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.

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."

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.

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.

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