Rated: PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images
Running time: 1 hr 38 min
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton
Plot: Exploring the untold story of Disney’s villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty,” Maleficent is a beautiful young woman of pure heart, who has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king’s successor, then curses his newborn daughter, realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.