This time out, the weekend movie preview is all about the sequel. How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street land after months of anticipation.
And lest we forget, a wildly original sci-fi thriller starring Laurence Fishburne also hits theaters this weekend, The Signal.
22 Jump Street: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back as Schmidt and Jenko, and believe it or not, they are better than ever. Filmmakers Chris Miller and Phil Lord have crafted a sequel that is so bloody self-aware, it is brilliant.
As we report in our 22 Jump Street review, everyone involved has simultaneously crafted a sequel that makes fun of sequels and manages to forge a movie that stands all on its own in terms of plot, drama and emotional development. It is one impressive -- and hilarious -- piece of work.
How to Train Your Dragon 2: Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless are back, and this time out, peace rules supreme in Berk as dragons and humans are loving each other. Then, as Hiccup expands his world, he discovers a man named Drago (Djimon Hounsou) who is collecting dragons to build an army. Looks like that peace in Berk will not last long.
The entire cast ups the game from the first film, as we stated in our How to Train Your Dragon 2 review, and new additions Kit Harrington, Hounsou and Cate Blanchett -- as Hiccup's mom -- are all welcome additions.
The Signal: The less you know about The Signal, the better. Let's just say this... it is a stunning sci-fi thriller that will have you wondering what is real and what lies in the minds of the characters. When a trio of twenty-somethings goes across the Southwest searching for the source of a signal, they're going to wish they hadn't.
Check out our The Signal review for more.
Feel like staying home this weekend? Several new titles have landed on digital download. Watch Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit online, watch Non-Stop online starring Liam Neeson, and watch Robocop online to witness Joel Kinnaman stepping into those robotic shoes of Peter Weller's!