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Summer family film preview

This summer, there's a film for every member of your family.

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  • Photograph: Disney/Pixar

    Cars 2

  • Jaap Buitendijk

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

  • Jaap Buitendijk

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

  • Jaap Buitendijk

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

  • Jaap Buitendijk

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

  • Photo Credit: Suzanne Tenner

    Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

  • Photo Credit: Suzanne Tenner

    Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

  • Photograph: Barry Wetcher

    Mr. Penguin's Poppers

  • Photograph: Barry Wetcher

    Mr. Penguin's Poppers

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Sony PIctures' Animation

    The Smurfs

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Sony PIctures' Animation

    The Smurfs

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Sony PIctures' Animation

    The Smurfs

  • Winne the Pooh

  • Winne the Pooh

  • Winne the Pooh

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JUNE 10 Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
Adapted from Megan McDonald's popular book series, the film follows the gross-out antics of tomboy third-grader Judy and her little brother, Stink, as they get to know their wacky Aunt Opal (Heather Graham in full hippie-dippie mode) and chase after Bigfoot. A grown-up Jaleel White (yes, Urkel from Family Matters) plays Judy's teacher.
The buzz Parents may need to take motion-sickness pills before sitting through the high-energy film, packed to the gills with pop-up animation, poop and vomit jokes, and quick cuts, but kids will get a vicarious thrill from Judy's wacky adventures. PG.

JUNE 17 Mr. Popper's Penguins
The classic 1938 children's book about a quirky house painter who inherits a houseful of penguins has been transported to the present day, with Jim Carrey starring as a real-estate mogul who turns his fancy apartment over to some sleek aquatic friends.
The buzz Is Carrey willing to cede some of the spotlight to the six penguins who play his pals? Will the modern-day setting be able to retain the beloved book's charm? If it hits all the right notes, Penguins could be a welcome blast of cool on a hot summer day. PG.

JUNE 24 Cars 2
Owen Wilson is back as the voice of Lightning McQueen in the sequel to the 2006 Pixar hit. The slick race car and his slow-witted pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix, but they get caught up in some international espionage involving a British spy car voiced by Michael Caine.
The buzz We'll line up to see anything by Pixar—and the kids who have worn out their DVDs of the original will no doubt drag their parents to see this more than once. Not yet rated.

JULY 15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
In the grand finale of the most successful film franchise of all time, Daniel Radcliffe's moody boy wizard goes nose-to-nonexistent-nose with Ralph Fiennes's exquisitely creepy Lord Voldemort. Other highlights: the Battle of Hogwarts, and Ron and Hermione's long-awaited first snog.
The buzz The only HP flick to be released in 3-D, Deathly Hallows is said to contain nonstop, heart-pounding action; it's also perhaps the most hotly anticipated movie since the invention of celluloid. Expect to wait on an epic line, and be prepared to weep as we wave goodbye to the teen wizards our kids have grown up with—and perhaps the greatest supporting cast in history. Not yet rated.

JULY 15 Winnie the Pooh
Pooh, Tigger, Roo and all the other denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood are back for another enchanting adventure, as they try to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary fiend; the film is based on three of the original A.A. Milne stories.
The buzz Opening the same day as Harry Potter, it's the perfect alternative for younger kids who would rather watch adorable bears than demonic, Horcrux-infested snakes. Disney's Pooh movies are the gold standard for wholesome family films, which makes it even more intriguing that the songs were written by Tony winner Robert Lopez, hot off the profane (yet profound) Broadway hit The Book of Mormon. G.

JULY 29 The Smurfs
Love 'em or hate 'em, the once-ubiquitous blue creatures are back. In this 3-D adventure, the evil wizard Gargamel (we're getting an evil wizard theme this summer) chases them from their quaint animated village into the real world of New York City.
The buzz If tiny trolls aren't adorable enough for you, don't worry: TV cuties Neil Patrick Harris and Glee's Jayma Mays play their human friends. Add some witty voice casting (Katy Perry, B.J. Novak and Alan Cumming) plus Hank Azaria as Gargamel and there's hope the film will be bearable for parents. Not yet rated.

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