The summer blockbuster season is officially in full swing. Films like X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent, and Godzilla have already thrilled audiences hoping to escape the heat, and this weekend gives moviegoers another reason to take a break from the summer sun. Two of the most anticipated sequels of the summer are being released this week, and your local theater has offerings for both the young and the old.
First up is the highly anticipated family film, How to Train Your Dragon 2. It’s been four years since the first Dragon film, and children around the country have been eagerly awaiting the return of the scrappy young dragon rider, Hiccup, and his friend Toothless. However, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) has grown along with audiences in the past four years. After losing his foot in a battle with a colossal dragon at the end of the first film, Hiccup has taken on a bigger leadership role in the Village of Berk, as well as advancing his riding techniques and ensuring that there is a dragon for each of the villagers. In his search of the surrounding islands for new and exciting dragons, he discovers that many of them have gone missing, due to a dragon trapper named Eret (Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington) and the ruthless dragon hunter Drago (Djimon Hounsou). He also discovers a reclusive rider named Valka (Cate Blanchett) who knows even more about dragons than he does! Find showtimes and tickets for How to Train Your Dragon 2 right here.
Hiccup isn’t the only one learning new lessons this weekend. 22 Jump Street also comes out today, and undercover officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are getting some higher learning. After a slip up taking down the drug dealer, Ghost (Peter Stormare), they’re sent back to Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) and the upgraded undercover program; this time across the street at 22 Jump Street. Their mission is to infiltrate the local college to take down the suppliers of “WHYPHY,” a new drug killing students. Jenko easily befriends a couple of shady jocks, while Schmidt falls for an art student, Maya (Amber Stevens), who just so happens to be Captain Dickson’s daughter. College proves to be much tougher than high school for the two officers, and they’ll have to pull out all the stops to take down the man behind the drug ring. Expect some cameos by Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt, and Jump Street alum Richard Greico. Find showtimes and tickets for 22 Jump Street here!