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Angelina Jolie is wickedly good in the not-quite-classic 'Maleficent'
Angelina Jolie is wickedly good in the not-quite-classic 'Maleficent'

In re-imagining the infamous evil queen who curses an innocent girl, "Maleficent" is very much a cautionary tale for modern times. It essentially begs the question — are you sure it was the shrew that needed taming? It stars a wickedly good Angelina Jolie as the legendary Maleficent. In her hands, the queen is endlessly fascinating and worlds away from the fairy tale staple that so many generations have been introduced to via Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty" (1959). The new film's position is clear and uncompromising on the question of who was in the wrong. Unlike "Sleeping Beauty," "Maleficent" explains all: motivation,...

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