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  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014

    ★★½ Watched 07 Jun, 2014

    Forget Game of Thrones' Khaleesi. How to Train Your Dragon protagonist Hiccup has actually transformed his land into a dragon utopia as the series' second installment begins.

    Picking up five years after the original, the isle of Berk has fully embraced the once-rival dragons as pets. And while Hiccup's father Stoick, the isle's Viking chieftain, is ready to cede power to his dragon-master heir, Hiccup's focus lies elsewhere, as he and his dragon best friend Toothless chart the previously unexplored…

  • Million Dollar Arm 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 07 May, 2014

    The term "family-friendly movie" has become a catchall to indicate a film aimed at little kids, but aren't unbearable for parents to sit through. Disney's new sports movie Million Dollar Arm offers a truer family-friendly package. Between its underdog story, charming characters, and light (but consistent) humor, it's got actual universal appeal.

    Jon Hamm stars as real-life sports agent JB Bernstein, who's desperate for an outside-the-box idea after striking out with American pro athletes. Bernstein gets the idea to go…

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2014

    Rule number one of Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Go in with a blank slate. Don't read message boards or watch clips. Avoid it all. While it could've been another paint-by-numbers installment in the Avengers franchise, the movie instead fires off unexpected twists at a blistering clip that ultimately shifts the paradigm of Marvel's cinematic universe. It's a blockbuster thrill ride best experienced with a mind clear of information.

    Skirting around the basics without giving anything away: Unsurprisingly, Captain America…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    "Crazy? This is obscene."

    With those four short words, Rob Reiner (as Max Belfort) delivers the perfect summation of The Wolf of Wall Street. Martin Scorsese's satirical adaptation of a memoir by Jordan Belfort, who rose from Long Island penny-stock swindler to shady Wall Street power player with his brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, is so over the top, it risks becoming what it sets out to mock. But it's a spectacle of opulence that demands to be seen.

    The Wolf…