AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 9-15: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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Opening June 13, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is How to Train Your Dragon 2, the epic second chapter in a planned trilogy that returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. This time around the inseparable duo must protect the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago. New cast members Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Honsou join the original cast—Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiig in this rousing follow up based on the novels by Cressida Cowell. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Nell MinowHow to Train Your Dragon 2—with no Pixar summer release for the first time in more than a decade, this second part of the trilogy could be the year’s biggest animated release. The soaring effects and strong female characters make it look as exciting as the first one.

Kristy Puchko: My pick is How To Train Your Dragon 2, not only does it look to have a rousing adventure story with stupendous cinematic scope, it also has a selection of female characters who are uniquely tough, competent, and brave.

Jeanne Wolf: I’m going with How To Train Your Dragon 2. It’s even better than the much-loved first movie

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of June 9-13, 2014:

June 11

– Burning Bush (NY)

June 13

– 22 Jump Street
– All Cheerleaders Die (limited)
– Hellion (limited)
– How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
– The Human Race (limited)
– I am I (limited)
– Ivory Tower (limited)
– Life’s a Breeze (limited)
– Lullaby (limited)
– The Rover (NY, LA; expands: June 20)
– The Signal (limited; expansions: June 20 & 27)
– Violette (limited)
– Witching & Bitching (NY)

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