Animal-themed movies now playing
“The Meg” (August 10)
A Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70-foot, 40-ton prehistoric kin to the great white shark, is alive and preparing to feast on scientists trapped in a submarine. It’s up to expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) to save the day. (Worried about the dog? Read the Viewer Advisory.)
An ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. Starring Nina Dobrev, Eva Longoria, Adam Pally and Tig Notaro. Meet the Dogs (and Dog-Loving Stars) of ‘Dog Days’
Ewan McGregor stars as Christopher Robin, who’s grown up and forgotten his childhood friends Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore. So they come to visit him! (Read the review)
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return, this time to save the dinosaurs when the “dormant” volcano on their island sanctuary erupts.
Vera Farmiga stars as a single mother who lives for helping rescue animals. She ends up on a road trip with her estranged father (Christopher Plummer), her troubled son and a host of animal charity cases. Read the review. Read about the rescue dogs and cats in the movie.
“Damsel” (June 22)
Robert Pattinson stars in this period western comedy as a man traveling the Wild West with a miniature horse named Butterscotch.
“Brothers of the Wind”
A young boy nurtures a baby eagle into adulthood. In selected theaters and on iTunes June 19.
A boy, his friends, and a female zoo keeper work together to shelter a baby elephant during the Blitz in 1941 Ireland. Stars Art Parkinson and Penelope Wilton. Based on a true story.
Max (voiced by Ludacris) is a police K9 who must infiltrate an animal smuggling ring by going undercover at a prestigious dog show with a human partner (Will Arnett). From the director of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”
“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.
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.
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’)
“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’)