Maleficent

MALEFICENT — The movie poster for Maleficent features Angelina Jolie teasing audiences with the notion that this “fairy” tale will wander down a darker path than most of Disn

Maleficent
Maleficent

The movie poster for Maleficent features Angelina Jolie teasing audiences with the notion that this “fairy” tale will wander down a darker path than most of Disney’s traditional fare. Everything about Jolie, as a scorned fairy who places a curse on an infant princess (who grows up to become Elle Fanning), is severe. Her eyes are black holes, her face is sharply chiseled to a razor’s edge and black magic radiates from her. Who knows if Robert Stromberg’s movie (this is the first directing effort from the visual effects veteran who has worked on television shows — John Adams and Boardwalk Empire — as well as films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and The Hunger Games) will follow Jolie down this withering path? Now in theaters. (PG) Not screened in time for review

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