Whether you attend local cinemas with family or by yourself, films have the ability to transport you to an entirely new and magical place. If you are interested in heading out to the movie theater with your family this year, here are five releases you do not want to miss.
“Kung Fu Panda 3” (PG)
Everyone’s favorite martial arts panda is back for a third movie. Po’s long-lost panda father is back in his life and brings Po (voiced by Jack Black) to a secret panda paradise full of new hilarious characters. The supernatural villain Kai is back to challenge Po, which means the panda must train a village full of his panda brethren to fight against his nemesis. If this movie is anything like the previous two, it will be a barrel of laughs for all ages. It is set to release on Jan. 29, so catch it in theaters soon.
“The Jungle Book” (Not yet rated)
As a remake of the 1967 animated film, “The Jungle Book” has a lot to live up to. Directed by Jon Favreau, this version is a 3D adventure fantasy film that follows Mowgli’s journey to self-discovery. Along the way, the boy raised by wolves encounters a variety of jungle creatures, including Kaa, the hypnotic python. You may hear some familiar voices in this cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley. Set to release on April 15, this newest retelling of the Disney classic is sure to delight.
“Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” (Not yet rated)
“Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is yet another film from Disney, based on the classic tale by Lewis Carroll of the same name. This continuation of the popular “Alice in Wonderland” story finds Alice in a mysterious new world, where she must retrieve a magical scepter to stop the evil Lord of Time before he turns Wonderland into a barren world. Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Andrew Scott highlight this amazing cast, and with the magic of Disney and Lewis Carroll coming together, there is no denying that this new film will be a hit with both children and adults. Catch it when it releases on May 27.
“Finding Dory” (Not yet rated)
The most forgetful fish in the world, Dory, is back after her debut in “Finding Nemo.” This time, she is being reunited with her family. The film is set six months after the events of “Finding Nemo,” and will take place off the coast of California, rather than Australia. Dory, a blue tang fish, will return to theaters on June 17. Ellen DeGeneres is joined by Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell and more in this film, written and directed by Andrew Stanton.
“Tarzan” (Not yet rated)
This film looks into the future of Tarzan, after he is rescued by and marries his beloved Jane. Now, he is used to gentrified life as John Clayton III and his marriage with Jane. The film starts as Tarzan is asked to return to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament. It turns out, however, that he is merely a pawn for some evil people. Tarzan will swing into theaters in the United States on July 1.
Regardless of the age of viewers, everyone will enjoy these five movie releases this year. Get together with those you love this year and catch these great films when they arrive.
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