Still in the hunt

Hemsworth, Theron re­turn for fol­lowup to 2012 film

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BIG RE­LEASE FRI­DAY: The Hunts­man: Win­ter’s War BIG PIC­TURE: This film is the un­nec­es­sary pre­quel/se­quel to 2012’s Snow White and the Hunts­man. It’s all about the fa­mous magic mir­ror on the wall, which has fallen into the hands of an icy new witch who is ei­ther heart­less or heart­bro­ken (af­ter Malef­i­cent, I stopped keep­ing track). Cue the Hunts­man’s (Chris Hemsworth) next big mis­sion, pit­ting him against his long-lost war­rior love (Jes­sica Chas­tain) and an old fren­emy. That’s right. Char­l­ize Theron re­turns to chew the scenery as the wicked Queen Ravenna, while Emily Blunt plays her frosty sis­ter, Freya. Kris­ten Ste­wart’s Snow is ab­sent this time, so the di­a­logue will be half as wooden. But that leaves more screen time for Hemsworth to flex his mus­cles and frown fu­ri­ously (maybe it wards off magic or some­thing). If you want to see a queen who brings the fire, stay tuned for Game of Thrones next Sun­day. If you want to see Hemsworth mus­cle his way into be­ing type­cast, this is your film. (C’mon buddy, branch out. How many Thor and Hunts­man se­quels do you think the box of­fice can han­dle?) FORE­CAST: It’s The Hob­bit meets Malef­i­cent meets Thor meets... Char­l­ize Theron’s gravy train. Choo choo! Mir­ror mir­ror on the wall, who’s the most de­riv­a­tive of them all?

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Chris Hemsworth plays the ti­tle role in The Hunts­man: Win­ter’s War, but Kris­ten Ste­wart isn’t in the pre­quel/ se­quel.

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Jes­sica Chas­tain joins the cast for the new Hunts­man movie.

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