No school for three months means parents have to find ways to entertain bored kids. Luckily, the movie industry is here to help. Below is Fandango’s Summer Movie Calendar for Parents – make plans now.
August 29: The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. Not many feature films are made for the under 5 set, but the producer of the Teletubbies is filling the gap. Big colorful creatures go on a musical journey and meet celebrities like Jamie Presley and Toni Braxton along the way.
June 8: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe join the carnival as a way to travel toward their original home at the Bronx Zoo.
June 22: Brave. Pixar’s first movie with a female hero still follows Disney’s rule of thumb: if it’s a girl, it’s a princess! Princess Merida is a tough cookie, though, who uses her skills as an archer to try and save her cursed Scottish kingdom.
July 13: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. As the earth’s land mass breaks apart, the prehistoric crew must deal with a new environment: the ocean. And pirates.
Aug. 3: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Greg Heffley’s poor decision-making skills creates havoc and hilarity, all while making kids feel better about their own mishaps.
May 4: The Avengers. What if all of Marvel’s superheroes were put into one movie? Hopefully, the result will be one phenomenal supermovie.
May 25: Men in Black 3. Will Smith goes back in time to battle over-the-top aliens with slick gadgets and meets the younger version of his partner (Josh Brolin).
June 1: Battlefield America. A young businessman hires an instructor to turn a group of misfit kids into a bona fide underground dance competition team, from the director of You Got Served.
June 29: G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Action figures come to life with the coolest weaponry, vehicles, and explosions – this time with samurai ninjas!
July 3: The Amazing Spider-Man. Teen Peter Parker discovers the thrill of superpowers at the same time he discovers the sensation of first love in this reboot of the franchise.
July 4: Katy Perry: Part of Me. Katy Perry takes fans on a 3D backstage pass of her concert tour. In other words, it’s Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never with cleavage.
Aug. 17: ParaNorman. The producers’ previous film Coraline scared the buttons off younger kids. Expect a similar fright factor with this stop-motion animated film about a boy who sees dead people and must stop a zombie uprising.
May 11: Dark Shadows. Sure, nobody under 18 has ever heard of Barnabas Collins. However, Johnny Depp in full vampire regalia for a campy gothic dramedy is something Twilight lovers and haters can appreciate.
May 18: Battleship. You didn’t know that when you called E5 in the board game, a Transformers-type alien was lurking underneath? What do you think sank your aircraft carrier?
June 1: Snow White and the Huntsman. The story of a teen princess running from an evil stepmother queen who literally wants to eat her guts is no fairy tale. This gritty film is as dark as the Evil Queen’s heart.
June 22: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Learning revisionist history is better than not learning history at all, right? Especially when the President of the United States is a real badass.
July 20: The Dark Knight Rises. Using The Dark Knight as a barometer, the final conclusion in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy will likely be too frightening and brutal for kids who aren’t yet in high school.
July 27: Step Up Revolution. Dance, romance and flash mobs hit Miami in the fourth edition of this teen franchise.
Aug. 24: The Apparition. Twilight’s Ashley Greene and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton …that pretty much explains the appeal of this horror throwaway.
May 11: Girl in Progress. A smart 12-year-old (Cierra Ramirez) takes an English Lit lesson to heart and decides to accelerate her own “coming of age” story so she can escape her neglectful single mother (Eva Mendes). It starts as a comedy, evolves into every parent’s worst nightmare, and is a must-see for anyone with a daughter.
May 18: What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Pregnancy is beautiful …and hysterical. Of course, it’s a chick flick but like pregnancy, husbands should know they’re expected to come along for the ride.
June 15: Rock of Ages. Parents can relive the music, spirit and attitude of the ‘80s with Tom Cruise in "breezy" chaps.
Aug. 15: The Odd Life of Timothy Green. A couple comes to terms with their infertility by burying their baby hope box in the ground. The next day, a 10-year-old boy mysteriously appears on their doorstep. Rated PG, this looks to a movie for parents that kids will also enjoy.
To read what kids think about the summer movies as they come out, go to www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.