Gemma Arterton

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

It's a tricky thing, retelling a fairy tale, or at least it seems to be in the movies. The writers have to find a way to make the story fresh without making it unrecognizable, and I have a feeling such ideas often seem much better on the page than they turn out on the screen, for various reasons. Sometimes you're pleasantly surprised by a Snow White and the Huntsman, and sometimes you end up with, well, a movie like this, which doesn't surprise you pleasantly or otherwise.

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The gang in front of the witch's burning house. Not in the final cut.

Quantum of Solace

The title sounds like it belongs to a sci-fi film, doesn't it? It's the title of an actual Ian Fleming short story featuring Bond, James Bond, but it isn't really a spy story. That's okay, though, because the movie has nothing to do with the story; they just used the title. It means "a precise figure defining the comfort/humanity/fellow feeling required between any pair of people for love to survive. If the Quantum of Solace is 0, then love is dead."

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Bond and Camille trek across the desert. Revenge is a dish best served... sandy.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Thanks to Hollywood's generosity and thoughtfulness, people like me (who haven't owned a game console since the Nintendo 64 was the latest thing) can still find out all about the new, hot games -- if they're willing to wait until they're no longer new and hot, since it takes a while to get one of these movies released, of course. This is one such movie, and apparently the subtitle is important, since The Prince of Persia is apparently quite a different animal than The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the second one being the game sequel to the first one.

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Dastan and Tamina huddle in a tent in a sandstorm and talk strategy.

Clash of the Titans

I mentioned once before that in many movies, the best way to tell the heroes from the villains is to look at their offices. Impossibly neat and tidy office = villain. Terribly messy and disorganized office = hero. Well, no one has any offices here, but this time you can tell a lot by the tails. Anything with a tail (prehensile, not one that just hangs there) is trying to kill people.

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The Kraken shows off allll his huge, sharp, pointy teeth.