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Friday
Mar302012

"Mirror Mirror," "Wrath of the Titans," "Bully" Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Mirror Mirror: The first of two Snow White movies due out this year, this comedic re-telling of the classic tale stars Lily Collins as the title character.  Julia Roberts is the evil Queen, who's taken Snow White's kingdom away from her, and The Social Network actor Armie Hammer plays the Prince.  Mirror Mirror is not to be confused with Snow White and the Huntsman, the Kristen Stewart-Charlize Theron drama opening in June.  Rated PG.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Wrath of the Titans: The sequel to the 2010 Clash of the Titans remake again stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, who's half-man and half-god.  He seeks to rescue a captured Zeus from the Titans.  Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes also star in the film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG-13.

And opening in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles:

-- Bully: The Weinstein Company announced earlier this week it would release an unrated version of its teen bullying documentary after it failed to win an appeal of the R rating assigned to the film by the Motion Picture Association of America.  Bully director Lee Hirsch says his hope for the documentary is that "people will see the film, engage in conversation, make a choice to do things differently."

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Friday
Mar302012

Movie Review: "Mirror Mirror"

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mirror Mirror is the first of two reimaginings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs we’re getting this year (the other being the forthcoming Snow White and the Huntsman), because clearly the most common complaint movie-goers have is, “There just aren’t enough movies about Snow White!”

We start out on a positive note: Julia Roberts as the evil Queen appears to be telling the story from her tongue-in-cheek, bitchy perspective.  However, that narrative quickly changes for no apparent reason, but hey, let’s go with it.

The Queen has ruled over the land for the ten years since the king disappeared in the dark forest.  Since then, the kingdom and its citizens have become destitute, while the Queen and her palace are doing just fine. 

Then there’s Lily Collins (musician Phil’s daughter) as Snow White. On her 18th birthday, she seeks permission from her stepmother the Queen to leave the castle but the jealous monarch will not have it, banishing her back to her room. When Snow takes the initiative to leave the castle anyway, she discovers a kingdom in shambles.

So, where’s the prince?  On her way back to the castle, Snow stumbles upon a shirtless Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer), hanging upside down after being attacked by seven dwarves, who are pretty much bandits. Snow cuts down the prince and…they go their separate ways.  However, when the prince shows up at the Queen’s palace, looking for a shirt and some shelter, guess who thinks she's found herself a new husband?  Of course, for his part, the prince can’t stop thinking about the stunning young woman he met in the forest.

Without going into too much detail, Snow White is banished from the castle, where she takes up with the seven dwarves -- but these aren't your cute, familiar Doc, Dopey, Sneezy, Grumpy, etc.  Instead, it's Napoleon, Half Pint, Grub, Grimm, Wolf, Butcher and Chuckles, and they are a crafty, tough, sometimes hilarious crew.  Which is good, because it's one of the film's strengths.

What made the idea of Mirror Mirror so initially compelling is it comes from director Tarsem Singh, who knows how to create impressive on-screen aesthetics (see The Cell or the more recent Immortals).  On the other hand, storytelling isn’t exactly his strong suit (see The Cell or Immortals).  In the case of Mirror Mirror, Singh gives us a safe, whimsical, family-friendly film that's kind of adorable but should’ve been better.  His preference for style over substance and aesthetics over performance diminishes Roberts' and Collins' performances, but there’s still plenty to like.

Three out of five stars.

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