Summer movie preview: What can families expect?

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

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Sharing most of its key plot points with March’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” the latest film from Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day”) is the second movie this year that can be summed up as “‘Die Hard’ in the White House.”

This time, however, it’s Channing Tatum who must single-handedly save the president (Jamie Foxx) from a group of terrorists after the entire Secret Service is wiped out.

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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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