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.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26)
Target Age:
 Tweens and teens
What's the buzz? Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in Disney's pirate franchise starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time around, Sparrow is searching the seas for the legendary Trident of Poseidon so he can defeat the deadly ghost pirates that are out to kill him. Expect the return of familiar faces like Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), as well as new ones -- like the treacherous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). The previous four films had plenty of shooting, stabbing, and rum-drinking, as well as scary supernatural elements, so expect that this time, too. But it might still be OK for mature tweens and teens, especially if they've seen the previous movies.

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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