Hollywood is sequel-heavy this weekend but, for a change, that's a good thing.
The action cop comedy "22 Jump Street" is a sequel that knows it's a sequel, and draws much of its meta-level humor mocking its own existence. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill return as Jenko and Schmidt, cops who go undercover as college students to bust a drug ring. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who did the first movie and "The LEGO Movie," keep the jokes flying fast and thick as they parody cop-movie conventions and the industry demand for sequels and reboots.
The other major sequel this week is "How to Train Your Dragon 2," a fast-paced and beautifully rendered computer-animated tale of Vikings and dragons. Our hero Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon companion Toothless discover a haven for dragons, led by Hiccup's long-lost mother (voiced by Cate Blanchett), who is protecting the dragons from a nasty warrior (voiced by Djimon Hounsou). The movie doesn't have the surprise factor of the first movie, but it's well-crafted and engaging.