Looking for ways to enjoy a rainy afternoon or beat the heat this summer? An easy fix is just around the corner at your favorite movie theater. Here are several upcoming movies that promise adventure, magic, friendship and fun with every ticket. So grab a friend and a snack, find the best seat in the house, and enjoy a cool afternoon or two.
“Alice Through the Looking Glass”
Opened May 27, Rated PG
Alice has been away from Underland for a while, and although many believe she is losing her mind, she realizes she needs to go back. When she returns, she finds herself in a race against Time to save the Mad Hatter and stop the Queen of Hearts from retaking the throne. By going back in time, Alice and her friends embark on a journey to save both the Hatter and all of Underland from Time’s curse before it’s too late.
Opens June 17, Rated PG
After 13 years, everyone’s favorite blue tang fish from the Great Barrier Reef is finally back. The long-awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo” follows the sometimes forgetful but always fun Dory on her journey to be reunited with her family. On her occasionally perilous journey, Dory learns the truth of what it means to have a family, while making new friends along the way.
Opens July 1, Rated PG
Not all giants are scary, as a young girl named Sophie discovers when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Instead of gobbling up boys and girls, the BFG is a kind soul, even if he looks dangerous. Sophie soon discovers that her magical, dream-collecting friend has been cast out by his fellow giants for his kindness. The BFG and Sophie team up to escape the bad guys and convince the Queen of England to capture them.
“The Secret Life of Pets”
Opens July 8, Rated PG
What do our pets do all day after we leave? It might be more exciting than we think. Max, a terrier who lives inside a New York City apartment, is upset when his owner brings home Duke, a rescue from a local shelter. While the two struggle to get along and end up needing to find their way home, they cross paths with a deceptively cute rabbit who is forming a team of abandoned pets to gain revenge on all the happily owned pets in town and their owners.
Opens August 12, Rated PG
Pete, a 10-year-old orphan, was found after six years of living in the forest. When he is brought to a nearby town, he says he was not actually alone – he had best friend Elliott to protect him. Elliott, it turns out, is a giant but friendly dragon. After years of thinking dragons were just a part of her father’s grand stories, Grace sets out to find out if there really is a dragon living in the Pacific Northwest.