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Grown-up Hansel and Gretel go on perpetual witch hunt

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the title-character siblings in “Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters,” which begins 15 years after their escape from death in the familiar fairy tale.
Photographer: Paramount Pictures
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the title-character siblings in “Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters,” which begins 15 years after their escape from death in the familiar fairy tale.
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An R-rated horror action comedy fairy tale — how’s that for genre bending? “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” is more Gatling guns and grenades than The Brothers Grimm. It takes the kidnapped kiddies into adulthood, where they’ve parlayed their fame at cooking a witch’s goose into a business. Got a witch problem? Call H & G — the extermination experts. High-concept pitch or no, the movie doesn’t really work. They were shooting for sort of a ...

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