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Sep 172014

November 11:

How to Train Your Dragon 2

photo for How to Train Your Dragon 2 The second chapter of the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy returns to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years after the two have successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: Dean DeBlois. Stars: Voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, Craig Fergusion, Kristen Wiig. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 102 min., Animated Family/Comedy/Fantasy, Box office gross: $174.725 million, DreamWorks/Fox.

October 28:

Life of Crime

photo for Adapted from Elmore Leonard’s book “The Switch,” about a kidnapped wife whose wealthy husband doesn’t want to pay her ransom. Dark comedy falls flat. When a pampered housewife (Jennifer Aniston) is kidnapped by a pair of blundering ex-cons in an effort to extort money from her sleazy real-estate tycoon husband (Tim Robbins), the perfect crime becomes the perfect opportunity for the husband to ride off into the sunset with his sexy young mistress (Isla Fisher) until the housewife decides it’s her turn to even the score. Extras: Commentary with screenwriter-director Daniel Schechter and actor Will Forte, “Behind-the-Scenes of Life of Crime” featurette, “Envisioning the Big Picture: Shooting Crime” featurette, “Hit & Run: Choreographing Mayhem” featurette, deleted scenes. Vitals: Director: Daniel Schechter. Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Mark Boone Junior, Yasiin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, John Hawkes. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 94 min., Crime-Comedy, Box office gross: $.202 million, Lionsgate.

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