Not just another Snow job. US, 123 min
The second Snow White movie for 2012 – who said Hollywood is running out of ideas? – is clearly the fairest of them all. For a creaky old fairy tale considered by many to be past its bedtime story prime, this Snow White turns out to be much, much better than expected. The tone of the picture – a little darker, and a lot more dangerous than your regularstrength Snow Whites – harkens back to the original version of the story. Death, demonic intent and a diabolically down-and-out world are forces that must be regularly reckoned with by the title heroine, ably played by Kristen Stewart. Thankfully, she’s snapped out of that swoony, sleepwalking thing that’s been getting her through the Twilight films. Charlize Theron is madness and badness personified as the evil queen Ravenna, while Australia’s Chris “Thor” Hemsworth adds the right dashes of he-manliness as the Huntsman. The seven dwarves (news flash : there’s actually eight of ’em!) are a blast as well.