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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

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While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Top 12 Christian Releases Summer 2013

FROM RHAPSODY

This roundup of recent Christian music releases can be summed up in one sentence: Go listen to Jars of Clay’s new album, Inland. Hurry. Now! It’s thoughtful, somber, moody and hopeful, all in one artfully beautiful package. And after that, check out the new Derek Webb album, I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You, which is nothing short of stunning. But in case you still need more to listen to as you make the transition from summer to fall, here are a few additional options, all worthy in their own right.
Mandisa does gospel-pop proud and offers inspiration without the platitudes, while Tye Tribbett continues to build a career without his Greater Anointing choir. His modern gospel project shows he’s just fine flying solo. On the Southern gospel side, The Isaacs are back with a down-home release that includes an unexpected cover track. Then there’s Seth Condrey’s debut, which is straight-up worship from Atlanta’s North Point Community Church, a congregation that is 30,000 strong.


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