Animal-themed movies now playing in US theaters
Yes, there are real (or CGI) black panthers in the Marvel superhero film. And a surprise appearance from a large African mammal. (Read: The Surprising Similarities Between ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’)
Early Man tells the story of prehistoric Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his sidekick Hognob (who appears to be a warthog) as they unite his tribe y to save their home. From Nick Park, the creator of “Wallace and Gromit” and “Shaun the Sheep.”
In this animated film, James Corden voices a teenage Peter Rabbit, who seeks to get revenge on Mr. McGregor. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley voice his sisters. Based (very loosely) on the books by Beatrix Potter.
The marmalade-loving bear returns for this sequel, in which he’s accused of theft and sent to jail! Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Hugh Grant join the returning cast. (Read the Moviepaws review.)
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”
In the debut film from Studio Ponoc, Mary is stuck in a boring rural British village with her Great-Aunt Charlotte. But when she sees a black turn into a gray one, she knows something magical is afoot. She soon discovers a mysterious school for witches above the clouds. (Now playing in limited release.)
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Besides the dashing heroes of the Resistance, there are also several fantastic animals in the film, including Porgs, Crystal Foxes and faithful horse-like creatures Falthiers. And Carrie Fisher’s dog Gary inspired a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it space creature.
A giant but gentle bull must find a way to break free from his captors and return home to his family
A little girl tries to protect her enormous animal friend, Okja, from a giant corporation in this film from Bong Joon Ho. On Netflix.