Cold weather means it’s time to curl up with your favorite canine and a great film. Treat yourself to a cozy evening and check out our favorite dog movies of 2018!
In Hollywood, it was most certainly Year of the Dog, with a tremendous array of dog-centered movies in the offering. Here are five you don’t want to miss—grab the “pup”corn and curl up for a movie watching marathon. Popcorn is a great, healthy treat to share with your dog, just hold the salt.
Wes Anderson fan or not, this is a fantastic flick. The stylish stop-motion animation takes place in the future in a fake Japanese town whose mayor has banished all dogs to an island garbage dump. Twelve-year-old Atari Kobayashi lands on Trash Island to find his banished dog, Spots, and is helped in his quest by some of the local dogs. “Nobody’s giving up around here, and don’t you forget it, ever. You’re Rex. You’re King. You’re Duke. You’re Boss! I’m Chief. We’re a pack of scary indestructible alpha dogs,” says Chief, voiced by Brian Cranston. Anderson’s favorites are here, including Bill Murray as Boss and Edward Norton as Rex.
A visual knockout, “Alpha” is an epic, prehistoric adventure centered on the origins of man’s best friend. Set in the Ice Age, this fascinating film, also released in IMAX format, depicts the genesis of the human-canine friendship. When a young man is injured on his first hunt, he has to learn how to survive in the wilderness on his own. Encountering a lone wolf abandoned by his pack, he reluctantly tames him and the two learn to rely on each other, surviving incredible danger on their journey to find their way home before winter comes.
Starring Vanessa Hudgens and Eva Longoria, this ensemble romance packs goofy charm and lots of cute pups. A group of Los Angelenos’ lives intersect when they meet and bond over their dogs—Daisy the dog walker is attracted to a client; Elizabeth the anchorwoman seeks advice from her dog’s therapist; Garrett the owner of an adopt-a-dog business pines for romance, and Tara the barista dreams of a life beyond the coffee shop. In this charming rom-com, love is unleashed as cold noses lead to warm hearts.
This uplifting drama, based on a real-life story, stars Kate Mara as a disciplined, young Marine corporal deployed in Iraq. Assigned to the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, she is drawn to Rex, an aggressive dog she is given a chance to train for military combat. Pairing honest emotion and dramatic action, this film chronicles the deep bond the two develop as they save lives on harrowing missions. But when they are injured in an IED explosion, their future is uncertain.