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The Last Witch Hunter

Despite decent actors and Pittsburgh locations, there’s not much to recommend about this action fantasy thriller

Breck Eisner’s action fantasy film begins roughly 800 years ago, with witch-hunter Kaulder (Vin Diesel) and his colleagues hot on the trail of the Witch Queen. After a lively fight sequence, Kaulder delivers the final blow to vanquish the queen. But before breathing her last breath, she curses Kaulder with immortality. Fast-forward to the present day and Kaulder, who’s still hunting witches, is shacked up in a swanky New York City apartment that looks suspiciously like Pittsburgh’s own Union Trust Building. (The film was shot here.) Recommending the film are scenes of Pittsburgh; stunning visual effects used to demonstrate magical spells, such as a gummy-bear tree straight out of Hansel and Gretel; and co-stars Elijah Wood, Michael Caine and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones). But overall, there’s not much new or exciting about this film or the mythology within it.

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