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Posted: April 2, 2014

Children’s Film Fest is in town through Sunday – face it: 7 months is a long time to wait for the “Hunger Games”

Written by: Heather Steeves

The Portland Children’s Film Festival opens today and runs through Sunday. What’s that? You don’t like childrens movies? You don’t have children? Oh right. Your friends had to twist your arm to make you watch the 6th and 7th and 8th “Harry Potter” movies. You really suffered through the “Hunger Games” (… and then waited impatiently to see the second one and still can’t stop thinking about when the next one is coming out).

Let’s start there. If you like those types of action movies, check out “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang.” It is showing 5:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 and 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Talbot Lecture Hall, 85 Bedford St., Portland and costs $8.

If you liked “Tangled” or “Little Miss Sunshine,” try this animated memoir of a boy who was adopted and felt like he didn’t fit in: “Approved for Adoption.” It’s playing 12:45 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the Nickelodeon Cinema, Portland and costs $5.

If you liked “Fern Gully” or “Monsters Inc,” give “Mia and the Migoo” a shot. It’s playing noon Saturday, April 5 at USM’s Talbot Hall, 85 Bedford St., Portland and costs $5.

If you loved “Remember The Titans,” try “The Watsons go to Birmingham.” Showing at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Portland. Suggested donation of $5.

If you know an 11-year-old – or if you have ever been or ever will be 11 years old, “I Am 11” might be for you. It’s playing 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Suggested donation of $5.

If you liked “The Matrix” or “Digimon” (whoa, hello 1999 anime reference) try “Summer Wars.” It has two showings: 7:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 at Aikido of Maine, 226 Anderson St. Portland and costs $5. Organizers noted that people will sit on the floor mat of the dojo. It’s also playing 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at USM’s Talbot Lecture Hall, 85 Bedford St., Portland and costs $5.

For more movies and the full schedule, visit portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com.

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