Dogs — we can’t get enough of them. Not only can they be wonderful companions, always there when you need them, but they are also an endless source of fascination, with each and every one sporting a different personality that makes them unique and captivating. It’s no wonder that filmmakers have been putting man's best friend on screen and telling their stories for almost as long as the medium has been around.
The latest film to come out in this tradition is Chris Sanders’ THE CALL OF THE WILD, which is an adaptation of the classic Jack London story that stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford, Dan Stevens and Karen Gillan. The movie opens everywhere February 21, and you can buy your tickets now, but as you count down the days until your screening, we highly recommend watching these other canine-centric features, which are all available on AMC Theatres On Demand.
Isle of Dogs
Made using stop motion animation, ISLE OF DOGS is the only movie on this list that doesn’t actually feature any live dogs in it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not still adorable and a wonderful adventure. It’s got a loveable cast of characters voiced by an outrageously great ensemble, including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban, and is absolutely gorgeous in its design.
Twenty-three years after the release of AIR BUD, there are still no rules on the books that say a dog can’t play basketball, making this movie just as timely as it ever was. It’s cute, fantastical fun that is utterly charming, and may inspire you to teach your own dog some new tricks (just don’t be upset if they don’t learn how to dunk).
Turner and Hooch
Before he became world-renowned as one of the greatest dramatic actors of all time, Tom Hanks was a comedic star first and foremost, and all of his goofy charm comes out in full force when he plays a police investigator teamed up with a pooch in TURNER AND HOOCH. It’s an '80s classic and fun buddy cop flick for the whole family.
BEETHOVEN is the perfect movie for those who love dogs who don’t know their own size. Released back in 1992, the film has become a generational cult hit for those who grew up on it, and it’s a little known fact that it was written by BREAKFAST CLUB/SIXTEEN CANDLES director John Hughes under the pseudonym Edmond Dantès.
The Art of Racing in the Rain
To close out with a more dramatic piece of work, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is a heartwarming and beautiful story about the impact a canine companion can have on your life. You’ll definitely shed a few tears by the end of it and want to hug your furry friend, but the emotional ride is worth it for a movie so charming and well-made.
THE CALL OF THE WILD is in theatres on February 21. Get your tickets now.