Welcome to the Movies4Kids Summer Movie Preview – your guide to some of the biggest, best and most interesting movies for kids, teens and families that will be playing at a cinema near you from late May until the end of August. (And scroll down to the end for a few of the choice movies for grown-ups to watch out for this summer, too).
Please note this is listed by UK release date, with US release dates at the end of each preview.
Happy summer viewing!
Animated adventure for dinosaur fans too young to see the new Jurassic Park movie (see below), this is the story of three kids who travel back 65 million years to the land of the dinosaurs. (available on DVD in the US)
Moomins On The Riviera
Gentle animated adventure based on Tove Jansson’s book characters, this has the Moomins visiting the Cote D’Azur. (no US release date at present)
George Clooney stars in this mystery adventure through time and space that is loosely based on the Tomorrowland from Disney’s theme parks. (US release 22nd May)
A disaster movie for fans of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, this imagines what would happen if a massive earthquake hit California and The Rock/Dwayne Johnson was there to help. (US release 29th May)
We’re going back to Jurassic Park, and 22 years on it is now a fully functioning dinosaur theme park with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard among its employees. With lots of kids and holidaymakers running around, nothing could go wrong… could it? (US release 12th June)
Despicable Me’s little yellow guys get their own movie, set before they met their current villain master Gru. They’re on the search for a super-villain to work for and meet super-baddie Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock). Uh oh. (US release 10th July)
Song Of The Sea
An Irish animated drama based on the Celtic selkie myth, this Oscar-nominated tale features the vocal talents of Brendan Gleeson and Fionnula Flanagan. (available on DVD in the US)
Paul Rudd stars as the man who can shrink to the size of an insect in this fun action adventure based on the Marvel comic. Michael Douglas, John Slattery and Evangeline Lilly co-star. (US release 17th July)
A new live action twist on the classic JM Barrie story of Peter Pan, this stars Levi Miller as the boy spirited away to Neverland, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Hugh Jackman as nasty pirate Blackbeard. (US release 9th October)
The latest animated comedy from Pixar, this lets us see inside the head of a young girl, where we see her emotions are all people working the controls of her brain. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane are among those providing the voices. (US release 19th June)
The story of four scientists who get zapped with special powers gets a reboot, with Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic), Kate Mara as Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell as Ben (The Thing) and Michael B Jordan as Johnny Storm (Human Torch). (US release 7th August)
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl
Phoebe Gloeckner’s coming of age novel is made for the screen, telling the story of a teen artist in 1970s San Francisco who has an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig and Belo Powley star. (no US release date at present)
Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Kevin James are the bumbling heroes who have to stop gigantic classic arcade game characters (eg PacMan, Donkey Kong) from destroying the world in this adventure comedy. (US release 24th July)
An adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars’ author John Freen’s young adult novel about a young man who sets off on a road trip with his friends to find the missing girl next door. (US release 24th July)
Based on a story by George Lucas that was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this animated musical fantasy features fairies, elves and a host of well known songs such as Love Is Strange and Can’t Help Falling In Love. (available on DVD in the US from 19th May)
And a few new releases grown-ups will be waiting for:
Pitch Perfect 2 15th May UK/US
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and pals are back for another singing competition in this sequel to the hit comedy.
Mad Max: Fury Road 15th May UK/US
Director George Miller returns to his most famous creation, with Tom Hardy as Max trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Entourage 19th June UK/3rd June US
The cult TV series becomes a movie, with movie star Vinne and his pals back in business with Ari Gold (aka Jeremy Piven) in this Hollywood comedy.
Mr Holmes 19th June UK/17th July US
Ian McKellen stars as an ageing Sherlock, looking back on his life and an unsolved case in this mystery drama.
Terminator Genisys 3rd July UK/1st July US
Arnie’s back in this Terminator reboot (it’s an alternate timeline to the other movies, apparently) that stars Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor.
Magic Mike XXL 3rd July UK/1st July US
Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and pals are stripping to their g-strings again in this sequel to the phenomenally successful 2012 comedy drama.
Ted 2 10th July UK/26th June US
The world’s most foul-mouthed teddy bear (and his pal Mark Wahlberg) return for a second instalment of this (very) adult comedy.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation 30th July UK/US
Partly filmed in London earlier this year, the latest MI movie has Tom Cruise returning to do lots of death-defying spy stuff along with Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and Simon Pegg.
Hot Pursuit 31st July UK/8th May US
Sofia Vergara is the widow of a drug boss and Reece Witherspoon the cop trying to help her run from bad guys and crooked cops in this action comedy.
The Man From UNCLE 14th August UK/US
The sixties TV series about CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin gets a big screen makeover from director Guy Ritchie, with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the lead roles.