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In 'Cinderella,' no sly asides. Goodness and romance rule

In 'Cinderella,' no sly asides. Goodness and romance rule

As pure of heart as its heroine, "Cinderella" floats across the screen like a gossamer confection, full of elegant beauty and quiet grace. No sly asides, no double entendres and nary a hint of modern-day gender politics dilute this poetically, if not prophetically, imagined storybook fable embraced in toto by director Kenneth Branagh. If you can content yourself with a little enchantment and little enlightenment, "Cinderella" succeeds. The film stars Lily James, "Downton Abbey's" Lady Rose, as Cinderella and Richard Madden, "Game of Thrones'" King of the North Robb Stark, as the charming Prince. They make a magnetic couple you root for...

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