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How to Train Your Dragon 2

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How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Genre: Animation
  • Release Date: 2014-06-13 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 105 min.
  • Director: Dean DeBlois
  • Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller
  • Producer: Bonnie Arnold
  • Writer: Dean DeBlois
  • Distributor: 20th Century Fox
  • Official Site: How to Train Your Dragon 2 Official Site

Presumably, if you've trained your dragon right the first time, it shouldn't have to be an ongoing thing. But all dragons, it turns out, can learn new tricks. In some ways the second entry in this animated franchise is inferior to the first, released in 2010: The plot is needlessly busy, and much of the action is more manic and indistinct. But How to Train Your Dragon 2 cuts deeper than the first picture -- it will be particularly resonant for anyone who has ever worked with or adopted rescue animals -- and there are a few sequences of cartoon grandeur. Best of all, Dragon 2 marks the return of one of the most beautifully designed characters in modern animation, perhaps in all of animation, period: Toothless the dragon is back with a silent roar.

At the end of the first film, young Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his good-guy dragon steed, Toothless, vanquished the mighty bad-guy dragon that was threatening the ancient Viking village of Berk. Hiccup lost a leg in the process, but as we see at the beginning of Dragon 2, he's more fearless than ever.

Director Dean DeBlois keeps the story moving efficiently enough, and despite the fact that the film has too many structural arms and legs wiggle-wagging in all the wrong places, there are some finely tuned dramatic moments, including a tragic twist that might be too intense for really little kids. (Heck, it was almost too intense for me.) The numerous flying scenes, in which cartoon humans perch on the backs of their airborne companions, are perfectly enjoyable, especially in 3D

Stephanie Zacharek
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    AMC Ahwatukee 24

    4915 E. Ray Road Ahwatukee, AZ 85044
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 1:10 PM, 3:50 PM
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    AMC Arizona Center 24

    565 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 12:10 PM, 6:05 PM
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    AMC Arrowhead 14

    7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center Glendale, AZ 85308
    602-956-4AMC
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    AMC Deer Valley 30

    3033 W. Agua Fria Freeway New River, AZ 85027
    623-434-0300
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:20 AM, 4:50 PM
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    AMC Desert Ridge 18

    21001 N. Tatum Phoenix, AZ 85050
    480-606-0803
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:35 AM, 2:15 PM
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    AMC Esplanade 14

    2515 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016
    602-667-0330
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    AMC Mesa Grand 24

    1647 S. Stapley Mesa, AZ 85204
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    AMC Westgate 20

    9400 W. Hanna Drive Glendale, AZ 85306
    888-262-4386
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 12:30 PM
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  • Picture Show at Superstition Springs

    Picture Show at Superstition Springs

    6555 E. Southern Mesa, AZ 85206
    480-832-4302
    11:55 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:55 PM, 7:20 PM, 9:45 PM
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    Pollack Tempe Cinemas

    1825 E. Elliot Road Tempe, AZ 85284
    480-345-6461
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    Super Saver Cinemas 8

    2710 W. Bell Road Phoenix, AZ 85023
    602-789-7804
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