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Weekend Picks: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ ‘Battlefield America,’ & ‘Piranha 3DD’

Adam Pockross
Movie Talk
May 31, 2012

I believe it was William Shakespeare who said, "Uneasy is the head that wears the box office crown." While he may not have specifically been referring to "Men in Black 3," which took in good loot to unseat the Avenging champion last weekend, the Bard is as poignant as ever in describing MIB3's tenuous title. That's because there's likely to be a new queen in town after "Snow White and the Huntsman" fills up theaters this weekend.

But "SWATH" isn't the only film opening on Friday. You have three very different options to add to your movie-going agenda this weekend, and each one of them is likely to please a very different demographic. So how do you decide which films are for you? Read on for a breakdown of what each new film is about, and what audience segment it's likely to please.

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Snow White and the Huntsman

PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality.

What's the story?

In this dark and epic telling of the old Grimm fairytale, the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) is in danger of becoming the second fairest of them all, behind her stepdaughter and prisoner Snow White (Kristen Stewart). The Queen sets out to rid herself of the Snow White problem, but Snow White escapes into the Dark Forest, so the Queen sends the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) after her. The Huntsman finds Snow White, but ends up becoming her ally, as do a septuplet of dwarves. Eventually an army rallies to the cause and Snow White leads them all against the dark forces of the Queen.

Who will dig it?

While it is still a fairytale, this version of Snow White may be a smidgen to dark for the kiddies. However, fans of medieval epics, impressive sets, glorious scenery, and big name talent in beautiful costumes should find this selection to be the fairest of them all.

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Battlefield America

PG-13 for thematic elements involving some drug material, and for some language.

What's the story?

To fulfill his community service obligations, egocentric and successful businessman Sean Lewis (Marques Houston) is forced to become the mentor of a youth hip-hop dance troupe failing at competing in the tense battle dance scene of Long Beach, California. The troupe initially rejects Sean as much as Sean initially rejects them. But when Sean falls for Sara (Mekia Cox), who runs the community center where the troupe practices, his priorities realign. Suddenly, winning the dance battle takes on a lot more importance.

Who will dig it?

While it's billed as the place "where kids rule," not all children will be ready for this one, thus the PG-13 rating. However, fans of fancy dancing, kids doing the darndest things, battle dance culture, and underdogs should bop along to this film from the same creative team who brought us "You Got Served" (2004).

[Related: Find local showtimes & tickets for 'Battlefield America']

Piranha 3DD

R for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language, and some drug use.

What's the story?

The school of prehistoric, saw-toothed piranha who terrorized Lake Victoria in the first film "Piranha 3D" (2010) have found their way into the drainage system of The Big Wet Water Park, where water-certified strippers and David Hasselhoff fill the lifeguard chairs. When the flesh-hungry fish find their way into the park, blood, gore, nudity, and a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek laughter ensue.

Who will dig it?

The MPAA warning pretty much says it all, so if you're into flesh, gore, and frights, all served with a dash of campy comedy, climb on board the Hoff Train and check it out, either in theaters or On Demand.

[Related: Find local showtimes & tickets for 'Piranha 3DD']

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