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Maleficent - Spotlight Podcast 5:21

Maleficent – Spotlight Podcast 5:21

Angelina Jolie is marvelously wicked in Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action MALEFICENT, but is the film’s attempt to de-villain-ize its villainess a success or a failure? Check out this (belated) installment of the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast to find out. Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski debate the wisdom or retro-fitting classic tales with updated elements that may [...]

Maleficent review

Maleficent review

The goofiest filmed version of classic literature since THE SCARLET LETTER was “freely adapted” from Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1995 attempts to gene-splice a new WICKED-esque back story with the familiar elements of Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, resulting in a cluttered feature film whose pieces fit with all the symmetry of two separate puzzles mixed randomly together.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past – Radio Film Review

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Radio Film Review

Time is, time was, time’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. There were clearly commercial reasons why the latest chapter in the X-MEN franchise had to be a time travel tale: Having previously flubbed the introduction of a new, younger Professor X and Magneto  (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively) in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the producers [...]

Maleficent trailer

Check out the official teaser trailer for MALEFICENT, Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie as the wicked witch made famous in their animated SLEEPING BEAUTY.

Sense of Wonder: Cinema's Scaliest Dragons

Sense of Wonder: Cinema’s Scaliest Dragons

Considering the mythical nature of dragons, you would think they would be th superstars of cinefantastique; instead, they have too often been relegated to supporting status in sub-par films. Fortunately, there are a few good dragon movies out there, and even the dramatic disappointments can feature impressively realized reptiles of mass destruction.

Jolie wants to be Maleficent for Tim Burton recycles an unconfirmed report in the Los Angeles Times that Angelina Jolie would like to play the title role in MALEFICENT for director Tim Burton. The proposed remake of Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY would be scripted Linda Wolverton, who performed similar duties for on Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND remake.