Maleficent 0.0 stars

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"Let us tell an old tale anew, and let us see how well you know it," intones Maleficent (a waxen Angelina Jolie) at the outset of this botched Sleeping Beauty tweak-job. It's fine to tell old tales anew, and it's fine to mold them to some new purpose — say, a narrative of maternal repentance. But it's not fine to do it so artlessly. Perhaps the definitive example comes at the film's midpoint, when Maleficent, after cursing the infant Aurora in dramatic fashion, visits her at home and says, "I hate you." You'll swear it's being played for laughs, but if that's the case, then whither the drama? Wither, indeed. There are holes throughout — in character, in plot, in action - nearly all of them stuffed full of overworked, lumpen CGI. Poor Elle Fanning — every girl wants to be a princess, but anyone would get tired from all that rapturous smiling. Sleepy, even. 2014.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 760-436-7469

Friday, August 22

6:20pm

Saturday, August 23

1:25pm, 6:20pm

Sunday, August 24

1:25pm, 6:20pm

Monday, August 25

6:20pm

Tuesday, August 26

6:20pm

Wednesday, August 27

6:20pm

Thursday, August 28

6:20pm

Reading Gaslamp

701 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 800-326-3264

Friday, August 22

10:15pm

Saturday, August 23

11:00am, 10:15pm

Sunday, August 24

11:00am, 10:15pm

Monday, August 25

10:15pm

Tuesday, August 26

10:15pm

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