How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Welcome to week seven of our 2014 Summer Box-Office Challenge! Think of it as a summer-long contest for movie-lovers — you’ll make predictions and guesses as to which summer movies will rule the box-office each week, we award points and at the end of the contest the three top point-earners will each win a Blu-ray/DVD prize pack! First place will win ten (10) Blu-ray/DVD titles released throughout the coming summer, second place wins five (5) and third place wins two (2). We’ll have bonus questions each week as well to help bolster your point totals and keep you in the running. It’s difficult not to look at this past weekend’s victory for Shailene Woodley and YA adaptations about cancer as a loss for Tom Cruise. Not only did his fantastic new action/sci-fi movie miss out on the #1 spot but it also failed to nab #2 as Maleficent only dropped 51.7% to hold second place. It’s a damn shame as people are going to be renting Edge of Tomorrow later this year and wondering why the hell they chose to miss its awesomeness in theaters. The estimates put The Fault In Our Stars at $48.2 million, and since we had more than a few close guesses the actuals will probably change the accrued points. We’ll update once they come available, but for right now, here are the current top five player standings. [Update: The actuals are in, and Fault opened with $48m -- crazy close to the estimate -- so the points stay the […]

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Edge of Tomorrow

May was a rough time for major releases. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and A Million Ways to Die in the West, the first month of summer blockbusting got off to a messy start and ended with an equally toxic finish. Although I’m not a fan of Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, they have their supporters, so maybe May wasn’t as bad of a month as I’m pegging it as. Maybe it’s just that when a studio comedy as tedious and frustrating as A Million Ways to Die in the West comes around, it’s always going to poison the whole calendar page. Thankfully this summer is about to receive a large improvement, because there’s a terrific blockbuster coming out this Friday. While the Tom Cruise-starring action movie isn’t tracking so hot, let’s hope the tides change and people flock to Edge of Tomorrow. Plus, there’s a solid amount of releases this month you should plan to see. Here are the must see movies of June 2014:

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

2010’s How to Train Your Dragon threatened to be a rather conventional secret-pet kids’ flick, but for several reasons — the undeniably cute creature at its center, John Powell’s rousing score, genuinely immersive 3D flying sequences and an ending with unexpected emotional heft — it managed to be both a pleasant surprise and a financial success. Shocking as it sounds, DreamWorks Animation went ahead with not just a sequel but the middle chapter in a newly fashioned trilogy, inventively titled How to Train Your Dragon 2. We return to the island of Berk five years after its Viking occupants have learned to tame the local dragon population following decades of mutual destruction. Rather than heeding advice from aging father Stoick (voiced by Gerard Butler) on leading his kingdom when the time comes, 20-year-old inventor and preeminent dragon trainer Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has left responsibility behind in order to explore the farthest reaches of the horizon aboard his preferred means of transportation, Toothless. However, these expeditions soon lead to encounters with a pair of heretofore unknown dragon masters, Valka (Cate Blanchett) and Drago (Djimon Hounsou), each with their own plans for the creatures. The result is plenty colorful and amusing enough, but in contrast to the film’s admirably simple charms involving a codependent companionship built on fear and trust, writer/director Dean DeBlois ladles on the usual sequel mentality. There are more characters, more beasts, more battles, more gadgets and more family-minded developments, and yet none of those elements carry quite the […]

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Even though “Please Mr. Kennedy” is probably still stuck in most people’s heads, it is officially a new year full of films with music that will move us to tears, make us cheer, make us smile, or simply introduce us to something different. Sometimes a movie won’t hit all the marks, but the music will be unforgettable and other times the music ends up being the element that makes a film by tying all the other elements together. After looking over the titles set to hit theaters this year, the following 15 are the ones to keep your ears open for. From well-known composers embarking on new collaborations to popular artists once again taking to the stand to musicians stepping away from their usual genres into something new,  the upcoming year is poised to deliver films boasting an eclectic array of tunes. If you are still looking for something to use those holiday iTunes gift cards on, get ready to add these upcoming scores and soundtracks to your playlists for 2014.

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When DreamWorks Animation released the first How to Train Your Dragon back in 2010, it was being thrown out into a world where Pixar absolutely ruled the animation game—at least as far as critical reception was concerned. At that point Pixar had dominated the awards circuit three years in a row with Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Up, and pundits were starting to doubt if any of the other studios would be able to touch the work they were doing ever again, as far as wit, emotional maturity, and pure visual spectacle were concerned. After everyone got to take in the heartwarming coming of age tale and thrilling flying sequences of How to Train Your Dragon, the talk suddenly turned to how DreamWorks had finally created something that could match Pixar’s best though, and ever since then we’ve been living in a more diverse world when it comes to our animated features—a world where a truly great movie could come out of any studio at any time. With How to Train Your Dragon 2, it very much looks like DreamWorks is trying to once again change the game, because the footage in the trailer for their new film is impressively epic, so much so that it could be the first glimpse we get of a new dynasty being formed where they take over as the undisputed kings of animated family fare.

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how to train your dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is that rare species: a sequel that’s welcomed. The first was such a thoroughly exciting ride filled with a large cast of well-drawn characters that a second adventure alongside Hiccup and Toothless sounds like something to pack a bag for. Fortunately a lot of the elements at work that made the first outing a success have returned — Jay Baruchel, writer/director Dean DeBlois and a slobbering dragon with half a tail. This early teaser trailer is nice hint of the kind of fun they’ll be having this time around.

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How to Train Your Dragon

After Rise of the Guardians in November, DreamWorks Animation movies will no longer be distributed by Paramount. It’ll be the job of Fox, and it’s still a bit unclear what (if anything) that business switch will mean when it comes to style and quality. It might be a good faith agreement or it might be the kind of partnership where Fox has its fingers in several pies. One sign that it’ll be the latter option, or at the very least a sign of why Fox was so keen to partner up, is that DreamWorks’ slate for the next 3 years features a nice handful of sequels and spin-offs. Still, the bulk of the list is original concepts. That’s commendable. Even more on the optimistic side, there are some really great bright spots amongst the list, and . Here are the dozen films that DreamWorks Animation has promised fans through 2016.

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