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Fee-fi-fo-fun! Fairy tale gets old-fashioned look, modern vibe

From left, Elmont (Ewan McGregor), Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Jack (Nicholas Hoult) size up their situation in “Jack the Giant Slayer.”
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From left, Elmont (Ewan McGregor), Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Jack (Nicholas Hoult) size up their situation in “Jack the Giant Slayer.”
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A big-budget, effects-laden, 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie, but “Jack the Giant Slayer” ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun. Singer and McQuarrie’s collaborations include, most famously, the twisty crime mystery “The Usual Suspects” (which earned McQuarrie an original-screenplay Oscar) and the Hitler assassination drama “Valkyrie,” featuring an eye patch-wearing Tom Cruise. ...

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