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DRAGON TRAINING 102

For Hicksflicks.com, June 13, 2014

Two sequels are the only big releases from major studios this week, the first a follow-up to the 2010 animated feature "How to Train Your Dragon" (which also spawned TV/video sequels) and the second a raunchy R-rated farce.

And a movie for adults is also new, an art film that is playing in a couple of local theaters, along with three other art films

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" (PG). It's five years after the first film and Hiccup and friends are now young adults instead of teens, though, despite their Viking heritage, they still speak like 21st century kids. The plot has the domesticated dragons living in harmony with the Vikings until an enemy comes on the scene, ready to make war with an army of warrior dragons.

"22 Jump Street" (R). Following the events of the first film, when Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum went undercover in a high school to break up a drug ring, the narcotics detectives are back on the streets. But they are soon pulled back into the earlier program, this time to go undercover as college students. This is a sequel to the spoof/TV-show remake "21 Jump Street."

"Words and Pictures" (PG-13) is a gentle, low-key comedy-drama about a prickly artist (Juliette Binoche) who hasn't been able to paint for a while. She takes a teaching job at a private school and encounters a free-spirited English teacher (Clive Owen) who hasn't been able to write for a while, drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Rocky romance ensues.

Two other films have exclusive runs at the Broadway, and a third is playing at the Salt Lake's Tower Theater.

"Night Moves" (R) stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard as radical environmentalists who plot to commit an act of eco-terrorism by blowing up an Oregon hydroelectric dam.

"The Signal" (PG-13). This low-budget sci-fi thriller has three computer hackers lured to a remote desert location by another hacker, considered a genius by the group. But what follows is an unexpected encounter with a sinister conspiracy that may involve the government and aliens.

"Young & Beautiful" (not rated) is a French film about a teenage girl who becomes a prostitute. From writer-director Francois Ozone ("Swimming Pool"), and starring Marine Vacth and Charlotte Rampling.