'Snow White and the Huntsman'
Opening June 1
With its PG-13 rating and dark tone, this isn't one for small children. Nevertheless, this edgy retelling of the Snow White fairytale will likely be all the rage with the teen set this summer thanks in part to its casting of "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart in the title role. Charlize Theron also stars as the evil queen in this big-budget epic, which boasts cutting-edge special effects (along with plenty of plain-old cutting and chopping if the trailer is any indication).
'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'
Opening June 8
Everyone's favorite furry fugitives return for a third romp in the animated "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." In this installment, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe find themselves stuck in Europe trying to return to their beloved home at the New York Central Zoo. Hilarity ensues. Voices include Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter, Frances McDormand. The movie is rated PG.
Opening June 22
"Brave" is the latest Pixar release, so expect plenty of hype and a big opening weekend. The movie focuses on the journey of Merida, the young headstrong daughter of a medieval king in the Scottish Highlands. Merida, a skilled archer with a fierce heart, is determined to carve her own path and break free from stifling societal expectations, but finds herself wrestling with the dual forces of individualism and family loyalties. Plus there are witches, curses, sword fights and all that other good stuff. The movie is rated PG.
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'
Opening June 29
This sequel to the 2009 blockbuster "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" has not yet been rated, but it's a safe bet that it will land a PG-13 rating like the earlier film. While that will exclude very young moviegoers, their older brothers are likely to swarm to the new film by the thousands. Channing Tatum returns from the earlier film, but much of the big-name cast is new, most notably Dwayne Johnson (The Artist Formerly Known as The Rock) and Bruce Willis. If your teenager likes to watch things blow up, he's sure to love "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."
'The Amazing Spider-Man'
Opening July 3
The comic book web slinger gets another Hollywood reboot this summer with the arrival of "The Amazing Spider-Man." The new film introduces Andrew Garfield as the latest actor to portray Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego. The movie finds Parker trying to unravel the mystery of his own past, and coming face-to-face with his father's ex-business partner who has an alter ego of his own. The film co-stars Emma Stone from "The Help" as Parker's love interest. The last Spider-Man film franchise was one of the biggest in celluloid history. Look for a similar impact with this one. The film is not yet rated but will likely be suitable for teens.
'Ice Age: Continental Drift'
Opening July 13
The fourth film in the animated Ice Age franchise finds Manny, Diego and Sid embarking on a new adventure as their continent breaks apart and they're set adrift on an iceberg to encounter new friends ... and new threats. Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo reprise their roles as the voices of the three friends. Other big names lend their voices to the movie including Queen Latifah, Aziz Ansari, Jennifer Lopez and Seann William Scott. If past entries in the series are any indication, the movie will likely appeal to both young kids and their parents.
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days'
Opening Aug. 3
For some reason this third movie in the Wimpy Kid film franchise is named after the fourth in the book series but combines plot elements from both the third and fourth book. Confused? It probably doesn't matter. Fans of the series are still likely to lap it up. The books upon which the films are based consist of hand-written journal entries and simple stick drawings. The movies aren't quite that primitive, but don't look for any big-name stars or big-budget special effects. Instead, you can count on a simple-but-sweet (albeit juvenile) story of the awkwardness of middle school. Opening Aug. 3.
Opening Aug. 17
Even kid flicks are hopping aboard the current zombie craze. "ParaNorman" is a stop-motion animated film from the makers of the 2009 movie "Coraline." The new film tells the story of Norman, a misunderstood young boy with a rare gift for talking with the dead. When a ghost attempts to raise an undead army of zombies, Norman is cast in the unlikely role of hero, as he attempts to save his town with a little help from his friends. A few celebrity voices are heard in the film, including John Goodman, Leslie Mann and Casey Affleck. Opening Aug. 17.