Summer of 2018 Family Movie Guide -

Summer of 2018 Family Movie Guide

Is there anything better than heading to a matinee on a hot summer day? Luckily, there will be plenty of opportunities to head to the movies this season. Use this guide to plan ahead and bet on seeing one of these 19 family-friendly features with your kids this summer in Des Moines.

As always, links to trailers, websites and release dates are included, where available. Please note that release dates can change and there are several movies that have not been rated at post dateBe sure to verify information before heading to the theater.

Summer 2018 Family Movie Preview

May 2018 Family Movies

Avengers: Infinity War

Rating: PG-13; Release Date: April 27, 2018

Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.


Rating: PG-13; Release Date: May 4, 2018

Kate (Anna Faris) is a single, working-class mother of three who’s hired to clean a luxury yacht that belongs to Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez) — a selfish, spoiled and wealthy Mexican playboy. After unjustly firing Kate, Leonardo falls off the boat and wakes up with no memory of who he is. To get payback, Kate shows up at the hospital and convinces the confused amnesiac that they’re married. As Leonardo tries to get used to manual labor and his new family, Kate starts to wonder how long she can keep fooling her fake husband.

The Seagull

Rating: PG-13; Release Date: May 11, 2018

The Seagull is the heartbreaking and funny story of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person. The movie is timely in its depiction of the tragic consequences of narcissism, particularly on young dreams and romantic love.

Life of the Party

Rating: PG-13; Release Date: May 11, 2018

Dumped by her husband, longtime housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) turns regret into reset by going back to college. Winding up at the same school as her daughter, Deanna plunges headlong into the campus experience — embracing the fun, the freedom and the frat boys.

Show Dogs

Rating: PG; Release Date: May 18, 2018

Max (voiced by Ludacris), a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner (Will Arnett), to avert a disaster from happening.

Mary Shelley

Rating: PG-13; Release Date: May 25, 2018

She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real-life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: May 25, 2018

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

June 2018 Family Movies


Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: June 1, 2018

Based on the true story and starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirited avid sailors whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime.

Incredibles 2

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: June 15, 2018

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again — which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: June 22, 2018

Four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinos while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

July 2018 Family Movies

Ant Man and the Wasp

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 6, 2018

Paul Rudd returns as the tiny insect hero, who is joined by – well, it says right there in the title – the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) to uncover secrets from their past.

Eighth Grade

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 13, 2018

Thirteen-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher) endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year—before she begins high school.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Rating: PG; Release Date: July 13, 2018

Join your favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac (voiced by Adam Sandler) can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. The dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare when Mavis (Selena Gomez) realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.


Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 13, 2018

A former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson), now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Rating: PG-13; Release Date: July 20, 2018

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again.Ten years after Mamma Mia! you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies 

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 27, 2018

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! Teen Titans GO! to the Movies finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.

August 2018 Family Movies

Christopher Robin

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: August 3, 2018

Working-class family man Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings), who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: August 3, 2018

Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.

Crazy Rich Asians

Rating: PG-13; Release Date: August 17, 2018

Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy, and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.



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