‘Jump’ With ‘Ragnarock’

Posted on November 17, 2014
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“22 Jump Street”: Here’s a thoroughly silly movie that made close to $200 million at the boxoffice, out-performing the first in the franchise, 2012’s “21 Jump Street,” which took in $138 million, making it a rarety among sequels (which typically don’t outperform their prequels). Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return (as do directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) to further the adventures of undercover cops Schmidt and Jenko, this time sent by their Captain (an overly foul-photo for 22 Jump Streetmouthed Ice Cube) to enroll in a local college and break up a dope ring. The only dopes, of course, are Schmidt and Jenko, who blithely go their merry way through one predicament after another with inane dialogue and embarrassingly stupid skits. It’s sophomoric and moronic but, hey, dope pays well — just ask Hill and Tatum’s accountants. The only saving grace: the great end credits that feature “teasers” for the next films in the series: “23 Jump Street: Medical School,” “26 Jump Street: Art School,” “28 Jump Street: Veterinary School,” “29 Jump Street: Sunday School,” “38 Jump Street: Dance Academy,” “40 Jump Street: Retirement Home” leading up to “2121 Jump Street.”

“Ragnarock” (2013 — Norway) is a well-paced, well-acted straight-ahead thriller that relies on atmosphere and anticipation to create and sustain its chills. An archaeologist fascinated by a Viking ship found at the Oseberg burial mound believes that a runic inscription on the ship, which photo for Ragnarocktranslates to “man knows little,” holds the key to understanding the Norse myth of Ragnarok: the day when heaven and earth are destroyed. After finding similar inscriptions on a stone in Northern  Norway, the archaeologist, along with his kids and a colleague, begin an expedition to uncover the secret — which turns out to be of monstrous proportions. Stars Pal Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjorn Sundquist. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment’s Magnet Label


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