Animal-themed movies now playing
“Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story” (Limited release: Find screenings near you)
A documentary about the rescue of a 70-year old blind Asian Elephant in Thailand and her 480 mile transport to freedom.
“DisneyNature Dolphins” (
April 22: This film has been pulled from release.)
The latest documentary from DisneyNature follows a young dolphin named Echo. This look at underwater life includes whales, turtles and fish galore.
“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero”
The true story of a legendary stray dog who served alongside the doughboys of the 26th “Yankee” Division in World War I. Featuring the voice talents of Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Gérard Depardieu.
“Rampage” (April 20)
A silverback gorilla named George accidentally grows to King Kong size in this action-adventure movie based on the video game. Now he and other oversized critters are wreaking havoc on Chicago. Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris and Joe Manganiello star.
“Isle of Dogs”
Wes Anderson’s homage to canines finds a young boy looking for his dog on the “trash island” where all the strays of a fictional Japanese city have been consigned. Featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Bob Balaban. (Read the review.)
“Lean on Pete”
Along with his horse, a homeless teen in Oregon (Charlie Plummer) sets off on a 1000-mile journey to find his only known relative. Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. Charlie Plummer (“All the Money in the World”) won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the Cannes Film Fest.
“Big Fish and Begonia”
In this animated film, a mystical being named Chun transforms into a dolphin
to learn more about the human world. When her life is saved by a young boy, she must make a pivotal decision. Opens in limited release on April 6 and expands on April 11. (Read the review.)
Baby pandas in IMAX? Yes! Noted sloth-lover Kristen Bell narrates this Warner Bros. this “breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family.”
A modern day retelling of the ’70s classic follows one orphaned puppy and two New Orleans school kids who strike up a friendship with the street dog. When they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue. (On Netflix.) Read the review.
A group of soldiers enters an environmental disaster zone where strange creatures abound. Only one man comes back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his biologist wife Lena (Natalie Portman), volunteers for a second expedition into the zone to figure out what happened to him.
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”
Mary is stuck in a boring rural British village with her Great-Aunt Charlotte. But then a black cat leads her to a mysterious school for witches above the clouds. (Read: The Surprising Similarities Between ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’)
“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.