Summer movie preview: What can families expect?

Published: Tuesday, April 30 2013 11:49 p.m. MDT


After a lackluster first-quarter box office, the studios aren’t pulling any punches this summer.

For families, that means a plethora of movie options all vying to become four-quadrant hits, from racing gastropods to super-powered alien orphans to giant robots battling 25-story-tall monsters.

Here’s a preview of some of the titles hitting theaters this summer that might appeal to family audiences, though not necessarily young children, so pay attention to the PG-13 ratings.

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Salt Lake City, UT

Umm, lessee. Zombies, comic book superheroes, sci-fi, action shootemups, animation, TV retreads. Big studios. With the exception if Austenland there is nary an independent film to be found on the list (and would Austenland have made the cut if Jerusha Hess and Stephanie Meyer were not involved?). What is the thinking family to do?

I remember a few years back sitting in the Broadway watching the trailers and realizing that every film featured was G or PG rated. Granted, they were docs, but they were all things an entire family (parents and kids) could enjoy without wincing or being bored to tears-- Mad Hot Ballroom, Winged Migration, Word Wars. Is there nothing this summer but fluff?

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