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Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3: Summer 2010 Guide to Movies For Kids

This is the summer of sequels and remakes with both familiar favorites (Shrek, Toy Story, Iron Man, etc.) and throwbacks that your kids might be seeing for the first time (Karate Kid, Marmaduke and Ramona Quimby). Expect lots of talking animals and world-saving heroes – and even one action-packed, world-saving movie with talking animals. We can’t tell for sure which will be hits, which will be duds, but here’s a quick guideline for what to expect.

  • summer movie guide iron man 2

    Iron Man 2 (May 7)

    RATING: PG-13

    STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell.

    IN 10 WORDS: Outed superhero protects his powers from government and menacing villains.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: You’re prepared to buy even more Iron Man toys.

  • summer movie guide shrek forever after the final chapter

    Shrek Forever After (May 21)

    RATING: PG

    STARRING: Everyone. (Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Jane Lynch, Julie Andrews, Kathy Griffin, Regis Philbin, Larry King, Antonio Banderas, Ryan Seacrest:)

    IN 10 WORDS: Shrek misses ogre days, makes bad deal to change life.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: They’ve been looking forward to this since the last Shrek film ended.

  • summer movie guide prince of persia the sands of time

    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (May 28)

    RATING: PG-13

    STARRING: Jake Gyllenhaal

    IN 10 WORDS: Rogue medieval prince protects magical dagger in this epic action-adventure.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: They’re obsessed with the original, wildly popular video game.

  • summer movie guide marmaduke

    Marmaduke (June 4)

    RATING: PG

    STARRING: Owen Wilson, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Kiefer Sutherland.

    IN 10 WORDS: Comic strip to big screen, famous Great Dane wreaks havoc.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: They’re big fans of talking animals.

  • summer movie guide the karate kid

    The Karate Kid (June 11)

    RATING: PG

    STARRING: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan.

    IN 10 WORDS: Remake of original, except underdog learns Kung Fu in China.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: You’re prepared for a summer of kung fu moves.

  • summer movie guide toy story 3

    Toy Story 3 (June 18)

    RATING: Not yet rated, probably G.

    STARRING: All the original, lovable voices – plus a few newbies!

    IN 10 WORDS: Toys accidentally dumped in day-care, try to survive with pre-schoolers.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: You don’t live under a rock.

  • summer movie guide the last airbender

    The Last Airbender (July 2)

    RATING: Not yet rated.

    STARRING: The biggest name is the director, M. Night Shyamalan.

    IN 10 WORDS: Based on Nickelodeon cartoon of war, fantasy and martial arts.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: They want to be ninjas when they grow up.

  • summer movie guide despicable me

    Despicable Me (July 9)

    RATING: Not yet rated.

    STARRING: Steve Carell, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Ken Jeong.

    IN 10 WORDS: Computer-animated super villain plays daddy to three innocent orphan girls.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: You’re in the mood for a chuckle.

  • summer movie guide the sorcerer's apprentice

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (July 16)

    RATING: Not yet rated.

    STARRING: Nicholas Cage.

    IN 10 WORDS: A sorcerer and hapless apprentice battle and prevail over evil.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: They prefer the latest action-packed Harry Potter movies to the fluffier first films.

  • summer movie guide ramona and beezus

    Ramona and Beezus (July 23)

    RATING: G

    STARRING: Selena Gomez, Joey King, and adorable John Corbett for the mommies.

    IN 10 WORDS: Classic adventures of Beverly Cleary’s best-selling character – plus Selena Gomez.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: you want to make your little girl smile, whether or not she’s familiar with the books.

  • summer movie guide cats and dogs revenge of kitty galore 3D

    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore – 3D (July 30)

    RATING: Not yet rated.

    STARRING: Alec Baldwin, Bette Midler, Chris O’Donnell.

    IN 10 WORDS: Quick-witted cats and dogs join forces to save the world.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: They stage political battles with their stuffed animals.

  • summer movie guide Nanny McPhee and the big bang

    Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (August 20)

    RATING: Not yet rated.

    STARRING: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    IN 10 WORDS: Magical nanny (think less attractive Mary Poppins) teaches kids lessons.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: They could use an attitude makeover – or if they enjoyed the first Nanny McPhee film.

For the older kids:

  • summer movie guide twilight saga: eclipse

    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (June 30)

    RATING: Not yet rated, probably PG-13.

    STARRING: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner.

    IN 10 WORDS: Bella is still choosing between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: You need an excuse to see it yourself.

  • summer movie guide beastly

    Beastly (July 30)

    RATING: PG-13

    STARRING: Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris.

    IN 10 WORDS: Modern day Beauty and the Beast set in New York.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: They like their romantic comedies with a moral lesson.

  • summer movie guide step up 3D

    Step Up 3D (August 6)

    RATING: Not yet rated, probably PG-13.

    STARRING: A bunch of dancers.

    IN 10 WORDS: Underground hip hop crews battle with crazy, mind-blowing dance routines.

    TAKE THE KIDS IF: You have/want a dance floor installed in your basement.

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