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'The Huntsman: Winter's War' is a fairy tale in search of a tale to tell

'The Huntsman: Winter's War' is a fairy tale in search of a tale to tell

One trick of great fantasy storytelling is establishing the rules of the world — in "The Lord of the Rings," hobbits fear adventure; in "Harry Potter," Muggles can't perform magic; in "Avatar," humans can't breathe on Pandora. From those limitations come sympathetic characters and a story with a real sense of peril.

There are no discernible rules in the world of "The Huntsman: Winter's War," a dreadful sequel to 2012's darkly appealing "Snow White and the Huntsman." In the pale update, nearly every major character dies and comes back to life at least once and a convoluted narrative yields not a single, palpable moment of...

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