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Friday’s openings: Fantasy and that Franco guy

Sequels are the story for the week’s openings, though romance, family-friendly fare and a couple of art films may tend to liven things a bit for moviegoers. The main Friday releases are as follows:

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” (in both standard, 3-D and IMAX 3-D formats): The sequel to the first animated adaptation of the children’s book series introduces a whole new gang of wild dragons. Sounds hot.

“22 Jump Street”: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return as the dumb-as-nails undercover cops whose beat graduates from high school to college. Will Johnny Depp make another cameo?

“Words and Pictures”: Romantic comedy starring pretty people Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as teachers competing to prove which is more important, words OR pictures. Since I’m writing this, you pretty much know what I think.

And at the Magic Lantern:

“Ida”: Set in the 1960s, this Polish production follows a young novitiate, on the verge of taking her nunly vows, who learns a family secret hidden since the Nazi years of World War II.

“Palo Alto”: Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola) wrote and directed this contemporary tale of teens braving that hell known as high school. As my wife might say, “Two words: James Franco.” You have been warned.

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