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,: Cape Gazette ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY. APRIL 6 - MONDAY APR L 9, 2012 99 'Mirror Mirror' offers reflection on Snow White now White has been quite fortuitous for the world of cinema. There have been more than 20 adaptations dating back to 1902, length animation. It's not that the tale was overwhelmingly sought after by the studio, but rather it was free (it was one of many tales in which the copy- right had expired and it was free for adaptation). This is perhaps why there is such a proliferation of "Snow White" interpreta- tions, for there are few royalties to pay. There are four films with Ms. White scheduled for this year alone, including another big-budget version later this year and two cheapies, one of which stars Maureen (Marcia Mirror," Relativity Media's ex- treme makeover of the classic tale. Following "Wonderland's" lead, the film plays rather loose- ly with the tale, transforming Snow into a "Hunger Games"- like warrior in no need of a prince to save her from slumber and adding a heavy dose of snark and irony to the oft-told tale. Snow is played by newcomer Lily Collins (daughter of musi- cian Phil), who is pretty and perky and as colorless as her character's name. Nathan Lane is cast for comic relief, Armie Hammer as the princely eye candy, but, as the poster sug- gests, the real star is Julia Roberts as the evil queen. Much like Glenn Close in tans take on mythology, "The Immortals." And while his visu- ally sumptuous tendencies work best in a film with more dream- like narratives ("The Cell"), they are not comfortably at home in comedy. The core of the narrative mag- ic apple is the same: Snow, after her father's passing, has been held captive by her wicked step- mother, the Queen. There are magic potions, dwarves, charm- ing princes, etc., but none of it threatens to erase the memory of the classic Disney 'toon. The problem with "Mirror" is that it wants its fairy-tale whim- sy, its silly humor and its post- ironic skewering of these very same fairy-tale conventions in equal measure, and it's an un- Singh does manage to employ an abundance of dazzle for the film's set design; though, and for the many faults "Mirror Mirror" may reflect, boredom is certain- ly not one of them. Roberts also plays a big part in this, as she seems to splash ab6ut this won- derland without the restraint she so often chooses. But she alone cannot cast a spell large enough to mend this "Mirror." While it may engage the youngest of viewers and sati- ate those who wish to do no more than soak in some pretty pictures, "Mirror, Mirror" is mi- nor. minor, and only leaves us hungry to see just what the tale may awaken in the upcoming dramatic retelling, "Snow White and the Huntsman," when it ar- covering every genre from hor- Brady) McCormick as the evil "Dalmatians," Roberts revels in even potion at best. This can be rives in June. ror to comedy to porn (and yet, stepmother, being nasty, and she's rather fun handled deftly; just go revisit the . . Snow's most embarrassing ca- The Mouse House had suc- when she's given the chance, but wonderfully warped humor of " reer low point was dancing with cess in transforming its animat- the film has more dead wood the animated "Fractured Fairy Rob Lowe at the 1989 Oscars). ed tales "101 Dalmatians," and than a haunted forest. Tales" of long ago, but too often AT L A N T | C The Grimm Brothers fairy tale 'Alice in Wonderland" into live Let's start with the direction, it goes for the cheap, odd yuks , was cleaned up a smidge (the action a few years back, and Tarsem Singh has always fa- resigned to the latter, unneces- queen no longer had to literally both "Cinderella" and "Sleeping vored style over substancesary "Shrek" films. Here, the dance to death in iron-spiked-in- Beauty" are apparently in the (from his arresti,ng-but-empty jokes only push audiences away Friday, April6t0Thur~ay, April12 sole shoes) and became Dis- works, debut "The Cell to his uninten- from a story they are supposed Midway ney's first venture into feature- Which brings us to "Mirrortionally hilarious trash-of-the-ti- to find involving. Rt. One, Midway ShoppingCenter Rehoboth Beach, DE Follow us on FACEBOOK! M~lVie$ ~} " given the chance to make a real future not humanity and life against love. Rated PG-13. 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" TITANIC 3D (3:25) (PG-13) while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye, Oz and Albert Nobbs: A woman passes as a man " " 5 SHOWS DALLY 1:00 2:20 4:50 7:30 8:45 Heather grew aparL but Finch still longs for The Hunger 6ames: Sixteen year old in order to work and survive in 19th century A Thousand Words: Jack McCall (Eddie Stifler's morn, Now these lifelong friends ' " y g . .. i " Murphy) is a fast-talki g 'terary agent who MIRROR MIRROR (1:51) (PG) Katnlss Everdeen volunteers m her oun er Ireland Some thvty years after donning n h have come home as adults to reminisce sister's place to enter the games, and is men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in can close any deal, any time, any way. He 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:25 3:45 6:35 9:05 about - and get inspired by - the hormonal forced to rely upon her sharp,instincts as a prison of her own making. 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