to find the treasure.
The Three Musketeers (Cert 4+) (Danish with English subtitles)
November 24, 10.30am, Storm Cinemas, Belfast Tickets £3.00/£3.50
Puppet animation based on Alexandre Dumas' novel. The film recounts the adventures of d'Artagnan on his quest to join the revered musketeers on their mission to stop Cardinal Richelieu's evil plot to overthrow the French throne. This fantastic, family-friendly animation is action-packed full of adventure, mystery and mind-boggling puppet special effects.
Cinemagic runs from November 16-December 2. Programme and ticket info on www.cinemagic.org.uk or box office 9024 6609