30+ Can’t-Miss Family Movies of 2017

Get that calendar out, 2017 has oodles of films that are musts for family viewing. From the return of the Smurfs, to a reboot of the Power Rangers, to the newest installment from Star Wars universe, this year truly has something for everyone. Plan ahead right here.

January

Monster Trucks (Rating: PG): Tripp, a high school gearhead, has an unexpected addition to his pickup truck – a large powerful monster. The duo works together to stop an oil company that’s on track to destroy their town. In theaters January 10.

The Red Turtle (Rating: PG): A man shipwrecked on a tropical island meets a very special turtle, and wild and wonderful things occur. This wordless fantasy is a coproduction between the Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli. In theaters January 20.

A Dog’s Purpose (Rating: PG): A dog recalls his experience during several different incarnations and situations, all in a quest to find his true purpose. Touching, sweet and a must for dog lovers. In theaters January 27.

February

The Space Between Us(Rating: PG-13): A teenage boy, the first human to be born on Mars, visits Earth and is astounded by what he sees, especially a certain someone. In theaters February 3.

Lego Batman Movie (Rating: PG): Batman learns he doesn’t always need to go it alone, especially while raising his adopted son and battling the Joker. Lego Batman is a busy, busy guy. In theaters February 10.

Rock Dog (Rating: PG): After a radio drops from the sky, a Tibetan mastiff finds his calling and goes to the big city to become a rock star. In theaters February 24.

March

Kong: Skull Island(Rating: PG-13): King Kong is back and bigger than ever. See what happens when he’s discovered by a group of explorers and soldiers on an unexplored and uncharted island full of curious creatures. In theaters March 10.

Beauty and the Beast(Rating: PG): Emma Watson headlines this brand new live-action take on the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The gorgeous and lush production brings a new level of fantasy to the beloved tale with computer animation, special effects and a stellar cast. In theaters March 17.

Power Rangers(Rating: PG-13): The ‘90s are back with this Power Rangers reboot. Five regular teens from a small town become (and do) the extraordinary when the world faces obliteration by evil aliens. In theaters March 24.

The Boss Baby(Rating: PG): A suit-wearing and briefcase-lugging infant (that would be Boss Baby)– and his seven-year-old brother — unite to restore the balance of love in this 3D animated feature from Dreamworks. In theaters March 31.

April

Smurfs: The Lost Village(Rating: PG): The blue crew returns with a new adventure where they find a mysterious map that leads them on an epic discovery. In theaters April 7.

May

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(Not Yet Rated): Peter Quill already helped save the universe. But now he has a new challenge: to find out who is father is. The much-anticipated sequel is a must for Marvel fans. In theaters May 5.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul(Not Yet Rated): Jason (the Wimpy Kid) comes up with a plan to become famous and convinces his family to take a road trip to visit grandma to reach his goals. In theaters May 19.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature(Not Yet Rated): In this Nut Job follow-up, the squirrel Surly and his pals take on the mayor. The furry crew works together to stop the construction of an ill-conceived amusement park that would replace their beloved Liberty Park. In theaters May 19.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales(Not Yet Rated): Captain Jack Sparrow stumbles back into theaters in the newest installment of the wildly successful series. In this newest blockbuster, Captain Jack searches for the Poseidon’s trident. In theaters May 26.

June

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie(Not Yet Rated):Two students hypnotize their mean principal and transform him into the superhero Captain Underpants in this movie adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s popular book series. In theaters June 2.

Wonder Woman(Not Yet Rated): Set in 1918, Wonder Woman packs her gold whip and leaves her home island of Themyscira to help in the World War I effort. In theaters June 2.

Cars 3(Not Yet Rated): Lightning McQueen returns to the big screen to prove to the new generation of racers that he’s still the best on the track. In theaters June 16.

Transformers: The Last Knight(Not Yet Rated): In the fifth Transformers movie, Cade Yeager attempts to figure out why the Transformers keep returning to Earth as a battle for survival wages on. In theaters June 23

Despicable Me 3(Not Yet Rated): In this newest Despicable installment, a child star from the ‘80s – Balthazar Bratt – comes up with a plot to rule the world. Of course, mischief (and Minions) ensue. In theaters June 30.

July

Spider-Man: Homecoming(Not Yet Rated): Peter Parker struggles with finding balance between his two lives – being a high school student and a superhero. Thankfully he has a mentor in Tony Stark (Iron Man) but things get complicated, of course, when a new big bad (Vulture) appears. In theaters July 7.

Ferdinand(Not Yet Rated): Munro Leaf’s classic 1936 children’s book (and the Disney Academy Award winning short of 1938) about a bull who’d rather smell the flowers than fight in the ring, gets the feature-film treatment in this BlueSky production. In theaters July 21.

August

The Emoji Movie(Not Yet Rated): Textopolis, a city that lives within the message app of a cell phone, is home to everyone’s favorite emojis (who really do have all the feels). An emoji named Gene, while trying to become “normal” like his peers, stumbles upon a threat to all of Textopolis and must come to the rescue. In theaters August 4.

Pitch Perfect 3(Not Yet Rated): It’s time for a capella fans to celebrate! The Barden Bellas (including Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson) are back. There’s no word yet about plot, but it will surely be music to our ears once it’s out. In theaters August 4.

November

The Star(Not Yet Rated): The nativity is the focus of The Star, a biblically themed animated movie about a donkey named Bo and his animal friends. An all-star cast lends their voices including Kelly Clarkson, Kristin Chenoweth and Oprah. In theaters November 10.

Justice League(Not Yet Rated): An epic assembly of superheroes (and movie stars) – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash – come together to save the world. A must for DC comic fans. In theaters November 17.

Coco(Not Yet Rated): Inspired by Día de los Muertos, this new and original story from Pixar is about a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who triggers actions that reopen a century-old mystery and lead to a surprising family reunion. In theaters November 22.

December

Star Wars: The Last Jedi(Not Yet Rated): The newest – and oh-so-anticipated – Star Wars film is an absolute must for anyone needing answers after the mysterious ending of Star Wars: A Force Awakens. This will, no doubt, be yet another huge hit for the Star Wars franchise. In theaters December 15.

Jumanji(Rated: PG): While it has the same name as the 1995 Robin Williams film, this is actually a continuation of the story, or rather the game. In this fantasy flick, four teenagers play the board game and are sucked into an epic adventure. In theaters December 22.


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