HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

A standard story of a boy and his dragon, rendered very nonstandard thanks to all the latest in CGI animation and 3D effects. Jay Baruchel’s Hiccup is a scrawny teenage-Viking wannabe dragon slayer with more brains than brawn, and America Ferrera is Viking grrl Astrid, who is not very impressed with Hiccup. The animation is fascinatingly detailed and the various dragons are colorful and at times creepily lifelike, but nothing too scary. (Joe MacLeod)

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MY DOG TULIP

The husband and wife filmmaking team of Paul and Sandra Fierlinger adapt British journalist J.R. Ackerley’s 1956 book about his life with his German shepherd. This animated feature is aimed squarely at adults.

OUTBREAK

Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman get paid to furrow their brows and say the f-word a lot as a mutating virus attacks a small California town and threatens the entire U. S. of A. Cuba Gooding Jr. steps up in class as the young, idealistic, high-strung Army immunologist-biologist-scientist who’s also logged enough helicopter flight time to help out with the action sequences, which avoid most clichés but can’t outfly the dialogue. Also stars Rene Russo as the grafted-on love interest. The credits contain the obligatory no-animals-were-harmed notice, but maybe PETA should diversify and help animals with theatrical representation, because the cute virus-carrying monkey got no billing. (JM)

SKYLINE

Visual-effects designer brothers Colin and Greg Strause take their second turn in the directing chair (following 2007’s

Aliens vs. Predator —Requiem

) in this film about aliens invading Los Angeles.

Opens Nov. 12

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