It is almost time for the summer break to start. No matter how hard you try to keep your kids busy there comes a time when you run out of ideas and they are bored. Just for those times we compiled a list of the family movies which are coming out this summer.Take your kids to the nearest theater and enjoy the fun time with bag of popcorn.
'Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom'
Opening: Friday, May 27
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman
What It's About: Jack Black is back in the anthropomorphized-panda-with-martial-arts-skills role that he was born to play. This time Po, who has become a Kung Fu master, leads the Furious Five on a wisecrack-filled mission to prevent Emperor Albino Peacock Lord Shen (Oldman) from taking over China
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer'
Opening: Friday, June 10
Starring: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Paris Mosteller
What It's About: Judy Moody thinks her summer is going to be a bummer after her parents nix her circus camp idea. But when her folks unexpectedly have to go to California and her wacky aunt moves in to babysit, Judy devises an elaborate game to keep herself entertained and learns that the greatest thrills can happen close to home. Based on the popular children's book series by Megan McDonald.
'Mr. Popper's Penguins'
Opening: Friday, June 17
Starring: Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury, Carla Gugino
What It's About: The classic children's book about penguins and humans living under the same roof gets a live-action adaptation starring famous man-child Jim Carrey and six actual gentoo penguins. To accommodate the Antarctic wildlife the movie was filmed on a refrigerated sound stage. Although we're going to assume there was some serious SFX going on in the preview scene in which Carrey performs an elaborate dance routine with his flightless friends.
Opening: Friday, June 24
Starring: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Eddie Izzard
What It's About: Race car Lightning McQueen (Wilson) and his faithful tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) leave the States so McQueen can compete in the World Grand Prix. Mater finds himself caught up in international intrigue and has to balance his loyalties to McQueen and his exciting new role as a secret agent. This time around the animation is all in 3D.
Opening: Friday, July 8
Starring: Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Leslie Bibb, Rosario Dawson
What It's About: A kindly but schlubby zookeeper (James) believes he needs to get a more glamorous job to win his dream girl (Dawson). Not wanting to lose their beloved zookeeper, the animals concoct a plan to help him get the girl -- and it involves revealing that they can talk. Audiences should buy the whole animals-talking thing because it's still more feasible than a James/Dawson coupling.
'Winnie the Pooh'
Opening: Friday, July 15
Starring: Craig Ferguson, Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny
What It's About: Everybody's favorite binge-eating bear is back in the first big-screen adaptation of the children's classic in over 30 years. The plot, based on three of A.A. Milne's classic tales, has Winnie searching for honey, Eeyore needing a new tail and Tigger being Tigger. The movie features an old-fashioned animation style which captures the spirit of original Pooh illustrator E.H. Shepard's etchings. The film checks in at barely an hour, making it perfect for kids (and parents) with short attention spans.
Opening: Friday, July 29
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, George Lopez
What It's About: Purists, beware: Instead of animated blue characters smurfing in a village full of mushroom-shaped houses, this movie has the Smurfs as three-dimensional CGI critters who find themselves right in the middle of live-action Smurf York City. Why are they there? Well, Gargamel has forced them from their bucolic, smurfy homestead, and now the evil wizard has followed them to the Big Apple so he can do away with his smurfy rivals for good. Smurf smurfing the smurf smurfily, right?
Opening: Friday, August 12
Starring: Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia L. Spencer
What It's About: Based on Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel of the same name, when Skeeter (Stone) returns home to 1962 Jackson, Miss., after graduating college, she finds that the African-American maid who raised her has disappeared. During her search for the maid, she learns more about the other African-American women who raise the wealthy white children of the South. Skeeter decides to challenge the status quo and tell their story.
'Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World'
Opening: Friday, August 19
Starring: Joel McHale, Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven
What It's About: It's been eight years since the last 'Spy Kids' film, and the original undercover tykes are now all grown up, so this one is a bit of a reboot. Jessica Alba comes aboard as a retired spy thrust back into action with reluctant help from her two twin stepchildren. Piven plays the diabolical "Timekeeper," who threatens all of Earth.