"Snow White and the Huntsmans" definitely brings a new spin to a fairy tale, but it's certainly not the first to tell an old story in a new way. It's not even the first one to cast the awesome Bob Hoskins in it. We fill you in on what's playing and what you should be watching in this week's Double Feature Friday!
"Snow White and the Huntsman" & "Hook"
It's unfortunate that in "Snow White and the Huntsman" it takes so long for the dwarves to show up, because once they do, you realize the rest of the film could have used a cast of top-grade British character actors. Chief among them is Bob Hoskins, as the blind dwarf Muir. Hoskins previously starred in another revisionist fairy tale, Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan sequel "Hook," where he stole the show as Smee. He even reprised his role in last year's BBC prequel miniseries, "Neverland."
"Piranha 3DD" & "Adventureland"
The young actor Matt Bush actually stars in both "Piranha 3DD" and "High School," so it only seems appropriate to praise his best role to date as the nut-punching best friend in the severely under-seen "Adventureland." The comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart delivers so many good laughs and so much heart that it's a wonder that Greg Mottola's follow-up to "Superbad" isn't held in higher regard. Both Eisenberg and Stewart prove that they are so much more than a collection of ticks and neuroses and are actually two of the best actors of their generation.
"High School" & "Pineapple Express"
In the stoner flick genre, no movie in recent years holds a candle (or joint) up to David Gordon Green's "Pineapple Express." The former art house wunderkind still held onto many of his indie sensibilities when he crossed over with this comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. "Pineapple Express" may not seem like it on the surface, but many of the same qualities that made Green's indie movies classics are nestled in there next to the jokes about cross-joints.
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If one movie is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.