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"HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS"
(2013) (Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Horror/Action: Sibling bounty hunters who kill witches for a living try to stop an evil sorceress and her nefarious plan to empower herself and their kind even more.
PLOT:
Hansel (JEREMY RENNER) and Gretel (GEMMA ARTERTON) are medieval era siblings who've grown up together following the murders of their parents. Having encountered a particularly nasty witch in their childhood and considering their parents were killed due to witch-related activity, the two have become professional bounty hunters who find and kill witches for others. Their latest assignment is in Oxford where the local mayor is obviously concerned about the abduction of many children there.

Sheriff Berringer (PETER STORMARE) is on the case and about to kill a local woman, Mina (PIHLA VIITALA), for reportedly being a witch, but the siblings put an end to that and free the woman, much to the sheriff's displeasure. But they have a big fan in young Ben (THOMAS MANN) who knows most everything about them and their exploits, and he comes in handy later, which also holds true for Edward (DEREK MEARS), an immense troll who serves witches.

Among them is Muriel (FAMKE JANSSEN), an extremely powerful sorceress who plans to use the upcoming blood moon to sacrifice 12 kids and the heart of a white witch to make her own kind pretty much invincible. With time running out, Hansel and Gretel do what they can to find and rescue the kids and stop her and her nefarious plan.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into supernatural action pics, they might be interested, which also holds true for anyone who's a fan of someone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language.


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