The summer months are traditionally packed with big-budget blockbuster flicks, which are a great entertainment option for families when the mercury begins to soar. This summer the silver screen will welcome back old friends and introduce a few new ones as well, so check out St. Louis Sprout & About's preview of family movies that are opening soon.
Monsters University Party with the big monsters on campus when lovable scarers Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) return in Disney Pixar's "Monsters University," rated G. Find out how these lovable guys met in this 3-D prequel to "Monsters, Inc.," which also features the voices of Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski and Aubrey Plaza. Opens June 21.
Despicable Me 2 Little minions will love "Despicable Me 2," rated PG. In this animated 3-D sequel, Gru (Steve Carrell) must juggle the demands of saving the world, complying with rigorous regulation by the anti-villain league and raising daughters. Opens July 3.
The Lone Ranger This summer, a new generation of fans can join in the adventures of the Lone Ranger in this Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer re-telling of the classic story. Johnny Depp is once again transformed, this time as Comanche warrior Tonto, who turns lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) into the Lone Ranger. Together, the unlikely allies battle greed and injustice. This film was not yet rated as of press time. Opens July 3.
The Wolverine Hugh Jackman is back in "The Wolverine." This time the Wolverine finds himself squaring off against an enemy from his past in modern-day Japan. He finds himself more vulnerable than ever, as he battles not only his enemy but his own mortality. This film was not yet rated as of press time. Opens July 26.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters In this action-packed 3-D adventure, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and his friends must battle mythical sea creatures for possession of the legendary Golden Fleece in order to save the world from obliteration. Also starring Nathan Fillion and Alexandra Daddario. This film was not yet rated as of press time. Opens Aug. 7.
Planes Fans of "Cars" and "Cars 2" will be excited to see Disney's newest animated 3-D film, "Planes," landing in theaters this summer. Follow a plucky little plane named Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) as he embarks on an adventure to become an air racer — despite a fear of heights. Also starring Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Sinbad, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. This film was not yet rated as of press time. Opens Aug. 9.
One Direction: This Is Us Get ready to hear your 'tween and teen girls squeal: One Direction hits theaters with their first documentary. Go on tour with Zayn, Liam, Niall, Louis and Harry, and see how this popular boy band made its rise to fame. This film was not yet rated as of press time. Opens Aug. 30.
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