Summer vacay will be here before you know it, and you’ll soon be tasked with filling those three amazing months with fun. Start by heading to the theater to check out the newest kid flicks debuting in 2017. Common Sense Media put together a comprehensive guide of the top movies to watch this summer along with their signature reviews that’ll help you discern whether the movie is appropriate for your family. Flip through the gallery for their picks.

Cars 3 (June 16)
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What's the buzz? Cars 3 is the latest installment in Pixar's Cars franchise. Unlike Cars 2, which focused more on Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) and was an international spy thriller, the third Cars film returns to Radiator Springs to shine its headlights back on Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). Once a champion racer, McQueen is now being pushed out of the sport he loves by younger, flashier cars like phenom Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). With the help of race technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), McQueen trains hard to again compete for the Piston Cup. There may be some intense scenes -- including a serious crash for Lightning -- as well as some product placement and the occasional rude joke from Mater. But overall, this Pixar outing should be family friendly.

For the full list of all summer releases hop on over to Common Sense Media. Trust us—you’ll want to bookmark their summer movie guide. 


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