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Friday, June 7

The Secret Lives of Pets 2 is a 3D computer animated family flick brought to you by the creatives at Illumination. Its predecessor, released in 2016, hit the public in the funny bone and grossed $875 million worldwide. The plot, to the extent that it matters, involves Max the Jack Russell Terrier (voiced by Patton Oswalt) and the seismic life changes that result from his owner getting married and having a kid. Hijinks and life lessons ensue, with a roster of comedians supplying the voices of the various domesticated animals. Harrison Ford has a substantial role as Rooster, a Welsh Sheepdog who meets and mentors his young friend.


Also opening Friday, June 7: The Black Godfather, Burn Your Maps, Dark Phoenix, Katie, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Late Night, Leto, The Other Side of Heaven 2, Papi Chulo, Pavarotti, Says Goodbye