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.

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Movie – Despicable Me 2: B

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Once again, I just couldn’t quite shake the feeling that this film wasn’t for me. There were cute things and whatnot but it was all very tired. I did enjoy Kristen Wiig’s character’s slapsticky franticness. The minions predictably got a greater focus, perhaps too much greater, but I did enjoy most of their antics. The story’s several abrupt character changes served only to move things along where they needed to go.

Movie – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: B

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Walter Mitty was cute, like Eat Pray Love for men. It was predictably predictable, but also filled with some great visuals (though that fact too was predictable.) Gorgeous landscapes and a few fun moments carried it enough to be entertaining, but it didn’t quite lead me to the life-reaffirming epiphany I think it wanted me to find.