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10 Summer Movies for Families

Hiccup returns to the big screen this summer with his pet dragon Toothless.

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Look outside and it might be hard to believe the summer movie season is only weeks away. But Hollywood has already lined up a parade of films they hope will be blockbusters this summer. Whether you are sunbathing or still dealing with snow, we have 10 movies your family will want to watch for this summer.


“We have 10 movies your family will want to watch for this summer”

Rio 2 opens April 11. Blu and Jewel are two rare macaws that met in Rio. Now they have three little babies in tow. But if parenthood isn’t adventure enough, they also learn about a flock of macaws that has been discovered in the jungle. Winging their way from Rio to the Amazon, the self-conscious Blu meets Jewel’s former boyfriend and his intimidating father-in-law.

Bears opens April 18. DisneyNature brings bears to the big screen in this documentary about a family of bears. Audiences get to meet a mother bear as she raises two young cubs in the Alaskan bush.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2. Andrew Garfield has taken over the role of Spider-Man in the reboot of the franchise. As the web-swinging superhero, he faces an army of formidable foes who all have one thing in common: Oscorp.

Million Dollar Arm opens May 16. A baseball scout is hitting a lot of foul balls in his career. In hopes of turning things around, he books a flight to India to find some cricket players who might want a shot at pitching in the Major League.

Maleficent opens May 30. Hopefully Angelina Jolie’s children won’t be too scared of their mother in her new big-screen role as Maleficent. She plays the evil witch who put a curse on Sleeping Beauty. Elle Fanning plays the drowsy princess in this updated version of the fairytale.

The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6. Fresh off her role in Divergent, Shailene Woodley plays a young cancer victim. She seems content to keep to herself, at least until she meets Gus in a cancer support group. Despite the grim outlook both face, the couple begins a teen romance. The script is based on John Green’s YA book.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 opens June 13. Hiccup has grown up since he tamed his first dragon. But now he and his pet, Toothless, are heading out on a new adventure when a secret ice cave with hundreds of wild dragons is discovered.

Earth to Echo opens July 2. He’s not E.T. but there is an alien out there that is sending a message to three young teens. When the trio begins receiving the encoded messages on their cell phones, neither their parents nor the authorities will take them seriously.

Planes: Fire and Rescue opens July 18. After his short-lived career as a world-famous racing plane comes to an end, Dusty takes to the skies as an aerial fire fighter. He joins forces with a rescue helicopter named Blade Runner and a bunch of all-terrain vehicles in this animated sequel from Disney.

The Giver opens August 15. Based on a young adult novel by Lois Lowry, The Giver is the story of a seemingly perfect society where every facet of life is controlled. Only one man is privy to the knowledge of the past. But with his approaching death, Jonas is chosen to become the new Receiver of Memories. The teen then begins a painful journey as he learns about the realities of the world.

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