One of the best things about summer is summer movie season! The 2017 summer movie line-up features superheroes, pirates, a grown man in underpants and more. We’ve done the research for you, all you need to do is pick which films your family will see this summer in Des Moines. So gather the fam and make a list with our 2017 Summer Movie Guide 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines.
Links to trailers, websites and release dates are included, where available. Please note that this information may change based on production schedules, especially for movies released later this summer. Also, there were several movies that had not been rated at post date.
Summer 2017 Family Movie Preview
Rating: PG-13; Release Date: May 5, 2017
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Rating: PG-13; Release Date: May 12, 2017
When young Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down, and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he likes it or not.
Rating: PG; Release Date: May 19, 2017
In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course–thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.
Rating: PG; Release Date: May 19, 2017
Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.
Rating: PG-13; Release Date: May 26, 2017
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea including him. Capt. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
Rating: PG; Release Date: June 2, 2017
Tra-la-la! DreamWorks latest animation based on Dave Pilkey’s long-running and frequently banned kids’ books, the animated Captain Underpants follow George (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold (voiced by Thomas Middleditch), two fourth graders who hypnotize their tyrannical principal (voiced by Ed Helms) into stripping down, tying a curtain around his neck, and declaring himself Earth’s newest defender.
Rating: PG-13; Release Date: June 2, 2017
She’s FINALLY getting her own movie!!! After leaving her all-female island, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) discovers her full powers and true destiny while fighting alongside soldiers during World War I.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: June 9, 2017
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in the modern era, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: June 16, 2017
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns.
Rating: PG-13; Release Date: June 16, 2017
Single mother Susan Carpenter works as a waitress alongside her feisty family friend Sheila. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own way is Susan’s older son Henry. Protective of his brother and a tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother, Henry blazes through the days like a comet. When Susan discovers that the family next door harbors a dark secret, she’s surprised to learn that Henry has devised a plan to help the young daughter.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: June 23, 2017
Having left Earth in search of the Creators, Optimus Prime returns. Two worlds collide but only one will survive.
Rating: PG; Release Date: June 30, 2017
Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) must stop former ’80s child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) from achieving world domination.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 7, 2017
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, a young Peter Parker aka Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 14, 2017
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
Rating: PG-13; Release Date: July 21, 2017
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 21, 2017
In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 28, 2017
The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: August 18, 2017
When the evil mayor of Oakton decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place, Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends need to band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.
Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: September 22, 2017
In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.
Tell us what movies your family is excited to see this summer in Des Moines?