With the exception of the holidays, summer is when families go the movies most.

School's out, the weather is sweltering and kids want something to do in between going to camp and hanging out at the pool. Heading to the movies is as much a part of summer survival as it is family entertainment!

It's quite the lucky summer for movie-going parents, because 2013's slate of kid-friendly films includes the sequels of some favorite animated titles, brand-new Pixar ("Monsters University") and Blue Sky ("Epic") offerings, a concert doc that'll make the tween girls scream with joy ("One Direction: This Is Us"), and the biggest young-adult adaptation since "The Hunger Games" ("The Mortal Instruments").

So, check out our nine best bets at the multiplex, and let the summer movie season begin.

For more of Moviefone's 2013 Summer Preview, head here.

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