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Film Mom: The Must-See Movies of Summer

Can you believe summer is just two weeks away?  Yep, according to Hollywood, summer begins May 3 when Iron Man 3 ushers in the Summer Movie Season. With one to two kids movies opening each week from May through August, a parent needs to know (if not budget for) the can’t-miss movies – the movies all the kids will be talking about – the movies where a ticket needs to be purchased ahead of time or else forget about seeing it opening weekend.

Here are the Most Anticipated Kid/Teen movies of 2013:

Children:  Despicable Me 2 (July 3). See, you wouldn’t have guessed this, right? But supervillain Gru, his three adopted daughters, and his hundreds of hilarious minions struck the right balance of unexpected comedy and heart in the first outing, so kids are anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Tween Girls: One Direction: This Is Us 3D (Aug. 29). Anyone who spends any time on social media can tell you this movie will be huge. Any girl not in the theater opening weekend will have her Directioner card revoked.

Tween Boys: Iron Man 3 (May 3). Three superhero movies will fly through the theaters this summer, but the movie boys are most psyched to see is about the Avenger with the coolest gadgets and best sense of humor.

Teen Girls: Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Aug. 23). Based on the popular fantasy book series, this supernatural romance is revving up to be the next Twilight.

Teen Boys: Pacific Rim (July 12). Every day is teen boy day at the multiplex this summer, so there’s a can’t wait atmosphere for many of this summer’s movies. Ultimately, though, the MOST anticipated movie is one where the humans decide to “cancel the apocalypse” and fight back against giant alien water monsters with their own ginormous robots.

Everyone: Monsters University (June 21). Audiences know how the story ends with best friends and coworkers James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski, but who doesn’t want to see how it all started? Those who saw Monsters, Inc. in theaters are actually headed to college themselves, so the prequel will attract not just families, but people of all ages.

But of course, what about THIS weekend? Here are three movies to see with the kids this weekend:

Oblivion. This sci-fi tale is twisty, intriguing and complex. The violence is like Star Wars:  when a person is hit by a futuristic drone laser, they simply disappear. Sexytime isn’t intimate, just appreciative of the human form: audiences get a full view of Andrea Riseborough’s backside and Tom Cruise gets TWO shower scenes.

42. Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball wasn’t by chance and it certainly wasn’t easy. The racist language is frequent and intense, but if your kid can put it into context, 42 is the must-see movie of the year.

The Croods. Family values haven’t changed much since the beginning of humanity – dads are overprotective and daughters want to explore the world and the boys who inhabit it.


See what kids 7-17 think about these movies by going to , where all kids are movie critics.


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