Movie – How to Train Your Dragon 2: A-

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The animation was fantastic, the new dragons fun, and the story well-plotted, but none of it felt nearly as funny or clever as the first film. It also had some odd pacing, with the slower dramatic family moments clashing with the central conflict’s foreboding urgency. If I wasn’t so distracted with comparing it to its predecessor, I’m sure I would’ve been enthralled, especially by the dragon battles, but it just couldn’t surpass that strong precedent.


Movie – Kick-Ass 2: D+

The exaggerated extremeness that worked for the first film is turned up to eleven, becoming uninspired and juvenile in the process. And oh my, is Chloe Grace Moretz painful to watch here. She spends much of the film outside of her Hit-Girl persona, and from her acting to the horrendous side-plot she goes through, every second of it is agony. The satire is way too hyperbolic to be effective and instead slumps into cartoonish, bordering self-awareness but never quite embrassing it.