Weekly US film releases: 3D dragons and 80s glory days

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The latest 3D movie experience, How to Train Your Dragon, arrives in theaters this weekend from the producers of Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. This animated comic adventure is based on the popular children's book by Cressida Cowell with positive reviews of a charming and thrilling fantasy for kids of all ages. It opens worldwide in most countries this month. On other screens, John Cusack and Chevy Chase relive the 1980s.

How to Train Your Dragon
The animated film, in IMAX 3D, explores the mythical world of Vikings and wild dragons. With a cast of voice talents including Gerard Butler ( The Bounty Hunter) as Stoick, America Ferrara ( Ugly Betty) as Astrid, Jonah Hill ( The Invention of Lying) as Snotlout, and Jay Baruchel ( Knocked Up) as Hiccup. The story centers on a teen boy born into a tribe of heroic dragon slayers, whose world turns around when he encounters a young injured creature. It is directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, animators on Lilo & Stitch.

Hot Tub Time Machine
A comedy that transports four bored guys back to their younger selves in their heyday of the 1980s. The cast stars John Cusack ( 2012), Rob Corddry ( W), Craig Robinson ( Night at the Museum), Crispin Glover ( Alice in Wonderland), and Chevy Chase ( Caddyshack). It is directed by Steve Pink (screenwriter and co-producer of High Fidelity).

This thriller from Canadian director Atom Egoyan stars Julianne Moore ( A Single Man), Amanda Seyfried ( Dear John) and Liam Neeson ( Love Actually). The story follows a doctor who suspects her husband of cheating, hires an escort; unforeseen events then put the family in danger. Neeson soon appears in After.Life with Christina Ricci, Clash of the Titans with Sam Worthington, and The A-Team with Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel. In limited release.