10 must-see summer movies for kids


If you're looking to take a break from the heat this summer, you may want to check out one of these family-friendly movies. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, here are 10 films due out in theaters for kids, tweens and teens.

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"Epic," rated PG

Follow Mary Katherine (MK), voiced by Amanda Seyfried, as she is magically shrunken and encounters the Leafmen and their enchanted world. This classic good versus evil animated film also features Jason Sudeikis, Beyonce, Steven Tyler, PitBull, Josh Hutcherson, Aziz Ansari and more. In theaters May 24.

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"Man of Steel,” rated PG-13

A “Superman” reboot starring British actor Henry Cavill in the title role, also features Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe and, as General Zod, Michael Shannon. This movie is better for tweens and teens. In theaters June 14.

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"Monsters University," rated G

Once again join one-eyed Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and bright-blue Sulley (John Goodman) as college "frenemies" before they became best buddies. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the campus pranks and dorm-room jokes. In theaters June 21.


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"Despicable Me 2," rated PG

In theaters July 7, Gru (Steve Carell) and the Minions say goodbye to Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) in this much-anticipated follow-up to "Despicable Me."

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"The Lone Ranger," rated PG-13

Tonto (Johnny Depp), a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid (Armie Hammer), a lawman who has become a masked avenger in this Western flick. In theaters July 3.

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"Turbo," rated PG

After a nitrous oxide accident, Turbo a garden snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), starts racing and may win the Indy 500. In theaters July 13 from DreamWorks.

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"The Smurfs 2," rated PG

The happy Smurfs are back but they can't shake the wrath of wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who comes up with a new plan to trap them. After Smurfette is kidnapped, the remaining Smurfs band together with pal Neil Patrick Harris to defeat Gargamel. In theaters July 31.

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"Disney's Planes," rated G

Dusty, an impressively fast crop duster (voiced by Dane Cook), wants nothing more than to compete in high-flying air shows, but he's actually afraid of heights. Committed to overcoming his phobia, Dusty enlists the help of a seasoned naval plane. Other characters include Val Kilmer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In theaters August 9.


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"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," not yet rated

Meant for tweens and teens, Logan Lerman as Percy, takes action to the Sea Monsters in search of the mythical Golden Fleece. In theaters August 16.

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"One Direction: This is Us," rated PG

Join Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Harry Syles in this 3D film that follows the British boy band in a concert documentary. In theaters August 30.

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