Not just an­other Snow job. US, 123 min

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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.

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