Thursday, June 13, 2013

Los Angeles Film Festival Shows Off Its Family-Friendly Side

The Los Angeles Film Festival, the city's biggest movie fest, opens today at L.A. Live, and there's a fun selection of family-friendly movies this year, toplined by CC's must-see My Little Pony Equestria Girls.

The festival, which runs through June 23, will host its free Family Day (courtesy of Hasbro Studios) on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This year, the spotlight's on My Little Pony, and kids are invited to check out such family-friendly activities as balloon animals, face painting, along with MLP character appearances (CC will go nuts!).

Family Day will be capped off by the world premiere of My Little Pony Equestria Girls at 4 p.m. (Keep in mind that only Rush Line tickets ($13) are available.)  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, be prepared for a gasp from your littlest pony fan. In the movie, when a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle must venture into an alternate universe to nab the culprit. That alternate universe? High school—and the ponies turn into teen girls. Yikes! Wonder what CC will think of that!

Other family-friendly films on the LAFF lineup are:

Monsters University (June 18; 7:30 p.m.; $13) -- This Monsters, Inc prequel pits future friends Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) and James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (John Goodman) against each other, as they compete in the Scare program at Monsters University.

The Moo Man (June 14; 7:10 p.m. & June 16; 9:10 p.m.; $13) -- For kids who love animals, and cows especially, they'll love checking out this doc about an English dairy farmer and his beloved "girls."

Ernest & Celestine (June 21; 7:10 p.m. & June 22; 4:30 p.m.; $13) -- Based on the book series by Belgian author/illustrator Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine follows two unlikely friends -- a mouse named Celestine and a bear named Ernest. (French with English subtitles)

Levitated Mass (June 20; 7:30 p.m.; LACMA; $20) -- This doc is perfect for LA kids, who might have seen the Levitated Mass exhibit (by artist Michael Heizer) at LACMA. (Stay tuned for pics of CC under the big rock!) Director Doug Pray follows the process of moving a 340-ton boulder from Riverside to the Wilshire Boulevard museum and the reaction that follows. (You might remember this from last year!)

There are also tons of movies that would be great for parents' night out! Check here for listings.

Los Angeles Film Festival
June 13-23
L.A. Live (downtown)
Ticket and Pass Info

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