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.

Transformers: The Last Knight (June 21)
Target Age:
 Tweens and teens
What's the buzz? Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth movie in Michael Bay's violent, action-packed series about alien robots that can disguise themselves as cars. Following the events of Transformers: Age of Extinction, humanity is under attack from the evil Decepticons. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) tries to lead a seemingly hopeless resistance with the help of a tech-savvy girl named Izabella (Isabela Moner). Meanwhile Optimus Prime, the "good guy" Autobot and Earth's last hope, is off on a distant planet. The Transformers franchise is known for its explosion-filled CGI battle scenes, as well as some objectification of women, so expect more of the same this time. And while even very little kids love the toys the movies are based on, this movie, like its prequels, will likely be best for teens and up.

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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