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Review: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' is 'Princess Bride' without laughs

6:32 PM, Feb. 27, 2013
Movie trailer: Jack the Giant Slayer
Movie trailer: Jack the Giant Slayer: An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between his world and a fearsome race of giants.
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One thing this current run of blockbuster fairytales inspired by Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" has taught us is how very hard it is to be Tim Burton. Multiple versions of "Snow White," a comic splatter film "Hansel & Gretel" - some have attempted Burton's visual whimsy, all have failed to find his tone.

Bryan ("X-Men,'' "Usual Suspects") Singer takes his shot with "Jack the Giant Slayer," a genial, watchable and somewhat violent version of "Jack and the Beanstalk" that lacks much in the way of magic, romance or wit.

The familiar tale of the farm boy who loses the family horse (in this case) ...

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