Summer is a great time to go to the movies. You probably have more free time (no homework!), and some days will be either too hot or too rainy to play outside. KidsPost took a look at the summer movie listings to offer a few suggestions. We found fantasy, adventure, science fiction, sports and a creature feature for older kids. Thankfully, most of these include laughs, too.
So read on, and find reel entertainment (did you get the pun?) to fill up a few summer afternoons.
“Million Dollar Arm”
In theaters. PG. Age 10 and older.
Baseball talent scout J.B. Bernstein goes to India in search of the next star pitcher. Two teenagers who play cricket — a hugely popular sport in India — look promising. They travel to the United States in hopes of playing professional baseball. But adapting to a new sport and a new country proves challenging, and J.B. worries that his plan is falling apart. A friend tells J.B. that in addition to coaching, the teens need fatherly support if they are going to make it in America.
In theaters. PG-13. Age 12 and older.
If you love nonstop action and destruction, check out this update on the classic monster movie. The dinosaur-like Godzilla rises from the ocean when something isn’t right in the world. That something is actually two things: MUTOs — massive unidentified terrestrial organisms. They emerge from years of hibernation in search of nuclear power, their food source. As they nearly demolish cities in their hunt for food, the military tries to stop them but is easily over-powered. Godzilla shows up and proves he’s no friend of his fellow monsters.
Opens Friday. PG. Age 10 and older.
You probably know the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” but in this movie the witch — not the princess — takes center stage. Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, wasn’t always evil. But she was extremely protective of her forest home. When humans threaten that home, she issues a curse that will send baby Princess Aurora to eternal sleep when the girl turns 16. But as years pass, Maleficent begins to think about the price of revenge.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Opens June 13. PG. Age 6 and older.
Viking Hiccup and his dragon pal, Toothless, return to the big screen in the second installment based on the Cressida Cowell series of books. While friends race dragons on the island of Berk, the pair travel to distant lands and discover an ice cave filled with wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, who reveals that she is Hiccup’s mother. But soon after Hiccup reconnects with his long-lost mom, they are called home. Hiccup and his parents must unite to fight Drago, who aims to take over Berk with his army of dragons.
“Earth to Echo”
Opens July 2. PG. Age 10 and older.
Three friends are going to be split up when their neighborhood is demolished. As moving day nears, they each receive a strange cellphone message that looks like a map. Their parents and the police think it’s nothing, but the boys — along with a girl from their class — decide to investigate who, or what, is sending the messages. The map leads them to a small alien who is stranded on Earth. They aim to help the little guy they call Echo get back home, but the government has other plans. Tell Mom and Dad this is the new “E.T.”
“Planes: Fire & Rescue”
Opens July 18. PG. Age 5 and older.
Dusty Crophopper discovers that an engine problem may end his career racing through the sky, so he finds a new challenge: fighting forest fires. He hooks up with helicopter Blade Ranger, other planes and the all-terrain Smokejumpers that protect Piston Peak National Park. Battling fires is serious business, but the spirited bunch don’t let the story get too heavy. Jokes and insults fly faster than you can say “Smokey Bear.”