One of the very few movies where 3D really makes a difference, Disney's visually lush film stars Angelina Jolie in the story of Sleeping Beauty, as told from the wicked witch's point of view. The digital effects are graceful and artistic in the manner of classic Disney animation, but with the power and pop of high technology. Even Jolie gets digitally painted with impossible horns and razor-sharp cheekbones. The story, meanwhile, is engaging, folk-tale sturdy, and even a little subversive—there's some healthy mythology for tween girls in here. Jolie is mesmerizing and Sharlto Copley provides a strong villain. Bring the kids if you've got 'em, or borrow some if you don't.
Official Site: disney.com/Maleficent
Director: Robert Stromberg
Writer: Linda Woolverton
Producer: Joe Roth
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copely, Miranda Richardson and Imelda Staunton
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