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New on DVD: 'How To Train Your Dragon,' 'Jonah Hex' and 'I Am Love'

Posted 10:05am on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon

Once upon a time, animated movies could get by on cute characters, catchy tunes and a couple of one-liners. But no more. If you don't have pathos (Up), stunning visuals (Kung Fu Panda) and celebrity voices, preferably a Scottish brogue (Shrek), well, you don't have much. The good news is that How To Train Your Dragon has most of those things. And it's got dragons. Lots of 'em. The story, based on the book by Cressida Cowell and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch), isn't particularly original or affecting. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is the scrawny, Woody Allen-esque son of Stoick (Gerard Butler), the thick-headed, thick-necked Viking king of the village of Berk, who must prove his worth to his father by taming dragons. It doesn't quite rise to the level of the best animated films in recent years, but this is still a high-flying, high-octane adventure with its heart in the right place.

I Am Love is an untamed, and at times uncontrolled, melodrama with a delectable performance from Tilda Swinton as its centerpiece. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, and mostly in Italian, it focuses on a family whose textile empire is being passed from one generation to the next.

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