Summer nights (and hot days) are perfect for taking the kids to the movies for the theater experience and fresh popcorn! Summer 2016 has some very promising releases that look fun for the whole family – from classic book adaptations to sequels.

While official ratings are a useful guide, you know your child’s likes, dislikes, and fears better than the raters. Check Commonsense Media for in-depth child-friendly movie reviews. (

Finding Dory (Friday, June 17) PG

The long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s beloved 2003 Finding Nemo focuses on everyone’s favorite forgetful fish who’s back for a new adventure to find her own family. Starring Ellen Degeneres as Dory and Albert Brooks as Marlin.


The BFG (Friday, July 1) PG

Steven Spielberg brings to life Roald Dahl’s magical story of a Big, Friendly, Dream-Catching Giant who befriends a young orphan named Sophie and saves the children of the world from a posse of evil giants.


The Secret Life of Pets (Friday July 8) PG

From the director of Despicable Me 2 comes the adventure of a privileged inner-city terrier who helps prevent an army of abandoned pets from staging a massive uprising. Starring Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, and Louis C.K.


Ghostbusters (Friday, July 15th) Not yet rated

The 1980s classic is back, but this time with a gang of kick-butt women fighting off the pesky spirits invading NYC. Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Cameos by original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, and Sigourney Weaver.


Ice Age: Collision Course (Friday, July 22) Not yet rated

The fifth full-length movie of the Ice Age franchise finds Scrat accidentally setting off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World – all for the love of the elusive acorn. Starring Adam Devine, Jennifer Lopez, and John Leguizamo.


Star Trek Beyond (Friday, July 22) Not yet rated, but more appropriate for mature tweens and teens

The latest in the new Star Trek adventures finds Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise encountering a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation represents to the test.


The Little Prince (Friday, August 5) Not yet rated

An animated retelling of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic story of a mysterious space traveler. Encouraged to prepare for life as a grown up by her demanding mother, a little girl discovers an extraordinary world of imagination through the stories of her neighbor, The Aviator. Starring Jeff Bridges and Rachel McAdams.


Pete’s Dragon (Friday, August 12) PG

Disney’s remake of their 1977 story about the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford.


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