The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a sequel (or is it a prequel?) to 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman. You can read what I thought about it here. The Huntsman stars Emily Blunt as Frya the Ice Queen who after being betrayed in the worst way be her lover, bans love in her kingdom and rips children from their homes to train them for her army of “Huntsman”. When two of her “huntsman” fall in love she inevitably set off a chain of events that leads to the events of Snow White and The Huntsman including the death of her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron). The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is sent on a mission by Snow White to find Ravenna’s magic mirror and keep it away from Queen Frya. Of course, you can imagine how it goes from there.

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Okay, my reaction to The Huntsman: Winter’s War is “meh” The marketing was confusing. Was it a sequel? Was it a prequel? It’s actually both. Part of the movie is about the origin if Chris Hemsworth’s character, Eric aka The Huntsman but it turns out that all of Queen Frya’s soldiers are called “Huntsman”. The prequel tells you how Queen Frya became an ice sorceress and how Eric became “The Huntsman”. The sequel part is about what happens after Snow White and The Huntsman defeat Ravenna and ties it into the story of Eric and Queen Frya.

Ravenna is front and center in all of the marketing for this movie but she’s not in the movie very much at all. Maybe 15-20 minutes of it? I’m starting to think that this was a movie the studio didn’t know how to sell to an audience.

This is hard movie to review because there’s not really anything bad about it but there’s not anything great about it. I’m not sure anyone really wanted or cared about the backstory of The Huntsman, but hey, we live in a world where everything gets a sequel, spinoff, remake, or reboot and an expanded universe. Did you know that Hasbro is working on a Shared Expanded Universe for some of its toy properties? Universal is trying to put together an expanded universe for its’ classic monster properties like The Mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein? My point is that it’s hard to review a movie that was made just to capitalize on a movie that wasn’t that great but made some money a few years ago.

Ask yourself before going to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War, do you really remember seeing Snow White and The Huntsman? If you honestly answered, yes, and you really want to know about the backstory of The Huntsman then by all means go see this because you’ll get pretty much the same movie. If not, then you’re probably not going to go see it anyway, at the minimum just wait to watch it at home. There are better movies out there and Captain America: Civil War is only two weeks away.

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Also in theaters this week, on a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. Elvis and Nixon is the untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Michael Shannon stars as Nixon and Kevin Spacey plays Richard Nixon.

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Compadres is an action comedy about a former Mexican cop who goes on the hunt for the man that has kidnapped his girlfriend and framed him for a crime he didn't commit. He gets a tip that an "accountant" may now how to find his target and it turns out that the infamous "accountant" is a 17 year old American computer hacker Despite an immediate disdain for each other, these two divided by culture, language and age, realize that depending on each other may be their only chance at finding the bad guy before he finds them.

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Don Cheadle co-wrote, directed, and stars in Miles Ahead a biopic of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis, which takes a free-form approach to its subject's life that mirrors his playing style. As the story skips around in time, it depicts Davis' attempts to get his career back on track following a period of listlessness and drug addiction in the '70s.

Home Video Releases:
The Lady in the Van
The Revenant
Ip Man 3
Fifty Shades of Black
Dirty Wars
Casa Grande
Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine
Band of Robbers

I highly recommend The Revenant. You can read my review of it here: