Fairytale movies: So hot right now.
On the heels of two Snow White movies comes "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," which -- as you can guess -- is about the adventures of Hansel and Gretel, scared children-turned-witch hunters.
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the title siblings, who became hunters after what the IMDb plot summary calls a "traumatic gingerbread-house incident." Armed with an artillery of guns, the two track fight monsters and track down evil witch (Famke Janssen) who is kidnapping children.
"Hansel and Gretel" was initially set for release on March 2 of this year, but Paramount moved the film to Jan. 11, 2013 to reportedly take advantage of Renner's growing star power.
"This should really set up the international," a studio executive told Nikki Finke at Deadline.com at the time of the switch. "Jeremy Renner's international profile should be in great shape after being in 'Mission: Impossible 4' now, then 'The Avengers' in May, then 'The Bourne Legacy' in August."
To that end, "The Avengers" grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, while "The Bourne Legacy" is closing in on $160 million in global sales.
Watch the trailer for "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" above.
Richard Corliss (TIME Magazine)
The overall tone is <a href="http://entertainment.time.com/2012/08/09/the-bourne-legacy-spy-vs-drones-which-is-which/" target="_hplink">familiar, refried, redundant</a>.
Andrew O'Hehir (Salon.com)
"The Bourne Legacy" is a lean, clean killing machine that supplies some dark, <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/08/09/the_bourne_legacy_can_jeremy_renner_steal_matt_damons_mojo/" target="_hplink">late-summer thrills and chills and breathes new life into a seemingly extinct franchise.</a>
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
"The Bourne Legacy" is always gripping in the moment. <a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120808/REVIEWS/120809988" target="_hplink">The problem is in getting the moments to add up.</a>
Peter Bradshaw (Guardian [UK])
Despite its muddled origins, this fourth movie is much more of a bang and less of a whimper than any of us feared, <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/09/the-bourne-legacy-review" target="_hplink">and Jeremy Renner is emerging as the intelligent person's action star.</a>
Marshall Fine (Hollywood & Fine)
A tense thriller that builds to a series of climaxes...Gilroy dots the landscape with edgy, <a href="http://hollywoodandfine.com/reviews/the-bourne-legacy-carrying-on/" target="_hplink">tough-minded hand-to-hand encounters that were a hallmark of the first three films</a>.
Christy Lemire (Associated Press)
Structurally, yes, it's loaded with all the lies, schemes and high-tech trickery that are staples of the espionage genre. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120808/us-film-review-the-bourne-legacy/" target="_hplink">But a deeper, more individualistic source of tension propels the film along.</a>
David Denby (New Yorker)
The new movie continues the Bourne tradition of exciting, reality-based thrillers, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2012/08/13/120813crci_cinema_denby" target="_hplink">but when the series lost its star it lost most of its soul</a>.
Patrick Smith (Daily Telegraph)
If this is Bourne's legacy, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/9464027/Bourne-Legacy-first-review.html" target="_hplink">he should amend his will</a>.
Glenn Kenny (MSN Movies)
...there are excellent performances <a href="http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/the-bourne-legacy/" target="_hplink">and a few really first-rate suspense-set pieces...</a>
Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly)
Gilroy, who as a screenwriter has shaped the movie saga from the beginning, trades the wired rhythms established in the past two episodes by Paul Greengrass for something more realistic and closer to the ground. <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20589882,00.html" target="_hplink">The change is refreshing.</a>
Scott Tobias (AV Club)
The Bourne Legacy rebottles much of the chemistry that Damon and Franka Potente shared in the first film, <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-bourne-legacy,83567/" target="_hplink">like an us-against-the-world Stockholm syndrome.</a>
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