Critics weren't necessarily impressed, but based on "Maleficent's" strong debut this weekend audiences are. Moviegoers have already scored the film an "A" Cinemascore rating and its destroyed Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the Old West" at the box office. Chalk up the success to Angelina Jolie's enduring star power and audiences craving a fantastical escape that doesn't involve superheroes.
The live action re-telling of the classic "Sleeping Beauty" story features Jolie as the title character, a villain who may not be as evil as we all have previously been led to believe. Jolie has earned raves, but her co-stars and director Robert Stromberg? That's up for debate. To get the conversation going you can start with HitFix's official review from Drew McWeeny or check out our best and worst of "Maleficent" in the embedded gallery story below.
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1954 | Comedy | NRSummary: Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
2014 | Drama | RSummary: A couple takes a chance on a weekend therapy getaway only to be confronted with the strangest experience of their lives.Director: Charlie McDowell
Cast: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
1969 | Western | PGSummary: In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever, talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot "Sundance Kid". As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly ...Director: George Roy Hill
Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin
1964 | Musical | NRSummary: Everything is beautiful in this dazzling musical: Catherine Deneuve, the glowing cinematography, the songs of Michel Legrand, and even the bittersweet romance.Director: Jacques Demy
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon
2009 | Drama | GSummary: A fourth grader and her friends deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class.Director: Martha Coolidge
Cast: Sammi Hanratty, Austin Thomas, Michael Learned, Adair Tishler
2013 | TV Movie | PGSummary: Cowabunga! Catch a perfect wave of fun in the sun, splashed with excitement, surprises and budding romance. Life's a beach for surfers Brady (Ross Lynch) and McKenzie (Maia Mitchell) – until a rogue wave magically transports them inside the classic '60s beach party flick, "Wet Side Story," where ...Director: Jeffrey Hornaday
Cast: Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton
1961 | Comedy | NRSummary: Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.Director: Blake Edwards
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen
1973 | Animation | GSummary: With King Richard off to the Crusades, Prince John and his slithering minion, Sir Hiss, set about taxing Nottingham's citizens with support from the corrupt sheriff - and staunch opposition by the wily Robin Hood and his band of merry men.Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Peter Ustinov, Pat Buttram
1971 | Action | RSummary: A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco
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