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Very dark take on the Snow White fairy tale hits theaters this weekend

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For fans of fantasy and fairy tales this is a big weekend as a very dark version of the tale of Snow White and her wicked witch hit the big screens with big name stars.

This is a pretty light week at the theaters after the big holiday weekend last week. It seems as if Hollywood is still sort of recovering from the money and frenzy that came from The Avengers and Men in Black III. Fans are anxiously awaiting big-budget superhero films that are set to hit theaters once July rolls around such as The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. Also, next week, the Ridley Scott-directed film that may, or may not, explore the Alien stories yet again hits theaters to much anticipation.

As far as June 1, 2012 goes, there is a new take on the old Snow White myth and a deliberately schlocky sequel to a deliberately schlocky horror film that came out a couple of years ago. Here are the movies due out in theaters this weekend:

Snow White and the Huntsman - Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart. This is not the Disney tale of Snow White that you may know from when you were a kid. Well, all of the elements are here, but there are differences that make this much more adult. First, Snow White is a bit older in this case, having been kept in prison by her evil witch stepmother for years. Her stepmothers, meanwhile, has to bathe in blood to keep her youthful appearance. The evil queen rules the land, bringing darkness wherever she goes and only Snow White can help undo the curse she has bestowed upon the land. She enlists the Huntsman to track down Snow White and bring her back to the queen. He soon switches sides and what follows is a movie filled with dazzling special effects and huge battle scenes as Snow White, the dwarves, and other enchanted creatures, attempt to take on the evil queen and end her reign. Rated PG-13.

Piranha 3DD - Danielle Panabaker, David Koechner, Matt Busch. The first movie, Piranha 3D, was released in 2010. The movie, ostensibly, was a remake of the late 70s Roger Corman schlock fest called Piranha. What it really was, according to fans, was essentially an exploitation film that boasted a slow-motion nude scene, in 3D, of two female stars swimming with each other. Apparently that was enough to warrant a sequel. This time, a bunch of giant prehistoric piranhas with a taste for human flesh, manage to wiggle their way through pipes and plumbing to end up in a water park. From there, mayhem in gory three dimensions ensues. Judging by the title, expect to see more buxom women in bikinis and little else. Rated R.

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