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Roger Brown is only 5’6” tall, as he would be the first to point out. In fact, it’s the first thing he tells us about himself in Headhunters, a twisty thriller from Norway. True to form, or at least to the cliché of men his height, Roger is an overcompensator. He pays too much for a house because he thinks it’s what his elegant blonde wife, who towers over him, expects. And if he lives beyond his means, his means are not negligible: He’s the top headhunter for an executive recruitment firm who knows how to guide his clients to top dollar by manipulating the corporations with positions to fill.

Snow White and the Huntsman

I’m not sure where Hollywood got the idea that there is a market for grim, big-budget adaptations of fairy tales, given that none of the ones that have hit the screens in recent years has done much better than breaking even. Yet here is this year’s second adaptation of the Snow White story, and if it’s sufficiently different from the Julia Roberts starrer Mirror Mirror that no one is likely to confuse them, that’s hardly any reason for it to have been greenlit in the first place. Set in a medieval landscape reminiscent of Game of Thrones, it extends and expands the familiar storyline without offering any deeper themes to make it worth the effort. (At least in its finished format: I’m willing to bet that somewhere along the line this was born as a more ambitious script.)

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