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Maleficent

Movie Details

Maleficent
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Date: 2014-05-30 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 97 min.
  • Director: Robert Stromberg
  • Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copely, Miranda Richardson, Imelda Staunton
  • Producer: Joe Roth
  • Writer: Linda Woolverton
  • Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Official Site: Maleficent Official Site

Boil Maleficent down to one newt's nose-size piece of advice and you'd get this: Don't dump Angelina Jolie. As seen through director Robert Stromberg’s lens, the antlered arch-villain of Sleeping Beauty is a sympathetic scorned woman, equal parts Gloria Gaynor, Princess Diana, and Lorena Bobbitt, with a dash of Euripedes's Medea thrown in for class.

The cad is an ambitious thief named Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who romances Maleficent for several decades until he betrays her for the chance to become king. And so she does what any wounded woman would: curse his baby daughter to an inescapable coma. Like Oz the Great and Powerful, Maleficent considers itself a revisionist fairy tale that spins a demonized witch into a feminist icon. Hardly. Both movies hinge on the idea that being rejected by one dude is enough to make any girl nuts. At least in Wicked, the witch turned evil because of her politics.

Still, Jolie carries her embittered witch with the dignity of Nefertiti. She rarely speaks, preferring to sulk and scream. The effects team has enhanced the actress's otherworldly beauty: the cheekbones jut out like cliffs; the green eyes glow. For a children's movie, Maleficent makes one hell of a Vogue pictorial, eschewing the breakneck pacing expected of a PG Disney flick for the art-house rhythms of Jean Cocteau.

Yet Maleficent suffers from the same problem that's sandbagged Jolie's career: Her directors shoot her like a goddess, but set her in a world that treats her like an urchin. Jolie's films never hurdle that key contradiction -- the filmmakers' joy at photographing such beauty versus her need to prove that she's more than a pretty face.

Amy Nicholson
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  • AMC Ahwatukee 24

    AMC Ahwatukee 24

    4915 E. Ray Road Ahwatukee, AZ 85044
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:35 AM, 2:05 PM, 4:35 PM, 7:05 PM, 9:30 PM
  • AMC Arizona Center 24

    AMC Arizona Center 24

    565 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:35 AM, 4:35 PM, 9:50 PM
  • AMC Arrowhead 14

    AMC Arrowhead 14

    7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center Glendale, AZ 85308
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation;Reserved Seating 1:15 PM, 6:20 PM
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  • AMC Deer Valley 30

    AMC Deer Valley 30

    3033 W. Agua Fria Freeway New River, AZ 85027
    623-434-0300
    CC-Closed Captions;Digital Presentation 10:55 AM, 1:20 PM, 3:45 PM, 10:00 PM
  • AMC Desert Ridge 18

    AMC Desert Ridge 18

    21001 N. Tatum Phoenix, AZ 85050
    480-606-0803
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 10:50 AM, 1:20 PM, 3:55 PM
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  • AMC Mesa Grand 24

    AMC Mesa Grand 24

    1647 S. Stapley Mesa, AZ 85204
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:10 AM, 1:55 PM, 4:35 PM, 7:05 PM
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  • AMC Westgate 20

    AMC Westgate 20

    9400 W. Hanna Drive Glendale, AZ 85306
    888-262-4386
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:10 AM, 1:40 PM, 4:20 PM, 6:55 PM
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  • Dickinson Palm Valley 14

    Dickinson Palm Valley 14

    1325 N. Litchfield Road Goodyear, AZ 85338
    623-535-4000
    (10:30 AM), (1:30 PM)
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  • Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 with IMAX

    Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 with IMAX

    5000 Arizona Mills Circle Tempe, AZ 85281
    480-820-0387
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (11:55 AM), (2:25 PM), (4:55 PM), 7:20 PM, 9:50 PM
  • Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18

    16046 Arrowhead Fountns Center Drive Peoria, AZ 85382
    623-412-0122
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 1:30 PM, 4:55 PM, 8:15 PM
  • Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12

    2980 E. Germann Road Chandler, AZ 85286
    480-963-1502
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:10 PM
  • Harkins Chandler Fashion Center 20

    3159 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226
    480-732-0110
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (11:50 AM), (2:10 PM), (4:40 PM), 7:10 PM, 9:45 PM
  • Harkins Christown 14

    1620 W. Montebello Phoenix, AZ 85015
    602-222-4275
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:55 AM, 12:20 PM, 3:50 PM, 6:20 PM, 9:25 PM
  • Harkins Cine Capri at Tempe Marketplace 16

    2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281
    480-557-0027
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:50 AM, 1:45 PM, 4:20 PM
  • Harkins Gateway Pavilions 18

    Harkins Gateway Pavilions 18

    10250 W. McDowell Road Avondale, AZ 85323
    623-478-9411
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:15 AM, 1:15 PM, 4:10 PM, 8:10 PM
  • Harkins Metrocenter 12

    9615 Metro Parkway W. Phoenix, AZ 85051
    602-216-6781
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (9:20 AM), (12:00 PM), (3:40 PM)
  • Harkins Norterra 14

    2550 W. Happy Valley Road Phoenix, AZ 85085
    623-582-2020
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 12:15 PM, 3:50 PM, 6:55 PM
  • Harkins North Valley 16

    Harkins North Valley 16

    3420 E. Bell Road Phoenix, AZ 85032
    602-482-4083
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:00 AM, 1:15 PM, 5:10 PM, 8:25 PM, 10:35 PM
  • Harkins Park West

    9804 W. Northern Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345
    623-772-0707
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:30 AM, 12:15 PM
  • Harkins SanTan Village 16 Theaters

    2298 E. Williams Field Road Gilbert, AZ 85296
    480-821-3198
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:30 AM, 11:40 AM, 2:20 PM, 6:05 PM, 9:05 PM
  • Harkins Scottsdale 101

    Harkins Scottsdale 101

    7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054
    480-538-1707
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:35 AM, 10:35 AM, 2:35 PM
  • Harkins Superstition Springs Luxury 25

    6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Mesa, AZ 85207
    480-641-4603
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (9:30 AM), (1:30 PM), (4:25 PM), 8:25 PM, 10:40 PM
  • Regal Gilbert Stadium 14

    1012 S. Gilbert Road Gilbert, AZ 85296
    800-326-3264
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video Service (12:10 PM), (5:05 PM), 10:30 PM
  • West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

    West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

    5650 N. 55th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301
    623-939-9715
    Digital Projection;Doublefeature: Planes: Fire & Rescue with Maleficent 10:15 PM
  • WME Show Low

    1850 S. White Mountain Road Show Low, AZ 85901
    928-367-7469
    Stadium Seating (12:45 PM), 6:30 PM
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