This Weekend in Cinema – 6/13/2014 – Here Be Dragons

Posted: June 13, 2014 in This Weekend in Cinema
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The Blockbuster Report

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The long awaited How to Train Your Dragon 2 arrives this weekend, to favorable reviews. And even though I can’t get past the annoying fact that the Vikings in this franchise have Scottish accents for some unfathomable reason, this is still my Film to Catch. The first film was great, and this one looks to be super fun as well.

Doubling up on sequels, we have 22 Jump Street, which is another story. This one manages to joke about being a cash-grabbing sequel while actually simply being just that. It’s rare that comedy films these days turn out to be good movies, and this is no exception. Leave this one alone.

There’s nothing breathtaking about this week’s lineup of limited release films, but that’s not to say that they aren’t worth a watch. The best of the bunch is The Rover, which gets a great turn from both Guy Pierce and Robert Pattinson. The Signal, a sci-fi/suspense flick starring Laurence Fishburne, was the most interesting to me coming in, but the storyline isn’t anything special, which is too bad. Hellion has raised some eyebrows for a vivid portrayal of life as a Southern teenager, but is still getting mixed reviews, although Aaron Paul is stellar in it. There’s also Lullaby and All Cheerleaders Die, neither of which are worth your time and money.

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: How to Train Your Dragon 2The Rover

Meh: The SignalHellion

Stay Away: 22 Jump StreetLullabyAll Cheerleaders Die

Where do They Come From?

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Sequel
  • 22 Jump Street: Sequel
Original: 21
Adaptation: 22
Sequel/Prequel: 8
Remake: 1
Re-release: 1
 
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.
They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( – )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) The Fault in Our Stars (NEW)
5) Edge of Tomorrow (NEW)
6) Blue Ruin ( -2 )
7) X-Men: Days of Future Past ( -1)
8) Chef ( – )
9) Locke ( -4 )
10) Stand Clear of the Closing Doors ( – )
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